Agricultural technologies are evolving, and producers are evolving alongside. The days of horse and buggy are a thing of the past as farmers seek to be more productive and sustainable on fewer acres.The Alabama Cooperative Extension System recognizes the need to grow and is working with industry partners to conduct workshops to educate farmers. Extension professionals will host the first precision agriculture workshop of 2018, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Brenda Ortiz, an Alabama Extension precision agriculture specialist, said she is optimistic the move to Birmingham will allow more farmers to participate. “We are hopeful that a more central workshop location will help us draw farmers from all over the state,” she said. “We have several notable speakers who will help our Alabama farmers take the next step toward full implementation of precision agriculture practices.” The workshop will highlight five areas of precision ag: precision liquid applications (fertilizer and herbicide); precision planting (precise planting depth, seed spacing, on-the-go seed rate changes, multi hybrid planting; unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture; and precision ag data management. To register for this free workshop, visit http://bit.ly/2yyR1jv. Farmers can also find more information on precision ag workshops at www.aces.edu or www.alabamacrops.com.