FVTC inks deal to improve ag education

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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Posted Feb. 24, 2010

Fox Valley Technical College is partnering
with IH Case and Service Motor Company to provide area students with the latest
advances in high-tech agricultural education.

As part of the deal announced today, Case IH and Service Motor
Company
will provide the
college’s Agriculture program with the latest agricultural equipment and precision
farming technologies.
The college will receive
new equipment every year for the next 10 years.

“There’s so much changing with agricultural machinery, and the technology
can get outdated quickly,”
says Kevin Sommer,
vice president of Service Motor Company
. “When FVTC graduates hit the job market, they’ll have the advanced
skills they need to stay ahead of the technology curve.” 

FVTC’s Agriculture department offers an umbrella of comprehensive
training programs and opportunities, including Agri-Business/Science
Technology, Farm Operation, Outdoor Power Equipment, Agriculture Power
Equipment, and Horticulture Technician. Case IH equipment will be used in
classes for agriculture production, natural resources, landscaping, material
handling and small engine repair. Maintenance and grounds-keeping employees at
FVTC also will reap the benefits with state-of-the-art snow removal
equipment. 

FVTC students will
really benefit from this partnership, says
Tom Yost, FVTC Agriculture Power Equipment
instructor
.

“Look at how fast agriculture equipment technology changes. I teach a GPS
class. When GPS technology first was being used by the farming industry, it
helped steer the tractor across the field. Now GPS includes variable rate
planting, so you can vary the seed population across the field depending on
soil conditions and fertility
,” he says. “You can vary the
rate of fertilizer applied, depending on soil types and soil fertility. Our
students will use the latest precision farming technology, to get them focused
and ready for what they’re going to see in the industry.”

–By MaryBeth Matzek