AN INNOVATIVE FIELD: NineStar, Purdue team up on ag engagement, education. Read the latest on the Smart Farm August 5, 2021
Purdue Polytechnic Anderson and NineStar Connect,
Partner on Innovative Agriculture Project
GREENFIELD, Ind. — (July 19, 2021) — Purdue Polytechnic Anderson, and NineStar Connect recently entered into a partnership to foster agriculture community engagement and education. The project will consist of utilizing NineStar’s farm field on SR9 north of Greenfield, Indiana by setting up new innovative farming technologies that will serve as a lab for local students and area farmers.
Purdue’s satellite location in Anderson, Indiana, plans to use the field to engage their students and the local farm community about new ag innovations. This engagement will include field visits, workshops and demonstrations. The 23 acre field will become a vast laboratory that will offer learning opportunities for new technology ag applications. These applications can be transferable to the classroom and local farm practices. Crops planted this spring will include corn, and ancient grains.
“NineStar is thrilled to be working with Purdue University on this community engagement project. Our cooperative is committed to supporting the community and our members through innovative projects. We believe initiatives like this make the communities we serve places that thrive.” Said Michael Burrow, President and CEO of NineStar Connect.
“This partnership has a great potential to encourage students to apply their knowledge to bring creative and innovative solutions to practical problems. The students will test devices that we use in the lab and my hope is that program will make them think about the applications of sensing and digital technology in the agriculture sector.,” said Dr. Rashmi Deodeshmukh, assistant professor of practice at Purdue Polytechnic
About Purdue Polytechnic Institute
The Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Anderson is part of a statewide network that offers the same technology degrees available in West Lafayette. Its smaller size allows for dedicated, one-on-one attention while you earn your degree from Purdue University. Purdue Polytechnic Anderson offers five bachelor of science (BS) degree programs. Graduates of these programs find employment in business and industry in Anderson and the surrounding communities.
About NineStar Connect
NineStar Connect is a smart utility located in Hancock County, Ind. The only rural co-op in the United States to offer fiber optic, electricity, water and sewer services, NineStar Connect’s mission is to deliver the utility infrastructure needed to drive economic development and growth for rural communities. More information is available at www.ninestarconnect.com.