AR1k - MISSION
Sustainable, Profitable Agriculture Through Research
The AR1K Solution And Objectives:
Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working with the University of Arkansas and Glennoe Farms, are bringing together molecular biology, biogeochemistry, environmental sensing technologies, and machine learning, to help revolutionize agriculture and create sustainable farming practices that benefit both the environment and farms. If successful, we envision being able to reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and enhance soil carbon uptake, thus improving the long-term viability of the land, while at the same time increasing crop yields.
Through its pilot project in 2017, the team established a large-scale field research site which has produced providing extensive datasets and actionable insights for future land management strategies. The role of microbes in the health of the soil is at the center of this research.
Decreased Economic Risks
Revolutionize agriculture and create sustainable farming practices that benefit both the environment and farms.
Reduction of Inputs
Diminish the need for chemical fertilizers and enhance soil carbon uptake, thus improving the long-term viability of the land.
Improved Value of Crops
Provide farmers with methods for tracking sustainability practices that can lead to increased marketing opportunities.
Auxiliary Value Streams for Farmers
Data-driven farming practices allow farmers to quickly attribute positive and negative factors and uncover additional opportunity.