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October 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


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

October 21

October 14
October 7
September 30
September 23

Quote for the Week


?Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.?
- Joshua J. Marine


MMM Submissions


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

FFA


Convention Judges Needed
Any advisor, volunteer or state staff already attending Convention, please consider volunteering to judge a Proficiency area.  We have 27 award areas that do not have enough judges right now!  Proficiencies will be judged Thursday, October 31, 12 - 5pm. Email judges@ffa.org to receive an invitation to register to judge.


Convention Proficiency Room Hosts Needed
Proficiency room hosts are needed on Thursday, October 31 from 10:30am -5pm in Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Room hosts are voluntary. FFA does not cover any expenses. Submit nominations to rcarter@ffa.org  please include name and email address of each nominee.


Sign up now for the FFA virtual convention and expo
There?s still time to sign up for the inaugural National FFA Virtual Convention & Expo, the perfect way to bring the national convention and expo straight to your classroom.

  • Visit exhibitors within the virtual expo.
  • Participate in student workshops.
  • Watch general sessions.
  • Purchase memorabilia in the virtual shopping mall.
  • Download resources through Teacher's Corner.
  • And more!
Prices:
  • $50 per FFA chapter (with members attending on site)*
  • $100 per FFA chapter (without members attending on site)*
* = Registration only available to FFA chapters

Visit the virtual convention and expo webpage to learn more.

NAAE


Last Reminder ? NAAE activities at National FFA convention
As you?re packing those last important items for National FFA convention, be sure to mark your schedule to attend Teachers? World professional development, visit the internet café, send your students to our Teach Ag booth, visit us in the collegiate career fair, or take in General Session 5, where our teachers will be sharing why agricultural education is a great career. There are lots of opportunities to grow as a professional and get your students thinking about a career as an ag teacher ? don?t leave Louisville without taking advantage of them!


Region 2- Teacher Turn the Key Award Winner
Clayton Sallee, agricultural educator at Field Kindley Memorial High School in Coffeyville, Kan., received the 2012 Teacher Turn the Key Award. Sallee has been at Field Kindley since 2010, and has been instrumental in securing new funding and starting new courses. Read more about the award program and Sallee here.


Communities of Practice Highlights

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni Opportunities at National FFA Convention

FFA Link Insights         
Wednesday, October 30. 4:30-7 p.m.
Kentucky Exposition Center, KEC, C205


Sponsored by the National FFA Alumni and Collegiate FFA, this event is specifically for Juniors in high school to young adults who have been out of high school for less than five years. FFA Link Insight will feature a panel of high-level industry executives talking about career opportunities in the implementation, sales and agricultural engineering fields. Following the panel discussion, Charlie O?Brien, Sr. VP for the Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM), will share words of wisdom on achieving success in the industry of agriculture. Please encourage students you know attending convention to participate in both the FFA Link Insights and Meet-up.



 

FFA LINK MEETUP WEDNESDAY                    
Wednesday, OCTOBER 30, 6:00 P.M. ? 7:00 P.M.

Kentucky Exposition Center, KEC, outside C205


Following the FFA Link Insights we invite attendees to stay for the Link Meet-up and encourage FFA Alumni, exhibitors and other professionals to attend. FFA Link Meet-ups are an opportunity for young adults to interact with professionals across the agricultural industry to network, possibly identify a mentor, learn about opportunities, or just gain feedback from those who have gone before them. FFA Alumni, please mark your calendars to participate in the first ever FFA Link networking event!

NASDCTEc

Analysis of State CTE Standards
In October, NASDCTE released a report featuring An Analysis of State CTE Standards. This report provides national views on states adopting, organizing, and implementing CTE standards at secondary and postsecondary levels. Read more and download the report.

CAST

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013: Biotech crops fill the headlines, and school food programs are important in the U.S. and abroad. And what does a fox really say?

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

STEM in high demand
The STEM shortage is real and profound, according to recent findings published by Bayer, and is particularly relevant for occupations requiring two- and four-year degrees. Read more on the study and the blog post here.

