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WASHINGTON -- Farmers will get earlier storm warnings and
more information about soil moisture now that the Agriculture
Department will share sensors and maps with the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration, the department's secretary said.
Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, signing an agreement with NASA
Administrator Sean O'Keefe, said information gathered from satellites
and sensors could help farmers improve crop yields and reduce
``Precision agricultural practices are helping farmers improve
productivity while protecting our natural resources,'' Veneman said.
``This partnership with NASA will make available remote sensing
technologies that will advance precision agriculture.''
O'Keefe said the agreement could lead his agency to collect more
data for a project in which NASA scientists are trying to understand
the earth's response to natural or manmade changes.
Some of the agency's technologies now available to help farmers
include the following:
The agreement stemmed from a partnership that began in February,
when the USDA Forest Service helped NASA track down pieces of the
shuttle Columbia after it broke up over Texas, killing all seven
astronauts on board.
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