Challenges for agriculture through industry 4.0

Heinz Bernhardt, Mehmet Bozkurt, Reiner Brunsch, Eduardo Colangelo, Andreas Herrmann, Jan Horstmann, Martin Kraft, Johannes Marquering, Thilo Steckel, Heiko Tapken, Cornelia Weltzien, Clemens Westerkamp

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Industry 4.0 is currently considered the structural implementation of networked and cooperative digitalisation and the next step in technological and social development. The aim of this paper is to examine how these structures are also suitable for agriculture and whether there are already approaches to this. Therefore, the main aspects of Industry 4.0 will be analysed and compared with agricultural examples from arable farming and livestock farming. The study shows that the approaches of Industry 4.0 are also useful for agriculture. However, they must be adapted to agriculture, as it has a different basic structure. As in industry, it is also evident in agriculture that there is still a need for action in the organisational and technical networking of systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1935
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2021


  • Data communication
  • Digitization
  • Networks
  • Smart farming
  • agriculture 4.0


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