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April 28, 2014

 

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 EventsMay 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT
July 9-12
National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Grand Rapids, MI
September 23-25, 2014
Western Region AAAE
Kona, Hawaii
October 9-11, 2014
Central Region AAAE
Morgantown, WV
Past IssuesApril 21
April 14
April 7
March 31
March 24

  
Quote for the Week"The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance."
-Benjamin Franklin
MMM SubmissionsTo have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


College Course Offers Students Opportunity to Learn about Agricultural Issues and Grow Leadership Skill
The Purdue University College of Agriculture offers an Issues in Agriculture class that helps students understand all sides of complicated and controversial issue. Courses like these are outstanding ways to help students in agriculture learn about why people feel the way they do about certain issues, apply technical knowledge in real world contexts and develop important leadership skills such as negotiation, performing well in difficult conversations and resolving conflict in a healthy manner. As agricultural educators deal with the challenge of helping students learn about the many political and controversial issues in agriculture using techniques such as role playing and mock debate from several points of view can be powerful tools to engage students in the learning process and come away with a deeper understanding of the issues. To learn more about how Purdue University is helping students in agriculture learn how to deal with controversial issues and be prepared to resolve future conflict click here.

NAAE


Gothic Arch announces Greenhouse Construction/Enhancement Grant for NAAE Members
Gothic Arch is now accepting applications from NAAE members who would like to construct a new greenhouse or enhance an existing greenhouse for their middle school or high school agricultural education program.


This opportunity is open to all active and active life NAAE members who are currently teaching agriculture in a middle school or high school. Four $2,500 grants will be awarded in 2014.


NAAE is excited to partner once again with Gothic Arch Greenhouses, a long time supporter of agricultural education in public schools.


Applications are due THIS THURSDAY, MAY 1. Follow this link to learn more and apply for the grant.


Farmer to Farmer Program in East Africa
NAAE is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which is the lead organization, on a Farmer to Farmer (F2F) Program supporting East Africa. Click here for more information and to register today!


NAAE Virtual Book Club
Personalize your professional development this summer by participating in NAAE’s first virtual ag ed book club.  Register by June 1st to earn up to 5 hours of professional development credit or CEUs for participating.  To learn more and register, go to NAAE Virtual Book Club.


Are you interested in serving on the 2014 NAAE Awards Judging Committee?
This year, NAAE will judge a majority of their awards virtually through these national judging committees.  Sign up to serve our ag ed profession by May 10th.  Sign Up Here


2014 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshop Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2014 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, November 18-22, 2014, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education.Follow this link to submit your proposal TODAY!


2014 NAAE Award Applications Available
Apply for a 2014 NAAE Award. Most applications are due to the NAAE office by May 15. Click here for award information and applications.
Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

2013 Chapter Innovators’ Guide now available
Read how 45 FFA chapters developed a well-planned and well-executed Program of Activities in the 2013 Chapter Innovators’ Guide, which profiles the Model of Excellence, Model of Innovation and Outstanding Middle School winning chapters. The guide is available in PDF and on ISSUU, which now features a new app for Android.

 

Listen to FFA Today
Haven’t been able to catch our new radio program FFA Today on RURAL RADIO? No worries…you can now access the great interviews and tributes involving current and former members, chapters, advisors and alumni on FFA.org. The website will be updated regularly, but you can listen to FFA Today live on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 80 every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST (schedule subject to change).

 

Apply now: Grants to meet local environmental issues
The Living to Serve: Environmental Grant online application is now open. Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects focused on meeting a local environmental need. Applications are due May 30. Visit the Environmental Grants webpage for additional information.


Free personalization through May 1
Recognize your FFA members at graduation with the FFA graduation sash and make it personal with free embroidery from FFA. Graduation is special, as is the years in FFA. Commemorate both with a personalized graduation sash. Also included are our moisture management Official Casual Dress polo shirts.

FFA Alumni

Registration is now open online for the 2014 FFA Alumni Development Conference. This year the conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan July 9-12. Anyone is welcome to join in on this fun and informative annual conference. Special tours, workshops, taste-of-states and much more are being set up now. It is sure to be anADC for the record books. Register today to take advantage of the early bird special!

