The Tri-State Neighbor reports that SDSU’s new minors in precision agriculture, genetics, and fod manufacturing represent a shift away from a previous focus on helping people eat better to helping Big Ag produce better. Why this shift? Follow the money:
SDSU gets a great amount of support from companies in the dairy industry. Last month, the program awarded $114,000 in scholarship to dairy students. Companies also contributed more than $9 million to the dairy plant that the university opened in 2011.
“There’s a lot of interest and a lot of investment in the industry because there’s a need for dairy,” [SDSU dairy science chief Vikram] Mistry said [Janelle Atyeo, “Job Search Proves Easy for SDSU’s Ag Majors,” Tri-State Neighbor, 2015.05.05].
What Big Ag wants, Big Ag gets. That includes our public (“public”?) universities.