Keep ag education up to date

01/17/2013 7:34 PM

01/17/2013 7:35 PM

Our future agriculture students need a hands-on approach to learning about animals in science and biology. Corrals for the animals are needed to provide experience with livestock that is not attained in a textbook. Students learn the complexity of animal behavior. They study the nutritional aspects of feeding and caring for animals plus the reproduction and genetics of livestock. In addition, safety and breeding techniques are taught along with marketing animals and animal products.

A well-rounded high school offers computer programs with business standards in agriculture to teach the economics of farming. Another aspect of farming is agronomy and horticulture. The study of plants and trees will benefit the students in the real world.

Some students may desire to attain a degree in agriculture from a university while others may decide to work in farming immediately after graduating from high school. Many applications are on file for working on farms and in machinery associated with agriculture. There are 300 related careers in agriculture and 22 million people work indirectly off of agriculture.

CAROL CAMPODONICA

Merced

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