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From NAAE

The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy applications are now available online here.  The application deadline is January 27, 2012. 
Forty-eight National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors will be selected from across the nation to take part in this program.  There will be two weeks: June 23-29 and July 8-13, 2012 and an Ambassador is only required to attend one week.  This program is sponsored by DuPont and is a special project of the National FFA Foundation and managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. Learn More>>

 

Did you know? NAAE Membership Benefits Include Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan Access
Potentially save thousands on health insurance. Plan options include Health Savings Accounts, Family PPO Plans and Group Employee Health Plans. Review options online or call (888) 715-6595 for your proposal today." Read More Benefits>>

 

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From FFA

FFA: Food For All - Grant Opportunity to Help Fight Hunger!
FFA is excited to announce a new grant opportunity for middle and high school chapters, FFA: Food For All! Chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger programs. Project concepts include, but are not limited to; community gardens, raising broilers or tilapia and educational outreach. Visit the FFA: Food For All website for the application and additional information. Applications are due Dec. 15 with award announcements being made the week of Feb. 6-10. Grants are provided through funding from Farmers Feeding the World and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. www.ffa.org/foodforall. Applications due by Dec. 15th

 

Got Scholarships?  FFA Does!!
Each year, the National FFA Organization awards approximately $2 million in scholarships designed to fit the diversity of our applications. The 2012 online Scholarship Application and a variety of Helpful Tools are now available at www.ffa.org/scholarships.  This year’s top three scholarship sponsors are Ford, Cargill and AGCO.

Applications must be submitted online prior to 5:00 p.m. EST Feb. 15, 2012.  A completed signature page,postmarked no later than Feb. 22, 2012, is required to complete eligibility. Questions?  EmailScholarships@FFA.org.

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From The American Farm Bureau Federation

Children Working on the Farm

The US Department of Labor is proposing to change the regulations regarding children working on farms.  The new rules will ban children from dangerous activities such as working on a hay stack higher than six feet above the ground, using any power tool, or herding cattle with a horse.   Under the new rules children would be required to complete at least 90 hours of classroom instructions before they could be hired to work on a farm.  Read a sample letter to Congress»

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From USDA

AITC Blogroll

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From CTE

Congress Passes Temporary Spending Bill

The House and Senate passed a spending package that includes a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government through December 16, 2011. The bill also includes a “minibus” spending package of three appropriations bills – Agriculture, Transportation-HUD, and Commerce-Science-Justice – funded through the end of the fiscal year. House Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers (KY) has said that he intends package the remaining nine appropriations bills into a single omnibus bill, which would include the Labor-HHS-Education bill. Read More>>

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From the National Corn Growers Association

Scholarship Announcement

Please be advised that the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is again offering its Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship thanks to the sponsorship of BASF Corporation.

Five (5) one thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarships are available to students entering at least their second undergraduate year (or any year of graduate school) pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an agricultural, agribusiness, or an ag vocation field.

Applications must be postmarked on or before December 9, 2011. Rules, requirements and more information along with a downloadable application areavailable here.

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Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From NAAE

2011-2012 NAAE Board of Directors
Congratulations to the newly installed NAAE board of directors. Leaders for the upcoming year were elected at last week's NAAE convention.

 

President - Ken Couture, CT
President-elect - Farrah Johnson, FL

 

Region I Vice President - Erica Whitmore, WA
Region I Secretary - Heath Hornecker, WY

 

Region II Vice President - Kevin Stacy, OK
Region II Secretary - James Cannon, AR

 

Region III Vice President - Terry Rieckman, SD
Region III Secretary - Glenda Crook, WI

 

Region IV Vice President - Charlie Sappington, IL
Region IV Secretary - Scott Stone, MO

 

Region V Vice President - Daryl Behel, MS
Region V Secretary - Joshua Davenport, MS

 

Region VI Vice President - Michael Harrington, MD
Region VI Secretary - Debra Seibert, PA

 

To read about award winners and download press releases, click here.

 

To view photos from the convention, click here. Please note that due to high volume, we still in the process of uploading photos.

