InfoAg 2013 will be held July 16-18 in Springfield, Ill., at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The annual event continues to be the premier precision agriculture event for producers, consultants, and the crop production industry.
Organizers this year will feature four tracks of concurrent sessions with two tracks repeating, to allow attendees to hear more of the presentations while offering a wide variety of topics. The conference opens Tuesday at 9 a.m. with a plenary session with keynote speaker Jim Whitt, an unapologetic people provoker. For more than 20 years Jim has provoked people and organizations to reach their full potential. This will be followed by Matias Ruffo with The Mosaic Company, who will offer his perspective on the Globalization of Precision Ag.
Josh Skanderup, product manager at Raven Industries, will offer a session on data management, highlighting the advantages of integrating the Slingshot API with industry leading software solutions. "As connectivity becomes more prevalent, so do the sources, destinations, and uses for data in agriculture," says Skanderup. "Agricultural data has never been more top of mind in the industry and it seems everyone has a slightly different take on how to make that data work for them. Data is only useful when it becomes something that can be interacted with in a way that is practical for specific purposes. To that end, we've got to make data work for us."
This year's breakout sessions cover the hardware and software, data and issues, news and perspective needed for success in precision agriculture. The sponsor showcase track offers the latest product and service announcements from precision Ag's power players.
This year InfoAg is bringing back hands-on workshops. These are great sessions for digging into software and getting first-hand assistance in working through on-farm research, data analysis, nitrogen models, agricultural apps for smartphones, and other topics. Bring your computer to the workshops to get help installing and using cool tools for precision Ag.
For more, check out www.infoag.org/ to see the latest presentation and speaker list, including recommended pre-conference downloads.