Amaris Ketcham

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Blog Post created by Amaris Ketcham on Nov 7, 2011

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education.

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education



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 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.


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, 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. 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”—

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