Amaris Ketcham

Scholarships, Thanksgiving, and a New NAAE Board

Blog Post created by Amaris Ketcham on Nov 21, 2011

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


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  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?

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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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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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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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