Ag based education benefits displayed during tour of high school
The Madera chapter of the National Future Farmers of America Organization opened its doors to educators and politicians Thursday in hopes that the stories and work they shared will shore up support against potential changes to ag-related funding at the state level.
This year, Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to retain the $4.1 million Agriculture Education Incentive Grant program, which sets aside funds solely for ag-related programs at school districts statewide.
Madera FFA receives about $26,000 annually from that amount which, according to financial records, it uses for everything from welding fuel to farm supplies.
However, when he signed the budget, Brown indicated a desire to shift that money into school district general funds next year due to his preference for local control over education dollars...