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Enrollment deadline for Farm Short Course is Oct. 1

Prospective students have until Oct. 1 to register for the 2005-2006 Farm and Industry Short Course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison”s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Orientation will be held Oct.20. The first six-week session begins Nov. 14, the second session begins Jan. 17, and the final session starts Feb. 6, ending with graduation March 28.

Last year”s Short Course attracted 110 students from six states and Sweden, according to Rick Daluge, CALS assistant dean and director of the short course. Students can choose from more than 40 agricultural production courses in specialties such as dairy farm management, beef/swine management, farm mechanics, farm service and supply, and crops and soils. Practical on-the-job experience is available through internships again this year.

Dormitory accommodations are still available on a first-come, first-served basis. The College awarded Short Course scholarships totaling nearly $70,000 last year, and many local businesses give additional financial aid.

Application forms are available at the Short Course website or from the Farm and Industry Short Course Office, 116 Agriculture Hall, 1450 Linden Drive, UW-Madison, WI 53706; phone (608) 263-3918.