LONDON (AP)--Prince Charles urged agriculture students Dec. 14 not to let Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy disease and the foot-and-mouth crisis deter them from farming.

"You are the future. You've got to keep (farming) going," he told the students from Kingston Maurward agriculture college near Dorchester in southwest England.

The prince, who farms organically on his Highgrove country estate, met the students at Poundbury, the working village on the edge of Dorchester that has been built in keeping with Charles' ideas of agriculture and design.

He urged them not to be put off by recent setbacks in British agriculture, including this year's outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, which has driven some farmers out of business.

Later, Charles met parents at a kindergarten in Poundbury, whose stone and brick houses incorporate the prince's ideal of marrying traditional design and materials with modern construction and planning techniques.

He also attended the consecration of the new Poundbury cemetery by the Right Rev. Tim Thornton, bishop of Sherborne.

The cemetery will offer environmentally friendly burials, with trees being planted instead of headstones, and coffins made of biodegradable material.

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