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Agriculture Technology: Books

Be prepared for careers that require a deep understanding of the connectedness between agronomy, agriculture machinery/purpose built network management, and data sciences.

Book of the Month

April 2020: Free Space Optical Communication

Call Number: eBook

Recent progress in ICT has exceeded our expectations for meeting the requirement of multimedia society in the 21st century. The FSOC is considered to be one of the key technologies for realizing very high speed multi GbPs large-capacity terrestrial and aerospace communications. In FSOC, the optical beam propagation in the turbulent atmosphere is severely affected by various factors suspended in the channel. Wavefront aberration correcting with continuous beam alignment are the key requirements for a successful installation of an FSOC system which are the main contributions in our book. Establishment of FSOC setups, development of accurate weather station, measurement of atmospheric attenuation (Att) and turbulence strength (Cn2), development of new models to predict the Att and Cn2, design of Response Surface Model and Artificial Neural Network based on controller, implementation of neural-controller in FPGA and attaining the BER of 6.4x10^-9 during different outdoor environments. All the original contributions, newness, findings and experimental results etc., are reported in the book. Subject of work; Wireless Optical Communication. The content of the book can be referred by various application designers and/or academicians for working on FSOC transceiver design, laser cutting, laser metrology, laser surgery, beam focusing & pointing, beacon positioning and coupling etc. Further, all necessary MATLAB and VHDL codes are also given on appropriate pages for the readers' quick/ clear understanding.

March 2020: Building Bluetooth Low Energy Systems

Call Number: eBook

Discover and implement a system of your choice using Bluetooth Low Energy.About This Book- Learn the basics of Bluetooth Low Energy with its exciting new protocol stack and security.- Build customized Bluetooth Low Energy projects that make your web or mobile apps smarter in terms of networking and communications.- Using Android, iOS, and the Web, acquire key skills to harness the power of Bluetooth Low Energy in your IoT applications.Who This Book Is ForThe book is for developers and enthusiasts who are passionate about learning Bluetooth Low Energy technologies and want to add new features and services to their new or existing products. They should be familiar with programming languages such as Swift, Java, and JavaScript. Knowledge of debugging skills would be an advantage.What You Will Learn- Bluetooth Low Energy in theory.- Bluetooth Low Energy Hardware and Software Development Kits.- Implement Bluetooth low energy communication (central and peripheral) using Android.- Master BLE Beacons with examples implemented over Eddystone and iBeacons.- Implement indoor navigation using Estimote Beacons on iOS.- Implement Internet gateways to control BLE devices on a Wi-Fi network.- Understand BLE security mechanisms with a special focus on Bluetooth pairing, bonding, and key exchange to cover encryption, privacy, and user data integrity.- Implement Bluetooth Mesh using CSRMesh Technology.In DetailBluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is a Wireless Personal Area network technology aimed at novel applications for smart devices. High-tech BLE profiles and services are being increasingly used by application developers and hardware enthusiasts to allow devices to interact with the surrounding world.This book will focus on a technical introduction to BLE and how it is reshaping small-distance communication. We will start with IoT, where many technologies such as BLE, Zigbee, and IEEE 802.15.4 Mesh will be introduced. The book will present BLE from an engineering perspective, from which the protocol stack, architecture, and layers are discussed. You will learn to implement customized projects for Peripheral/Central communication, BLE Beacons, indoor navigation using triangulation, and the Internet gateway for Bluetooth Low Energy Personal Network, all using various code samples and APIs on Android, iOS, and the Web. Finally, the book will conclude with a glimpse into future technologies destined to be prominent in years to come.Style and approachThe book is a practical tutorial that will help you understand the background and technicalities of BLE and offers a friendly environment to build and create robust BLE projects. This hands-on approach will give you a clear vision of Bluetooth Low Energy and how it can be used in IoT.

February 2020: Handbook of Research on Smart Farming Technologies for Sustainable Agricultural Development

Call Number: eBook

In order to meet food needs, farmers need to integrate the latest technologies enabling them to make more informed decisions. Smart Farming Technologies for Sustainable Agricultural Development provides innovative insights into the latest farming advancements in terms of informatics and communication. The content within this publication represents the work of topics such as sensor systems, wireless communication, and the integration of the Internet of Things in agriculture-related processes. It is a vital reference source for farmers, academicians, researchers, government agencies, technology developers, and graduate-level students seeking current research on smart farming technologies.

