Lely congratulates Tom Anderson, Riverland Community College Farm Business Management instructor, who has received the ACTE/ Region III Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award for 2015 from the Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education (MnACTE). Anderson has worked closely with Lely for several years.
An article from the Owatanna People's Press states:
In 2007, Anderson became interested in robotic milking and began a professional improvement plan to center on expertise in robotic milking. He connected with Lely. Since that time, he has toured/traveled twice to Europe and been the guest speaker/educator to more than 1,000 producers, lenders and educators at numerous locations including Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky and a variety of locations in Minnesota. “I am a firm believer in this technology,” says Anderson “(Lely) enhances quality family life through flexibility of scheduling and promotes a healthier cow and enhances longevity of the cow. It is a win/win for both the family and livestock.”
Anderson believes a strong management program must provide a myriad of learning styles and topics to enhance student learning for greater implementation. Instructional methods include the traditional on-farm student visits and webinars with producers and lenders reviewing analysis, cash flows, etc. Farm professionals are invited to address pressing topics for dairy farmers including Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) evaluation, Bovine Somatotropin (BST) usage, feed cost, robotics, employee evaluation, recordkeeping, analysis interpretation, crop insurance, and strategic planning in turbulent times. Small group discussions always follow these presentations. Dairy peer groups of seven to nine farmers meet on a regular basis. Regional educational tours offer students innovative ideas for future implementation.
Lely congratulates Tom Anderson on this award. Anderson now competes against four other regional winners for the national ACTE 2015 Postsecondary Teacher of the Year at the ACTE Career Vision Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana Nov. 18 to 22, 2015. He will also be recognized at the upcoming Minnesota CTE Works Conference on Nov. 5, 2015 in Minnetonka, Minn.
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