Beard Implement Company has donated $25,000 and the use of a Case IH Farmall Tractor to John Wood Community College’s Agricultural Sciences Complex to support students’ experiential learning and research in West Central Illinois.
The tractor will be used by students and faculty for crop development, research and other projects at JWCC’s Agricultural Education Center near Baylis, Illinois.
“This is a generous gift that will help students get access to a state-of-the-art tractor so they can learn real-world skills in ag,” Mike Tenhouse, JWCC Ag Sciences Complex director shared. “It is important to blend theory with application, so our students are ready to make an impact with employers and be able to perform tasks in the field as well. We are very grateful to Beard Implement for investing in our students to set them up for success.”
Beard Implement Co. is a locally owned equipment dealer celebrating 86 years in business. An authorized CASE IH dealer, Beard serves West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri through locations in Arenzville, Ashland, Pittsfield and Hannibal, Mo.
“Once we visited the Ag Science Complex we knew right away that Beard Implement wanted to be involved. We recognize this new facility is a great asset to keep local agricultural education on the leading edge for current students. It will also help build the pipeline for future generations to work in agriculture. Beard Implement is proud to support the efforts of our local JWCC colleagues to make his research center successful,” explained Kyle Schumacher, Beard Implement Co.
John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today's needs and tomorrow's opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees, certificates, and personal enrichment courses.