Amaris Ketcham

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

Blog Post created by Amaris Ketcham on Feb 27, 2012
Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education



Join our Teach Ag Day Virtual Celebration!
You’re invited to the first ever National Teach Ag Day virtual celebration, to be streamed live from at Buena Park High School in Buena Park, California.  Hear remarks from National FFA president Ryan Best, tour Buena Park’s agriculture program, and take part in question and answer sessions with panels of agricultural education experts.  Use Facebook or Twitter to submit your questions about majoring in agricultural education, getting a job as an agricultural educator, and what it’s like to teach agriculture.  Our panels will do their best to provide you with answers live during the celebration. The celebration will take place from 10am-12pm PST on Thursday, March 15.  For details, visit


Communities of Practice to be CLOSED
Communities of Practice is scheduled to undergo a major upgrade the week of March 17-25.  The site will be unavailable during these dates, and will reopen on Monday, March 26.  The upgrade will include lots of great new features to make your CoP experience better, easier and more intuitive. The  upgrade will also include fixes for some of the issues users have reported, including blog editing and the site being blocked in certain environments.  If you have any questions about the upgrade, contact Julie Fritsch


Featured NAAE Membership Benefit
U.S. Ag Ed Listserv
: The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) in cooperation with Purdue University has developed an electronic mail listserv for use by agricultural education teachers, state staff, teacher educators, and others interested in agricultural education. The listserv allows someone to send one message to the listserv and have that message forwarded on to all subscribers to the list. It has capabilities to send text mesAg sages and attached files. See all benefits>>


Communities of Practice



This week we cover a variety of ag symposiums and some career and educational opportunities. Students will find other links to current information, controversies, 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 February 24 edition of CASTFriday Notes.


The president released his budget proposal, which outlines the Administration’s funding priorities for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. This budget will serve as a blueprint for when Congress allocates funding to specific programs through the budget and appropriations process. In his budget, President Obama invests heavily in CTE areas. The overall funding level for Perkins is the same as Congress allocated in FY 2012, $1.1 billion, although this is contingent on proposed changes to the CTE system that will be unveiled at a later date (and that ACTE will weigh in on when appropriate). See the budget proposal>>


Spots are filling up fast at this summer’s CASE Institutes.  Make CASE a part of your agriculture program next fall by attending an institute this summer.  For locations and dates, visit


From FFA

Proficiency and American Degree revision committee announcement
The National FFA Organization is seeking applicants to serve as committee members for the revision of the Proficiency and American FFA Degree applications. If selected, an individual will serve as a committee member for two years beginning spring of 2012.  Committee members will work with the committee superintendent and National FFA staff to coordinate the revision and implementation of the revised Proficiency and American FFA Degree applications. This role will require moderate travel to the National FFA Center and other committee activities. Interested applicants should review the attached revision committee member description for more information. Applicants must submit a resume and letter of intent to Rebecca Carter at or 6060 FFA Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Nomination deadline is Friday, March 23, 2012.For additional information please contact me

National Young Farmers Coalition

Washington State Legalizes Farm Internships
Washington State has become the first state in the country to take legislative steps towards legalizing agricultural internships. The Small Farm Internship Bill completed a very small two year pilot program in just two counties and is now working its way through the house and senate once again as an extended 5 year program in 14 counties. Read More>>


Interested in the potential of urban agriculture? A recent study by the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at the Emory University School of Law offers an in-depth look at urban agriculture programs in various cities around the United States, and is a great template for people hoping to expand urban farming in their area. Read More>>


From US Department of Education

"Together for Tomorrow is aimed at changing the relationship between schools and community partners so everyone feels a shared responsibility to improve low-performing schools," said Joshua DuBois, special assistant to the President and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Communities interested in details and updates on the Together for Tomorrow challenge should email or visit Press inquiries should be sent to the U.S. Department of Education at For national service inquiries, please contact Sara Albright at
To Read More about Together for Tomorrow>>



New Forest Service Program Encourages Growth of Community Forests and Economies
The Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program, which encourages the creation of community forests and fosters rural economies. The application deadline is May 15 for submitting applications to the State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian tribe and June 14 for State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian tribe submitting the applications to the Forest Service. Read More>>


USDA’s 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum Available Online
USDA’s 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum speaker presentations will be available online.  The Forum, which occurs annually, was a celebration of USDA’s 150th   anniversary, featuring eight former Secretaries of Agriculture discussing the future of agriculture with Secretary Vilsack. To view a Webcast of the plenary session and access the speaker presentations, please go


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


From Agrowknowledge

Internship Openings with Partners of AgCareers


AGCO - AGCO invites you to grow with them. A career at AGCO is an opportunity to join one of the world's largest manufacturers of agricultural equipment. Satisfied and motivated employees are an integral part of their business strategy and they continually strive to be the preferred employer in their industry. Listings>>


ADM - The 28,000 people of Archer Daniels Midland Company turn crops into renewable products that meet the demands of a growing world. At more than 230 processing plants, ADM converts corn, oilseeds, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses. ADM operates the world’s premier crop origination and transportation network, connecting crops and markets in more than 60 countries.Listings>>


Crop Production Services - CPS is one of the largest farm market retailers in North America. With over 150 years in business, they are the most effective and efficient supply chain for rapid development of seed, fertilizer and crop protection products. Make the move to join their more than 8,000 employees across the US and Canada and begin growing your career now.Listings>>


Syngenta - As global demand for food and fuel continues to rise, Syngenta is dedicated to their purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Syngenta is one of the world’s leading companies with more than 26,000 employees in over 90 countries. Syngenta works in a collaborative and inspiring environment where personal contribution is rewarded and growth and development are at the heart of their culture. Listings>>


Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc - Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a DuPont company, is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics to farmers worldwide. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer develops, produces and markets a full line of top-quality seeds and forage and grain additives and provides services to customers in nearly 70 countries. Listings>>


Agrium Wholesale - Agrium is driven by growth, whether it is to improve the performance of crops that feed the world responsibly, grow their business, their market share or their earnings. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Agrium is one of the world's largest nutrient and fertilizer producers. They encourage their employees to grow within their roles as they continue to pursue new ways to make Agrium a great place to work.Listings>>


Canadian Seed Trade Association - Headquartered in the nation's capital, the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) represents the interests of 130 corporate members engaged in all aspects of seed research, production and marketing, both domestically and internationally. CSTA's mission is to to foster seed industry innovation and trade. Listings>> - is dedicated to bringing together employers and job seekers through a targeted, online job board, with more than 3,000 new jobs posted each month from agribusiness companies across the world. More than 9,000 applicants apply to jobs each month. The site services companies throughout North America and Australia in all sectors of the industry. Listings>>