Amaris Ketcham

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Blog Post created by Amaris Ketcham on Nov 28, 2011

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? 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. 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  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 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 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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