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August 25, 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


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


September 25
National Teach Ag Day
Inver Grove Heights, MN


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

Past Issues


August 18
August 11
August 4
July 28
July 21

Quote for the Week


"If things start happening, don't worry, don't stew. Just go right along and you'll start happening too."
-Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You'll Go!


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


SAE Renewal Taskforce Weekly Question
Assist the SAE Renewal Taskforce in gathering information to help redefine SAE in agricultural education by providing your input on the SAE Renewal Question for the Profession.


Each Monday, we will post a question to which we would like members of the ag ed profession to respond. The Taskforce will use these questions as a way to gather information so they can work to strengthen SAE's.


This week's question is "Do you have agriscience research SAE's?  If so, how do you manage those and what type of framework do you use to engage students?" Please share resources if you have any.  Go to this link to leave your comments.


The SAE Renewal Taskforce will be meeting in early October and will be using the responses from each of these questions to continue the process of "renewing" SAE's.  Thanks in advance for your responses.  Each and every one will be useful for the Taskforce.


Agriculturalists Need to Take Precautions Against Skin Cancer
Marshfield Clinic says they found an estimated 12 cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, among 607 people screened at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days last week. National Farm Medicine Center director Dr. Matthew Keifer says, “Of all the cancers farmers are at risk for, skin cancer is the No. 1 cancer that can be diagnosed quickly and cured.”  The problem is farmers often don’t take the needed precautions and don’t take the time to be screened. Nationwide, an estimated 76,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year and an estimated 9,700 people will die from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute.


To address this threat agricultural educators should be sure to address the risk of skin cancer as part of their curriculum  on agricultural health and safety and consider adding skin cancer awareness for farmers and outdoor workers as part of their community service activities.  For more information and resources click here.


These folks feed their family with a garden in their swimming pool — and you can, too (from grist.org)
When Dennis and Danielle McClung bought a foreclosed home in Mesa, Ariz., in 2009, their new yard featured a broken, empty swimming pool. Instead of spending a small fortune to repair and fill it, Dennis had a far more prescient idea: He built a plastic cap over it and started growing things inside.


To learn more about this innovative agricultural practice click here.


Regional Food Hubs Help Small and Mid-Size Producers Gain Access to Local Markets
Many farmers and ranchers, especially smaller operations, are challenged by the lack of distribution and processing infrastructure of appropriate scale that would give them wider access to retail, institutional, and commercial foodservice markets, where demand for local and regional foods continues to rise. Food hubs can help. By offering a combination of production, aggregation, distribution, and marketing services, food hubs make it possible for producers to gain entry into new and additional markets that would be difficult or impossible to access on their own.


To help find resources for your students who are interested in building agricultural businesses to serve their local or regional market click here.


Global Perspective: Ebola Outbreak Disrupts Agriculture in Liberia
It is often overlooked how something like the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa can affect everyday activities and processes, even for those who are not infected. The outbreak of the virus has struck at a critical time for Liberian agriculture and due to restrictions that have put in place on activities such as travel and gathering together of groups of people in one location is challenging Liberian farmers in their ability to harvest their crops. If the food is not harvested it has the potential to compound the issues already faced by the nation through food shortages and even localized famine. To learn more about this issue click here.

NAAE


National Teach Ag Day is September 25th
Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching. There are many ways that you can get involved from the classroom, to the university level! Check out how you can be involved:



For more general information about National Teach Ag Day, follow this link.


NAAE Professional State Association Award Applications Due September 1st!
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession.


Professional State Association award winners will be recognized at the 2014 NAAE Convention. Click here for more information and to apply.


NAAE Convention
Planning on coming to convention? The schedule for the 2014 NAAE Convention is now available. To see what we have planned, follow this link. While you’re there you can also get registered and reserve your room.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

87th National FFA Convention & Expo registration now open
It’s time to Go All Out for the National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 29 - Nov. 1 in Louisville, Ky! Register now.

Get the Official FFA Manual for free
The newly revised Official FFA Manual is now available on FFA.org.Learn everything you need to know about FFA – its history, bylaws, constitution and more – now online for free. The printed manual is also available for purchase on Shop FFA.

FFA Alumni

2014 Convention
Registration is now open for The 43rd National FFA Alumni Convention & The 87th National FFA Convention & Expo! Register today to make sure you don’t miss any of the action. The full schedule of events for FFA Alumni is now online. Register today! Click here for all your FFA Alumni Convention information.

