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Future of Ag is two-way street

By Staff | Sep 15, 2016

AG STUDENTS from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge and Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, listen as RoGator operators with NEW Cooperative explain how the machines work. The students were part of a Sept. 8 Future of Ag field day in Vincent, sponsored by the elevator and WinField.

VINCENT – The Future of Ag was introduced Thursday to 58 ag students from Iowa Central Community College and Ellsworth Community College.

At the same time, two companies were getting a peak at the skill levels coming their way within the next few years.

In an event sponsored jointly by WinField Solutions and NEW Cooperative, both in Vincent, the students were introduced to new products and technologies they’ll encounter in post college years.

“They (students) are our future,” said Justin Reuter, who coordinates -human resources and recruitment for NEW Co-op. By showing the students the vast array of jobs available, just in agronomy, “we hope to fill some of the voids that we have.”

The students, 41 from ICCC and 17 from ECC, looked over machines and equipment heading for Ohio to harvest WinField’s answer plots there.

JARED ROTERT, an ag student at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, tries his hand at checking a sprayer nozzle to assure it’s calibrated to preset calibration. In the background are other ICCC and Iowa Falls-based Ellsworth Community College ag students during a Sept. 8 Future of Ag field day in Vincent.

They also learned about other fall functions that WinField is preparing to undertake.

At NEW Cooperative, they took in a sprayer demonstration, got a crash course on sprayer nozzle technology, checked the calibration of the sprayer and learned about the different types of fertilizers the elevator offers to its members.

Gary Stenzel, an ECC ag instructor, said he brought 17 students studying pesticide tech, all seeking weed control information and learn about new products and technology coming to retail.

“Plus we want to expose the students to the job opportunities that are available.”

Mike Richards, an ICCC ag instructor, agreed.

ICCC’s 41-student crew were from crops and precision farming classes and met in small discussion groups with WinField employees.

“We wanted to expose them to agronomic knowledge and introduce them to WinField,” Richards said.

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