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June 19, 2015
A new piece of equipment – secured through a partnership with one of the largest agriculture employers and equipment dealers in Iowa – is in use at Northwest Missouri State University and enhancing the profession-based experiences agriculture students receive at the University.
AgriVision Equipment, a locally owned and operated company with 13 locations across southern Iowa, recently loaned a John Deere 8320R tractor to Northwest.
“We are excited and greatly appreciative of the partnership that has developed with AgriVision Equipment,” said Rod Barr, the director of Northwest’s School of Agricultural Sciences. “The utilization of the 8320R tractor will help to fill a void in our precision agriculture curriculum and will provide experiential learning opportunities for our students that were not available previously.”
AgriVision Equipment’s Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Ostrander said the company has experienced firsthand how partnerships can benefit students and its business. Now, in a rapidly changing environment, AgriVision Equipment hopes to build on that notion by strengthening its relationship with Northwest.
“Data and how we use it, and how it integrates with equipment to enable farmers to make better decisions and reduce risk, has become integral,” Ostrander said. “We felt like there was an opportunity to start to look longer term at how we recruit and develop the best and the brightest talent, and obviously Northwest is at the front end of that.”
Northwest’s School of Agricultural Sciences, which provides students with hands-on, profession-based experiences, is experiencing rapid growth. In fact, about 9 percent of Northwest undergraduates are agriculture students, which amounts to more than 500 students annually. Additionally, the School of Agricultural Sciences draws students from not only the four-state region, but throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Northwest offers seven agriculture majors in business, education, science, agronomy, animal science, animal science-pre vet and horticulture, in addition to seven minors, a two-year farm operations certificate and three master’s programs. Nearly 99 percent of agriculture students earning a degree from Northwest find employment or continue their education upon graduation.
“The synergy between Northwest and AgriVision Equipment is evident with some common traits: our forward focus, holistic vision, purposeful intent, customer-student passion, understanding of so many changing dynamics, being proactive and getting ahead of others,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said.
As its partnership with Northwest evolves, AgriVision Equipment leaders look forward to providing internship opportunities and establishing scholarships for Northwest students. During the last year, AgriVision Equipment has proactively worked to develop its relationship with Northwest by participating in its Career Day and Mock Interview Days, and its employees serve on advisory committees.
“We saw at Northwest Missouri State an opportunity for us to work with an educational institution to help AgriVision Equipment and to help our communities with what we really need as far as outcomes, for students, for internships, for the curriculum,” said Mark Ford, director of organizational development for AgriVision Equipment. “We have challenges, and there’s a partnership we can form – even if it’s just learning more about each other so we can help as far as our outcomes are concerned.”
To learn more about Northwest’s School of Agricultural Sciences, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/ag/.
For more information about ways to support Northwest’s agriculture programming or to make a gift in support of the University through the Northwest Foundation, contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or email@example.com.
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