Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication

Using Technology to Improve Farming Operations

There's an old saying that goes, "No matter how far in life you go, never forget home."

I think of this phrase a lot as I ponder my career; it's a phrase that definitely applies to Dennis Buckmaster. His home (his roots) directed his professional life.

Buckmaster grew up on a farm and evolved with technology to become what he is today: a leading faculty member in the Purdue Open Agriculture Technology and Systems Group (OATS).

When he was in college, Buckmaster took a course that covered the basics of what he works in now: open-source technology. Buckmaster ended up with a not-so-great grade. It was, in fact, the worst grade he would receive as a Purdue student.

But home was calling. After graduate school and serving as a professor at other universities, Buckmaster returned to Purdue.

Home can come in many forms: school, family, and personal experiences. Be sure to revisit them every once in a while.

About Visionaries

This video is part of the Visionaries series, which highlights the work and lives of researchers in the Purdue University College of Agriculture. Visionaries is a collaboration with Envision magazine.

Read out a related Envision story about phenotyping and agricultural technology, "The Big Idea - Phenotyping"

Learn more about OATS

Other Visionaries videos about Dennis Buckmaster and OATS

What Is the Open-Source Mindset?

The Extension Spirit Guides Open-Source Thinking

Using Technology to Improve Farming Operations

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The videos were created by the student filmmakers of YDAE 491 (Digital Storytelling), part of the agricultural communication program in the Purdue Department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication.

The team members for this video are: Courtney Maxwell (leader for this video), Danae Baskin, Khyleigh North, and Caitlin Yoder.