Stories from the Driftless

Agriculture Education Moves Forward in Maquoketa, Iowa



Today you’re meeting a former student of mine, Cassie Miller, and her colleague Matt Lansing from Maquoketa high school. Initially, I asked for this interview because I read a recent facebook post from Cassie’s singing the praises of their FFA alumni and the construction progress made on their new Ag learning center, but as the interview went on, I was blown-away, really, by the level of support and opportunity these two educators provide their students. Maquoketa High school is in eastern Iowa, approximately halfway between Dubuque to the north and Davenport to the South. The high school has just 620 students in 9-12th grade. The town itself is under 6k people. It’s a small, rural school, and yet…they move forward. This is a rural community with driven educators who have devoted time to create a robust agricultural education and FFA program, and their FFA Alumni not only share the same drive, but push to make it happen.

Maquoketa Ag Learning Center Floor Plan
Maquoketa FFA Ag Learning Center – January 2021

Click here for an excellent news segment celebrating the development of the Ag Learning Center.

You an also follow Maquoketa FFA on Facebook by clicking here and the Maquoketa FFA Alumni by clicking here.

Cassie Miller:
Matt Lansing:

Education in the Driftless Region offers a host of opportunity. This story is a prime example of educators who work hard, provide opportunity, and inspire community support. Maquoketa, Iowa — what a proud, agricultural community!

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