Governor’s Schools enhance Pennsylvania’s agricultural strength

Friday, March 28, 2014

The agriculture industry in Pennsylvania will soon see another benefit — albeit in the long term — that will assist it in securing a prominent role in the nation’s agricultural output.

Gov. Tom Corbett announced the newest addition to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of Excellence, a highly touted program that exposes high school students to a variety of fields such as the sciences, technology and other STEM fields. The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences will be a month-long program where students will lodge at Penn State University and learn about “the diverse fields of agriculture and natural resources,” according to the program’s application.

While the Governor’s School program was a huge success during its inception under then-Gov. Richard Thornburgh’s tenure in the 1980s, it was ended in 2008 because of budget cuts. Fortunately, the program was reinstated in 2013, and with the addition of the agricultural sciences school, Pennsylvania high school students will be able to further their education in one of the state’s biggest industries.

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