Why is the number of agriculture teachers shrinking?

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Minnesota Agriculture Education Leadership Council chief Sarah Dornink tells the Star Tribune that one of the big things making it hard to recruit and retain agriculture teachers -- a declining resource in this state -- is that agribusiness keeps luring them away:

“When you graduate from college with debt, it’s hard to say no to a $55,000 salary, a company truck and a cellphone."

You can also read the full story here.

(You may also remember coverage here of the changing demographics of University of Minnesota ag students. The Strib article touches a bit on efforts to adapt to that, too.)


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