The State Senate unanimously approved the Career and Technical Education budget, which includes a reduction of $138,000 from the farm management program. Agricultural Education Supervisor Craig Kleven says this could limit access to the program. “The potential for program expansion is going to be very difficult to do.” State programs, including adult farm management, are dealing with a seven percent budget cut and funding for the program were not completely used in the last biennium. “The reason some of those dollars were not used up is we had a lot of retirements in the last five years. Those instructors have 35 to 40 years of working with farmers and ranchers so naturally salaries were higher.” Kleven says the possible budget shortfall will happen when AFM if tries to expand. The issue will go to the House after crossover.
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