First USDA Virtual Office Hours on Twitter

Chuck Zimmerman

Tomorrow (April 5) at 1:30pm EDT, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will hold the first “USDA Virtual Office Hours on Twitter.” Most of you probably know how this works, especially if you’ve been a participant in AgChat. I’d recommend using TweetChat, Twubs or an app like TweetDeck or HootSuite to follow along. It looks like these planned monthly sessions will focus …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Government, USDA

KIC on GROWMARK Legislative Priority List

Cindy Zimmerman

The Illinois “Keep it for the Crop” (KIC) by 2025 campaign is on GROWMARK‘s list of legislative priorities on the state level for 2012, according to government affairs director Chuck Spencer. “What is important about that is that it’s going to provide additional research dollars for stewardship programs,” Spencer said. “What we will see through this program is the ability …

Audio, Government, Growmark

Ag Groups Urge FCC to Withdraw LightSquared Waiver

Cindy Zimmerman

In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), agricultural and farm equipment organizations urged the agency to withdraw the conditional waiver granted to LightSquared in 2011 and modify the company’s satellite license to prohibit the building of a ground-based network. “We urge the FCC to adopt both proposals because of the overwhelming evidence that LightSquared’s proposed ground-based network would …

AFBF, Corn, Government, GPS

Ag Day Activities in DC

Cindy Zimmerman

The annual commemoration of the importance of agriculture is traditionally celebrated on the first day of spring to recognize the start of planting season, but the event in the nation’s capitol is held a little earlier in the month when Congress is in session so lawmakers can attend. This year the date was March 8 and the day in DC …

Audio, Farm Bill, Government, USDA

LightSquared Proposal Seems Doomed

Chuck Zimmerman

Things are looking bleak for the proposed LightSquared LTE network according to a story in PC World. A key federal agency involved in testing the proposed LightSquared LTE network has concluded that there is no practical way to solve interference between that network and GPS, possibly dealing a crippling blow to the startup carrier’s hopes for a terrestrial mobile network. …

Government, GPS, Internet Making life a little simpler

Meghan Grebner

Each month we look at different technologies that make our lives just a little easier.  Sometimes it is great technological advancements is precision technologies… sometimes it’s the latest and greatest app for our smart phone and sometimes it is just making a tedious process a little less cumbersome.  That’s the case this month.  In this Podcast, sponsored by Ag …

Education, Government, USDA

Researchers Call for “Redesign” of US Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

As work toward a new Farm Bill officially begins some are calling for a “whole-system redesign” of U.S. agriculture. A recent report from the National Research Council Committee on Twenty-First Century Systems Agriculture has proposed a new direction for farm policy that would “incorporate innovative agricultural systems such as organic farming, grass-fed and other alternative livestock production systems, mixed crop …

Farm Bill, Farmers, Government