Sustaining FFA: Become an ag teacher

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Currently we are facing a nationwide shortage of agriculture teachers. It is estimated that there will be hundreds of unfilled positions across the United States this year affecting thousands of students. Unfortunately, in many local school systems, agricultural education is not even being offered due to the lack of highly qualified and motivated agriculture teachers. You can help!

In order to maintain, expand and develop new agriculture programs, a quality supply of agriculture teachers is needed. We must work together to support the advancement of agricultural education and elevate the important role that agriculture teachers provide in their schools and communities.

The National Teach Ag Campaign continues to inspire students like Rebecca French, a senior agricultural education major at the University of Kentucky: “I want to be an agriculture teacher because I want to have an impact and make a difference in the lives of others.”

Through a collaborative effort with Collegiate FFA, the National Teach Ag Campaign was able to take part in the National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassadors training seminar. This year 19 ambassadors will help carry the message of the current shortage of agriculture teachers. This is just one of many initiatives that will address the teacher shortage and help more people enter the profession. The campaign also shares stories from real-life agriculture teachers to give prospective teachers an accurate idea of the joys and concerns that they might face if they enter the profession.

Individuals can support this initiative and even make their gift in honor of an agriculture teacher by clicking here.