CAST

Friday, April 25, 2014: Ag trade negotiations, ethanol disputes, and a Pharrell Williams down-on-the-farm parody--plus the usual links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news.

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).

 

 


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April 21, 2014

 

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


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT


July 9-12
National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Grand Rapids, MI


September 23-25, 2014
Western Region AAAE
Kona, Hawaii


October 9-11, 2014
Central Region AAAE
Morgantown, WV

Past Issues


April 14
April 7
March 31
March 24
March 17

Quote for the Week


"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel."
-Socrates

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


The Movie Farmland Debuts in New York
The movie Farmland, which tells the story of 6 young farmers, made its debut in New York City last week. The movie, produced in cooperation with the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, has been shown to farmer audiences around the nation over the past few months, but just made its New York city debut at the Tribeca Film Festival Thursday evening. Director James Moll said the film gives the public a firsthand look at life on a farm without preaching, “There are lots of hot button issues in agriculture and there is a good deal of back and forth discussion by groups with different agendas; but I decided I did not want to make an agenda film, I wanted to make a film about people.” He said the documentary focuses on the characters, what they do, and how they live.


For more information and locations to see the move visithttp://www.farmlandfilm.com/.


New Tool for Talking about Agricultural Biotech
The International Food Information Council has created a handy guide for talking about food biotechnology. You can download the entire guide as a pdf, or you can view individual sections on the IFIC website. If you only have a few minutes to look, we recommend checking out Words to Use & Words to Lose and the presentation section, which includes how to respond to frequently asked questions.

NAAE


Farmer to Farmer Program in East Africa
NAAE is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which is the lead organization, on a Farmer to Farmer (F2F) Program supporting East Africa. Click here for more information and to register today!


NAAE Virtual Book Club
Personalize your professional development this summer by participating in NAAE’s first virtual ag ed book club.  Register by June 1st to earn up to 5 hours of professional development credit or CEUs for participating.  To learn more and register, go to NAAE Virtual Book Club.


Teach Ag Ambassadors
The National Teach Ag Campaign is pleased to once again announce that applications are now being accepted for the Teach Ag Ambassador Program. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 25th. Click here for more details and to apply!


Gothic Arch announces Greenhouse Construction/Enhancement Grant for NAAE Members
Gothic Arch is now accepting applications from NAAE members who would like to construct a new greenhouse or enhance an existing greenhouse for their middle school or high school agricultural education program.


This opportunity is open to all active and active life NAAE members who are currently teaching agriculture in a middle school or high school. Four $2,500 grants will be awarded in 2014.


NAAE is excited to partner once again with Gothic Arch Greenhouses, a long time supporter of agricultural education in public schools.


Applications are due May 1. Follow this link to learn more and apply for the grant.

2014 DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award

The DEKALB® Agricultural Accomplishment Award is annually presented to one FFA student per chapter because they exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic.   In 2014, DEKALB is celebrating our 67th year of sponsorship of this award.


Teachers must nominate a student.  All nominations should be directed to the award email box:dekalb.agaccomplishment@monsanto.com
All nominations should include:
a. Recipient (Nominee) Name
b. Banquet or Presentation Date
c. FFA Chapter / Name of School
d. Name/Address for Shipping
-assumes awards will not be shipped directly to recipients
-please allow lead time of 15 business days.


Winners receive a commemorative award certificate, a lapel pin, and a congratulatory letter from the DEKALB Brand Lead.


2014 NAAE Award Applications Available
Apply for a 2014 NAAE Award. Most applications are due to the NAAE office by May 15. Click here for award information and applications.


