When we spoke with Krishna Nemali, assistant professor of controlled environment agriculture, his vision and drive for the agriculture industry was clear.Nemali and his group of student researchers are paving the way for the future of controlled environment agriculture.
Controlled environment agriculture blends engineering and computer-managed greenhouses to optimize and enhance crop production. Practices include vertical farming, hydroponics, and different LED lighting operations. These farming processes are ways that allow the "average" person to find ways they can become involved in food production.Nemali's work with Purdue Extension is helped him teach companies, schools, and individuals how they can implement these practices into their everyday lives. Currently, Nemali and his team work alongside companies throughout Indiana to help transform and utilize the space they have to practice controlled environmental agriculture. One individual consulted Nemali to help transform his garage into a controlled environment for growing produce. Even when given everyday space, Nemali can help growers transform areas by using vertical farming, LED lighting, and sometimes, hydroponics. Nemalis engagement also crosses over into his student research team. One student is developing an app to help farmers, producers, and companies for their growing businesses.
This video is part of the Visionaries series, which highlights the work and lives of researchers in the Purdue University College of Agriculture. Visionaries is a collaboration with Envision magazine.
Read a related Envision story about Nemali and controlled environment agriculture, "An Inside Take on Agriculture"
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The videos were created by the student filmmakers of YDAE 491 (Digital Storytelling), part of the agricultural communication program in the Purdue Department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication.
The team members for this video are: Carley Myers (leader for this video), Emily Dougherty, and Cheyenne Dunn.