Amaris Ketcham

Opportunities for You Students: Competitions, Scholarships, and Grants!

Blog Post created by Amaris Ketcham on Dec 5, 2011

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education



Several hot items in the news from horse slaughter to arsenic and apple juice.  A vegetarian vet student explains the necessity for “factory farms,” and Lady Gaga shows up on our membership page.

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 December 2 edition of CASTFriday Notes.



Advocacy Update
Thank you to all who submitted comments regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DoL) proposed rulemaking on the child labor regulations.  As of Friday morning, there were 10,158 items, including public submissions, in the docket folder. If you submitted comments, you can enter your Comment Tracking Number (or just enter your name) in the “Search Within The Docket Folder” block on this website, and your specific comments will come up.Search or Browse the Docket Folder>>


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>>

Communities of Practice


From FFA

FFA Chapters who did not receive their National Chapter Spur may contact Jenna Clark at Please email your chapter name, chapter number and address to her to obtain your 2011 Spur.


The National FFA Organization will not be offering the Agri-Entrepreneurship Program in 2012. We will spend this next year evaluating this program’s format and impact. State staff and advisors will be notified whether the program will continue or be revised for 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Carter or 317-802-4271.


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



STEM Competition for Middle Grades
Heading into its 10th year, eCYBERMISSION is a free, web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition for students in grades 6-9. Your students can compete against other students in their grades for state, regional, and national awards. Teams consisting of 3-4 students and a team advisor would work to solve problems in their community utilizing the scientific method, scientific inquiry or engineering design process and can win at the state, regional and national levels. To date, more than $8.5 million has been awarded to students throughout the country with more to be awarded in 2012. Deadline to register is  December 16, 2011. See details»



Beef and Nutrition Packet
This packet provides activities focused on the healthy benefits that beef provides and nutrition. Other activities examine the difference between beef and dairy cattle as well as one famous cow’s role in Illinois history. Plus, there are great nutrition activities for students about meal planning. Use this packet along with other beef and nutrition information as a useful tool for your classroom. Created by Illinois AITC, this packet features useful information for educators in all states.

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Are you interested in offering your students powerful and meaningful agriculture lessons aligned to STEM?  Are you seeking a new approach to teaching using inquiry-based, project-based, and student-driven instruction?

The Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) announces the tentative schedule for 2012 CASE Institutes. We are pleased to have several new host sites and we are proud to offer field test sessions for the newAnimal and Plant Biotechnology course.  For more information, please visit the CASE website  CASE Institute registration will be available on the CASE website starting January 1, 2012.See Schedule>>


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 are available here.