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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending Oct. 17

Microsoft Partners with Grand Farm

Fargo N.D. — Emerging Prairie is excited to announce a partnership with Microsoft as our community works towards making Grand Farm a reality. This creates a one of a kind partnership between farmers, businesses, government, and entrepreneurs. Microsoft is investing $1.5 million in the project and we will be bringing the talent of the company’s technologists and data scientists to help realize the vision and ambition of the Grand Farm to be the first fully autonomous farm.

“We appreciate the vision of Grand Farm because it’s not just about creating technology, but it’s focused on creating a community and an ecosystem because that’s what it takes to bring technology to life,” shared Microsoft President’s Brad Smith at the announcement on Thursday afternoon. “We will spend $1.5 million as a company to help bring the Grand Farm to life. We’re excited about this contribution of money, of technology, of expertise, and how it gives us an opportunity to deepen and broaden our partnership with the community of North Dakota.”

Grand Farm is led by Emerging Prairie and aims to capitalize on the region’s potential in the agriculture and technology industries. Grand Farm is designed to inspire collaboration among businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs to develop the fully autonomous farm, which will help address issues critical to family farms worldwide -- labor shortages and rising operational costs.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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