St. Paul, Minnesota - Brad Schloesser, Dean of the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, testified on behalf of legistation for a Veterans to Agriculture program that would operate through the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture in conjunction with South Central College. The funding would be for a pilot program, taking place at South Central College, for training for veterans in 4-8 week programs specific to the agriculture industry workforce needs.
Senate File 653, was laid over as amnded for possible inclusion in the omnibous budget bill.
The Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, a public-private partnership, is focused on expanding the footprint of services to producers, agribusinesses and agriculture lenders throughout Southern Minnesota. South Central College serves as the lead institution for the Center and partnered is Minnesota West Technical and Community College within the MnSCU system. A variety of services focused on program development and research, professional preparation, domestic and international marketing opportunities, and partnership development are offered.
For additional information about this press release or the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, please contact Sara Hewitt, Project Coordinator for the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture at 507-389-7276 or email: sara.hewitt @southcentral.edu.