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Sometimes agriculture needs more than nature, and that’s where technology can help. Today in Parke County, students got a glimpse of farming in the future.

The Next Gen Expo gave students exposure to everything from mechanical engineering to botany. The event is part of the agBOT Challenge.

“We want the agriculture kids to start thinking about robotics, and we want the robotics kids to get in the field of ag,” said Rachel Gerrish. “The idea is we need more innovation in agriculture. And we need to have competitions and opportunities like this for everybody to explore and learn, so they’re excited and go back and do their own projects and programs and start creating.”

The agBOT Challenge will begin Friday with teams from across the U.S. and Canada designing farm machines of the future.

The year’s challenges include designing a machine to gauge the ripeness of a watermelon and creating a machine that can move through a field to identify and destroy weeds. All the designs much work autonomously.

This is the third year for the challenge. It all takes place on Gerrish Farms outside of Rockville. Click here and connect to the agBOT web page.

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