Nielsen launches campaign to save funding for FFA

Feb 20, 2014 4:49 PM

State Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) has launched a promotional campaign to ignite a political fight to keep state funding in place for school programs aimed at attracting students for careers in agriculture.

According to a statement released today, Nielsen has dispatched his staff to speak with Future Farmers of America (FFA) organizations throughout his district regarding the need to protect the Agricultural Career Technical Education Incentive Grant.

“Agriculture is not just a way of life, it is vital to our state’s economy,” Neilsen said in a statement today. “This grant is critical in preparing students and providing them opportunities and education in agriculture.”

Nielsen is a former FFA member and partnered with Rose Ann Vuich, California’s first female State Senator, to create the grant in 1983. According to the statement released today, the grant provides a reported $4.13 million through matching grants to public schools that teach high-quality agricultural career technical education. The campaign aims to reverse Go. Brown’s proposal to eliminate the grant and direct the funding to school district’s funding allocation, according to Neilsen’s statement.

“We must work together to keep ag incentive grant funding in the state budget so that today’s young people can learn the great opportunities that agriculture provides to produce the food that feeds the world,” Nielsen said.


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