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Next generation data systems and knowledge products to support agricultural producers and science-based policy decision making

Capalbo, Susan M., Antle, John M., Seavert, Clark
Agricultural systems 2017 v.155 pp. 191-199
Camelina sativa, case studies, computer software, computers, decision making, farm management, farms, fuels, issues and policy, models, oilseed crops, socioeconomics
Research on next generation agricultural systems models shows that the most important current limitation is data, both for on-farm decision support and for research investment and policy decision making. One of the greatest data challenges is to obtain reliable data on farm management decision making, both for current conditions and under scenarios of changed bio-physical and socio-economic conditions. This paper presents a framework for the use of farm-level and landscape-scale models and data to provide analysis that could be used in NextGen knowledge products, such as mobile applications or personal computer data analysis and visualization software. We describe two analytical tools - AgBiz Logic and TOA-MD - that demonstrate the current capability of farmlevel and landscape-scale models. The use of these tools is explored with a case study of an oilseed crop, Camelina sativa, which could be used to produce jet aviation fuel. We conclude with a discussion of innovations needed to facilitate the use of farm and policy-level models to generate data and analysis for improved knowledge products.