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Big Data, Big Ideas: FAI Symposium Addresses Future of Animal Agriculture

Last week, NC State’s Centennial Campus, known for it’s concentration of technology-focused university-industry partnerships, was the site of an event focused on bringing technology to the world’s farms.

The first International Symposium on Precision Systems and Data Analysis in Animal Agriculture, hosted by the NC State Food Animal Initiative, brought data scientists and animal scientists (and those pioneering their intersections) together at the StateView Hotel.

With 13 speakers and over 90 attendees, the symposium showcased the ideas and technology that will help food animal producers solve the challenges presented by a growing world population.

Over two days, September 9 and 10, attendees heard from producers, industry representatives and university researchers.

Jeffrey Bewley of Alltech, Inc. opened the symposium, emphasizing the need for data that leads to action. That theme ran through both days of presentations.

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