Amaris Ketcham

Grants, Conferences, and Teaching Resources

Blog Post created by Amaris Ketcham on Apr 2, 2012

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From FFA

New! Living to Serve: Environmental Grant Program
The National FFA Organization is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds for FFA chapters to develop service-learning projects that impact environmental issues in their community. The Living to Serve: Environmental Grants are provided through funding from CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing projects that address local environmental needs. Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning that challenges students to identify, research, develop, and implement solutions to needs in their school or community as part of their curriculum.Project topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Land preservation
  • Environmental education and stewardship
  • Recycling and composting

Additional information can be found on the grant website.

Register early; Save $50 for July’s FFA Alumni Development Conference
For the first time, registrants to the top learning and networking experience for National FFA Alumni members can save by securing their spot early.
Registration is OPEN for the 2012 FFA Alumni Development Conference, held July 11-15 in Bozeman, Mont., and conference participants who sign up before May 1 can save $50. Registration starts at $400 and includes hotel accommodations, workshops, a conference shirt, most meals and transportation to/from local agricultural and cultural tours. Why Should you Attend? What’s the Agenda? What do Participants Need to Know? Find all this and more on the FFA Alumni website, Register Today!


2010-2011 Annual Report
Read about our year in review, including highlights in Advocacy, Professional Development, and the National Teach Ag Campaign. View awards and winners, sponsor contact information, membership reports from the six regions, and NAAE's evolving mission. Available on the website>>

Apply for an Award
NAAE award applications are now available. We have awards for every stage of your career–from pre-service student scholarships to lifetime achievement awards.  Applications are available here.

Region I Conference Coming Soon to Washington
Take advantage of this annual opportunity to meet with other agricultural education leaders in your region and grow yourself as a professional. Update your passport for a field trip to Canada. Region I registration and information site>>
Not in Region I? NAAE's other regions are gearing up for their conferences later this summer. Get more information by visiting your region's page on the NAAE website>>

Congratulations to the 2012 NAAE Interns
These interns will be joining us in our Lexington, KY office for the summer.
NAAE Professional Development Intern:

Paige McCrory, University of Missouri
NAAE Communications Interns:
Katie Nickels, Washington State University
Andrea Watts, University of Kentucky

Communities of Practice


Water issues, an eagle cam, and Izzy the dog that sniffs out contraband food. The finely textured meat controversy has a governor who indignantly calls out, “Dude! It’s beef.”  Check the blog link for a pig’s eye view of the gestation stall issue. 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 March 30 edition of CASTFriday Notes.


A reminder that the deadline for submitting materials for consideration for the Kahler Award and the new Thesis Award is Wednesday (April 4, 2012). The link for the Thesis Award is and the link for the Kahler Award is Please remember you need to be logged in to be able to see the link for submitting the Letter of Nomination and Thesis or Dissertation.

From AgrowKnowledge


Are you interested in expanding your knowledge about Data Collection in Agriculture?AgrowKnowledge is pleased to announce registration is open for attending two upcoming Faculty Development workshops to be offered in June. You can register by clicking on the title of the workshop you wish to attend and provide the requested information. See workshops>>




Book of the Month
A Leader’s Legacy
by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner
The leadership and leadership development have been studied and examined for years. There is no one set definition. In their book A Leader’s Legacy, Kouzes and Posner discuss what they believe to be the effective habits of developing and establishing a lasting leadership legacy. Read More>>


Farmer Does as Teacher Says – All in One
Among his other science courses, Kochemba teaches 8th and 9th graders about energy conservation.  While doing research for his classes, “I ran across information about BCAP,” says the educator.

The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) is a government incentive program created in the U.S. Congress during the drafting of the 2008 Farm Bill. It was designed in part to provide farmers income while they raised non-food crops that could be turned into energy. Read More>>

You Asked, We Answered: FAQs About the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass
It’s been a little over two weeks since we launched the Know Your Farmer, Know Your FoodCompass, which includes amulti-media PDF narrative and an accompanying interactive map. Together, they’re designed to help you navigate USDA’s grant and loan programs and learn how USDA supports the development of local and regional food systems. You’ll hear about people across the country putting these resources to work. We hope you’ll be inspired and perhaps get some new ideas to try out on your farm or ranch or in your community. Read More>>