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In this photo taken Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, Lia Reich, director of marketing with PrecisionHawk, holds up their agricultural and insurance drone, the PrecisionHawk Lancaster, after an event with the Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Coalition, at the National Press Club in Washington. Farmers and ranchers are eagerly awaiting the ability to use drones commercially on their land _ technology that could have benefits for consumers, too. Unmanned aircraft could make farmers more efficient by helping them locate problem spots in vast fields or ranchlands. It could mean less impact on the environment, if farmers used fewer chemicals because drones showed them exactly where to spray. Five ways drones could impact the food supply. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

5 ways unmanned drones could affect the American food supply

Monday, January 26, 2015

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal’s temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, “your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible,” says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Steven Edgar, president and CEO of …

Chapter 11 clips SkyMall mag’s wings

Monday, January 26, 2015

Farewell, frivolous in-flight shopping. SkyMall, the wacky airline catalog that has long filled the seat pockets of so many commercial airplanes, could finally be folding its pages. Xhibit Corp., SkyMall’s parent company, announced Friday that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing the quarterly magazine’s inability to keep up with evolving airline rules. “With the increased use of electronic devices on planes, …

Business people for Jan. 26, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Donald Carter recently joined North Branch Construction in Concord as its new safety director. Carter is a safety professional with numerous years of experience as a safety trainer, previously owning his own safety consultation business. He is a member of the National Safety Council. Michael Joyce recently became a consultant at RPF Environmental …

Workers in the dark on talks between FairPoint, unions

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FairPoint and its two unions have been meeting for a week but a strict gag order has left more than 1,700 workers in the dark about any possible progress toward ending the strike. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation …

Winter lobsters could bolster fishery during shrimp shutdown

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Fresh-caught Maine lobster might be a little more affordable this winter because the continued shutdown of the state’s shrimp season is keeping some lobstermen at sea deeper into the winter than usual. Many Maine lobstermen use the shrimp …

Don’t know your credit score? You can see it for free

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Good news for those resolving to keep a close eye on their credit history in 2015: There’s no need to pay a dime to do so. It’s never been easier for consumers to get a hold of their credit scores or credit reports for free. Major credit card …

Travel Talk: Some tips so you can hit the road like a pro

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bud and I just finished a 1,500-mile drive south to Florida. It’s our third year being snowbirds, and you’d think we’ve have the routine down pat . . . nary a problem the entire way to Cape Coral. But . . . not! Whether it was overconfidence, or …

Suicide rate linked to economy

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Japan’s slide into recession last year wasn’t just a blow to Abenomics. For some in the G-7 nation with the highest suicide rate, it may pose a question of life and death. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s concerted campaign to spark confidence in a population dulled by two decades …

Plans for a Concord poultry processing facility have flown the coop

Friday, January 9, 2015

Fournier Foods has abandoned its plans for a poultry processing plant in East Concord. Despite opposition from neighbors, the Concord Planning Board approved the application for a nearly 5,500-square-foot plant in December. But in a letter to the …

Old Navy at the Steeplegate Mall closing at the end of January

Friday, January 9, 2015

Old Navy is closing its Concord location, the smallest of the four major anchors at Steeplegate Mall. The store will remain open until Jan. 25. A spokesman for Old Navy’s parent company, Gap Inc., confirmed the closure in a statement, adding, “we are constantly evaluating our store fleet …

PSNH, parent company, change name to Eversource Energy

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Starting Feb. 2, Public Service of New Hampshire – along with parent company Northeast Utilities and its other subsidiaries in Massachusetts and Connecticut – will be known as Eversource Energy. “Energy is what brings us all together, and Eversource reflects the one-company focus we have been driving for …

California breaks ground on bullet train as climate solution

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

California broke ground yesterday on its $68 billion high-speed rail system, promising to combat global warming while whisking travelers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours. The bullet train project, the first in the …

New restaurant will include some former Cat ’n Fiddle favorites

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The son of the former Cat ’n Fiddle owner is opening an eatery of his own in Concord. John Barous hopes to open Barous’ Family Restaurant at 94 Fort Eddy Road in a couple of weeks – likely …