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“While continuing to fund agriculture education is crucial, recruiting and retaining educators to teach agriculture programs for future generations is just as important.” - State Senator Soctt Bennett (D-Champaign)

SPRINGFIELD – A shortage of trained educators for agricultural vocation programs may soon have a solution under legislation passed by the Illinois Senate today. In a state where 25 percent of jobs are related to agriculture, many would be surprised to know that every year there is a shortage of trained educators in the field.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) introduced Senate Bill 1991 to try and address this problem.

“Agriculture and central Illinois are inseparable,” Bennett said. “While continuing to fund agriculture education is crucial, recruiting and retaining educators to teach agriculture programs for future generations is just as important.”

SB 1991 creates the Agriculture Education Shortage Task Force, which will make recommendations regarding the recruitment and retention of agriculture education teachers, participation in related federal programs and reforms to current licensure and testing requirements for agriculture education teachers.

The final report will be released no later than January 1, 2019. The measure now goes to the House of Representatives.

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