IDEAg: Keeping the conversation going

The IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference brought together farmers, agribusiness leaders, and the technologies that will be used for an interconnected future in agriculture. Cygnus Business Media’s Vice President, Group Show Director Ray Bianchi told Brownfield that attendees, as a community, are really committed to the ability to use these technologies on their farms. The long-term goal… Read more »

‘Not just an event; it’s a process’

Matt Bechdol was one of the individuals responsible for program content at the recent IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference in Altoona, Iowa.   Bechdol is the founder and president of GeoSilos, a consulting firm focused on leveraging place-based solutions for food and agriculture challenges.  As the conference came to a close, we asked Bechdol if he was… Read more »

Technology’s role in feeding the world

Ted McKinney is director of global corporate affairs for Elanco Animal Health.  At the recent IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference in Altoona, Iowa, McKinney talked about the importance of technology and innovation in helping farmers feed a growing global population.  Brownfield’s Ken Anderson visited with McKinney about that topic. AUDIO: Ted McKinney (8:07 MP3)  

Boehlje’s thoughts on the ag economy

Dr. Michael Boehlje, distinguished professor of ag economics at Purdue University, is one of most respected ag economists in the country.  He spoke at the IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference in Altoona, Iowa this week.  In an interview with Brownfield’s Ken Anderson, Boehlje talked about how today’s ag economy compares with that of the 1970’s, and whether… Read more »

How will we fix our ‘crumbling’ infrastructure?

America’s roads and rivers infrastructure continues to deteriorate.  The federal government is broke, and state and local governments are struggling to keep up.  So what’s the answer to rebuilding our crumbling transportation systems?  Is the U.S. ag industry in danger of losing its competitive edge in global markets because of it.  We put those questions… Read more »

Understanding ‘interconnected’ consumers

On Wednesday—day 2 of the IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference in Altoona, Iowa—the focus was on the challenges and opportunities facing agriculture on a local, national and global level.  Terry Fleck, executive director of the Center for Food Integrity gave a presentation entitled “Challenges and Opportunities of Interconnected Consumers”.   Afterwards, we visited with Fleck about the trends they’re… Read more »

Consultant: Timely information is key

Nicky Burgess is a farmer and precision ag technology consultant from Alamo, Tennessee.  His company is called Solstice Crop Management. In an interview with Brownfield at the IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference, Burgess talked about some of the challenges he faces.  One of those is getting information back to the decision-makers in a timely manner—and Burgess says he… Read more »

Agronomist hopes for better collaboration

The agronomists and soil scientists who provide variable rate fertilizer services to farmers have been active participants in this first-ever IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference.  As Greg Ikins of United Soils, Inc. of Fairbury, Illinois told us, moving data from one data platform to another has been a major problem—and he hopes this conference will lead to… Read more »

AT&T official warns of ‘spectrum crisis’

Wireless carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, are warning of an impending “spectrum crisis”. They say the federal government needs to act quickly to free up wireless spectrum so they can handle the explosion in mobile data traffic growth that has occurred in recent years.  Unless that happens quickly, those companies say the result… Read more »

Conference draws foreign visitors

Some of the participants in this week’s IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference have come here from other countries.  Matthew Perkins traveled here from Zurich, Switzerland, where he is developing a new social media platform that will allow farmers to connect with other farmers—as he puts it, “to their peer group, their relative community”—to share tips and information… Read more »