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Ag education majors return to UMC

Returning by popular demand: An agricultural education major at the University of Minnesota Crookston. State budget cuts caused UMC to discontinue the program in 2013, despite strong support from agriculturalists who said ag education majors alre...

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Returning by popular demand: An agricultural education major at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

State budget cuts caused UMC to discontinue the program in 2013, despite strong support from agriculturalists who said ag education majors already were in short supply.

But high demand for high school and adult ag teachers led the University of Minnesota Board of Regents to approve the degree program in February. That approval, in turn, allowed the Minnesota Board of Teaching in October to approve two teacher licensure areas: teachers of agriculture education and teacher coordinators of work-based learning in agriculture education.

UMC students can begin taking ag education classes again in the spring 2016 semester, school officials say.

Read more in the Nov. 16 print issue of Agweek.

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