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University of Minnesota agriculture school reports growth

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Professors at the institution of higher learning told the news source that for a long time the programs consisted of people from agricultural backgrounds, but recently this has changed.
Professors at the institution of higher learning told the news source that for a long time the programs consisted of people from agricultural backgrounds, but recently this has changed.

The type of people that go to college or university for agriculture is changing, Minnesota Public Radio reported. No longer just people who have used farm equipment their whole lives, the University of Minnesota has had to expand its offerings to accommodate new interest.

Professors at the institution of higher learning told the news source that for a long time the programs consisted of people from agricultural backgrounds, but recently this has changed.

"It's a woman who grew up in suburban Twin Cities, and is a transfer student from some place in MnSCU," Jay Bell, associate dean the U of M's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, said of the new students.

In the overall school, which includes everything from nutrition to environmental science along with traditional agricultural majors, women now outnumber men 61 to 39 percent.

The Minnesota News Daily reported that the school recently organized Ag Awareness Day to help educate both the university and local community about agriculture and its impact on the average American life.

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