Senator Klobuchar visits Lac qui Parle Valley High School

Big news in the neighborhood! Senator Klobuchar visited LqVP High School last weekend. Minnesota Farm Guide covered the story…

Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Ag Committee, meets frequently with FFA chapters and members to discuss their plans and issues.

In a short speech, she called attention to the shortage of ag teachers. Agriculture offers many jobs for those who want to live in rural areas, and many of those jobs require the ability to use technology and science. She also mentioned the importance of developing broadband communication infrastructure.

She got to experience some of the great tech programs going on at the schools…

At Lac qui Parle Valley High School, Wes Anderson has overseen the ag program since the school opened in 1990.

Klobuchar took a tour that showed a classroom where students in a general course are building fishing rods and reels.

In a totally different direction, Anderson is also teaching biotechnology. He’s received over $100,000 in grants, with some of those grants coming from the Minnesota Ag Education Leadership Council, to enhance programs at school.

He used about $20,000 in grants to purchase curricula and equipment to experiment with gel electrophoresis in the biotechnology class.

The ag program also has a drone so students can learn more about that technology and its application in agriculture.

Students displayed one of their LqPV trailers, the “Hay Hauler 14” for big round bales, too.

Another class focused on plasma cutting/machining, and a student demonstrated the use of computers and robots to cut through metal.