Technical college's precision agriculture tech program will be highlighted at 3i Show

DODGE CITY – On Feb. 29, Northwest Kansas Technical College received final program approval from the Kansas Board of Regents for its new Precision Agriculture Technology program.

Precision Agriculture Technology is a comprehensive program that provides a solid background in the high-tech practices, equipment and software used in production agriculture today.

The Western Kansas Manufacturers Association, sponsor of the annual 3i Show, announces that, in addition to exhibiting at this year’s 3i Show, the college's program will be highlighted during High School Ag Career Day on Oct. 10.

The day offers students an opportunity to learn about careers in agriculture. The topics at NW Tech sessions will be “GPS Guidance Training Rig” and “Infrared Field Mapping with an Unmanned Aerial System.”

The 3i Show is Oct. 13, 14 and 15. For more information, visit

KFAC accept teacher of the year nominations

MANHATTAN – The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is accepting applications for the 2017 Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year and Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Regional Excellence in Teaching awards.

The awards honor Kansas teachers who excel at incorporating agriculture into their everyday classroom curriculum.

All K-12 district certified Kansas teachers who currently engage in integrating agriculture into a non-vocational agriculture classroom setting are eligible for the award. Applications will be evaluated on creativity and utilization of agricultural information, interdisciplinary approach, advancement of educational standards and student impact.

The Teacher of the Year award winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom convention. Regional award winners will receive their choice of a $600 scholarship to attend the NAITC convention or a $200 cash prize to use toward classroom supplies. The 2017 NAITC conference will be held in Kansas City.

The Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year award has been in place since 2008. The award honors the late Janet Sims, an educator for more than 30 years and a strong agriculture advocate. Sims served on the KFAC board of directors from 2005 until her passing in 2007.

Applications can be downloaded on the KFAC website at by clicking on Teachers and Teacher of the Year. Application deadline is June 30, 2016.