KALAMAZOO, MI — Loren King, a Michigan State University (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources student, was honored Saturday, Feb.10, 2018 at Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) Young Farmer Leaders Conference in Kalamazoo as a recipient of the MFB Marge Karker Scholarship. He received a $1,000 award to help fund his MSU education.
King is a sophomore focused on a double major in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Education and Public Policy. A graduate of Branch Area Careers Center in Coldwater, he plans to have a career in public policy and educational awareness, as it relates to agriculture. The son of St. Joseph County Farm Bureau members Bart and Angie King, he has auspicious goals involving both the use of technology that will be benefit farmers, as well as using social media in sharing information to the same end.
“I’d like to help states and the federal government design legislation that ensures new agricultural technology can be used safely and effectively across the industry,” said King. “Secondly, I believe videography and photographic presentations on social media will become increasingly more important in the agricultural industry. And I’m interested in forming my own ag technology company as I plan to expand the capabilities of my soil testing drone and create a production chain allowing farmers and agronomists to use it in pursuit of their data management needs.”
King feels there are three areas of agriculture that will come into focus as critical issues over the next ten to fifteen years; artificial intelligence, proprietary data, and proof of environmental safety.
“As the industry moves towards automation, artificial intelligence, or computers that can operate and make decisions on their, own will become increasingly more prevalent on farms around the world,” said King. “Directly connected to artificial intelligence is the struggle for proprietary data, or who owns the massive amounts of data coming out of current agricultural technology. And I believe the agriculture industry will be faced with the need to verify environmental safety practices across the farm.”
King credits his involvement in FFA with his interest in the ever changing problems ag sectors face, along with efforts towards solving them. In 2017, he attended the National FFA Convention as a Michigan FFA State Officer and National FFA Committee Delegate, and was selected as chairman of a committee focused on infusing agricultural technologies into FFA programs.
“While directing the committee meetings, I was struck by the passion amongst all seventy-four committee delegates in regard to shaping FFA's approach to agricultural technology,” said King. “The tireless work of the delegates helped the National Board of Directors in their decisions for technology use across the organization.”
A member of several organizations at MSU, including Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resource Education Club and MSU Collegiate Farm Bureau, King plans to become involved agricultural law after graduation, stating environmental law is becoming increasingly important in state legislation, and agriculturalists will have to be prepared to incorporate new technologies safely as these laws begin to apply to our industry.
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