The John Deere Technology Innovation Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Research Park will double in size, the foundation announced Friday.

The expansion is to "accommodate growth and further leverage the skills and knowledge of faculty and students in the areas of agriculture, business, engineering, and information technology," representatives said in a news release.

The center employs students and full-time professionals to advance innovation, research and information technology for John Deere. Through the center and the relationship with the university, officials said Deere gains access to students and academic experts in the areas of engineering, agronomy, computer science, statistics, industrial design, psychology and information library sciences.

The expansion provides needed space to further integrate undergraduate and graduate students working on John Deere’s technology efforts.

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