Editorial: ‘Thumbs-up’ for aerial applicators

In addition to being the most important industry in the world, agriculture is also the most interesting. While many industries rely on people sitting in cubicles and staring at computer screens, agriculture involves a nearly limitless number and variety of occupations and activities. Most are related to growing, harvesting and selling crops and livestock, but

The expert’s guide to cover crops in the U.S.

With many farmers utilizing their Prevent Plant Programs from their crop insurance companies during 2019, cover crops have been a hot topic in the ag industry and the rural community bystander. This also means that, as a professional cover crop manager, I’ve recently become my territory’s most popular person to farmers, ag retailers, seed salesmen, and farming enthusiasts. Read

NAAA Cohosts Modern Agriculture and Sustainability Demo for EPA, USDA and Congressional Officials

In June of 2019, NAAA again teamed with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and several other agribusiness organizations to cohost a field day to educate staff from the USDA, EPA and congressional offices on modern agriculture and sustainability. The video below shows highlights from the day at Bunker Hill Farm in Newburg, Md., including an aerial liquid application demonstration by Helicopter

Elevating Safety: Protecting the Skies in the Drone Era

In the midst of a very turbulent week for DJI, the Chinese drone maker is holding an event in Washington, DC that focusses on improving the safety in the skies. In the Ronald Reagan Building, about seventy industry people gathered to listen to DJI’s latest developments and roadmap to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the

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