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Monday Morning Monitor

Posted by Amaris Ketcham Jan 30, 2012

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

 

 

From CAST

An ill-informed article from a major news site trashed agriculture degrees and work opportunities, and the responses have been quick, eloquent, and informational. Friday Notes links up to some of these. Students will find many other links in this edition with current information, educational opportunities, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.

 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due 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 January 27 edition of CASTFriday Notes.

 

From ACTE

29 Ways to Celebrate CTE Month
The Utah CTE blog links to a great checklist of activities in its CTE Month post. The lists includes job shadowing, e-mailing success stories to senators, and submitting CTE photos. Find some inspiration for your CTE Month plans!  See the list>>

 

CTE is dead? ACTE disagrees.
In the post “The Death of Vocational Education and the Demise of the American Middle Class” on Education Week’s Top Performers blog, Marc Tucker paints a picture of a crippled “vocational” system in our country and argues that CTE needs a renaissance of sorts to revive and modernize the U.S. education system.

ACTE agrees with Tucker that CTE should be expanded to help address the economic issues facing the United States, including the skills gap and decline of the middle class. However, we would also argue that while we need more of it, this type of high-quality high school CTE is not dead! Read more>>

From FFAhttp://www.fb.org/blog/?p=1277

2012 National FFA Convention
Chapter housing is now open.  Please go to FFA.org for more details.

 

Collegiate programs applications are now available!The best way to learn about international agriculture is to experience it!  The International Collegiate Ag Leadership (I-CAL) program is designed for students to learn more about international grain marketing, global agriculture and acquire a unique cultural experience.  While part of the program, students will be able to experience all aspects of the agriculture industry; through industry tours, farm and ranch visits, and meetings with local and national leaders and industry experts.  Below are key links and information you will need to learn more about, and apply for the I-CAL program:
2012 I-CAL online application
I-CAL website

Pervious I-CAL locations have included Spain, Morocco, Egypt, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, Colombia, and Panama.  The 2012 program will head to Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore!  The top twelve applicants will be selected to be a part of the program.  Tentative dates for the 2012 program are May 19th- June 1st (depending on international airfare).  Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 5:00pm EST.

 

The New Century Farmer conference is designed to assist young producers in creating a vision for their operation and then provide them with the tools needed to help that vision be reached.  Fifty of the agriculture industry’s best are selected each year to be part of this week long experience.  Selected participants will partake in numerous learning sessions on topics ranging from farm succession, global agriculture, ag marketing and finance, to new and emerging farm machinery.  Additionally participants will take part in numerous field and operation tours and participate in an extensive team building experience.  Below are key links and information you will need to learn more about, and apply for the New Century Farmer conference:
2012 NCF online application
NCF website

 

The New Century Farmer conference will be July 8-14, 2012 in Johnston, IA.  This conference is provided to the selected students and no cost through the generous support of our sponsors.   Applications must be submitted by Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 5:00pm EST.  If you have any questions on either program and/or applications please contact Marty Tatman atmtatman@ffa.org.

 

Got Scholarships?  FFA Does!!
The National FFA Scholarship Application deadline is fast approaching.  Information, the online Scholarship Application and a variety of Helpful Tools are available on the scholarship home page atwww.ffa.org/scholarships.  This year’s top three sponsors are Ford, Cargill and AGCO.

 

IMPORTANT:  Applications must be submitted online by5:00 p.m. EST Feb. 15, 2012. A completed signature page, postmarked no later than Feb. 22, 2012, isrequired to complete eligibility.

 

From USDAhttp://www.fb.org/blog/?p=1277

New FSA Program to Help Young Farmers Buy Land
As of early 2012, beginning farmers looking to purchase land from retiring farmers have another tool at their disposal: the Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmer and Rancher Land Contract Guarantee Program, now available nationwide. Read more>>

 

From Agrowknowledge

Two National Faculty Development Workshops to be offered in June 2012. Mark your calendar now for one or both of these workshops from AgrowKnowledge. Click here for a description and location.

 

March 8th marks National Agriculture Day. It falls during National Ag Week, March 4-10, 2012, a time when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Read more>>

 

From NAAE

2012 NAAE Internships – NAAE is seeking interns for Advocacy, Communications, and a new internship for Professional Development.  If you have former students who are college upperclassman now that would be interested, please encourage them to apply. Application process information can be found here. Applications are due February 1, 2012.

