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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • LRSC now a leader in Precision Ag

  • It took over seven years of planning, a number of grants and the constant, unrelenting work of LRSC officials, but at long last, the Dakota Precision Ag Center is now among the top collegiate agriculture programs in the country.
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  • It took over seven years of planning, a number of grants and the constant, unrelenting work of LRSC officials, but at long last, the Dakota Precision Ag Center is now among the top collegiate agriculture programs in the country.
    While the school itself may be small, what Lake Region State College is doing with this new program is anything but that. In fact, the program, which will train students regarding all things involved in agricultural technology, is addressing a need that this country has been sorely lacking.
    Since North Dakota’s largest economic venture is agriculture, it makes sense that the nation’s top precision ag center reside in a state that relies heavily on its output.
    North Dakota University System Chancellor Dr. Larry Skogen was present for Tuesday afternoon’s ribbon cutting, and he is more than excited about the opportunities that the center will bring, not only to Lake Region State College and the state of North Dakota, but for farmers all over the country.
    “This is wonderful,” Skogen said. “It’s just a marvelous time to be here in North Dakota. It’s marvelous to see this much going on at Lake Region, which is a really important part of our University System.
    “Our number one economic engine in the state of North Dakota is agriculture,” he added. “So, here we are at Lake Region, where they’ve just opened this new facility for precision agriculture, they’re really capitalizing on the needs of the state.”
    Dr. Paul Gunderson, Dakota Precision Ag Center director and professor at Lake Region State College, has been instrumental in the center’s development over the last few years.
    An internationally renound member of his field, Gunderson is excited for what the center can provide, and he’s ready to get to work.
    Apparently, so are the students, who have already exhibited an early interest in the program.
    “We’re already half full for next fall, and we go to overload winter semester,” Gunderson said. “It’s an exciting time here at the college.”
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