PLAINVIEW, Minn. — As part of National FFA Week the Minnesota FFA Foundation is shining a spotlight on the Teach Ag Minnesota initiative, an alliance between several organizations to assist students in becoming agriculture teachers. The initiative highlights the numerous options available for those who choose to pursue a career in agricultural education.
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.
Unfortunately, the field of Agricultural Education is in short supply of teachers. According to the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), while agricultural classes can be found at schools across the nation, a lack of instructors is one of the reasons why more middle and high school students do not have access to an agricultural education.
Opportunities exist at the middle, high school and post-secondary levels. Agriculture teachers are unique in that they work in many environments outside the traditional classroom. They provide students with a variety of hands-on learning activities, including lab-based projects and agricultural experiments. In the classroom, students might cover topics such as agricultural cloning, plant growth and satellite mapping methods.
For additional information regarding opportunities within the field of agricultural education, follow the Teach Ag Minnesota initiative on Facebook @TeachAgMinnesota and LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/teach-ag-minnesota.
— Minnesota FFA Foundation
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