Amaris Ketcham

Trends in Education, CTE and Ag Celebration Preparations

Blog Post created by Amaris Ketcham on Jan 23, 2012

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


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.



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 FFA

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>>



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



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



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