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Precision Ag attends national FFA convention

It’s not every day that you can showcase your program to 65,000 high school students, but that is what the Lake Region State College Precision Ag program did during the National Future Farmer of America conference in Indianapolis Oct. 24th through 27th.

The opportunity to attend came through the Cenex Harvest States Foundation, which supports LRSC Precision Ag with scholarships and program enhancement. 

The CHS Foundation funded the purchase of the combine simulator that was on display at the FFA convention. The simulator is used in classroom application, workforce training for producers and laborers, and at outreach events to showcase the precision ag program. 

Preston Sundeen, director of LRSC’s Precision Ag program said the event was amazing. Easton Meyer, a student in the program, also attended.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to partner with the CHS Foundation and showcase our Precision Ag program to the nation,” Sundeen said.  

Efficiency has spurred the adoption of various forms of precision agriculture technologies. The variability in soils and surrounding ecosystems demand better use of information to benefit all. The technology that precision agriculture offers collects immense amounts of data that assists in making field management decisions.

With a degree in Precision Agriculture from LRSC, graduates are prepared to work in production agriculture back at his/her farming operation; join a variety of agri-businesses that work with various aspects of production agriculture; create a company/service; or continue on for further degrees.