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Precision Ag Conference Set Feb. 15-16

PULLMAN, Wash. — Satellites, computers, global positioning systems; do farmers really need all this precision technology? How costly is it? How cost effective?

The answers will be found at the 3rd Western Precision Agriculture Conference, Feb. 15-16, in Pasco, Wash. The conference is sponsored by Washington State University’s Center for Precision Agricultural Systems.

Jim Durfey, cochair of the planning committee, said this year’s program will include precision ag software demonstrations and a slate of speakers from throughout the United States and Pacific Northwest.

The program also will feature successful precision agriculture models, a growers’ panel, exhibits and other attractions. There will be emphasis on the business side of precision agriculture.

Durfey says the conference is applicable to row crops, perennial crops and tree fruit.

People who register by Feb. 1 will save $30. Early registration costs $169, late and on-site registration will be $199. Full-time students will pay $60.

Nearly 230 people attended the last Western Precision Agriculture Conference, in Boise, in 1998.

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