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2013 National Agricultural Education SummitReminder registration is open with a special early registration price of $169 if you register by December 7, 2012. Once the early registration is complete the price will go to $269.

The National Council for Agricultural Education will host the 2013 Agricultural Education Summit, January 30 -31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.The theme of the 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit,“Recruitment and Retention of Teachers for School Based Agriculture Education” will be the focus of the summit for local, state and national Team Ag Ed participants.

Summit Delivery Formats: (New options utilizing available technology)The 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit will be offered both live in Indianapolis and provided virtually utilizing a live Internet feed.  The new alternative provides the opportunity for states to organize state or regional meetings and participate in the summit main sessions with the opportunity to engage all key members of their Team Ag Ed community to receive the information from the Summit live and in person.  Main sessions will be streamed live and off site participants will be provided the opportunity to submit questions to presenters.  All general sessions and Breakout sessions will be recorded and posted providing access to a wide variety of agriculturaleducation program topics and resources. The recorded sessions will be available throughout the year as references by those needing access to consistent accurate information on a wide variety of programs.

Please watch your email, Monday Morning Monitor and theNational Council for Agricultural Education web-site for the final Summit agenda coming soon.


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NAAE Convention
The latest edition of our newsletter focuses on NAAE Convention. Included in this edition:
  • President's Message- NAAE Convention: Rising with Rigor and Relevance!
  • Meet Your 2013 President-Elect Candidates
  • Understanding Your Professional Liabaility Insurance
  • New 2013 CASE Institutes
  • ...and more!

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The DuPont ChallengeHelp reach ag students and share this wonderful opportunity. Forward the e-blast to your list-serv, post on your website and Facebook page and anything else you can do promote the DuPont Challenge.   Please visit the DuPont website for additional information. The dedline for essay submissions is January 31, 2013.

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a Federal government agency, is now
accepting Nominations for the 2013 Agriscience Awards. The awards are presented by the
Foundation in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The mission of this partnership is to present the Fourth Annual Agriscience Awards to
recognize, through four monetary awards, one scientist; one current high school educator; and
two current high school students who are judged to exemplify excellence in the field of
agriscience and to highlight the importance of agriculture in the 21st century.
$10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist AwardOne $10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award will be presented to a
scientist who is making or has recently made significant and positive contributions in
the field of agriscience.
$5,000 Agriscience Educator AwardOne $5,000 Agriscience Educator Award will be presented to a current high school
educator, with at least five years of teaching experience, and who emphasizes
concepts, principles and applications in their curriculum to promote the study of
agriscience to students.
$1,000 Agriscience Student AwardsTwo $1,000 Agriscience Student Awards will be presented to current high school
students who are making or have recently made significant and positive contributions
related to the study of agriscience.
All Nominations are accepted online only here. Please
visit this website for information on the Competition Rules and

Regulations.The deadline for 2013 Nominations is Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Any questions related to the competition
may be directed to Judi Shellenberger, Executive Director of the Foundation at:

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National FFA Alumni Convention
Convention was new and exciting this year.
The FFA Tailgate and Auction raised over $63,000, FFA Dance hosted 3,500 students, Alumni Nation provided a great Networking atmosphere, Jim McCray was elected President-Elect, ByLaw Changes were voted in and much more. Check out the post-convention press release for more details.
National FFA Alumni Convention Guide

National FFA Alumni Region Realignment
With the approval of the 2012 National FFA Alumni delegate body, the National FFA Alumni will be moving from four to six geographic regions to allow for better coverage and support to state FFA Alumni associations.  Click here to view the impact this change will have on the structure of the National FFA Alumni Council, state groupings, national awards as well as the transition phase that will take place starting in 2013.

National FFA Alumni Awards Revision – effective 2012/2013 membership year
The National FFA Alumni Council has spent the past six months reviewing the National FFA Alumni Awards. Click here to review the award programs that have been revamped and those that will be discontinued starting the 2012-2013 membership year.

National FFA Alumni Scholarships Support for State & Local Affiliates – effective 2012/2013 membership year
The National FFA Alumni Council has reviewed current process awarding scholarship units from national to state and local FFA Alumni affiliates based upon their membership achievements.  Click here to see the updated process active for the current 2012-2013 membership year.


CASE Certified Teachers

CASE is excited to announce there are eighteen sites committed to hosting twenty-two CASE Institutes during the upcoming summer. Registration for sites will open the beginning of December. Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many sites’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding.

