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    LightSquared Move Baffles Industry

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     by Willie Vogt
     on June 22, 2011

    In March we told you about a move by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to allow the company LightSquared to move ahead with a plan to use a signal for advanced 4G cell phone service that could interfere with the GPS satellite signal you receive. The industry coalition that formed to fight that move - saveourgps.org moved fast to get the FCC to slow down the idea of letting LightSquared fire up its new network. Fast forward to this week, where LightSquared has offered its solution to…

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    Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

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     by Willie Vogt
     on June 13, 2011

    The Farm Progress Events team (we used to call them the show staff, but they do more than that these days) was hard at work last week near Cannon Falls, Minn. That's where they turned an excellent field of alfalfa hay at Hernke's Inc. into a full-fledged, high-tech farm show focused solely on hay and forage making. The 25th anniversary Hay Expo went off without a hitch, though high winds and record high temps the two days before the gates opened made it tough for exhibitors to set up. But in…

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    Gearing Up for Hay Expo

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     by Willie Vogt
     on June 7, 2011

    Anyone who reads Farmer Iron at least a little regularly (thank you) knows I like farm shows - probably why I like working at Farm Progress so much. A day or three spent perusing the shiny new equipment, looking at innovations and checking out how different companies approach the same task is plenty of fun. And this week I'm heading to the Farm Progress Hay Expo. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Hay Expo travels to Minnesota for the first time near Cannon Falls about 25 miles south of the…

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    The Results are In

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     by Willie Vogt
     on June 6, 2011

    After four long days of competition that included everything from comprehensive technical reviews of finished machines, design reviews through a series of stations for everything from safety to ergonomics, mock marketing presentations to "management teams" and finally the tractor pull - we have a winner. Kansas State University has won the 2011 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International 1/4-scale Tractor Student Design Competition. The team's machine was a solid…

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    A Little Hurry Up and Wait

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     by Willie Vogt
     on June 3, 2011

    Ag-focused students from 26 schools are getting an interesting real-world experience this week in Peoria, Ill. As I wrote last week, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 1/4-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition is underway - it started officially Thursday. The event, which goes through this weekend, is a "360-view" program that requires students to engage in design, then build, and also develop critical market/manufacturing documents to go along with the project…

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