Donnelly Tours New Precision Ag Center of Excellence in Terre Haute Made Possible by Federal Grant Funding He Helped Secure

Senator successfully advocated for grant for the new facility from the Economic Development Administration in 2017; Senate-passed 2018 Farm Bill contains Donnelly-authored provision that would invest in precision agriculture education

Terre Haute, Ind. – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly toured Ivy Tech’s new Precision Agriculture Equipment Technology Center of Excellence Laboratory in Terre Haute. The facility was made possible in part thanks to an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded in April 2017 that Donnelly helped Ivy Tech secure. Starting in August 2016, Donnelly advocated for the Ivy Tech grant application with the Department of Commerce.

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Donnelly visiting the new Ivy Tech Precision Agriculture Equipment Technology Center of Excellence Laboratory in Terre Haute today. For better quality photos, click here.

Donnelly, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said, “I’m proud to have helped Ivy Tech secure the federal grant funding necessary to build this center. It represents the next generation of agriculture in Indiana – where young people can receive a quality education and skills training in Terre Haute and, without having to leave our state, they can learn the technology and practices that will be necessary for success in coming years.”

In addition to housing precision ag programs and hands-on, large equipment training, the facility is home to Ivy Tech Terre Haute’s Diesel Heavy Truck Technology classes and equipment. According to a study from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, agricultural business in Indiana supports nearly 190,000 Hoosier jobs.

The bipartisan Senate-passed Farm Bill, which Donnelly helped craft as a member of the Senate Ag Committee, also includes a Donnelly-authored provision to reauthorize and update the New Era Rural Technology Program that would help community colleges fund efforts to develop a workforce trained in precision agriculture.

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