Community of Practice Highlights

CASE

Thinking about a CASE Institute this summer but don’t know where to go?
Check out the link to see the many dates and locations for CASE Institutes, then register now! Sites are filling fast, so don’t wait! The following sites still have seats available:

Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR)
South Central College
Texas Tech University
Ohio State
University of FL

Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA)
South Dakota State University
Texas Tech University
University of Maryland
Penn State University
McNeese State University, LA

Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP)
Texas A&M University
University of Kentucky
Beech Grove City Schools, IN
Penn State University

Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE)
Ohio State University
Oregon State University

Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB)
Iowa FFA Enrichment Center

Food Science and Safety – Field Test (FSS)
Texas A&M University
South Central College, MN
Rutgers University, NJ

FFA

2013 Chapter Innovators’ Guide now available
Read how 45 FFA chapters developed a well-planned and well-executed Program of Activities in the 2013 Chapter Innovators’ Guide, which profiles the Model of Excellence, Model of Innovation and Outstanding Middle School winning chapters. The guide is available in PDF and on ISSUU, which now features a new app for Android.

“Food and Nutrition Service: Who We Are, What We Do &
How FFA Chapters Can Get Involved”

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is hosting a webinar for state and local FFA leaders to introduce FNS and specifically talk about two programs; the Summer Food Service Program and Farm to School.  FFA has many ways that they can get involved in FNS’s programs, please register for the webinar to learn more!

Take a test drive for FFA
On April 26, take a test drive at a participating Ram dealer, and a $20 donation will be made to the National FFA Organization in support of local chapters. Visit ramtrucks.com/nextcrop for participating dealerships or to make a donation to FFA.

 

Listen to FFA Today
Haven’t been able to catch our new radio program FFA Today on RURAL RADIO? No worries…you can now access the great interviews and tributes involving current and former members, chapters, advisors and alumni on FFA.org. The website will be updated regularly, but you can listen to FFA Today live on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 80 every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST (schedule subject to change).

 

Apply now: Grants to meet local environmental issues
The Living to Serve: Environmental Grant online application is now open. Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects focused on meeting a local environmental need. Applications are due May 30. Visit the Environmental Grants webpage for additional information.

 

Free personalization through May 1
Recognize your FFA members at graduation with the FFA graduation sash and make it personal with free embroidery from FFA. Graduation is special, as is the years in FFA. Commemorate both with a personalized graduation sash. Also included are our moisture management Official Casual Dress polo shirts.

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge
We have 31 states who are Hunger Heroes so far…is your state one of them? Go to www.facebook.com/livingtoserveffa  to check and see! Don’t let your state be left out, report your hunger fighting impacts today at www.FFA.org/HEROES. Become an FFA Hunger Hero today!

FFA Alumni

Registration is now open online for the 2014 FFA Alumni Development Conference. This year the conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan July 9-12. Anyone is welcome to join in on this fun and informative annual conference. Special tours, workshops, taste-of-states and much more are being set up now. It is sure to be anADC for the record books. Register today to take advantage of the early bird special!

USDA

USDA Awards Grants for New School Food Service Equipment to Help Schools Dish Up Healthy Meals
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $25 million in grants to help schools purchase needed kitchen equipment as they continue to provide school lunches and breakfasts that give children the nutrition they need to learn and grow. Read more>>

ACTE

USA Science & Engineering Festival
ACTE is proud to be an Official Partner of the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, to be held April 24-27, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
Follow this link for more information.

 

 

 

 

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April 14, 2014

 

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


April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, HI


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT


July 9-12
National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Grand Rapids, MI


September 23-25, 2014
Western Region AAAE
Kona, Hawaii


October 9-11, 2014
Central Region AAAE
Morgantown, WV

Past Issues

April 7
March 31
March 24
March 17
March 10       

Quote for the Week

"Educating yourself does not mean that you were stupid in the first place; it means that you are intelligent enough to know that there is plenty left to learn."
-Melanie Joy


MMM Submissions

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

CASE


CASE Institutes are filling fast!
Several CASE Institutes are already full, and others are very close. Please don’t wait to get registered for your CASE Institute of choice. Follow this CASE registration link and sign up now!


CASE would like to highlight those Host Sites who already have full CASE Institutes or only have a few seats left.


