Ag group awarded research grant focused on cleaner Lake Erie

From: Ohio’s County Journal

As agricultural retailers sign up for a voluntary certification to help farmers improve the long-term quality of Lake Erie’s water, new funding will help share the impact of the practices the program preaches.

The Great Lakes, despite many actions of farmers in recent years, has continued to experience water quality problems tied to fertilizer runoff and nutrients leaving fields and entering bodies of water.

What You Need to Know About Drone Safety

From: AgWeb

By: Ben Potter, Farm Journal Technology Editor

Make sure your drone-flying experience goes smoothly.

Randall Adkins, a precision farming specialist for Scott Equipment in Louisiana, has been researching several models of rotor drones over the past several months. On this clear spring day, he’s assembling his first fixed-wing model.

“I got a cheaper fixed-wing model so when I crash it, I don’t cry,” he says. “One thing I know for sure – this thing’s going to be painted orange.”

Example of precision ag college degrees

Editor’s Note: Agricultural retailers have the advanced knowledge and equipment to help farmers meet a hungry planet’s advancing needs.

From: Ag Professional

Rich Keller 

The need for college agricultural precision ag degrees appears to be increasing rapidly as nearly every farming operation will have adopted some precision ag technology and use forms of global position equipment in the near future. The bigger farms have already adopted the technology. This is why education in precision ag is expanding, too.

The Ohio Board of Regents recently approved Clark State Community College’s Associate of Applied Science degree in precision agriculture, allowing the college to begin enrolling students to the two-year program and to start classes in August.

CFATS bill advances without ammonium nitrate section

From: Fierce Homeland Security


The House Homeland Security Committee unanimously approved a bill April 30 authorizing the Homeland Security Department’s chemical facility regulation program, though it removed a section regarding ammonium nitrate.

The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards would be authorized through fiscal 2017 under the bill (H.R. 4007). The CFATS program requires certain chemical facilities to develop site security plans.

During markup, Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), the bill’s author, proposed (pdf) striking the section on ammonium nitrate regulation, which the committee agreed to do unanimously.

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