Agricultural day in the Capitol

As the nation’s leading agricultural state, California remains the nation’s breadbasket. By declaring March 19 Ag Day in the Capitol, the Legislature recognized the need to support this vital industry, especially during this period of prolonged drought.

Agriculture’s impact on the state’s economy cannot be overemphasized. California is the number one producer of a list of crops that is too long to reproduce here. The list includes locally grown crops such as avocados, lemons, strawberries and grapes, products that help place San Diego and Riverside in the top tier of California’s agricultural counties. 

Given the vital importance of the state’s ag industry, educating our future farmers must be encouraged and supported. Unfortunately, Governor Brown seems to be going in the opposite direction with a proposal that would curtail or eliminate the Agriculture Education Incentive Grant Program (AEIGP). This program supports 315 agricultural programs that currently enroll over 75,000 high school students statewide. 

I believe that ag education must remain an integral part of California’s school curriculum. Consequently, I recently joined 22 of my colleagues on the Legislative Rural Caucus to send a letter to Governor Brown asking for continued funding for the AEIGP. The Governor’s proposed cuts will be subjected to intense scrutiny; indeed, legislation has already been introduced to restore the funding. 

Educating future generations of California’s farmers must remain a top priority. After all, the products grown by those farmers will feed the nation and much of the world.

By Calif. State Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-75th District)

2 Responses to "Agricultural day in the Capitol"

  1. FR86   April 11, 2014 at 9:40 am

    To the Assemblywomen,

    That’s nice but what about the problems that agriculture is having NOW. I’d be more impressed with her if she described what she’s doing about the water shortage as well as reducing the tax burden on California agriculture, supporting non-corporate farmers, and controlling foreign imports effecting our states farmers and ranchers.

    I read her communications and they seem like letters from camp to your parents!

    I’d like to see results that improve our agricultural industry, not report on it’s stagnation.

    FR 86

  2. DR DR   April 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Legalization of marijuana in the State of California, which will eventually happen, would bring our state debt down by taxing it like alcohol…oops that’s right, the pharmaceutical companies are paying big bucks to stop THAT from happening.


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