- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

RUSTON, La. (AP) - Louisiana Tech says it’s merging its agriculture department and forestry school to create more chances for collaboration and improve efficiency.

A news release says the merger won’t affect degree programs, and has been approved by the Board of Regents and the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.

The new School of Agriculture Sciences and Forestry remains in the College of Applied and Natural Sciences.

The college’s dean, Gary Kennedy, says the two divisions have hosted separate FFA events to bring high-school students to campus, and now one school will coordinate such events. He says it will also make student recruiting more efficient.

The new school’s interim director is agriculture professor William Green.

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