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Source: Missouri Cattlemen's Association news release

The Missouri Senate today passed HB 1189 with a bipartisan 29 to zero vote. The legislation requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to develop a high school graduation policy that allows agricultural or career and technical education courses to satisfy certain subject-specific graduation requirements.

Missouri Cattlemen's Association (MCA) President Jim McCann said this is yet another bill supported by MCA to strengthen agricultural education in Missouri and empower youth interested in agriculture.

"Last year, MCA supported legislation that embraces youth working on farms and ranches and another bill that helps to keep career and technical education vibrant in Missouri. This bill is another step in the right direction," said McCann.

"Agricultural courses incorporate science, math and other subject matters into practical and technical application."

The bill was sponsored by Rep. David Wood (R-58) and led in the senate by Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-6). The legislation now goes to Governor Jay Nixon for consideration. McCann encourages Governor Nixon to sign the legislation.

"This bill is good policy," he said. "It only makes sense that DESE recognize agricultural and career and technical education as vital components of high school's in Missouri.

We commend Representative Wood for bringing this legislation forward and urge Governor Nixon to quickly sign the bill into law."

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