 

 

 

October 21, 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


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


2014


January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

October 14
October 7
September 30
September 23
September 16

Quote for the Week

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
–Henry Ford


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


2014 National Agricultural Education Summit Update

The National Council for Agricultural Education will host the 2014 Agricultural Education Summit, January 27 -30, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The theme of the 2014 National Agricultural Education Summit, “Renewal of Experiential Learning and Supervised Agricultural Experience within Agricultural Education” will be the focus of the summit for local, state and national Team Ag Ed participants.The development of student skill and competency through experiential learning methods such as the Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) has long been a core component of school based agricultural education. As the nation begins to deal with the skills gap that exists between current educational components and what will be needed for the future workforce the general education community is looking to experiential learning as a key solution. Unfortunately, even though agricultural education has a long and successful history with the methods, the most recent research has identified the following concerns. This suggests a need for national, state and local Team Ag Ed to recommit to the experiential learning component, and in particular the use of the SAE at the middle and secondary level.

  • Less agricultural students coming from family farming operations
  • Larger numbers of urban and suburban students who do not possess adequate home facilities to engage in traditional projects
  • Many school based agricultural education programs are significantly larger than they were in the past limiting the instructor’s ability to give personalized attention to all students
  • Lack of time within agricultural education training programs to place an emphasis on preparing future educators in the management and assessment of SAE programs
  • Decrease in the number of extended contracts that allowed instructors time after school and in the summer months to manage student learning
  • More stringent labor regulations inhibiting the depth to which students can explore some career fields in agriculture

Registration Information:

For those attending the Summit in Indianapolis, registering early will save you $100. Early registration cost is $199 and will cover meals and related conference expenses. Online early registration will be available October 22, 2013, and will close on December 13, 2013. For those registering December 14, 2013, or after registration cost is $299. All participant fees must be paid before January 30, 2014, to allow participation. Only credit cards payments accepted. There are NO refunds.Thanks to the generous sponsorship of John Deere and partnership with the National FFA Organization each state will be eligible to receive two travel stipends to offset the majority of the costs for two participants. These will be managed through state agricultural education staff.


More details on this program will be shared during the NASAE conference in Louisville in the coming weeks.For more information contact Mike Honeycutt atmhoneycutt@ffa.org.

FFA


Convention Judges Needed
Any advisor, volunteer or state staff already attending Convention, please consider volunteering to judge a Proficiency area.  We have 27 award areas that do not have enough judges right now!  Proficiencies will be judged Thursday, October 31, 12 - 5pm. Email judges@ffa.orgto receive an invitation to register to judge.


Convention Proficiency Room Hosts Needed
Proficiency room hosts are needed on Thursday, October 31 from 10:30am -5pm in Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Room hosts are voluntary. FFA does not cover any expenses. Submit nominations to rcarter@ffa.org  please include name and email address of each nominee.


Convention and expo app now available
Download the 86th National FFA Convention and Expo app, now available at www.FFA.org/guidebook. Get the latest on the event, including the schedule of events, workshops, session highlights and more.


Courtesy Corp shifts allow one-of-a-kind look at convention and expo
Are your students interested in seeing some of the “behind the scenes” that goes into the planning and implementation of the National FFA Convention & Expo? If so, we have Courtesy Corp shifts still available for this year’s big event that will fit your student’s various skills and interests. Visit the Courtesy Corp website to sign up your students for a variety of shifts and times.


Our greatest need for volunteers include:

  • Monday, Oct. 28 and Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the Mega Store
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the Agriscience Fair
  • Thursday, Oct. 31 and Friday, Nov. 1 for CDE events and proficiency awards

If you have any questions, contact Angie Green with the National FFA Organization, agreen@ffa.org or 317-802-4204.


Sign up now for the FFA virtual convention and expo
There’s still time to sign up for the inaugural National FFA Virtual Convention & Expo, the perfect way to bring the national convention and expo straight to your classroom.

  • Visit exhibitors within the virtual expo.
  • Participate in student workshops.
  • Watch general sessions.
  • Purchase memorabilia in the virtual shopping mall.
  • Download resources through Teacher's Corner.
  • And more!
Prices:
  • $50 per FFA chapter (with members attending on site)*
  • $100 per FFA chapter (without members attending on site)*
* = Registration only available to FFA chapters

Visit the virtual convention and expo webpage to learn more.

