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February 23, 2015

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 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX


September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR


October 1-3
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN

Past Issues


February 16
February 9
February 2
January 26
January 12

Quote for the Week


"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
-C. S. Lewis

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


America?s Farmers Grow Rural Education Grant Program Provides Funds to Help Rural Schools Meet Today?s Challenges
America?s Farmers Grow Rural Education is back for a fourth year of partnering with farmers to nominate their local public school district to compete for a grant of $10,000 or $25,000 to enhance math and science education. Farmers who live in an eligible county can nominate public school districts through April 1, 2015. They simply fill out an application or call 1-877-267-3332 to make a nomination. As an agricultural educator you can help by spreading the word among the farmers in your community to gain a nomination and maybe secure additional funds for your district . For more information click here.


US Farmers Expected to See 32 Percent Drop in Income in 2015(from ABC news)
Net income for farmers is expected to fall by nearly 32 percent this year as corn and soybean prices remain low and expenses creep higher, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a recent report. While some farmers renting land at higher prices will find it an unprofitable year, the statistics are not as dire as they may sound for farmers in general, since just two years ago income was at a record high, farm economists said. To read the full article click here.


Farm Safety News: Farm emergency action plans help first responders, save time (from farmanddairy.com)
Too often, when first responders arrive on the scene of a farm-related emergency, they don?t have the proper knowledge, training, personnel or equipment to manage the situation. Even in rural communities, many emergency service personnel are not familiar with farm issues, according to Davis Hill, manager of Penn State Extension?s Managing Agricultural Emergencies program. To see the full article  and learn more about how you?re on farm students and neighbors can be more prepared click here.


U.S. Millennials Come Up Short in Global Skills Study (from Education Week)
America's wealthiest and best-educated young adults still lag behind their peers in other countries in the literacy, numeracy, and computer-age problem-solving skills needed to compete in the global labor market. That, coupled with yawning racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps and even grimmer skills levels for students with less than a college degree, could lead to long-term difficulty for the country, according to a new study by the Education Testing Service Center for Research on Human Capital and Education in Lawrenceville, N.J. To read the full article click here.


My Horse My Life Promotion from Nutrena
Starting February 1st and running through March 31st  Nutrena will be running a campaign that is fun, interactive and most of all going to be exciting to watch unveil.  They have partnered with SmartPak to offer some lucky winner a $10,000 shopping spree to Smart Pak.  The contest is asking horse owners to upload their best photos of their horses that capture those fun or ?awe? moments that make us all smile.  Equine owners around the world will be voting for their favorites. This would be a great effort for teachers to engage their students who are horse owner and equine enthusiasts. For more information click here.

FFA


Celebrate National FFA Week
Join the more than 7,600 FFA chapters ready to shine in the name of FFA and agricultural education! Visit the National FFA Week webpage for a host of resources you can use to make your FFA Week celebrations as success.


Now Live: Your New FFA Online Experience!
Visit FFA.org today to see the National FFA Organization?s new and improved website, including the new FFA Brand Center, which provides the tools and information you need to promote FFA. To learn more about the refreshed FFA emblem that?s featured on the site, visithere.


Enter Today: 2015 Chapter Tee Design Contest
Design it. Submit it. Win and earn! If your design is a top-six winner, your chapter will receive 50 percent of the first year?s profits! Entries due Feb. 27. For more, visit here.

NAAE


News & Views -- February 2015
Check out this month's edition of News & Views. Find out about our award winning teachers and  programs, chime in on social media, hear from our Executive Director about legislative efforts for agricultural education & so much more!


NAAE Award Applications are Now Available
Applications for the 2015 NAAE Awards are now available online. To apply for an award, you will need to log in to the NAAE website. You must be a current, dues-paying NAAE member to apply. Click here for more information and to begin your application TODAY! Applicaitons are due by May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.


Equipment & Engine Training Council's Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship
The 2015 Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship Program is for individuals pursuing a certificate or degree in power equipment technology at an EETC accredited school. Applicants can apply online through the EETC website through March 22nd. Click here for more information and to apply.


