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An artist's rendering of buildings associated with the Grand Farm autonomous farming initiative depicts how a research "makerspace" might look in three to five years, about 10 miles south of Fargo, N.D., in rural Horace, N.D., just east of Exit 54 on Interstate Highway 29. Image courtesy of Emerging Prairie. (Courtesy of Emerging Prairie)

'Grand Farm' sets producer social Nov. 9

FARGO, N.D. — The Grand Farm project in the Fargo area on Nov. 9 will host a "Growers Social," to introduce their high-tech goals to farmers and ranchers.

The Grand Farm project is coordinated by Emerging Prairie, a non-profit entrepreneurial development group based in Fargo.

The Growers Social is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Grand Farm Test Site, just to the east of Exit 54, about 10 miles south of Fargo on Interstate 29. No registration is necessary. The event will include appetizers and beverages, as well as presentations by Brian Carroll, the Grand Farm project manager.

Emerging Prairie is working to enhance the region's leadership in the areas of high-tech aids for farmers, including the use of "big data," drones and related equipment.

The Grand Farm project initially has pillars of emphasis, including:

• Developing an "ecosystem" of collaboration among high-tech ag research thinkers;

• Developing the "test site," including land and a building, sometimes referred to as a "makerspace," to be used for demonstration and prototype development;

• Developing an education system to develop workers with high-skills, led by the "Emerging Digital Academy" announced last July. The first group of students starts in April and is designed for 40 students by the end of 2020.

3rd Cultivate

In a separate but related event, Emerging Prairie on Nov. 14 hosts its third annual Cultivate Conference in Fargo.

The Cultivate Conference will feature brief entrepreneurial talks and a farmers' panel focusing on emerging technologies in agriculture. All ages are welcome. Pre-registration and cost information is available at

Cultivate topics will cover a wide array of the ag tech industry including software applications, precision agriculture, drones, alternative farming methods among other things. Agweek is a sponsor of Cultivate.