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May 18, 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


June 21-24
NAAE Region II Leadership Conference
Rogers, AR


June 22-26
NAAE Region VI Leadership Conference
Rehoboth Beach, DE


June 22-24
NAAE Region V Leadership Conference
Orlando, FL


June 23-25
NAAE Region IV Leadership Conference
Moline, IL


June 29-July 2
NAAE Region III Leadership Conference
Scottsbluff, NE


September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR


September 24
National Teach Ag Day


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


Past Issues


May 11
May 4
April 27
April 20
April 13

Quote for the Week


"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson


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 Releases Revised AFNR Content Standards
The revised editions of the national AFNR Career Cluster Content Standards are now available on the Council website. The AFNR Career Cluster Content Standards last revised in 2009 provide state agricultural education leaders and educators with a high-quality, rigorous set of standards to guide what students should know and be able to do after completing a program of study in each of the AFNR career pathways. The multi-stage review and revision process began in 2014 and was informed by input and guidance from more than 270 secondary and post-secondary educators, business, industry and state leaders in career and technical education. The revised standards are fully aligned with the Common Career  Technical Core and cross walked to relevant and current academic standard sets. To learn more and access the standards click here.  


STEMConnector to Host Virtual Town Hall Meeting on the Internet of Things; Great Opportunity for Learning for Agricultural Educators
Please join us on May 20, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET for an incredible conversation on the workforce implications of the rapidly developing Internet of Things! The Internet connects virtually everything. Over the last decade, however, Internet connectivity has migrated to "things" in addition to computers. From cars and mobile devices to thermostats and lawn mowers to power plants and stoplights, every aspect of the world around us is connected. This phenomenon, known as the Internet of Things (IoT), will have implications for our future workforce. This Virtual Town Hall will shed light on how industry is implementing this innovation into their business models and the implications for their workforce. The program will provide an overview of national trends followed by industry viewpoints, including those from the agricultural industry. To learn more and register for the town hall meeting click here.


New Study Highlights Positive Job Outlook for Those With Degrees and Expertise in Agriculture  (from USDA)
During the next five years, U.S. college graduates will find good employment opportunities if they have expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or the environment. Between 2015 and 2020, 57,900 average annual openings for graduates with bachelor’s or higher degrees in those areas will be available. According to projections, almost half of the opportunities will be in management and business. Another 27% will be in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Jobs in sustainable food and biomaterials production will make up 15%, while 12% of the openings will be in education, communication, and governmental services. Expect the strongest job market for plant scientists, food scientists, sustainable biomaterials specialists, water resources scientists and engineers, precision agriculture specialists, and farm-animal veterinarians. To learn more click here.

FFA


Two Weeks Left to Apply for a Living to Serve: Environmental Grant!
“Be a Solution to Water Pollution” is the focus of the Greensburg FFA (IN) chapter’s LTS: Environmental grant. FFA members are educating the community on how to conduct water monitoring through river testing, the effects of water pollution through an outdoor classroom and water pollution reduction steps.
Middle school, high school and collegiate FFA chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on projects that address local environmental needs. Potential projects include: wildlife conservation, land preservation, bee health, recycling and composting. Go to www.FFA.org/envirogrants to apply today. Applications are due May 29, 2015. You may contact Kayla Lumpford-Mitchell at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.


Watch Now: The FFA Brand in Action
The National FFA Organization is excited to provide you with our new FFA brand voice video titled, “The FFA Brand in Action.” The FFA brand voice is how we express our FFA brand personality and values via voice and is how the FFA brand’s persona resonates with our various audiences. You can access the video at any time by visiting our FFA Brand Center.


Free Teaching Resources Available on FFA.org
It is a new month so once again My Journey content has been updated!  There are many great tips, lesson plans and open resources available for free within My Journey.  Need an activity to help studentsconnect their interests to supervised agricultural experiences or a lesson to help your students become agriculture advocates?  Then look for these lessons and more on the Explore page. What about amath strategy that can be used with any lesson or a video and worksheet to help students make a good first impression? Take a look at these activities on the Build page.  Need a quick scavenger hunt about FFA and who we are? Check out this lesson and more on the Connect page. Did you miss content from past months?  Don’t worry, resources are still available on our Archive pages. Log in today to make your planning a little easier.