2015 Teach Ag Ambassador Applications Now Live
The application for the National Teach Ag Ambassador program is now available on the Teach Ag website. Click here for more information and to apply. Applications are due March 16th.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Monday, March 16th
4:00-4:45pm EST
Topic:  Loan Forgiveness
Presenters: Dr. Steve Brown, USDE and Mr. Matt Kreifels, Nebraska
This webinar is for anyone who wants to know more about state and federal state loan forgiveness programs. Mr. Matt Kreifels from Nebraska will share information on the new privately funded loan forgiveness program just started in Nebraska through a partnership with Nebraska Farm Bureau. Dr. Steve Brown will share information on current Federal loan forgiveness programs. Feel free to send questions ahead of time to ethompson.naae@uky.edu. http://nationalassociationofagriculturaleducators.createsend1.com/t/y-l-ihktkkl-jrihhkldq-ty/
Click here to register for the webinar.


DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.  For 68 years, this award has been presented to FFA students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic.  To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, Ag Educators should visitDEKALB.com/awards from now until May 1, 2015.
Any questions should be sent toDEKALB.AgAccomplishment@monsanto.com.


Community of Practice Highlights

CASE

CASE Now has Scholarships for CASE Institutes Available.Generous contributions through the National FFA Foundation from sponsors like CF Industries, Dow AgroSciences, and Red Brand have made it possible for scholarships to cover the cost of CASE Institutes for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations Coordinator, at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

CAST

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015: Time for some fun on the farm with a YouTube sensation from Kansas. Readers also get the usual mix of ag policy, ag information, and ag oddities?including an article about Oscar Awards for animals.

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 Alumni

Modified Hours Business Hours
Beginning Feb. 2, national alumni staff will be available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST on the first and third Mondays of every month (holidays and the weeks of the National FFA Alumni Development Conference and the National FFA Convention & Expo excluded).

Call 317-802-4204 with your questions on membership, rosters, chartering, reactivating, conferences, tax exempt status, awards applications and more and someone will be happy to assist you. We look forward to hearing from you, FFA alumni!

 

 

 

 

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February 16, 2015

 

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 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX


September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR


October 1-3
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN

Past Issues


February 9
February 2
January 26
January 12
January 5

Quote for the Week


"The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time."
-Abraham Lincoln

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 Driven: CTE-Academic Alignment Fosters Readiness (from CTE Policy Watch Blog)
According to the SREB High Schools That Work 2012 Assessment 80 percent of students taking a college preparatory academic curriculum with rigorous CTE met college and career readiness goals, compared to only 63 percent of students taking the same academic core who did not experience rigorous CTE. As this data point illustrates, high school students who take a curriculum in which rigorous CTE is integrated with academics are more likely to meet college and career readiness goals than those taking an academic curriculum alone.
To visit the CTE Policy Watch Blog click here. To view the State CTE Policy Review for 2013 click here.


Glassdoor's list of 10 best jobs in U.S. (from mashable.com)
Glassdoor has released its list of top 10 jobs in the United States. The criteria for the list revolve around the number of openings available, average salary and the career opportunities associated with these fields. At first glance it may not seem that agriculture is represented but agricultural companies are hiring these types of professionals every day. This list can help young people see how to combine an interest in agriculture with some of the hottest and highest paying jobs in the market. To learn more click here.


New Jersey Lt. Governor calls for more Stem based Agricultural Education (from pressofatlanticcity.com)
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno delivered the keynote address at the 100th annual New Jersey Agricultural Convention at the Tropicana. In her speech, she said the average age of the New Jersey farmer is 59, and farmers must work on getting millennials involved with agriculture. She said the state must increase STEM-Ag education initiatives to keep pace with the changing nature of agriculture. Guadagno said there are 21 high school districts in the state with a Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education program, in which students who graduate from the program can get 11.5 college credits — a value of about $30,000 — for free at participating schools, such as Rutgers University. To see the full article click here.

