A new meaning to “down on the farm”

Katelyn Anderson has a goal, to light a fire in her students and to remind them that all things rural don't need to relate to people who live on the farm.

Anderson is the new agriscience instructor/FFA advisor for high school and 7th and 8th grade students in Ogden. While the middle school program is more of an exploratory nature the students get a taste of what the high school learns.

Katelyn grew up in Woolstock and attended ISU, where she earned her BA and MA in ag education. Her first teaching job was at West Hancock, Britt. Although she lived most of her life in town she credits her passion for her job to an amazing high school ag teacher.

Anderson makes up a majority of female ag instructors as of 2020. She hit the ground running when she came to Ogden, starting an FFA program, which the town has not seen in many years. She has 45-50 students involved from both grade levels in that organization.

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Introduction to agriculture, food and natural resources lets students experience “hands-on” activities, projects and problems related to agriculture, with a potential for a career in agriculture. In addition to a brief overview of animal science, plant science, natural resources and agricultural technology and systems, students explore FFA, leadership, communication and science in agriculture.

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