Students in two programs at Iowa Lakes Community College are benefiting from a partnership with an area business.
Spencer International worked with college faculty to provide the Farm Equipment and Diesel Technology students an opportunity to assemble and set-up a new Kinze planter, which enhances hands-on learning.
“Ron Mader contacted me last spring. He’s an Iowa Lakes alumni and has a tremendous passion for quality,” said Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement. “We got the right people together, and as a result, Ron had a 3200 series Kinze planter delivered to the Emmetsburg campus for the students to assemble. Then, this spring, our Agricultural students will use it to plant crops at the College Farm Laboratory.”
The work for the Farm Equipment and Diesel Technology students started in January.
“This offers the students a real-life experience – just like they would face when they work at a dealership,” said Dan Bredeson, Farm Equipment and Diesel Technology instructor. “In January, we received five pallets of equipment along with a big frame for the planter.”
The students got busy assembling the 3200 Series, 12-row Kinze planter in time for it to be used at the College Farm Lab this spring.
Before being put into use, the planter will undergo an inspection to ensure it’s in top operating condition.
“Having a new planter is just one more way we make certain our students get a chance to work with a variety of equipment as well as an opportunity to see the benefits of up-to-date and well-maintained machinery,” said Tom Quastad, Agronomy Instructor.
Tom Brotherton, Executive Dean of the Emmetsburg campus says the Iowa Lakes Farm Lab offers a wide range of experiences for those taking Agricultural classes.
“This opportunity supports the College’s mission in several ways, with educational opportunities and assistance from area businesses, a pattern that is welcomed throughout the various farm enterprises, including crops, forage, cattle and swine,” Brotherton said.
After the planting season, the planter will be serviced by the Farm Equipment and Diesel Technology students and returned to Spencer International.
“We look forward to similar opportunities in future years,” Brotherton said.
From left, students Dustin Goraczkowski, Kyle Kenan and Cody Adams are pictured with Dan Bredeson, Farm Equipment and Diesel Technology instructor.