Agricultural education teaches students about agriculture, food and natural resources. Through these subjects, agricultural educators teach students a wide variety of skills, including science, math, communications, leadership, management, and technology.
Agricultural education is delivered through three interconnected components:
Classroom or laboratory instruction.
Experiential learning — Learning experiences that usually take place outside of the classroom, supervised by the agriculture instructor.
Leadership education — delivered through student organizations such as the National FFA Organization, the National Young Farmer Education Association, National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization and others.
Many high school agriculture programs use FFA to enhance the leadership and experiential learning portions of their program. To learn more about FFA and its influence on agricultural education, visit www.ffa.org.
High School Ag Teacher
My passion for agriculture began from a young age through helping with chores on my family's beef and crop farm in East Bethel. Paired with my passion for education fostered by my grandmother (an elementary teacher for 40 years!), agricultural education is the best blend of what I love. This led me to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to study AgEd, graduating in 2020. I taught for 3 years in rural Minnesota before joining the AFSA team in 2023. I firmly believe that every student is capable of success, whatever that looks like for them individually. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my cat, Domino, seeing local theater productions with my siblings, and cheering on gopher sports.