USDA grant funds Monarch tractor deployment and partnership with Hopville Farms and University of Oregon


Collaboration aims to improve environmental and economic sustainability on the farm

LIVERMORE, California, July 21, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) –Monarch tractor announced today that it will deploy its award-winning, fully electric, smart tractor with driver option at Hopville Farms in Oregon. Funded by USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grant, the tractor will be used to automate specific blueberry field maintenance tasks with the goal of reducing diesel fuel use while improving agricultural productivity. Additionally, in cooperation with Oregon State University, Hopville Farms and Monarch Tractor will work together to create a field data collection platform that is expected to improve agronomic practices.

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Monarch Tractor accelerates the adoption of sustainable farming practices by helping farmers achieve their environmental and economic goals. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Monarch Tractor continues to accelerate the adoption of sustainable farming practices by helping farmers achieve their environmental and economic goals,” said Praveen Penmetsa, co-founder and CEO of Monarch Tractor. “With the support of the USDA, we are delighted to team up with Hopville Farms and continue our commitment to innovation in the agricultural sector.”

The strategic alliance between Monarch Tractor and Hopville Farms was made possible by the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. The organization selected Hopville Farms for funding under the Conservation Innovation Grant program to integrate and test the Monarch Tractor autonomous electric tractor.

“Monarch Tractor is an ideal partner because of its collaborative approach to solving the problems facing farmers today,” said Jim Hoffmann, owner of Hopville Farms. “We look forward to implementing Monarch’s technology in our operations, as its stand-alone capabilities will help improve labor productivity, while electrification will reduce our carbon footprint. “

The USDA Conservation Innovation Grant program is one of many funding opportunities available to farmers deploying the Monarch tractor for its unique, fully electric, and driver-optional features. This USDA funding approval adds to a growing list of funding scholarships for Monarch partnerships that includes California, Norway and New Zealand. Each program aims to improve agricultural operations through green and sustainable technologies and best practices.

The Monarch tractor is the first to offer a trio of electrification, automation and data analysis that enables sustainable agriculture, increases efficiency and safety, and maximizes profitability for farmers. To see the Monarch tractor in action, watch this video.

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About the Monarch Tractor:

Monarch Tractor strives to use 21st century technology to empower farmers by enabling the cost-effective implementation of regenerative, sustainable and organic practices. The Monarch Tractor, the world’s first fully electric intelligent tractor with optional operator, improves existing farmer operations, alleviates labor shortages and maximizes yields. Monarch is committed to improving farming practices to enable clean, efficient and economically viable solutions for farmers today and generations of farmers to come. With cutting edge technology, global reach and an experienced team, Monarch is making a significant change for the future of agriculture. For more information, visit

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