Schaffner talks about career in agriculture

Frenship High School ag teacher Dale Schaffner was recently awarded the Interdisciplinary Agriculture Graduate of Distinction by the Texas Tech Department of Agriculture Education. (Photo by Jennifer Adkins)For five years of a 24-year ag teaching career, Dale Schaffner has called Frenship High School home.

Recently, Schaffner was honored by the Texas Tech Department of Agriculture Education as an Interdisciplinary Agriculture Graduate of Distinction.

Schaffner said he believes he received the honor because of the quality of the school’s ag program. He credits his teaching partners, Ryan Heinrich and Michael Collins, as well as the students, with the program’s success.

Did you have any idea you were going to receive this award?

“It was a surprise to me. I had a sneaking suspicion I was going for a reason, but I didn’t know exactly what it was.”

Why did you receive this award?

“It’s because of the program that we have here now. I’m going to do a little bragging here, but we probably have one of the most looked-up-to programs in the region and maybe in the state. We’ve had five of our teams that were in the top 10 at state this year. I just couldn’t do it without (Heinrich and Collins). They’re quite an asset.”

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

“Probably the teams that we’ve had go to state and the success we’ve had in stock showing … my greatest achievement as far as a teacher is helping young people and for them to be successful. I don’t want to be the hero, I want them to be, because that’s what makes a program.”

Could you share the secret to the ag program’s success?

“Sure — good kids. No, great kids … You cannot have a successful program without great kids, and that’s one thing we do have is great kids.”

What do you see as the future of agriculture in this area?

“Agriculture has to be good, because we’ve got to have clothing and we’ve got to have something to eat, or none of us are going to be here. The future of agriculture is here.”

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