High school career and technical ag education programs recently received a boost from the House of Respresentatives The House of recently passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century. The measure reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. AFBf director of congressional relations RJ Karney says this is vital legislation for the future of Ag businesses.
The bill provides career and technical education plus post-high school job training and retraining, all of which are necessary to build a skilled workforce. Skilled workers are as necessary in rural America as they are in urban areas.
He says the programs in the Perkins Act are well-rounded ag education programs, covering areas like horticulture, forestry, as well as plant and animal sciences. American Farm Bureau will be working to educate senators on benefits the legislation brings to rural communities.
Again, RJ Karney is the director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C.