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 Signing State Budget which includes Agricultural Education Incentive Grant
On Friday, June 20, 2014 Governor Brown signed the 2014-15 State Budget, which included funding for the Agricultural Education Incentive Grant program, supporting 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 76,000 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% identify as Caucasian.
“We are encouraged by Governor Brown’s support for continued Ag Education funding in California, the leading agricultural-producing state in the nation” said Jim Aschwanden, Executive Director of the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association. “We will continue to work with the Governor and members of the California State Legislature to ensure that they understand the importance of a vibrant, sustainable agriculture industry to our state’s economy.”
“We are very grateful that so many students, parents, industry partners, and others took the time to let their legislators and the Governor know how important Ag Education programs and FFA are in positively shaping the lives of young people. We appreciate the efforts of everyone who contributed to this victory.”
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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