The University of Illinois Agricultural Education program will be celebrating National Teach Ag Day on Thursday. To celebrate, we will be thanking all agriculture teachers throughout Illinois by sending handwritten thank-you cards for inspiring us to follow their career choice.
We will be promoting the importance of agricultural education through social media, posters, and signs scattered throughout the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Ag ed majors will highlight our program and students through TV and radio interviews. Last, the Agricultural Education Club will host a club event for all students within the College of ACES to enjoy a free ice cream social while discussing the importance of agricultural education and sharing stories about how ag ed has impacted the lives of numerous College of ACES students.
Agriculture teachers prepare students for high-demand careers in cutting-edge industries like biotechnology, renewable energies, engineering, food production and more. They also teach students how to be leaders and prepare them to take on the challenges of the next generation.
National Teach Ag Day is a day set aside to celebrate agricultural education, and for teachers to share with their students the possibilities of a career in the profession. There is a national shortage of agricultural educators in the U.S., and National Teach Ag Day is part of a campaign to raise awareness of the career.
National Teach Ag Day is a part of the National Teach Ag Campaign, an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators.
For more information about teaching agriculture, visit www.naae.org/teachag on the Internet. The National Teach Ag Campaign is funded by the CHS Foundation and CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Note to readers: Kirsten Blackford is a senior at the U of I majoring in Agricultural Sciences Education and is the Ag Ed Club president.