2015 Scholarship Results Are In!
In 2015, 127 businesses and individuals provided scholarships designed to fit a wide variety of student experiences, career goals and higher education plans.  More than 7,100 students applied.  The National FFA Organization awarded a record 2,152 scholarships valued at over $2.7 million dollars!
A list of recipients is now available on FFA.org.  Click Participate then Grants & Scholarships for a link to the current year Scholarship Results.  Recipients are located first by their high school state, then alphabetically by student last name.Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May. 


Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1 should email Scholarships@ffa.org.Information for the 2016 scholarship program will be available atFFA.org Nov. 15, 2015.

NAAE


NAAE Workshop Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2015 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 17-21, 2015, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education.  Request for Proposals are due June 5, 2015.  To find out more and to submit your proposal, click HERE.


NAAE Virtual Book Club
The NAAE Virtual Book Club is a fun new way for agricultural educators to personalize their professional development. NAAE members can participate in the Virtual Book Club and earn up to 5 hours of professional development credit or CEU's. This summer, the NAAE Virtual Book Club will read Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. Click here for more information and to register.


National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Opportunities -- Start NOW so YOU can be Featured on Teach Ag Day!
The sixth annual National Teach Ag Day celebration will take place on Thursday, September 24. There are several opportunities for preservice teachers to participate and celebrate, including a Collegiate Video Contest. Follow this link for more information and get started planning your celebration today!


Community of Practice Highlights


And don't forget to check out the Vets on Call antibiotics playlist on the front page of Communities of Practice!

CAST

Friday, May 15, 2015: Agriculture degrees are touted as tickets to jobs; water issues loom large at government levels; and you can read about the buzz created by the “most dangerous animals for humans.” Check in for more than 70 links that provide insights, opinions, and oddities in the world of agriculture.

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

TODAY! Modified Hours Business Hours
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!

USDA

One of the Best Fields for New College Graduates? Agriculture.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report showing tremendous demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agricultural programs with an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environment fields in the United States. Click here for the full article.

 

 

 


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May 11, 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


June 21-24
NAAE Region II Leadership Conference
Rogers, AR


June 22-26
NAAE Region VI Leadership Conference
Rehoboth Beach, DE


June 22-24
NAAE Region V Leadership Conference
Orlando, FL


June 23-25
NAAE Region IV Leadership Conference
Moline, IL


June 29-July 2
NAAE Region III Leadership Conference
Scottsbluff, NE


September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR


September 24
National Teach Ag Day


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

Past Issues


May 4
April 27
April 20
April 13
April 6

Quote for the Week


"A good teacher, like a good entertainer, first must hold his audience's attention. Then he can teach his lesson."
-Hendrik John Clarke


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


STEMConnector to Host Virtual Town Hall Meeting on the Internet of Things; Great Opportunity for Learning for Agricultural Educators
Please join us on May 20, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET for an incredible conversation on the workforce implications of the rapidly developing Internet of Things! The Internet connects virtually everything. Over the last decade, however, Internet connectivity has migrated to "things" in addition to computers. From cars and mobile devices to thermostats and lawn mowers to power plants and stoplights, every aspect of the world around us is connected. This phenomenon, known as the Internet of Things (IoT), will have implications for our future workforce. This Virtual Town Hall will shed light on how industry is implementing this innovation into their business models and the implications for their workforce. The program will provide an overview of national trends followed by industry viewpoints, including those from the agricultural industry. To learn more and register for the town hall meeting click here.


Delta Conference to be Held In Nebraska Opening Some Spots for Other States: Register by May 15
Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska are hosting a Delta Conference this July 7-11 at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.  A handful of spots are still available now that the these states’  teachers have registered so they are offering the experience to agricultural education teachers nationwide. Delta Conference is an intensive professional development experience for agricultural education teachers who desire to substantially increase their ability to engage all students in the learning process, integrate career readiness skills into technical content, and develop his or her influence in the classroom, school and community.  The conference will take place Tuesday-Saturday July 7-11 beginning at 4:00 in the afternoon on July 7 and ending at Noon on July 11 in Curtis, NE.  The cost to attend is $750. Lodging and meals are included with registration.  Participants will be responsible for their travel to/from the conference.  Colorado State University will be offering two hours of graduate credit at approximately $59/hour. To learn more and to apply, please visit this link. Applications are due by May 15.


