Texas Tech Adds Local Food and WIne Production Concentration

Wines & Vines - The board overseeing higher education in Texas approved an innovative new program that will allow students at Texas Tech University to earn a degree in local food and wine production.

The program will fall under the Department of Plant & Soil Science and be overseen by viticulture and enology professor Ed Hellman. "A lot of universities over the past few decades have gotten away from horticultural crop-production classes," Hellman told Wines & Vines. "But with the local food and farm-to-table-type movements, there is much more interest in where your food comes from. Consumers are much more interested in that." He added that sustainable production of food and wine is another component of the program, and unlike viticulture and enology, the new concentration also includes components of sustainable agriculture including vegetables, fruits and nuts.

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