 

FREE Yamaha Viking!
The National FFA Alumni Association is thrilled to announce theYamaha Viking Giveaway! Yamaha has donated a brand newViking ATV to be given away to a lucky FFA alumni member.Members and⁄or new members just need to make sure they are entered by Oct. 1. It is simple to enter: Make sure your FFA Alumni membership is current and then complete your AgCN profile. To be eligible for this drawing you must fill out the complete AgCN profile, which is name, mailing address, email address, date of birth and year graduated from high school. Good luck!

 

We need YOU and our members need YOU!!!!
We have created opportunities for you to help our members and advisors make this National FFA Convention one that they will never forget. Follow these steps to volunteer TODAY!
1. Go to www.ffa.org/convention and click on the Volunteer tab
2. Top of the page click on “Click Here” to get to the registration site

CAST

Friday, August 22, 2014: Which state has the best State Fair, what is the latest regarding algae in water supplies, and is shark week more frightening for sharks than for humans?—these plus the usual news 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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August 18, 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


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


September 25
National Teach Ag Day
Inver Grove Heights, MN


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

Past Issues


August 11
August 4
July 28
July 21
July 14

Quote for the Week


"To be interested in food, but not food production is clearly absurd."
--Wendell Berry

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


SAE Renewal Taskforce Weekly Question
Assist the SAE Renewal Taskforce in gathering information to help redefine SAE in agricultural education by providing your input on the SAE Renewal Question for the Profession.


Each Monday, we will post a question to which we would like members of the ag ed profession to respond. The Taskforce will use these questions as a way to gather information so they can work to strengthen SAE's.


This week's question is "With the new school year beginning, how do you introduce SAE in your classroom?" Please share resources if you have any.  Go to this link to leave your comments.


The SAE Renewal Taskforce will be meeting in early October and will be using the responses from each of these questions to continue the process of "renewing" SAE's.  Thanks in advance for your responses.  Each and every one will be useful for the Taskforce.


Research Based Careers Attract Young Professionals to Agriculture
With the current emphasis on the growth of STEM careers many young people are looking at scientific research as an attractive career option. Unfortunately, some public views on agriculture do not highlight the tremendous role of scientific research in agriculture and the power these scientists have to make a great impact on the world around them.  In truth, we are facing a critical shortage of agricultural research scientists just as we are in many other jobs across the industry. Based on the current push for more STEM training among youth and the potential for more youth looking to research as a part of their future, agricultural education has an opportunity to grow programs and relevance by adding more research based activities to the curriculum content and student activity programs. To read an article about a young professional trained in health sciences who chose an internship in agriculture because of the research focus click here.
Creating Global Awareness and Perspective is Key to Understanding both American and World Agriculture
Students in agricultural education need to understand not just the agriculture needs out their back door but the role agriculture plays across the globe impacting critical issues such as conflict, trade, poverty and hunger. There are many newsletters and resources that provide quick snap shots that can help students think about and debate agriculture from a global perspective and better appreciate how American agriculture is connected with the rest of the world. Here are a couple of examples for this week:


To learn more about how improving agricultural productivity in the world?s 48 least developed countries can make large impacts on food security click here.


To see a report of the top 10 current importers of major US commodities click here.


To read an article providing an international perspective on our system of secondary school based agricultural education and FFA based on the writer?s recent experiences visiting with agricultural education professionals and FFA members in Oklahoma click here.


Indoor Farming: Future Takes Root In Abandoned Buildings, Warehouses, Empty Lots & High Rises (from the International Business Times)
As the demand for fresh, locally grown food has increased among urban consumers, businesses like FarmedHere, which runs a Chicago warehouse practicing indoor vertical farming, have stepped in to compete with conventional farms. Using advanced hydroponic and aquaponic methods, they?re growing fruits and vegetables year-round in facilities that are often in the same neighborhood as the restaurants and retailers they supply. Proponents like to call it ultra-local farming. To read the full article click here.


My American Farm Resources available from the American Farm Bureau Federation for Engaging Elementary Students in Agriculture
My American Farm is an educational game platform launched in 2011 to engage pre-K through fifth-grade learners in the discovery of relevant agricultural issues. The free site offers 19 agriculturally themed games and more than 100 free educator resources such as lesson plans, activity sheets and comics. To learn more click here.

