With a crowd anticipated to exceed 400 precision ag experts from more than 40 countries and hundreds of attendees interested in the latest precision ag developments, the 12th International Conference on Precision Agriculture (ICPA) will be held July 20-23, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento, Calif.

Sacramento seems an appropriate setting for the high-tech talks as it is in the heart of high-value agriculture and precision technology development. The global scale of the conference is apparent from the list of presenters and exhibitors. The International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA) organizers of the ICPA, note that this event brings together a unique mix of researchers, industry and practitioners.

ICPA is being touted as the premier scientific conference on precision agriculture. “We selected the top research papers from around the world for the conference. With session chairs in precision water management, precision horticulture, unmanned aerial vehicles, precision conservation, precision livestock, remote sensing, and data standards, the oral program reflects the diversity of our members’ interests,” said John Stafford, Ph.D., president of the ISPA.

The program will feature two poster sessions with more than 70 posters on display during the conference.

The program features talks on practical applications of the latest technology in crop and livestock production. Through the support of its major sponsors, the conference will feature an educational track for practitioners in addition to the five tracks on precision ag research.

“At ICPA we have continued to appeal to the practitioner in addition to the researcher and academic. It is important that the research work finds its way into practical applications in crop production,” said Quentin Rund, conference secretary.

“The schedule provides plenty of time for interaction among attendees. From the Sunday night welcome reception sponsored by E & J Gallo Wineries, to the dedicated time for exhibits and posters during breaks and evening receptions, the program promotes networking and opportunities for in-depth discussion among attendees, presenters, exhibitors and sponsors,” Rund further noted.

For international and domestic visitors to the area the conference has partnered with the University of California-Davis to organize a post-conference tour for Wednesday afternoon after the closing session. The tour will feature area stops on UAVs, high-tech tomato production, precision irrigation, and imaging systems in wine grape production. Other options for exploring the area are available, too.

More information is available online at www.ispag.org/icpa including program, exhibits, tours, and accommodations. Online registration is open.

The conference is sponsored by E & J Gallo Wineries, Monsanto, Dupont Pioneer, and Springer.