September 21, 2017 is National Teach Ag Day; a day to celebrate the impact agriculture educators make in their schools and communities. Agriculture teachers are key to developing essential life skills in students so that they will be successful problem solvers, leaders, entrepreneurs, and agriculturalists.
On this special day, Winrock International honors our outstanding volunteers who make a global impact through agriculture education and training. Winrock volunteers work with farmers, agribusinesses, education and extension providers, and other beneficiaries to promote sustainable improvements in the agricultural sector. Many of our volunteers are professional ag educators who donate their time outside of work to improve the lives and livelihoods of people around the world. Since the beginning of the Farmer-to-Farmer program, Winrock has engaged over 600 agriculture educators as volunteers.
“Being an agriculture teacher is a life-changing career choice,” said Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Project Director. “Everyday agriculture teachers have the opportunity to make a difference, reach the unreachable, mentor and inspire…. I can’t think of anything more satisfying or deserving of a national day to celebrate.”
A sincere thank you to the agriculture educators who contribute valuable time and skills to our volunteer programs, you truly make a difference!