NAAE


National Teach Ag Day is September 25th
Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching. There are many ways that you can get involved from the classroom, to the university level! Check out how you can be involved:


For more general information about National Teach Ag Day, follow this link.


NAAE Professional State Association Award Applications Due September 1st!
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession.


Professional State Association award winners will be recognized at the 2014 NAAE Convention. Click here for more information and to apply.


NAAE Convention
Planning on coming to convention? The schedule for the 2014 NAAE Convention is now available. To see what we have planned, follow this link. While you?re there you can also get registered and reserve your room.


Join the OAR Northwest Mississippi River Adventure
OAR Northwest, a team of scientists, adventurers, and educators, will row down the Mississippi River, from its beginnings in Minnesota to the mouth in the Louisiana delta. Along the way, they'll document their journey through the largest watershed in our country. The crew will work with students and teachers to deliver real time data and information through social media and webcasts.


OAR Northwest would like to invite your school to join the adventure.  Their online program is free to anyone with an internet connection, and will include access to the rowers via emails and twice monthly webinars, for the duration of the expedition. For 30 schools (3 in each state close to the Mississippi River) OAR Northwest would like to supplement the journey with an in-person visit to your school, at no added cost. Lessons will be provided for teachers by their staff of educators.  Students from elementary to high school are invited to be part of the journey. What a great opportunity for our students to interact with the adventurers/scientists! Click here to learn how you can participate!


Community of Practice Highlights

CASE

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation teams up with S.T.E.M.
The Iowa FFA Foundation is proud to announce the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) as an Official partner in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) with their contribution of $250,000 to the S.T.E.M. effort.  Through this exciting and generous gift, the IFBF will enable the Iowa FFA Foundation to continue to award grants to agricultural educators to implement the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education? (CASE?) program. Click here to read more.

FFA

87th National FFA Convention & Expo registration now open
It?s time to Go All Out for the National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 29 - Nov. 1 in Louisville, Ky! Register now.

Get the Official FFA Manual for free
The newly revised Official FFA Manual is now available on FFA.org.Learn everything you need to know about FFA ? its history, bylaws, constitution and more ? now online for free. The printed manual is also available for purchase on Shop FFA.

FFA Alumni

Registration is now open for The 43rd National FFA Alumni Convention & The 87th National FFA Convention & Expo!
Register today to make sure you don?t miss any of the action. The full schedule of events for FFA Alumni will be online soon. Register today! Click here for all your FFA Alumni Convention information.

CAST

Friday, August 15, 2014: Supermoons, GMO discussions, and inside information about Congress and ag research?these plus the usual news links, opinions, student happenings, oddities (a surfing pig?), 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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August 11, 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


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


September 25
National Teach Ag Day
Inver Grove Heights, MN


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

Past Issues


August 4
July 28
July 21
July 14
July 7

Quote for the Week


"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see."
-Alexandra K. Trenfor

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


Data and Info Graphics on Food Spending around the World(from agrimartketing.com)
Sharing data with students about how much of individual income is devoted to food spending in various nations around the world is great way to engage them in discussions about global agriculture.  It can also help them understand how production, infrastructure, natural resources, culture and politics all play a role to make some radical discrepancies from one nation to another. To learn more click here.


America’s Farmers Grow Communities supports nonprofits across America
Farmers now have the opportunity to contribute $3.3 million to organizations in their communities. To honor and support the tradition of service organizations in rural America, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is partnering with farmers to direct $2,500 donations to individual nonprofit organizations. The program, which kicks off its fifth year on August 1, benefits 1,324 counties across 40 states. To learn more about this opportunity and to share it with farmers in your area click here.


Engaging students on understanding the current issues with the ‘Waters of the US Rule’ from the EPA and its Impact on Agriculture
Helping students understand complex and controversial issues in agriculture is very difficult considering most information that can easily be found looks at the issue from only one viewpoint. One such issue that is grabbing headlines this summer is the debate over the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ‘Waters’ of the US’ rule which they say is to provide clarity over what areas are covered by the Clean Water Act while some view it as a major threat to agribusiness. For deeper information about this debate and a little information concerning both sides of the debate click here.

