Agreements bring high-tech equipment to CVTC fields

November 5, 2013

From “Agreements bring high-tech equipment to CVTC fields” — EAU CLAIRE — When students in Chippewa Valley Technical College’s agriscience technician program classes take to the fields, they enjoy the use of some of the best high-technology equipment in use in agriculture today.

Use of the latest in tractors, sprayers, planting equipment, combines and other field equipment is made possible by agreements CVTC has with major farm equipment manufacturers and local dealers. A 10-year agreement with Case IH and Value Implement of Menomonie signed in 2011 has already brought $2.2 million worth of equipment to the College. Last year, CVTC entered into an agreement with another well-known name in agriculture. John Deere now provides top-of-the-line equipment to CVTC’s program as well. The equipment comes through Tractor Central, a major John Deere dealer in west central Wisconsin.

Forming partnerships with educational institutions is not new for John Deere. However, the agreement with CVTC marked the first time John Deere and Tractor Central made such an agreement involving large field equipment. The agreements benefit all parties.

“Instructors incorporate the technology that John Deere and Case IH have integrated in their equipment into the program curriculum. The students gain hands-on experience with the technology they will use in their employment and on their own farms,” said Aliesha Crowe, dean of industry, agriculture and energy at CVTC.

Value Implement and Tractor Central will still be able to sell the equipment, rotating it out of the program and replacing it with new models, before the loaned equipment depreciates due to use.

Crowe explained that such partnerships allow CVTC to continue doing what it does best, providing students with hands-on education in conditions they will see in real-world situations.

“Students enrolled in our Managed Agronomy Precision Systems courses are each assigned their own plat of land. They prepare it, plant it, manage it and harvest it,” Crowe said.

And they do so by following principles of precision agriculture.

“The goal of precision agriculture is to optimize returns while preserving resources,” Crowe said.



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