Agricultural education teaches students about agriculture, food and natural resources. Through these subjects, agricultural educators teach students a wide variety of skills, including science, math, communications, leadership, management, and technology.
Agricultural education is delivered through three interconnected components:
- Classroom or laboratory instruction.
- Experiential learning — Learning experiences that usually take place outside of the classroom, supervised by the agriculture instructor.
- Leadership education — delivered through student organizations such as the National FFA Organization, the National Young Farmer Education Association, National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization and others.
Many high school agriculture programs use FFA to enhance the leadership and experiential learning portions of their program. To learn more about FFA and its influence on agricultural education, visit www.ffa.org.
Katie Crowley is an Agricultural Teacher and FFA Advisor at AFSA High School. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a degree in Agricultural Education and a minor in Political Science in 2013 and has been with AFSA ever since. Katie was raised on a dairy and crop farm in Hugo, Minnesota and is dedicated to promoting agriculture through various roles including serving as a MN FFA State Officer, Princess Kay of the Milky Way, National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador and being a member of the Washington County Farm Bureau. She continues to strive to provide hands on learning opportunities for her students and educate herself on the most current agricultural practices by attending conferences and training through the National FFA Organization, the Farm Bureau, the MN and National Associations of Agricultural Educators and Briggs and Stratton just to name a few. Katie is proud to be a member of the AFSA family!