Love Ag? Teach Ag!

By Cassie Olson

LOUISVILLE — Want to share your passion for agriculture for the rest of your life? How about travel, not just within your own state, but nationally and internationally, as well? Agricultural educators never have the same day twice, and that is something the 2014-2015 National Teach Ag Ambassadors are happy to tell you about. Continue reading

CHS Announces $1.5 Million Gift for FFA and Agricultural Education

Thursday was already going to be a great day — we were celebrating National Teach Ag Day – but it was made even better with a major announcement that will benefit FFA and agricultural education for years to come.

CHS, a global agribusiness involved in energy, grains and foods owned by U.S. farmers, ranchers and cooperatives, announced during National Teach Ag Day celebrations in Minneapolis a substantial, multi-year gift to the National FFA Foundation.  Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons to Teach Agriculture

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Thinking about becoming an agriculture teacher? Here are the Top 5 reasons:

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 a FFA Career Development Event, or leading a community service activity with their FFA Chapter.

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Teach Ag Day 2013: A Letter to FFA Advisors

The following is a letter from the staff of the National FFA Organization to FFA advisors and agricultural educators.

Dear FFA Advisors,

TAG-day-13-largeGood morning. As you all know, today is National Teach Ag Day. It’s a special day for all of us involved in agricultural education as we shine the spotlight on you.

We at the National FFA Organization want you to know that you are highly appreciated, valued and deeply respected for all that you do to teach, mentor and support our future leaders. We applaud your dedication as an educator, the hours that you invest to shape the lives of our students and your commitment to helping students achieve their maximum potential.

Our students are our future and we honor your work to prepare students to take on the challenges of the next generation.

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Clay Sapp: Thank You to Agriculture Teachers Everywhere

National FFA President Clay Sapp stands with Wells FFA (Nevada) advisor Chance Crain.

National FFA President Clay Sapp stands with Wells FFA (Nevada) advisor Chance Crain.

by Clay Sapp

A few weeks ago the National FFA Officer Team got to hang out at our homes for little bit after some time on the road. What a reminder it was for me that school is in full swing for most of us across the country!

My dad is the agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at my local high school and it seemed the whole week I was home that he was swamped. From bailing hay at the school land lab to registering members for an upcoming leadership conference, he had his hands full. Of course to him that was all perfectly normal.

As an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, he has mastered teaching daily, working with FFA members outside of school hours and managing to maintain his own farm. Does this sound familiar? I would guess that many us of have an FFA advisor or two that has constantly gone above and beyond what is in their written job description duties to serve us as agricultural education students and FFA members. Continue reading

Officer 2 Officer: Celebrating National Teach Ag Day

National Teach Ag Day is September 26, 2013 and we’re proud to join with the National Association of Agricultural Educators to celebrate the occasion and endorse agricultural education as a profession. We put together a blog post on the subject last week, and now here’s National FFA President Clap Sapp talking about why agriculture educators are so important in the latest Officer 2 Officer video.

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National Teach Ag Day: Sept. 26, 2013

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Three critical components make up the experience of any of the more than half-million FFA members nationwide: agriculture classroom instruction, supervised agriculture experiences and the FFA chapter. It’s better known as the three-circle model, and it prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

That model would completely fall apart if one integral ingredient wasn’t there: the agriculture teacher. Currently there is a national shortage of agricultural educators at the secondary level. 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.

Filling that need is exactly why the National Association of Agriculture Educators (NAAE) is hosting National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 26, 2013.

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Seeing the light come on…

In honor of Teach Ag Day, we’ve invited a few of the former Ag teachers we have on staff at the National FFA Center to tell us what makes teaching ag such a rewarding experience. Here are some thoughts from Kevin Keith, Local Program Success Specialist.

Kevin is from Northwestern Wisconsin and graduated from Bruce High School in 1974 where he was actively involved in Vocational Agriculture and the FFA for four years.  He served as an agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Denmark School in Denmark, WI for seven years. During his years as Ag Ed Instructor and FFA advisor the Denmark FFA Chapter grew to more than 470 members and the FFA Alumni grew to over 600 members. He also served as State Agricultural Education Consultant in Wisconsin for 11 years before joining the National FFA Organization in 1996.

My favorite memories of teaching agriculture come from the times I worked with students on new concepts or information, especially when they had trouble understanding or making that “thing” work properly.

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Why Teach Ag?

In honor of Teach Ag Day, we’ve invited a few of the former Ag teachers we have on staff at the National FFA Center to tell us 

what makes teaching Ag such a rewarding experience. Below are some thoughts from Jim Armbruster,Senior Relations Specialist.

During his career, Jim taught agricultural education in Marana and Yuma Arizona, spending 19 years as a classroom teacher. Jim earned his Bachelor of Science (1979) and Master of Science (1992) degrees at the University of Arizona.


Jim and Cindy have been married for 27 years, raising 4 children of their own and providing a safe home for four additional foster children.  All of the children raised in the Armbruster family have been or are active members of the National FFA Organization, with the exception of his 5 year old granddaughter–she’s too young, unfortunately, but is off to a good start raising horses and hedge hogs of her own!

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Teacher by Choice, not by Chance!

In honor of Teach Ag Day, we’ve invited a few of the former Ag teachers we have on staff at the National FFA Center to tell us what makes teaching ag such a rewarding experience. Here are some thoughts from Dale Crabtree, Director of the Convention and Events Management Division.

Dale is from Southwestern Arizona and graduated from Kofa High School in 1974 where he was actively involved in Vocational Agriculture and the FFA for four years.  He served as an agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Antelope Union High School in Wellton, AZ for eighteen years. During that time, the program evolved from a straight production agriculture program to a diversified agricultural business/college preparatory program.

As a former teacher of agriculture, I have truly grown to appreciate what each and every one of you does on a daily basis. I would hope that all of you know what powers you have, the powers to impact the lives of individuals who will guide the future of not only agriculture but also the world. It is critical that each of us realize that you truly do change lives of young people! Remember, we are a teacher by choice not by chance.

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