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An open letter to Linn-Benton Community College President Greg Hamann:

Please do not eliminate the horticulture and crop production programs at LBCC. 

As a lifelong resident of Corvallis, I value our agriculture and beautiful valley.

I value our community college that teaches trades.

I first took LBCC horticulture classes when I was 18 or so. I took tree ID, soils, and plants.

Twenty years later, I have gone back to school since my love of horticulture has never left and I want to share it with others through becoming an ag journalist.

I encourage everyone who's interested in horticulture and crop production to take advantage of the wonderful horticulture, agriculture, and soils classes that LBCC offers.

These courses are life-changing in all forms from individual classes to the degree programs.

As new and continuing horticulture students at LBCC continue to prepare for their futures by taking LBCC horticulture classes, please come out and visit the farm, visit the greenhouse, and talk to the students.

Please keep these wonderful programs fully running, and let people know that: "All horticulture classes offered [are] open to anyone meeting the prereqs."

Please post this phrase on the horticulture webpage. It is a quote from an email sent to me today, April 1, by Ann Buchele, vice-president of academic affairs and workforce development.

Please don't abandon these programs and try to shut them down.

LBCC horticulture is agriculture. It is soil cultivation and the growing of crops. Keep horticulture!

Karen Canan

Corvallis (April 2)

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