Title: Precision People
Date: Wed Aug 3, 2016
Time: 1:20 PM - 3:20 PM
Moderator: N/A
People: On-the-Job-Training

Training and keeping precision specialists up to date in this dynamic field is a challenge.  How do you keep your people informed and on the cutting edge in a world that is changing faster than you can implement the tools available today that could be obsolete tomorrow?  We may not have the answers, but we hope to spark a discussion around this topic.

Dwight Koops (speaker)
Crop Quest, Inc.
Dodge City, KS 67801
Dwight Koops graduated from Colorado State University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy. He has worked for 36 years in the Agriculture Consulting Industry on the High Plains of Kansas, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma. He is a charter employee-owner of Crop Quest, Inc. Throughout his career, he has worked closely with farmer/producers, helping them with all decisions related to production agriculture. Dwight served in the position of Vice President with Crop Quest from 1992 through 2012. In 2013, Dwight assumed the role of President of Crop Quest, Inc., and resides in Dodge City, KS. Crop Quest employs close to 100 Agronomists, as well as a staff of seven Precision Services Team members. Crop Quest serves over 2,700 farmer/producers across 8 states, and advise on over 1.6 million acres.
Nathan Woydziak (speaker)
Precision Ag Manager
Crop Quest Inc.
Spearville, KS 67876
Fifteen seasons ago Nathan started his career at Crop Quest as a Precision Ag Specialist and employee owner. He graduated Cum Laude from KSU with a BS in Agronomy, a Secondary Major in Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences, and a Minor in Chemistry. For five of the last fifteen seasons he has served as the Precision Ag Manager. A self-professed nerd and gadget guy he loves working with a team of diverse backgrounds ranging from Developers to Agronomists. Nathan lives and works from his home office in central Kansas where his family has farmed for five generations. Having his son and daughter grow up being part of the family farm is an experience he and his wife Melissa treasure.
Length (approx): 40 min
Top 10 Experience Pitfalls

TOP 10 Precision Ag pitfalls from experience. (how they were or are being addressed)

This session will discuss some of the issues we have overcome and still face in Precision Ag. From labor to software and everything in between.

Brian Henze (speaker)
FS AIS Sales Manager
Bloomington, IL 61702-9808
Brian Henze joined the GROWMARK staff as the Agronomy Information Services Sales Manager for Southern and Eastern Illinois in July 0f 2014. Brian has been with the FS system for 26 years. The first 24 in Member Company, working for Moultrie-Shelby FS, Lakeland FS, Effingham Clay Service Company, and South Central FS. Brian has 22 years of experience working with the Precision technologies, and is a Southern Illinois University graduate in Ag Business Economics. Brian also spent time as a crop specialist, location manager, and credit/ag-finance specialist in member companies. Brian is a Certified Crop Advisor, who just passed the 4R certification, and a CAP Certified Technical Service Provider with the NRCS. Brian resides in Shelbyville, IL with his youngest son Preston. Bryce his oldest son is an active United States Marine currently deployed in the Middle East. Brian also is a member of the Shelby County Dive Rescue Team.
Length (approx): 40 min
Community College PA Technician Programs

With the quick adaption of precision agriculture by farmers in the last ten years, there has become a shortage in the workforce of employees with knowledge of precision agriculture technologies. Results from a statewide survey completed in Indiana by Ivy Tech Community College showed that in the future, this trend would continue to grow. 

To tackle this issue in our state, meetings were held with various local businesses in the agriculture sector.  Ideas of course curriculum, training materials, and studies of emphasis were gathered.  With their input, a precision agriculture degree was born at Ivy Tech Community College. 

Jenni Fridgen (speaker)
Instructor of Ag and GIS
Parkland College
Champaign, IL, NA 61821
Jenni Fridgen is the Agriculture Program Director and Instructor of Precision Agriculture at Parkland College in Champaign, IL. Prior to her role at Parkland College, she was a Precision Ag Technician with Helena Chemical Company and an Ag Information Specialist with Illini FS, a retail division of GROWMARK. Jenni is a Certified Crop Advisor and holds a BS in Chemistry from Southeast Missouri State and MS in Agronomy from Mississippi State University.
Darin Kohlmeyer (speaker)
Program Chair / Instructor, Precision Agriculture Program
Ivy Tech Community College
Terre Haute, IN 47802
Darin Kohlmeyer is the Program Chair/Instructor for the Precision Agriculture Program at Ivy Tech Community College in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is responsible for developing, maintaining and delivering curriculum for the precision agriculture program. In addition to these roles, he works with community, industry, and business leaders to help develop class learning objectives that help fill the needs of these leaders. He holds a B.S. degree from Purdue University
Length (approx): 40 min