About four years ago, the College of Agriculture Computer Committee recognized a growing need for a computing course that emphasized computer applications in agriculture. During the first semester (Winter 1980), a course was taught to 30 students using the university's mainframe computer system. The system worked reasonably well but was cumbersome. More important than the system's deficiencies was the realization that the computing tool of most benefit to the agriculture student was a microcomputer.

As a result, the Computer Committee proposed to the college administration that a room be equipped with microcomputers to serve its students, staff and faculty. The proposal was accepted and the project was jointly funded by special equipment dollars from the campus administration and the Agricultural Experiment Station.



Microcomputer, software copyright

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