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2 veteran ag teachers retire after long careers2 veteran ag teachers retire after long careers

Gary Mosbaugh and David Reese leave big shoes to fill.

Tom Bechman 1

July 18, 2016

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While some schools struggle to find new ag teachers to fill positions, two veteran ag teachers announced their retirement at the end of the 2016 school year.

They join the ranks of more than a half dozen ag teachers who have recently retired in Indiana. Previous articles featured Joe McCain, Greenfield Central, and Dan Webb, Tri High, who also retired this year.

Here is a closer look at the latest retirees.

Gary Mosbaugh, Southmont High School


Mosbaugh steps away from a career that spans more than three decades at Southmont High School in southern Montgomery County. As the FFA advisor, he coached numerous state-winning teams, including at least three state champion soils judging teams, several state champion crops judging teams and winning teams in floriculture.

His students also excelled in other leadership contests and activities over the years. But his career wasn’t all about producing winning teams.

“We tried to make sure the FFA was active in the community in a number of ways,” Mosbaugh says.  "The FFA was always involved in the county fair and in many school activities.”

While he is retiring from teaching, Mosbaugh may still help youths in various ways in the future. Don’t be surprised if you find him around soil judging pits this fall.

David Reese, Mount Vernon High School

Reese also accomplished many things advising his students over his long career at Mount Vernon High School. He’s proud of his past and recent students, both in ag classes and the FFA program.

One of the challenges in his area was dealing with a decreasing enrollment, and not just in ag classes, but across the school as a whole. Reese says the number of students at Mount Vernon has dropped drastically in recent years, primarily due to changes in the business community. He’s hoping new industry that may be coming to the area will help turn that trend around.

Mount Vernon isn’t the only rural community in Indiana where student enrollment has decreased over time. A similar trend has taken place at Benton Central High School in Benton County. Meanwhile, enrollment continues to grow at some schools with ag programs located closer to suburban areas. 

“The great thing is that our administration is strongly behind FFA here,” Reese says. “We’ve had administrators at National FFA Convention, and they really believe in the program.”

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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