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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

    June 3, 2016

    Two students selected for state ag ambassador program

    Missouri Teach Ag, an initiative dedicated to recruiting students to agriculture education programs and supporting ag teachers, has announced its 2016-2017 ag ambassador team, and the group includes two Northwest Missouri State University students.

    Jordan Richardson and Austin Ray were named to the team of 10 students from colleges and universities throughout the state.

    Richardson is a senior agricultural education major from Knoxville, Iowa. Ray is a junior agricultural education major from Archie, Missouri.

    Ray also served as an ag ambassador for the 2015-2016 academic year with Northwest student Jessica Spencer, of Diamond, Missouri, who completed her bachelor’s degree in agricultural education this spring at Northwest.

    “The nation and the state of Missouri is in a shortage of agriculture teachers when many of the older generations retiring and not enough students going into the profession to fill the demand,” Ray said. “It is the goal of the Teach Ag Campaign to recruit students into this profession to meet the demand of current agriculture teaching positions open and to create new programs at other schools.”

    For more information about Missouri Teach Ag, 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