Amaris Ketcham

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

Blog Post created by Amaris Ketcham on Apr 9, 2012

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


NAAE Is Hiring
NAAE is hiring meeting a planner and grassroots advocacy coordinator for this 501(c)(3) not-for-profit education-related professional membership association, which serves school-based agricultural education professionals throughout the United States and its territories. Read More>>

CASE Scholarships
Two scholarships are available for female agricultural education majors to attend a CASE institute this summer and become certified to teach the CASE curriculum. Read eligibility requirements>>

If you are interested in field testing the CASE Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) curriculum in your program next school year, here is an opportunity to get a partial scholarship to the APB institute that will be happening in Ankeny, Iowa, June 11-22, 2012. Read More>>

Communities of Practice


Flying trucks, sugar wars, and ball park nachos.  Check the blog link for a list of Top Ten Food and Waterborne Outbreaks and a memory of hot-and-cold running cow pies while playing in farm creeks. 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 most recent edition of CASTFriday Notes.

From CTE

Dear Colleague Letters Call for Investment in Perkins
Members of both the House and Senate have signed on to “Dear Colleague” letters, asking the appropriators in their respective chambers to invest in Perkins during the FY13 appropriations process. The Senate letter, authored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT), was signed by 22 Senators. In the House, the letter was authored by Reps. Glenn Thompson (PA) and Jim Langevin (RI), and was signed by a total of 65 Representatives. Read More>>



Cliff Weiss Memorial Essay Contest Winners
ACTE announces the winners of the Cliff Weiss Memorial Essay Contest, which includes students from Missouri, Texas and Washington, D.C., at the secondary and postsecondary levels. The 2012 winners are:
  • Naim Owens, of Washington, D.C., for secondary student essay category
  • Colissa Menke, of Warrensburg, Missouri, for postsecondary student essay category
  • Christie Shokler, of Frisco, Texas, for multimedia category

Read more in the press release.

FFAACTE/NCLA Best Practices Conference 
The tentative agenda and call for proposals are now open for the 2012 ACTE/NCLA Best Practices and Innovations in Career and Technical Education Conference. Proposals will be accepted through May 4.
Click here for an overview of the 2011 conference.


Apply to Make a Difference: Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants Available
Every day, thousands of local farmers and ranchers work hard to ensure that their communities have access to a diverse range of fresh, healthy affordable foods.  While nutritious food is a cornerstone of society’s physical health, a vibrant community also includes sustainable economic opportunities.  By funding projects that support these goals, USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program continues to make a difference for farmers at the local level. Read More>>

Getting Back to the Farmm
When he decided to get back into farming five years ago, Tony Andrejczuk faced more challenges than most farmers. Andrejczuk lost the use of his legs after a work accident in 1997, and being able to access his family’s entire farm is one of his biggest obstacles. Read More>>

Minnesota FSA Collaborates on $2 Million Project to Reach Minority Farmers
The Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) wants to overcome the obstacles faced in reaching minority farmers and ranchers. So they have collaborated with area businesses and non-profit organizations to help meet their goal. Read more>>

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

Read More>>

From National Young Farmers

The University of Vermont Extension has just released a 62-page guide for farmers seeking alternative ways of raising financing for land acquisition, operations, and expansion.  Entitled The Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm, it explores a series of different models, ranging from promissery notes to owner-financed sales to multi-year CSA’s, and much more.  It examines these different options through case studies of farmers who have utilized them and also through legal, social, environmental, and accounting perspectives.  The guide is useful and informative not only for farmers looking for financing, but also for anyone interested in ways that farms and their communities can become more tightly connected and supportive. The guide, is free and available for viewing at the UVM website here.