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Agricultural Education

Our local community college, Sierra College, is apparently going to shut down its agriculture department (along with its automotive and construction programs) due to budget constraints.  This decision comes in the midst of a revival of small farming in Placer and Nevada Counties, as well as in the midst of a generational crisis in farming that pervades the entire country.  There are more small farms in these two counties than there were just 10 years ago.  At the same time, the average age of a farmer in our community is approaching 60, and more than 2/3 of the farmers here are 65 years of age or older, while fewer than 5 percent are 35 or younger.

If you're concerned about this, I encourage you to write to the Sierra College president and board of trustees.  Here are their addresses:

Dr. Leo E. Chavez, President
Sierra College
5000 Rocklin Road
Rocklin, CA 95677

Contact the Sierra College Board of Trustees at the same address or:

A single e-mail to will forward to each of the trustees.

Barbara Vineyard

Dave Ferrari

Scott Leslie

Elaine Rowen Reynoso

Bill Martin

Nancy B. Palmer

Aaron Klein

Chris Randleman - Student Trustee 2009-10


  1. It's true that the college governance groups recommended the closure of Agriculture, Construction and Automotive Tech. The Board of Trustees really doesn't want those programs to close and last night ordered a review of options to find other cuts and save these programs. One way you can follow the latest news on this issue is at my blog:

    Thanks for blogging on this issue!

    Trustee Aaron Klein


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