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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

February 25, 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

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


February 18
February 11
February 4
January 28
January 14

Quote for the Week


"The day you're willing to veer off a lesson plan, follow a kid's lead, and learn with your students is the day you really become a teacher."

MMM Submissions


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

CASE

Grants and Scholarships to Help Offset the Cost of CASE

There are several opportunities available right now to help fund your CASE program and training. The deadline for all these opportunities is March 15. Details on all opportunities can be found at www.case4learning.org, and any questions can be directed to Miranda Chaplin.


CASE Implementation Grants from DuPont Pioneer
Program implementation grants are now available through a generous sponsorship from DuPont® Pioneer® as a special project of the National FFA Foundation™. These grants will allow NAAE members to participate in a CASE Institute (or Field Test Institute), purchase equipment and/or software from the CASE Store to implement a CASE course, and purchase CASE End-of-Course student assessments through the CASE Store.
Download Grant Application


Case Institute Scholarships for Female Ag Ed Majors from Impact FFA
Two scholarships are available for female agricultural education majors to attend a CASE Institute this summer and become certified to teach the CASE curriculum. Please share this opportunity with eligible students.
Download Impact Scholarship application


CASE Institute Scholarships from Mosaic
These scholarships will allow NAAE members to participate in a CASE Institute (or Field Test Institute). Scholarship funding priorities (but not limited to) for this program are for Florida or Louisiana teachers, teachers to attend a CASE Institute if scholarship commitment was matched by school system or community entity to provide funds for travel, or for teachers to attend either the CASE Institute for Animal and Plant Biotechnology hosted by the University of Florida, June 16-27, 2013 or Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant hosted by McNeese State University, June 9-20, 2013.
Download Mosaic scholarship application


CASE Institute Scholarships from DowAgroSciences
These scholarships will allow NAAE members to participate in a CASE Institute (or Field Test Institute). Scholarship funding priorities (but not limited to) for this program are for Indiana teachers, enrollment for any Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant CASE Institute, or enrollment for the Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal CASE Institute at Beech Grove City Schools in Indiana.
Download DowAgrosciences Scholarship application

FFA


Scholarship Deadline Extended Due to Bad Weather

Due to power outages, school closings and dangerous travel conditions, FFA is extending the postmark deadline for the 2013 Scholarship Signature Page to Monday, February 25, 2013.Advisors and applicants will have access to the application until 11:55 p.m. EST Monday, February 25, 2013.

  • Advisors – Go to www.ffa.org, log into AGCN and follow the “Click HERE to begin the scholarship approval process” link (located under National News) to complete the Advisor Certification section.
  • Students – Go to www.ffa.org and sign into AGCN.  Click the APPLY link (located under National News).  Scroll down to the bottom of the interface page to the ”Click to Access Application” link.  Print Signature Page.
Direct scholarship questions to the FFA Center by phone at 317-802-6060 or via email to scholarships@ffa.org.

NAAE


2013 Teach Ag Grants Available

The National Teach Ag Campaign is pleased to offer grant stipends once again to support state and local initiatives related to the recruitment and retention of school based agriculture teachers.  Grants will be reviewed and awarded throughout the year based on impact and available grant dollars.  Click here for details.


Read News & Views

A DIY cow skeleton for your classroom, amazing teacher Carmelita Goossen, opportunities for NAAE members, and more in this News & Views. Go to the newsletter.


NAAE Awards Applications are Available

It's time to apply for a NAAE award! It's a great way to reflect on your accomplishments, recognize important partners, and show your value to your administration. Go to NAAE award applications


Communities of Practice Check out some recent posts:

CAST

From Friday, February 22 - Agriculture and the 3-D printer craze; FFA Week; and links to eight universities that are gung ho for agriculture.Check out these and many ag-related links on Friday Notes.

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).

ACTE

CareerTech VISION 2013 Call for Presentations

The CareerTech VISION 2013 call for presentations is now open! Take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to submit to present at the premier annual event for career and technical educators. Please read these instructions, check out the walkthrough ... and submit today!

