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Kramar joins NDSU as Precision Ag Specialist

David Kramar will be based at NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center.

David Kramar has joined North Dakota State University as a precision agriculture specialist based at the Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC).

He has a joint research and Extension appointment, with about 60% of his time devoted to the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and 40% to Extension.

In these roles, he will be responsible for implementing research projects related to precision agriculture technologies and providing resource information to agriculture and natural resources Extension agents and producers.

“I am excited to have David join the CREC and look forward to his collaborations with the diverse disciplines of our other project leaders as we collectively work to advance the practical applications of this technology for the benefit of our farmers and ranchers,” says Blaine Schatz, CREC director.

Kramar completed his Ph.D. in geospatial and environmental analysis at Virginia Tech in 2014.

He brings more than 20 years of experience in the geospatial industry and has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors before transitioning into education. He has served as a visiting assistant professor in environmental science and policy at Southern Oregon University and as an assistant and associate professor of geosciences at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.

Kramar also has extensive experience in remote sensing and analysis of high-resolution imagery, as well as a sound understanding of machine learning and statistical analysis.

“I am looking forward to joining the CREC and establishing collaborations and relationships with the Extension constituents,” he says. “Spatial technologies and how we manage the data that are derived from these technologies are already a large part of precision agriculture and will continue to be so as our technologies advance. I am excited to have the opportunity to play a role in how we utilize and develop these technologies moving forward. From GIS and remote sensing to blockchain technology, I see the role of spatial technologies, as a whole, to be critical to agriculture in the future.”

NDSU Agriculture Communication - Aug. 11, 2020

Source:Blaine Schatz, 701-652-2951, blaine.schatz@ndsu.edu
Editor:Ellen Crawford, 701-231-5391, ellen.crawford@ndsu.edu
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