January 2020: Practical GIS

Call Number: eBook

Learn the basics of Geographic Information Systems by solving real-world problems with powerful open source toolsAbout This Book* This easy-to-follow guide allows you to manage and analyze geographic data with ease using open source tools* Publish your geographical data online* Learn the basics of geoinformatics in a practical way by solving problemsWho This Book Is ForThe book is for IT professionals who have little or no knowledge of GIS. It's also useful for those who are new to the GIS field who don't want to spend a lot of money buying licenses of commercial tools and training.What You Will Learn* Collect GIS data for your needs* Store the data in a PostGIS database* Exploit the data using the power of the GIS queries* Analyze the data with basic and more advanced GIS tools* Publish your data and share it with others* Build a web map with your published dataIn DetailThe most commonly used GIS tools automate tasks that were historically done manually--compiling new maps by overlaying one on top of the other or physically cutting maps into pieces representing specific study areas, changing their projection, and getting meaningful results from the various layers by applying mathematical functions and operations. This book is an easy-to-follow guide to use the most matured open source GIS tools for these tasks.We'll start by setting up the environment for the tools we use in the book. Then you will learn how to work with QGIS in order to generate useful spatial data. You will get to know the basics of queries, data management, and geoprocessing.After that, you will start to practice your knowledge on real-world examples. We will solve various types of geospatial analyses with various methods. We will start with basic GIS problems by imitating the work of an enthusiastic real estate agent, and continue with more advanced, but typical tasks by solving a decision problem.Finally, you will find out how to publish your data (and results) on the web. We will publish our data with QGIS Server and GeoServer, and create a basic web map with the API of the lightweight Leaflet web mapping library.Style and approachThe book guides you step by step through each of the core concepts of the GIS toolkit, building an overall picture of its capabilities. This guide approaches the topic systematically, allowing you to build upon what you learned in previous chapters. By the end of this book, you'll have an understanding of the aspects of building a GIS system and will be able to take that knowledge with you to whatever project calls for it.

December 2019: Open Source Agriculture

Call Number: eBook

This Palgrave Pivot employs the concept of open source agriculture as a new social movement, which not only advocates a specific agenda but also creates technological products under a unique technology development model. The book brings together social movement and technology theory to examine it through two in-depth case studies of open source agricultural communities. This allows for the tracing of values and interests coded within the technological artefacts the communities produce, as well as their development processes. Critical theory of technology is further applied to examine the broader political economy of the development model.   

November 2019: Never out of season : how having the food we want when we want it threatens our food supply and our future

Call Number: TX 357 D83 2017

A biologist explains how the scientific breeding of our food supply into only the hardiest and tastiest varieties has made these crops susceptible to Mother Nature and discusses how a single bug or virus can now cause a massive collapse

October 2019: Improving Data Collection and Measurement of Complex Farms

Call Number: eBook

America (TM)s farms and farmers are integral to the U.S. economy and, more broadly, to the nation (TM)s social and cultural fabric. A healthy agricultural sector helps ensure a safe and reliable food supply, improves energy security, and contributes to employment and economic development, traditionally in small towns and rural areas where farming serves as a nexus for related sectors from farm machinery manufacturing to food processing. The agricultural sector also plays a role in the nation (TM)s overall economic growth by providing crucial raw inputs for the production of a wide range of goods and services, including many that generate substantial export value. If the agricultural sector is to be accurately understood and the policies that affect its functioning are to remain well informed, the statistical system (TM)s data collection programs must be periodically revisited to ensure they are keeping up with current realities. This report reviews current information and makes recommendations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (TM)s (USDA (TM)s) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and Economic Research Service (ERS) to help identify effective methods for collecting data and reporting information about American agriculture, given increased complexity and other changes in farm business structure in recent decades.

