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Leon Schumacher joins North Dakota State University

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“We are very excited for Dr. Schumacher to begin his role as department chair in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering,” mentioned Greg Lardy, vp for NDSU Agricultural Affairs. “His innovative work in energy conservation, multi-state teaching and research efforts, and his experience with precision agriculture will be assets to the department, our college and the state of North Dakota.”

Schumacher assumes his position throughout a time of transition for the division, together with the recruitment of latest college and employees, and a bodily transfer from the division’s present location within the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering constructing to Ladd Hall. In addition to overseeing these transitions, he’ll lead and assist the college as they proceed to perform the division’s objectives for instructing, analysis and Extension.

“I feel that the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering team is perfectly poised to help augment the digital revolution that is changing today’s agriculture,” Schumacher mentioned. “The team is embracing this change, as are our regional, national and international colleagues.”

One of Schumacher’s short-term objectives for the division is to develop techniques that allow the adoption of sensible farm know-how within the area.

Smart farm know-how is one in every of Schumacher’s analysis subjects. This summer time, he traveled to Germany to develop curriculum and analysis sensible farm know-how and has been requested by his German colleagues to current about how the U.S. is adopting adjustments that can allow the digital dimensions of the sensible farm, how the U.S. is extending broadband entry to rural communities and the way curriculum can be enhanced to organize the following era of farmers.

His different analysis areas embody precision agriculture, the Internet of Things, automated farming techniques, and vitality conservation, together with biodiesel, biomass and ethanol. He additionally researches curriculum-related points related to agricultural techniques know-how.