Congratulations to the following on their great numbers!Kansas State University: AFNR
South Central College (MN): AFNR
Beech Grove City Schools (IN): AFNR
Ohio State University (MVCTC), AFNR
Iowa FFA Enrichment Center: AFNR, ASA, ASP, APB
Pontiac Township High School (IL): AFNR
University of Missouri: ASA
University of Nebraska: ASA
Tennessee State University: ASP
Washington: ASP
There are still seats available in other great sites, so register now at www.case4learning.org!

 

NAAE


Teach Ag Ambassadors
The National Teach Ag Campaign is pleased to once again announce that applications are now being accepted for the Teach Ag Ambassador Program. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 25th. Click here for more details and to apply!


DuPont Pioneer Newest Sponsor of the National Teach Ag Campaign
DuPont Pioneer is the latest company to add support to the growing National Teach Ag Campaign. The leading producer of hybrid seeds has committed $50,000 to the effort to stem the national shortage of agriculture teachers. Click here to read more.


April News & Views
Are you ready to advocate for agricultural education? Check out April's Edition of News & Views to learn what advocacy can do for your ag program!


Gothic Arch announces Greenhouse Construction/Enhancement Grant for NAAE Members
Gothic Arch is now accepting applications from NAAE members who would like to construct a new greenhouse or enhance an existing greenhouse for their middle school or high school agricultural education program.


This opportunity is open to all active and active life NAAE members who are currently teaching agriculture in a middle school or high school. Four $2,500 grants will be awarded in 2014.


NAAE is excited to partner once again with Gothic Arch Greenhouses, a long time supporter of agricultural education in public schools.


Applications are due May 1. Follow this link to learn more and apply for the grant.


2014 NAAE Award Applications Available
Apply for a 2014 NAAE Award. Most applications are due to the NAAE office by May 15. Click here for award information and applications.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA Alumni

Registration is now open online for the 2014 FFA Alumni Development Conference. This year the conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan July 9-12. Anyone is welcome to join in on this fun and informative annual conference. Special tours, workshops, taste-of-states and much more are being set up now. It is sure to be anADC for the record books. Register today to take advantage of the early bird special!

FFA

“Food and Nutrition Service: Who We Are, What We Do &
How FFA Chapters Can Get Involved”

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is hosting a webinar for state and local FFA leaders to introduce FNS and specifically talk about two programs; the Summer Food Service Program and Farm to School.  FFA has many ways that they can get involved in FNS’s programs, please register for the webinar to learn more!

Take a test drive for FFA
On April 26, take a test drive at a participating Ram dealer, and a $20 donation will be made to the National FFA Organization in support of local chapters. Visit ramtrucks.com/nextcrop for participating dealerships or to make a donation to FFA.

Listen to FFA Today
Haven’t been able to catch our new radio program FFA Today on RURAL RADIO? No worries…you can now access the great interviews and tributes involving current and former members, chapters, advisors and alumni on FFA.org. The website will be updated regularly, but you can listen to FFA Today live on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 80 every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST (schedule subject to change).

 

Nominate now for FFA honorary awards
Nominate your favorite FFA supporter for an Honorary American Degree, VIP, or DSC award. Forms can be found here. The deadline to submit your nomination forms is on or before June 15. Nomination forms and questions should be directed to honorary@ffa.org.

 

Apply now: Grants to meet local environmental issues
The Living to Serve: Environmental Grant online application is now open. Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects focused on meeting a local environmental need. Applications are due May 30. Visit the Environmental Grants webpage for additional information.

 

212°/360° host registration now open
Registration to host a 212° Virtues Conference (seventh - 10th grades) or 360° Vision Conference (11th - 12th grades) will be open online now through May 15. Conferences may be held at the chapter, regional or state level and only requires a 70-student minimum. Check out theNational FFA Conferences webpage for more information.

 

New requirements for Agriscience Fair
A state staff signature is now required on all applications being forwarded to national summer judging. There is a new application template available to help format the report for projects. Check it out onthe website. Did you know that the Agriscience Fair handbook has undergone some changes? Check it out here!

CAST

Friday, April 11, 2014: Sugar wars, GMO labeling debates, and goats show their intelligence--plus the usual links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news.

