This is Dr. Nathan Mueller, your local agronomist with Nebraska Extension for Dodge and Washington counties. The Nebraska Agricultural Technologies Association will be hosting their annual 2-day conference on Wednesday February 1st and Thursday, February 2nd in Lincoln, NE. The conference is held at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center located at 2021 Transformation Drive. The Nebraska Ag Tech Association is a network for all stakeholders to share applied and on-farm research experiences and gain knowledge from each other related to current and emerging technologies in agriculture. The Nebraska Ag Tech Association Board encourages farmers, Ag retailers, government and university employees and others to attend the two-day conference that runs from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on Wednesday February 1st, and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Thursday February 2nd.
On Wednesday, a full-day symposium on aerial imagery in agriculture will feature 6 speakers, both from private industry and governmental agencies, discussing satellite, plane, and UAV platforms for capturing imagery. One featured speaker is Rick Mueller, Head of Spatial Analysis Research at USDA-NASS. The symposium will finish up with a panel discussion with all 6 speakers. Attendees are encouraged to take the setup tours of the new Food Processing Center and Greenhouse Innovation Center between 4:00 and 5:00 pm before leaving for the evening.
On Thursday, Dave Varner, Nebraska Extension Associate Dean & Director, will start the day at 8:00 talking about the history and future of NeATA and Nebraska Extension related to Ag technologies. Attendees will then be able to pick 4 sessions out of the 16 breakout sessions available. Speakers are split into 4 rooms each with focused areas including: Soil management, water management, data management, and machinery and hardware. Over lunch, UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green will welcome the crowd and Jeremy Wilson with Crop IMS will discuss Ag Data Issues and The Agricultural Data Coalition. The closing keynote speaker at 3:00 pm will be Lisa Prassack, AgriFood Innovation Expert and Data Strategy Consultant, discuss Assembling the Precision Agriculture Puzzle for Farm Profit.
To register for one or both days visit http://neata.org/registration/. To get more information about the upcoming Nebraska Agricultural Technologies Association Conference on February 1st and 2nd in Lincoln NE, visit the association’s new website at http://neata.org/ or give me a call at 727-2775. Know your crop, know your tech, know your bottom line. This is Dr. Nathan Mueller your local agronomist for Nebraska Extension on KTIC radio.