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Agriculture Education

Rich Egger

Construction is complete on the greenhouse at Macomb High School, while construction is just getting started on the renovation project at Lincoln School.

 Gov. Bruce Rauner says he supports one of Illinois' top industries: Agriculture. But critics say a recent plan goes against his own assertion that he's a “strong advocate” for it.

(Photo courtesy of Colorado State University Photography)

Close to 60,000 jobs are set to open up in agriculture, food and natural resource sectors each year for the next five years, according to a report from Purdue University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The American agriculture industry has a problem though; there are not enough grads to fill them. The report projects about two open jobs for every qualified graduate. That’s left the USDA, land grant universities and private industry scrambling to try and bridge the gap.

Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Farms aren’t just for food any more.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Construction will begin this month on a greenhouse for Western Illinois University’s School of Agriculture.

Pike County calls itself the "pork capital of the world." However, in an area so tied to farming, it might be a bit surprising that a local school district has cut its agriculture education program.  I graduated from high school there five years ago, and went back to report on how districts are struggling to pay for activities not tied to the core curriculum.

Galesburg Ok's Urban Farming

Oct 26, 2013
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Galesburg is making it easier for people to grow more of their own food.

"Farm to Fork" Teaches Kids to Farm in Town

Aug 12, 2013
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In a small classroom at Knox College, a group of kids sat in a circle of tables, surrounded by seed catalogs and marked up sheets of paper.

McDonough County 4-H Fair Shows Kids' Hard Work

Jul 12, 2013
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One of the hallmarks of summer is going to the fair and for many kids in farm country the center piece of going to the fair is showing their animals.

Jason Parrott’s guest on Emphasis is Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, who is the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.   They talk about the past, present and future of agriculture education.