NAAE


NAAE at National FFA Convention
Be sure to mark your schedule to take in all the great NAAE and Teach Ag activities happening at this year’s National FFA Convention. Here’s the rundown:


Teach Ag booth: Your students can walk the red carpet, put their star on our walk to fame, and get their photo taken while we talk to them about a future career in agricultural education


NAAE booth: We think current teachers are the real stars! Pick up your swag bag, and if you’re a current college student who’s majoring in agricultural education, fill out your Classroom Bound card and we’ll send you home with a t-shirt.


Teachers’ World: Get some professional development while your students are taking in the expo or drop by the internet café to network, get online, and recharge your device. See the workshop schedule here.


General Session 5: Be inspired by three very special agricultural educators who will share why they love to teach agriculture.


Communities of Practice Highlights

CAST

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013: Food security is the buzzword at the World Food Prize, and biotech takes center stage; the Farm Bill may have come back from the dead; Oarfish-nado might be the next horror film; and many other ag news items.

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).

CTE

The Shutdown ends. What does that mean for CTE?
With the last minute decision to end the government shut down, how will these decisions affect CTE? And what does the future look like for our government and CTE? Read the CTE Policy Watch blog to find out.

 

October 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 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

October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues


October 7
September 30
September 23
September 16
September 9

Quote for the Week

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
-Henry Stanley Haskins


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

Member Organization Spotlight: Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
One of the most recent additions to The Council’s lineup of partnering organizations is the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). The Council’s primary engagement with APLU is through the Academic Program Section (APS). APS is comprised of the associate deans responsible for academic programs at our nation’s colleges of agriculture and related disciplines.  Overall, APS represents 160+ institutions having academic programs in agriculture, natural resources, life, and related sciences.


The vision of APS is to provide academic instruction and other programs that prepare society-ready graduates with the skills and competencies necessary to sustain and enhance the food, agriculture, natural resource and life science systems needed by professionals and the general public. This involves the engagement of faculty in the development and implementation of relevant undergraduate and graduate curricula, establishing effective advisement systems for students, and the mentoring of faculty to become accomplished teachers in a learning community environment.


So why partner with The Council? There are challenges in carrying out this vision for which school based agricultural education and alliance to organizations, such as The Council, are part of the solution. Some of these issues include:

  • Declining enrollments in some undergraduate and graduate programs are occurring at a time when student demand for higher education is on an escalating track.
  • The higher education student population does not match the rapidly changing demographics of our nation’s population.  The same is true for faculty.
  • Insufficient graduates to meet the needs of the systems we populate with professionals.
  • The demographics of those currently in professional positions suggest that within five years, in excess of 50% will be eligible for retirement.
  • Our institutions are continuing to see shrinkage in state funding for all higher education programming.
  • Our curricula in our colleges of agriculture and life sciences may not adequately reflect the opportunities for students to gain the skills and competencies they will need in an increasingly high technology driven and global economy.

To learn more about APLU visit http://www.aplu.org. APLU is represented on The Council Board of Directors by Dr. Bryan Garton, associate dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and natural Resources at the University of Missouri.

FFA
Convention Judges Needed
Any advisor, volunteer or state staff already attending Convention, please consider volunteering to judge a Proficiency area.  We have 27 award areas that do not have enough judges right now!  Proficiencies will be judged Thursday, October 31, 12 - 5pm. Email judges@ffa.orgto receive an invitation to register to judge.


Convention Proficiency Room Hosts Needed
Proficiency room hosts are needed on Thursday, October 31 from 10:30am -5pm in Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Room hosts are voluntary. FFA does not cover any expenses. Submit nominations to rcarter@ffa.org  please include name and email address of each nominee.


New FFA Fact Sheet now available

The new FFA membership numbers are in and wow, they are impressive! Looking for a handy resource that breaks down the numbers and provides a nice overview of the organization? Click here.