 

Child Labor Laws—Notice of Proposed Rulemaking—The United States Department of Labor (DoL) is proposing revisions to the child labor regulations issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Download information about the proposed changes>>

 

Elsewhere on Communities of Practice

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CAST Friday Notes

The FFA is profiled in an article linked in the left column of page one, and officials have a good old fashioned food fight on the right side of page one as they debate labels, laws, and nutrition. Veterinarians somehow get involved with zombies, and the other 45 links in the newsletter add information and opinions to a background of agricultural topics.

 

Check out current news and controversial issues in the world of agriculture and science from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes. Thanks to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company), instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.

Click here to access the November 18 edition of CASTFriday Notes.

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From FFA

Got Scholarships?  FFA Does!!

Each year, the National FFA Organization awards approximately $2 million in scholarships designed to fit the diversity of our applications. The 2012 online Scholarship Application and a variety of Helpful Tools are now available at www.ffa.org/scholarships.  This year’s top three scholarship sponsors are Ford, Cargill and AGCO.

Applications must be submitted online prior to 5:00 p.m. EST Feb. 15, 2012.  A completed signature page,postmarked no later than Feb. 22, 2012, is required to complete eligibility. Questions?  EmailScholarships@FFA.org.

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From The National Young Farmers' Coalition

Newbie Farmers Find That Dirt Isn't Cheap

Local food is fashionable. Customers are swarming farmers' markets. Organic vegetables sell at a premium. So what's to keep a young, smart, enthusiastic would-be farmer from getting into this business and making a good living?

The lack of hard, cold cash for land and farm equipment, apparently. The National Young Farmers' Coalition asked more than a thousand young farmers what their biggest problems were. Most of the respondents said "lack of capital" and "land access." Those difficulties ranked much higher than health care, finding profitable markets, or lack of marketing skills.Read more »

 

Farm Bill Hackathon
On December 3, Food+Tech Connect and Gojee are bringing together journalists, technologists, designers, policy makers, and food data specialists to develop tools and visualizations that will help the public better understand how the Farm Bill impacts our lives. The hackathon will take place as part of the International Open Data Hackathon.

Over the course of 12 hours, participants will work together to produce tools and graphics news media and organizations will be able to use to convey the complexities and relevance of the Farm Bill to the public. Read more>>

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From USDA

Poultry Classifications Get a 21st Century Upgrade

When cooking poultry, chefs know choosing the right bird will affect the outcome of a final dish. That’s why most recipes call for a fryer, roaster, or other class—terms based on the age and sex of the bird and printed on poultry labels.  While breeding and raising practices have improved over the years, the definitions for these terms have remained roughly the same since the 1970’s. The National Advisory Committee for Meat and Poultry Inspection to update the definitions for five poultry classes, lowering the ages at which poultry fits into these categories and adding weight requirements where needed. See the five updated poultry classes>>

 

AITC-CA Fun Turkey Packet
A Thanksgiving Turkey Insert Great for Grades 3-6. See the PDF>>

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From ACTE

This fall, ACTE held its fifth annual video public service announcement contest for secondary and postsecondary CTE students. A panel of CTSO and marketing and media professionals judged the final entries and chose the following as the best representations of CTE and the 2012 theme, CTE: Careers Through Education.

The winning student or team will receive $750. The second-place student or team will receive $250. First- and second-place videos will be publicized on the Internet and may air on television!

Watch the videos and see who won>>

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From the National Corn Growers Association

Scholarship Announcement

Please be advised that the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is again offering its Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship thanks to the sponsorship of BASF Corporation.

Five (5) one thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarships are available to students entering at least their second undergraduate year (or any year of graduate school) pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an agricultural, agribusiness, or an ag vocation field.

Applications must be postmarked on or before December 9, 2011. Rules, requirements and more information along with a downloadable application areavailable here.

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Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From NAAE

NAAE Convention Last-minute Details
We'll have professional development workshops, opportunities to get involved in NAAE at the regional and national levels, and time to recognize and reward outstanding agricultural educators. Find out how to get from the airport to the hotel, learn where to purchase advanced tickets for the Host State Social, and make sure you’re prepared to take full advantage of everything it has to offer. Read more»

The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy applications are now available online here.

