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.

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.
Self-driving truck, voice command tools, web speed checker
This installment of Tech Five offers a look at some interesting new technology covering trucking, voice command, web use, software costs and STEM testing. So read on to learn more about a diverse range of tech, and don't miss the bonus at the end.
Another crop protection deal in the works?
Bayer offers $62 billion, Monsanto says the deal is "financially inadequate" and Bayer responds to the latest news.
Big report puts seal of approval on GMOs
Release of first third-party comprehensive look at genetic engineering tech for crops offers good news, but shows areas of concern as well. Short answer: The tech is safe.
Winfield teams with Google, satellites vs. drones, and a bonus
This week's Tech Five offers a look at a new arrangement for ag with two major players, a special report that explores aerial imagery from a different perspective, free Windows 10 days may be numbered, a smartwatch guide and a drone upgrade.
Kubota makes another farm equipment purchase
Japanese equipment manufacturer announces agreement to purchase Great Plains Manufacturing,Inc., which expands on a long-time partnership with Land Pride. This is the second major farm-focused acquisition Kubota has made.
Data concerns remain top of mind for farmers
Farm Bureau found that farmers want to maintain control of their information, seek transparency in their interactions with providers and are concerned about what might be done with their data. And we offer some tips from the FBI.
Haul bales, new doors, cool locks, implement tire
New bale mover, a big-building door innovation, a skid-steer folding door, a unique lock system, a new high-flex implement tire, farm-focused lubes, a new Tier 4 wheel-loader line-up, and a new veteran-focused contest where you could win a utility vehicle.
Drone swarm, anti-virus software, and an artificial intelligence warning
This week's installment of the Tech Friday Five tackles drones, wearable research, antivirus software advice, explains 'the cloud,' offers interesting insight on artificial intelligence from the White House and more.
UAV makers partner to expand market opportunity
PrecisionHawk, DJI join forces with new software partnership; PrecisionHawk also advances in the market with added funding including support from DuPont Pioner.
Drone tech boost, privacy protection, routers, Windows 10
Precision Hawk gets a financial bump; U.S. House takes an email privacy vote; find a new router; and Windows 10.
Heavy duty pickups haul more than big loads
Rising use of technology to differentiate brands brings offers of enhanced trailering, better steering and greater connectivity.
New genetic tools to boost productivity
There's a precision genetic tool being put to work in crop breeding that offers benefits for future elite, high-performing crops. Pioneer is moving forward with work on a commercial hybrid.
Putting data to work - Part 2
Just how will you put Big Data to work on your operation? In this installment we continue our look at the issue, including a resource guide for your farm.
Putting data to work - Part 1
Once you've collected all that information just how will you put it to work? You'll find a growing number of services and companies to help, here's the first of a two-part look at what they offer.

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