Bill in Legislature Would Start Agriculture Literacy Panel

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Nebraska lawmaker wants to make sure that schools are teaching children about agriculture and how food gets to their plates.

Sen. Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids says an Agriculture Literacy Task Force should be created to study whether agriculture plays an adequate role in school curriculum.

Her bill would set up a nine-member panel to study the issue. It is up for debate Tuesday in the Legislature's Agriculture Committee.

The Nebraska Board of Education and one of the people who would
be on the task force, however, oppose the measure.

Commissioner of Education Roger Breed says he understands the idea but thinks the issue is already being addressed as part of
changes to the state's social studies curriculum that will increase
the focus on agriculture

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