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AAHS Ag Program plants Kernz grain test plot

Alexandria Area High School is one of the first high schools in Minnesota to grow Kernza with guidance from the University of Minnesota. Other partners include a Kernza organic farmer from Madison and Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District.
 
Kernza is a perennial grain related to wheat that has multiple uses as a forage, a grain that can be used in the kitchen, and a plant beneficial to water quality and the environment. 
 
The school's agricultural program is helping students learn about the versatile grain by having them plant a two-acre test plot of it.  Alexandria School Board member Alan Zeithamer brought up the idea of Kernza research. "We have always been looking for opportunities to find partnerships that are more authentic and more real world," Zeithamer said.
 
The project has been featured in news stories in the Echo Press, AgWeek, and a recent video news story on Almanac - Twin Cities PBS.