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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.

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