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ABAC develops bigger partnership with Case IH

Developed relationship between Case IH and ABAC provides a unique way for students to learn new farming techniques and technologies. 

Through hard work and dedication from faculty and staff such as Tim Marshall, Scott Bullington and John Franklin along with the help of Ag Power and Equipment owner Larry Wheeler and Southeastern Sales Director Brian Weaver, ABAC has entered a truely beneficial relationship with the Case IH Corporation. 

In early April, Case IH a global leader in agricultural equipment fabrication donated a brand new tractor to the ABAC Farm and the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources for campus wide educational use. The newly developed relationship presents and educational perspective to the new technologies unseen to many agricultural students. 

"The partnership is absolutely vital to the School of Agriculture because they are interested in expanding our education with new equipment and technologies," Diversified Agriculture major Paula Rogers said. 

Such exposure to new technologies will help educate students in operating new types of equipment while offering preparation for jobs after college. 

Trimble Global Positioning System (Trimble) provides automated steering for almost all types of row crop farmers. The GPS system allows the driver to pay attention to other implements in the harvesting, tilling, and planting process, while letting the system guide the tractor. 

In order to battle the recent budget cuts in the University System of Georgia, many ABAC faculty and staff members have been finding new ways to implement such relationships in thier individual programs. 

Recently, Bobcat donated a new skid steer tractor to the Turfgrass program in order to assist students for all educational purposes. Relationships such as these benefit students in ways that surpass any single purchase due to the networking opportunities offered to students. 

Though the donations mainly benefit the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, these priviledges have been given to all students in order to benefit the schools quality of education as a whole. The new Case IH tractor and Bobcat can be observed at the ABAC farm can be observed at the ABAC farm or the Chambless Building at any time. 

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