Agriculture education in our secondary schools continues to be a high priority for New York State. With looming projections of teacher shortages both statewide and throughout the nation, coupled with Cornell’s elimination of the Department of Agriculture Education and termination of its teacher certification program, New York agriculture education and FFA are at a crisis situation that must be addressed!
Please take a moment to visit the link below. Thank you to our local Farm Bureau partners, with special thanks to Tioga County President Kevin Frisbie, and agriculture educators Michele Kline and Vicky Gregory, for their advocacy on our behalf. Your comments as captured by reporter Christopher Feaver were are spot-on!
See the story at www.pressconnects.com and search for agriculture education and then the story titled “Ag education a missed opportunity, area farmers say”.
New York Farm Bureau’s annual meeting is just around the corner and our next state legislative session is just weeks away. Please keep in mind opportunities to connect with industry leaders, key stakeholders, government officials, and media avenues to advocate for agriculture education, FFA and our high school programs.
Together we can effectively create a new attractive and viable teacher certification pathway in agriculture education for New York; our students who want to become part of our teaching profession in agriculture deserve this opportunity!
Our SUNY colleges are some of the best in the nation; New York agriculture students should NOT have to leave New York to pursue a teaching degree in agriculture! SUNY colleges of agriculture, such as Cobleskill and Morrisville, provide an ideal setting to teach agriculture at the post-secondary level as well as recruit, train, and promote the next generation of high school agriculture educators. The time to get this done is now!
Please promote agriculture education and the creation of a new certification pathway at SUNY Cobleskill and/or SUNY Morrisville at every opportunity!
Keith Schiebel, VVS FFA