NAAE


NAAE Award Applications are Now Available
Applications for the 2015 NAAE Awards are now available online. To apply for an award, you will need to log in to the NAAE website. You must be a current, dues-paying NAAE member to apply. Click here for more information and to begin your application TODAY! Applicaitons are due by May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.


Equipment & Engine Training Council's Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship
The 2015 Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship Program is for individuals pursuing a certificate or degree in power equipment technology at an EETC accredited school. Applicants can apply online through the EETC website through March 22nd. Click here for more information and to apply.


2015 Teach Ag Ambassador Applications Now Live
The application for the National Teach Ag Ambassador program is now available on the Teach Ag website. Click here for more information and to apply. Applications are due March 16th.


DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.  For 68 years, this award has been presented to FFA students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic.  To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, Ag Educators should visitDEKALB.com/awards from now until May 1, 2015.
Any questions should be sent toDEKALB.AgAccomplishment@monsanto.com.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

Now Live: Your New FFA Online Experience!
Visit FFA.org today to see the National FFA Organization’s new and improved website. Also new: the FFA Brand Center, which provides the tools and information you need to promote the right image of FFA in your school and community.

Funds for K-12 STEM Programs in Rural Areas
Monsanto Fund: America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, an initiative of the Monsanto Fund, helps farmers positively impact their communities and support local school districts. The program gives farmers in selected counties in 40 states the opportunity to nominate a rural public school district to compete for grants to promote science and math education. Once nominated by a local farmer, school district administrators are eligible to submit an application for either a grant of up to $10,000 or a grant of up to $25,000 to support a science and/or math educational program. The more farmers that nominate a school district, the more it demonstrates community support and strengthens the school district’s application. Farmers must submit nominations by April 1, 2015, and the deadline for schools to apply is April 15, 2015. Visit the program’s website to submit an online nomination.

Tractor Supply Company Announces Third Annual National FFA Scholarship Program
Coming off the heels of a successful second year in 2014, Tractor Supply Company has announced the third annual Growing Scholars program in partnership with the National FFA Foundation. Last year, Tractor Supply customers donated $447,671, resulting in 334 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree. The Growing Scholars program will be supported nationally by each of the more than 1,360 Tractor Supply and Del’s Feed & Farm Supply stores Feb. 20 – March 1, which includes National FFA Week. Tractor Supply customers can donate $1 or more at store registers during the checkout process to support local FFA chapters and their members. Ninety percent of funds raised through Tractor Supply’s Growing Scholars program will be utilized to fund scholarships for FFA members. The remaining 10 percent of donations will benefit state FFA organizations. To be eligible for the scholarship program, students must be current FFA members and either high school seniors or a freshman, sophomore or junior college student seeking a two- or four-year degree or other specialized training program. Major areas of study will also be considered when determining scholarship recipients.

For more information contact Kim Weseli at Kweseli@ffa.org.

CASE

CASE Now has Scholarships for CASE Institutes Available.Generous contributions through the National FFA Foundation from sponsors like CF Industries, Dow AgroSciences, and Red Brand have made it possible for scholarships to cover the cost of CASE Institutes for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations Coordinator, at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

CAST

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015: The Keystone Pipeline is not flowing, but there is some movement on Capitol Hill. Readers also get the usual mix of ag policy, ag information, and ag oddities—including stories about animals in snow, animals on Wi-Fi, and entomophagy.

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 Alumni

Modified Hours Business Hours
Beginning Feb. 2, national alumni staff will be available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST on the first and third Mondays of every month (holidays and the weeks of the National FFA Alumni Development Conference and the National FFA Convention & Expo excluded).

Call 317-802-4204 with your questions on membership, rosters, chartering, reactivating, conferences, tax exempt status, awards applications and more and someone will be happy to assist you. We look forward to hearing from you, FFA alumni!

