CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada State Conservation Commission is opposing plans by the University of Nevada, Reno to close the College of Agriculture and eliminate other resource programs.

In a March 30 letter to UNR President Milton Glick, the commission says closing the college will impact Nevada's 28 conservation districts.

They say it also will discourage students from pursing careers in natural resources and agriculture, the state's third largest industry that contributes over $2 billion annually to the state economy.

University officials announced their proposal in March after Gov. Jim Gibbons and state legislators cut the university system's budget by 7 percent. Officials say it will save $11 million in the next fiscal year.

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