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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

January 28, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

 

Upcoming Events

2013

January 30-31, 2013
National Ag Ed Summit
Indianapolis, IN

February 2-5, 2013
Southern Region AAAE Meeting (SAAS)
Orlando, FL

March 4-6, 2013
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.

May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH

June 25-28, 2013
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN

September 23 – 25, 2013
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

Past Issues

January 14
January 7
December 17
December 10
December 3

Quote for the Week

"Learning should be an active process. Too often students come to school to watch their teachers work."
-Will Daggett

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch, NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council

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.

CASE

Register NOW for a 2013 CASE Institute!

Both Iowa AFNR CASE Institutes and the Iowa ASP CASE Institute are already full. The Nebraska ASP, Maryland APB, and Iowa ASA Institutes are also approaching full capacity.

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 are filling quickly so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding.

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.

NAAE

2013 CCFF Agriscience Awards - Call for Nominations - Deadline TOMORROW!

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 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.

Learn more

The DuPont Challenge Essay Contest - Deadline Thursday!

The 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 mathematics (STEM) to our daily lives.

Encourage your students to enter, 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 deadline for essay submissions is January 31, 2013.

2013 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Strand - Registration Due Friday!

Visit Washington D.C. and advocate for agricultural education in March. NAAE pays the registration for one representative from each state to attend. Registration is due to NAAE by February 1. Click here for more information.

2013 NAAE Award Applications Now Available

Apply for a NAAE award! Categories from scholarships for students who are student teaching to Lifetime Achievement and supporter recognition. See awards applications

NAAE Ford Grant Challenge

During 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

Communities of Practice

Check out some recent posts:

Ear Notching 101

Maternity Leave & Being an Advisor...Or Other Long-Term Leave

Agriscience Fair Projects & Rubric

Officer Team Issues...HELP!

CAST

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).

From Friday, January, 25 - Research in the digital age adds some challenges. Fake food in grocery stores and other controversies in the news. Find out where you have to go to get a McCurry or a McMango Pie.

You can also find many ag-related links on CAST's website

Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes.

FFA

Teach Leadership and Fight Hunger

Lead2Feed encourages middle and high school students to learn and develop their leadership skills through a service-learning project that focuses on hunger. Created by the Lift a Life Foundation, YUM! Foundation and the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, the 10-lesson standards-based curriculum uses the book, Taking People With You, by David Novak. Lessons are easy to implement and require minimal teacher preparation.  Students work in teams to study leadership qualities, identify a hunger-related problem, develop a solution and execute their plan.  The electronic edition of USA TODAY is included as a resource. The top 436 teams will split $500,000 in prize money for their favorite hunger charity.

To learn more, see a video testimony of the program’s value from Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and register, please go to www.lead2feed.com. No financial obligation is required.

FFA Scholarships - Deadline Feb 15

The deadline for students to submit a 2013 Scholarship Application is 5:00 p.m. EST February 15, 2013.  As mentioned in previous correspondence, National FFA instituted important changes in connection to member eligibility and how students access the application.

The Agricultural Career Network (AgCN) serves as the new registration platform through which students will apply for scholarships.  Students must create an account in AgCN using the information contained in their personalized invitations in order to access to the 2013 Scholarship Application link.  (High school seniors and collegiate members who created AgCN accounts last year can login at www.ffa.org and access the application.)

Advisors must have their rosters in AgCN and select a renewal type for members prior to generating invitations.  Students must have an active one, three or four year, locally approved membership record in the AgCN prior to their advisor generating an invitation (Print/Reprint Invitation button located under “Active Member” field on the Roster Add/Renew page).  Please remind your Advisors to submit their rosters to state also.

Membership status will be checked before judging begins.  National FFA will no longer contact states during judging to confirm status.  Only students with a current, active one, three or four year nationally approved membership record in the AgCN will be eligible to compete for scholarships.  The deadline to ensure active nationally approved membership is March 1, 2013.

Under no circumstances should an FFA member EVER create an account in the Community portal.  This portal is for non-member use only.  Also, FFA members should not be given invitations generated for AgEd Only students. AgEd Only students are not members and can only access the “Non-member” application.

The online application must be submitted prior to 5:00 p.m. EST Feb.  15, 2013.  Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 22, 2013.

Advisors who are new to AgCN should contact their state FFA staff for login information.  Otherwise, please direct AgCN and/or membership questions to either state FFA staff or 317-802-6060.  Email scholarship questions toscholarships@ffa.org.

Artistic Guidelines to Floral Design - Complimentary Lecture & Demonstration

Mr. Tom Simmons, of the American Institute of Floral Designers has extended an invitation for agricultural educators and their students to attend the 2013 AIFD Symposium inservice program  on Artistic Guidelines to Floral Design June 27, 2013.  For more information on the inservice opportunity or the AIFD Symposium please visit the AIFD website.

Additional questions on participation can be directed to Mr. Tom Simmons attomassimmons@gmail.comtomassimmons@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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January 14, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agriculturaleducation programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

 

Upcoming Events

2013

January 30-31, 2013
National Ag Ed Summit
Indianapolis, IN

February 2-5, 2013
Southern Region AAAE Meeting (SAAS)
Orlando, FL

March 4-6, 2013
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.

May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH

June 25-28, 2013
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN

September (dates TBA), 2013
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

Past Issues

January 7
December 17
December 10
December 3
November 19

Quote for the Week

"When you can't change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails."

- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, emailSabrina Hounshell.

The Council

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.

NAAE

2013 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Strand

Visit Washington D.C. and advocate for agricultural education in March. NAAE pays the registration for one representative from each state to attend. Registration is due to NAAE by February 1. Click here for more information.

