With a tight farm economy, there is a need for affordable farm management assistance. Brian Boomgaarden and other adult farm business management instructors provide that support. “Cash flow and working capital are big things. With the downturn in the farm economy, there are also issues with mental health.” Boomgaarden is the past president of the Minnesota Association of Agriculture Educators, which hosted its summer conference this past week in the Twin Cities. For high school and post-secondary instructors, MAAE is focused on technology and the need for individualized educational plans. There is optimism seen among those in ag education. “The good thing about ag education and agriculture, in general, we always found people enjoy eating. As long as people need food, there will be a place for agriculture.”
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