When Harvest reporter Jessica Naudziunas suggested we use the Harvest Network to ask you about the biggest farm stories in 2011, I thought it was a good idea.
First thought: what were last years? So I did one of my major investigations (read: Google search), and I was hard-pressed to find the top ag-related stories of 2010. At least, for a general audience, like we here at Harvest serve.
But I did find some interesting lists that sorta-kinda pertain to our topic. For instance, I found Farm Progress’ top ten ag technologiesfrom 2010. Among the GPS and gene-splicing gizmos, I was most taken with something the magazine called “surveillance sunglasses.” Seriously.
OK, this may be the wacky choice. But several companies are converting various technologies used in security industries for use in agriculture. These sunglasses actually allow you to record video while you're wearing them, without anyone knowing it.
And why would someone need that wacky choice? Beats me.
An interesting -- if way wonky – site was Delta Farm Press’ reporting on Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation’s choices for ag law stories of 2010. No. 1 was an increase in estate taxes.