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400 Day Honeymoon, Documented by Drone

Friday, March 31st, 2017

A charming use of drone technology.  Kaz and Mariko Yamaguchi, from Kyoto, took a 400-day honeymoon to 48 countries and captured some beautiful video via drone. The BBC News bit on their experience is also worth the watch:

Drone Lawsuit Shot Down

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

A federal judge has dismissed a case filed by a drone owner against the self-described “drone-slayer” for shooting down the drone. The drone owner brought the lawsuit under federal and FAA violations, but the judge found that this was a civil (tort) matter under state jurisdiction. Moral of the story: Shooting down drones that violate […]

What’s up with these living trusts?!

Friday, February 24th, 2017

It’s February 24, and I just made an appointment with my THIRD client this year will bring me an empty Living Trust. That’s the third one this year.  I typically handle this type of client in this situation about twice a year. The 90’s and early 2000’s was the peak for the “Living Trust” mills.  While […]

Where do you deploy 500 drones? The Superbowl, of course!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Drone technology continues to evolve. ICYMI, here’s the Lady Gaga intro to halftime including the drone backdrop video from the Superbowl (due to NFL restrictions, you’ll need to click through to view the first video directly on YouTube): Here’s the “behind the scenes” (more promotional than informational, but still of interest): Fun facts: – These […]

5 Tax Organizing Tips for Farmers

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

My farm clients have started calling for tax appointments, even though they don’t have all their financial information collected. As you gather information for your tax preparer, keep these tips in mind:   1.  Separate your major farm activities into separate businesses (Enterprises). If you have multiple farm entities, each should have its own bank […]

Merry Christmas – Here’s Your Prenup

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Christmas and the holidays are the most festive and romantic time of year.   43% of engagements happen between November and January, with the top proposal dates as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day.  (These believable but unsourced statistics were found on Wedding Wire and Elite Daily). For farm families, the addition […]

Fun with Drones for Christmas

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Disney and Intel team up for a terrific 300-drone light show for the holidays. It takes special permission from FAA to deploy a drone swarm (technically, ‘drone fleet’). Another drone light show from Intel – provides a behind the scenes look at the technology:

Ports of Indiana Explore Options for Fourth Port

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Port information starts at 0:55 Inside INdiana Business Why is this categorized as “Agriculture? More than 1/3 of the shipborne freight at Indiana Ports is corn. Other agriculture products at Indiana Ports include ethanol, soybean meal, and fertilizer.

Animal Domestication verses Taming

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Another great video from CGP Grey – your source for an interesting look at how things happened in culture and science. Fun fact: Domestication is changing an animal over time to make it better serve humans, taming is changing a single animal’s behavior so it doesn’t freak out around humans. (Their term)

Americapox – Why Native Americans Did Not Wipe Out the Europeans

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Fascinating.  I have always wondered why, if Europeans nearly wiped out the Native Americans with their diseases, the opposite did not happen. 12-minute video, but very much worth the watch.

Happy First Day of Fall!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Eagles versus Drones

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

The video is in Dutch, but is worth the watch. Police in the Netherlands are training eagles to take down drones. Drone technology can be used for good or for ill – this is an innovated and creative response to potential threat by drones.  An eagle can fly from 10,000 to 15,000 feet high, can […]

Farms of the Future – Today

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Vertical Greenhouses  LED lighting Nutrient Mist “Pink” Houses “Pretty” Veggies Tech (Smart) Tractors Lab Meat “Re-wilding” These are all under experimentation or in production throughout the world, today. Many options address a singular problem – getting fresh, quality produce to urban populations by establishing sky-scraper greenhouses in the city. Read the full article here:  (Newsweek) […]

Hoosier Innovation – Tribine

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Native Hoosier and Carroll County farmer  Ben Dillon seeks to revolutionize the harvesting process with his Tribine machine. His new machine was unveiled at the Farm Progress Show, and folks were able to see the ground-breaking machine in action. This harvester is designed to allow farmers to harvest and load without additional personnel or equipment in […]

Stages of Autonomous Driving

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Read the article and view the full slideshow at Internet of Things. The agriculture industry has integrated Level 4 for field use (known use area).  Self-driving tractors and combines automatically steer, adjust speed, and perform a number of other automatic functions so that the operator can focus on other things (like planting or combining depth, […]