« Center Follows Journey of Nevada School Through Turnaround Process | Main | Vermont Middle School Home to State's Largest Solar Installation »

Agriculture Teachers in Short Supply in Minnesota, Nationwide

Rural schools in particular are desperate for agriculture teachers, and they're recruiting from college campuses and getting permission for teachers of other subjects to lead agriculture classes.

So what caused the decline? The story says a major reason is the state is down to only one college campus offering an agriculture education degree. And when students graduate with an agriculture background, they often go into agribusiness rather than the classroom.

"It's sometimes hard to take kids from the farm and bring them to the Twin ­Cities," said Rhonda Bonnstetter, the chairwoman of the education department at Southwest Minnesota State University, in the story. "Sometimes that's not a good fit, but it's the only one we have."

The story lacked strong national context or figures, so it made me wonder how many states were or will be experiencing this same problem. Kudos to Star Tribune reporter Kim McGuire on an interesting piece.

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.


Most Viewed on Education Week



Recent Comments