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Agriculture Education Bill Stalled by Committee


A bill that would require students in New York to have agricultural instruction has been voted down by the State Assembly’s Education Committee.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman John Lemondes, would require some form of agricultural instruction be taught to elementary, middle, and high school students across the state.

Lemondes is blaming Democrats for the bill’s failure, saying in a statement “this is a shameless move that exemplifies the horrors of one-party rule in our state.”

He adds that he’ll continue to fight for the bill, which has been held for consideration by the education committee, to become law.

“This is a shameless move that exemplifies the horrors of one-party rule in our state. An idea as benign and beneficial as teaching public school children the importance of agriculture and conservation is not allowed to see the light of day in Albany,” said Lemondes. “It’s a cowardly move for Democrats to kill ideas before they see the light of day rather than be on record voting against them in the full house.”

“Agriculture is our largest and most precious industry in New York, yet farmers are taken for granted. We need to do everything we can to usher in the next generation of farmers and conservationists and attract young people to this crucial industry – that’s exactly what this legislation will do. Regardless of today’s outcome, I will continue to fight for this to become law,” Lemondes finished.

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