Thursday, February 12, 2015

New Hampshire Agricultural Education License Plate

From the latest NH Farm to School newsletter:

New Hampshire House Bill 688-FN details the creation of a new license plate where proceeds support agricultural education throughout the state. Funds raised will be divided equally into 4 parts as follows:

1. NH Agriculture in the Classroom (increase student awareness about the food, fiber and fuel systems critical to their everyday lives - provide educators with curricula which teaches core curriculum concepts using agricultural topics - provide field trips, teacher workshops, resources, etc.)

2. NH FFA Foundation(a national leadership organization for students involved in the science, business and technology of agriculture - develops students' potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education - scholarships, training programs, career development events, etc.)

3. NH Farm to School Program(supports healthy eating and healthy food choices in schools by providing training to schools and farmers on the procurement of local foods for school meal programs and other institutions- school garden workshops and resources–regional and state wide events and conference)

4. Classroom Grant Program(funds will be made available through a competitive application process for classrooms, municipal groups and nonprofit organizations to develop agriculturally related projects such as school gardens and hydroponic systems)

Agricultural Education is critical to the future of New Hampshire as it effects everyone on a daily basis. Regardless of age, health, financial status or home environment, we all share the need for food, clothing, fuel and shelter. Without investing in today's students, we will have trouble meeting future demand as the populations grows.

The complete bill can be found here.

If you are interested in supporting this bill, please add you name to this petition.