[AgEd] Fwd: Summer Ag
melonie.brinkerhoff at juabsd.org
Thu Jun 4 08:54:10 MDT 2020
Fellow Ag Teachers,
Through my service on the UAAE FFA Relations Committee and an item of constant discussion each summer, is bridging the gap and strengthening the relationship between Farm Bureau and Ag Teachers.
I am forwarding an an e-mail I have been invited to share with you from Garrick Hall of Utah Farm Bureau. We are fortunate to have their support. Please feel welcome to reach out to them if you have any questions or concerns.
Melonie A. Brinkerhoff
Juab Jr. High School Agriculture Education
melonie.brinkerhoff at juabsd.org
"Agriculture is our wisest pursuit because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
> Begin forwarded message:
> From: Garrick Hall <garrickahall at gmail.com>
> Subject: Summer Ag
> Date: June 4, 2020 at 8:20:37 AM MDT
> To: melonie.brinkerhoff at juabsd.org
> Over the past few days, I have had several people contact me about the state cutting funding for Summer Ag programs. Let me give a short update on what we at Farm Bureau have been doing about this and what we have learned. First off, we are fully supportive of Summer Ag and our FFA programs. Wade Garrett has been working closely with leadership in the Utah legislature; they have tremendous influence over what ultimately will pass. He is being assured that Summer Ag will be protected, but it will almost certainly see a temporary cut as they deal with the impacts of this recession. We are being told that the cut will be no more than 10%, probably closer to 5%. While we prefer that there is no cut to the program, we understand the reality that many state funded programs will be cut back until the economy rebounds and things get back to normal. I know that there is a recommendation circulating from the State School Board to cut several programs, including Summer Ag. That list is not coming from the legislature. We will continue to work with legislative leadership on this issue. We have great relationships with them and are confident that they will do all they can to protect the summer Ag program and the students that participate in it.
> We would ask for your patience as we work through this situation. I have heard from several people calling for mass emails and messages to be sent to legislators and education committee members. From my experience, this is not a good idea right now. Legislators always like to hear from their constituents so I would encourage you to call or text your representative and have a conversation about why the Summer Ag program is important. I would not encourage mass-contacting of legislators today. Remember that our legislators have been put in a difficult situation as our economy has slowed significantly due to COVID-19. The state cannot spend more money than they bring in, so there are some difficult decisions that need to be made. They are not our enemy; they want to do what is best for everyone. Again, I ask for your patience as we work through this.
> Feel free to contact either myself or Wade Garrett with any question or concerns.
> Garrick Hall
> Utah Farm Bureau
> garrickahall at gmail.com <>
> Wade Garrett
> Wade.garrett at fbfs.com <mailto:Wade.garrett at fbfs.com>
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