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Posted by: thepinetree on 01/24/2014 07:54 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 01/26/2014 08:44 AM
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California Agricultural Teachers’ Association Comments on Governor Brown’s Budget Proposal Eliminating Agricultural Education Incentive Grant

Sacramento, CA...In his 2014-15 State Budget released last week, 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.”



The California Agricultural Teachers’ Association is a professional education association, representing over 700 instructors in Agricultural Education at the Middle School through University levels in California, with headquarters located in Elk Grove, California.

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California Agricultural Teachers’ Association
P.O. Box 834
Elk Grove, CA 95759-0834


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Lost Grants
Posted on: 2014-01-25 11:08:55   By: Anonymous
 
For all the HOOPLA from our Governor last week about all the money going back in to education, and then he pulls this. Someday when we no longer have people trained to develop and grow our food, the lasting failure will be felt. Gov Jerry will be pushing up daisies by then, but our populace will be wanting for food to eat. We can fund a failure like high speed rail, but we cant find funding for education where we desperatly need it. Oh well, we'll just have to outsource to China, or south america to eat. Just like our OIL in the seventies, and we all know how that turned out. SUPPORT our Teachers, Farmers and STUDENTS or suffer the consequences.

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    Re: Lost Grants
    Posted on: 2014-01-25 12:05:58   By: Anonymous
     
    Very well put

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    Re: Lost Grants
    Posted on: 2014-01-25 12:11:54   By: Anonymous
     
    SUPPORT YOU LOCAL COUNTY FARM BUREAU, the ONLY people fighting to put food on your table!

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      Re: Lost Grants
      Posted on: 2014-01-26 13:55:50   By: Anonymous
       
      do you like big government or do you want local government?

      Governor Brown's budget changes put more decision making power for budgets at the local level. School districts that want agriculture can KEEP IT. The only thing they need to do is vote to fund it. No money is removed.

      Up until now the state would give districts money for this program and that was it - school districts had no control.

      Luckily our governor figured out local districts are perfectly capable of deciding how to budget.



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    Re: Lost Grants
    Posted on: 2014-01-28 06:19:05   By: Anonymous
     
    This is very disappointing. We are so fortunate to have a leader like Roy Beck that goes way above and beyond what is expected of him as a teacher. Ag is a good and positive program for the youth of Calaveras County to be involved in. Thank you Roy for all you do!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-01-25 16:00:22   By: Anonymous
 
This is a typical demo move

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    Re: STAND UP
    Posted on: 2014-01-25 16:12:30   By: Anonymous
     
    Does it matter who made the decision at this point, its a bonehead play. Maybe the city dwellers wont care much, but those with an ounce of brains will understand where their next meal comes from.
    Send the GOVERNOR a MESSAGE about the error of his ways!!

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      Re: STAND UP
      Posted on: 2014-01-25 16:29:37   By: Anonymous
       
      Even a lot of you "country" folks don't understand how fragile our food supply is. Maybe this deep freeze and mini drought our country is having will wake some of you up.
      Calaveras doesn't grow groceries nor are we farmers. Ranching is the thing here.
      Ag and ffa up here are for artsy fartsy transplants to feel "country". Not to many of you live off the land.


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        Re: STAND UP
        Posted on: 2014-01-25 19:04:20   By: Anonymous
         
        To the Stand up comment.....Are you kidding? You based your comment on nothing. Open your eyes and see what our local FFA programs have offered the students and what awards they have won NATIONWIDE, plus not only do they learn about Ag they learn responsiblity, dependability,public speaking,and I could keep going and going. It isn't just an AG class. It is a very well rounded education. Get involved and see what they do. Plus we have 2 of THE BEST teachers at Bret Harte. I know from getting involved and seeing what is going on..

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          Re: STAND UP
          Posted on: 2014-01-25 19:23:23   By: Anonymous
           
          Amen!! These programs teach Common Sense and all around skills, framing, interpersonal, responsibility, citizenship and more. I would rather hire a former FFA member with a B average that a pointy headed MBA with only theoretical knowledge.

          We hired someone with only book smarts to be our President. We see how that worked out

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          Re: STAND UP
          Posted on: 2014-01-28 15:26:24   By: Anonymous
           

          You all sound like ag teachers grasping for straws. Hell, we have more need for rotc to train the cannon fodder for our wars. Why are we not funding rotc?

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        Re: STAND UP
        Posted on: 2014-01-25 19:46:04   By: Anonymous
         
        you are a complete fool!What does a "Rancher",do?I will help you...raise animals,and many learned how to care for the animals through FFA.Also,I learned how to weld in FFA,which turned into a $300,000 a year career!!

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          Re: STAND UP
          Posted on: 2014-01-25 19:52:29   By: Anonymous
           
          What do you mean we aren't farmers? Do you know how much cannabis is grown here in this county?

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            Re: STAND UP
            Posted on: 2014-01-25 20:39:02   By: Anonymous
             
            "STAND UP"" comment, you are an ignorant fool who has no clue what a bounty this little county produces. Before you comment again, do your homework. It ain't just about the cattle..

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              Re: STAND UP
              Posted on: 2014-01-26 05:57:34   By: Anonymous
               
              grapes aint groceries

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          Re: STAND UP
          Posted on: 2014-01-26 02:55:58   By: Anonymous
           
          and you are a liar or a thief on the government dole if you make 300k a year welding. Ag didn't teach you specialty welding.

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          Re: STAND UP
          Posted on: 2014-01-28 06:21:45   By: Anonymous
           
          I agree my son has learned so many skills being in FFA. It's not just animals.

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        Re: STAND UP
        Posted on: 2014-01-26 08:28:43   By: Anonymous
         
        What is the agricultural employment of ranching?

