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A growing need for more agriculture teachers

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Photo Courtesy of Illinois FCAE

Demand is increasing for agriculture teachers in Illinois.

Dean Dittmar, who coordinates an Illinois Board of Education project called Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE), tells Brownfield that was a recurring theme in their 2022 Ag Food and Natural Resources Education Report.

“Last year was an all-time high for demand. 139 schools across the state had a vacancy for an agriculture teacher.”

He says 374 schools are offering agriculture courses, an increase of 4% on the year and nearly 40,000 students are enrolled in ag classes, up 12%.

A growing need for more agriculture teachers