Sabrina Hounshell


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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.


USDA NIFA Seeking Input
Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification
Competitive Grant Program
Written comments requested by December 26... DetailsNAAE Members Win Three of Five ACTE National Awards Categories!Congratulations to Robin McLean, ACTE Teacher of the Year, Lavyne Rada, ACTE Outstanding New CTE Teacher, and Jeff Eppen, Teacher in Community Service!

AFA National Leader and Academic Scholarship
AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships seek to identify young leaders in the agriculture and food industry to enter AFA leader development programming and receive an academic scholarship the second semester of their freshman year. While most of these opportunities are targeted toward college freshmen, a few scholarships in this program also include current college students. These AFA scholarships, with the exception of the BOTAR scholarship, are a $2,600 award - $1,000 leader development award to attend the AFA Leaders Conference and a $1,600 academic scholarship upon successful attendance. Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of career vision and goal, leader and community involvement, and financial need. Applications are due March 15, 2013. Learn more and apply here.

The DuPont ChallengeThe DuPont challenge calls on students to research, think critically, and write a science essay that provides innovative ideas on our most pressing global challenges, or demonstrates the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematices (STEM) to our daily lives.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 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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The 2013 National FFA Collegiate Scholarship program is live!


This year, students will access the 2013 Scholarship Application through the Agricultural Career Network (AgCN).   Only students who create or have created accounts in AgCN will be able to access the application.


FFA members must create an account using information contained in an invitation generated by their FFA advisors after their membership type has been renewed in AgCN.   (Non-FFA members will create accounts through the Community portal.)


The deadline to submit an online application is prior to 5:00 p.m. EST Feb.  15, 2013.  Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 22, 2013 to complete eligibility.


Additional information and instructions are available at  Direct AgCN and/or membership questions to your state FFA staff or National FFA membership 317-802-6060.  Email scholarship questions to



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, 14 - Find articles on the need for Ag Research, making Ag Programs and FFA Successful, the Annual Ag Day Contest 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