In March, six undergraduate agricultural education majors were able to test their teaching skills on a group of 7th grade students at Stuart-Hobson Middle School in downtown Washington, D.C. The program, which pairs future and seasoned agriculture teachers to deliver science-based agriculture lessons, is the first of its kind.

“We have a shortage of agriculture teachers right now,” Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator, said in a news release. “There aren’t enough students who are graduating with a degree in agricultural education, and those who do graduate are leaving the profession too soon.”

The event was a collaborative effort between the National Teach Ag Campaign, National Ag Day, Agriculture Future of America, and the National FFA Organization.