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).

USDA

USDA Announces Funding to Train and Educate Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).Click here to read more.

ACTE

ACTE Live
ACTE's online seminars are available to members as a professional development resource. These free seminars cover a variety of topics of interest to you. For more information about the online seminars currently offered, and to register, click here.

 

 

 


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April 7, 2014

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


April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, HI


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT


July 9-12
National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Grand Rapids, MI


September 23-25, 2014
Western Region AAAE
Kona, Hawaii


October 9-11, 2014
Central Region AAAE
Morgantown, WV

Past Issues

March 31
March 24
March 17
March 10        
March 3

Quote for the Week"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
-Albert Einstein


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


National Council for Agricultural Education Board of Directors meets in Indianapolis
The Council Board of Directors met in Indianapolis March 31 through April 2nd. The following are a list of major items and actions of the Board during their recent meeting:

  • Mr. Jason Davis, State FFA Director for North Carolina, was selected as President-Elect.  Davis will serve in this role through December 31, 2014 and will serve as Council president in 2015.
  • The Council board approved joining a USDA Secondary Challenge Grant proposal with North Carolina State University and NAAE with purpose of securing funds for an online tool to help agriculture students better engage in experiential learning in agriculture.
  • The Council Board approved organizational support for an online Farm Business Management education tool that is being advocated for and will be created based on the work of several farm business management educators and researchers. The presentation to The Council was made by Dr. Dick Joerger.
  • The Council Board approved allocation of dollars received through sponsorship attained by the National FFA Foundation to be directed toward the revision of National AFNR Standards and SAE Renewal activities during 2014.


Help Students Prepare for PEDV Ahead of Show Season
As swine show season starts to get underway, it's time to think about how to deal with the many questions and challenges associated with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV). Although the virus has less impact on the older, growing pigs headed for a show ring, the potential to spread PEDV and other pathogens rises since the pigs are commingled at weigh-ins and the exhibitions themselves. Regardless of PEDV's presence though, certain measures should always be a priority for anyone involved in swine shows.
"This is a teachable moment," says Jodi Sterle, Iowa State University Extension specialist. "This real-life event illustrates why everyone needs to practice good biosecurity, and how pathogens can be transferred."Sterle points to the Pork Checkoff's fact sheet "Swine Health Recommendations: Exhibitors of All Pigs Going to Exhibits or Sales" as an excellent resource for answers and guidance. Biosecurity information for show organizers also is available through these fact sheets: "Swine Health Recommendations: Organizers of Exhibitions and Sales" and "Swine Health Recommendations: Biosecurity for Organizers of Weigh-ins or Tagging Events." She also offers some biosecurity recommendations that swine exhibitors should make part of their regular routine. Click here for more.

NAAE


Teach Ag Ambassadors
The National Teach Ag Campaign is pleased to once again announce that applications are now being accepted for the Teach Ag Ambassador Program. Click here for more details and to apply!


The National Teach Ag Campaign STAR Program
The STAR program is an new initiative from the National Teach Ag Campaign to increase teacher recruitment and retention efforts at the state level. The STAR program will work with selected states to develop a sustainable and effective strategy to address the teacher shortage through a team and assessment based approach.
STAR states receive in kind design and consultation services, access to Teach Ag grant funds, priority preference for Teach Ag ambassador positions, promotion and assessment summaries. Click here for more information and to see which states were selected!


Advocacy Video Challenge Winners Announced
Congratulations to Somonauk High School in Somonauk, Illinois for being selected as the winner of the 2014 NAAE Advocacy Video Contest. Somonauk High School Bright Futures was created by agriculture students Jenna Baker, Monica Loy and Alex Dale. Special thanks to teachers Toni Saso and Riley Hintzsche for making our contest a part of your class! Click here to watch the winning video and three honorable mentions!


Gothic Arch announces Greenhouse Construction/Enhancement Grant for NAAE Members

Gothic Arch is now accepting applications from NAAE members who would like to construct a new greenhouse or enhance an existing greenhouse for their middle school or high school agricultural education program.