The application deadline is January 27, 2012. 
Forty-eight National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors will be selected from across the nation to take part in this program. Learn More>>

Inner-city Students Learn Indoor Soilless Growing Techniques in Curriculum-guided Science Program
In early October 2010, students at an inner-city Chicago middle school studied the life cycle of plants using a new and innovative soilless media.  The students grew vegetables in the classroom as part of their normal, curriculum based science studies. Read more>>

The Washington Beat:
Child Labor Laws
—Notice of Proposed Rulemaking—The United States Department of Labor (DoL) is proposing revisions to the child labor regulations issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Perkins Reauthorization – The U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education and the CTE community have begun discussions on the reauthorization of the Carl D.

Farm Bill Reauthorization – 2012 will mostly bring in a renewed interest and commitment on the part of Congress to reauthorize the Farm bill.

Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act of 2011 – In mid-October, Senator Tom Harkin (IA) introduced the long anticipated Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act of 2011.

Read more about what's up in Washington»

Communities of Practice

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CAST Friday Notes

Smoked meat is not uncommon, but lighting up a hot dog seems a bit far-fetched. Check out the image war concerning meat. Even the Daily Show gets a shot in.
Check out current news and controversial issues in the world of agriculture and science from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes. Thanks to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company), instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.

Click here to access the November 11 edition of CASTFriday Notes.

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From FFA

Financial Planning and Management Lessons Free

Instructional resources addressing Financial Planning and Management are available for use by agricultural educators. Instructional resources include lesson plans, PowerPointtm presentations, student learning activities, and assessments. Lesson topics include: (a) introduction to financial planning and management, (b) wants, needs and SMART goals, (c) short, intermediate and long term goals, (d) budgeting and cash flow, (e) paying yourself first, (f) credit history and ratings, (g) loans and interest, (h) credit cards, (i) investment basics, (j) taxes, and (k) insurance. Each lesson includes subject matter content that is adaptable for 9th through 12th grade students with an emphasis on building financial capability and financial decision making. The instructional resources were developed by Agricultural Education faculty and graduate students at Ohio State University with the development costs funded by the United States Department of Agriculture/National Institute for Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) (grant award number: 2009-38414-19696) Secondary/ Two-Year Postsecondary Agricultural Education Challenge Grant. The lesson plans are freely accessible to agricultural educators without charge at the National FFA Organization web site here.

2012 scholarship application goes live Nov. 15
The National FFA Organization awards approximately $2 million in scholarships designed to fit the diversity of our applicants. The 2012 online scholarship application and helpful tools will be available at www.ffa.org/scholarships on Nov. 15. This year, our top three scholarship sponsors are Ford, Cargill and AGCO. Review eligibility requirements in the 2012 Guidebook, also available on www.ffa.org/scholarships on Nov. 15. Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. EST Feb. 15, 2012. A completed signature page, postmarked no later than Feb. 22, 2012, is required to complete eligibility.

NEW! Grant Opportunity to Help Fight Hunger

FFA is excited to announce a new grant opportunity for chapters, FFA: Food For All! Chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger programs. Applications are due Dec. 15. Project concepts include, but are not limited to; community gardens, raising broilers or tilapia and educational outreach. Visit the FFA: Food For All website for additional information. The Living to Serve team will also be hosting informational webinars, over the next month, to provide guidance and support to interested chapters. Dates and times can be found on the website. Registration is required to participate in a webinar. Grants are provided through funding from Farmers Feeding the World and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Read More>>

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From USDA

New “Get Involved” Site Helps Us Work Together to Reach More Folks Who Need Help
Looking to help USDA fight hunger and obesity? The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has launched a new webpage just for you! The “Get Involved” webpage is full of tools your organization can use to improve outreach efforts for food help programs like SNAP, Summer Food, CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meals, and more. When you visit our site you’ll discover how your organization, or even you as an individual, can dive into FNS outreach.  Read more »

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From FFA Alumni

National FFA Alumni Staffing Update
Executive Director Frank Saldana will be transitioning to the National FFA Local Program Support team mid-November.  Until a new individual is hired, Tony Small, National FFA Partner Services Division Director, will serve as interim director of the National FFA Alumni Association.  Daily operations will continue to be handled by the National FFA Alumni staff.  We will keep you informed once the job announcement has been posted and once the position has been filled.  Please feel free to contact the staff or Tony with any questions or concerns.

