John Deere and USQ announce research partnership
GLOBAL agricultural equipment and services provider John Deere and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia, have teamed up to develop new agricultural technologies. In what has been a shared research alliance for some time, John Deere and USQ formalised their association and will work jointly on the development of machine automation and control and planning for improving producer productivity in all aspects of the growing cycle. John Deere Australian managing director Peter Wanckel and USQ ViceChancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said the research partnership between the University and John Deere's Intelligent Solutions Advanced Engineering Group will benefit growers in Australia and globally by reducing agricultural production costs. “Since 1837, our commitment to those linked to the land has driven a spirit of innovation. Our products and services deliver higher levels of productivity and profitability for farmers and land owners,” Mr Wanckel said. “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.” The work with John Deere will be managed and directed through USQ's National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA), a leading innovator in agricultural research. Professor Thomas said 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. “This research partnership illustrates the reach and relevance of USQ's research efforts 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,” Prof Thomas said. NCEA Director Associate Professor Craig Baillie said the collaborative work with John Deere will improve existing technology and develop innovations for the company's tractors and other farm equipment. “John Deere is a world leader in providing advanced products and services to the agricultural industries and the applied research being undertaken will allow the NCEA to field test laboratory based technology solutions with real world farming applications and in real time situations,” he said. ”As Australia's only university offering a degree in agriculture engineering, the opportunity to work with John Deere and gain industry experience with a globally respected company will also attract engineering undergraduate students,” Associate Professor Baillie said. “Apart from the benefits of working with a global agricultural equipment and services provider, the partnership will allow us to develop a potential gateway for the commercialisation of other technologies the NCEA has been developing,” Associate Professor Baillie said.
Broughton Boydell (Senior Staff Engineer, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, Advanced Engineering), USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas, Professor Steven Raine (Executive Director, Institute for Agriculture and the Environment).