Students Wrangle With Real World Ag

Courtney Norman, Staff Writer

The Row Crop Research Farm is a hands-on resource available for agriculture students to learn how to take care of farm land. The farm is leased by Cereal Crops Research, Inc. who provides financially the student’s input and covers any financial loss.

The farm is located 5 miles north of Texas A&M University- Commerce in Fairlie, Texas and consists of 10 acres. Here, students become educated and conduct research.

“This experience is invaluable because many of the students that enroll from the course are from a non-farming background.” according to the A&M- Commerce website.

The facility is used by the School of Agriculture, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, as well as Texas A&M Agrilife Research. Students are active on the farm when they register for the course PLS 420- Crop Production Practicum. During the course, students learn how to operate farming machinery and care for crops on the land. The experience of working on an actual farm provides students with experience that they will be able to utilize in their careers.

“Students completing this course are often sought after by agricultural industry employers,” states the website.

Students are able to help farmers in Northeast Texas save both time and money. Within their learning, students are also conducting research on farm products and test results are sent back to local farmers.