Northland Community & Technical College was awarded a grant under the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Minnesota Crop Research Grant Program on Jan. 15, 2015. The grant awarded Northland nearly $250,000. The project titled, "Digital Imagery, Precision Agriculture"", will focus on utilizing NextGen technology and unmanned aerial systems to aid the 21st century grower in creating yield efficiencies and promoting "green" agricultural practices.
The project will work extensively with growers in northwest Minnesota. The goal of this project will be to gather the necessary digital information from agricultural sensors and build application maps for growers so that commercial application equipment can apply crop nutrients and crop protection products in a real-time, true prescription agricultural format.
The project will leverage the assistance of industry expert partners such as:
Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit www.northlandcollege.edu or call 1.800.959.6282.