IMPORTANT UPDATES regarding FFA Alumni membership national contacts
To help us expedite the processing of membership and response to questions, please implement these new strategies:
1) When mailing checks to National FFA Alumni, please address envelope as follows vs. to any individual
   National FFA Alumni
   Attn:  Accounting
   PO Box 68960
  Indianapolis, IN 46268-0960
2) All FFA Alumni membership questions, name changes, address changes, etc. that pop-up throughout the year should now be emailed tomembership@ffa.org to streamline service.  Exceptions to this process include:  Memorial Scholarships and tax exempt status questions.  Those items may continue to be sent to Phyllis McDonald at pmcdonald@ffa.org or Amber Smyer at asmyer@ffa.org

2011-2012 National FFA Alumni Membership Challenge
This past year we challenged each state to help meet our long-term goal of having an active local FFA Alumni affiliate for every FFA chapter by increasing the number of affiliates in their state by 11% in 2011.  We were overwhelmed with the response to the challenge with 143 new/reactivating affiliates in the year.  Seventeen states met the 11% growth challenge and as a result received a corduroy banner recognizing their accomplishment.  To keep the momentum going, we are issuing a new recognition program for state associations.  Each year that you increase the number of affiliates within your state by 10% you’ll receive a year pin to be added to your personalized corduroy banner recognizing your efforts to help us reach our long-term goal to serve every FFA chapter. Please contactasmyer@ffa.org with any questions.

National FFA Alumni 2011-2012 Webinar Series Announced!
Starting November 29th we’ll launch the 2011-2012 National FFA Alumni Webinar Series!  Be sure to pass the word along to state and local FFA Alumni leaders that this educational series is available.  If you are unable to participate in an evening webinar, each session is recorded and available to be viewed online.  Check out past webinar sessionsRegister now for topic:  “Promoting YOUR FFA Alumni to Those Closest to You” on November 29th at 7:30 pm Eastern.

FFA Alumni “Present” page updated
Check out the FFA Alumni “Present” page which currently features:  Nebraska FFA Alumni, Idaho FFA Alumni & FFA Foundation, Pennsylvania FFA Alumni and Bayou Area FFA Alumni in Louisiana!  Have a project, person or program you’d like featured for your region?  Send an email to asmyer@ffa.org.

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From the American Soybean Association

Scholarship Announcement

The American Soybean Association is offering a$5,000 scholarship to a high school senior who plans to pursue a degree in agriculture next year during the 2012-2013 school year, at any accredited college or university.  Deadline to apply is November 15, 2011.    Specific academic, leadership, references, and an essay are required.   For more details on specific requirements and to apply, click here.

The scholarship is made possible through a grant from BASF Corp.

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From the National Corn Growers Association

Scholarship Announcement

Please be advised that the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is again offering its Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship thanks to the sponsorship of BASF Corporation.

Five (5) one thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarships are available to students entering at least their second undergraduate year (or any year of graduate school) pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an agricultural, agribusiness, or an ag vocation field.

Applications must be postmarked on or before December 9, 2011. Rules, requirements and more information along with a downloadable application areavailable here.

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Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education.

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

 

From NAAE

The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy applications are now available online here.

The application deadline is January 27, 2012. 
Forty-eight National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors will be selected from across the nation to take part in this program.  There will be two weeks: June 23-29 and July 8-13, 2012 and an Ambassador is only required to attend one week.  This program is sponsored by DuPont and is a special project of the National FFA Foundation and managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. Learn More>>

 

Did you know? All first year NAAE members get a free $60,000 term life insurance policy from TIE. See more TIE Benefits>>

 

2011 National Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award Winner
In Atwater High School in Atwater, California, agriculture students are asking questions. They follow up these questions with hypotheses, experiments, data collection, and conclusions. These students are learning the scientific method in Elizabeth Knapp’s agriculture courses. Read More>>

 

Meet the Candidates
This year we have two candidates for the office of NAAE President-elect. Read each candidates' statement to get an idea of their priorities and goals if elected. Elections will be held at the upcoming NAAE Convention, so get informed now.

 

Communities of Practice

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CAST Friday Notes

Harvest time usually brings farm safety into the spotlight, and page one leads with that important issue. Also check page one for agriculture-education opportunities and other current news items.  The “talking dog video” in the animal section is a classic.

Find out more from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter,Friday Notes. It has been distributed to member organizations, companies, and universities for years, and now thanks to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company), instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.

