The new lab, complete with hardware and software, will be used to educate students on precision farming systems.
“In today’s fast-paced precision agriculture industry, there is a constant need for highly-educated graduates and we hope to provide students first-hand experience with precision farming systems,” says Al Myers, President of Ag Leader Technology. “Iowa State continues to provide the industry with motivated, young professionals. By giving to the university we hope to strengthen our partnership and continue to take part in the education of students in precision agriculture.”
Students taking classes on precision farming will now be able to use the lab to gain knowledge and understanding of the equipment in a real-world situation. By using the hardware and software together, students will be able to simulate a working farm and collection of valuable information using geospatial technology.
“The Ag Leader Precision Farming Systems Lab will greatly enhance our teaching and outreach programs, enabling us to provide cutting-edge information to our students so that when they graduate, they will have the skills and knowledge employers are currently seeking,” says Dr. U. Sunday Tim, Associate Professor.
Precision farming technologies continue to bring efficiency to crop and livestock operations by reducing inputs, improving operation efficiency, increasing yields, enhancing environmental quality and creating overall greater net farm profits.
In particular, the state-of-the-art equipment and software, donated by Ag Leader Technology, will be used to train students in ABE’s Technology and Management Systems program so as to enhance their competitive edge in the increasingly technological agricultural production enterprise.
“Our graduates will be better prepared for a higher level of agriculture, in which most new jobs require the skills of geospatial information technologies (e.g., Global Positioning Systems, Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing) in addition to the familiar agricultural and life science disciplines,” Dr. Tim says.
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