National ACTE Excellence Awards

The National ACTE Excellence Awards seek to promote excellence in career and technical education by recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the field, programs that exemplify the highest standards, and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand career and technical education programs. Member Awards materials are due March 1! Learn more

US Department of Education

Education Department Releases College Scorecard to Help Students Choose Best College

Following President Obama’s State of the Union address, today the U.S. Department of Education released an interactive College Scorecard, which provides students and families the critical information they need to make smart decisions about where to enroll for higher education. The College Scorecard – as part of President Obama’s continued efforts to hold colleges accountable for cost, value and quality – highlights key indicators about the cost and value of institutions across the country to help students choose a school that is well-suited to meet their needs, priced affordably, and is consistent with their educational and career goals.

Learn more

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

February 18, 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

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

February 11
February 4
January 28
January 14
January 7

Quote for the Week

"I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day."

-Abraham Lincoln

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE


2013 Teach Ag Grants Available

The National Teach Ag Campaign is pleased to offer grant stipends once again to support state and local initiatives related to the recruitment and retention of school based agriculture teachers.  Grants will be reviewed and awarded throughout the year based on impact and available grant dollars.  Click here for details.


CHS Commits $300,000 to National Teach Ag Campaign

The CHS Foundation recently made a 2 year $300,000 commitment to the National Teach Ag Campaign.  This sponsorship will ensure that recruitment and retention efforts on the national level are maintained and implemented. Read more


NAAE Awards Applications are Available

It's time to apply for a NAAE award! It's a great way to reflect on your accomplishments, recognize important partners, and show your value to your administration. Go to NAAE award applications


Communities of Practice

Check out some recent posts:

CASE

Register NOW for a 2013 CASE Institute!

Both Iowa AFNR CASE Institutes and the Iowa ASP CASE Institutes are already full. The Pennsylvania AFNR, Tennessee AFNR, Iowa ASA, Ohio ASA, Nebraska ASP, and Maryland APB 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.

CAST

From Friday, February 15 - This week we look at trends in agriculture, antibiotic debates, and why a strawberry might be an apple when it comes to dubious grocery store labels.Check these and many ag-related links on Friday Notes.

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).

FFA

2013 Convention Housing is Open

Click here to go

The Year of the Farmer

Watch the video, share a badge and Ram Trucks makes a donation. Help us raise $1 million to support FFA and assist in local hunger and educational programs. Go

ACTE

ACTE Responds to State of the Union

ACTE applauds Pres. Barack Obama?s emphasis on the importance of education that prepares individuals for successful careers in the growing U.S. economy during the State of the Union Address delivered last night. ?A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs?that must be the North Star that guides our efforts,? the president stated in his address. Strong career and technical education (CTE) programs are an essential part of an education system that equips citizens with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Read the full response here!

US Department of Agriculture

Secretary?s Column: A Magnet for Jobs

This week, in his State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out his plan to make America a magnet for jobs in the generations to come, and further strengthen the middle class.   He stressed that in the wealthiest nation on earth, we must build up ladders of opportunity ? to ensure that folks who work hard and play by the rules have a chance to get ahead.

The values the President spoke of in his address are shared by many across rural America. Our farmers, ranchers, rural businesses and families are committed to the value of hard work.  They agree that we owe today?s young people the opportunity to get ahead. They know that we must continue working to alleviate rural poverty to build up the middle class across our nation.

The President?s first priority is to make America a magnet for jobs ? and when it comes to job creation, there?s no place like rural America.

Read more

 

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

February 11, 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

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
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

Past Issues

February 4

January 28
January 14
January 7
December 17

Quote for the Week

"In an effective classroom, children should not only know what they are doing, they should also know why and how."
-Harry Wong

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


"Teaching IS rocket science, not everyone can do it!"


