Promoting Agricutural Education

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National Teach Ag Day is September 22. I am currently serving as a National Teach Ag Ambassador for the National Teach Ag Campaign, representing the state of Oklahoma. As a National Teach Ag Ambassador I have made some huge realizations that I would like to share with you.

  • Being an agricultural educator doesn't mean that you will just be teaching students about agriculture. It means you will be teaching them about life.
  • Food is vital for survival. It is amazing to be able to teach kids that they can grow their own food.
  • The pay may not be as great as some other career choices. Being fresh out of college though the pay isn't that bad. Plus it's not about the income ,but the outcome.
  • I get to take everything I love about agriculture and teach what I'm passionate about and spread it to the youth.
  • I have learned about everything from the soil to the fork. It is amazing to be able to reach an audience with diverse topics.
  • I love school. Weird, I know. I have been a student for 16 years. During those 16 years I have been eager to learn more about agriculture. I never want to stop learning, and as a teacher I will continue to learn to better my students.
  • In Oklahoma, and many other states, we are losing agricultural educators faster than we can replace them. I want to be one of the people to step up, because I don't want to think of the possibility of kids not being able to have ag classes.
  • There is a group of kids that might not have someone to talk to. I want to be able to use agricultural education to show students that there are people that care about them, and I will definitely be one of those people.
  • I am going to teach agriculture and show kids that there are endless possibilities in the world for them.
  • Teach agriculture because you love it. It's a calling for many of us. Follow that passion and you will do great things.

If you have any questions about the National Teach Ag Campaign or to learn more about agricultural education, please feel free to contact me. You can contact me on any of the Raised in a Barn social media pages, or feel free to email me at cody.dawson@okstate.edu

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