Dave Swain is the precision ag manager for Southern States Co-op, a farmer-owned agricultural supply cooperative based in Richmond, Va. He oversees the precision ag business and is responsible for development and implementation of sales and service programs. Swain previously worked for SOILTEQ, the technology division for AgChem, starting in 1997 before transitioning into and helping create AGCO’s technology-focused group in 2003.
We often “ooh and ahh” at the sight of fancy new gadgets, mesmerized as technology marketers dazzle us with reasons why we just have to have their product. Sometimes we give in to the hype and buy that new Apple Watch or that ShamWow towel that’s supposed to magically replace the “$20 per month” we spend on paper towels.
How Farmers are Teaching Old Tractors to Think for Themselves — that’s the title of a recent Wall Street Journal article covering how OEMs like AGCO, Deere and CNH are expanding their presence in the retrofit market to ease the transition to more automation.
The college offers an associate degree in Applied Science in Agriculture (60 credit hours). Students enrolled in this program may specialize in precision farming technology by selecting up to 15 credit hours in this area and agriculture business, sales and agronomy.
The college offers an AAS in Precision Agriculture and customized precision ag- related training for agricultural producers, insurance underwriters, equipment dealer and agricultural cooperative employees and others.
Offering training on Ag Leader, Trimble, Reichhardt, Norac and Integris Systems in twice yearly customer training events (spring/fall). Also offering individual training opportunities on any HTS Ag products and SMS software, year round.