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News Articles

August, 2016

With Farmers Markets Changing, Where Can Growers Sell Their Produce?

Farmers markets were the first source of income for many of our grandparents and great-grandparents. After a long week of tending to fields, they’d pack up their pickup trucks and head down to the local market to sell their fresh fruits and vegetables.

August, 2016

Colleges Across the U.S. are Adopting Precision Agriculture Programs

A quick Google search for “precision agriculture degrees” brings up nine colleges with curriculum focused on precision agriculture.

August, 2016

How Consumers Can Contribute to Water Sustainability Efforts

Earth’s surface is approximately 71 percent water. 

Of that percentage,  our oceans hold about 96.5 percent of it, while things like water vapor, rivers, lakes, ice caps, glaciers and aquifers make up the remaining 3.5 percent.

August, 2016

FSMA Implementation for Food Facilities and Farms—Why This Matters To You

The FDA has announced several final rules in recent months as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

July, 2016

What You Need to Know About the GMO Food-Labeling Bill

President Obama signed a bill into law that makes labeling genetically modified foods mandatory. Keep reading for more information on the new requirements and how this may impact your packaging. 

July, 2016

A New Image of the Average American Farmer

Calloused hands from years of hard labor. Weary eyes from decades of watching the sun and the fields and the weather. Deep wrinkles from what seems like a century of hoping that this year’s harvest will provide enough to get by.

July, 2016

Why Farmers Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Big Data

Big data, by definition, is extremely large sets of data that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends and associations.

July, 2016

Penalty Increase: Ensure You Are in Compliance to Avoid Civil Penalties

Did you know, on July 1, 2016 the Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act went into effect. Of course, the devil is in the details or in this case the rules. The US Department of Labor just announced “new” rules to adjust civil penalty amounts to adjust for inflation.

June, 2016

More Carrots, Less Sticks: How D.C. is Preventing Farmers From Feeding the World

In 1835, Alex de Tocqueville, a French political thinker and historian known for his works Democracy in America and The Old Regime and the Revolution wrote, “The greatness of America lies in her ability to repair her faults.” But, how do we repair our faults within the current political discourse?

June, 2016

Precision Ag Made Simple: It’s Not Complicated

Farmers have always faced a variety of challenges, spanning from weather, environmental degradation, regulatory and compliance, costs of production and labor, and the chaos of markets. Precision agriculture allows farmers to easily track all of this data while collecting real-time information that can help farmers respond more quickly to the challenges they face.