BIG TIES: Broughton Boydell (John Deere), Professor Jan Thomas and Professor Steven Raine.
BIG TIES: Broughton Boydell (John Deere), Professor Jan Thomas and Professor Steven Raine. Contributed

USQ and John Deere link for farm research

THE slogan says Nothing Runs Like a Deere and the University of Southern Queensland couldn't agree more, after teaming up with agricultural giant John Deere.

Under a new arrangement, the global company known for its trademark green tractors will develop new agricultural technologies with USQ.

John Deere and USQ will work together to develop machine automation and control and planning for improving productivity in the growing cycle.

John Deere's Australian managing director Peter Wanckel and USQ Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Jan Thomas said the research partnership between the university and John Deere's Intelligent Solutions Advanced Engineering Group would benefit growers by reducing agricultural production costs.

"Since 1837, our commitment to those linked to the land has driven a spirit of innovation," Mr Wanckel said. "Our products and services deliver higher levels of productivity and profitability for farmers and land owners.

"We are delighted to work alongside USQ's respected researchers. Together we can provide additional tools for agriculture to feed, fuel and clothe the increasing global population."

Prof Thomas said the work with John Deere would be managed through USQ's National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture.

The NCEA had developed a recognised reputation in finding solutions for the rural sector with its research covering many areas of agriculture, energy use, water resources and food security," she said. "This research partnership illustrates the reach and relevance of USQ's research in engineering and highlights the importance international organisations are giving to the development of future technologies that will transform agricultural industries over the years to come," she said.



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