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Open House activities planned for Dakota Precision Ag Center and Lake Region State College Ag Programs


Lake Region State College has planned a variety of open house activities at the facility that houses its precision ag program, its center of excellence– Dakota Precision Ag Center – and the college’s farm business management program.

Activities will take place December 3 through December 6 at the Dakota Precision Ag Center headquarters, located 1.5 miles north of the main campus (5070 Hwy 20 N) on North Dakota State Highway 20.


Schedule of Events

Tuesday, Dec. 3:
Public Open House
1:30 pm
1:30 to 4:00 pm
Open House/Ribbon Cutting
Informational Tours/Question & Answer Sessions
Wednesday, Dec. 4:
Ag Extension/Ag Producer Day
RSVP – 701-662-1498 or
10:30 am
11:00 am to Noon
1:00 to 2:00 pm
2:00 to 3:00 pm
Tour and Refreshments
Ag Seminar: Precision Ag uses in Agronomy
Ag Seminar: Value of remote sensing in crop production
Tour and Refreshments
Friday, Dec. 6:
Precision Ag Student Showcase Day
RSVP - 701-662-1519 or
During the student showcase December 6, student tours and activities will take place during three sessions (10:00 am to Noon, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and Noon to 2:00 pm).  Lunch for all groups at the Ag Center will be provided. Activities planned include precision ag program overview, future ag industry careers, ag center tour, visit with current students, and question and answer session.
About LRSC Precision Ag program and the Dakota Precision Ag Center

Lake Region State College’s degree program in agriculture was revived in part to a U. S. Department of Labor grant awarded in 2012. The $2.99 million grant is targeted to develop training programs in precision agriculture to trade adjustment assistance-impacted workers, unemployed veterans, and other unemployed and underemployed people seeking to increase their skills for new and higher-paying jobs in the state of North Dakota.

However, facing a severe space crunch, college officials struggled to find adequate facilities on campus to house the Dakota Precision Ag Center, precision ag and farm business management programs in one area.   Students needed not only classroom space, but hands-on-lab environment to work with the software and equipment used in precision ag technology.

The college found a solution with a partnership with local implement dealer and is leasing a building just 1.5 miles north of the campus, complete with a shop to hold equipment, space for two large classrooms, and a general purpose room.

The academic program meshes well with the Dakota Precision Ag Center, which was established under North Dakota’s Center of Excellence initiative to foster high quality research, respond to private-sector need for product-related research and development, and contribute to a quality environment for technological job development with North Dakota. The vision of the Dakota Precision Ag Center is to become the premier center for technological applications in North American agriculture.

The LRSC Farm Management program serves about 110 farm families from 10 counties in north central and northeastern North Dakota. Participants may receive individual and group instruction, updates on marketing of crops and livestock, join marketing clubs, and attend specialized classes and workshops.

Students in the precision ag program will take core courses at this facility. Workforce training programs also will take place at this site and a traveling classroom also is being constructed to take the program on the road to employers and others needing the training outside the region.

For more information on the Precision Ag Program call 665-4600. For information on the Dakota Precision Ag Center or Farm Business Management call 662-1498.