Aug. 6, 2019 / Vincennes University celebrates agricultural
partnerships with Center opening
Agricultural Center opening photos
VINCENNES, Ind. – Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch praised
Vincennes University for its impact on Indiana’s agriculture as the
University unveiled its new Agricultural Center.
“Agriculture in Indiana is a $31 billion industry. We continue to
lead in the Midwest with the best agriculture production and yields
because of Vincennes University’s commitment to training our future
farmers. Governor Eric Holcomb and I are so proud of VU’s
contributions for what VU is doing not only in this part of the state,
but for the entire state of Indiana,” Crouch said.
Crouch, Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce
Kettler, VU President Chuck Johnson, and Purdue University Dean of
Agriculture Karen Plaut, and several others cut the ribbon on Aug. 5,
opening the stunning 45,000-square-foot facility.
The Agricultural Center will house the University’s VU/PU
Agriculture, Horticulture, Agribusiness, and John Deere Tech, and
Precision Agriculture programs.
VU is one of 16 colleges in the nation with an exclusive John Deere
partnership that educates technicians using the company’s latest technology.
“Partnerships that are going to drive the agriculture industry
forward are important,” Kettler said. “We have a wonderful example of
business and academia working together with the opening of the
Agricultural Center at Vincennes University. For the young people who
are coming up through FFA, 4H and other organizations, look at what
they have to look forward to, and to be able to come to Vincennes
University, have a great education, and participate in a wonderful program.”
At VU, the next generation of farmers and agriculture professionals
are preparing in the classrooms and the fields on how to meet
consumers’ changing needs, address environmental challenges, and adapt
to the technological changes that are transforming the industry.
Students are learning innovation farming solutions, and gaining
knowledge on how to utilize and maintain the latest technology,
The Vincennes University Agriculture Center is located along U.S. 41
at 4207 N. Purdue Road just north of Vincennes. The facility features
13 wooded acres, modern learning spaces, a greenhouse, and bee colonies.
“It is a great facility not only because of the technology in the
rooms and labs, but because of the partnerships it represents,”
Johnson said. “Partnerships with great higher education institutions,
partnerships with great employers, and many partnerships within our
The Agriculture Center will house Purdue University’s Food Safety
VU and Purdue are celebrating a 60-plus-year partnership. The
relationship began with agriculture and has expanded to other areas,
including engineering, tourism, and hospitality.
“We are celebrating a continued relationship and strengthening a
relationship that we already have,” Plaut said. “Then you look at the
growth of these programs and the growth of what we can do for the
state of Indiana starting with the technical programs Vincennes
University offers, such as the diesel program. There are the associate
degree programs, and you can come to Purdue for the four-year
programs. All of that strengthens agriculture in Indiana across many
different areas. We don’t all duplicate what we do. We complement what
each other does.”
Purdue and VU are closely connected. They collaborate in the
VU/Purdue Cooperative Agriculture Transfer program. The Southwest
Purdue Ag Center also sits near the Agricultural Center.
“Vincennes is the oldest university in Indiana and to have that
partnership with Purdue University, the sixth-best agriculture college
in the country and 12th best in the world, for over 60 years is
incredible,” Crouch said. “To have that kind of collaboration between
two universities, both doing everything they can to lift up
agriculture in the state of Indiana, which for our Hoosier farming
families is absolutely tremendous.”
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana’s First College
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the
Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in
Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers,
and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education
Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in
Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges
statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 35 other states, and 17
countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana campuses with
residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only
college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.
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