MSU Ag Tech celebrates 125 years

Michigan State University’s Institute of Agriculture Technology is celebrating 125 years of providing practical ag training to students.

Director Randy Showerman tells Brownfield the first short courses were developed for dairy management and to process milk and cheese.  Today 13 certificate programs are available at 12 locations across the state.

“The placement rate for our students is running in the 100 percent area with many of our students receiving three or four job offers.”     

He says there’s a high demand for ag technicians, crop scouts, herd managers and in viticulture.

“All aspects of agriculture at this point in time are looking for individuals that have a background in agriculture and the willingness to learn.”    

About five percent of students transfer from ag tech programs into bachelor’s degrees at MSU.

Brownfield interview with Randy Showerman

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