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University to partner with two farm businesses

UW-River Falls officials are expected to announce a "significant partnership" with Racine-based Case IH and Value Implement of Menomonie and Osseo Wednesday morning. The deal is said to greatly benefit the university's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES).

"We are grateful for this partnership which will provide (CAFES) with access to state-of-the-art equipment and will help prepare our students well for careers in agribusiness," said UW-RF Chancellor Dean Van Galen. "This equipment will be technologically advanced, and more efficient and 'green" than what our students currently have access to.

"These hands-on experiences will enhance the education of our students, which will also result in a brighter economic future for our region and state."

CASE IH is a huge global producer and distributor of farm equipment, from tractors and combines to harvesters and tillage tools.

The agreement between the university, CASE IH and Value Implement will be formally signed at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, on campus in the Agricultural Engineering Annex.

Company executives along with Van Galen, Bill Connolly, UW-RF lab farm director, and Dean Olson, professor and chairman of the UW-RF agricultural engineering technology department will be present.

At the signing, more details on the deal will be made known.

Look for more on this story in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.