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Hometown Farmer: Benson to Grow Morningside Ag Program


"I didn't see this one coming, and I didn't think I would be coming back," reflected Chris Benson, on the campus of Morningside College in Sioux City.

When the new "Academic Village" opens up, Benson will be the director of the new "Applied Agriculture and Food Studies" program at the college.

Classes start in 2015, students will be able to get an Agriculture major, with different minors, focusing in numerous areas of agriculture.

But, the big thing with this program is what they're calling an "externship."

It's hands on experience. In the field. Literally.

"There'll be a semester where the student will actually be employed by the company and working in that field," said Benson.

Morningside had an agriculture program years ago, but times have changed.

Technology and the way farms operate are all different now.

"As you look at risk management and the financials that are needed in agriculture, the capitol," said Benson. "I think it's very important that a student understands that and has a strong grasp of what it takes to operate."

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