Under Senate Bill 2975, if a school district creates a new agriculture education program they could receive a grant to fund 100 percent of personnel costs in their first two years and 80 percent in the third and fourth years.

“Education is essential,” Bennett said. “When students are exploring different career paths, they need to know agricultural sciences is a possibility.”

This law will also add agriculture education as an area of identified staff shortage which would make scholarship money available for those who want to go into agriculture education.

Currently, only 61 percent of agriculture jobs will be filled with qualified graduates in the coming years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Let’s work together to train our future farmers,” Bennett said. “Programs like this are essential to keeping Illinois’ agribusiness growing.”


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