Title: Industry / Education
Date: Thu Jul 19, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moderator: N/A
University Industry Partnerships

This discussion will focus on the importance of university-industry partnerships including examples of how industry can work with and support education institutions.  This talk highlights collaboration efforts supporting growth for industry, universities, and the advancement of agriculture.  Questions and discussion are welcomed.

Shane Swedlund (speaker)
Engineering Manager
Raven Industries
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Shane Swedlund is an Engineering Manager with Raven Industries who also manages University Relations for the Applied Technology Division. Shane works with South Dakota State University, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, and other universities on engineering, precision agriculture, internships, and collaboration opportunities. He received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from SDSM&T in 1992. Shane currently serves on advisory boards for the SDSU College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, as well as the Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering. Shane has worked with Raven Industries for over 25 years – in that time he has held a variety of engineering and management positions within three of their divisions. Over the past 18 years his efforts have been focused on Precision Agriculture.
Length (approx): 40 min
Community Colleges Prepping People for Careers in PA

After teaching precision agriculture in the Midwest for 20+ years, the presenter now teaches in California. Not only is California agriculture different, the education for technical and technology skills is very different. This presentation will provide an overview of the Farm of the Future at West Hills College and how it is using guided pathways, collaborations with universities, stackable certifications, and online options to upgrade incumbent worker skills.

Terry Brase (speaker)
Interim Director of Farm of the Future at West Hills College
West Hills College
Coalinga, CA 93210
Terry Brase, is the Precision Ag Instructor at West Hills College Coalinga focusing on teaching and developing technology courses. He has BS and MS degrees in Ag Education from Iowa State University. He taught at two Iowa community colleges for 30 years; teaching ag geospatial technologies for the last 23 years. He developed the first in the nation two-year degree in Precision Agriculture in 1995 with funding from the National Science Foundation. In 2001 he was the originator and Principal Investigator of AgrowKnowledge, the National Center for Science and Technology in Agriculture. Published works include an ESRI Virtual Campus course on Spatial Analysis in ag, a textbook entitled “Precision Agriculture”, and a chapter on GIS in the soon to be released “Precision Farming Basics” from the American Society of Agronomy. He was the recipient of the 2012 Educator Award of Excellence at the International Precision Ag Conference. As Managing Owner of BrASE LLC, he writes freelance articles on agricultural technology and works with companies and colleges on their educational needs.
Length (approx): 40 min
Internship Do’s and Don’ts, The Students Perspective

Good employees have always been an important part of any successful business and with the demands of modern agriculture, this has never been more true, especially in the precision ag industry.  New employees must be knowledgeable in agronomy, electronics, computer systems, data analysis, have strong communication skills, and understand the time requirements of working in the agriculture field. A high quality internship experience benefits your company in many ways. Internship programs offer the opportunity for companies to introduce young talent to their team prior to investing completely, and can often lead to full time employment in the future, essentially allowing new hires to come in with 3+ months experience and the ability to “hit the ground running.”  When students have a great experience on site, they tend to share their experience with classmates during the academic year, positively promoting your company and potentially increasing high talent internship and full-time applicants. The goal of this presentation will be to share with you what a good internship could look like from the students perspective. To help you to ensure your internship program is meeting the expectations of today’s college student,  ultimately helping you increase your candidate pool when hiring for full time positions.

Nicholas Uilk (speaker)
Ag Systems Technology Instructor
South Dakota State University
Brookings , SD 57006
Nic has been an instructor with the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering department since January of 2009, with significant involvement in developing and maintaining curriculum to meet the demands of today’s precision agriculture professional. The curriculum is designed to cover agronomy, data management, agriculture electronics, and farm machinery, and Nic heads up course instruction in several classes, including Introduction to Precision Agriculture, Farm Machinery Systems Management, Computer Applications in Agriculture, Ag Industrial and Outdoor Power, and Introduction to Ag Systems Technology.
Length (approx): 40 min