The Indiana State Board of Education has approved Huntington University’s agricultural education program. The university says the program, which will be a part of the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies, will help address the shortage of agricultural instructors throughout the state and nationwide.
Huntington says the program will include new courses in agriculture and agriculture instruction, as well as existing courses in agribusiness and education. Students will also have access to hands-on vocational skills instruction made available through local partnerships in addition to internships offering field experience in agriculture.
"I have seen considerable interest in Ag Education among our current students as well as prospective students," said Raymond Porter, director of the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies. "We have also received encouragement from ag teachers, farmers, agribusiness and agbiosciences professionals, and others who are excited to see this offered at HU."
The agricultural education program will be the latest component of Huntington’s Educator Preparation Program. The university began offering classes at the Haupert Institute in the fall of 2015. Huntington says it is one of two institutions in the state that offer four-year agriculture degrees.