Victory for school agricultural programs in Central Valley, as Brown signs fiscal year budget

Assm. Rudy Salas

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A huge victory for school agricultural programs as Governor Jerry Brown signed the state budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, and with that budget, money for AG programs.

"I feed her. I clean her every morning. I walk her once a day. I wash her down every day and I wash her every day," said Holly Montgomery, an FFA student.

Every year, students involved in the Future Farmers of America prepare to show their livestock, and through the recently approved AG incentive grant, more students will be able to learn about the AG industry.

"Agriculture is such a big thing here in Kern County, so I think it's great to be a part of it," said Rebecca Vega, another FFA student.

The AG incentive serves nearly every region in California with more than 75,000 students participating in AG education. 

Subcommittees voted in favor of restoring $4.1 million in funding the AG education incentive grant program with Assemblymember Rudy Salas and sever other members of the FFA testifying for weeks. 

After the passing of the 2014-2015 budget, Salas said in a statement:

Today's victory would not have been possible without the countless students, farmers, business owners, educators, community members, and fellow legislators who stood by the FFA and fought with me to preserve AG education. 

Funding is now secured for this next budget cycle to invest in our students and give them the vocational skills and leadership development necessary to advance California and meet local industry demands.

The programs funded by the grant allows students and teachers the technical skills needed to meet industry demands through welding, mechanics and a variety of other vocational programs. 

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