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Lake Region State College precision ag program has a new state-of-the-art home

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About 200 individuals, together with state legislators, North Dakota State Board of Higher Education President Casey Ryan and donors attended the open home.

Ground was damaged on the $3 million agricultural schooling constructing in July 2020, and it opened its doorways to college students in January 2021. The Lake Region State College’ precision agriculture program, which is considered one of its most profitable and hottest packages, shall be housed within the constructing.

Lake Region State College precision agriculture college students obtain a mixture of hands-on instruction on tractors combines and different giant gear, and high-tech programming that features the usage of simulators.

The faculty’s precision ag program, which started in 2014, had been housed in a rented constructing about a mile north of the Lake Region Campus. Since the program was launched, agricultural gear and the variety of college students enrolled within the precision agriculture program each have elevated, stated Doug Darling, Lake Region president, stated on the Sept. 22 ceremony.

Lake Region State College President Doug Darling spoke at the Lake Region State College Hofstad Agriculture Center ribbon cutting and open house held on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. 
Ann Bailey / Agweek

Lake Region State College President Doug Darling spoke on the Lake Region State College Hofstad Agriculture Center ribbon chopping and open home held on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021.
Ann Bailey / Agweek

“We outgrew the equipment and outgrew the enrollment,” he stated. At occasions the scholars needed to be on the mercy of the weather as a result of the gear was too giant to suit contained in the rented constructing. For instance, throughout January, when college students labored on the gear, they needed to be outdoors within the car parking zone, he famous.

Hofstad Agriculture Center is 25% bigger than the rented constructing and has two lecture rooms and a commons space that may be additionally used as a classroom. The new middle permits college students to maneuver from their lecture rooms, to the equipment bay and to an adjoining 40-acre area with out having to cross a busy freeway.