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          Re: STAND UP
          Posted on: 2014-01-26 08:31:59   By: Anonymous
           
          unless you're family it is scant to zilch. They cant afford hired hands anymore and most are crying poor mouth. Watching the farm futures though corn is down and cattle are up so maybe they will hire more hands.

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        Re: STAND UP
        Posted on: 2014-01-26 22:29:05   By: Anonymous
         
        Your a complete idiot. You "city folk" dont understand that when you raise cattle, which is yes ranching, what do cows eat? HAY when you grow hay you are farming you moron, and FFA is a great oppurtunity for kids to learn how to ranch. Your a jackass move out of the area and back to san fransisco

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          Re: STAND UP
          Posted on: 2014-01-27 06:39:41   By: Anonymous
           
          Excuse us all to hell, but I haven't seen very many hay operations in Calaveras. We have watched the depletion of our forests due to out dated grazing laws. Get rid of the cattleman's association.

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            Re: STAND UP
            Posted on: 2014-01-27 08:32:06   By: Anonymous
             
            How ignorant can one person be?

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              Re: STAND UP
              Posted on: 2014-01-27 08:42:46   By: Anonymous
               
              Who ever might be ignorant, it is an honest question. Where are there any hay outfits in CC. I haul it over 88 from Nevada, some days it can be like a caravan of hay trucks.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-01-25 22:45:20   By: Anonymous
 
We have gotten so used to seeing produce in our markets year round, that most foks don't understand that ag is probably the biggest worthwhile industry in our state. This governor, the so called president and a whole lot of others would rather send our water to wet golf courses in Orange County, than to raise food! Off topic, NO, just insight of a former ag student that went through one of our ag programs, the programs that don't seem to be important to our governor! See, mr. Brown, some of us are really on to your hypocrisy!

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Urbanite Ignorance
Posted on: 2014-01-26 07:07:04   By: Anonymous
 
The urbanites have lost sight of where food as well as industrial goods come from. Products magically appear on shelves and in showrooms, packaged and delivered for their convenience. Shop classes and industrial education programs were cut years ago because of the philosophy that everyone deserves to go to college. Well, not everyone wants to go to college and work in front of a computer monitor in a sea of cubicles. Now it appears that ag classes have fallen prey to the same ignorance.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-01-26 13:38:55   By: Anonymous
 
This is one thing on which I don't agree with Gov Brown. California's rich agricultural heritage needs to be preserved.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2014-01-26 13:57:12   By: Anonymous
     
    do you like big government or do you want local government?

    Governor Brown's budget changes put more decision making power for budgets at the local level. School districts that want agriculture can KEEP IT. The only thing they need to do is vote to fund it. No money is removed.

    Up until now the state would give districts money for this program and that was it - school districts had no control.

    Luckily our governor figured out local districts are perfectly capable of deciding how to budget.

    As usual the pinetree screws up the story and makes up stuff. Knock it off pinetree, all you're doing is spreading rumors and falsehoods

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2014-01-27 09:01:35   By: Anonymous
       
      So much more is learned by the kids in these FFA classes. Making budgets for projects and keeping records to make profitable business decisions. All things I do not see in other classes at the high school. Maybe that is whats wrong with this country and why we are in the shape we are in. Young people these days don't budget they spend on credit cards then lose their homes instead of making good choices or learning these core skills. Rember what our children don't learn will ultimately ruin the future of this state and nation. Go look up how many agricultural jobs there are in this state it is mind boggling and how do you think people get interested in doing these jobs, by taking agriculture classes in high school to spike their interest. I hope Brown wakes up and makes an informed decision.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2014-01-27 10:58:24   By: Anonymous
         
        Brown already 'woke up' and made a sound decision.

        He gave the money to the local school districts and left them to decide where to spend it. Where do you think Bret Harte will spend the funds this year? Someone better get right on this or the money will go to the darn football field maintenance.

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          Re: Just Due
          Posted on: 2014-01-28 08:56:00   By: Anonymous
           
          Its time to let a few people go hungry. Its not just Calaveras, its the States biggest industry, and when its gone, you'll be at the mercy of someone who does not care much for us Californians or Americans, and we'll pay their price. BIG TIME!

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            Re: Just Due
            Posted on: 2014-01-28 09:17:56   By: Anonymous
             
            Wrong, tourism is cc's biggest industry. Ranching might be second. At any rate CC doesnt produce enough to feed squat. Might be able to promote the hell outa alcoholism with all the winos but we aren't farming groceries.

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              Re: Just Due
              Posted on: 2014-01-28 11:39:26   By: Anonymous
               
              ITS NOT JUST CALAVERAS you KNOTHEAD. This affects ALL of California and the biggest percentage of the food you eat! I hope your the first one to feel the hunger. But... maybe you can take the high speed rail to San Diego, cross the border, and get yourself something to eat, assuming Jerry's High speed rail ever gets funded. Some trade huh? Food for useless technology.

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                Re: Just Due
                Posted on: 2014-01-28 11:48:36   By: Anonymous
                 
                The biggest percentage of the food I eat is not grown in California and hasn't been for years. Neither is yours unless you live off the grid. Give that one a rest, groceries went offshore years ago. Yes some are still grown here but has nothing to do with your ag classes..

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                  Re: Just Due
                  Posted on: 2014-01-28 13:41:23   By: Anonymous
                   
                  Yeah, and that makes you a perfect example of the problem.

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                    Re: Just Due
                    Posted on: 2014-01-28 13:48:43   By: Anonymous
                     


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                    Re: Just Due
                    Posted on: 2014-01-28 13:54:36   By: Anonymous
                     
                    along with yourself obviously. No problem here, got all the groceries I need.Half the price you pay.

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