LEARNING ABOUT PRECISION AGRICULTURE

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Jacob Taylor (center), precision agriculture specialist for West Tennessee, gave a presentation entitled "The Business of Agriculture: Using Wildlife Habitat to Improve Profitability" at the June 7 meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Martin. Jacob also represents Pheasants Forever, Inc., which has the vision that current and future generations of hunters and conservationists should be able to enjoy abundant populations of wild pheasants, quail, and other wildlife. Additionally, Jacob works with Quail Forever, the quail division of this upland wildlife conservation organization. Jacob explained that the goal of his work is “to help commodity producers to incorporate set-aside conservation management strategically on unprofitable farmland” in a way that will improve a return on investment, address soil and water resource concerns, and improve wildlife habitat. Jacob explained that he shares with farmers yield maps and other data collected directly from the land. Jacob is pictured here with Earl Wright, Kiwanis program coordinator for June, and Ann Gathers, Kiwanis president.