Bruce Erickson is the Agronomy Distance and Outreach Director at Purdue University. He developed the Agronomy e-Learning Academy, which has served more than 1,200 students from 22 countries and 39 states through its three courses: Agronomy Essentials, Precision Agriculture, and Nutrient Management. He works with the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network project, aiming to develop new applications and promote the adoption of digital agriculture and advanced manufacturing. Erickson’s research centers on precision farming economics and adoption, where he leads the CropLife/Purdue Precision Dealer Survey, the most complete and longest-running measure of precision agriculture technology adoption. He started his career as an agronomist with Pioneer Hi-Bred (now Corteva) in Iowa, served as Senior Technical Designer at Agri Business Group in Indianapolis, helped manage Purdue’s Site-Specific Management Center and Top Farmer Crop Workshop, then was the Agronomy Education Manager for the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). At ASA he taught several online courses, and was responsible for the International Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Exam, the minimum qualifying exam for the 10,000+ member Certified Crop Adviser program. Erickson received the 2018 Educator/Researcher Award of Excellence from the PrecisionAg Institute.
Purdue University is Indiana’s land grant institution with research, teaching, and Extension at its core. Its engineering, aviation, and agricultural programs are highly ranked and recognized worldwide. The West Lafayette campus is home to about 30,000 undergraduate students, 10,000 graduate students, and 3,000 faculty and staff. The College of Agriculture has about 2800 undergraduate students in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, Animal Sciences, Biochemistry, Botany & Plant Pathology, Entomology, Food Science, Forestry, and Horticulture & Landscape Architecture.