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Precision Ag Conference announces speakers


The Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association announced the speakers for the 16th Annual Precision Agricultural Technologies Conference, being held Jan. 17 to 18 in Salina, Kan. This annual event brings hundreds of agricultural producers and industry leaders for a two-day interactive workshop on the ever-changing precision agriculture industry.

The funds generated through the association dues and conference registrations are used to provide grants to facilitate on-farm research projects and instructional workshops on the hardware and software necessary to conduct agricultural research trials.

Those in attendance at the conference will hear presentations from dynamic speakers on a wide variety of topics dealing with precision agriculture. Speakers include:

--Josh McGrath, University of Maryland, Nutrient Management;

--Wes Porter, Oklahoma State University, Nozzle Control Systems;

--Terry Kastens and Kevin Dhuyvetter, Telematics and Economics;

--Kevin Price, Kansas State University, Use of sUAS for Crop Monitoring;

--Dave Mengel, K-State Research and Extension, Greenseeker and Crop Circle on Wheat;

--Jesse Polland, USDA-ARS, New Technologies in Wheat Breeding; and

--Kraig Roozeboom, K-State Research and Extension, Opportunities for On-Farm Research.

The two-day event also includes vendor displays, the KARTA Annual Meeting, research presentations from grant recipients, and an interactive evening discussion that is always an attendee favorite.

"We have big plans for growing the statewide conference this year," says KARTA Board President Dietrich Kastens. "In addition to the line-up of speakers addressing cutting-edge developments in the precision agriculture industry, we have added two new elements that will hopefully bring in new participants and broaden our audience."

Producers, lenders, researchers, students, and service providers can register for the conference for $225 per person, with meals and refreshments included.

The KARTA Precision Agricultural Technologies Conference will take place at the Ramada Conference Center in Salina, Kan. For more information about KARTA and its research projects, or to download a registration form for the winter conference, visit

Date: 1/14/2013


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