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farmOS Updates and GOAT Recap

Newsletter Issue 25 -  May 18th, 2018

Hello farmOS community!

Lots of fun things happening in the world of farmOS and open ag technology in general!  There have been two new releases of farmOS, and the first annual GOAT (Gathering for Open Ag Tech) conference last week was a great success!

New releases: farmOS betas 17 and 18

The 17th and 18th beta releases of farmOS are now available on GitHub and

If you have a farmOS site hosted on Farmier, you've already been upgraded automatically.  If you don't, you can try farmOS free for 30 days.

If you are hosting farmOS yourself, follow the update instructions here:


There are lots of new features in beta 17 and 18. Here are some of the highlights:

  • A new framework is developing for building "Quick Forms", for focused and simplified data entry.  The livestock module now provides quick forms for "Birth" and "Milk" records, and the Eggs module provides a simple one for recording egg harvests.  Over time, more quick forms can be added for common use-cases, or custom ones can be built for specific purposes.
  • A new "Quantity Report Generator" for querying logs with quantity measurements on them.  Results can also be exported as CSV files so they can be analyzed in more detail outside of farmOS.
  • General-purpose "Flags" can be assigned to assets, logs, and areas for easier searching/filtering of records, including: "Priority", "Needs Review", "Monitor" (and "Organic" + "Not organic" provided by the new Organic module).
  • A new "Birth" log type for recording animal births.
  • A new "Area Importer" module that allows you to extract and create multiple areas from a single KML file.
  • A button for setting multiple animal weights in bulk.
  • A general-purpose button for adding a log to multiple assets in bulk.
  • ... and lots of other little things!

For more detailed information, refer to the official release notes:

GOAT2018 Recap

Last week we held the first Gathering for Open Agricultural Technology at the Omege Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. It was sponsored by the Bionutrient Food Association and the 11th Hour Foundation.

It was attended by over 50 developers, researchers, technologists, farmers, and tinkerers - all focused on building community and solving problems together in the world of ag technology.  There were lots of great discussions, lightning talks, and unconference sessions on topics including data standards and interoperability, remote sensing and internet of things, access issues in agriculture, and more.  The GOAT Forum is buzzing (or should I say "baahh"-ing) with post-conference conversations, and also served as a place for session documenters to post notes from the conference.  Check it out and join the discussion - all are welcome!

Thanks to all the organizers who helped make it a successful conference. I hope we can do it again next year - follow @GOATech_org on Twitter and the GOAT Forum to get updates on future gatherings.

Interoperability working group

During the conference we identified the need for more ongoing discussion and collaboration around data standards and interoperability between different software platforms and systems.  If you are interested in joining the interoperability working group discussion, we are holding our first meeting on Wednedsay, May 23rd at 1 pm Eastern US time.  Here is the official forum post, where a link to the conference call will be posted:

Until next time...

Thanks for reading!  Give farmOS a try and let me know what you think!

-Mike Stenta