This opportunity is open to all active and active life NAAE members who are currently teaching agriculture in a middle school or high school. Four $2,500 grants will be awarded in 2014.

NAAE is excited to partner once again with Gothic Arch Greenhouses, a long time supporter of agricultural education in public schools.

Applications are due May 1. Follow this link to learn more and apply for the grant.


2014 NAAE Award Applications Available
Apply for a 2014 NAAE Award. Most applications are due to the NAAE office by May 15. Click here for award information and applications.

Community of Practice Highlights

CASE

CASE Institutes are filling fast! Several CASE Institutes are already full, and others are very close. Please don't wait to get registered for your CASE Institute of choice. Follow this CASE registration link and sign up now!

CASE would like to highlight those Host Sites who already have full CASE Institutes or only have a few seats left. Congratulations to the following on their great numbers!

Kansas State University: AFNR
South Central College (MN): AFNR
Beech Grove City Schools (IN): AFNR
Ohio State University (MVCTC), AFNR
Iowa FFA Enrichment Center: AFNR, ASA, ASP, APB
Pontiac Township High School (IL): AFNR
University of Missouri: ASA
University of Nebraska: ASA
Tennessee State University: ASP
Washington: ASP

There are still seats available in other great sites, so register now at www.case4learning.org!

US Department of Education

Innovative Education in Hawaii
From aquaponics to cancer research, students at the innovative Ka Waihona o ka Na'auao Public Charter School in Hawaii are choosing pathways in their education. Education Secretary Arne Duncan traveled the state--the 50th he has visited as Secretary--last week.Click here to read more.

CAST

Friday, April 4, 2014: The ag world honors the late Dr. Scott Hurd, the FFA reaches record numbers, and debates form about proposed EPA water rules--plus the usual links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news.

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

Take a test drive for FFA
On April 26, take a test drive at a participating Ram dealer, and a $20 donation will be made to the National FFA Organization in support of local chapters. Visit ramtrucks.com/nextcrop for participating dealerships or to make a donation to FFA.

 

Listen to FFA Today
Haven't been able to catch our new radio program FFA Today on RURAL RADIO? No worries--you can now access the great interviews and tributes involving current and former members, chapters, advisors and alumni on FFA.org. The website will be updated regularly, but you can listen to FFA Today live on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 80 every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST (schedule subject to change).

 

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge launches video contest
FFA members:
We challenge you to create a one-to-two-minute video focused on hunger awareness that will inspire and motivate others to join the fight against hunger. All videos must be submitted by April 11 to be eligible for the $1,000 prize. Visit www.FFA.org/HUNGER to learn more.

 

Nominate now for FFA honorary awards
Nominate your favorite FFA supporter for an Honorary American Degree, VIP, or DSC award. Forms can be found here. The deadline to submit your nomination forms is on or before June 15. Nomination forms and questions should be directed to honorary@ffa.org.

 

Apply now: Grants to meet local environmental issues
The Living to Serve:
Environmental Grant online application is now open. Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects focused on meeting a local environmental need. Applications are due May 30. Visit the Environmental Grants webpage for additional information.

 

212°/360° host registration now open
Registration to host a 212° Virtues Conference (seventh - 10th grades) or 360° Vision Conference (11th - 12th grades) will be open online now through May 15. Conferences may be held at the chapter, regional or state level and only requires a 70-student minimum. Check out the National FFA Conferences webpage for more information.

 

New requirements for Agriscience Fair
A state staff signature is now required on all applications being forwarded to national summer judging. There is a new application template available to help format the report for projects. Check it out on the website. Did you know that the Agriscience Fair handbook has undergone some changes? Check it out here!

ACTE

Advocacy and Policy Update: Current Issues and Positions for CTE
Wisconsin ACTE is partnering with ACTE for this must-watch, must-listen and must-participate discussion on CTE advocacy. Stay up to date on recent events in Washington that affect career and technical educators. Join the ACTE Public Policy team for an interactive online seminar as they brief you on what Congress is doing for, and to, our profession. Click here to register!