Illinois has more than 76,000 farms that cover more than 28 million acres of land. Nearly 80 percent of the state’s total land area is dedicated to farming.
Because of that, and the role agriculture plays in the state’s economy, ag education plays a vital role in rural communities across the state.
But education leaders say that there’s a severe shortage of ag teachers in Illinois.
There are nearly 320 agriculture programs in high schools across Illinois, helping drive students to careers in ag-related business and science.
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