Ag Tech Workshop Series Begins in August


The Economic and Business Engagement Center at Southeast Missouri State University is hosting an Agriculture Technology Workshop Series to help agribusinesses and entrepreneurs gain insight into ag tech innovations and regional resources available to them.

The series includes an event each Tuesday and Thursday of the first two weeks in August. The series will kick off Aug. 1 with the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) hosting an international trade presentation. Experts will be available during this presentation to answer questions about exporting food and ag products. SBTDC will then host a farm and ag products tour, highlighting agribusinesses in the Missouri Bootheel. The series will culminate with two workshops highlighting technology uses in agriculture, including a demonstration of drone use in agriculture at the Sikeston Irrigation Field adjacent to the Sikeston Regional Campus.

“Bringing agribusiness and ag producer expertise to the region through this workshop series is another demonstration of Southeast Missouri State University’s commitment to the agriculture industry,” said Engagement Center Director Crystal Jones. “These workshops are just one example of how we are collaborating with public agencies and local businesses to advance the regional economy.”

Food & Ag Products Exporting

  • Tuesday, Aug. 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Malden Regional Campus, Room 131
  • Sponsored By: Progressive Farm Credit Services
  • Food Exporting presentation by Jakob Pallesen, National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE), Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and SBTDC Business Development Associate
  • Panel Discussion and Q&A with Kayla Otto, Missouri Department of Agriculture marketing specialist and John F. Hensley, Missouri Department of Economic Development trade manager

Farm Tour – Sustainable Farm Practices

  • Thursday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Caravan starts at Malden Specialty Soy at 3213 Federal Drive in Malden
  • Sponsored By: Kennett City, Light, Gas & Water
  • Presentations and tours from Malden Specialty Soy, Jim Shepard and McKaskle Farms

Precision Agriculture I

  • Tuesday, Aug. 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Malden Regional Campus, Room 131
  • Sponsored By: First State Bank & Trust Company
  • Drones and Aero Imaging presentation by Andy Chronister, Economic and Business Engagement Center agriculture technology coordinator
  • Technology and Equipment presentation by Jeff Gray, CLAAS of North America product coordinator
  • Remote Sensors presentation by Damon Dowdy, owner of TerraTek

Precision Agriculture II

  • Thursday, Aug. 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Malden Regional Campus
  • Presentations and demonstrations of agriculture-focused data software and management

This workshop series is one of the efforts of the Agriculture Technology Virtual Incubation program launched earlier this year from the Engagement Center to provide agriculture producers and innovators in the region with location-independent access to agriculture technology consultation and support.

The workshops are open to the public and there is no cost to attend, but all who wish to attend must RSVP online. Lunch will be provided.

To RSVP or for more information on the Ag Tech Series and other upcoming events, please visit