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Precision Meeting

The biennial International Conference on Precision Agriculture, hosted by the Precision Agriculture Center of the University of Minnesota, once again shined a light on the efforts of researchers, practitioners, and manufacturers to improve precision practices and products for agriculture around the world.

Held in Minneapolis, this eighth event of its kind did not match the attendance it enjoyed in the 1990s during the first big wave of technology adoption. But the people there this year were smart and serious about the future of technology.

“The conference was a great success,” says David Mulla, director of the Precision Agriculture Center and the conference coordinator. Mulla says that 350 people from 28 countries and six journalists were on hand to catch their share of the nearly 200 technical and practitioner sessions, while 28 companies exhibited the latest in precision products and services.

“Everyone remarked on the high quality of presentations and the excellent facilities,” noted Mulla. He adds that a new format, which allowed 30 minutes for presentations to add question and answer time, created more discussion of topics. “The panel discussion at the end of the Conference highlighted the wide variety of approaches and challenges for precision agriculture around the world.”

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