PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Somerset County could soon see an agriculture science program in its public school curriculum. Somerset County is one of three counties in Maryland that does not offer an agriculture science curriculum for students.
The failure to offer an agriculture science program also prevents schools from offering Future Farmers of America chapters, an organization designed to further help young students develop in the area of agriculture.
House Bill 1297, an agriculture education bill, aims to bring an agriculture science program to Somerset County. If passed, the bill would require each county board of education, beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, to implement an agriculture science curriculum in at least one public high school or at least one career center in each county.
Shane King, who is president of the Somerset County Young Farmers, said he hopes to see the bill pass.
"It'd be great because agriculture is the number one industry in Maryland and it's important that we keep the future generations going and learning about it as much as they can. Educate them and encourage them to keep farming around," he said.
Leo Lawson with the Somerset County Board of Education said while the county does not presently have programs currently for students, it is on track to bring a horticulture program funded by the county and state to Somerset County Vocational School in 2019.