September 2019: The Vertical Farm

Call Number: S 494.5 U72 D47 2010

Imagine a world where every town has its own local food source, grown in the safest way possible, where no drop of water or particle of light is wasted, and where a simple elevator ride can transport you to nature's grocery store - imagine the world of the vertical farm.When Columbia professor Dickson Despommier set out to solve America's food, water, and energy crises, he didn't just think big - he thought up. Despommier's stroke of genius, the vertical farm, has excited scientists, architects, and politicians around the globe. These farms, grown inside skyscrapers, would provide solutions to many of the serious problems we currently face, including: -Allowing year-round crop production -Providing food to areas currently lacking arable land -Immunity to weather-related crop failure -Re-use of water collected by de-humidification of the indoor environment -New employment opportunities -No use of pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides -Drastically reduced dependence on fossil fuels -No crop loss due to shipping or storage -No agricultural runoff

August 2019: The $64 Tomato

Call Number: SB 320.7 A44 2006

Bill Alexander had no idea that his simple dream of having a vegetable garden and small orchard in his backyard would lead him into life-and-death battles with groundhogs, webworms, weeds, and weather; midnight expeditions in the dead of winter to dig up fresh thyme; and skirmishes with neighbors who feed the vermin (i.e., deer). Not to mention the vacations that had to be planned around the harvest, the near electrocution of the tree man, the limitations of his own middle-aged body, and the pity of his wife and kids. When Alexander runs (just for fun!) a costbenefit analysis, adding up everything from the live animal trap to the Velcro tomato wraps and then amortizing it over the life of his garden, it comes as quite a shock to learn that it cost him a staggering $64 to grow each one of his beloved Brandywine tomatoes. But as any gardener will tell you, you can't put a price on the unparalleled pleasures of providing fresh food for your family.

July 2019: Small Flying Drones: Applications for Geographic Observation

Call Number: eBook

This book focuses on small flying drones and their applications in conducting geographic surveys. Scholars and professionals will discover the potential of this tool, and hopefully develop a conceptual and methodological framework for doing the following things: a) Translate their data acquisition needs into specifications. (b) Use the developed specifications to choose the best accessible configuration for their drones, and (c) Design and organize effective and low-cost field deployment and flight operations by integrating technical aspects with regulatory and research requirements. Readers can apply this knowledge to work in cartography, environmental monitoring and analysis, land-use studies and landscape archaeology. Particular attention is also given to the reasons why a drone can dramatically boost a geographer's capability to understand geographic phenomena both from hard-science and humanities-oriented approach.

June 2019: Precision Agriculture and the Future of Farming

Call Number: eBook

Precision Agriculture and the Future of Farming examines various aspects of agriculture sector along with a detailed introductionon precision agriculture. It includes the tools requiredfor this kind of agriculture comprising various methodologiesrequired for the same. The relationship between precision agricultureand land management have also been discussed in brief.Provide the reader with the insights into the development of precision agriculture, so asto understand new methodologies that have been adopted for farm management whichmight further help in achieving sustainability and protection of the environment.

May 2019: Tomatoland, Third Edition: From Harvest of Shame to Harvest of Hope

Call Number: eBook

Four entirely new chapters take up where the current edition leaves off to tell the story behind what president Bill Clinton calls "the most astonishing thing politically in the world we're living in today." Estabrook reveals how a rag-tag group of migrant tomato pickers in Florida convinced the world's largest restaurant chains and food retailers to join forces to create a model for labor justice, and then took the necessary steps to make sure that the model really works, not only in Florida, but around the world.   The book includes a new foreword by journalist and author Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation).    

April 2019: Precision Agriculture Basics


With the growing popularity and availability of precision equipment, farmers and producers have access to more data than ever before. With proper implementation, precision agriculture management can improve profitability and sustainability of production. Precision Agriculture Basics is geared at students, crop consultants, farmers, extension workers, and practitioners that are interested in practical applications of site-specific agricultural management. Using a multidisciplinary approach, readers are taught to make data-driven on-farm decisions using the most current knowledge and tools in crop science, agricultural engineering, and geostatistics. Precision Agriculture Basics also features a stunning video glossary including interviews with agronomists on the job and in the field.

March 2019: Sustainable Agriculture and Farming

This book is a valuable compilation of topics, ranging from the basic to the most complex theories and principles in the field of sustainable agriculture and farming. It is designed in such a way, that it will provide deep insights about the new theories and concepts related to the subject to the readers. Sustainable agriculture refers to the act of using activities while farming which don't cause any harm to the crops, the land, and the environment. It is the practice of using organic manures and environment friendly techniques for farming practices.

Browse the shelves

Call numbers help you find the areas of the library shelves relevant to smart agriculture.

HD Industries, Land Use, Labor
S Agriculture (General)
SB Plant Culture
SF Animal Culture
T Technology (General)
TA Engineering, Civil Engineering (General)

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