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AgExplorer - Finding a Future in Agriculture

By the National FFA Organization

 

In 2016, the National FFA Organization, Discovery Education and AgCareers.com joined forces to create AgExplorer.com, a robust, comprehensive, online career resource exploring the broad range of careers within the industry of agriculture. Not only can students of all ages explore over 250 careers in agriculture, but they can also use AgExplorer.com as a literacy and advocacy tool, featuring career profiles, a career finder assessment, videos and virtual field trips. To date, AgExplorer has received more than 3.4 million page views with at least 2.2 million students reached, over 99,000 career finder engagements and an impressive 270,000 live views during virtual field trips.

The AgExplorer virtual field trips go behind the scenes at our agriculture partners’ company sites. Virtual field trips are recorded live and then offered on demand with an accompanying educator guide aligned to educational standards. In 2016 and 2017, FFA hosted virtual field trips at Ford Motor Company, Cargill, Syngenta and Zoetis. Because of these events, 88 percent of respondents surveyed reported that their students’ understanding of agriculture careers featured in the virtual field trip had increased after viewing the event.

AgExplorer continues to educate about careers in agriculture and will expand the virtual field trip suite to include long-standing partner John Deere. “John Deere: Careers That Innovate” will take viewers on a high-tech tour of a John Deere facility in Waterloo, Iowa, to see a breadth of exciting careers involved in the product lifecycle of John Deere tractors, from ideation to delivery. Viewers will virtually meet a variety of John Deere employees who are critical before, during and after the manufacturing process. The event will take place May 3 at 1 p.m. EDT and is free to anyone who is interested. To register, visit https://www.agexplorer.com/virtual-field-trip. Can’t make it to the live event? No problem. Past virtual field trips are archived on AgExplorer.com.

We can serve as advocates and ambassadors for agriculture. How can YOU utilize AgExplorer to educate about the opportunities available or become involved in the industry’s quest to help others find their futures in agriculture?