Agricultural education teaches students about agriculture, food and natural resources. Through these subjects, agricultural educators teach students a wide variety of skills, including science, math, communications, leadership, management and technology. Currently there is a national shortage of agricultural educators: there will be hundreds of unfilled positions across the United States this year, simply because not enough students are choosing to be agricultural educators. Check out these links for more information:
We asked ag students to tell us what makes their ag instructors awesome. Here's what they said:
Mr. Miller is great because he makes ag class fun and entertaining. I always learn a lot. I want to be an ag teacher because I love ag and want to keep it in schools. - Taylor F.
He's got a big open heart, and he's an amazing, funny guy and a great teacher! - Rachel V.
He will help me whenever I need it! - Trint P.
Mr. Scisco has been a great ag teacher. He's doing a good job his first year teaching and he is willing to help anyone in his class! - Victroia C.
Mr. Scisco is new, but this year he has already proved to be an amazing and fun teacher. He makes things exciting, and I am excited to have him as a teacher! - Shya G.
Well, he is my dad, and he is great! - Johnny F.
He puts up with us. I love agriculture! I would love to teach it! - Rebecca J. Because he is in love with ag, he is easy going and very supportive of PEMFFA! - Cindy E.
He puts up with us to teach the next generation to learn about ag. - KaBice K.
Mr. Miller, you are awesome! Going from three ag teachers to one, you handled that the best! - Gabrielle R.
They inspire me to do my best! - Carly B.
She encouraged me and I want to do the same! - Alana G.
He teaches us well and helps us learn about ag. - Linsey T.
He tries his best to inform and give his students the most opportunities to learn and be active. - Dustin D.
He knows how kids work and adapts his teaching style accordingly. - Trey A.
My ag teacher is great because she puts up with my nonsense. - Nathan S.
Here's to my teachers who are just like our parents and have given us countless opportunities to cultivate our leadership skills and passion for agriculture. - Janae H.
My ag teacher is awesome because he integrates every aspect of ag. I want to be an ag teacher because education and helping others is my passion. - Brianna H.
Because he is a very great role model and teaches us the ins and outs of Ag and he influenced me to pursue a career in ag. - Andrew M.
Because we like to have fun when we learn from him. - Collin S.
My ag teacher is so great because he will not let us give up and makes us reach our goals. Thanks Mr. Hoffeditz! - Broch M.
My ag teacher is the best because he involves life lessons and meaningful teaching in his lessons. - Nathan H.
I love you Miss Kates! - Ashely O.
My ag teacher in high school was Fritz Steihnoff and he was my mentor. I'm not sure where I'd be without him. - Megan K.
My ag teacher is great because he shares life lessons with us! - Shannon M.
Hey Mr. Stewart you are the best! - Shelly P.
Mr. Crowl is always fun about teaching what he does, he draws me in and I absorb what he is talking about. He is great! - Grant H.
Ag teachers are great, because they inspire kids to reach all their agriculture opportunities. I want to lead the kids to achieve their infinite potential in any way I can. - Kelsey F.
Always having fun, no matter how dirty! - Hannah Y.
I want to inspire students, as my FFA advisor has inspired me. I want to make a positive difference. - Lindsey B.
My ag teacher has driven work ethic into each of us from 8th grade on. Although some days she can be a bit scary, she has a heart of gold and is willing to help us out when needed. She doesn't take summers off. Instead she takes us to all sorts of state competitions. Thank you Mrs. Idsinga! - Eric S.
She is super funny and nice! - Danielle C.
Mr. Long is awesome! - Alexandra P.
My ag teacher is great because he teaches his students about agriculture as best as he can. I want to be an ag teacher because I want to teach others about the importance of ag and being in FFA. - Daisy N.
My ag teachers have been amazing supports throughout my FFA and high school career. They have inspired me to become an ag teacher as well. - Haley B.
We love you because you put up with us! - Makig W.
Because through the ag program I have had a lot of good opportunities. My ag teachers are great and always try to make us a better chapter. - Meagan P.
My ag teacher has been willing to make extreme sacrifices for our chapter and personal wellbeing! - Allisa S.
Dr. Ditter has impacted my life in many ways. I have learned so many things in FFA that have changed me in positive ways to want to help others out. - Elizabeth D.
She is always there to help us! - Lydia B.
Mr. Scisco is great because he understands and wants to help kids succeed. I'd like to follow in his footsteps. - Nikkie G.
Mrs. Anema! Thank you for everything you have done for me! - Keili S.
My ag teacher, Ms. Martin is great because she inspires me to do the best I can do. I want to be an ag teacher so I can impact kids' lives as she impacted mine. - Hunter S.
Our ag teachers are great because they care about our futures and would do anything for us! - Cory V.
My ag teacher is the best of all! He cares about our developing minds and wants us to succeed! - Kirsten V.
Our ag teachers care a lot about us and treat us like their own kids. They want us to do our best and are always happy to see us succeed. I want to be an ag teacher because of my ag teachers. - Jessica M.
Mr. and Mrs. Lightfoot, you are an inspiration to all of your members. We'll always be a family, no matter where God's plans take us! Love you! - Amanda B.
Mr. Schiebol, its a great day to be alive. - Joe B.
