Amaris Ketcham

Ag Ed Students as Internet Sensations, Convention Info, and Lesson Plans

Blog Post created by Amaris Ketcham on Apr 16, 2012

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


A college student YouTube hit about Farmer Power and Agvocacy; a blog link for a look at why Google and Apple are interested in livestock manure; and animal antibiotics a top story. 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.


Present a Workshop at the 2012 NAAE Convention in Atlanta.
NAAE is accepting proposals for workshops to be presented at the 2012 NAAE Convention in Atlanta, Georgia November 27-December 1, 2012, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Send a proposal to to Alissa Smith at by May 15th to be considered. Find out which workshop subjects are requested by NAAE members>>

Register now to qualify for the early bird rate!
Early Bird Registration for the 2012 NAAE Convention is $325 per person and is open until July 13, 2012. NAAE members will have full access to the ACTE CareerTech VISION 2012 when registering at the NAAE member rate of $325. See details>>

Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador!
If you are a college student majoring in agricultural education AND you are passionate about spreading the Teach Ag message to others apply today to become a Teach Ag Ambassador during the 2012 National FFA Convention. Application deadline is May 14th! The position description and details can be found at

Monsanto Mom of the Year Contest
Now through April 23rd, Monsanto is offering farm mom?s across the Nation an opportunity to win up to $10,000.
The deadline of April 23rd to nominate the 2012 America?s Farmers Mom of the Year is quickly approaching. Has your life been touched by an amazing farm mom?

If so, I encourage you to visit today to nominate her for America?s Farmers Mom of the Year by sharing how she contributes to her family, farm, community and the agricultural industry.

Five regional winners will be selected to win $5,000 each. Regional winners will be featured on May 1 ? 12, and online voting will determine the national winner and recipient of an additional $5,000, to be announced on Mother?s Day.

Please visit to see the complete rules and eligibility requirements and to read about last year?s winners. Thank you for your commitment to agriculture and for promoting philanthropy in your community. Good luck to you and your favorite farm mom!

NAAE Is Hiring
NAAE is hiring a meeting 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>>

Apply for a NAAE 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.

Communities of Practice

From FFA

Promote Agriculture; Receive Scholarship Money; Make a Difference!Do you have students who enjoy spreading the agriculture story?  Have them apply to be a National Collegiate Ag Ambassador! 

As an ambassador, they will be able to promote agriculture to the community and help them understand how the industry plays a vital role in their daily life.  Ambassadors will also learn about current ag issues from top industry leaders from across the nation. 

Best of all, for their work as an ambassador, they will be awarded scholarship money and a digital camera to record their presentations!  Applications for the ambassador program are available at and must be submitted by 5 PM EST on June 1, 2012.  If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Calhoun at  The ambassador program is sponsored by BASF ? The Chemical Company, Syngenta, CSX, and the National Pork Board as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

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>>


New Site Updates Include:
  • Lesson Plans - The following pages have been updated with lesson plans: agriculture business, economics & finance, agriscience, environmental & natural resources, horticulture/plant science, landscaping & turfgrass management and small animal care & managment. 
  • Useful Docs - A new officer application was added to this page.  Read More>>

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Agriculture and History
The USDA is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Combine a love of agriculture and history (with potential lesson plans!) by signing up for their e-mail factoids here.

Biofuel Reducing Oil Reliance
Strengthening the domestic biofuels industry has been another critical component of this overall strategy. And today, U.S. biofuel production is at its highest level in history. In fact, average monthly production increased more than 40 percent between 2008 and 2011. That means more jobs ? especially in rural America ? and greater energy security. Read more »

Working with Nebraska Colleges to Deliver Jobs
Local colleges and USDA Rural Development are combining resources to improve the availability of higher education in rural areas. This increased emphasis on continuing education will bring a stronger work force to Nebraska. Read more »

Ag Ed Student Blog
In his first of many spars with invasive species, Ben conducted a science fair project on giant reed (Arundo donax), an invasive plant that is damaging riparian ecosystems in his home state of Texas. But Ben didn?t stop there. Combining his love for filmmaking with his passion for science, Ben created a blog entitled ?Commander Ben-The Invasive Hunter,? where he records his exploits and posts videos and other content to teach kids about the fight against invasive species. Read more »


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>>