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What's New: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 

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01/08/08:    NASA project models possible effects of biofuels crops Source: South Dakota State University Date: January 03, 2008
South Dakota research is looking at possible environmental changes that could accompany a shift toward new biofuel crops such as perennial grasses.


04/14/07:    Satellite Images Aid Implementation Of Agricultural Reforms Source: European Space Agency Date: April 13, 2007
High resolution satellites as well as aerial photography have been used for some time to monitor areas where subsidies are provided.


07/26/06:    Welsh team plan hi-tech crop watch, by Sarah Manners, Western Mail, icWalesTM, published 07/25/06
FARMERS will soon be able to use small remote-controlled aircraft to gather detailed knowledge about the state of their crops, according to a team of Welsh scientists.


07/26/06:     Research Project Tests Remote Sensing to Measure Earth's Water Cycle, AScribe Newswire, published 07/24/06
A team of Iowa State University and University of Iowa researchers are beginning a new project to perfect the use of remote sensing technology to monitor the water cycle.


06/14/06:    NASA Eyes UAVs, Microsats for Measuring Soil Moisture, By Missy Frederick, Space News Staff Writer


04/17/06:    Growers now have access to satellite images of their fields at various stages during the growing season. The images are as close as their computer and an Internet connection. By Andrea Johnson, For The Prairie Star.


01/08/06:    The USGS is pleased to announce Landsat 5 is back in operation. January press release 2006 from U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey

01/08/06:    New satellite to boost EROS, Center to have a say in Landsat's design
The EROS Data Center near Garretson will play a major role in creating a new globe-gazing satellite, planned for 2010. Officials say the mission will help sustain the 600-employee center, as well as one of the nation's most important scientific enterprises. The next satellite might eventually be dubbed Landsat 8... Author: BEN SHOUSE, Article Published: 01/7/06, 2:55 am, ArgusLeader.com .

12/30/05:    USDA's Risk Management Agency uses remote sensing to identify waste, fraud, and abuse in its programs using remote sensing. News Release from  USDA's Risk Management Agency.

09/11/05:    Ultraviolet radiation monitored in Grand Rapids, Willow Loney, Herald-Review,  09/09/05 -- For nearly 10 years the University of Minnesota North Central Research and Outreach Center has been helping to monitor a site involved in the United States Department of Agriculture UV-B Monitoring and Research Program.

06/25/05:    Use of global positioning systems increase on farms -- Copyright 2005 Associated Press. Capital Press.

05/09/05:    "Apple Quality’s More Than Skin Deep", published in the May 2005 issue of Agricultural Research magazine. Multispectral imaging combines spectroscopy—which analyzes light wavelengths—with machine vision, which enables a computer to “see.”

03/21/05:    Agricultural Aircraft Offer a Different View of Remote Sensing (html) or (pdf), published in the March 2005 issue of Agricultural Research magazine.

01/01/05:    Use of Global Positioning Up on Farms --  JAMES HANNAH Associated Press, Miami Herald - Miami,FL,USA -- Use of Global Positioning Up on Farms. Remote sensing also can reduce the use of fertilizer. Photo-diode sensors mounted on a sprayer absorb the color spectrum being reflected by the plants, and a computer determines how much fertilizer or herbicide to spray. The sensors came on to the scene in the 1980s but have really taken off in the past five years.

11/26/04:    Satellites to keep an eye on EU's farmers -- By Clive Cookson, Science Editor FT.com, The Financial Times Ltd.

09/25/04:    Insurers use satellite data to study risk -- LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Insurance companies are using satellites to identify homes at high risk of fire damage because of their proximity to brush, The Des Moines Register.

07/18/04:    Seeing red helps farmers grow green -- Infrared technology lets farmers know just how much nitrogen plants require by Jerry Perkins, The Des Moines Register.