UPDATE: Governor Brown has signed the 2014-15 budget, and preserved $4.1 million in funding for the Agricultural Incentive Grant Program. Watch the video below to see how it happened.
Assemblymember Salas Saves Ag Education Funding
Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) rallied thousands of Future Farmers of America (FFA) students and their supporters in Sacramento and spent countless hours over the last six months pushing to save the Agriculture Education Incentive Grant Program. And it worked! When Governor Brown signed the new budget at the end of June, it included the Ag Ed funding Assemblymember Salas and so many others had been fighting for since the Governor proposed cutting off the Ag Ed funding back in January. “Agriculture Education Programs - like FFA - grow more than crops, they grow Californians who lead and feed the nations,” said Assemblymember Salas. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
This victory would not have been possible without the countless students, farmers, business owners, educators, community members, and fellow legislators who stood by FFA and fought with Assemblymember Salas to preserve Ag Education. To ensure that funding is not jeopardized in the future, we need people to tell their stories about why Ag Ed funding is important to them. Click below to tell your story about why you care about agriculture education.
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Salas and FFA Students Save State Funding
Assembly Subcommittee takes action to formally reject Governor’s proposal
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) was joined by student leaders from the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program to advocate for continued state funding before the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance. The committee rejected the Governor’s proposal to shift $15.4 million away from the California Department of Education (CDE) for which career technical education programs like FFA rely on.
Salas Declares Budget Victory for Ag Education
Governor signs state budget; $4.1 Million for Ag Incentive Grant Preserved
BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) released the following statement about the Governor signing the State Budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year:
“Today’s victory would not have been possible without the countless students, farmers, business owners, educators, community members, and fellow legislators who stood by 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. However, we must continue to be diligent and support my AB 2033, which seeks to guarantee dedicated funding in the future years for this important program.”
Protect Ag Education
Agriculture is the heart of the Central Valley. Food produced in California feeds the nation and the world. Sadly, the future of California's status as a leader in the agricultural industry is at stake.
The Governor's proposed budget removed the $4.1 million for the Agriculture Education Incentive Grant Program. As a result, California's agriculture programs could be terminated. I've made it a top priority and am working with leadership in the budget subcommittee and full committee, rural caucus, and the Governor's office to restore the funding.
My office is working with local FFA chapters around the State. We have already started encouraging everyone to write letters to the Governor and either mail them or deliver them to my office and I will deliver them with FFA students. So far, we have collected 500 letters and need that number to grow.
Make your voice heard – write a letter to the Governor urging continued funding of $4.1 million for the Agriculture Education Incentive Grant Program.
Nothing replaces hearing the personal stories of why programs like these are important to you and what it has done in your life. Please take the time to write the Governor and let him know why he should fund this program. Sample letters are available below. In addition to your own story, below are some points to include in your letter:
- Without this funding, California's 315 agricultural programs could be terminated. These dynamic programs give agriculture students, teachers and farm organizations a platform for agricultural education throughout the state, in both rural and suburban areas.
- High school enrollment in agricultural classes continues to increase every year. These programs provide the necessary tools for students and teachers to be successful in California's agriculture industry.
- Programs such as Future Farmers of America provide a wide variety of agricultural and vocational programs that make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.
- California is the country's largest agricultural producer and exporter, generating over $43 billion in revenue. Farmers in California grow more than 400 different crops and make up more than 11.3% of the national economy. Agriculture programs are necessary for the success of California's agricultural industry.
Thank you for joining me in the fight to protect agriculture as an industry and a way of life in California.
Should you have any questions, please contact my office.
Hanford Sentinel: FFA Funding Back In State Budget
HANFORD — State legislators passed a budget Sunday that includes $4.1 million for Future Farmers of America programs.
The decision, which reflected broad bipartisan support, drew kudos from an array of agricultural and political leaders in Kings County.
“I think it’s super that even the Legislature has been able to come together and see how important this really is,” said Marybeth Hearn, an agricultural instructor and FFA adviser.
Salas Bill to Save Ag Education Clears Assembly
AB 2033 clears Assembly floor with bi-partisan support
BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced today that his Assembly Bill (AB) 2033 which calls for dedicated funding to the Ag Education Incentive Grant Program passed the Assembly floor.
Salas' Fight to Save Ag Education Advances
Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced today that his Assembly Bill (AB) 2033 which calls for dedicated funding to the Ag Education Incentive Grant Program cleared the Assembly Education Committee with bipartisan support.
Salas, FFA Students Successfully Fight for Ag Education Funding
Asm. Budget Subcommittee on Education votes unanimously in favor of funding
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) today testified before the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education where he urged that $4.1 million in funding be restored to the Agriculture Education Incentive Grant Program for 2014-2015. Salas was joined at the hearing by FFA students from the 32nd Assembly District and other parts of the state to make the case for funding this program.
Asm. Salas Rallies to Save Ag Education Funding
FFA students and fellow legislators join Salas to make the case for Ag Ed funding
BAKERSFIELD - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) today rallied over a thousand Future Farmers of America (FFA) students in Sacramento at a California Ag Day press event to call attention to cuts to the Agriculture Education Incentive Grant Program.
“Tell your representatives and tell the Governor that the National blue and corn gold need their support,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Agriculture Education Programs - like FFA - grow more than crops, they grow Californians who lead and feed the nation.”
Salas Fights to Fund Ag Education
Leads statewide effort to save funding by introducing Assembly Bill 2033
BAKERSFIELD - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) met with the California Future Farmers of America (FFA) student organization leaders and introduced a bill to address the critical need for the Agriculture Education Incentive Grant Program to continue. In addition to introducing AB 2033, Salas is launching a statewide effort to urge continued funding of $4.1 million for the Agriculture Education Incentive Grant Program. The Governor's proposed budget removed this funding and as a result, California's 315 agriculture programs could be terminated.