June Newsletter 06052014

June 2014 Volume 1

Ag Center News By Paul Gunderson, DPACDirector W elcome to our first issue of “The Precision Edge”! We created this newsletter to keep prospective students, their sponsors, parents, grandparents, and members of our advisory

Mark Halvorson, Agronomy Instructor Applicator License Ag Students Complete T he precision agricultural students enrolled in Introduction to Weed Science

six hours (or more) to complete the testing process. The certification upon completion covers the individuals for

studied for and c o m p l e t e d testing for the North Dakota Comme r c i a l

three years or until April 1, 2017 and covers 25% of the student

committees and partners appraised o f eme r g i ng d e v e l o p m e n t s within the Dakota Precision Ag Center (DPAC). The DPAC is composed of a fantastic group

“Every student .... has PASSED the exam”

Applicators Ground Core and Ag Pest Control Exams. Every student that has completed the exam, has passed and qualified to apply pesticide commercially. Tammy Widmer, Regional Training Coach at DPAC helped coordinate individual signup by the students and Mike Liane, Ramsey County Extension Agent (retired) came into the classroom and helped prepare the students for the exams. Cindy Olson, who is Support Staff for NDSU Extension in Ramsey County came out to Dakota Precision Ag Center and distributed and collected the exams and forwarded them to the North Dakota Pesticide Program at North Dakota State University. On average each student tested for approximately

grade for this course. Introduction to Weed Science is taught by Agronomy Instructor Mark Halvorson who began teaching in January at DPAC. Students having been Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certified for both the Ground Core and Ag Pest areas have now greatly increased their employment opportunities as this certification is valued highly by many agricultural locations involved with pesticide applications, chemical dealerships, local cooperatives and farmers located across North Dakota. Examples of reciprocity with neighboring states has increased the scope for near- term employment opportunities for students attending from other regions. Congratulations students!1

of stellar faculty, able students, and cutting-edge private sector business partners who have coalesced around the tasks of research and education about use of the precision agriculture system for producing the nation’s fiber, food, and biofuel. The DPAC is fortunate in that it blends funding from private, state, federal, and philanthropic sources, thereby ensuring adequate resources for core instructional activity as well as cutting-edge research. Its laboratories are its “answer farms” that affiliate with the DPAC and provide 160 acre parcels that faculty, students, and student interns employ for primary activity. It is also affiliated with the University of North Dakota, the National Farm Medicine Center in Marshfield, Wisconsin, the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. The DPAC provides extensive training in precision agriculture, provides for all student internship experiences, and possesses impressive linkage with the nation’s agricultural industry, thereby ensuring ample post-training opportunity. 1

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