Amaris Ketcham

Monday Morning Monitor

Blog Post created by Amaris Ketcham on Jan 30, 2012

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education




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.



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 FFA

2012 National FFA Convention
Chapter housing is now open.  Please go to 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


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  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.



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>>



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>>



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