Students from Union High School listen as Jeff Dierking, Missouri Department of Conservation private land conservationist, talks about the importance of natives in the landscape.

Agricultural Education combines interests in agriculture, working with people, shaping the next generation’s understanding of agriculture and its role in society, and using  communication and human relation skills to obtain leadership roles in many agricultural industries.  The degree program is individualized by choosing between two degree options – teaching or leadership. Some agricultural education careers include Agriculture teachers, Public Relations Specialist, and Youth Specialist. As an Agriculture teacher, graduates work for both public schools and adult education programs. They are responsible for teaching their students about the many facets of agriculture – from crops and livestock to economics and marketing – and how that system provides the food we eat.  As Public relations specialists graduates work for a variety of private companies and non-profit organizations. They are responsible for communicating messages about their company’s products or their organization’s cause to the public. They utilize various media, such as radio, television and print publications, to accomplish their goals.  As Youth specialists graduates work for non-profit groups such as 4-H, as well as outreach and extension services. They are responsible for developing educational programs for youth in their area. 

Photo by Kyle Spradley, CAFNR Marketing and Communications