I want to challenge a bit the prevailing thinking about Digital Agriculture, although I agree with most of the content in the articles posted on this site. As I see it, to this point, the majority of the thinking has been, from my perspective, focused on what I am going to call 'land (soil)-based agriculture, or 'conventional agriculture'. There have been and are many new innovations in this area as recognized by application of numerous technologies, such as information science/technology, including artificial intelligence, drones, robotics, 'big' data and internet of things. I do not wish to diminish these innovations for the food and agriculture systems (FAS). However, I think we are in the beginning of tremendous innovations in what I wish to term, non-land (soil-less) - based agriculture as exemplified by cellular/cultured systems and those based on soil-less applications. Examples well known over the past several years included alternative 'meat' production approaches and alternative systems to produce almost every food we have previously associated with soil-based systems. I would include the popular interest in aquaponic systems being developed within 'vertical farming' systems and advanced greenhouse systems.
Another point I want to make is the need to think of Digital Agriculture within a system of convergence of science and technologies. These are in my mind--biotechnology, nanotechnology, information science and cognitive science. I would refer the reader to a chapter, "Sustainable Global Food Supply" that I co-authored which appears in The Handbook of of Science and Technology Convergence for discussion of convergence thinking for FAS. The take away is, to advance our FAS into the future requires convergence thinking of sciences and technologies. The chapter above is accessible by DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-07052_0_43. Also, this chapter offers a unique description of sustainability and builds upon the original definition in the report, Our Common Future, 1987, known as the Brundtland Report.
My last point is that we often get so wrapped up in the FAS of production that we do not concentrate enough on the key point that the while the objective is safe and healthy food, the real objective is healthy people!