 

 

 


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February 9, 2015

 

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 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX
September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR
October 1-3
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN

Past Issues


February 2
January 26
January 12
January 5
December 22

Quote for the Week


"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."
-Ayn Rand


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


Urban Ag Academy Lets Students See Cornucopia of Opportunities (from Omaha.com)
High school career academies go back at least 45 years. These schools within schools combine academic and job- related classes, often by establishing partnerships with businesses. Omaha Bryan’s Urban Agriculture and Natural Resources Career Academy confirmed Tyler Sprinkel’s longtime desire to be a veterinarian. For Yvonne Moten, the Omaha Public Schools academy focused interest in her family’s agricultural heritage. To learn more about these students and how the academy is taking agriculture careers to a urban audience click here.


The 5 Highest Paying Degrees of 2015, AFNR Makes the list! (from usatoday.com)
Because more of us are college-educated, this makes it so that "just any" degree will not necessarily suffice for some people anymore. People are starting to see that if they're going to invest all of that hard-earned money, not to mention time and energy, into obtaining a degree, it should be into one that will likely lead to ample job opportunities and higher earnings power. To learn more click here.


Crowdsourcing Comes to Agriculture (from agwired.com)
We are all familiar with crowd funding campaigns, however in the past they have mainly been found in the techie world. That is no longer the case. Now projects related to livestock, irrigation system or anything on the farm might be made possible thanks to newly launched Harvest Funders. The use of such financing tools could prove valuable in the future in helping students who want to engage in entrepreneurial SAE’s but lack the capital to fund their ideas and are not candidates for traditional financing. To see the full article click here. To learn more about Harvest Funders click here.


Home Depot Foundation Offers Grants for Community Improvement Programs
Grants, up to $5,000, are available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Our mission is to ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home. As such, priority will be placed on volunteer projects that fit the following criteria: 1. Projects that serve veterans and their families, whether that’s repairing homes or improving facilities 2. Projects that involve veterans volunteering to help other veterans in the communities where they live. To learn more click here.

FFANow Live: Your New FFA Online Experience!
It’s finally here, the new FFA.org. Visit FFA.org today to see the new and improved features that will make your online experience with FFA better. Some internet service providers update their information at different times of the day, which could delay your ability to access the new site. This morning, you may also experience intermittent outages but only for a short period of time while we make our final adjustments to the new site. Bear with us as we usher in a new era of delivering the FFA mission to every classroom, every day.
Apply Now: New Century Farmer
Applications are now being accepted for the New Century Farmer conference. This week-long conference will equip students to be a cutting-edge farmer or rancher after they graduate from college. To apply and learn more, visit the  New Century Farmer website. The deadline is Sunday, Feb. 15.

NAAE


Get Your Students Involved in the DuPont Challenge! -- Essays Due TODAY!
The DuPont Challenge is the nation's premier science writing competition. Students are invited to write a 700-1000 word essay that addresses one of the four categories of challenges as outlined by DuPont.


Top students and their sponsoring teachers win a wealth of awards, including an expenses-paid trip to the Walt Disney World Resort and Kennedy Space Center!


Also, DuPont has opened a K-5 division for this year's DuPont Challenge. This could be a great activity to do with elementary school students in your area.


Entries are being accepted through TODAY, February 9, 2015.Learn more.


February is National Career and Technical Education Month!
CTE Month 2015 will give the CTE community a chance to tell the stories of leadership and excellence from classrooms across the country, and raise awareness of the crucial role that CTE has in readying our nation for economic success and workforce competitiveness. Click here to read an article about CTE Month!


Equipment & Engine Training Council's Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship
The 2015 Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship Program is for individuals pursuing a certificate or degree in power equipment technology at an EETC accredited school. Applicants can apply online through the EETC website through March 22nd. Click here for more information and to apply.


Teach Ag Informational Webinars
Starting in February, the National Teach Ag Campaign will be hosting informational webinars on various recruitment and retention promising practices.  Please join these quick sessions to learn more about the featured topic.


