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02/22/08 - Kilgore

Todd Staples To Tour Kilgore College's Demonstration Farm

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is scheduled to tour Kilgore College's Demonstration Farm 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25. Over the next few months, the Commissioner is meeting with community college educators and business leaders across the state. The goal is to develop ideas on how the Texas Department of Agriculture can assist in increasing college participation among rural residents, in an effort to boost economic development in Texas.  The media is invited to join Commissioner Staples on this tour.

"We hope to take this opportunity to discuss ways East Texas community colleges can work more effectively with each other, with the state's universities and with area high schools to promote agriculture," said Gerald Stanglin, KC's vice president of instruction.  "It is a challenge sometimes to offer a full array of agriculture courses with less than optimal enrollment."

At Noon, Staples will attend a luncheon in the Devall Ballroom with local leaders followed by addressing the Future Farmers of America convention in Dodson Auditorium at 2:30 p.m.

Cathryn Khalil, reporting.

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