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Minnesota West farm business management program selected for national award

The award is presented to postsecondary programs that emphasize lasting teaching methods, enhance student motivation, and exemplify great experiential learning.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College Farm Business Management Program in Barrett was recognized in Region III by the National Association of Agricultural Educators for exemplary performance and dedication to agricultural education.
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Farm Business Management Program in Barrett was recognized in Region III by the National Association of Agricultural Educators for exemplary performance and dedication to agricultural education.
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LAS VEGAS, Nevada — The Minnesota West Farm Business Management Program has been recognized as a top program nationwide and received the 2022 National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program award presented during the 2022 NAAE Convention, Nov. 29 through Dec. 3, in Las Vegas.

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The NAAE Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program award is presented to postsecondary programs that emphasize lasting teaching methods, enhance student motivation, and exemplify great experiential learning.

The Minnesota West Farm Business Management Program serves a six-county area in west central Minnesota and includes approximately 70 families each year, ranging in age from 25 to 78. Specifically, the Barrett program was awarded.

The program includes students who are part-time farming to students who are running multi-family partnerships and corporations. There are many different family and business situations within the group of students, leading to a variety of complex business teaching and learning opportunities. The program provides students with the tools that they need to be successful lifelong learners and managers in their farm businesses and achieve their personal, family, and business goals.

It is led by instructor Deron Erickson.

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NAAE is a professional organization for agricultural educators with over 8,000 members nationwide. The organization advocates for agricultural education that provides advancement through professional development for agricultural educators, and works to recruit and retain agricultural educators in the profession.

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