Amaris Ketcham

Put a Farm in Your School; Is "College for All" Outdated?; & More in this MMM

Blog Post created by Amaris Ketcham on May 14, 2012


The News & Views May/June Issue is now available online! Don't miss these articles:

Register now to qualify for the early bird rate!
Early bird registration is open for the NAAE Convention.  Register before July 13 for a significant savings over the regular registration rate. Visit our website for details and to register.
Book now at the NAAE Convention hotel, the Hilton Atlanta for a special rate. NAAE has also worked with Delta Airlines so contention attendees can receive a 5% discount on flights. See details here.

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 to to Alissa Smith at by May 15th to be considered. Find out which workshop subjects are requested by NAAE members>>

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 (TODAY)! The position description and details can be found on CoP.

Did you know that on Communities of Practice, you can collaborate, @mention, update your status, contact other users, and rate and like content? Watch our video to see how.

Volunteer opportunity:  Facilitate a community on NAAE's Communities of Practice. We currently need facilitators for the following communities:  FFA, Ag. Economics, Ag Mechanics, Animal Sciences, Small Animal, Veterinary Science, and Marketing Your Ag Program.To volunteer, contact CoP administrator Julie Fritsch, or learn more by reading this facilitator position description.

Communities of Practice


Dr. Carl Winter?scientist, researcher, and parody song master?wins the 2012 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. 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.


Mosaic is sponsoring CASE Institute Scholarships for beginning and experienced teachers in Florida and Louisiana. Deadline May 15th. More Info>>

From FFA

The 2012 scholarship selection process is complete.
Approximately $1.9 million in scholarship funds were donated by 130 generous sponsors. More than 8,000 students submitted applications to the 2012 program.  1,539 scholarships were awarded.  Please visit to view the 2012 scholarship results.

Notification letters will be mailed to recipients in late May or early June. The letters will contain detailed instructions for claiming the scholarships. Recipients should contact if they have not received the mailing by July 1, 2012. Information and applications for the 2013 scholarship program will be available at November 15, 2012.

Living to Serve: Environmental Grants – Due June 1

The National FFA Organization is excited to announce a new grant opportunity for chapters, Living to Serve: Environmental Grants! 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. Applications are due June 1, 2012. Project concepts include, but are not limited to; wildlife conservation, land preservation, environmental education and recycling. Visit the Environmental Grants website for additional information. The Living to Serve: Environmental Grants are provided through funding from CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Dates to remember:

  • American FFA Degree Application due: June 15
  • Stars Award Application due: June 15
  • Proficiency Award Application due: July 15

Engaging Non-Traditional FFA Alumni MembersWebinar
June 5, 2012
7:30 pm Eastern

We have thousands of former FFA members and FFA Alumni members who are not connected at a local level. They are not engaged with local FFA Alumni affiliates or may not live in an area with any FFA chapters. How do we engage FFA Alumni who just join at a state level? How do we engage individuals who live in communities not currently home to an FFA chapter? How do we engage business and industry in FFA Alumni? Learn how a few non-traditional FFA Alumni affiliates are reaching out and finding creative ways to engage supporters of FFA and agricultural education in the FFA Alumni! Register Now!

General Webinar Information.


USDA is offering two types of farm to school grants:  Planning grants and Implementation grants.  Planning grants will be made available to schools just getting started on farm to school activities, while Implementation grants are intended for schools, State and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers and producer groups, and nonprofit organizations ready to take existing farm to school projects to the next level. Read More>>


Student Disputes Traditional "College for All" Notion
High school senior and Career Technical Education (CTE) student Austin Kocian recently published a guest editorial in a local newspaper to voice support for academic and technical learning through CTE and to counter the notion that all students should earn a four-year degree after high school.

From a student perspective, Kocian finds that the integration of academic and ?real world? skills provided by CTE is critical to student success after high school. He notes that while some organizations and institutions still push all students to attain a four-year postsecondary degree, students should also consider 2-year degrees or credentials as equally valuable options.Click here to read more.


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