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California Students Rally At Capitol For Agricultural Education Funding

Mar 19, 2014

Students gather at the Capitol Wednesday for Ag Day in this photo from the Twitter account of Assemblymember Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman of Stockton.
Credit Twitter / Asm. Susan Talamantes Eggman /

As part of the annual “Ag Day” celebration at the state Capitol, Future Farmers of America students from around California rallied Wednesday in support of agricultural education programs. From Sacramento, Max Pringle reports.

With the state suffering through its worst ever drought, Jim Aschwanden with the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association, says only well trained Ag workers will be able to meet the industry’s future challenges.

Aschwanden: “Ag education is not about cows and sows and plows anymore. It is about creating the next generation of ag scientists and researchers and technicians.”

Governor Jerry Brown’s budget calls for absorbing a state grant that provides school districts with matching funds for agricultural education into the new Local Control Funding Formula.

Under a bill now in the legislature, the Agriculture Incentive Grant would remain a separate dedicated statewide program.

A legislative subcommittee will take up agricultural education at a hearing next month.