A First Rate Class Of Honorees

Four enthusiastic precision agriculture luminaries were honored in front of hundreds of attendees at the InfoAg Conference in July for their superior work in the field of ag technology. This third class of recipients of the PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence was for the first time honored in specific categories related to their primary area of work. The result was a more diverse class of recipients representing a broader swath of the precision agriculture field. Here are a few comments from each:

David Waits
Legacy Award
“The Internet gave us a whole new world of possibilities, and we began developing the online data processing services that really became the focus of our business the last 7 years. And it has really become the focus of getting to the next level with our clientele. Now we can deal in volumes of data so much easier than before and produce more information products and learn from the data much more than ever before.”

Robert Blair
Farmer Award
“The technology has really helped me out by reducing costs, saving 2 dollars here and 5 dollars there and, most significantly, 20 dollars by doing variable-rate nitrogen, which is one of our bigger inputs. The next step now is, how can we use the technology available like imagery, yield monitors, and guidance systems to reduce our costs even further.”

Quentin Rund
Crop Adviser/Entrepreneur Award
“We need to train more people coming into agriculture. I do a lot of work with the community colleges, working with those kids and those schools. They are excited about technology — they see some of the things that can be done think that they are pretty cool. So if we can spend some time with them, and get industry involved with the education of students coming through those colleges, I think that will be another thing that will help industry overall.”

Dr. David Clay
Education/Research Award
“Worldwide, the implementation of non-sustainable agricultural systems can lead to increased wind and water erosion, and the loss of productive land. This problem is confounded by new pests, and fertilizer, land, and water resources that are becoming more scarce and expensive. Increasing crop production in a resource constrained environment will require facilitating teams of scientists and producers in the discovery and delivery of multi-layered technology-based solutions. Knowledge gained through such research can be implemented through the adoption of precision farming techniques.”

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