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Ivy Tech Welcomes Donnelly, Students to Precision Agriculture Center of Excellence

Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) says Precision Agricultural is an important evolution to one of the state’s most important economic activities. (Brock Turner, WFIU/WTIU News)

The next generation of farmers will have a new place to improve their skills.

Ivy Tech’s Terre Haute campus opened its Precision Agriculture Center of Excellence Tuesday. The 26,000 sq. ft. laboratory space includes several pieces of working farm equipment, a computer lab, and a fully functional engine.

The space allows Ivy Tech to offer a series of new academic programs tailored to precision agricultural students.

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly helped secure federal funding for the new facility.  He says he believes precision agriculture is in the best interest of farmers.

“As we put a farm bill together we see this, and we see how much this can make the lives of farmers better, and I’m really excited about it,” Donnelly says.

It will be one of just five schools in the country—and the first in Indiana—to offer certificates and degrees focusing on precision agriculture.

The technique relies heavily on data to micro target areas within a field.  It helps farmers maximize yields while using less seed, fertilizer, and pesticides.

The new facility will be open to students beginning this fall.

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