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University's ag ed program gets $3.4 million grant from CHS

The University of Minnesota will use the grant to develop rural America leaders, engage youth in agriculture experiences and build a new agriculture education model.

September 9, 2016

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The University of Minnesota will be the recipient of a $3.44 million grant from the CHS Foundation for its agriculture education program.

The gift is the largest ever awarded by the CHS Foundation.

Agriculture continues to face a growing shortfall of graduates in that sector, versus available jobs. USDA estimates more than 20,000 agriculture jobs are left unfilled annually. Today, there are approximately 30 jobs in the ag industry for every one qualified individual.

The gift, and related programs funded by it, will help develop rural America leaders, engage youth in agriculture experiences and build a new agriculture education model, according to CHS.

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Specific programs funded by the CHS Foundation grant include:

• Creation of a CHS agriculture education technology lab

• Exclusive support for AgCultures adventure learning project curriculum

• Integrating agriculture-infused curriculum in K-12 classrooms

• Development of agricultural literacy programs in conjunction with 4-H and the Minnesota Youth Institute

• Creation of agriculture and science programs at the Bell Museum

• Creation of a CHS agriculture education endowed fellowship at the University of Minnesota

Brian Buhr, dean of U-M’s College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, said the grant will help chart a new course for the future of ag education with new technologies, interdisciplinary curriculum and experiential learning.

Source: CHS                                            

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