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

Thursday, Sept. 20 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. Fourteen Sleepy Eye students were TAGGED by Ag. teachers and FFA Advisors, Mary Hoffmann and Nathan McMullen. These 8th to 12th graders were given a TAGGED to Teach Ag. T-shirt that Hoffmann designed.

Last year, nationwide, there were over 70 Ag. Education positions that went unfilled due to the shortage of Ag. teachers. Over 450 more were filled by alternatively certified teachers or non-licensed individuals in order to keep the Ag. programs open. Even though there is a shortage of Ag. teachers, there were 216 new Ag. positions added to the profession due to the interest by students and schools.

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 and Mr. McMullen.