16 July 1999

Agriculture out of favour at college

AGRICULTURE has been dropped from the syllabus at Silsoe College, following a slump in interest in the course.

The farming crisis contributed to the decline in popularity of the BSc degree, says Dick Godwin, head of the Institute of AgriTechnology at the Beds site. "The current market doesnt give everyone the warmest comfort feeling."

The number of opportunities at the "muck-shifting" end of the business are also declining as farm sizes rise, says Prof Godwin.

The change will allow Silsoe, part of the University of Cranfield, to concentrate on agricultural engineering, says Prof Godwin. "We can focus on our niche." &#42