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September 21
National Teach Ag Day Celebrates Current and Future Teachers

By: Eric Moser 

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Happy National Teach Ag Day to all current, previous and future agriculture teachers out there!

Today marks the eighth annual National Teach Ag Day, which is a celebration through the National Teach Ag Campaign. National Teach Ag Day was created to help celebrate current agriculture teachers, to promote the profession and to encourage students to pursue a career as an agriculture teacher. ​

The National Teach Ag Campaign is an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education, and is managed through the National Association for Agricultural Educators. 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is able to operate because of our  sponsors: DuPont Pioneer, CHS Foundation, BASF and Growth Energy. The campaign’s mission is to raise awareness of the need to recruit and retain quality and diverse agriculture teachers. They also strive to encourage others to teach agriculture and to celebrate the positive contributions that agriculture teachers make in their schools and community.​

Agriculture teachers are the formal instructors of agricultural education in secondary schools; which teaches students about many subjects including agriculture, food and natural resources. They play a huge role in the industry, as they are able to work with a wide variety of students and help shape the next generation of leaders in agriculture.

Currently, there is a high demand for agriculture teachers from a combination of new positions being created, and teachers retiring, moving schools, or leaving the profession. This demand is currently exceeding the amount of newly licensed agriculture education students, which has caused programs to either close or to be filled with an alternatively certified or non-licensed teacher. 

Although there is this large demand for teachers, the campaign still takes time to recognize the 12,300+ teachers currently teaching through events like National Teach Ag Day. 

So for any of you who have ever been in an agricultural classroom, or know an agriculture teacher, I encourage you to show them your appreciation for all they do! Agriculture teachers play many roles inside and outside of the classroom, and take on many responsibilities to help educate others about agriculture. ​

Eric Moser is a Michigan State University student in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education and serving as a National Teach Ag Ambassador and is a past GreenStone scholarship recipient


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