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Students can earn college credit at Agribusiness Week

This summer, the Washington Farm Bureau is offering a new option for high school students to learn about the business of agriculture.

A week-long class, called ‘Agribusiness Week,’ gives students from across Washington and the Northwest the opportunity to learn what it takes to operate a vertically integrated corporate farm, feed the world and still make a profit. Modeled on the ‘Business Week’ program started in 1976 by the Association of Washington Business, Agribusiness Week is the fourth pathway introduced in recent years, joining Healthcare Week, Manufacturing Week and Energy Week. The goals are to encourage the pursuit of agricultural careers, education and show students the important role of business in every industry regardless of career choice.

Agribusiness Week will run at Central Washington University, July 21-27. Students live on campus and form company teams led by an agricultural professional called a company adviser. Teams will compete in agricultural-related activities and scenarios designed to teach students about the food supply chain, technology, global competition, water management and more. Students can earn two optional college credits.

To learn more about taking part in the Agribusiness Week program, go to www.wbw.org or call (253) 815-6900.

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