Tuesday, February 10th
4:00-4:45pm EST
Topic: Offering a Teach Ag Workshop as a Recruiting Tool
Presenters: Kathy Novotney, Illinois and Pam Rowland, Missouri
Do you currently offer a Teach Ag workshop in your state? Do you want to? Either way you will walk away from this session with new ideas to make your state Teach Ag workshop a success.  You’ll hear how two states are using different Teach Ag workshop formats to recruit future agriculture teachers.  There will be time for questions and resources will be shared! Click here to register today.


DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.  For 68 years, this award has been presented to FFA students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic.  To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, Ag Educators should visitDEKALB.com/awards from now until May 1, 2015.


Any questions should be sent toDEKALB.AgAccomplishment@monsanto.com.


CHS High School Scholarship Program
Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships. Click here for more information.


Community of Practice Highlights

CASE

CASE

Now has Scholarships for CASE Institutes Available.Generous contributions through the National FFA Foundation from sponsors like CF Industries, Dow AgroSciences, and Red Brand have made it possible for scholarships to cover the cost of CASE Institutes for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations Coordinator, at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

CAST

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015: Water, water everywhere, but…dealing with agriculture’s water quality issues. Readers also get the usual mix of ag policy, ag information, and ag oddities—including stories about snakes in the Florida tourist zones and the Texas Capitol Building.

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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February 2, 2015

 

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


January 31-February 3
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Atlanta, GA


May 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX


September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR


October 1-3
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN

Past Issues


January 26
January 12
January 5
December 22
December 15

Quote for the Week


"Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground."
-Theodore Roosevelt


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


Unsung Heroes Program from Scholarship America Accepting Applications through April 30, 2015
For more than 15 years, and with nearly $4 million in awarded grants, Unsung Heroes has proven to be an A+ program with educators. The program's "alumni" have inspired success in the classroom and impacted countless numbers of students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. To learn more about eligibility and how to apply click here.


The Aging American Farmer (from ageconomists.com)
One of the most well-known trends in American agriculture is the aging farmer. Year after year, the average age of the U.S. farmers has increased. This trend was confirmed, yet again, with the release of the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture. To see detailed charts and information on how this trend has evolved over the past century click here.


American Agriculture Remains a Driving Force (from porknetwork.com)
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service, the agricultural industry along with other related-industries contributed $800 billion – or nearly a five percent share – to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012. Family-run and operated farms represent more than 97 percent of all U.S. farms and are responsible for 85 percent of U.S. farm production. Those farms consist of small, medium, and large-scale operations. More than 16 million American jobs depend on agriculture, which is nearly 10 percent of total U.S. employment with another 13 million jobs created through connected industries. To see the full article click here.


Maryland Agriculture Program Takes It to the Next Level (from The Herald Mail)
The agriculture program at Clear Spring High School is using its school farm, facilities, and innovative approaches to engage all students in research and a number of other real world experiences to prepare them for a career in agriculture. To see how they are impacting students and creating a buzz in their local community through a commitment to experiential learning click here.

NAAE


2015 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Strand
Join us March 2-5 for the 2015 ACTE National Policy Seminar and Ag Ed Strand. Improve your advocacy skills, meet with important members of Congress, and hear from national leaders in career and technical education.
To emphasize the importance of the NPS and to encourage more participation from NAAE members, NAAE will be paying the registration fee of one NAAE member per state to attend and participate in the NPS. The registration deadline is Monday, February 2. If you are interested in attending, or to learn more, please visit this page on the NAAE website.


Get Your Students Involved in the DuPont Challenge!
The DuPont Challenge is the nation's premier science writing competition. Students are invited to write a 700-1000 word essay that addresses one of the four categories of challenges as outlined by DuPont.
Top students and their sponsoring teachers win a wealth of awards, including an expenses-paid trip to the Walt Disney World Resort and Kennedy Space Center!Also, DuPont has opened a K-5 division for this year's DuPont Challenge. This could be a great activity to do with elementary school students in your area.Entries are being accepted through February 9, 2015. Learn more.


