George Hoselton has been working with Data-Intensive Farm Management, under Dr. Maria Boerngen (Illinois State University), on his master’s thesis project since August of 2018. His research focused on understanding how farmers perceive nutrient loss.
Hoselton successfully defended his thesis, “Illinois Corn Farmers Concerns About Nutrient Loss and the Adoption of Best Management Practices” and graduated from Illinois State University with his Masters Degree this past weekend.
Congratulations, George! Thank you for the work you have contributed to DIFM!
Congratulations to DIFM’s German Mandrini, recipient of the Agricultural and Consumer Economics “Outstanding M.S. Thesis” 2018 award for his thesis titled, “Using Crop Simulation to Optimize Variable Rate Experimentation.” Mandrini studies under Dr. David Bullock.
Pictured above is German Mandrini receiving his award with Dr. Bullock at the Award Ceremony.
Rodrigo Goncalves Trevisan is a new graduate student in crop sciences under Professor Nicolas Martin who is focused on harnessing the power of new analytical methods to improve the decision-making process in agricultural systems. Trevisan received a baccalaureate degree in agronomy from the Federal University of Mato Grosso, and his master’s degree in agricultural systems engineering from the Luis de Queiroz College of Agriculture at the University of Sao Pãulo. He is the precision agriculture coordinator in one of the largest agriculture companies in Brazil, and is co-founder and the head of research and development of technological solutions for agribusiness at Smart Agri. Trevisan has participated in events as speaker and organizer and is a founding member of the Brazilian Association of Precision Agriculture. He is experienced in agricultural planning, precision agriculture, on-farm experimentation, remote sensing, geographic information systems, data analysis, and artificial intelligence.
Lightboard Studio is a dedicated tool designed for producing instructional videos currently at the University of Illinois. This studio allows for a “chalkboard-like” presentation with a slide or video superimposed in front of a presenter. Members of the DIFM team are planning on using this tool to produce instructional and marketing videos to allow easy distribution to farmers and other potential collaborators. In the above picture, Professor Tony Grift and graduate student Robert Reis are introduced to how to present on the platform.
George Hoselton is a first year Graduate Research Student at Illinois State University, where he recently earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness. He is currently working with Dr. Maria Boerngen with Data-Intensive Farm Management on his master’s thesis project, regarding a better understanding of how farmers perceive nutrient loss.
Brendan Kuhns grew up in a small farm town approximately 15 miles north of Champaign, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and is now pursuing his master’s degree in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. During his college career he has worked on his home farm, for Case New Holland, and John Deere in various product engineering roles related to harvesters. Kuhns was the Instructor of Record for a course in Off-Road Equipment and the Teaching Assistant of other similar courses, and will be a graduate research assistant in the 2018-2019 school year.
One of our new DIFM project members, Zhengzheng Gao, is pursuing a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Gao is from Beijing, China, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She is particularly interested in monetary and fiscal policy, environmental economics, and development economics in China.