Teach Ag Ed

Why Teach Agriculture?

Ag teachers never have the same day twice. One day they might be in a classroom or laboratory, the next visiting students in the field, preparing teams for a FFA Career Development Event, or leading a community service activity with their FFA Chapter. Demand for agriculture teachers is much higher than the current and projected supply.

  • Teach by doing
  • Share your passion for agriculture
  • Create hands-on learning experiences
  • Connect with all students, including those who might not be successful in a traditional classroom
  • Teach about cutting-edge topics, biotechnology, satellite mapping, biofuels, alternative energy, and more.
  • Travel in-state, nationally, and even internationally.
  • Work with new and emerging technology from agribusiness companies.
  • Attend state and national FFA Conventions for life

Agricultural educators are often on extended contracts, which means they get paid during the summer months and have the potential to earn a significantly higher salary than other teachers.

How do I become an Ag Teacher?

Kansas State University

Fort Hays

Meet the 2021-22 Teach Ag Students of Kansas (TASK) Force Representatives

Cyla Gardner • East Central District

Corley Becker • North Central District

Mason Prester • Northeast District

ReAnna Dunlap • Northwest and Southwest districts

Colt Hahn • South Central District

Cara DeTar • Southeast District

2020-21 School Year
  • 229 schools offering agricultural education courses
  • 269 agriculture teachers
  • 560 Agriculture related pathways are taught in Kansas High Schools
2019-20 Summary Highlights
  • 45 agriculture teacher changes from 2019-20 to 2020-2021
  • 30 new teachers were welcomed into the Ag Ed profession in 2020-21
  • 6 ag teachers retired in May, 2020
  • 23 ag teachers left the ag teaching profession for non-retirement reasons
  • 9 schools added agriculture courses
  • 18 teachers were hired with non-traditional certification

For more information, view:

K-State Ag Ed Statistics
  • 20 projected agricultural education graduates for May 2021
  • Average starting teacher salary – $41,474
  • 100% placement for Ag Ed graduates
Fort Hays Ag Ed Statistics
Ag Education Best Career Ever