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LRSC Welcomes New Ag Instructor

By   Sarah Smith Warren
12/23/2015

IMG_0475--233x350-.jpgOybek Turayev was recently hired as a new Ag instructor at Lake Region State College’s Dakota Precision Agriculture Center. Oybek, recently of Fargo, ND, has a Master’s degree in Agricultural Education and Crop Production from NDSU.

Preston Sundeen, director of the Precision Ag program says Oybek will bring value to students and the program, “Oybek’s experience and background will be reflected in his teachings, providing our students with a great opportunity to use his knowledge to excel in classes and in their careers.” 

Oybek was born and raised in Uzbekistan in central Asia. Agriculture was always a big part of his life. His father, an engineer and professor along with his uncle, operated a poultry farm.  With a goal to learn more about poultry farming for his family and country, Oybek took part in a young farmers training program with the United States. The global outreach exchange program was through the University of Minnesota and it brought Oybek to Minnesota on a two-year exchange program where he worked with a poultry farmer.

While in Minnesota, he learned all facets of poultry farming and was eager to learn more about agriculture practices in the U.S. His host family introduced him to NDSU and while visiting there, he met several students from across the world who were studying agriculture, Oybek says he knew NDSU was where he wanted to be, “I wanted to learn all these agricultural methods that the students like me were learning.”

Oybek’s exchange was up, but before he returned to his country, he applied and was accepted into the agricultural program at NDSU. Once back in Uzbekistan, he worked to teach and share information he had learned in the U.S. to local farmers in his country, “I learned everything from A to Z about poultry production. So many new things that I was excited to share back home,” says Oybek.

Once back in the U.S., Oybek started his new chapter at NDSU combining agriculture and education, so he could continue sharing information with others. After graduation, Oybek worked in both the public and private sector including Pioneer Seeds, Monsanto, Germains Seed Technology and he also worked as an NDSU extension agent where he became more familiar and interested in rural North Dakota.

Oybek recently moved to Devils Lake with his wife Zulfiya.  Oybek says he is very excited to be at Lake Region State College, “I like smaller colleges, I believe they are able to offer more opportunities to students in a personal way.”
Oybek has a passion for agriculture and for education, he is currently pursuing his PHD in higher education, focusing on teaching, technology and learning methodologies. His goal is to bring students a more practical, hands-on and applicable approach to learning. He plans to bring in industry professionals and speakers from the private sector to give students a more realistic approach in order to integrate into the agricultural sector as professional. He also has a goal to bring new experiences and opportunities to the students in the Precision Ag program.

The Dakota Precision Agriculture program at Lake Region State College is currently the only program in the state of North Dakota and one of only a few in the United States. The program offers core classes to include both theoretical practical applications with extensive lab and hands-on training. Graduates are employed as precision technicians at implement dealerships, agronomy centers, independent precision service providers and more.

For more information about the program or to welcome Oybek, contact LRSC at 701-662-1519 or visit www.lrsc.edu.