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.

A trip to soybean boot camp
We get an inside look at how one seed company develops crop disease ratings, not a good time for those test beans.
Data use limit, bye-bye VCR, treating saline groundwater
We mix it up with Tech Five this week looking at some hot ag news along with some interesting developments in the tech world.
Advancing the pace of genetic gain
DuPont Pioneer is using Big Data to speed its march to higher soybean yields. Here's an in-depth look at how it works.
Growing milkweed isn't easy, but necessary

As winter was winding down BASF held a media event during Commodity Classic that Farm Industry News covered where a key topic was the fact that the company is promoting the idea of creating habitat for monarch butterflies. They call it Living Acres and the idea is that farmers would take non-productive areas of the farm - those "weedy corners" and plant something desirable to the butterfly, in all its life stages.

Science in trouble, 5G wireless news, Internet of Things and killing with robots
Scientists are concerned about how funding, and publishing pressures are warping research, while the FCC makes a 5G move and we look at the idea of killing with a robot.
Computer security, self-driving cars, Juno and farm data ownership
Tech Five offers a look into how hackers win, self-driving car issues, space win and ag data ownership
Data aggregation: What does it mean? And why should you care?

In the past five years, one key word has made its way into the farm vocabulary - data. For some it's a four-letter word in the worst sense of the meaning, given that it's an item that needs a whole new kind of management. Yet there's one phrase that often comes along with data - data aggregation. And understanding what that means may help you better understand your options when looking at data agreements, and determining how best to make use of all that information you have on the farm.

GMOs, satellite investments, presidential tech stands
This week's installment of Tech Five we offer some insight into a good range of topics, and a fun bonus for the Ag Nerd in us all.
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.

Continuing Education
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