How Has RFID Been Deployed in Agriculture?

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Ask The ExpertsHow Has RFID Been Deployed in Agriculture?
RFID Journal Staff asked 7 years ago

Do you have any information regarding EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags and their use in cultivating animals and plants?

—Name withheld


There have not been a lot of deployments using passive UHF EPC tags in agriculture to date. Here are a few stories we’ve published:

Hawaii Plans Trace-Back Program for Fresh Food

RFID Tracks Produce From Field to Fork

With RFID, Pork Producer Sells No Swine Before Its Time

RFID Tracks Leafy Greens in Arizona

These three articles describe agricultural RFID applications that do not seem to use EPC RFID, but there is no reason why they couldn’t:

RFID Helps California Crops Grow

RFID Helps Improve Agricultural Worker Productivity

BASF Subsidiary Develops Better Crops Through RFID

There is certainly a lot of opportunity to use passive EPC technology in agriculture, but most companies in that sector have not even deployed bar codes yet. As such, there is a reluctance to invest in new technologies.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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