Sabrina Hounshell

12/10/12 National Ag Ed Summit, NAAE Internships, NAAE Merch, DuPont Challenge, CASE, and more!

Blog Post created by Sabrina Hounshell on Dec 10, 2012
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2013 National Agricultural Education Summit

Registration is open and costs $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 agricultural education 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.

The agenda is now available online here.For more information please visit the National Council for Agricultural Education website.


Show Your Ag Teacher Pride With Some New NAAE Threads!
Order NAAE shirts and jackets- now through December 10.
Delivery by Christmas.

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USDA NIFA Seeking Input
Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification
Competitive Grant Program

Listening Session via WebCast and toll-free telephone line
December 12, 2012 -- 12:00-3:00 p.m. EST
Oral and written comments requested ... Details

Apply now for a 2013 Summer Internship!

We offer summer internship opportunities for upperclassmen majoring in agricultural education. Click on the links below for more information about each internship, including application deadlines and procedures.


Application deadline for all scholarships is December 17.

Become a 2013 DuPont Agriscience Teacher Ambassador

Specially selected agriscience teachers from all across the United States travel to DuPont Chesapeake Farms to learn how to incorporate more science into their existing curriculums and make learning fun and challenging for their students.

Over 170 teachers from 48 states have been a part of the Academy since its inception 10 years ago.Applications are due December 17. Click here for Details

The DuPont Challenge

Help 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 Award

One $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 Award

One $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 Awards

Two $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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There is still time to apply for a 2013 FFA: Food For All grant! Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger programs. 

Applications are due Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 via email to Project concepts include, but are not limited to; community gardens,donating protein sources, or creating backpack programs. All projects must  include educational outreach.

Visit the FFA: Food For All website for the application and additional information. The Living to Serve Team will also host two informational webinars on Wednesday, December 5 to provide guidance and support to interested chapters. Registration is required to participate in one of the webinars. Although helpful, it is not mandatory for interested chapters to attend a webinar.

For more information please contact Stefonie Sebastian at


CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the twenty-three CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute for Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR), Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA), Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP), or Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB), please click here.

To register for the Field Test CASE Institute for Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE), please click here.

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.

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, December, 7 - Find articles on Ag, Science, and Food Production ControversiesKeep Sprouting, Biotech Salmon, Organic or Not, and reports from the, CAST Annual Meeting 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