Sabrina Hounshell

NAAE Member Matt Eddy wins CCFF Agriscience Educator award, National FFA Rally to Fight Hunger, USDA Links

Blog Post created by Sabrina Hounshell on Jul 23, 2012

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education.

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


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NAAE Member Matt Eddy Wins CCFF Agriscience Educator Award
On July 10, the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and the American Farm Bureau Federation presented the Third Annual Agriscience Awards at a luncheon ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Matthew Eddy, NAAE member and agriculture teacher at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, Iowa was selected for the Agriscience Educator Award, an honor which comes with a $5,000 award.

Matt has been an active NAAE member for many years, and was selected as a national finalist in the Agriscience Teacher of the Year award in 2011. Congratulations Matt!

For more information about Matt and the CCFF Agriscience Award, click here.

Special offer from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Become a member of NSTA and expand your professional development opportunities. NSTA is offering a special discount membership rate of $64 for NAAE members. That's a 14% savings off regular NSTA dues. Take advantage of new opportunities and resources that will help enhance your career. Go to the NSTA website to join NSTA on-line.

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CAST Friday Notes

This week’s newsletter includes news headlines such as the The Big Dry: Update, Agriculture Research, Opportunities and Opinions, and a pop culture parody video called "Farm It, Maybe?".

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 CAST Friday Notes.

National FFA

The National FFA Organization needs your help, as we prepare to package one million meals at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger will involve 10,000 FFA members, advisors, alumni, volunteers and stakeholders from October 24-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Participants from across the nation will assemble meals to provide relief from hunger and malnutrition during hour-long shifts to in an unprecedented three-day effort against hunger. Shift scheduling will be part of Online Convention Registration, which will open in mid-August. Click here for more information or contact us at


Click here to read about Moving and Reading with Stars at Let’s Read! Let’s Move!. There are two more eventscoming up to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, which promotes healthy eating and an active lifestyle, while also encouraging summer reading and adults reading to children.

If you have students thinking about applying to college or career school the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid has launched some exciting new tools to help you through the financial aid process. Check out their new site here.


Got Questions on Local Food? Join Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan This Tuesday (7/24) and #AskUSDAClick here for more information and resources for Know Your Food.

Agricultural Weather and Drought Update Click here.

Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL) Kid's Corner. AIPL Kid's Corner is an educational resource where children can learn interesting and exciting facts about the dairy labs, cows, and dairy products through fun games and puzzles. This could be a great resource for your ag literacy programs.


Career Technical Education (CTE) can be a source of competitive advantage for the nation if given the right support from government and opportunity for partnerships with business and industry, says John McGlade, Chairman, President and CEO of the global gases and chemicals company, Air Products. Read More...

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