• 200 Million Pounds of Plastic Recycled By Ag Initiative

    200 Million Pounds of Plastic Recycled By Ag Initiative0

    Since 1992, the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC) has collected the 200 million pounds of high density polyethylene (HDPE) for recycling. The milestone was announced in September. To illustrate this impact, ACRC equated the total number to a football field full of compacted plastic jugs stacked 481 feet high, or it is equivalent to 2.5 gallon jugs

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  • Dept Plans to Roll Out Agriculture in Aviation Project Next Year

    Dept Plans to Roll Out Agriculture in Aviation Project Next Year0

    THE Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL) intends to roll out its Agriculture in Aviation project to transport farm produce directly from the farmers to overseas markets in June next year.Project director Jerry Karl said the project was designed to provide farmers with a “guaranteed market and better price especially for farmers in the rural

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  • Birtle Crop-Dusters add Firefighting to Their Profile

    Birtle Crop-Dusters add Firefighting to Their Profile0

    A Birtle-area crop-duster is getting into the firefighting business. Randy and Janet Sandstrom have expanded their crop-dusting business to now offer aerial firefighting assistance to local fire departments. They are the proud owners of a serial No. 1 from Thrush Aircraft, a single cockpit plane with a switchback fire gate, the first-of-its-kind, multi-purpose aircraft capable of assisting

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  • Helping Farmers Produce Food and Fiber for the World

    Helping Farmers Produce Food and Fiber for the World0

    Farming is complex and ever evolving. And once farmers have their crops in the ground, they protect their investment through aerial application, or crop dusting, of pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers. Locally, Benoit Aerial Spraying Inc. in Kankakee helps farmers produce food and fiber for the world. “Whether it’s fertilizing crops, killing bugs or taking care

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  • A few thoughts about pilot complacency0

    Editors Note: Although this essay by James Wisecup is geared towards Helicopter EMS, there is valuable information here for agricultural operators and pilots. Ag aviation is a breeding ground for complacency, with long work hours and familiar work environments. The featured speaker at the National Agricultural Aviation Association’s 50th Anniversary convention, Colonel Mike Mullane labeled

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