Willie Vogt

Executive Director, Content and User Engagement,
Penton Farm Progress Group

Willie Vogt has been covering agriculture for more than 34 years from his early days at a weekly farm paper to his current position at Penton Farm Progress Group where he oversees an editorial business that includes 24 magazines and more than 29 websites. He has had the good fortune to cover key developments in agricultural technology during his career.

Willie graduated from Iowa State University in 1980 and eventually ended up in Minnesota. He joined Farm Progress full time in 1996 as technology editor and became Editorial Director in 2004. And recently he was named Executive Director, Content and User Engagement, for the Penton Farm Progress Group.

Funding for tech firm shows confidence in approach
Recent investment in Farmers Edge demonstrates that data companies still of interest to investors.
Big tires, tillage upgrade, spray enhancement, robot and a snow plow
This week's New Product Monday installment aims to offer you tools you can use, even as you look toward winter. Check out this week's collection.
5G, Google as doctor, drone rules, super ship and robots as people
This week's Tech Five installment offers some interesting developments in the tech world that will have value for farmers too. Dig into this week's gallery for more information.
Thinking beyond the satellite - Geosys targets the future

It's pretty easy to dart from one technology to another in a time of rapid change. The rise of new companies focused on agriculture makes that a challenge. Geosys is no new player to the ag market, but since it moved its headquarters from France to Minnesota a few months ago, its goals of doing more than capturing data have become clear.

5 things to know about new drone rules

This week the Federal Aviation Administration has released its new rules for the operation for unmanned aerial vehicles, and while you may be reading some grousing by some industries over this first pass on operation; for agriculture the rules are basically nothing but good news.

First Look: Agco to rollout Challenger 1000
This is a special New Product Monday with a first look at a new tractor series from Agco - the Challenger 1000. Farm Progress Show will be first place farmers can get up close and personal with this new machine, you get an early look in this gallery.
A court ruling, farming game, a tech tour and buying a laptop
This week's installment of Tech Five offers insight into just what Net Neutrality means. We're a little more ag heavy this week with a farm game we discovered on the National Geographic website and a data company goes on the road.
New exhibit aims to expand the consumer conversation
Land O'Lakes and Winfield have created the new Winfield Crop Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms near Winemac, Ind. The aim of the center? Share crop tech with consumers, and encourage youth to take up ag as a career.
Tractor maker aims for market expansion
Yanmar may be a familiar name to many, but the new machines will be an eye opener with their more aggressive design.
Tillage, gift ideas for Father's Day, and a drone
This week's installment of New Product Monday does share some ideas that could probably all be 'gifts' for Dad, though we've branched out a little.
Bendable phone, Twitter hacked, new smart phone, and a better Bluetooth
This week we found news that Samsung may be taking the phone into new territory; Twitter users got hacked, but Twitter didn't, and more in this week's Tech Five. So click on for our look at some of the hot topics from this week's tech news. We even have a useful bonus.
Beating the resistant weed problem
Talking with a global expert on weed resistance is a nice refresher on the topic; and we have news about new mechanical tech that may help.
Digging into Drones, email on your wrist, basketball, and your computer
This week's Tech Five offers a look at a unique way Europeans are using drones, and we have a white paper to help you dig into just what these new high-flying tools can do for you. We've also gleaned some other interesting facts from the week's tech news as well.
An ag app case study, cellphone cancer news and more words on Twitter
This time around Tech Five offers a case history into a mobile app from a familiar company, a new report on a study that's looking at that cellphone cancer link, a super monitor that may be just what you need for Father's Day, great news for tweeters about Twitter, an interesting report on spelling from Google, and a fun little Bonus as we head into the long weekend.
Refresher: How GMO crops get approved
Recent National Academy of Sciences report offers great background on why, and how, the system for approving high-tech crops works.

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