The National Council for Agricultural Education
To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.
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.
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Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.
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.
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 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
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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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!