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May 2, 2013

Agriculture students learn off-campus

The education of Fresno State students is not restricted to the library or chemistry labs. Through various opportunities students can gain knowledge working in the same field in which they hope to build a career after graduation. Randy Perry, a professor in animal science and agricultural education who specializes in beef cattle, said that for students interested in agriculture have a first-rate classroom in Fresno County. "We’re in agriculture and Fresno County is the number one agricultural county in the whole world," Perry said.  "We have all kinds of stuff around us here.  You got the best producers in the world, especially on the plant side and some on the animal side.  We have got the best dairies in the world right around here, same with poultry facilities." Michelle Ganci, a professor in animal science and agricultural education who specializes in poultry science, added that you cannot learn everything you need inside a lab. "I am a huge believer in hands-on education," Ganci said.  "I learned what I know from hands-on work.  Most people learn better by doing. You can use computer models, but to see it in action and working right is important."  Read More

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