A global leader in the agriculture industry has been named the anchor tenant for a collaborative ag-network in North Dakota.
AGCO, based in Duluth, Georgia, will house its 300-acre Dakota Smart Farm on the Grand Farm Innovation Campus near Casselton, ND. Grand Farm is positioned to develop “innovate farming practices” for sustainable farms, with a focus on “precision ag technologies and retrofit solutions for existing machinery,” according to North Dakota Office of the Governor.
Lt. Gov. Tammy Miller, a founding member of the Grand Farm steering committee, said the state is grateful for AGCO’s investment.
“The Dakota Smart Farm will further cement North Dakota’s reputation as a global leader in cutting-edge ag technology, as AGCO brings its considerable expertise and strong track record of innovation to Grand Farm to create the farm of the future,” Miller said.
Seth Crawford, AGCO’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Precision Ag and Digital, said the company is excited to “dedicate resources to developing sustainable agricultural practices and new technology.”
“By combining the power of precision agriculture with retrofit technologies, we can enable more farmers to achieve higher productivity, profitability and sustainability,” he said.
“In many locations across the globe, regulations are being placed upon agriculture,” North Dakota Department of Commerce Economic Development and Finance Director Rich Garman said. “In North Dakota, we believe in innovation over regulation to encourage efficient farming practices.”
Appareo Systems, owned by AGCO, will have a team of agronomists, scientists, engineers, and ag experts on site at the Dakota Smart Farm to conduct studies and hold tours for the public. The project is part of AGCO’s focus on smart solution and sustainability.