Supporting Today’s Youth to Become Tomorrow’s Leaders in Agriculture

Learn why agricultural education is critical to the success of the next generation of farmers and ranchers.

If you’re unsure of how important agricultural education is to the continued success of our nation’s agriculture industry, consider this: according to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, 97 percent of the 2.1 million farms across the country are family-owned and operated. On those farms, the average age of principal operators is 58.3 years old, which means retirement is likely on the horizon—and that’s where the next generation comes into play.

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Agricultural Education Goes Far Beyond the Classroom

As students and teachers head back to school, now is the perfect time to discuss the importance of agricultural education

School is back in session and so is agricultural education. Many students will participate in The National FFA Organization (FFA) and 4-H – two nationwide programs that provide young people the chance to interact with agriculture in a focused and guided format. FFA bases their ag education programs on a three-component model.Read More

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