MANHATTAN, Kan. – In support of the more than 11,500 Kansas agriculture education students and the 208 instructors in 176 schools who teach them, Governor Brownback recently signed a proclamation declaring September 25 as Kansas Teach Ag Day.
The field of agriculture education that serves approximately one million students nationwide is experiencing a national shortage of teachers. Kansas Teach Ag Day, in conjunction with National Teach Ag Day, celebrates current teachers and encourages current students to focus on the opportunities and potential of agriculture education as a highly rewarding and extremely valuable career choice.
“Pursuing agriculture education as a field of study and professional career is highly rewarding for both the teacher and students,” said Kansas State Department of Education Agriculture Education Program Consultant and Kansas FFA Advisor, Kurt Dillon. “We need and encourage passionate and dedicated teachers to prepare today’s youth to work in the highly technical and continually evolving agriculture industry.”
Kansas agriculture education provides experiential classroom learning, opportunity for National FFA Organization membership and participation as well as supervised agriculture experiences to all students. The combination of this three-part model ensures a steady supply of young professionals to meet the growing demands in the science, business and technology fields of agriculture.