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ISSUE DATE: 01/25/2010

Precision agriculture moves farming forward

By Jennifer M. Latzke

Farmers are nothing if not an innovative lot.

About 20 years ago that innovation and creativity brought about the precision agriculture revolution. Using new technologies, farmers for the first time had data available to them to enhance their decision-making skills, improve their efficiency and boost their yields.

The early years

"Precision agriculture is an information-based management strategy," explained Viacheslav Adamchuk, associate professor in Biological Systems Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He explained there are three goals of precision agriculture. First, using these tools and techniques allows producers to optimize their resources to increase the profitability and sustainability of production. Second, they help farmers minimize their impact on environment. And, finally, he said there's a social aspect to precision agriculture--use of this technology changes the status of farming and agriculture from a labor-intensive job to a profession. These goals haven't changed since the onset of precision ag, but the tools to reach them have evolved over the years.


NEWS

"I Heart Beef" campaign set to kick off in February
2010 Colorado Farm Show is saluting American ag
25th Women in Ag Conference Feb. 25 and 26 in Kearney
6th annual agricultural trade show rolls out
AFBF supports halt to EPA regulation of greenhouse gases
ARS gene collections vital to animal research efforts
Association disappointed in failure to uphold California law in Low Carbon Fuels Standard decision
Boy Scouts of Southwest Kansas begin Celebration of 100th Anniversary
Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame to induct four new members
Commerce Department and USDA announce availability of $4.8 billion in Recovery Act funding to bring
Do our kids know about agriculture?
Extension Service presents seminars at Southwest Farm & Ranch Classic
Extension sets outlook and management conferences across state
Final SPCC rule released
Fritz receives Superior Service award from Extension
KFU convention features health care panel
K-State scientists work to improve food security in Mali and Ghana
Microbe collections accelerate discoveries
Missouri uses beets to melt snow, ice from highways
NDA sponsors seventh annual poster contest
NMSU works with institutions around the world to study secrets of the sun
Norman Borlaug posthumously awarded Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award
NRCS announces funding for farmland protection program
Oklahoma agritourism rolling workshop announced
Precision agriculture moves farming forward
Rural Advantage/Healthy Farms Conference offers innovative ideas
Sen. Chambliss, ag groups voice support for Sen. Murkowski's resolution of disapproval
Smithsonian acquires historic food coupons from USDA
Staple food prices trend down for 5th straight quarter
Staples keynote speaker at Farm Show Power Breakfast
State budget reform tops list of Farm Bureau legislative priorities in 2010
USDA, Navy sign agreement to encourage development, use of renewable energy
Vilsack announces capacity building efforts in Afghanistan
Zebra chip research gets $3.9 million in funding

CROPS

Above-average precipitation causes groundwater level increases over much of state
American Corn Growers Association challenges criticism of energy and climate legislation
Blackland Income Growth Conference scheduled Feb. 9 and 10
Cold weather could spell death knell for boll weevil
Crop profitability meeting Jan. 27 in Hugoton
Experts: South Central Texas residents can choose, prepare plants for colder weather
Extension, Producers Cooperative Oil Mill hold canola meetings
High Plains Ag Conference set for Dec. 2 in Lubbock
Master Farmer Award honors Missouri's best
New farming wrinkle may help peanut growers
NSP announces national Yield and Management Contest winners
Organic farming conference slated for Albuquerque Feb. 19 and 20
OSU provides information about purchasing and storing biodiesel
Peanut industry raising donations for Haitian earthquake victims
Reduce soybean planting populations and save $10 to $18 per acre
RMFU supports Growing Safe Food Act
Sixth annual Arkansas Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium and Trade Show coming Feb. 4
Soy potentially healthy for cancer survivors
Soybean association announces seminar
Third Lower South Platte River watershed meeting set
U.S. farmers provide food, feed and fuel
USCP, USGC hosting international grain buying teams
USDA provides funding to cooperators for pest and disease management
USDA provides web-based disaster program payment calculator to help producers with business planning
Weed ecologist hired at UNL Center
Winter wheat seedings down
Workshops focus on helping ag operators with disabilities

LIVESTOCK

2010 Beef Feedlot Roundtables offered Feb. 9-11
2010 Colorado legislative session under way
36th annual bull test completes 41 days
AHA announces Spring 2010 Gold TPR Breeders
Bizarre calf mutilations found on Colorado ranch
Book marks life of lady bronc pioneer
Brod receives Excellence Award from veterinary diagnostic lab
Circle A presented Hereford Innovator award
Consumers want high-quality, branded beef
Education options available to producers at 2010 Iowa Pork Congress
Federal poultry pollution trial starts in Oklahoma
Feed not a problem for N.D. ranchers this winter
'Free' producer training sessions offered at 2010 Iowa Pork Congress
Iowa Pork Producers Association to present industry awards Jan. 27
Judging livestock, building character
Lean hog contracts, PRRS eradication among resolutions to be discussed at IPPA annual meeting
Nebraska dairy farm recovering from roof collapse
Nebraska rancher found guilty of 145 counts of cruelty
New pork cut finds success in Japan
New test may help address costly parasite in sheep industry
No boundaries
Nominees sought for Leopold Conservation Award
November beef, pork exports continue 2009 rebound
NWSS Junior Gelbvieh Show results
OPSU Bull Test 84-day update; Sale set for Feb. 22
Outstanding quality exhibited in NWSS Gelbvieh Pen Bull Show
Quality beef affected by nutrition, environment, genetics and more
Research aims at forecasting boar fertility at birth
Scientists turn stem cells into pork
Show-Me-Select Heifers sell well at Palmyra
South Korea confirms new outbreaks of FMD
Taiwanese protest imports of U.S. beef
Testimony comes to halt in poultry litter case
Third generation Texas rancher learned on the job
This trich is no treat
Two cases confirmed: Colorado livestock affected by rabies
USDA hosts outreach webinars on mobile slaughter units

EDITOR

At decade's end, ethanol has arrived
Connecting in many ways
Writing on the wall

COLUMNS

Critical habitat for human species
Just a scoopful
The American bison: Romance and reality
The lion in the street

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock sales report
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock auction report
Clovis livesock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Dalhart livestock sales report
Demand, trade activity ranges from very good to slow
Denison feeder cattle sale
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction
Ericson livestock auction report
Faith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Grains close lower
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock sales report
Presho livestock sales report
Salina cattle sales report
Springfield livestock sales report
St. Onge cattle sales report
Superior video auction report
Texhoma livestock auction report
Tulia livestock sales report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Watertown cattle sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Winter wheat conditions decline
Woodward livestock market report
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Court to rule on Monsanto alfalfa challenge
Funding available for Texas grassland owners
Learning the hot topics of prescribed burning at OSU

FAMILY

Aberdeen units designed with economy in mind
Annual directory seeks farms and farmers' markets for 2010 edition
Conference to focus on plasticulture production, small farmers
Dates set for panhandle master gardener training program
Football culture boosts wing sales
Goshen County 4-H team wins meat judging contest
Grandparents can help children grieve
Growing vegetable transplants
ISU horticulture student researches printing messages on apples
Market Gardening School to take place in Enid
Master Gardener Association honored with Partnership Award
Master Gardener training set
Meditation for 1-25-10
Nebraska 4-H science, engineering and technology programs making new scientists
Oklahoma gardeners gear up for spring gardening with free OSU Extension seminar
Parasites: Packing up, moving on
Small steps for debt reduction
Still in the round with extra pounds?

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