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WIU Hosts GPS Applications in Precision Farming March 26

March 11, 2009

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MACOMB, IL - - A presentation on Global Positioning Systems (GPS) applications in precision farming is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at the University of Illinois Extension–McDonough County Office, 3022 W. Jackson St., Macomb (4-H Fairgrounds).

Presented by the Western Illinois University GIS Center, featured speaker Ryan Leonard of Kara Company, Inc. will give an overview of available technologies and current and future Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS applications in agriculture. Leonard is the sales manager at Kara, a Chicago-based company specializing in high-end GPS equipment and measuring solutions.

The presentation is open free to the public. For more information, contact Chad Sperry, GIS Center manager and a faculty associate in the geography department, at or (309) 298-2562.

Sponsors include the University of Illinois Extension–McDonough County, the McDonough County Farm Bureau, Western's geography and agriculture departments and the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.

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