Feb 152013
 

Precision agriculture has officially left its infancy. The days of simple auto steering and yield-monitor technology are over. Those technologies still exist, to be sure, but precision ag companies have layered a full suite of products and services on top in recent years, including remote alerts, geo-tagging/geo-fencing functionality, fleet management services and much more.

Data management is the next challenge to conquer, say industry experts.

“Early innovators have upwards of 15 years of yield data and soil maps, but not many are doing much with that information,” says Jeff Farrar, vice president of sales for Outback Guidance. Continue reading »

Feb 032013
 

Sprayer components and products intended to create a clean shutoff, quickly mix chemicals and extend pump life were among those spotlighted by Hypro-Pentair Water at the 2013 Ag Connect Summit & Expo in Kansas City. The manufacturer also received two 2013 Silver AE50 awards for product innovation.

One of those awards honored the company for its Express End Cap, which crisply stops spraying when an operator reaches the end of a field, says John Lang, global sales engineer. Nozzle bodies generally pull air into the boom, and that trapped air can result in a shutoff that lasts …
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Feb 032013
 

Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms and conditions which pave the way for expanded exports of U.S. beef and beef products to Japan. Under these new terms, which enter into effect on February 1, 2013, Japan will now permit the import of beef from cattle less than 30 months of age, compared to the previous limit of 20 months, among other steps. It is estimated that these important changes will result in hundreds of millions of dollars in exports of U.S. beef to Japan in the coming years. This agreement also goes a long way toward normalizing trade with Japan by addressing long-standing restrictions that Japan introduced in response to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

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Feb 032013
 

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2013-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today highlighted how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) resolved dozens of export issues in 2012, freeing up an estimated $4 billion in U.S. agricultural and forestry exports and protecting roughly 30,000 American jobs in the process. The work is highlighted on Performance.gov, a resource for demonstrating how the Obama Administration is improving performance and accountability for the American people and businesses.

“As consumers around the world demand high-quality, American-grown products, USDA staff are monitoring more than 160 markets to ensure an open system of trade, free from unwarranted and unjustified barriers,” said Vilsack. “Since 2009, USDA has acted to remove hundreds of unfair barriers to trade for American companies and is providing businesses with the resources they need to reach new markets. These efforts have resulted in the most successful period in the history for American agriculture and a boon for America’s rural economies and agriculture-related businesses.”

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