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Iowa State University receives new planter

Agriculture.com Staff 12/21/2006 @ 8:14am

A new planter will be put to work in Iowa State University fields and classrooms next spring, thanks to the generosity of KINZE Manufacturing, Inc. and an ISU alumna.

KINZE President Jon Kinzenbaw and Vice President Susanne Veatch presented a new Model 3500 Twin-Line planter to the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering during a special ceremony on December 7 at ISU's Power and Machinery Lab. Veatch, a 2001 ISU graduate, is the daughter of Kinzenbaw, who founded the company in 1965.

"ISU is one of the leading agricultural engineering schools in the world," said Kinzenbaw. "It seems only fitting to present this great university -- and our next generation of growers and agribusiness professionals -- with the same equipment growers are using to take precision planting to the next level," he added.

"Every year we work hard to upgrade our programs here at ISU," said Ramesh Kanwar, who chairs the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. "Our goal is to give every student an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the latest technologies. Because of our locale, we want students to be particularly knowledgeable about the new precision tools in crop production. Thanks to Susanne, Jon and our friends at KINZE, ISU students will be much better prepared to transition from the classroom to the field."

According to Kanwar, ISU faculty and graduate students will be using the planter as a practical teaching tool in several different machinery coursework venues -- such as agricultural systems technology, agricultural engineering and precision agriculture -- as well as in classrooms, on the ISU farms and as a demonstration unit in labs.

A new planter will be put to work in Iowa State University fields and classrooms next spring, thanks to the generosity of KINZE Manufacturing, Inc. and an ISU alumna.

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