Ohio State University announced it held a ribbon cutting on Oct. 6 for the Trimble Technologies Lab that will be in the Agricultural Engineering Building of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering on the school's Columbus campus. Representatives of the university and Trimble were in attendance.

In May, OSU announced the gift from Trimble to establish 2 labs — a gift of hardware and software the university calls the largest philanthropic gift-in-kind investment to support teaching, research and outreach in the history of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The second lab is located at the Ohio State ATI at the Wooster campus.

Included in Trimble's gift are customized training workstations that simulate the use of Trimble hardware and software. This includes machine guidance control and steering as well as field leveling and water management systems.

The university says the labs will give students access access to agriculture and construction technologies used today by industry professionals. OSU anticipates that in the first year, more than 1,000 students will be able to access the labs for courses.

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