The students of the FFA Chapter at Las Plumas High School say their beloved AG program is in danger of losing a huge amount of funding next year, and that will be devastating to California's budding young farmers.
Wednesday, they traveled by bus to the California State Capitol in Sacramento, and spoke with Assemblyman Dan Logue and Senator Jim Nielson, urging the men to help restore their funding. They say in Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget, their designated Ag Incident Grant, worth $4.8(M), will be split among all the schools in California, including the ones that have no AG program. The students say at Las Plumas, they stand to lose $26,000 next year.
The school uses that money for FFA memberships, conference fees, and classroom supplies, among other things. In May, the budget will be revised, and it will be finalized by July. That's when students will find out if they will be able to continue with their program.