Aug 9, 2014 12:20 PM by JANET McCONNAUGHEY

Students get taste of farm careers in LSU program

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Agriculture students in two Louisiana parishes will be able to earn college credit and credit toward high school graduation with a course called Natural Resources Conservation 1001.

The Louisiana State University College of Agriculture is offering the classes in the rice country of Vermilion Parish and at a school in Livingston Parish, where suburban sprawl from Baton Rouge is slowly overtaking agriculture.

The course will be wide-ranging, including the food chain, erosion issues and how people affect the environment, said teachers Kelly Becnel of Walker High School and Danielle Newsom, who will teach an evening class at the LSU AgCenter extension office in Abbeville for Vermilion Parish students. The Vermilion course is open to public, private and home-school students.

It's a pilot course in the LSU's dual-enrollment program.


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