Major FFA hunger exhibit to help fight food insecurity
Experience an important, interactive exhibit on food insecurity on the expo floor (Booth #1629) during the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo.  Learn about the causes of food insecurity and how to take positive action in your community to address it. "Running on Empty: A Journey through Hunger" will kick off a year-long FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Don't miss it!

NAAE

Apply to be a 2014 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador
The DuPont National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy provides agriscience teachers the opportunity to learn how to incorporate more science into their curriculum and make learning fun and challenging for students. The ambassadors will also conduct workshops at National FFA Convention and NAAE Convention to help other teachers learn how to be more effective in the classroom. Click here for more information and to download the application.

Attending National FFA Convention? Make Time for Professional Development!
While your students are participating in events at National FFA convention, take time to participate in Teacher’s World professional development. Topics range from agriscience to anatomy and more. Get the complete workshop schedule (and find out what awesome prizes you could win for attending) on the NAAE website.


2013 National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program Participants Selected
The DuPont National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program promotes inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation. This year 16 agricultural education majors were selected to participate in the inaugural class of the National Agriscience Preservice Teacher program, which will happen during the National FFA Convention. Learn more about the program and see this year’s participants.


Wilbur Chancellor: Region V Lifetime Achievement Award
Wilbur Chancellor, former agricultural teacher at  Choctaw County Vocational Center, contributed not only his knowledge to high school agriculture programs, but stepped up to fill several positions after retirement. After 25 years of teaching at Choctaw, Chancellor served as State FFA Advisor, State FFA Coordinator, and State Supervisor. Read more on Chancellor and other awards here.


Communities of Practice Highlights

CAST

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013: The “Nobel Prize of Agriculture” comes in the form of the World Food Prize; a salmonella outbreak causes concern; and many other ag news items.

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).

 

 

October 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

October 30-November 2

National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY

December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV

2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis

February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas

May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

September 30
September 23
September 16
September 9
August 26

Quote for the Week

"We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough."
-Helen Keller

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


Member Organization Spotlight: National PAS Organization

The success of the agricultural industry is dependent on an educated workforce trained to meet the ever-changing landscape of a rural America where addressing world population food and fiber needs will have the greatest impact.  These changes will require providing educational training that is not only appropriate but timely to address the geographically diverse of the industry.The National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization (PAS) is an organization associated with approved postsecondary institutions offering degrees, diplomas and/or certificates in agriculture, agribusiness, natural resources and related curriculum areas.  These institutions provide students with the necessary training and skills to seek immediate employment within the industry and to become valuable employees that will help revitalize rural America.As a member of The Council, the National PAS Organization role in agricultural education has been to provide a continuation of leadership training through industry focused activities within the educational institutions serving those students who will become the leaders of our rural communities.  We offer an opportunity for those students enrolled in postsecondary program to strengthen their connections through our motto of "Uniting Education and Industry in Agriculture." Our rural communities have continued to experience a shortage of workers for many of the industries served by them.  The National PAS Organization will continue to provide opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills as they become leaders in the revitalization of rural America.
As a member of The Council, the National PAS Organization has the opportunity to provide a stronger connection between our current agricultural education systems and the demands of a diverse industry.

Craig A. McEnany
Executive Director, National PAS Organization
Board Member, National Council for Agricultural Education

NAAE


XLR8 Participants Named
Congratulations to the teachers selected to participate in the inaugural class of the XLR8 Institute. This professional development opportunity for agriculture teachers who have been teaching between 7 and 15 years is sponsored by CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.


Rock National FFA Convention 2013 with NAAE!
Walk The Red Carpet at the Teach Ag Booth
Visit the Teach Ag booth (#619) and give the paparazzi what they've been dying for - shots of rock star future ag teachers! Students can sign up for the campaign, put their name on our Walk to Fame (as an ag teacher) and leave with a brand new Teach Ag t-shirt, Owly (like an Oscar, but better), and a Polaroid shot to commemorate their rise to stardom as an agriculture teacher!

