Ag Students Speak Out about Proposed Cuts

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RENO, NV - With across the board 6.9% cuts, the University of Nevada, Reno is slated to cut $11 million from its budget.

One of the proposals would cut the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. Currently, there are more than 900 students and 60 faculty at that college. A recent proposal would close two departments, Animal Biotechnology and Resource Economics and affecting 120 students.

While students believe they can come to a compromise with University leaders, others say they feel their future may be up in the air.

“I have all my eggs in one basket,” Sophomore Katelin Shapero said. “Not only do I go to school here, I live here and I work here. So I will lose my education, work and housing.”

Students are doing what they can to save the school, which includes starting a Facebook page and letter-writing. However, they won’t know whether their plan to save CABNR works, until the Board of Regents makes a final decision on the matter.

“Just remember where clothing comes from and how you get food on your table,” Sophomore Charles Mann said. “It’s from agriculture.”