For additional information about CASE and the available institutes, please visit the CASE website at

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, November, 16 - Find articles on the new EVP to lead CAST, the eclectic world of agriculture, 2013 BCCA nominations, news from the far side of the barn and more in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company). here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

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FFA Convention RecapTeach Ag
Congratulations to the Anderson Bean boot unveiling winners, Lynsey F. from Sparta, KY and Lucas J. from Saratoga, WY! A big Congratulations as well to Emilie T. from Jonesboro, AR for winning the custom pair of Anderson Bean Teach Ag boots!
Read more about the Teach Ag booth during FFA Convention...

Teachers' World & NAAE activities
Thanks to everyone who participated in all the Teachers' World professional development workshops and stopped by the NAAE member services booth to pick up their FFA Convention survival kits. We had record attendance, and are already making plans to do it bigger and better next year.

General Session 5 Address
Did you miss the inspiring message from three agricultural educators during general session 5? It was great - watch it online here. The teachers' address starts around the 42 min, 30 sec mark.

Ford Grant ChallengeDuring the 2012 - 2013 school year, Ford Trucks will continue to offer its Built Ford Tough - FFA Scholarship Program. Each scholarship is worth $1,000 toward collegiate education.The scholarships are co-funded by local Ford dealers, who designate support for a chapter in their marketing area. Students complete the scholarship application on, and bring it to the dealer for their signature to be eligible for the $1,000 scholarship.The program has been operating since 1997, and in 2012 Ford reached $7,117,000 in awarded scholarships.

In addition to the Scholarship Program, Ford Trucks will provide $3,000 grants to a FFA Chapter in each of the six NAAE Regions.

To qualify for the grant, the chapter must have a local Ford dealer participating in the Scholarship Program, and a minimum of three (3) applicants for the Built Ford Tough FFA Scholarship.Final selection of the grants will be made by National FFA Foundation and NAAE.Click here to see a list of past winners.

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Scholarship Opportunities from NAAE Partners

American Soybean Association
The 2013-2014 Secure Optimal Yield Scholarship is a $5,000 one-time scholarship award presented to a High School Senior who is plans to pursue Agriculture as a degree area of study at any accredited College or University next school year.  The scholarship is managed by the American Soybean Association and is made possible through a grant by BASF Corporation.  There are specific academic, agriculture leadership, and ASA membership requirements to apply.  An essay submission is also required.

Deadline to apply is November 15, 2012.  Final Selection will be made the first week of December.  The winner will be notified prior to an official announcement made in March 2013, during the annual Commodity Classic convention and trade show in Kissimmee, FL.    BASF sponsors the winner and one parent to attend Commodity Classic for two days to participate and receive special recognition at the ASA Awards Banquet.  See the attached link  for specific scholarship requirements.

Click here for more information and to apply.

National Corn Growers' Association
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is again offering its Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship thanks to the sponsorship of BASF Corporation.

Five (5) one thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarships are available to students entering at least their second undergraduate year (or any year of graduate school) pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an agricultural, agribusiness, or an ag vocation field.

Applicants or a parent/guardian must be a member of the NCGA.  Funds are for the 2013-2014 school year.  Past scholarship winners and employees and the families of employees of any division of BASF or their subsidiaries or the NCGA are not eligible for the scholarship.

Applications must be postmarked on or before December 7, 2012.

Click here for rules, requirements and more information along with a downloadable application.


State supervisors and state FFA executive secretaries please remember that December 1 is the deadline for submitting state nominations for the 2013 National Ag Day in Washington, D.C. program on March 17-19.

The FFA members should be State FFA Officers and have strong career plans in Agriculture and related areas. They must be willing and able to communicate with their congressional Representatives and/or Senators. Once the students have been identified and confirmed we will provide them tools to schedule their visits along with key message and training opportunities to practice those messages before they make their visit to Washington, DC.

If you have any questions please contact Kent


Wondering when the 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced?

The 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced on the CASE website on November 15, 2012. Registration for the 2013 CASE Institutes is set to open December 1, 2012. Contact a CASE Affiliate University or CASE State Leader to make a suggestion of what courses and dates you would like to see offered as Institutes.

For additional information about CASE and the courses currently available, please visit the CASE website at

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, November, 2 - Find articles on an award winning name, Hurricane Sandy, food and politics, and a call for nominations in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company). here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

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