Click here to access the November 4 edition of CASTFriday Notes.

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From AITC

From Fiber to Fabric Narrated by Orson Wells, this video follows the history of wool from before Egyptian times to the present day. This video is especially useful in your social studies curriculum, as it discusses how England withheld sheep from the early colonists to control the economics of the colony. Old and new spinning techniques and looms in operation are shown. This 15 minute video can now be viewed in its entirety on YouTube.

From ACTE

We’re gearing up for our Annual Convention in just 7 days, but we’re still keeping our eyes on the blogosphere for CTE News! This week, WhyCTE.org highlights a “We are STEM” event in Ohio, designed to inspire and excite girls about careers in science, technology and math, which are historically male-dominated fields. Liberal.education nation checks out the Oxnard College fire-fighting program and successes of other CTE-based programs at Oxnard. National Skills Coalition urges Senate appropriations committee members to hold firm on workforce and education provisions in the FY 12 appropriations bills with a letter and a blog post about its efforts. Mind/Shift contrasts the recent reports that California schools are failing to effectively teach science with a great example of innovative, hands-on learning using Wii remotes (yes, that’s right! Wii remotes!). Lastly, the Houston Chronicle asks a popular question: four-year college for all?

“Three Southeast Ohio Colleges Host We Are STEM Program”—WhyCTE.org

“Fire Fighting, STEM, and Liberal Education at Oxnard College”— Liberal.education nation

“NSC Urges Senate to hold firm on workforce”— National Skills Coalition

“What Do Wii Remotes Have to Do With Science? Ask Sixth-Graders”—Mind/Shift

“4 year college for all? Maybe not.”—Houston Chronicle

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From FFA

LAST CHANCE - Child hunger curriculum and limited grants

Eighty FFA chapters have already signed up for the free Child Hunger Ends Here innovative project-based learning activity that engages students grades 7-12 in learning about and fighting child hunger. We’re looking for at least 20 more chapters to sign up! A 10-step curriculum guides students through the process. They learn about child hunger, create a cause marketing plan to activate their communities to fight it and submit results in a national competition. Enrolled classrooms/groups receive classroom/group access to USA TODAY’s electronic edition for project research. Winning team members and the teacher each receive an iPad 2; the winning classroom gets a celebratory luncheon. Contest rules apply. Visit USA TODAY’s Education webpage for details. Enter the code “FFA2011” after your school/chapter name in the online enrollment form. Sign-ups end Nov. 15.

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From USDA

The Future of Farming in America
On Oct. 22, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to the 84th National FFA Convention about the critical need to recruit and support the nation’s next generation of farmers and ranchers. In June, I had a chance to sit down with Landan Schaffert, National FFA Secretary, to talk about what the future holds for him in farming. Read more »

Last week, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) representatives collaborated with bright, young agricultural leaders at the National FFA Convention. The event truly showcased talented youth from all over the country. Read more »

The Science of Autumn
At the U.S. National Arboretum, we grow about 10,000 different kinds of trees and shrubs and have an overwhelming variety of fall color right now. Read more »

What USDA-NIFA AITC Is Tweeting
Idaho Mandates Two Online Courses Per Graduate
L.A. Elementary Schools Struggle with Science Funding

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From the American Soybean Association

Scholarship Announcement

The American Soybean Association is offering a$5,000 scholarship to a high school senior who plans to pursue a degree in agriculture next year during the 2012-2013 school year, at any accredited college or university.  Deadline to apply is November 15, 2011.    Specific academic, leadership, references, and an essay are required.   For more details on specific requirements and to apply, click here.

The scholarship is made possible through a grant from BASF Corp.

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From the National Corn Growers Association

Scholarship Announcement

Please be advised that the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is again offering its Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship thanks to the sponsorship of BASF Corporation.

Five (5) one thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarships are available to students entering at least their second undergraduate year (or any year of graduate school) pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an agricultural, agribusiness, or an ag vocation field.

Applicants or a parent/guardian must be a member of the NCGA.  Funds are for the 2012-2013 school year.  Past scholarship winners and employees and the families of employees of any division of BASF or their subsidiaries or the NCGA are not eligible for the scholarship.

Applications must be postmarked on or before December 9, 2011.

Rules, requirements and more information along with a downloadable application are available here.

International Agvocate Bloggers

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