5 Reasons to Teach Ag

  1. Make A Difference: Agricultural Education uses a three-circle model of instruction. These are classroom and laboratory instruction, leadership development, and experiential learning. These three components help produce strong individuals who are prepared to be leaders in agriculture, business, and the industry.

  2. It’s a Community: Ag Education is very much a family group. Being an ag teacher is so rewarding because the relationships you build with other ag teachers by going to workshops, state, and national FFA convention, and other professional settings bring satisfaction and provide support when needed. Many states have mentoring programs for new ag teachers. These mentors guide you through your first few years on the job and help you become successful.

  3. Share your passion: For many FFA members, agriculture education has played a huge role in their lives. From classroom instruction to hours spent preparing and competing. As an agricultural educator, you’ll be leading the way by sharing your passion for our future because agriculture is such a broad subject. We need people with all experiences and backgrounds. All ag teachers should have is a strong work ethic, dependability, and a passion for working with young people through agriculture.

  4. Teacher Shortage: Nationally, we need more agriculture teachers. That produces a climate ripe for achieving employment immediately after college graduation. It is estimated that there will be hundreds of unfilled positions across the United States this year. Simply because not enough students are choosing to be agricultural educators.Agricultural educators are often on extended contracts, which means they get paid during the summer months and have the potential to earn a significantly higher salary than other teachers.

  5. Ag Teachers never have the same day twice: Ag teachers never have the same day twice. One day they might be in a classroom or laboratory, the next visiting students in the field, preparing teams for an FFA Career Development Event, or leading a community service activity with their FFA Chapter.

My passion and heart have always belonged to livestock. Raising livestock, breeding, showing at fairs, doing clinics with younger members have helped me to decide on a career path to teaching Agriculture. Being able to teach young people about the value of Agriculture in our country will be a dream come true!

-Taylor M. 

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