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AGRICULTURE EDUCATION

For most of us rooted in agriculture, farming has always been cool. But the realities and harshness of farming and ranching haven’t always made what feels cool a career choice or path.
Knott said she is excited about culture sciences, especially those dealing with plants and animals.
Hunter Kvistad's farm in Yellow Medicine County is the site of a virtual tour on Nov. 22, 2022 –- two days before Thanksgiving -– as part of Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom. Keri Sidle of Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom said the organization has been visiting a turkey farm just before Thanksgiving every year since 2016. Minnesota is the nation's leading turkey producer and the turkey farm is the most popular of the virtual tours. Sidle expects more than 100 elementary classrooms from 12 to 15 states will participate.
Multiple colleges in North Dakota and Minnesota are starting up meat cutting programs to try to help meet a demand for workers. Some of the first North Dakota State College of Science students are interning with a small-town meat locker as part of that program.

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Marit Ellingson. Andrew Myrdal and Amilia Lillehaugen will be attending National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia, Nov. 24-29, 2022, and Hannah Myrdal is a delegate to National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C., April 14-19, 2023.
The FFA chapter at Richland 44 High School in the southeast North Dakota town of Colfax is one of three finalists for their project on promoting agriculture. They will be competing in Indianapolis at the FFA national convention that starts Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022.
The National 4-H Council plans to use the $50 million that writer and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donated to boost training and programming for both adult leaders and for the youth they serve.
For 14 years, NDSU Extension and the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Association have teamed up to help North Dakota youth get more involved within the sheep industry.
Karl Hoppe, North Dakota State University Extension livestock systems specialist at the Carrington Research Center and Sustainable Agriculture and Resource Education Center state coordinator, was recognized with the honor at a conference this summer in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Kernza has been getting some buzz in recent years for its multiple uses as a forage, a grain that can be used in the kitchen, and a plant beneficial to water quality and the environment. Alexandria High School in Minnesota is planting test plots to help its ag students learn more.

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Dr. Katie Wolf heard about the veterinarian job opening at Golden Valley Veterinary Clinic in Park River, North Dakota, from her grandfather, Agweek reader Robert “Bob” Wolf.
The pre-veterinary program at UMC is part of the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Food Animal Scholars or VetFAST program, which students can apply for while attending the university in Crookston.
The University of Minnesota is leading the $220 million project called the Future of Advanced Agricultural Research in Minnesota or FAARM. The FAARM site is planned to be in Mower County, in conjunction with Riverland Community College at Austin.

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