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.