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Ag students attend annual meeting

By   Erin Wood

Lake Region State College Precision Ag students attended the Land O’Lakes Annual Meeting earlier this month. The visit was awarded to the students after they submitted photos of their community garden and captured best photo honors.
The Precision Agriculture program offers core classes to include both theoretical and practical applications with extensive lab and hands on training, as well as general education requirements. Graduates are employed in their own farming operation, precision technicians at implement dealerships, agronomy centers, independent precision service providers and many more.
The demand on farmers to continuously produce more food, fiber, fuel and pharmaceuticals has made it increasingly necessary to become more efficient. The need for efficiency has spurred the adoption of various forms of precision agriculture technologies. Variability in North Dakota soil and other northern plains states demands that fields be managed as small areas and treated differently according to their individual characteristics. The technology that precision agriculture offers collects immense amounts of data that assists in making field management decisions. Students learn skills in general agronomy, crop production, soils and soil fertility, GIS and GPS.
About the Land O’Lakes Foundation
The Land O’Lakes Foundation was established in 1996 and is made possible by support from Land O’Lakes, Inc.  The Foundation awards community grants to projects that develop and strengthen organizations dedicated to hunger relief, education and the community.
About Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Land O'Lakes, Inc., one of America’s premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from farm production to consumer foods. With 2014 annual sales of $15 billion, Land O'Lakes is one of the nation’s largest cooperatives, ranking 203 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 93 years of operation, Land O'Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands in agribusiness and food production including LAND O LAKES® Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition and WinField. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O'Lakes, Inc., corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.