OpenTEAM, the first open source technology ecosystem to address soil health and mitigate climate change, has launched.
OpenTEAM, or Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management, is a farmer-driven, interoperable platform to provide farmers with the knowledge to improve soil health.
Farmers are faced with an ever-expanding assortment of decision-making software; however, these tools often do not “communicate” with each other, making it difficult to transfer, share or use by farmers and scientists or in supply chains. With OpenTEAM, farmers are not only in control of their own data, but also able to enter data once to access all available tools in the OpenTEAM collaborative.
OpenTEAM offers field-level carbon measurement, digital management records, remote sensing, predictive analytics and input and economic management decision support in a connected platform.
To date, more than one dozen organizations have joined to develop, fund, and implement OpenTEAM.
Wolfe’s Neck Center will coordinate OpenTEAM. Implementation and demonstration will begin in fall 2019. Field testing will continue in the 2020 growing season across the U.S. and international hub farm networks.
The more than $10 million public-private collaboration is made possible by a $5 million grant from Foundation for Food and Agriculture, with more than $5 million matching contributions coming from across the network, including a $200,000 grant from The Stonyfield Foundation and $200,000 in in-kind contributions and a grant from Stonyfield Organic.