Innovations in agriculture technology focus at WyFB Foundation seminar November 10
LARAMIE, WY-- “Innovations in Agriculture Technology” is the theme for the November 10 Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation Seminar. Speakers will present agricultural technology information ranging from drone and satellite use to virtual fencing. The seminar is free and open to the public. Held in conjunction with the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting, the seminar is Thursday, November 10 from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Best Western Downtown in Casper. From virtual fences for livestock to applications of remote sensing, advances in agriculture are a key to improving efficiencies in agriculture. Farmers and ranchers and University of Wyoming (UW) professors will present their latest agricultural technology information. The first speaker is Dr. Fabian Nippgen. He is an assistant professor of watershed hydrology in the UW Ecosystem Science and Management department. Dr. Nippgen’s research is primarily focused on water movement throughout landscapes. He utilizes unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for snowpack monitoring and measuring vegetation volume in riparian areas, among many other things. The second speaker is Ramesh Sivanpillai. He is a research scientist at the UW Geographic Information Science Center. Dr. Sivanpillai teaches several Land Remote Satellite Sensing System (LandSat)-based remote sensing classes at UW that have wide-ranging applications. The third speaker is Monte Reed. He is a member of the Thunder Basin National Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association and a landowner in Converse County. He has been piloting the use of a virtual fencing program, Vence. With years of natural resource management under his belt, he will provide insight into the pros and cons of virtual fencing on a Wyoming ranch and what it might mean with wildlife interactions, neighboring government land, and more. Pre-registration for the speaker seminar is requested by Oct. 31. Please email email@example.com or call 307-721-7723. The Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation was organized by members of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation in 1982 to fund agricultural education opportunities and support scientific research needed by Wyoming’s farmers and ranchers. The WyFB Foundation also supports legal efforts to protect agriculture.