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      At the Intersection of Industry, Academia, and Government: How Do We Facilitate Productive Precision Livestock Farming in Practice?

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          This commentary is a comprehensive synthesis of ideas generated from a workshop, hosted by Iowa State University, encompassing precision livestock farming (PLF) research and applications for industry–academia. The goal of this workshop was to demonstrate existing institution research and strategically propel further PLF development and industry adoption. Six key thematic areas were identified from participant discussion: sensors and algorithms, implementation, economic feasibility, data, rural and societal impacts, and education and training. These themes were used to focus discussion on identifying the new knowledge needed to drive implementation and examine current and future challenges of implementing PLF. At the convergence of industry and academia sits a unique opportunity to create mutually beneficial relationships that accomplish the individual needs of all parties. Productive PLF is currently hindered by numerous technical and non-technical challenges, but an increasing demand and optimistic outlook may result in rapid producer adoption. To foster harmonious partnerships among industry, academia, and government, a nexus at the intersection of multiple disciplines and basic/applied sciences is needed to thrust future success.

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          Journal
          Animals (Basel)
          Animals (Basel)
          animals
          Animals : an Open Access Journal from MDPI
          MDPI
          2076-2615
          30 August 2019
          September 2019
          : 9
          : 9
          Affiliations
          [1 ]Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA
          [2 ]Institute of Agriculture, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
          [3 ]Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA
          [4 ]Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA
          Author notes
          [* ]Correspondence: bramirez@ 123456iastate.edu (B.C.R.); jekoltes@ 123456iastate.edu (J.E.K.)
          Article
          animals-09-00635
          10.3390/ani9090635
          6770712
          31480220
          © 2019 by the authors.

          Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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