Farming without farmers? Perhaps an exaggeration, never-the-less, automation, robotics and further commodification of essential skills places great challenges on community and policy makers alike.
I admit both a personal and professional interest in the latest developments by CASE IH in autonomous tractors and agricultural equipment. My father spent over 50 years with International Harvester Company, was involved with the earliest stages of mechanised farming in Australia and was part of the very first Columba Plan delegation from Australia.
It is not a stretch to see the automation or even “uber-isation” of farming, as the pursuit of further productivity gains to remain globally competitive accelerate. Complex trade deals, skills shortages and increasingly challenging economic and demographic trends in many rural communities suggest we could/will witness these changes shortly.