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Rise of the drones: Farm technology takes off with aerial data gathering

Rise of the drones: Farm technology takes off with aerial data gathering

FRENCH CAMP — About 200 feet above Nick Mussi’s tomato field a black speck buzzes in the sky taking pictures and collecting data. After 20 minutes it lands, bringing a wealth of information about the state of Mussi’s crop.

“[We’ll look] to see the different places, the crop vigor. There’s a lot of variation in one field,” Mussi said.

Mussi asked tech company Farm Solutions to bring its unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, to his farm to show him how it works and what it can tell him about his crop. After just a couple of trips over the 80-acre field, the drone had collected more data about the tomatoes in a couple of hours than Mussi could have collected if he’d walked the field himself.

“That would probably take all day,” Mussi said. “And you probably wouldn’t get as good a survey as they’re getting.”... Read More

Gas prices expected to stay low

Gas prices expected to stay low

Gas prices continue to dive. After a refinery problem was fixed in the Midwest that caused prices to spike temporarily, prices again are plunging as the price of oil recently hit a six-year low.

As of Thursday, the price of gas nationally was $2.53 per gallon, down 12 cents from one week ago. In many Southeastern states, gas can be found for under $2 per gallon.

Drivers in California are still paying well above the national average, $3.42 per gallon, but that is down 46 cents in the last five weeks. California and Alaska now tie for the lead for most expensive  gas in the country.

Locally drivers in Modesto are getting the best deal for gas. They are paying $3 per gallon while drivers in Stockton pay $3.03 and Merced motorists pay $3.18 per gallon... Read More

Workforce satisfaction has improved in last decade

Workforce satisfaction has improved in last decade

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite all of the struggles in the workforce in the last decade, Americans’ satisfaction with 13 aspects of their current jobs has largely improved in the last decade.

People’s satisfaction with the health benefits and vacation time have increased the most since 2005, each rising 10 percentage points.

For the most part, Americans’ satisfaction with their jobs is higher today than it was in 2005. But despite these improvements, no more than one in three workers are completely satisfied with their salaries, stress levels, chances for promotion and retirement plans... Read More

Reading Volunteer opportunities available through Reading Partners

Reading Volunteer opportunities available through Reading Partners

Launched in 2009, ​Reading Partners empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging volunteers from the Sacramento community to provide one-on-one tutoring. With the help of almost 800 volunteers, Reading Partners provided individualized literacy tutoring to more than 480 elementary school students in 9 schools in low-income communities across Sacramento County in the 2014-15 school year. Using a highly effective, evidence-based program, Reading Partners has helped tens of thousands of children across the country master the fundamental reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. 

Reading Volunteer opportunities available through Reading Partners

Reading Volunteer opportunities available through Reading Partners

Launched in 2009, ​Reading Partners empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging volunteers from the Sacramento community to provide one-on-one tutoring. With the help of almost 800 volunteers, Reading Partners provided individualized literacy tutoring to more than 480 elementary school students in 9 schools in low-income communities across Sacramento County in the 2014-15 school year. Using a highly effective, evidence-based program, Reading Partners has helped tens of thousands of children across the country master the fundamental reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. 

DIY // Copper Hanging Small Space Coat Rack

DIY / Copper Hanging Small Space Coat Rack

I mentioned a while back I would be partnering with Bernzomatic to bring you guys a new project each month and would be working to develop my metal working skill-set... I am pretty excited to share today's project because I really put those skills to the test and learned so very much in the process. The result is a fabulous shiny new solution for the mess that is our entryway... especially during the colder months, which we are about to enter (4 months from now)... Read More