Associated Press 05-28-07 Shortage of ag teachers puts some programs in jeopardy HUDSON, Iowa (AP) - Some educators warn that a shortage of agriculture instructors could stifle student development in 1 of Iowa's largest industries. Greg Miller is an Iowa State University professor of ag education and studies. He says twice as many Iowa high schools are looking for ag instructors this year than potential candidates graduating from the university in Ames. It's the only state school with an ag teaching program. Around the country, the story is pretty much the same. A national study on agriculture educators indicated 40 high school ag departments across the country shut down last year due to the lack of a qualified teacher. Low pay compared to the business world and the urbanization of America are blamed for the shortage. Miller hopes several steps recently taken by the state will attract young people into the profession. Those efforts include boosting teacher salaries, providing sign-on bonuses and using student-loan forgiveness programs.