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Precision Ag students give back to the community

By   WDAZ TV -- Forum Communications

Broadcast on WDAZ Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

Forum Communications

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ)—It’s harvest time, and what one group is doing with the fruits of their labor is changing the community—and their hearts.

A wise man once said, "Whatsoever a person sow, that shall he also reap," and students at Lake Region State College’s Precision Ag Program have been reaping and sowing all semester.

Grafton Sophomore Jocee Nelson wasn’t sure what they would be doing with all of the producer they picked.

"I did not know that at first, I just thought we were planting a garden,” said Nelson.

But now, it’s almost all she thinks about.

“I think about it all the time,” said Nelson.

“I think about that all the time. It’s not just for the class, it’s not just for a credit. It’s that we are helping ones in need.”

Hope Center Manager Katie Fitch says it's these students who've kept the food pantry stocked, trip after trip. And this is the good stuff, fresh and healthy!

"When the college pulls up on third street downtown with a truck load of corn, word gets out around town. People start to know about that.,” said Fitch.

And not just that you can get help if you need it, but that you can give.

"It's really gotten out that 'oh gosh,' if you've got extra produce in your backyard to your field, you can bring it into the hope center.”

Fitch said that after hearing about the students, many people who have never given before were so inspired that they have become regular donors.

And when Jocee is finished with the two year program at the end of this school year, she wants to go back to her hometown, grow a garden, and partner with her local food pantry.

"The program has helped me open my eyes and what I can do,” said Nelson.

It's true, we reap what we sow—and here, there’s a harvest of hope.

"Every farmer has an effect on the world,” said Nelson.

And there's plenty to go around.

The program director says all 41 acres of field corn will be sold and likely used for livestock feed.