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ISSUE DATE: 02/06/2012

Controversy swirls around potential GPS interference

By Larry Dreiling

A company planning to provide a new kind of national wireless communication service has set off a firestorm within the agricultural, aircraft, and national security arenas.

These industries fear potential interference to GPS receivers from the recently launched LightSquared communications network.

LightSquared is a company that plans to provide a wholesale, nationwide 4G-LTE wireless broadband network integrated with satellite coverage. The plan is to cover all parts of the U.S. with wireless service, with the intent that even remote rural areas would have 4G services via satellite when its standard terrestrial service would not reach customers.

LightSquared would combine existing mobile satellite communications services with a ground-based wireless communications network that uses the same radio spectrum as the satellites. Last January, the Federal Communications Commission gave LightSquared conditional approval to build out its ground-based wireless network.


NEWS

AFBF delegates approve flexible, fiscally sound farm policy
AFBF: Egg legislation replaces science with politics
Ag secretary blasts KBA board of directors
Ag secretary seeks waiver for illegal immigrants
Asian markets will benefit ag in 2012, says trade expert
Assistance offered to producers affected by extreme weather
Controversy swirls around potential GPS interference
DOL to re-propose 'parental exemption' of child labor in agriculture rule
Extension director honored
Flood recovery funds and flexibility needed for Mo. farmers
High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal now available on e-readers
January temperatures in Kansas among warmest on record
Legislators honor KARL president
Looking at the numbers
Ongoing research analyzes formulas, mother's milk
Scientists say red meat vital for a healthy diet
Stallman outlines agriculture's successes, challenges
USDA grants promote rural business development
USDA Rural Development seeks applications for home loans
USDA to mark 150th anniversary at Agricultural Outlook Forum
Western Farm Show Health & Safety Roundup features safety demonstrations, health screenings

CROPS

Abundant world wheat supplies pressure prices
AgriLife to host crops conference Feb. 10
American Agriculture Movement holds 33rd annual convention
Chemigation training set for SW Nebraska
Cleaning up soils and waterways with prickly pear
Colby to host Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Expo
Cover crops to open the 2012 Third Crop Producer Meeting series
Drought may mean more dryland cotton in Texas High Plains
Extension to host feed-grains marketing workshop
Field Crop Insects publication added to crop reference series
Forest Stewardship Conference is March 10
Grants available to help develop specialty crops
High volatility, 'fierce' acreage war ahead for growers
Independent seed producers hold annual conference
Iowa Corn to continue sponsorship of Iowa Corn Indy 250
IPSA announces officers for 2012
ISU Extension volunteers offer tax help to rural Iowans
Kansan named to advisory council
Kansas Soybean Commission meeting set for Feb. 11
K-State to host Sorghum Schools
Meeting will cover production, marketing, management
NAWG names Baucus Wheat Leader of the Year
Nebraska Wheat Board announces directorship opening
NMSU to present pesticide applicator workshop
Parmer County Cotton Variety/Economics Workshop set for Feb. 7
Prior to retire from U.S. Wheat Associates
Rapid expansion of winter canola acres fuels interest in Canola U event
Registration for ag women conference coming to close
Renewable Energy Conference set for Feb. 21
Search for Missouri Century Farms continues
State Geographic Information Coordinator named
Sunflower production in 2011 down
Texas grain producers recognize Larry Phillips
Texas producers evaluating alternative crops
Tool helps show U.S. soy's sustainability
Webinar will cover 2012 crop insurance, marketing
Wheat growers learn about export opportunities in Portland
Wheat organizations want an open border for U.S. and Canadian farmers
Wheat Quality Council annual meeting set for Feb. 14 to 16
Women in Agriculture conference is Feb. 11

LIVESTOCK

AHC explains changes in tax benefits for horse owners
American Angus Auxiliary to host Leadership Conference
CICA to host Legislative Day Feb. 14
Colorado Corn honors legislator, Beef Battalion, others
Consignment Tack and Equipment sale set for April 14
Cowgirl ranch rodeo association formed
EquiFest of KansasFeb. 10 to 12 in Wichita
Equine Art in the Park set March 9 to 11 in Denver
Extension to host beef cattle update in Hays
Extension, American Brahman Breeders to host BIF Research Symposium
Follow 5 steps for better heifer reproduction
Grandin among scientists, experts and horse industry leaders at 2nd International Summit of the Hors
Heifers reported stolen from Stafford County feedyard
Hereford Innovator Award presented
Hereford Yard Show winners announced
Kansan inducted into American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame
Kansas Junior Sheep Producer Day planned for March 31
KCA booth is hit at Topeka Farm Show
K-State Swine Profitability Conference to address land-based systems, price outlook
Mile High Night Hereford Sale held
NCBA files comments on Clean Water Act
Northeast Missouri Livestock Person of the Year applications due May 1
NWSS National Gelbvieh and Balancer Show champions rise to success
OPSU bulls weighed off performance test
Report: Nation's cattle herd continues decline
Scholarships available for Junior Shorthorn Breeders
Self-feeding options for cattle
Sheep industry represented on USFRA task forces
Stock Show ends with top 10 all-time attendance
Timed Event Championship set for March
Uniformity a worthy goal in cattle herds

EDITOR

Another attack
Preserving rural values and traditions
State of the Campaign

COLUMNS

Just a scoop full
Little cattle
Sorry, Kodak
Who really needs schooling?

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary report
Dalhart livestock sales report
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids lower
Hay trade mixed
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin livestock auction report
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
Mill Bar Angus Ranch sale report
Newell sheep sales report
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt feeder cattle auction report
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Springfield livestock auction report
Tama feeder cattle auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Winter livestock auction report
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Interseeding legumes into cool-season grass pastures
Landowners can earn extra cash from hunting
Pasture Management program to focus on summer weed control
Ranch Management University set for April 9 to 13
Russell County Prescribed Burn School is Feb. 29
Seeding strategies help rangelands recover from fire
Seminars will cover Managing Rangelands in a Changing Environment
Switchgrass, bioenergy research recognized
USDA encourages producers to apply for Grasslands Reserve Program
Wyoming family secures ranching tradition with conservation easement

FAMILY

Be aware of symptoms of hypothermia
Bexar County ripe with horticultural opportunities
Bloggers + Idaho Potatoes =True Love
Cavanaugh's facade startling
Changes to duck zones under consideration
Choose your friends wisely
Event will benefit school preservation efforts
Fruit plants can blend into landscape
Gardeners gear up for spring gardening
Gardening tips for February
Kansas Rural Center announces Savor the Season program
Landowners can improve hunting lease value
Learn to 'talk to' your landscape plants as you deal with drought
Meditation for 2-6-12
National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic to feature top bird dog trainers
OSU offers farmed whitetail deer program
Presidents Day a good excuse to bake a cake
Screening project could ease gardeners' storage woes
Selecting seeds for the home garden
Specialist compares space heater claims and reality
The Valentine-By Joe Kreger
USDA unveils new Plant Hardiness Zone Map
Winter an ideal time to test for radon

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