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Northwest Missouri State University

Student Spotlight

May 29, 2014

Northwest student selected for Teach Ag Ambassador program

Emily Reed

Emily Reed

Northwest Missouri State University student Emily Reed, a senior agriculture education major Pleasant Hill, is one of 12 future agriculture teachers who will spend the next year promoting the agricultural education profession as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign ambassador program.

Students are selected from a nationwide pool of agricultural education college students, through an application and interview process. The 2014 Teach Ag Ambassadors will have the responsibility of encouraging high school students enrolled in agricultural education programs to consider becoming agriculture teachers at the 2014 National FFA Convention Oct. 29 through Nov. 1 in Louisville, Ky. 

The ambassadors also will work with their states to develop plans to promote the recruitment and retention of agriculture teachers.

“To be selected to be a national Teach Ag ambassador is a huge honor,” Reed said. “I am so excited to be able to share my passion of agriculture with high school students from around the country at the National FFA Convention in the fall.”

The Teach Ag Ambassador program is a component of the National Teach Ag campaign, an initiative by the National Association of Agricultural Educators to raise awareness of the need for more agriculture teachers and celebrate the contributions of agriculture teachers. The Teach Ag Ambassador program allows future agriculture teachers the opportunity to share their passion for agriculture, build their professional network, and develop valuable communication and leadership skills.

“These ambassadors are already excited and ready to take Teach Ag to the next level,” said Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign coordinator. “This passion is exactly what we need to spread the importance of agricultural education.”

Other Teach Ag ambassadors for the 2014-2015 academic year represent Mississippi State University, University of Missouri-Columbia, North Carolina A&T State University, Oregon State University, South Dakota State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Purdue University and Kansas State University.  

For more information about the National Teach Ag Campaign, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468