OWEGO (WBNG) -- The Ag in the Classroom program brings agricultural education into local classrooms.
The pilot program began in January at five school districts across the 52nd Senate District, reaching close to 7,000 students.
According to State Senator Fred Akshar, the expansion will add five additional school districts, bringing the total number of participating schools to ten.
With the expansion, Owego-Apalachin and Windsor school districts will receive $350,000 to build new Agricultural Education Labs.
"We think it's a perfect fit for our community and for Upstate New York, and obviously with the support of the Senator to provide us some extra funds to expand this program, we think has got great potential for us," Owego-Apalachin Superintendent of schools Corey Green said.
Owego-Apalachin Middle School currently has a aquaponics lab. They plan to expand the room and add a greenhouse and more aquaponics with the funding.