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FFA members were impressed when John explained each cow produces between eight and nine gallons of milk a day. “I’m a beef cattle kind of girl, so it was interesting to learn more about dairy,” said Jesse Kreiter. “I didn’t realize there was that much that went into it.” Many career paths to follow In between farm tours, students participated in career conversations with a John Deere recruiter, a dealer, and United Auto Workers (UAW) pro-duction employees. Themes ranged from tips for getting a summer col-lege internship to the increasing role of technology on the job. “Technol-ogy continues to grow and we have to grow with that technology as workers,” stressed Ryan Dotson, UAW Local 865 committeeman, and a production employee at Harvester Works. Assembler Dion Jones even re-minded students of the dangers of Facebook, saying “Whatever you put on Facebook, everyone in the world sees. When you get hired on at John Deere, you represent John Deere, even away from John Deere.” Later, the students were able to try their hand at flying a drone, and saw demonstrations on GPS and precision-ag technology. One of the most popular activities was a ride-along on various John Deere pieces of equipment, ranging from Gators to 8R Series Tractors. JaMonica Marion, a teacher from the Chicago High School for Agricul-tural Sciences was excited for the opportunity to travel to an Iowa farm when Allen first contacted her. “We use Deere products in our school, so I thought, ‘Why not get the kids out here to actually see who works for John Deere and make those rural connections between what we’re learning in the classroom and the people who make it possible?’” Marion added that her animal sciences students immediately con-nected with the hog barn. “We just sold five pigs last week and being able to compare our small house with the Cinnamon Ridge facility was eye-opening for our students,” she said. “They have 2,400 baby pigs versus our five, yet even on a larger scale, the pigs still need vitamins and nutrients. Where we have a vet come in to assist, they have machines that push the nutrients through the water system.” Excited about agriculture The last graduation cap they’ll ever need. Give your students the advantage by introducing the same learning series our John Deere technicians use in their first year on the job. John Deere Publishing offers five comprehensive series of educational curricula covering agribusiness management practices, agricultural machinery operation, and equipment maintenance. Written in simple language instruction with detailed and easy-to-follow illustrations, these books give students clear demonstrations for greater understanding and retention. Our textbooks will help students to think and analyze, enabling them to become better technicians or machine operators of large and small equipment. For more information visit us at www.JohnDeere.com/publications. At the end of the day, there was no question the first-of-its-kind activity was a hit. “The day was a huge success,” exclaimed Holmes. “None of the students wanted to leave. I think we were able to get them excited about this industry and help them see themselves as being a part of it some day.” Plans are underway to host a second event next May. As for Oscar Munoz, his future career may have been only slightly adjusted after his visit to Cinnamon Ridge Farms. “A farmer told me you have to be diverse, and not have your eggs in one basket, so if I have the capital to open a dairy farm and also have my chicken business, I’ll do both.” 52938-2_JD_Pub_half_pg.indd 1 16 tech directions ◆ May 2017 7/11/12 12:01 PM

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