Students at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will use a Case IH Magnum 180 tractor
By Diego Flammini
A farm equipment dealer is ensuring students at a local ag school will be using some of the latest technology in their studies.
Tidewater Equipment Co. in Tifton, Ga. is donating a Case IH Magnum 180 tractor to students at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) located in the same community.
The act of generosity, which will last for the 2019-20 school year, will help students learn how to use modern technology while applying classroom knowledge on the school’s 200-acre farm teaching laboratory.
“We couldn’t do the things we do within our labs and on our farm without community partnerships,” Mark Kistler, dean of ABAC’s school of agriculture and natural resources, told Farms.com. “This not only helps us from a farm operation standpoint but also exposes students to the latest in technology.”
Past equipment donations have included grain drills, balers and harrows.
Having access to modern technology is a big benefit for students, Kistler said.
“Through these partnerships, we’re able to show students which equipment manufacturers use different kinds of technology,” he said. “This is important for them so that, after graduation, they’re able to take that knowledge and apply it once they’ve secured employment.”
Tidewater Equipment Co. is happy to donate the tractor to the school.
Today’s students are tomorrow’s farmers and industry members, said Robert McLeod, manager of the Tifton location.
“Educating today’s youth on the impacts and benefits of agriculture is extremely important, and we appreciate all that ABAC does in this regard,” he said in an Aug. 1 statement.
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