NAAE


National Teach Ag Day is September 25th
Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching. There are many ways that you can get involved from the classroom, to the university level! Check out how you can be involved:

For more general information about National Teach Ag Day, follow this link.


August News & Views -- Teach Ag Edition
Get Involved in National Teach Ag Day, meet the 2014-15 Teach Ag Ambassadors, check out STAR State updates & much more! Follow this link for News & Views.


NAAE Professional State Association Award Applications Due September 1st!
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession.
Professional State Association award winners will be recognized at the 2014 NAAE Convention. Click here for more information and to apply.


NAAE Convention
Planning on coming to convention? The schedule for the 2014 NAAE Convention is now available. To see what we have planned, follow this link. While you’re there you can also get registered and reserve your room.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA


Team orientation information for this year’s CDEs is posted at https://www.ffa.org/Programs/Awards/CDE/Pages/default.aspxunder each CDE. We encourage advisors with teams to visit the website and read through the page corresponding with the event they are competing in. If you have any questions please emailcde@ffa.org.


New Shop FFA now online
We value our customers, so we listened to their suggestions and have now made some exciting changes. A new Shop FFA has been rolled out to make your experience even better! You can now use your Agricultural Career Network (AgCN) username and password to sign in and access both FFA.org and Shop FFA. Once you are logged in, the system will recognize you wherever you are on the site and provide easy access to your contact information.
In addition, the new site will also provide you with:

  • Reduced shipping time – you will receive shipments one - two days sooner.
  • Improved order tracking – you will be able to track every shipment associated with your order.
  • Inventory updates – you will know in real-time if a product is available.
  • Online navigation – you will experience more typical online store navigation.
  • Search functionality – you will be able to search by style, size and color.
  • Continue shopping – you will be able to continue shopping where you left off.
  • More promotions/coupons – you will receive promotions and coupons tailored to your needs when you sign in.
Visit http://shopffa.org to learn more.

FFA


AlumniFREE Yamaha Viking!
The National FFA Alumni Association is thrilled to announce the Yamaha Viking Giveaway! Yamaha has donated a brand new Viking ATV to be given away to a lucky FFA alumni member. Members and⁄or new members just need to make sure they are entered by Oct. 1. It is simple to enter: Make sure your FFA Alumni membership is current and then complete your AgCN profile. To be eligible for this drawing you must fill out the complete AgCN profile, which is name, mailing address, email address, date of birth and year graduated from high school. Good luck!

We need YOU and our members need YOU!!!!
We have created opportunities for you to help our members and advisors make this National FFA Convention one that they will never forget. Follow these steps to volunteer TODAY!

  1. Go to www.ffa.org/convention and click on the Volunteer tab
  2. Top of the page click on “Click Here” to get to the registration site

CAST

Friday, August 8, 2014: Water issues still prime the pump of news outlets, and researchers still try to find what music best primes the pump for milk cows—these plus the usual news 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 Partners with Community, Farmers Market in Eastern Kentucky: To Feed Kids and Help Farmers
This week marks the 15th annual National Farmers Market Week and USDA is celebrating the achievements of the more than 8,700 markets across the county. In rural eastern Kentucky, over the summer, a remarkable thing happened in the small community of Whitesburg. Local, state and federal officials all worked together to create the first-ever USDA “Summer Feeding Site” for children to be held at a local farmers market in Kentucky. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

 

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August 4, 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


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


September 25
National Teach Ag Day
Inver Grove Heights, MN


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

Past Issues


July 28
July 21
July 14
July 7
June 30

Quote for the Week


"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working."
-Pablo Picasso


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


SAE Renewal Taskforce Weekly Question
Assist the SAE Renewal Taskforce in gathering information to help redefine SAE in agricultural education by providing your input on the SAE Renewal Question for the Profession.


Each Monday, we will post a question to which we would like members of the ag ed profession to respond. The Taskforce will use these questions as a way to gather information so they can work to strengthen SAE's.


This week?s question is "Do you incorporate student reflection into your planning and evaluation of SAEs?  If so, what does it look like in your classroom?"  Go to this link to leave your comments.


The SAE Renewal Taskforce will be meeting in early October and will be using the responses from each of these questions to continue the process of "renewing" SAE's.  Thanks in advance for your responses.  Each and every one will be useful for the Taskforce.


