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EMINENCE, Ky. (AP) — A new sustainable agricultural program developed by a Vermont College is inspired by the works of Kentucky author Wendell Berry.

Sterling College received a $2.5 million grant that will help fund the no-tuition degree program. The studies will be in Henry County, Kentucky, where Berry lives and writes works on nature, farming and the environment.

Berry says in a release it was essential to base the program in Kentucky. He says it "helps fill in a gap that is missing from local food movements on how future farmers can actually make a living farming."

The grant comes from the NoVo Foundation. Sterling College says admission will be highly selective but students will owe no tuition.

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The Wendell Berry Farming Program will be led by Sterling faculty who live in Kentucky, the college said.

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