Other than a three day trip to Las Vegas for work January has been all about Jamestown. It has been a real treat. It began in the very first week of the new year that the RLND class was in Jamestown, we toured Cavendish, Goodrich, NDFU (of course!) and the new Regional Medical Center. It was so great to “show off” my hometown. Mayor Anderson even stopped in to welcome the group. I remember feeling so enthusiastic to tour places that are part of my hometown and grateful to live in such a wonderful town in North Dakota.
This past week NDFU was host of a Precision Ag Action Summit. Wow, what an educational opportunity. The panelists and speakers talked of great things coming down the line in agriculture, mapping, technology, tracking your farm on your phone, GPS guidance technologies and many other topics.
Precision agriculture uses satellite images and GPS information to determine the proper applications of farm chemicals, seeds and fertilizers for each portion of a field. It is an evolving science.
My favorite speaker was Lowell Catlett, Futurist and Dean of the College of Agriculture at New Mexico State University, who kept saying “This technology will blow your doors off.” He also did a great job of bridging generational gaps, demonstrating how technology can be embraced at any age.