BASF supports teachers with National Teach Ag Campaign sponsorship

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC and LEXINGTON, KY, June, 29, 2017 – As a longtime supporter of the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Foundation, BASF takes special interest in developing future agriculture leaders. Now, the company sponsored an agricultural initiative that helps recruit teachers through the National Teach Ag Campaign — a unique project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

The National Teach Ag Campaign raises awareness of the growing need for agriculture teachers, increases recruitment and retention efforts, and helps ensure a more diverse talent pipeline. The campaign is an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education and led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, with funding provided by the National FFA Foundation.

 

“Agriculture as an industry is always evolving, and with that comes new career opportunities both on and off the farm,” said Paul Rea, Senior Vice President, Crop Protection, BASF North America. “The future of agriculture depends on students learning about our industry, and in turn, creating a robust supply of teachers who have the knowledge and drive to guide them. The National Teach Ag Campaign is dedicated to these well-rounded educators, and BASF is proud to support them.”

 

BASF’s support comes at a time where the agricultural education field faces a shortage of talent. According to the National Agricultural Education Supply & Demand study[1,] the profession has between 800 to 1,000 openings per year, and only about 600 of the graduates actually go into education. At the same time, the retirement of teachers in the field contributes to the gap.

 

“We rely on our sponsors to help make our core programming possible,” said Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Project Director. “The support from BASF helps create educational programming around diversity and inclusion in the agricultural education profession, as well as supporting our goal of recruiting and retaining quality teachers.”

 

For more information about the National Teach Ag Campaign, visit  www.naae.org/teachag/index.cfm.

 

About BASF’s Crop Protection division

 

With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. BASF’s Crop Protection division works with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others to help make this possible. With their cooperation, BASF is able to sustain an active R&D pipeline, an innovative portfolio of products and services, and teams of experts in the lab and in the field to support customers in making their businesses succeed. In 2016, BASF’s Crop Protection division generated sales of more than €5.6 billion. For more information, please visit us at  www.agriculture.basf.com or on any of our social media channels.

 

About BASF

 

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $16.2 billion in 2016. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.com.

 

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com.

 

About the National Teach Ag Campaign

The National Teach Ag Campaign is an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, funded by BASF, the CHS Foundation, DuPont Pioneer and Growth Energy as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The campaign is designed to raise an awareness of the need to recruit and retain quality and diverse agriculture teachers, encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions that agriculture teachers make in their schools and communities. For more information about the National Teach Ag Campaign, visit  http://www.naae.org/teachag.

 

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[1] Smith A, Lawver R, Foster D, Thompson E. National Agricultural Education Supply & Demand Study. American Association for Agricultural Education. 2016.

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