Additionally, the project will determine the resources required to sustain a clearinghouse for national youth farm safety and education curriculum, state certification requirements and testing.
Latest announcement builds on previous efforts
NIFA made the award through the Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification Program, which was established in 2001.
Agricultural education is an important part of an individual's career and technical education. As such, it needs to provide instruction that leads to industry-recognized credentials. In addition, vocational agricultural program curricula need to be aligned with current career standards and curricula that integrate agricultural safety and health, USDA said.
"Working on the farm or ranch is hard work, and it can also be dangerous," said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in a statement regarding the announcement. "By working together, we can be sure that young people in rural America have the opportunity to reap the many benefits of helping out on the farm, while also staying safe."
More information is available at: www.nifa.usda.gov.