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September 2019

Take Flight: Agriculture Technology

Farming is no longer just driving a tractor and harvesting crops. Today's farming industry requires more technical skill than ever before. From unmanned aircraft systems, smart irrigation, terrain contour mapping, self-driving and GPS-enabled tractors...today's growers are using more technology to work better and faster. 

In just four semesters, ASU-Newport Agriculture Technology students learn the hands-on skills they need to be successful in modern-day agriculture. With the help of local producers and industry partners, students get the opportunity to work directly in the fields with a mobile precision ag lab learning GPS, GIS, farm management software and much more. 

Agriculture is the largest industry in Arkansas contributing around $16 billion to the state's economy each year. This program came to fruition because local industry leaders said they needed skilled and qualified workers to carry industry standards into the future. ASUN students are in high demand working for industry leaders like Helena Chemical, Greenway Equipment, Young's Irrigation and many others. 

Click here to learn more about ASUN's Agriculture Technology program. 

If you would like to get involved with the ASUN Agriculture Technology program, here is how you can make a difference:

  •  Monetary donations – ASU-Newport accepts donations for the Agriculture Technology program, student success, scholarships, faculty and staff development, equipment purchases and our annual fund. To make a donation through the Foundation, click here.
  • Provide equipment – we strive to use the latest technology that our students need to remain relevant in their industry. Contact Teriann Turner at to donate equipment to ASUN.
  • Join the Advisory Board – help transform students into relevant members of the workforce. Contact Lindley Gilliaum at  to join the ASUN Agriculture Technology Advisory Board.
  • Come train our students – our instructors welcome presenters to speak with our classes. This provides a new layer of exposure for our students and your business. Reach out to Lindley Gilliaum if you want to train and develop our students!