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Students speak out on ag education

Published On: Feb 14 2014 08:54:10 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 14 2014 09:03:01 PM CST
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

Red Bluff High School students spoke out today about Governor Brown’s budget proposal eliminating the agricultural education incentive grant.

The students were able to voice their concerns to representatives from Senator Jim Nielsen’s office.

Students said they have benefited greatly from this grant.

"Agriculture is the future of America Without agriculture, California would not be the state it is today," said Mikayla Moore, a student who benefits from the program.

About 300 students take part in the agricultural program.

Students said the skills they have learned are crucial to their future.

"I’ve learned a lot about agriculture and I’ve learned a lot about how to interact with people," said Moore.

"These kids are learning how to be future leaders not only for our state but for our leading industry that feeds the world," said Lauren Stroud, a teacher at the high school.

Students voiced their opinions and also showed the reps from Nielsen’s office what the grant has provided, including a barn with pigs, horses and cows.

Jim Nielsen’s representatives encouraged the students to stand up for what they believe in and encouraged students to write to the Governor and explain the importance of the grant.

" I would tell him that no student should be robbed a proper agricultural education," said Moore.