Precision agriculture takes traditional farming methods, such as planting and harvesting, and applies optimization methods using technology and data. At Northeast Community College, our students participate in hands-on activities with state-of-the-art equipment and research partners to develop technical skills. They learn to interpret, analyze, and utilize data gathered from precision agriculture technologies to improve production.
Over the years, agriculture has made many strides in transitioning from manual labor processes to machine power, which has greatly increased productivity on the farm.
At Northeast, we understand the value mechanized agriculture brings to the industry. Our program trains students to repair and maintain all types of agricultural equipment. This includes farm welding, troubleshooting and preventative maintenance, and the proper calibration of planting, irrigation, and harvesting equipment.
Lack of Space Limits Exploring More Innovative Opportunities
Northeast Community College has the opportunity to make a difference using science and technological innovation to address critical issues that will have a profound effect on agriculture.
The current Precision and Mechanized Agriculture programs are housed in a former maintenance building with limited space for:
- Indoor hands-on learning with large equipment such as combines and tractors
- Longer-term project work without repeated set up and tear down
- A safe and efficient work environment