Groom Your Rock Star Skills with Teachers' World Professional Development
Rock out your classroom with the ideas and skills you gather at Teachers' World professional development sessions. While your students get their picture on the Teach Ag red carpet, visit Teachers' World exhibits and take a breather in the Internet Cafe, sponsored by Monsanto. Get details about Teachers' World interactive workshops here.

Grab some Swag at the NAAE booth
Stop by the NAAE booth (1200) and pick up your swag bag, filled with goodies to help you survive the week. While you're there, find out about NAAE convention and other opportunities for NAAE members.
Ag Ed majors - Are you headed to the classroom? Fill out a card for our Classroom Bound display and get a free shirt.

Get Inspired at General Session 5
Don't miss General Session 5, at noon on Friday, when three very special agricultural educators will share their stories and inspire students to become agriculture teachers themselves.

National Teach Ag Day
The fourth annual National Teach Ag Day celebration was a huge success, thanks to the staff at North Carolina A&T and everyone else who contributed. 464 different sites joined the 2-hour livestream with a rough-estimate of more than 2,000 total viewers. There were 1200 #taglive13 tweets from 615 contributors reaching 229,000 accounts. 47 states tuned in at some point during the livestream. 73 people attended the live celebration in Greensboro. 16 people representing 10 states and 11 affiliate organizations directly participated in the event. Countless college campuses, high school classrooms and stakeholder groups joined the livestream remotely or celebrated in their own way. The archived version of the Teach Ag Day webcast is available here.


Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors
The American Soybean Association is excited to offer a scholarship to high school seniors. Visit this page for more information.


NAAE Membership Benefit
As a NAAE member, you can receive discounts at Choice Hotels International chains. Visit this page to read more about the discount and plan your next vacation today!


Communities of Practice Highlights

FFA

Coming soon- the 2014 National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program!
Although "go live" isn't until Nov. 15, 2013, we are sending a reminder about important changes to the scholarship application deadlines.
New for 2014:
  • Online applications must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2014
  • Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2014
  • Membership must be submitted by state to national by March 1

Please help spread the word about the application deadline changes.  Direct questions, comments or concerns via email to Scholarships@FFA.org.

Convention Judges Needed
Agriscience Fair and National Chapter will be judged on Wednesday, October 30. Proficiencies and Stars will be judged Thursday, October 31. Convention judging is voluntary. FFA does not cover any judging expenses. Submit nominations to judges@ffa.org, please include name and email address of each nominee.

Convention Proficiency Room Hosts Needed
Proficiency room hosts are needed on Thursday, October 31 from 10:30am -5pm in Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Room hosts are voluntary. FFA does not cover any expenses. Submit nominations to rcarter@ffa.org  please include name and email address of each nominee.

Teach Ag!
Another successful National Teach Ag Day has passed but celebrating agricultural education as a profession is a year-round occasion at FFA.Watch now as National FFA President Clay Sapp talks about why agriculture educators are so important and learn the top five reasons to teach ag.

FFA Alumni Ignite!
All FFA Alumni members and guests are invited to attend several great events during the 2013 National FFA Alumni Convention in Louisville, Ky. New this year: the National FFA Alumni Awards Reception and FFA Link Insights, featuring leaders in the implement industry.  All members are also invited to attend the live auction and the awards and business sessions.  Click here to learn more.

Live benefit auction to help FFA members
Several items are up for sale at the National FFA Alumni Live Benefit Auction to raise money for FFA member scholarships. This year our featured item is a 2014 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew, along with many other items from sponsors such as New Holland and Claas. Mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. for this fun event.

 

Still needed: Volunteers for Alumni Nation
Register now to volunteer to work at Alumni Nation during the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo.  This interactive area is where alumni, friends and supporters can gather to share stories and to encourage others to become Forever Blue with the alumni. Important note: Everyone must register to attend the convention and expo. Volunteering with the FFA Alumni does not include convention passes, parking passes or hotel accommodations. Sign up here.

CAST

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013: The cold political freeze in D.C. affects agriculture and the Farm Bill; the Peterson Brothers have a new parody; and many other ag news items light up this harvest-time edition.

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

Government Shutdown and what that means for CTE?
To learn more about how your program and CTE is affected by the shut down, please visit this page.