8 THE WGCIT TURNS 5: A Look Back At Its First Years 12 Women on the Front Lines of Leadership at Booth Ranches 14 Fieldin: Real-Time Spray Tech Startup Started by Growers for Growers 16 Best Practices to Build a Resilient Supply Chain During COVID-19 22 Biologicals Finding Mainstream Applications 24 Precision Ag Offers Efficiencies 26 ZAG Offers Managed IT to Ag 34 Update from the WGCIT 38 OPINION: The Army Corps of Engineers Has Become a Rogue Agency

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