MISSOURI —  Technological advances in farming continue change the way things are done on the farm. Computers and broadband across rural America are always advancing, so producers have to keep up with the advancements. The Computers on the Farm Conference has been going on since the 1980’s bringing technological advancements to a better understanding.

This year is no exception with topics that include Drone Technologies, and PaddockTrac, which is an app for grazing management.

Missouri University Field Specialist in Agriculture Engineering, Kent Shannon,  will be facilitating Friday evening’s workshop on Drone Technologies. Shannon said drones will play a role in agriculture’s future.

Producers would have to be certified to fly the drones as regulated by the FAA.

The USDA announcement yesterday about the investments $61 Million to upgrade Broadband in Rural Missouri is a huge deal.  Broadband’s importance will be discussed during the “All things Missouri” portion of the weekend.

This year’s Computer on Farm Conference was rescheduled to February 14 and 15. Rooms rates at the Margaritaville Lake Resort are discounted for this event and would make a great Valentines Weekend getaway.  More information the Computers on the Farm Conference can be found on the MU Extension website.