My ag teacher is great because he helps us out on everything. - Yeseily P.
They have great activities and help us with everything to teach people about farming. - Brandon H.
My ag teacher is great because she gives me all the opportunities in the organization possible. I want to be an ag teacher because I want to give back to the students. - Adam B.
They do great things and plenty of activities to help us learn. To teach about the importance of ag! - Lane W.
She gets along with us all and teaches us good stuff. Everyone needs to know more about agriculture. - Alycia A.
Thank you for all you have done. Thank you so much, Mike Arnold. - Jennora D.
My advisor makes our chapter a familia! - Alexis A.
Mr. Hayin, thanks so much for all that you do. We love you! - Katie P.
Mr. Bonta, you are the greatest! Mr. Lobb you are the best! You have influenced me so much! - Chryslee S.
Mr. Hudson is very encouraging, positive, and funny! Absolutely Awesome! - Brody K.
Mr. Hudson from the Fruita FFA Chapter in Fruita, CO, is the best ag teacher ever!- Kayla C.
My ag teacher is great because he is funny and pushes us to excel. - Ellie F.
My ag teacher is a great ag teacher because he is fun and knows how to get us involved. - Samantha B.
I love Mr. Harvey Franklin and Chuck Michel! - Alyssa R.
Thank you, Dad, for taking me to the National FFA Convention! I love you! - Laine U.
My ag teacher inspires me to do my best and to help others when they need it! - Sarah F.
Thank you for so much you do for FFA, Mr. Arnold! Love you so much! - Tabitha T.
We love Mr. Teeple because he is a great ag teacher, he lets us have fun, but when it comes to business he's serious. - Marissa S.
Mrs. Freeman teaches me a lot of useful information. She has inspired me to be a teacher. - Sierra S.
She is great ag teacher. She is fun but strict at the same time and knows how to run a classroom. - Thomas B.
He is a fun loving person and is like a dad to us all! Thanks so much for all you do! - Katie K.
She has encouraged me to strive for the best. She has helped me be the person I am today! - Elizabeth J.
Ag teachers change the world every day through the classroom and through FFA. I can't wait to spend the rest of my life changing the world. - Zach R.
Mr. Barron is a great ag teacher because he's energetic, and he tries to do his best at teaching by trying to make everyone interested. He works hard and tries to get everyone involved. - Shiney H.
Because he is awesome and lets us go places. He has helped our chapter improve and gain potential. - Kylie D.
My ag teacher is awesome! She has taught me about leading and responsibility. I want to be an ag teacher, because I love kids and animals! - Belicia B.
Porque Senor Booth es muy fantasitco. Because Mr. Booth is fun and has great ways to teach us. An example of such is having us make movies/commercials in ag marketing for our products we designed. My dad is an ag teacher, and I have always wanted to follow in his footsteps. - Adam S.
Because she cares about ag. I like agriculture. - Greg B.
I want to be an ag teacher because it runs in the family. - Sarah S.
We love Mrs. Woolfolk, because she's always here for us. She's not just a teacher; she's one of the best friends you could ask for! - Nicole C.
He is very good with helping all of us in what we try to achieve. He makes fun activities for our group, and it helps us bond with our chapter. Overall I couldn't ask for a better class or better teacher. - Christine M.
He helps us with everything and keeps us very involved! I love working with kids and I want to be able to inform them about agriculture! - Rachael M.
I want to be an ag teacher because ag is important. My advisor is great because she pushes us to be active. - Shannon F.
She has taught me so many things and has shown me how to be a leader. She has inspired me in so many ways and has shown me her love in teaching and that makes me want to be an agriculture teacher. She is a wonderful teacher and advisor. Thank you! - Roman D.
My ag teacher is amazing because he will stay after school to help us with anything. - Kalijean W.
My ag teacher is great, because she makes every topic fun. She is always willing to help and you can talk to her about anything. I want to be an ag teacher, because I enjoy working with kids and love animals. I want to know that I have helped someone and make a difference. - Lindsay J.
We love you Mr. Mulkey & Moody! - McKenzie J.
I love you Mrs. Wright! - Holly C.
My teacher is more than a teacher. She is like a second mom. She turns our classroom into a second home and makes all of the students feel as if we are one big family. - Caitlin P.
Through my high school career I have had three different ag teachers. This has allowed me to see qualities in them, because of the differences between them I know what type of ag teacher I want to be. They have each affected me in positive ways and make me want to give others what they gave to me. - Kindall C.
My ag teacher is great because she always has us doing something educational, but fun at the same time. I want to be an ag teacher because I grew up on an ag background. Ag is a very important thing in our world and I want to teach that to young people. - Stephanie F.
I am currently a:
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Students from your program at a university enrolled in Ag Education or currently teaching:
In your opinion what is the reason students don't consider a career in Ag Education:
Distance to a university with Ag Education
Parents pressure to go a different direction
Aren't aware of the opportunities in Ag Education
Public Perception of Ag Education
Do you plan to celebrate National Teach Ag Day in your classroom this year?
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the National Teach Ag Campaign, National Teach Ag Day, and with tips and hints for encouraging your
students to become ag teachers.
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The National Teach Ag Campaign is an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). It is funded by the CHS Foundation and CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.