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Put in the Time: Ag Teachers Spend Stock Show Season on the Road- FROM DRIVE

Author: Kristy

Feb 5, 2014 Posted By Marissa Tankersley

If you’ve ever wondered how many hours it takes to drive somewhere in Texas, ask an ag teacher.

Working as an ag ed teacher and FFA adviser in Texas is time-consuming. Not only does the state boast more than 81,000 FFA members and 254 counties but its stock show season is the most competitive and rigorous in the country.

Once the Texas show season hits in January, students and exhibitors work tirelessly to prepare animals for show ring. And the support people who work behind the scenes – parents and ag advisors – are seasoned and wise. The level of commitment from an ag teacher is second to none. These folks spend countless hours away from their own family and communities to drive, set up, fit, tear down then drive to the next show.

For an FFA instructor like Ardy Tiner, it’s nothing to spend nearly 50 days out of the year away from home. His commitment always includes weekends and spring break, the time frame people in a “normal” job would get to spend with their immediate family.

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