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Posted on Apr 12, 2021 in Audio, Editorial, Featured, Your Texas Agriculture Minute




Help wanted: Ag science teachers

By Gary Joiner

The number of job postings for ag science teachers across the state is drawing some attention.

The list on the website of the Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas is long. There are nearly 70 school districts seeking applicants.

Word is that teacher attrition this year is higher than normal, and the large number of job postings seems to reflect that.

Open positions include traditional ag science courses, as well as specialties in floral design, ag mechanics, technology and welding, among others. Those positions also include FFA advisor duties.

Ag science teachers empower students to be their best in life, in leadership and in future careers.

These classrooms also teach valuable skills. Jobs and careers are available in the marketplace for these students.

There’s concern that districts may eliminate some ag science classes if the positions can’t be filled.

Let’s hope not. That would be a big loss for students and for Texas agriculture.

The preceding commentary is brought to you by Texas Farm Bureau, the “Voice of Texas Agriculture.” Called “Your Texas Agriculture Minute,” TFB will issue thought-provoking editorials each week—via print and audio—to spark understanding of agriculture in the Lone Star State and its impact on each and every Texan.

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