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Dixon school district, Sauk will partner in ag program

DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College and the school district are partnering to bring an agriculture program back to Dixon High School.

The two will host an informational meeting for interested students and parents at 6 p.m. today in the high school auditorium, 300 Lincoln Statue Drive, to talk about the new program and career opportunities in the field.

The guest speakers will be Ryan Anderson, professor and head of Sauk’s ag program, which launched in the fall after being absent since the mid-1990s, Lee County Farm Bureau Manager Danelle Burrs, and DHS graduate Josie Willett, who farms with her family in Lee County and is a member of the Young Leaders Committee of the Lee County Farm Bureau.

Members of the area farming community approached the Dixon school board in November asking that the district bring back an ag program, giving DHS students the same opportunities offered in most other Lee County schools.

Discussion on reviving an ag program started in the summer and includes possibly using the 73.5 acres of land on Brinton Avenue that the board bought for $1 million as agricultural test plots for students.

In December, district and Sauk leadership met to discuss a possible partnership and dual-credit opportunities for students wanting to study agriculture.

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