New school in France aims to attract and train next-gen, tech-savvy farmers

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HECTAR, a training campus for high-tech, regenerative agriculture in France, is aiming to attract young people to go into agricuture.

The school teaches computer coding to program crop-harvesting robots, using big data to pitch to agricultural investors, monitoring livestock with Fitbit-style collars that track their health, and profitable techniques to reverse climate change through farming.

France produces the biggest agricultural output in the European Union. However, half of French farmers are over 50 and are ready to retire.

Read the full story at The New York Times

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