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Quebec college expands ag offerings

Le Cegep de l’Abitibi-Temiscamingue, a western Quebec college, plans to offer a new diploma program in farm business management starting in the fall of 2010.

The Cegep (a French abbreviation for a general/vocational college, similar to the community college model), which operates campuses at Amos, Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d’Or, is offering the courses in partnership with the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire et le Centre Frere-Moffet at Ville-Marie, and the Commission scolaire du Lac-Temiscamingue.

The program, which the school said it will offer on a “provisional basis,” will tie into the college’s existing ag programs, such as in dairy and beef production.

Students, the college said, can follow one of two tracks, in livestock or crop production.

Students going through the program are expected to be able to apply business management concepts and relevant data to crop or livestock production, the college said in a release.

Students will also have the skills to oversee a farm’s routine administrative operations, plan the layout of farm buildings and select the appropriate equipment and machinery for the operation, the college said.

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