Thursday, Sept. 21, was a nationwide celebration for the profession of Agricultural Education. It was National Teach Ag. Day.

Thursday, Sept. 21, was a nationwide celebration for the profession of Agricultural Education. It was National Teach Ag. Day.

The Sleepy Eye Ag. teachers are continually encouraging their students to think about a career in Ag. Education. Fifteen Sleepy Eye students were “tagged” by Mrs. Hoffmann, Mr. McMullen, and Ms. Lessman. These eighth through 12th graders were given a TAGGED to Teach Ag. Certificate and t-shirt that Hoffmann designed.

All previously tagged students were invited to the Ag. room for a muffin and wore their teach Ag. t-shirts.

Last year, nationwide, there were over 89 Ag. Ed. positions that went unfilled due to the shortage of Ag. teachers. Over 300 more were filled by alternatively certified teachers in order to keep the Ag. programs open. There is a clear need for more students who are passionate about agriculture to pursue Ag. Education as a career. National Teach Ag. Day draws attention to the shortage issue and hopes to inspire students around the country to become Ag. teachers.

“Love what you do, do what you love—teach Ag!” said Mrs. Hoffmann.