Sarah Hill is associate editor for the ag division, contributing primarily to Precision Farming Dealer, Strip-Till Farmer, No-Till Farmer and Cover Crop Strategies. Hill has a farm background and graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Ag Journalism and a minor in Animal Science. She has previously served as managing editor of DairyBusiness and is a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association and American Ag Editors’ Association.
Recruiting and preparing the next generation of precision farming professionals is no simple task. Precision farming experts Calvin Knotts, Redline Equipment, Archbold, Ohio, and Karl Huebner, Hutson, Inc., Mayfield, Ky., share their tips and tricks for finding those up-and-coming precision farming professionals in their midst.
It takes a while for new precision ag specialists to really earn their keep around a dealership. Depending on the scenario, it could easily be 6 months before a dealership begins getting value out of a new precision employee, and up to 5 years before that “new” precision specialist is a master of their craft.
College students around the U.S. have had their semesters abruptly turned upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of North Dakota State University (NDSU) precision ag students have returned to their home farms to complete their semester through online classwork.
Building the next generation of leaders is the key to any successful dealership. That leadership journey can start during a recruit’s education as an internship opportunity.
More and more dealerships are offering precision farming internships to both high school and/or college students to give them a taste for what working at a dealership entails.
Recruiting outstanding employees is one of the many challenges precision dealers face in today’s job market. Having the best employees can make a huge difference with forging positive long-term relationships with both current and potential customers.
AGCO is taking a retrofit first approach to autonomy and its tech stack. The OEM is designing technology that will fit farmers’ operations, which often include a mixed fleet and the need to improve efficiency without buying a brand new machine.
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.