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College offers courses to niche developing farmers

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DELFT Numerous Dutch farmers have branched out in niche markets on the farm. While some now operate small campgrounds on the yard, others have opened agri-stores for home-made or local products or offer workshops on their expertise. Hogeschool InHolland, formerly a dedicated agricultural college, now offers courses to farmers who need more training to undertake these alternative or additional livelihood options. The college has engaged other institutions to help organize the courses for the entrepreneurs. Hard times on the farm have caused a significant realignment in rural areas, where most small operations have closed down.