Bill could create agriculture education programs for K-12

School children could be exposed to more agriculture-based education under a new bill making its way through the Legislature.

Senate Bill 125, sponsored by Bogalusa state Sen. Ben Nevers, would require that the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education create an agriculture education immersion pilot program. The bill also establishes a commission that will advise and make recommendations to the state superintendent and BESE regarding agriculture activities and education programs in schools.

The bill passed, without objection, in the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

“Agriculture education has not been at the forefront of many of our initiatives,” said Nevers, a Democrat. “We need to really move it forward. It is still the largest business in our state.”

He said “agri-business” is a $30 billion industry in Louisiana and farmers alone will generate $11 billion this year.

School systems would have the discretion to opt to implement the agriculture programs.

The bill awaits approval by the Louisiana House.