A bill establishing young farmer apprenticeship programs at BOCES has passed the New York State Assembly.
Congresswoman Marianne Buttenchson sponsored the bill to create programs that would teach kids the necessary skills to work in agriculture.
“As we continue to battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I’m constantly reminded of the importance of our nation’s food security and am so grateful for the tireless hours farmers and ranchers put in every day to supply us with healthy, affordable food,” said Buttenschon.
The programs would need to be approved by the BOCES board of education, and would allow students to get hands-on experience at local farms and other agricultural organizations.
“While agriculture is a backbone industry in New York State, our farming community is aging and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to attract young people to the industry. This bill will help recruit new farmers and young people as well as help secure the future of our state’s farming communities,” Buttenschon added.
The bill will now move to the New York State Senate.