FFA growing in Nebraska

The future of agriculture looks strong. Nebraska and other states like Texas, California, Georgia Missouri and Oklahoma are seeing more students interested in agriculture through FFA chapters. Today 55 percent Nebraska High Schools offer an agricultural education program.

In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Nebraska Agricultural Education State Director Matt Kreifels attributes the growth to more schools recognizing agriculture is for all students.

Nebraska has more than 66 - hundred FFA members and more than 13 - thousand students enroll in ag education courses. Kreifels says is seeing schools adding ag education programs statewide.

In the last five years, Nebraska has added 20 FFA Chapters. Today Nebraska has 150 Ag Education programs and FFA Chapters. The panhandle has added ag education programs at Banner County, Bridgeport, Chadron, Garden County, Minatare and Morrill.

With adding 3 - 5 ag education programs a year Nebraska is experiencing a shortage of ag education teachers to fill these positions and be FFA advisors. Kreifels is encouraging students to consider an exciting career in ag education.

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