 

2013 NAAE Award Applications Now Available

Apply for a NAAE award! Categories from scholarships for students who are student teaching to Lifetime Achievement and supporter recognition. See awards applications

2013 CCFF Agriscience Awards - Call for Nominations

$5,000 for an outstanding agriscience educator, plus student and scientist awards. Learn more

 

The DuPont Challenge

The 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.

 

ALL FOR NOMINATION
2013 AGRISCIENCE AWARDS

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:judithmscolumbus@cs.com

 

Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:

- Modern Marvels Worksheet

- Using iPads in Ag Class

- Lab Question Stars

- Classroom Management

FFA

Dwight Armstrong, National FFA CEO, has appointed Julie Tesch (Executive Director of the National FFA Alumni Association) to serve on National FFA's Executive Management Committee. Julie will join other senior leaders at FFA in providing strategic and operational leadership for the organization. Julie serves as Team Leader of the National FFA Alumni staff, her leadership and experiences will be an asset and much needed contribution to the committee.  The appointment provides FFA Alumni with a stronger voice within National FFA to ensure the continued growth and value that FFA Alumni provides for agricultural education.

 

Collegiate FFA

2013 New Century Farmer Conference

Applications are now available for the 2013 New Century Farmer program! 50 selected students will receive an all-expense paid trip to Des Moines, Iowa, have the opportunity to network with industry experts, attend workshops and session, participate in industry tours, and so much more! Please review the FAQ prior to beginning the application process. Applications are due on Friday, March 15th at 5p.m. EST. If you have any questions please contact Lindsey Calhoun at lcalhoun@ffa.org or 317-802-4263.

I-CAL 2013

Applications are now available for the 2013 International Collegiate Agriculture Leadership (I-CAL) program. Twelve selected participants will travel to South America to learn about international grain marketing and trade, global agriculture and acquire a unique cultural experience. To learn more about the program please view the program FAQ. Applications are due January 30, 2013 by 5p.m. EST.

If you have any additional questions on the programs please feel free to contact myself or turn to the collegiate website.

CASE

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

From Friday, January, 11 - Find articles onOur Drive Thru Diets, Flu Season, New Interns Added to the Cast Staff 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).

Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

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January 7, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

 

Upcoming Events

2013

January 30-31, 2013
National Ag Ed Summit
Indianapolis, IN

February 2-5, 2013
Southern Region AAAE Meeting (SAAS)
Orlando, FL

March 4-6, 2013
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.

May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH

June 25-28, 2013
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN

September (dates TBA), 2013
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

Past Issues

December 17
December 10
December 3
November 19
November 12
November 5

Quote for the Week

“An enlightened citizen is an indispensable ingredient of the infrastructure of democracy.”

Barbara Jordon

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, emailSabrina Hounshell.

The Council

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.

NAAE

The DuPont Challenge

The 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.

CALL FOR NOMINATION
2013 AGRISCIENCE AWARDS

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: judithmscolumbus@cs.com

Agriculture In The Classroom National Conference

Join us in beautiful and vibrant downtown Minneapolis for the 2013 National Agriculture In The Classroom conference!

Agriculture in the Classroom 2013 National Conference
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - Friday, June 28, 2013.

Watch the the welcome video for the 2013 National conference featuring Andrew Zimmern!

For more information about the National Agriculture In The Classrom Conference, please click here.

Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:

- Speech Writing Manual

- Glogster

- CASE 4 Learning on Flickr

- As a Future Agricultural Educator, What is the Most Important Issue Facing Agriculture Teachers?

 

ACTE

2013 ACTE National Policy Seminar
March 4-6
Climbing the Hill


Registration is now open!


Our community faces a mountain of federal policy challenges ahead. Don't let Congress forget the steps we have climbed to increase awareness about the value of career and technical education! Help new policymakers understand CTE and develop supportive CTE policies.

We need you to climb the Hill with us to ensure that CTE makes it to the top of policymakers' priority lists in the coming year. Be proud of your profession—join us in Washington to make the climb to Capitol Hill and show policymakers how important CTE is to the future of our country!

FFA

2013 New Century Farmer Conference
Applications are now available for the 2013 New Century Farmer program! Fifty selected students will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Des Moines, Iowa, have the opportunity to network with industry experts, attend workshops and session, participate in industry tours, and more. Review the FAQ prior to beginning the application process. Applications are due on Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m. EST. If you have any questions, contact Lindsey Calhoun, lcalhoun@ffa.org or 317-802-4263. Visit the FFA Collegiate Website for details.

 

Apply now for FFA Scholarships!
More than 1,000 scholarships sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation are available! The selection process takes into account the whole student - FFA involvement, work experience, Supervised Agricultural Experience, community service, leadership skills and academics. The deadline to submit an online application (via AgCN only) is 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 15. Signature Pages must be postmarked no later than Feb. 22 to complete eligibility.

 

Additional information and instructions are available here.

 

I-CAL 2013 applications are now available
Applications are now available for the 2013 International Collegiate Agriculture Leadership program. Twelve selected participants will travel to South America to learn about international grain marketing and trade, global agriculture, and acquire a unique cultural experience. To learn more, view the program FAQ or visit the website here. Applications are due Jan. 30 by 5 p.m. EST.

 

Joshua Bledsoe named COO of National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization announced Friday that Joshua Bledsoe will become the organization’s chief operating officer on Feb. 18. Bledsoe, currently the state FFA advisor and state agricultural education leader for North Carolina will manage major FFA operations and the lead the overall execution of the 557,318-member organization’s strategic plan. Bledsoe holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from North Carolina State University, and will relocate from Raleigh, N.C., to the Indianapolis headquarters.

CASE

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, January, 4 - Find articles on the The Farm Bill Saga Continues, the Grain Forecast, looking back on the Biggest Biotech Trends in 2012 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).

Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes