We need a high supply of well trained and qualified teachers that will aid in growing agricultural education across the country.
The facts and figures show the decrease in agricultural teachers available to fill open positions, but what about the personal cost of not filling an agricultural education position?
The actual lives that have been inspired because of these teachers are the living proof of the importance of this career area.
It’s about the students who say that their agricultural teachers know more about them than their parents do.
The students that say before their agricultural teachers, they did not believe in themselves.
It’s about the students who say that their agricultural teachers are the reason they did not drop out of high school.
Agricultural teachers do more than change your way of thinking.
They transform your life.
There are many inside jokes and memories that end with “only in Ag”, but the truth is, in your agriculture class you learn servant leadership, in your agriculture class you learn about your surroundings, in your agriculture class you have a teacher who puts in hours and hours of work to see you succeed.
I stumbled into my agriculture class on accident, but I stayed on purpose because I quickly grasped the value it and my teacher were going to have in my life.
I know that the phrase “only in AG” will ring throughout our state, our country, and this world for a very long.