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Agriculture Department

DEVELOP Life-Long Learners

CREATE Academic Rigor and Relevancy
INSPIRE Student Leadership
CHALLENGE Students to be Model Citizens
Welcome Back New and Old Pirates!
Welcome to the SYHS Agriculture Department!
My name is Heather Clement and I am very excited to be teaching Agriculture Earth Science, Frosh Agriculture Social Studies and Careers and International Economics at Santa Ynez High School! This is my fourth year teaching and I hope to engage many students in the unique learning and leadership opportunities within the Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization and our high school campus.
I was born and raised on the Central Coast. After graduating from a successful agriculture program at Paso Robles High School, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agriculture Business at CSU, Chico. I obtained my teaching credential and Agriculture Specialist credential from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and am currently working on my Master's Degree in Agriculture Education. I have worked in the agriculture industry as a floral designer for the Flower Lady, a national sales assistant for Earthbound Farm Organics, a clerk at the California Mid State Fair and as a tasting room saleperson at Tobin James Cellars.
Agriculture Education has been part of my life for many years. I have traveled the state, nation and internationally as a high school and college student through the FFA and other agriculture programs. I have had the opportunity to participate in national contests in marketing and livestock evaluation, coach state finalists in public speaking and advise State FFA Officer candidates.
 Save the Agriculture Incentive Grant!
Reinstate Ag Education Funding
Contact Your Elected Officials Today!

Despite thousands of letters, including nearly 1,200 from Farm Team members alone, the proposed State Budget shifts $4.4 million of Proposition 98 General Fund money from the Agricultural Career Technical Education Incentive Grant program (ACTEIG) to the Local Control Program.

While this was certainly disappointing, it is just the beginning of the budget process and your outreach and personal stories to elected officials can make a difference!

The benefits of Agricultural Education programs are clear in that they:

  • Produce more post-secondary attendance from our high schools than the “college prep” track does
  • Are nationally-recognized models of excellence that are being duplicated in a growing number of states
  • Have over 1,285 courses that are UC/CSU approved for admission into California’s university systems
  • Have produced thousands of business and industry leaders who credit Ag Education for motivating them and developing their leadership potential

Act today and bring the importance of this matter to the attention of your elected officials! Use the following link to easily send a letter to our representatives!

Last Modified on February 3, 2014