Reach for the stars

Can you invent new ideas for the more extensive use of satellite technologies in agriculture to improve production, efficiency, profitability and to reduce environmental impact? If so, Farming by Satellite wants you.

The Farming by Satellite prize is an initiative of the European GNSS Agency under the auspices of the EU.

The aim of its competition is to promote the use of the Global Navigation Satellite System in agriculture and its benefits to farmers, consumers, food security and geo-traceability, remote sensing technologies, sustainable land management, and the environment.

Individuals or teams can contribute new ideas and innovations, particularly those relying upon the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service and the forthcoming GALILEO system.

Entries can be about any type of agriculture in any part of Europe or Africa. According to the organisers, you don’t need to be a satellite specialist to take part and you don’t have to be a farmer! But, they stress, the idea you come up with must apply to agriculture, food production or land use, and it must use satellite services to provide benefits.

The competition is open to all students and young people below the age of 32 at the time of the registration deadline who are European citizens or are resident in one of the eligible European countries.

The first prize is €5,000, second €3,000 and third €1,000.

Registration has now been extended to 28 February.