In the agricultural industry, there is a shortage of good technicians able to work on equipment to support farmers and ranchers. To alleviate this need, AGCO Corporation announced a new program with the Midwest Center for Precision Agriculture (MCPA) at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., To expand dealer technical training offerings in January 2022. The program will leverage technical experts from AGCO to train technicians for existing dealers. to support the company’s agricultural equipment, such as tractors and planters.
The presence of AGCO’s large farm equipment, including those produced by the manufacturer’s Fendt and Massey Ferguson brands, has grown across North America, increasing the demand for skilled technicians able to service and maintain. maintain its precision agricultural machinery. AGCO’s participation in Parkland College and other technical schools will help ensure its dealerships have highly trained professionals and reduce their travel time, costs and time away from dealer locations.
“AGCO is delighted to team up with Parkland College,” said Robert Yunghans, Aftermarket Training Manager for AGCO North America. “Parkland’s Precision Ag Center is well known for producing some of the best professionals in our industry and this program will benefit not only them, but our dealers and farmers in the Midwest as well. ”
Based in Champaign, Illinois, Parkland College is a comprehensive community college with a long-standing reputation for excellence in agricultural education and diesel technology. The MCPA provides students, area employers, regional producers, and high school educators with the knowledge and skills-based training needed to be successful.
Parkland is recognized as the second community college for precision agriculture in the country and uses top-notch facilities such as the Tony Noel Agriculture Technology Center and the Parkhill Applied Technology Center to deliver the most advanced precision agriculture program in the country. region.
“Parkland is delighted to expand its nationally recognized precision farming program to include the opportunities offered by AGCO,” said Thomas Ramage, President of Parkland. “Welcoming AGCO to campus will allow us to expand training opportunities on our campus, expose Parkland students and faculty to emerging technologies in the agriculture industry, and meet a critical workforce need. in qualified technicians. “
In addition to the education and training assets of Parkland College, the Champaign-Urbana community is a global AgTech hub and is home to the University of Illinois. The company opened the AGCO Acceleration Center at the University of Illinois Research Park in 2018, which advances technology and innovation in brands of grain production, seed processing, of AGCO pigs and poultry.