Dordt farm operations program develops next generation of farmers

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SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (KCAU) — “Experience is the best teacher.” That’s the method being used at Dordt University’s Defender Crop Program.

Roughly a dozen college students managed 80 acres of farmland with limited input from school officials, and that was all according to plan. Student Brandon Kooima is no stranger to farm work.

“My dad’s been farming for his entire life,” Kooima said. “My grandpa started the farm. My dad and uncles have taken over and hopefully someday, I get involved in it more.”

Kooima said he had doubts about the program at first.

“I didn’t know how things would go,” he said. “I wasn’t sure but as time went on, I realized this is exactly what I need to learn.”

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