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What happens to my farm data?

Climbing into the combine, I am met with a dashboard of dusty screens and controls. The beeps and notifications remind me data is being recorded as I collect crops.

As the combine moves along, I keep an eye on the yields and variations in quadrants. Small farmers who work the land themselves see everything with their own eyes.

Technology and software have advanced, and farmers who once had to estimate their yields now have the tools to provide more precise totals, which can improve margins and help manage inputs.

But, farmers aren’t the only ones who benefit.

Robust electric grid essential in times of crisis

As more people are spending time at home as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, access to reliable electricity has been essential in enabling the continuation of numerous activities. This resource has allowed us to remain connected with one another despite limitations on public gatherings, as well as allowing many to work remotely and students to continue their education.

Conservation Stewardship Program application deadline upcoming

The deadline for farmers and ranchers to apply to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is quickly approaching. Application deadlines vary by state, so interested producers should contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office as soon as possible and be aware of new safety procedures in place due to the coronavirus. 

Staff spotlight: Suzi helps gardeners plant seeds of success on Omaha Reservation

When Suzi French helps people grow plants in their gardens, she’s also helping them build businesses from the ground up.

A community food associate with the Center for Rural Affairs, Suzi has been assisting residents on the Omaha Reservation since 2015. She wears many different hats in her role and takes pride in every aspect of her work.

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