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Wisconsin Ag Secretary stops at La Crosse high school to see students learn farm-related skills



Wisconsin Ag Secretary Randy Romanski talks with Central High School students on Sept. 20, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Career opportunities in agriculture were the focus of some student activity Wednesday at Central High School.

It might seem odd for a school in the city of La Crosse to focus on farm-related jobs but Wisconsin’s state agriculture secretary, Randy Romanski, said the field offers a wide range of working options.

In this photo on Sept. 20, 2023, students at Central High School mix sugars and yeast in water to see how a reaction will inflate a balloon on a bottle (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

“The great thing about agriculture is there are so many different opportunities that people might not know are related to agriculture,” Romanski said. “I think part of it is just letting young people know what that career pathway looks like, and they could find themselves in a job related to ag or food for a career, and that’s pretty exciting.”

Romanski added that his visit to Central was a way to call attention to new programs at the school related to the farm industry. Sept. 21 is recognized as National Teach Ag Day — dedicated to teaching farm-related skills.

Students in one Central science class were testing how yeast reacts with different types of sugars to see if carbon dioxide could inflate a balloon at the top of a bottle.

Romanski said the new generation of agriculture specialists can come from anywhere, not just rural communities.

“If you have access to a program, like here at La Crosse Central, or Milwaukee Vincent, which is another urban school district that’s got an ag education career pathway, it’s really important that we’re teaching ag and food all over the state,” the secretary said.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Got It

    September 21, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    How is this related to agriculture?

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