The Precision Ag program at Lake Region State College received a big boost in its program through a grant from Cenex Harvest States Foundation.
Lake Region State College was awarded $67,875 to purchase state-of-the-art hardware and software for precision ag research and development. In all, CHS Foundation awarded $829,000 to six colleges and universities.
The CHS Foundation funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., focused its grants this year on precision agriculture and cooperative education.
"The CHS Foundation recognizes the continuing strength and importance of precision agriculture and remains committed to supporting education that develops future ag leaders," says Nanci Lilja, president, CHS Foundation. "The world depends on agriculture, and the industry has never been more important than it is today. We also need innovation and advancements in breakthrough technology to help attract the best possible talent into our field, helping reach the next generation of agriculture leaders."
The CHS grant will help provide the LRSC Precision Ag students with field-ready equipment to plant and scout their own 40 acre field.
“The precision-equipped four-row planter provides students with field experience operating the planter, shop experience setting up the planter, and classroom experience working with the data. That data can then be utilized to make more precise management decisions,” said Preston Sundeen with LRSC Precision Ag.