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 From the Dust Bowl to Drones: The Next Agricultural Revolution

Dr. Bruno BassoDr. Bruno Basso, MSU associate professor of Geology

Monday, October 6, 2014

Doors open at 7 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m.

KBS Academic Center Auditorium
3700 East Gull Lake Dr.
Hickory Corners, MI 49060

Dr. Bruno Basso, a Michigan State University ecosystem scientist based at KBS, will examine the growing trend of precision agriculture—and talk about what it’s like to fly MSU’s first research drone—during Dessert with Discussion, a free community event.

An associate professor of Geology, Basso works with MSU’s Global Water Initiative, a transdisciplinary effort to advance innovative science that addresses water problems across the globe. His research forecasts growing conditions in current and future climates.

Basso gathers data from crops using a drone—or unmanned aerial vehicle—acquired by MSU in 2013.

“Progress in agricultural science and technology has been incredible in the last decade and it will continue at an even faster pace,” Basso said. “We need to use these technologies to improve the sustainability and resilience of agriculture to leave productive land for the next generation.”

Basso’s presentation, entitled “From the Dust Bowl to Drones: the Next Agricultural Revolution,” will chart the global transition from soil conservation practices to precision agriculture, a modern farming system that dramatically limits resource waste by using GPS mapping and satellite technology to target individual plants in need of water, fertilizer or pest treatments.

Call (269) 671-2015 or email communityrelations@kbs.msu.edu for more information.

Recent media featuring Dr. Basso:

PBS NewsHour on 9-10-2014
Dr. Bruno Basso's research using drones to help farmers apply fertilizers.

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Dessert with Discussion is an interesting and informative program that gives the community an opportunity to interact with MSU scientists on a variety of topics. These presentations are free and open to the public.

Join us for this informal hour-long event, which features an array of delicious desserts, tea and coffee provided by the KBS Manor House & Conference Center.

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