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FAA Finalizes Flight Plan for Small Drones

With the agricultural industry in somewhat of a holding pattern for broad use of unmanned aerial vehicles, the Federal Aviation Administration this week finalized its much-anticipated rule for commercial use of small unmanned drones. The new regulations are set to take effect in late August and provide more detailed, and in some cases, less restrictive requirements for flying UAVs.
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Kubota Dealers Plan Precision Hiring Increase

At the pinnacle of the precision farming boom, technology specialists were in high demand, while supply was relatively low. But as the farm machinery market has slowed, so too have precision hiring plans for most OEM dealers according to Ag Equipment Intelligence’s 2016 Dealer Business Outlook & Trends report.
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Organizations Collaborate to Improve Compatibility

Progress on developing true plug-and-play compatibility through ISOBUS connections has been ongoing, although at times, it’s an arduous process, especially in North America. But the collaboration of two independent organizations aiming to streamline equipment functionality could help accelerate the rate of progress.
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Ag Data Company Includes ROI Guarantee

As the field of data management service providers in agriculture becomes increasingly crowded, more attention is being paid to companies that can provide a tangible return on a farmer’s investment.
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No Tillers' Precision Spending Exceeds 2015 Projections

Moving into the second quarter of 2016, many precision dealers are maintaining a conservative sales outlook for the foreseeable future. But there may be reason for optimism, based on the recent results of No-Till Farmer’s 8th annual Benchmark Study.
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Trimble Establishes New Retailer Channel

Seeking to more fully blend its hardware and agronomic-based solutions, Trimble recently announced a new distribution channel to deliver the company’s diverse line of precision products. Known as Vantage, the new dealer network will be purely a distribution model, while Trimble will remain the primary brand for products and services.
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Company Inches U.S. Ag Toward Autonomy

Recent years have seen momentum build for autonomous vehicles in agriculture as a potentially more efficient and durable alternative to today’s machinery. But to bring autonomy to North American agriculture, it’s going to have to be phased in, says Kraig Schulz, president and CEO of Autonomous Tractor Cooperation.
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Deere's Agronomic Evolution Moves Forward with Partnership with Agrian

Earlier this month, John Deere announced its collaboration with California-based Agrian to deliver the company’s Prescription Creator platform. Starting this spring, the software will allow farmers to import, track and manage seeding and fertilizer prescriptions through Deere’s online Operations Center portal.
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AgriSync Launches New Telematic Tool

One company is seeking to combine the comfort of face-to-face interaction with the convenience of remote service. Iowa-based AgriSync recently launched a mobile app that allows retailers and farmers to visually communicate remotely in a real-time video support session.
One company is seeking to combine the comfort of face-to-face interaction with the convenience of remote service. Iowa-based AgriSync recently launched a mobile app that allows retailers and farmers to visually communicate remotely in a real-time video support session.
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