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National Teacher Appreciation Week, celebrated May 5-10, is a reminder to show our gratitude for the patience and dedication teachers show every day. This appreciation is especially important for ag educators, who are inspiring a new generation about the agriculture industry. As part of CHS Foundation efforts to develop ag leaders for life, we recognize the important role ag teachers play in the future of our industry by proudly supporting the National Teach Ag Campaign.

“The Teach Ag Campaign has been one of our most successful partnerships,” says Nanci Lilja, president, CHS Foundation. “The project has grown dramatically since it started in 2013 and is making a real impact on teachers and students.”

To help address the shortage of qualified ag teachers, the National Teach Ag Campaign promotes ag education as a career choice and helps support and retain current ag teachers. That hard work is paying off with more students choosing to become ag teachers.

“The number of agricultural education majors is up by 1 percent and the number of new graduates accepting teaching positions is at the highest level ever at 75 percent,” says Ellen Thompson, project director, National Teach Ag Campaign. “I’m blown away by their enthusiasm and energy. They’re going to be amazing, life-changing teachers!”

To learn more about this and other programs the CHS Foundation supports to develop ag leaders, visit chsfoundation.org.