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Students Appreciate Farming During AG Week

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The agriculture industry brought in more than $4 billion into Montana's economy last year alone.

This week is devoted to celebrating our state's agricultural tradition.

Cali Christensen studies agricultural education at Montana State University.
She grew up on a farm in south-central Montana and wants to continue to the family business.

"It's really a legacy for me. I have found my passion and love," said Christensen.

Upon completing her education, Christensen will be a fifth generation farmer.

"It's all teaching people how to work and what they need to do," said Christensen.

MSU Assistant Professor of Economics, Anton Bekkerman said agriculture continues to be the leading industry in Montana, bringing in more than $4 billion to the states economy last year.

"More than 66% of Montana land is in agriculture," said Bekkerman.

Bekkerman said one downfall with the industry is that many young people are not choosing to go into it, but he said MSU is working to change that.

"We are working to teach students effective ways to go back on the farm and having that young influence," said Bekkerman.

One of the big turn offs for students, Christensen said is the price to start in the industry.

"Young people have to take out a loan if they don't already have land," said Christensen. "It's kind of a scary thought to jump into that at a young age.

But, it's not enough to drive future farmers like Christensen away. She hopes other young people will take the reigns too.

"It's a lot of work, but there's nothing more rewarding in my opinion," said Christensen.

Ag week runs through Saturday.

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