John Deere (JD) is a trademark of Deere & Company (Illinois, USA). John Deere is the largest manufacturer of agricultural machinery and equipment worldwide and also the leading manufacturer in Europe in regards to production and technology development. There is a strong focus on smart farming, which uses satellite systems, wireless communication and big data analysis to increase crop yields in a profitable and sustainable way to address the needs of food safety and security of a growing world population.
Competences & Capabilities
The participation in EIT Food will be coordinated and managed by the John Deere European Technology Innovation Center (JD ETIC) which opened in 2010. It is one of the most important investments of the company in the last years and demonstrates the commitment to innovation and to Europe. JD ETIC coordinates all RDI projects and university relationships of John Deere’s European units. As one of its key pillars it extends John Deere’s partnerships with public research institutions, NGOs (CEMA, VDMA, VDI) and other companies in Europe.
Key focus areas are:
- Sustainable technologies
- ICT for automation
- Sensor technologies
- Machine knowledge systems.
Partner in the following EIT Food projects
This SPOC delivers a short training course to upskill professionals working in a range of allied food industries (such as processors, distributors, retailers, insurance companies) about the diverse nature of farming systems and primary food production processes
The aim of the Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning (IFSTAL) Europe programme is to help address this need by providing postgraduate students with unique and exciting opportunities to tackle real-world food system-related problems set by industry partners in a collaborative fashion
In this project, we focus on the upscaled isolation of ISP from plant materials and their application in ice cream and bakery products
Content includes: genetic engineering approaches to tackle crop performance and yields; precision agriculture to streamline agricultural crop management and applied food science to change the physical, chemical, and biochemical nature of consumer foods
However, farmer adoption of these technologies is often limited and therefore the benefits are not realised
Additionally, food safety requires the full traceability of crop constituents in the complete food value chain
Develop in-depth knowledge about food systems through studying consecutively at three distinct European academic institutions and use your knowledge to drive the future transformation of the food system
Once you have applied for FAN, you will go through a rigorous selection process where you will be judged by a series of experts including successful entrepreneurs, investors and experts from the agriculture and food industries
The number of startups accelerated will be increased to 50 in 2019