The University of Wyoming has received $670,890 to create four ranch management practicum courses that will cover holistic, system-based ranch management concepts, including production, ecology, economics and labor.

The state’s only four-year institution was among 36 grant winners announced by USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. All of the grants totaled $18 million and were awarded to organizations that will provide training and assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers to help them run successful and sustainable farms.

As the average age of America's farmers and ranchers increases, and with traditional rural populations in decline, Merrigan said that now is a critical time to train the next generation of American producers.

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