Organic farming more popular in Ore., NW schools

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Interest in organic farming courses is growing at Northwest universities.

The Capital Press in Salem reports that a lot of aspiring farmers arriving on campus these days may come from big cities in addition to rural areas.

And many of them are interested in organic and small-scale agriculture instead of larger production farming.

So far, Washington State University officials say the school offers the only organic agriculture major in the nation.

But organic-oriented courses at Oregon State University have proven popular, even among students who aren't agriculture majors.