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Innovative approach to teaching at Dodge City Community College

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Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus Virginia Tech, was in Dodge City, Feb. 18 for a seminar for the students of Dodge City Community College.

Marcella Warner, ag; Dave McCollum, equine; and Monte Hampton, crop sciences brought their students in for a seminar sponsored by Sunflower Bank, Centera Bank, Fidelity Bank and Trust, Servi-Tech, Inc., Crop Quest Agronomic Services, National Beef Packing Co, LLC, Winter Livestock, Inc., Cargill Meat Solutions, and the Extension agents from Ford, Gray and Hodgeman counties.

In an innovative approach to learning, these leaders in education and business brought in an outstanding educator to capture the students' attention and challenge them to go out and make a better future for themselves and the agriculture industry as a whole. The sponsors listed above not only donated the funds to put on the event, but also sent some of their staff to also serve as mentors to the DCCC students.

This teaching approach is new and fresh. Kohl not only accepted the dialogue between students and mentors, he openly encouraged it. At times he would sit down and ask questions directly to the students then ask the mentors if the information he was giving was accurate with what they saw day today. He spoke of current issues and how to evaluate what was going on locally and abroad to know the effects on the students when they were operating their enterprises.

He believes the future of this country comes from agriculture. Agriculture is not just cows and crops anymore. There are five main areas that fall in to this category. They are food, fuel, fiber, life experiences (educational opportunities, pumpkin patches, corn mazes), and life sciences (pig valves for human hearts, animal tissue to replace muscle tissue). There are a wealth of jobs and opportunities to be had in agriculture fields.

Kohl has traveled more than 7 million miles presenting workshops and seminars for agricultural and agribusiness groups as well as producers. Kohl regularly writes for Ag Lender and Soybean digest. You can find his weekly columns on the web at www.farm-credit.com (Ag Globe Trotter) and www.cornandsoybeandigest.com (Road Warrior of Agriculture).

Dodge City Community College and their students would like to thank the businesses, extension offices, and the educators that made this experience possible.



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