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Agriculture class at Southeastern prepares students for Third World


WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) — Aiming to grow opportunities to share the Gospel in the developing world, agricultural principles were taught in addition to the usual theology and church history classes this fall at Southeastern Seminary.

Professionals from Bayer CropScience donated their time and expertise to teach a six-week course in the basics of agriculture so that students at the North Carolina seminary and members of local churches could be certified to work in developing countries around the world. According to the Bayer CropScience website, the multi-billion-dollar company specializes in crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology.

A global need for increased knowledge of crops and agriculture led Bayer CropScience to support the Southeastern class, said Herb Young, a marketing production manager at Bayer who is part of a small group at The Summit Church in Durham. N.C.

“Bayer has a strategic concern for the projected 9.2 billion global population estimates for 2050. In the next 40 years, food production is projected to need to increase by 70 percent in order to satisfy increased numbers and increased standards of living,” Young said. “Through seed technology and crop protection, Bayer has a strong conviction to be a part of the solution for this coming global dilemma.”