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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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Precision Ag Summit to focus on profitability


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


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


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.

Co-working space, entrepreneurial culture drives Grand Forks regional growth


Last week, Evolve ND announced an opening date (Dec. 1) for The 701, a co-working space launching in Grand Forks. It’s an exciting evolution for the region’s entrepreneurial community, which continues to grow with an inspirational energy.

The Grand Forks Region EDC was the first to step up and lend support to helping it get off the ground, providing a $25,000 matching grant. Why? Because we recognize that entrepreneurs are the driving force behind our region’s growth.

UND dedicates new Collaborative Energy Center


The University of North Dakota last Thursday dedicated its new Collaborative Energy Center (CEC) before an estimated at 200 attendees made up of students, faculty, donors, state officials and oil and gas energy industry representatives.

The complex—which serves as the main entrance to the UND College of Engineering and Mines—connects the engineering school to the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering. A skyway also connects the facility to the recently renovated Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library across the street.

Researchers explore technology that could prevent midair conflicts between drones, other aircraft


A team of North Dakota researchers is testing technology that will allow airplane pilots and others to detect the presence of flying drones and avoid incidents such as midair collisions.

Small airports could be next focus of North Dakota's drone industry


As North Dakota continues to forge a reputation as a hub of drone activity, the potential of the technology is reaching small airports in the region.

As the site of a major drone research project, Hillsboro Municipal Airport has become an example that local economic leaders hope to see others emulate.

Staff members from the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp. have been visiting with officials at the Devils Lake and Northwood airports to discuss how their facilities could play roles in the industry.

GE to buy LM Wind Power


General Electric announced Tuesday it plans to purchase LM Wind Power, a wind turbine blade manufacturer that employs almost 1,000 people in Grand Forks.

The $1.65 billion deal “in-sources wind turbine blade design and manufacturing for GE’s renewable energy business, improving its ability to increase energy output and create value for onshore and offshore customers,” a GE news release said. GE does not produce blades today, and LM Wind Power is its largest blade supplier, the company added.

UND launches UAS business class


It was the first university to offer a degree in unmanned aircraft systems operations, so it only makes sense that the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks also offers the first UAS business course, says Matt Dunlevy, instructor of UND’s UAS in Business class and president and CEO of SkySkopes, a Grand Forks UAS company.

Big data on the farm: UND leads new NSF-grant on big data and digital agriculture


The University of North Dakota, in partnership with Iowa State University, Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is leading a multi-institution Digital Agriculture Spoke grant of about $1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The NSF describes the UND-led project as follows: Digital Agriculture – Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Plant Sciences and Education.

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