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Agricultural Education and Communication

Agricultural Education and Communication

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Ag Ed Institute

The Ag Ed Institute was established in 2013, and is a special recruitment program for our TCH specialization. This program is Florida’s response to the national call for more agriscience teachers through the National Teach Ag Campaign. UF/IFAS AEC partners with Florida Team Ag Ed, including the Florida FFA Association, the Florida FFA Alumni, the Florida FFA Foundation, and the Florida Association of Agricultural Educators (FAAE), and hosts students who wish to become or are interested in learning more about becoming an agriscience teacher.

The newly revised Ag Ed Institute Program kicks off this year! Teachers and students will be able to register starting now or in-person while attending the 95th Florida FFA State Convention & Expo for the 2023-2024 Ag Ed Institute Program at the UF/AEC Teach Ag Booth! We will be launching our program in-person this year on-campus in Gainesville in the Fall semester, and will be immersing students in the UF culture! AEI participants will tour the UF campus, visit Rolfs Hall, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, enjoy lunch on-campus, collaborate with like-minded peers, and receive support from UF Faculty and the new Teach Ag Ambassador Team!

We will also host a second session for program participants in the Spring Semester in Central Florida that will focus on setting personal goals, exploring your personal mission, and guide students on their journey to UF and into a career teaching ag. Students who attend the Fall and/or Spring Session for AEI will be invited to attend a special session during the 2024 State FFA Convention.

To register, please contact Deb Barry at . Registration for the 2023-2024 AE program closes on September 1, 2023.

2024 Ag Ed Institute

Over 60 students have signed up for Ag Ed Institute for 2023-2024! Over 40 students, parents and advisors attended the fall session in Gainesville at UF. We are excited to host our second session on April 29th at UF Plant City. Students who are signed up for AEI this year, and who attend at least one session (fall & spring) will be invited to a special session at this year’s convention! We can’t wait ot see you in April, and then again in June!

Group photo of UF AEC faculty and students involved in AEI at Florida FFA Convention