Indiana CCA Conference 2021 Presentation



Soil & Water
Tue, Dec 14, 2021
10:00am to 10:50am


Soil & Water
Tue, Dec 14, 2021
3:00pm to 3:50pm

Designing Digital Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture

In this session we will discuss the role of digital technologies in improving sustainability of agricultural systems. Farmers, crop advisors, and farm stakeholders are faced with an increasingly complex decision space matched with an influx of data and tools. Software offers us the ability to manage agricultural complexity across scale, but in order to be useful they must also be user-friendly. We will share how our teams practice participatory design research with farmers and farm stakeholders to develop user-centered decision support and information management tools. We will invite a discussion around how digital technologies can better support farmers and crop advisors in Indiana.


Ankita Raturi

Assistant Professor
Purdue University

Ankita Raturi is an assistant professor at Purdue University, where she runs the Agricultural Informatics Lab, focused on human computer interaction, information architecture, and software engineering, for increased resilience in food and agricultural systems. Ankita’s current work includes: the development of modular, open source, decision support tools (e.g., for cover cropping); information modeling for the development of agricultural ontologies and data services (e.g., for plant data); design methods for agricultural technologies (e.g., for soil health management technologies); and design for diversified farming systems (e.g., for community food resilience).