5 Resources for STEM Teachers
With STEM careers taking off, STEM students need capable, confident teachers targeting all segments of the population. In a Town Hall conference call on Jan. 28, STEMconnector brought together representatives of advocacy organizations, educational seminars, and universities to explore innovative models in teacher professional development. Click here to read more!


Equipment & Engine Training Council's Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship
The 2015 Paul H. Sholten Memorial Scholarship Program is for individuals pursuing a certificate or degree in power equipment technology at an EETC accredited school. Applicants can apply online through the EETC website through March 22nd. Click here for more information and to apply.


The 2014 National Supply and Demand Study Executive Summary is Now Available
Thank you to all the state leaders and teacher educators who submitted data.  The profession is grateful for the hard work of Dr. Daniel Foster, Dr. Becki Lawver and Dr. Amy Smith for compiling this data and sharing the results.  Regional profiles and downloadable reports will be available in the coming months. Click here to view the summary.


Teach Ag Informational Webinars
Starting in February, the National Teach Ag Campaign will be hosting informational webinars on various recruitment and retention promising practices.  Please join these quick sessions to learn more about the featured topic.


Tuesday, February 10th
4:00-4:45pm EST
Topic: Offering a Teach Ag Workshop as a Recruiting Tool
Presenters: Kathy Novotney, Illinois and Pam Rowland, Missouri
Do you currently offer a Teach Ag workshop in your state? Do you want to? Either way you will walk away from this session with new ideas to make your state Teach Ag workshop a success.  You’ll hear how two states are using different Teach Ag workshop formats to recruit future agriculture teachers.  There will be time for questions and resources will be shared! Click here to register today.


Community of Practice Highlights

CASE

CASE Now has Scholarships for CASE Institutes Available.

Generous contributions through the National FFA Foundation from sponsors like CF Industries, Dow AgroSciences, and Red Brand have made it possible for scholarships to cover the cost of CASE Institutes for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations Coordinator, at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

FFA

One Week Until Your New FFA Online Experience Begins
Instructors: We are making some exciting changes to FFA.org to improve your online experience. One feature that we can’t wait to show you is My Journey, your one-stop resource to the FFA mission online. With My Journey, instructors can find:
• Templates to incorporate core classes into any lesson.
• Turn-key resources similar to the FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide.
• Current event activities.
• Templates and activities to promote character education.
• Lesson plans and activities to use with Career Cruising.
• Lesson plans and activities to use with the new Resume Generator.
• Lesson plans and activities designed to go with the student portion of My Journey.
• Quick access to timely, regularly updated FFA resources.
• Activities to assist with the instruction of agricultural careers.
• Resources to help students strengthen career readiness.
Development work of My Journey has been funded in part by the following Cornerstone sponsors as a special project of the National FFA Foundation: Cargill, Elanco, RFD-TV, TransCanada, Tyson and AgCareers.com.  To learn more about My Journey and the new FFA.org, visit FFA.org/achievemore.

Apply Now: New Century Farmer
Applications are now being accepted for the New Century Farmer conference. This week-long conference will equip students to be a cutting-edge farmer or rancher after they graduate from college. To apply and learn more, visit the New Century Farmer website. The deadline is Sunday, February 15.

FFA Alumni

Modified Hours Business Hours
Beginning today, February 2, national alumni staff will be available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST on the first and third Mondays of every month (holidays and the weeks of the National FFA Alumni Development Conference and the National FFA Convention & Expo excluded).

Call 317-802-4204 with your questions on membership, rosters, chartering, reactivating, conferences, tax exempt status, award applications and more, and someone will be happy to assist you. We look forward to hearing from you, FFA alumni!

CAST

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015: Global trade issues influence agriculture, the Keystone Pipeline vote makes news, and Super Bowl ads are upon us again. Readers also get the usual mix of ag policy, ag information, and ag oddity stories.

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

National Policy Seminar 2015
Registration is now open! Cultivate your advocacy skills and make a direct impact on Capitol Hill at the National Policy Seminar 2015! March 2-5 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Click here for more information.