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Agriculturalists rally behind their team as Montana State University and North Dakota State University go head-to-head in Frisco, Texas.
Christensen Farms, a multi-state hog operation based in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, is partnering with Minnesota State University - Mankato to provide language, communication and leadership training to its 858 person workforce. With the help of a $300,000 state grant, training will include English skills for its workers from Mexico.
After many years of behind-the-scenes work in the district and community, Hope-Page started a new agriculture program and new FFA chapter during the 2020-21 school year. Now in its second year, it’s something for which the community and students can be thankful.
Across the region, the numbers of agriculture education and FFA programs are growing, albeit at different rates and, in some cases, for different reasons.

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The Peltier Complex will house NDSU’s food, meat and cereal science laboratories along with the Northern Crops Institute. The North Dakota Legislature approved $70 million for the completion of the facility and authorized an additional $15 million in fundraising. The building is being named for the Peltier family of Arthur Companies and Proseed.
On Oct. 2, half of North Dakota’s school districts lost their food distributor when Cash-Wa Distributing ended its contract with the North Dakota Educators Services Co-op.
Graduates of Minnesota and Montana technical colleges with agriculture programs find jobs on the farm and in the industry.
Hundreds of students who enrolled in agriculture programs of two-year technical colleges across North Dakota and South Dakota have landed jobs in the agricultural industry after, and in some cases, before, they graduated.
The Winery Association of North Dakota says the university is not sharing information with the industry so wineries can give input on what they need in cold-hardy grapes. A State Board of Higher Education member is trying to repair the broken relationship.
The “Peltier Complex” will be NDSU’s largest academic facility and honors one of the region’s most long-standing supporters of teaching, research, and extension in agriculture, the NDSU Foundation said in a news release.

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With fewer young people growing up on the farm and more urban students interested in an ag career, the ag department at Ridgewater College in Willmar is recreating classes to teach basic farm skills.
With many schools going virtual or implementing distance learning, Minnesota Ag in the Classroom has made changes to help students and educators.
The legislative council meant to expand agricultural education in Minnesota has awarded $715,000 in scholarships over the last two decades to students interested in becoming an agriculture teacher.

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