Unique, High Tech Ag Education

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Terre Haute – The Wabash Valley is now the home to a unique and beneficial educational program.  The new effort will help educate future ag leaders while helping the community.

Today, Ivy Tech showcased the Precision Agriculture Center of Excellence.  The 26 thousand square foot laboratory space will provide students with hands-on educational training.  The focus will be on precision equipment and diesel technology.

A number of local and state leaders were on hand for a special tour of the facility, including Senator Joe Donnelly, Mayor Duke Bennett and Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann.  Donnelly says the program will help agriculture and the local economy.

“It’s spectacular because this is the future of agriculture and it’s right here in the Wabash Valley right here in Vigo County and this is where it should be and it’s going to create jobs,” said Sen. Donnelly.

Donnelly also said the program will lead to cleaner rivers, better yield and more money for farmers.

“There are great toys to work on, great learning opportunities and I’m super excited to work with these drones here,” said Austin Smith, student from St. Louis.

Ivy Tech’s Precision Ag program is one of only handful of programs nationwide and the only one in Indiana.  Officials believe future graduates of the program will receive multiple job opportunities.

Tomorrow an official ribbon cutting will be held at the Ivy Tech campus in southern Vigo County.

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