Ace Expo Offers High-Tech Solutions To Farm Problems

December 04, 1998

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Farmers and other agricultural professionals looking for innovative ways to improve productivity and efficiency should plan to attend the third annual Agricultural Computing and Electronics (ACE) Expo, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster, Pa.

The expo features more than 40 informative seminars, hands-on workshops and a trade show, all designed to help farmers throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions prepare for business in the 21st century. Speakers will include agriculture specialists as well as experienced farmers who have put the latest electronic technology to work in their operations.

Sessions will cover software for managing accounting, payroll and other farm financial tasks; computerized nutrient management; computerized dairy herd management; high-tech fruit production and marketing; pesticide recordkeeping by computer; computerizing the nursery or greenhouse; computer use in vegetables; and a host of precision agriculture and other topics.

A session on managing electricity demand will show how to save money by balancing your electrical load and taking advantage of off-peak rates. Information on making the best use of e-mail, pagers, cellular phones and other communications equipment also will be offered.

Computer novices will be able to choose from a variety of workshops, such as introductions to computing and the Internet, introductions to spreadsheets and databases, and shopping for a computer.

The trade show will feature exhibits from companies specializing in ag software, hardware and interfacing equipment for barn, field and pickup truck. There will be 30-minute breaks between workshops, allowing attendees ample time to talk with vendors and comparison shop.

The event's keynote luncheon speaker will be Doug Harford of Mazon, Ill., who will discuss the future of precision agriculture. Harford grows corn and soybeans on 1,800 acres, where he has experimented with everything from computerized yield monitors and spray controllers to aerial infrared photography. "This technology gives us the ability to do things so much better than ever before," Harford says. "The danger is that we may get so drawn into it that we don't spend enough time doing the right things."

The registration fee for the ACE Expo is $79. Spouses will receive a $10 discount. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

The event is sponsored by Pennsylvania Farmer and Maryland Farmer magazines, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Maryland Cooperative Extension, Nutrient Solutions in Agriculture and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. Financial support comes from Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture, and Penn State and Maryland Cooperative Extension.

For more information, visit the ACE Expo on the World Wide Web at http://aceexpo.cas.psu.edu or call your county's Penn State Cooperative Extension office to receive a brochure.

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