Julie Fritsch

MMM 11/5/12 - Watch Our Teachers Speak at General Session 5, Scholarship Opportunities, More

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Nov 5, 2012

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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 ffa.org, 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 Schesckekschescke@ffa.org.


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 www.case4learning.org.

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).

http://www.cast-science.org/Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes