by News Bureau on Thursday, May. 31, 2012
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 31, 2012 — HOLT Agribusiness of Sikeston, Mo., today donated a tractor to Southeast Missouri State University’s Bootheel Agribusiness Program.
The new Massey Ferguson 2650 will be used by the agriculture program in Southeast’s outdoor laboratories at its regional campuses in Sikeston, Malden and Kennett, Mo. The 70-horsepower tractor will give Southeast’s students necessary field experience, undergraduate research and production agriculture abilities.
“We’ve been looking for opportunities to partner with local organizations since moving into the Bootheel region earlier this year,” said Paul Westbrook, general manager of HOLT AgriBusiness, a full service agriculture equipment dealership currently operating in Sikeston and Jonesboro, Ark. “Supporting the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University not only allows us to showcase our equipment, but more importantly, invest in the communities in which we work.”
HOLT Agribusiness plans to trade out the tractor for a new one at regular intervals, University officials said. The next step is for the Department of Agriculture to secure tillage and planting tools, said Dr. Mike Aide, chair of Southeast’s Department of Agriculture.
“Faculty members in the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University are delighted to provide real-world experience for our students,” Aide said. “This will complement that capability.”
PHOTO CAPTION: From left are Bill Holland, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation; Larry Williams, sales representative with HOLT Agribusiness; Ryann Mills, sales coordinator with HOLT Agribusiness; Justin Eberhard, parts counter sales with HOLT Agribusiness; Judy Buck, director of Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston; Dr. Wesley Mueller, Southeast professor of agriculture; Dr. Sam Duncan, Southeast director of development; and Dr. Mike Aide, chair of Southeast’s Department of Agriculture.