The preceding quote was taken from the remarks of USDE Deputy Secretary for Rural Outreach, John White during his presentation at the recent 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit. He further challenged those in attendance and on-line to join in raising the national perception of the teaching profession.


Deputy Secretary White's complete presentation, including his reading of a letter from USDA Secretary Vilsack to Summit participants (direct link to actual letter below), and a videotaped presentation by USDE Secretary Arne Duncan can be accessed at the National Council website. All six sessions of the Summit can be accessed at this site.


This opportunity to make use of content specific information from Summit presentations to develop or compliment your local and/or state recruitment and retention activities is awesome! Specifically, I call your attention to: the second general session containing a Panel Discussion of Team AgEd Stakeholders; valuable retention insight is shared from a variety of people including a secondary school administrator; The fourth general session, Utilizing Resources and Planning, during which a variety of Teach Ag supported recruitment and retention perspectives are shared; The Thursday luncheon session containing an Update of the SAE Renewal Project ; and the fifth general session highlighting a variety of Support and Advocacy Toolsfor local programs.


As you visit the website you will notice there are many more options of content rich selections from which to choose information to enhance and compliment not only your recruitment and retention efforts, but general programming efforts as well. Please take time to check out the possibilities! Click here to be taken to the recorded breakout sessions.


This year's Summit was extended to a much larger potential audience. As a first time endeavor, it was very successful. It is estimated that over 450 people were included in our audience. The Council would like to extend its gratitude to iCEV in supporting our efforts to do so, and a special note of gratitude to National FFA for supporting the telecasting efforts. Should you have suggestions for enhancing the effectiveness of the distance delivery, please direct those suggestions to either myself or Council Managing Director, Tony Small.


Lloyd Bell, President
National Council for Agricultural Education


Link to Secretary Vilsack's letter

FFA


FFA Chapter Challenge


The 2013 FFA Chapter Challenge has begun! FFA chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Tennessee, and Wisconsin are invited to participate in the 2013 FFA Chapter Challenge running now through March 6th, 2013. There are two ways to participate: the Voting Challenge or the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge. Signing up is easy! Simply choose one of the two ways to participate and register online. Follow this link for more information about the program.


2013 Scholarship Application Deadline is This Week!


The 2013 Scholarship Application deadline is rapidly approaching (5:00 p.m. EST Feb 15). Click here for helpful advisor tips.

NAAE


Agriscience Awards Deadline is TOMORROW
$5,000 award for agriscience teacher, $1,000 for agriscience student


This wonderful opportunity was created just to recognize and encourage agriscience educators, researchers and students.


IF YOU ARE AN AGRISCIENCE TEACHER, YOU SHOULD BE APPLYING FOR THIS AWARD AND SO SHOULD YOUR STUDENTS!


NAAE members have won the $5,000 Agriscience Educator award every year since this award was created, so get your applications in!


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.


$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 at:www.agriscienceawards.com.


Please visit this website for information on the Competition Rules and Regulations. The deadline for 2013 Nominations has been extended to February 12.  Any questions related to the competition may be directed to Judi Shellenberger, Executive Director of the Foundation at: judithmscolumbus@cs.com or (315) 258-0090.


NAAE Awards Applications are Available


It's time to apply for a NAAE award! It's a great way to reflect on your accomplishments, recognize important partners, and show your value to your administration. Go to NAAE award applications


Outstanding Teacher: Dennis Riethman


Dennis Riethman has been teaching agriculture for 33 years at Coldwater High School in Coldwater, Ohio. When he first took the job in this rural agricultural community, it was a one teacher program focused on production agriculture. With the addition of shop and greenhouse facilities and three more agriculture teachers, class offerings have grown to include Plant and Animal Sciences, Mechanical Technology, and a Veterinary Technician program. Read more


Communities of Practice


Check out some recent posts:

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.