 

2012 ACTE National Policy Seminar – March 5-7, 2012
Represent ag ed on the hill and talk to your lawmakers during this seminar. The registration deadline isFebruary 3rd! More Info>>


 

From CASE

CASE is seeking agricultural educators for Lead Teacher positions. We are looking for highly qualified teachers who are interested in facilitating instruction during the 2012 CASE Institutes. This is a special opportunity, made available only to those teachers who have participated in previous CASE Institutes and demonstrated proficiency using CASE curriculum resources. Find out more>>

 

Webinars to Learn More about CASE
Are you looking for information about CASE curriculum and professional development? CASE staff will be holding five different webinars for teachers to learn about the courses available from CASE and what exactly happens during the 80-hour CASE Institute.Read descriptions of webinars>>

 

 

From the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation

Nominate a Fellow Ag Educator or Student!
The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a Federal government agency, is now accepting nominations for four Agriscience Awards and fourLife Sciences Awards to be presented in July 2012 in Washington, D.C.

The Agriscience Awards and Life Sciences Awardscompetitions each have components for a scientist; a high school educator; and two high school students.  
Nominations are accepted online only.  Deadlines and websites are as follows:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Judi Shellenberger, Executive Director of the Foundation, at: (315) 258-0090 or email:judithmscolumbus@cs.com.

 

 

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From CAST

An activist group’s destruction of property at a beef company raises some hot issues, and CAST releases a new study about ag and energy. The new “Catch of the Day” on Facebook continues, and students will find article links with information, opportunities, and oddities about many aspects of agriculture.

 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes is available due 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 January 20 edition of CASTFriday Notes.

 

From NAAE

National Teach Ag Day Activity Grants
The National Teach Ag Campaign would like to again offer Teach Ag Day related grants to help offset the costs associated with spreading the Teach Ag message.  All Teach Ag related applications will be considered; however, the National Teach Ag Campaign has identified priority grant areas this year. Click herefor a listing of the priority areas and to obtain the grant application.  The deadline for Teach Ag grant submissions is 4pm CST on Friday February 10, 2012. Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator with any questions. National Teach Ag Day will take place on March 15, 2012.

 

2012 NAAE Internships Application process information can be found here. Applications are due February 1, 2012.

 

2012 ACTE National Policy Seminar – March 5-7, 2012
Represent ag ed on the hill and talk to your lawmakers during this seminar. The registration deadline isFebruary 3rd! More Info>>

 

The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy applications are available online here.  The application deadline is January 27, 2012. 
There will be two academies offered: June 23-29 and July 8-13, 2012, and an Ambassador is only required to attend one week. Learn More>>

 

Communities of Practice

 

From CTE

2012 CTE Month (TM)

Let's prepare for CTE Month (TM) 2012 in February! Celebrate with the 2012 theme CTE: Careers Through Education. ACTE is asking current and former CTE students, teachers, administrators, CTSO leaders, business owners and anyone who cares about education that prepares our youth and adults for the future workforce to share their experiences with CTE. Find press kits starters, info on the internet advocacy day, and much more>>

From Nation FFAhttp://www.fb.org/blog/?p=1277

Ag Students, take heart. Your degrees aren’t useless.
An article recently posted on Yahoo! Education website is causing quite a stir within the Ag community. The article, entitled “College Majors That Are Useless,” claims that the number one most useless degree is Agriculture. (Animal Science and Horticulture are listed as the number four and number five.) Read the blog rebuttal>>

 

From USDAhttp://www.fb.org/blog/?p=1277

The agricultural, food, and renewable natural resources sectors of the U.S. economy will generate an estimated 54,400 annual openings for individuals with baccalaureate or higher degrees in food, renewable energy, and environmental specialties between 2010 and 2015. Seventy-four percent of the jobs are expected in business and science occupations; 15 percent in agriculture and forestry production; and 11 percent in education, communication, and governmental services.Read more>>

 

Department of Education

The Department of Education has posted its draft strategic plan for Fiscal Years 2011 to 2014 on its website for public comment.  The Department’s goals fall into six categories:

  1. Postsecondary Education, Career-Technical Education, and Adult Education
  2. Elementary and Secondary Education
  3. Early Learning
  4. Equity
  5. Continuous Improvement of the U.S. Education System
  6. U.S. Department of Education Capacity

The draft plan can be found here. You may submit comments between January 13-27, 2012 to strategicplancomments@ed.gov.

 

From AITC

Check out these school gardening resources from the University of Illinois Extension>>

 

From CASE

Webinars to Learn More about CASE
Are you looking for information about CASE curriculum and professional development? CASE staff will be holding five different webinars for teachers to learn about the courses available from CASE and what exactly happens during the 80-hour CASE Institute.

 

Participating in a CASE Institute
January 26, 2012 – 4:00p EST/1:00p PST  AND  7:00p EST/4:00p PST

 

Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) Curriculum Overview
January 27, 2012 – 4:00p EST/1:00p PST  AND  7:00p EST/4:00p PST

 

Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) Curriculum Overview
January 30, 2012 – 4:00p EST/1:00p PST  AND  7:00p EST/4:00p PST

 

Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP) Curriculum Overview
January 31, 2012 – 4:00p EST/1:00p PST  AND  7:00p EST/4:00p PST

 

Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) Curriculum Overview
February 1, 2012 – 4:00p EST/1:00p PST  AND  7:00p EST/4:00p PST

Read descriptions of webinars>>

 

From the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation

Nominate a Fellow Ag Educator or Student!
The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a Federal government agency, is now accepting nominations for four Agriscience Awards and fourLife Sciences Awards to be presented in July 2012 in Washington, D.C.

The Agriscience Awards and Life Sciences Awardscompetitions each have components for a scientist; a high school educator; and two high school students.  
Nominations are accepted online only.  Deadlines and websites are as follows:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Judi Shellenberger, Executive Director of the Foundation, at: (315) 258-0090 or email:judithmscolumbus@cs.com.

 

 


Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From NAAE

2012 NAAE Award Applications – Show us how you excel. State winning applications are due to the NAAE office postmarked by May 15, 2012. Apply now>>


2012 NAAE Internships
– NAAE is seeking interns for Advocacy, Communications, and a new internship for Professional Development.  If you have former students who are college upperclassman now that would be interested, please encourage them to apply. Application process information can be found here. Applications are due February 1, 2012.


2012 National Policy Seminar – March 5-7, 2012
Represent ag ed on the hill and talk to your lawmakers during this seminar. NAAE will pay the registration fee for one state representative to attend the 2012 NPS in Washington D.C. The registration deadline is February 3rd! More Info>>



The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy applications are 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. Learn More>>


Communities of Practice

 

From CAST

The lead stories this week have Miss America taking a final ag-related bow, the antibiotics issue getting contagious, turkeys starring in a hidden video, and pigs playing computer games. Students will find article links with information, opportunities, and oddities about the wonderful world of agriculture.


The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology
's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes is available due 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 January 6 edition of CASTFriday Notes.

 

From CASE

In three short years of implementation, Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is gaining support in regions across the United States. CASE is an instructional system providing teachers curriculum, targeted professional development, and assessment tools to strengthen STEM connections in secondary agricultural education. Read More>>

 

Webinars to Learn More about CASE
Are you looking for information about CASE curriculum and professional development? CASE staff will be holding five different webinars for teachers to learn about the courses available from CASE and what exactly happens during the 80-hour CASE Institute. See a list of webinars>>

 

From ACTE

Legislative Update - 2011 Year in Review
A new congress, appropiations, debt limit talks and more. Take a look of what happened in 2011. Read More>>

 

From US Department of Education

Win $1,500 in ED’s College Net Price Calculator Student Video Challenge
The College Net Price Calculator Student Video Challenge asks high school and college students to produce short videos highlighting why the calculators are a valuable resource.  A panel of higher education stakeholders will judge the entries, and the top three contestants will each win a $1,500 cash prize. Video submissions are due Jan. 31, and the winner will be announced this spring. Read more>>

From FFA Alumnihttp://www.fb.org/blog/?p=1277

FFA Alumni Development Conference!
Each year state and local FFA Alumni leaders are invited to this action packed four day conference.  In 2012 we’re excited to be in Bozeman, Montana July 11-15.  As a state or local leader this conference offers you the chance to learn more about FFA Alumni, provides an opportunity to strengthen relationships and provide input on planning, and gather ideas from across the nation on how Alumni are supporting FFA and agricultural education!  We encourage you to attend and consider how you might assist your national FFA officer candidate, teacher leaders and/or state FFA staff to attend as well to continue to build support for FFA Alumni within your state.  Each state receives one grant to cover half the conference fee for one official state representative.  Conference pricing and a tentative agenda will be available this spring.  Contactalumni@ffa.org with any questions.

 

National FFA Alumni Webinar Series
National FFA Alumni has a new 2011-12 webinar series, with topics ranging from training on how to become a greater asset to your local teacher and program to understanding today’s agriculture, agricultural education and FFA.  Each session is recorded and can be accessed online at any point for reference.  We invite you to join us on a future webinar of interest or check out last year’s sessions.  We would appreciate any assistance in spreading the word to members, teachers, and team ag ed regarding this service. You can find all material and the recorded webinar on the FFA Alumni website.

 

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