Ag incentive grant included in state budget

Jun 23, 2014 8:32 PM by Charlene Cheng

The Red Bluff Future Farmers of America have something to celebrate...the birth of a beautiful filly.

"She's pretty spunky, she's already kicked our advisor in the arm, she's a little bundle of joy," said Gabby Madonna, who is in charge of public relations for the Red Bluff FFA.

But, it's another piece of news that will continue to make times like this possible.

Governor Jerry Brown's $156.4 billion dollar state budget allocated $4.1 million to fund the Ag Education Incentive Grant.

"We've bought a couple of trucks with that over the years. We paid for our farm, and our olive orchard gets run by that. It helps keep everything going, it just makes sure that ends are met and you can continue what you're doing," said FFA Secretary Danielle Mueller.

In Red Bluff, it costs $20,000 every year to help 275 students prepare and show their livestock at the annual fair.

"There's something you can't really put your finger on. When you're showing your animal and you put so much work into this, and you're knowing that all of your hard work is going to be paid off," said Red Bluff FFA Vice President Olivia Zumalt.

This news is a triumph for schools all up and down California.

Over 75,000 students are involved in agricultural programs.

"The community's really supportive, but also the state. It's pretty dependent on the ag programs. Most of the kids that are in ag programs are involved grow up and do something in a career wise way," Mueller said.

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