Incubator farms sprout up across U.S. (from the Portland Press Herald)
The next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs grows from a Tufts University initiative. Incubator farms are springing up around the country to nurture the next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs. The projects help would-be farmers get started by providing a plot of land, shared equipment, mentoring and the opportunity to build a track record that will help them qualify for startup loans when they?re ready to launch their own farms. For students who would like to be engaged in entrepreneurial farming pursuits this could be a concept for them to learn more about and become aware of opportunities that exist. To learn more click here.


Mobile slaughter on rise in U.S (from The StarPhoenix)
Mobile slaughter units are growing around the country due to demand from small holder farmers who have difficulty transporting their animals to a slaughter facility or do not have one in their local area. With the rise of local based food production this presents a great opportunity for future cooperative or entrepreneurial based agricultural pursuits. To learn more about this growing industry that could have great impact on agricultural education students click here.


This Week is National Farmer?s Market Week
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared August 3rd through August 9th as National Farmer?s Market Week to celebrate the impact the growth of these local markets are having for local communities and agribusiness opportunities. For more information on how to help in this celebration or for basic information and statistics about the impact and operation of such local markets you could use in the classroom click here.


African Small Farmers Could Be Key to Ending Food Insecurity(from Voice of America)
Agricultural experts say that small-scale farmers in Africa can play a key role in ending food insecurity in the region - if they are included in the value chain. Small-scale farmers produce an estimated 80 percent of the continent?s food each year, but most lack the capacities to sell their crops in commercial markets. When helping agricultural education students understand the issue of global food security it is important to help them understand that the issue is not just increasing production in the United States but helping increase production in underperforming regions of the world. To see the full article click here.

NAAE


2014 NAAE Award Winners have been Announced!
Congratulations to this year's regional winners. Click here to see who won, and get ready to celebrate their achievements at NAAE convention in Nashville!


NAAE Convention - Organizational Members & Business Partners Reception
Are you a business or organization who wants to get your products and information in front of agricultural educators? Register now for the Partners Reception at the 2014 NAAE Convention. Details.


NAAE Convention
Planning on coming to convention? The schedule for the 2014 NAAE Convention is now available. To see what we have planned, follow this link. While you?re there you can also get registered and reserve your room.


National Teach Ag Day is September 25th
Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching. Go to this link to see how you can participate!


Community of Practice Highlights
Welcome Syngenta, the newest sponsor of Communities of Practice! Check out the Biotechnology Community TODAY!

FFA


National FFA Organization Names 2014 American Star Finalists
The National FFA Organization has selected 16 students from throughout the United States as finalists for its 2014 top achievement awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience.


Smithsonian Welcomes Famous Former FFA Jackets
Through thousands of stories and testimonials, the Smithsonian was officially able to welcome five important FFA jackets to its collection. The list of donated jackets includes the former FFA jacket worn by former FFA member and U.S. President Jimmy Carter, the FFA jacket of Corey Flournoy (1994-1995 National FFA President), the FFA jacket of Karlene Krueger (named 2002 FFA American Star Farmer) and others.

FFA Alumni


We need YOU and our members need YOU!!!!
We have created opportunities for you to help our members and advisors make this National FFA Convention one that they will never forget. Follow these steps to volunteer TODAY!

  1.   Go to www.ffa.org/convention and click on the Volunteers tab.
  2.   Top of the page click on ?Click Here? to get to the registration site.

CAST

Friday, August 1, 2014: Congress is heading home for the August break, but plenty of political ag news, livestock show news, and even a funny bit about a hitchhiking robot?these plus the usual news 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).

ACTE

Wach the interview videos of the 2014 ACTE Excellence Award Winners
The National 2014 ACTE Excellence Award winners were recognized at the ACTE Awards Banquet during ACTE's CareerTech VISION in December 2013. Click here to learn more about the winners and watch their interview video with ACTE, including our very own Tara Berescik, agriculture teacher at Tri-Valley Central School in Grahamsville, NY!

USDA

Studies Find Widespread Student Acceptance of New Healthier School Lunches
With nearly 31 million students now participating in the National School Lunch Program each day, sound nutrition at school plays an essential role in supporting a healthier next generation.  But when the new standards were developed by pediatricians and other child nutrition experts, USDA was also looking for students to enjoy the healthier offerings they receive. Read more.