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Precision Ag Summit 2017 Presentations

The 6th Annual Action Summit welcomed more than 250 participants to North Dakota Farmers Union in Jamestown on January 16 & 17, 2017.

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SkySkopes opens first-of-its-kind drone academy to public

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North Dakota’s first-of-its-kind drone academy open to the public is ready to accept potential unmanned aircraft system pilots.

Xcel Energy, FAA partner for safe UAS infrastructure inspection

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Xcel Energy and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are launching a new program to research the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to inspect 20,000 miles of electrical transmission lines in 10 states.

The Minneapolis-based utility said the first-of-its-kind “Partnership for Safety Plan” is designed to use drones for the inspection of critical infrastructure. Data collected by UAS in diverse climates, conditions and geographies will be used by the FAA to help secure the national airspace.

EdgeData planning world-class data center at Grand Sky

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EdgeData LLC has signed a letter of intent with the Grand Sky UAS Aviation and Business Park to establish a 16,000-square-foot data center facility expected to be operational within a year.

Construction of the facility at Grand Sky—adjacent to the Grand Forks (North Dakota) Air Force Base—is tentatively planned to begin in spring 2017.

Media Coverage - 2017 Precision Ag Summit

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Over 250 people attended the 6th annual Precision Ag Action Summit January 16 & 17, 2017 at the North Dakota Farmers Union Conference Center in Jamestown, North Dakota.

Links to press and media coverage from the Summit can be found below.

Nation's first BVLOS UAS operations approved in North Dakota

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Now it’s official. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the Northern Plains UAS Test Site based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the approval to phase in the operation of large unmanned aircraft for beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations.

The week after U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., brought U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein to North Dakota to tour the Grand Forks Air Force Base and the Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation Park adjacent to the base, the FAA confirmed what the senator announced during a news conference with the general.

Precision Ag Summit features session on Drones

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Drones aren’t going to deliver seeds or zap weeds from the sky — at least not yet — but there are plenty of things they can do, a panel told attendees Jan. 16 at the Precision Ag Summit’s first day.

The two-day Precision Ag Summit, now in its sixth year, is put on annually by the North Dakota State University Extension Service, North Dakota Farmers Union, Red River Valley Research Corridor and Dakota Precision Ag Center.

STEM jobs increase by 50 percent at NDSU Research & Technology Park

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Jobs have increased by 50 percent at North Dakota State University’s Research & Technology Park since 2010. As of December 2015, there were 1,105 jobs at companies located in the park and 234 jobs at RTP Technology Incubator graduate companies located around the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Precision Ag Summit to focus on profitability

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In a down market, farmers look for ways to squeeze another dollar or two out of every acre.

That makes this year's Precision Ag Summit a valuable tool for producers, says John Nowatzki, North Dakota State University Extension ag machine systems specialist and one of the event's organizers.

The Precision Ag Summit, put on annually by the NDSU Extension Service, North Dakota Farmers Union, Red River Valley Research Corridor and Dakota Precision Ag Center, will be held Jan. 16 and 17 at the Farmers Union Conference Center in Jamestown, N.D.

$10 million data center in the works at Grand Sky drone park in Grand Forks

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A Grand Forks company announced Wednesday it plans to build a $10 million data center at the Grand Sky drone business park.

Grand Sky has signed a letter of intent with EdgeData to establish a 16,000-square-foot colocation data center at the park, which is on Grand Forks Air Force Base. Construction is tentatively planned to start in the spring, “pending the completion of necessary anchor tenant commitments, design and permitting approval processes,” according to a news release.

The facility is expected to be operational within a year after construction starts.

Precision Agriculture Summit set for Jan. 16 and 17

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Registration is now open for the sixth annual Precision Agriculture Summit, which will be held Jan. 16-17, 2017, at the North Dakota Farmers Union Conference Center, 1415 12th Ave. S.E., Jamestown.

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