Statement of Purpose
The California Agricultural Teachers' Association was formed in 1920. The purpose of the organization is to promote and improve the teaching of agriculture in California and to foster the welfare of those engaged in this work.
Comments on Governor Brown’s Budget Proposal Eliminating
Agricultural Education Incentive Grant
In his 2014-15 State
Budget released the week of January 13, Governor Brown proposed the complete
elimination of funding for the Agricultural Education Incentive Grant,
which supports high quality Agricultural Education standards in our public
schools. This grant program is
designed to provide matching funds for districts who commit to meeting
state-approved program standards in Ag Education, including classroom
instruction, supervised agricultural experience projects, and leadership
training through the Future Farmers of America (FFA) student organization.
The Agricultural Education Incentive Grant currently supports local Ag Education programs and FFA activities in over 300 high schools statewide, with over 74,000 students enrolled in programs offered in a wide variety of urban, suburban, and rural settings. Students enrolled in these programs are representative of California’s social and ethnic diversity, with Hispanic students making up 51% of current Ag Education enrollment, while 35% are White.
“We are extremely disappointed that Governor Brown has proposed eliminating Ag Education funding in California, the leading agricultural-producing state in the nation” said Jim Aschwanden, Executive Director of the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association. “These programs are vital if we expect to attract bright, talented, and innovative students to help meet the many challenges facing both agriculture and the state of California over the next several decades. The elimination of support for high quality, rigorous program standards sends a clear message to schools that agriculture and these programs are not important for the future of our state economy. We think this is a terrible mistake.”
2014 Annual CATA Summer Conference - San Luis Obispo, CA
June 22 - 26 -- CATA Summer Conference
June 24 - Farm Show and Idea Show
June 26-28 - AgriSkills Sessions
The support you have shown for Agricultural Education programs in California will ensure that students interested in agriculture will have opportunities to participate in activities that foster their leadership and personal development. California’s agricultural heritage as well as its’ impact on our state’s economy must be understood and appreciated by our youth. Thanks for being part of this effort!
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