Why Teach Agriculture Education in Texas?  
Ag Teachers...      
  • Teach by doing, not just telling
  • Share their passion for agriculture
  • Create lessons that are hands-on
  • Reach students, including those who might not be successful in a traditional classroom
  • Teach about cutting edge topics, like cloning, satellite mapping, biofuels, alternative energy and more.
  • Travel in state, nationally, and even internationally.
  • Advise FFA members and stay involved in FFA activities.
  • Work with new and emerging technology from agribusiness companies.
  • Make a positive impact on the lives of young adults.
  • Become a part of the agriculture teacher family network. There are over 2,500 agriculture teachers in the state of Texas.

Teach Ag and Earn More!      
Agricultural educators are often on extended contracts, which means they get paid during the summer months and have the potential to earn a significantly higher salary than other teachers. According to a 2017 survey of Texas agriculture teachers 59% are on 12 month contracts where a normal teacher contract is only 10 months. The same survey showed that 51% of agriculture teachers in Texas make more than $3,000 above the state base salary for teachers. In addition to their salary another 33% receive an additional stipend of more than $3,000 a year for being an FFA Advisor. Many people say they don’t want to be a teacher because they do not make enough money. The fact is that agriculture teachers are some of the best paid teachers in the state. The average salary for a new agriculture teacher in Texas with a bachelor’s degree and zero years of experience is $45,000.

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