Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s agriculture program recently received a $5,000 gift from Farm Credit Mid-America, a financial services cooperative that serves the credit needs of rural residents and farmers across Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The gift is part of Farm Credit’s corporate strategic plan to support local community projects that enhance agricultural education and resources.
Ivy Tech Fort Wayne will use the funds to help start a Precision Agriculture Equipment Technology program and provide students with at-home-lab-kits for online classes. The College applied for the gift, which was accepted by local Farm Credit lending officer, Paul Jacobs, then evaluated and approved by a panel of Farm Credit representatives. This gift will give Ivy Tech student access to the tools to embrace emerging technologies in food production and environmental stability.
“Funding these initiatives will take the Ivy Tech Agriculture program to a higher stratosphere of technological applications,” said Darrel Kesler, Dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science. “Food production technology already includes autonomous tractors, robotic milking and robotic apple pickers, drone crop scouting, and so on. When thinking high tech don’t just think Silicon Valley, think agriculture. Agriculture affects everybody—we all need to eat.”