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Conference to focus on benefits of emerging agricultural technologies

Nebraska

New technologies are changing the way of agriculture. Producers will learn how to benefit from these advancements at a January agricultural technology conference.

The ninth annual Nebraska Agricultural Technologies Association Conference and Trade Show will be Jan. 28 and 29 at the Midtown Holiday Inn in Grand Island.

"Conference attendees will learn to use the latest technology to improve their production efficiencies," said University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator Dave Varner. "Participants will glean insights from national and international precision agriculture experts regarding future precision agriculture technology applications."

One of the featured speakers at the 2009 conference is Paul Schrimpf, group editor of the CropLife Media Group, which publishes CropLife magazine and the annual PrecisionAg Buyers Guide. Schrimpf will revisit the past decade of precision agriculture accomplishments and future precision agriculture trends and projections.

Jude Kastens, raised on a western Kansas farm, understands practical precision agriculture applications, in particular remote sensing. Kastens will share research relevant to remote sensing applications that include vegetation monitoring, crop yield forecasting, land cover mapping, pasture insurance, agricultural intensification, elevation and hydrologic modeling.

Precision agriculture continues to become more integrated within the agriculture industry. Walter Mayer, president of PROGIS software in Austria, will share his vision of a futuristic agricultural industry. Mayer's vision includes farmers using technology to collectively receive better commodity prices, trace commodities, optimize logistics and improve risk management.

Participants may choose among 12 concurrent sessions that address topics such as using active crop canopy sensors for in-season nitrogen management, an update on IOSBUS compatibility, weed mapping using machine vision, aerial imagery as a remote sensing tool, choosing a map publishing system, next generation cell phone capabilities, and using precision agriculture technologies to conduct side-by-side trials.

Special pre-conference farm program decision making workshops will be offered the morning and afternoon of Jan. 28. These workshops will offer growers hands-on experiences that will help them learn the fundamentals of the 2008 Farm Bill. Participants will have opportunities to use decision making tools that will help them make good farm program choices.

Advance registration is $95 if postmarked by Jan. 23 and $120 thereafter for NeATA members, $120 and $145 respectively for non-members. Those planning to attend can register by sending their name, address, phone number, e-mail address and payment to the Nebraska Agricultural Technologies Association Inc., 1206 W. 23rd St., Fremont, Neb. 68025-2504. Conference brochures are available at University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension offices, at the http://www.neata.org website, or by calling 800-830-4855.

Nine Certified Crop Advisor continuing education credits are available to conference participants.

Rooms for conference participants are available at the Midtown Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center. Call 800-548-5542 for reservations.

The conference is sponsored by the Nebraska Agricultural Technologies Association and UNL Extension, a division of the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. For more information, call Varner at 402-727-2775 or e-mail dvarner1@unl.edu.

1/26/09
6 Star Midwest Ag\5-B

Date: 1/20/09



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