In This Issue
Summer Bridge on Smart Agriculture
June 15, 2022 Volume 52 Issue 2
People everywhere rely on agriculture in one form or another – for food, animal feed, fiber, and other necessities. The summer 2022 articles describe precision indoor farming and alternative protein food systems, advances in food processing, genome editing, digitalization, sustainable and regenerative agriculture, the role of a circular economy, and the important role of policy.
Articles In This Issue
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2022
    AuthorLaura Castillo-Page and John L. Anderson

    President's Perspective

    “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
    Mark Twain

    What has been fundamental to many leadership theories over time is the tenet that good leadership is ...

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022
    AuthorHongda Chen, Jason C. White, Antje J. Baeumner, and Dan Luo

    Nanotechnology will enable smarter strategies of food production while protecting the environment.

    National pursuit of nanoscale science and engineering (NSE) for agriculture and food systems started in 2002 with a strategic roadmap workshop organized by the US Department of Agriculture. The ...

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022
    AuthorRodolphe Barrangou

    Genome engineering is enabling the design of enhanced organisms such as crops, livestock, and trees to promote sustainability.


    The realm of biology and genetics is in the midst of a genome editing revolution, fueled by CRISPR-based technologies for manipulating and engineering the DNA ...

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022
    AuthorA.G. Kawamura, Rattan Lal, Marty D. Matlock, and Charles W. Rice

    Protecting, restoring, and enhancing life on Earth begins and ends with the soil.

    Agricultural sustainability and regeneration have become common approaches for driving improvements in US and global food and agriculture supply chains. Multistakeholder organizations have emerged over the past 2 ...

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022
    AuthorThe CROPPS Research Community

    Progress in understanding and production of crops requires transdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.

    Preparing for a future of resilient and sustainable agriculture that produces nutritious calories for the globe’s growing population requires a deeper understanding of the biology of ...

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022
    AuthorJohn K. Schueller and John F. Reid

    System-oriented precision agriculture production leverages sensors, machine learning, and cloud computing to enhance productivity.

    Agricultural productivity has expanded for over a century because of successful replacement of human and animal power with mechanization combined with advances in ...

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022
    AuthorK.C. Ting, Michael B. Timmons, and Ricardo San Martin

    Research and new technologies are needed to develop precision plant growth and other systems alternatives for food production.

    Food and agriculture systems (FASs) are physical and conceptual models of people’s use of natural and human-made resources to produce food, feed, fiber, fuel, and ...

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022
    AuthorJosip Simunovic and Kenneth R. Swartzel

    Engineering advances in food processing ensure food safety and quality while reducing energy and waste.

    Food product preservation has advanced rapidly over the past 75 years. Thermally processed shelf-stable food is available worldwide, and frozen foods with long shelf lives are available ...

  • Monday, June 13, 2022
    AuthorShahrokh Yadegari

    RONALD LATANISION (RML): Good afternoon, Shahrokh. Thank you for talking with us. I understand you’re an electrical engineer, but you’ve taken tremendous interest in musical production and modern dance, which clearly go way beyond typical engineering. Tell us a little about your history ...

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2022
    AuthorKomal Syed, Mary Mathias, and Courtney Hill

    Engineers are not the first actors that come to mind when considering social justice issues, but they play an integral role in designing and operating the sociotechnical systems in which we work and live.

    Factors of Concern

    Decisions of engineers and the social power imbalances that exist around ...