CAST

From Friday, February 8 - With Paul Harvey and God helping out, agriculture-and the FFA--had a good past week. Of course, many topics such as school lunches and biotech crops are still controversial-even the Super Bowl Chicken wings shortage is a matter of debate.Check these and many ag-related links on Friday Notes.

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).

ACTE

Happy CTE Month!

This year, CTE Month will be better than ever! Take this opportunity to SHOW the CTE works, TELL that CTE works and CELEBRATE that CTE works! Learn more about what you can do by clicking the calendar to the left. While you're at it, check out the winning PSAs from our student contest and look through our list or resources to see what you can do in your school and community to help everyone see that CTE works!

US Department of Education

National CTE Month Marks Pivotal Moment

This month, students, educators, stakeholder groups, and even regulators will highlight what works in career and technical education (CTE).

The U.S. Department of Education has joined the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) to celebrate February as National CTE Month. Each organization has assembled a month-long schedule of activities that focus on outstanding programs. ED also will draw attention to the need to transform secondary and postsecondary programs that are no longer relevant in today's marketplace.

The 2013 celebration marks a pivotal moment for CTE. This year, we all have a chance to work together to promote an increase in rigor and relevance and to support replication of programs that work. As a nation, we cannot continue to allow some youth and adults to be stuck in outdated vocational courses that do not prepare students for in-demand careers. Read more

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

February 4, 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

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 28
January 14
January 7
December 17
December 10

Quote for the Week

“There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.”
― James Truslow Adams

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

Couldn't Make it to The Summit?

The 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit has wrapped, but you can watch all the action via video archive. Visit this link for a complete roster of videos.

 

FFA

Watch RAM's God Made a Farmer Superbowl Ad and Support FFA
RAM Trucks will donate for views up to $1 mil.

As many of you may have seen, the National FFA Foundation and National FFA Organization cooperated with RAM Trucks on a two-minute Super Bowl commercial honoring the American Farmer that aired during the fourth quarter of the telecast.  The ad, which features a popular poem by the late broadcaster Paul Harvey, is being supported with a cover wrap of USA Today and a significant web presence across other electronic media.

The ad serves as a call to action for the public to celebrate 2013 as the Year of the Farmer. Individuals may do so by visiting a special web page, viewing the positive messaging of the video and inviting others to do the same.

RAM will contribute up to $1,000,000 to the National FFA Foundation based on the views of the video and activity on the website. The bulk of the new funding will be dedicated to supporting the FFA hunger initiative "Feeding the World-Starting at Home."

The ad web page is not a sales site. Individuals will only be asked to view the video and recommend it to others.  There is a link on the website for those interested in learning more about RAM products as well as a link for individuals wishing to learn more about FFA and agricultural education.

Please spread the word to view the commercial online here.

Supporting this positive messaging about the American Farmer will raise awareness of the National FFA Organization within the general public while providing significant support to a major FFA initiative. We ask that you share news about the opportunity among members and supporters as appropriate.

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.

 

NAAE

2013 CCFF Agriscience Awards -Deadline Has Been Extended!
$5,000 award for agriscience teacher, $1,000 for agriscience student

This wonderful opportunity was created just to recognize and encourage agriscience educators, researchers and students.
IF YOU ARE AN AGRISCIENCE TEACHER, YOU SHOULD BE APPLYING FOR THIS AWARD AND SO SHOULD YOUR STUDENTS!

NAAE members have won the $5,000 Agriscience Educator award every year since this award was created, so get your applications in!

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.

$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 at: www.agriscienceawards.com. Please visit this website for information on the Competition Rules and Regulations. The deadline for 2013 Nominations has been extended to February 12.  Any questions related to the competition may be directed to Judi Shellenberger, Executive Director of the Foundation at: judithmscolumbus@cs.com or (315) 258-0090.

Communities of Practice

Check out some recent posts:

 

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.

 

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, February 1 - We look at how young people are diving into the world of agriculture. Also, find out about Super Bowl ads and recipes, and the big story of the week apparently was the murderous nature of cats!. Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes.

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