FPC Ag Department expanding courses

New three-day course will help certify students, farmers and ranchers in livestock artificial insemination (Drew Powell ABC 7 News)

A $165,000 investment in expanding Ag opportunities at Frank Phillips College (FPC) in Borger is coming to fruition. FPC is teaming up with Genex to offer a new three-day course in Livestock artificial insemination and embryo transfer. The course is open to students, farmers and ranchers who wish to become certified.

“It will help me,” said Taylor Baldwin, student at FPC. “Personally, I come from a ranch so I will be able to help my own personal ranch by artificially inseminating our cattle. I will have to be certified to do that.”

“We will be the only site in the Texas Panhandle to offer these Genex certification courses at the Livestock Genetics Center at Frank Phillips College,” said Byron Housewright,” director of Agriculture at FPC. “It’s important for these procedures because they’ll be able to expand the use and get genetics from all over the world with their ability to do this.”

“This is a way for Borger to be on the map as technological advanced contributor,” said Katie Lingor, Borger Economic Development Corporation executive director. “The agriculture industry is very prevalent in the overall region.”

Lingor tells ABC 7 News the Borger EDC gave FPC a $100,000 contribution as a two-fold investment to the Livestock Genetic Center at FPC.

“It’s both education and it will benefit actual industry leaders and business owners,” said Lingor. “People who depend on raising livestock for their livelihood can benefit from this course.”

Housewright tells ABC 7 News the center just finalized new programs helping students in Agriculture start at jobs, higher than entry level.

“We’ve also partnered with a national swine excellence foundation and a pork checkoff to offer new swine manager certification,” said Housewright. “Students will be able to come here and get their certification. They can work at operations like Seaboard, JBS and Smithfield and earn higher wages.”

The first day of the three-day course is on March 19. The cost is $555.00 per person. Other investors in the Livestock Genetics Center project at FPC are the city of Borger, Agrium (Nutrien Borger Nitrogen) and Monsanto a modern agriculture company.

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