Teachers Without Mentors Leave the Profession Much Faster, Study Finds (from Ed Week)
A lot of research has examined teacher attrition and retention, but even still, findings can be inconsistent or narrow. A new federal report tries to address shortcomings in teacher retention research. Studying a cohort of 1,990 first-year public school teachers beginning in the 2007-08 school year, the study found that after five years of teaching, roughly 70 percent of the original cohort remained in their original schools, 10 percent had moved schools, three percent had returned to teaching, and only 17 percent had exited the profession.  What used to be a catch-all statistic based on the work of University of Pennsylvania Professor Richard Ingersoll—that half of all teachers leave within the first five years of entering the profession—has shown to be unreliable, even according to Ingersoll himself. To read moreclick here.


Be a Digi-Star Champion!
The 2015, Be a Digi-Star Champion Contest runs May 1- May 30. Youth livestock exhibitors under age 21 are eligible to enter by posting a picture of their 2015 livestock project to Digi-Star’s Facebook page. The photo that receives the most votes will win their choice of an Alleyway or Wrangler Jr. Livestock scale, or a StockWeigh 300 indicator. To learn more click here.

FFA


National Officer Nominating Committee Nominations Are Open!
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committee representative? Submit them to FFA by July 15 for consideration.  Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.


It Pays to Go Green! Apply for a Living To Serve: Environmental Grant Today
Nokomis FFA (ME) partnered with the town to produce red worms and composted material that will be used as an additive to community garden plots to enrich the soil with their LTS: Environmental grant.


Middle school, high school and collegiate FFA chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on projects that address local environmental needs. Potential projects include: wildlife conservation, land preservation, bee health, recycling and composting. Go to www.ffa.org/envirogrants to apply today. Applications are due May 29, 2015. You may contact Kayla Lumpford-Mitchell at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.


FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge - Help your state WIN a truckload of protein!
Has your FFA chapter completed a service project related to hunger? If so, submit your impacts to the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Tyson, a proud sponsor of the Feeding Our World—Starting at Home hunger platform, will donate a truckload of protein to the state FFA association that has the highest percentage of chapters participate in the 2015 FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Submit impacts today atFFA.org/HEROES.


2015 Scholarship Results Are In!
In 2015, 127 businesses and individuals provided scholarships designed to fit a wide variety of student experiences, career goals and higher education plans.  More than 7,100 students applied.  The National FFA Organization awarded a record 2,152 scholarships valued at over $2.7 million dollars!


A list of recipients is now available on FFA.org.  Click Participate then Grants & Scholarships for a link to the current year Scholarship Results.  Recipients are located first by their high school state, then alphabetically by student last name.


Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May.  Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1 should email Scholarships@ffa.org


.Information for the 2016 scholarship program will be available atFFA.org Nov. 15, 2015.

NAAE


NAAE Workshop Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2015 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 17-21, 2015, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education.  Request for Proposals are due June 5, 2015.  To find out more and to submit your proposal, click HERE.


NAAE Virtual Book Club
The NAAE Virtual Book Club is a fun new way for agricultural educators to personalize their professional development. NAAE members can participate in the Virtual Book Club and earn up to 5 hours of professional development credit or CEU's. This summer, the NAAE Virtual Book Club will read Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. Click here for more information and to register


.NAAE Award Applications -- Apply by FRIDAY, May 15th!
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! Applications are due by May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar -- New Teacher Onboarding Models -- TODAY!
Monday, May 11th
4:00-4:45pm EDT
Presenters: Dr. Ann De Lay, Charity Keffaber, Beth Theobald
An important part of keeping agriculture teachers in the profession is starting them off on the right foot. Mentoring and new teacher programs are vital to early career success. Join this webinar to hear what two states are doing to address early career transition and mentoring.
Click here to register.


National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Opportunities -- Start NOW so YOU can be Featured on Teach Ag Day!
The sixth annual National Teach Ag Day celebration will take place on Thursday, September 24. There are several opportunities for preservice teachers to participate and celebrate, including a Collegiate Video Contest. Follow this link for more information and get started planning your celebration today!


Communities of Practice -- Vets on Call
Zoetis, a proud sponsor of Communities of Practice, has a YouTube series of videos called, "Vets on Call," which we feature each week on Communities of Practice. These are short video clips that give viewers a glimpse of what it's like to be a veterinarian. Use the videos in your classroom as a resource to inspire and engage your students. Be sure to check out the "Veterinarians Explain use of Antibiotics" playlist to stay up to date with current anitbiotic issues in animal science.


Community of Practice Highlights

CAST

Friday, May 8, 2015: Food company decisions continue to confound many scientists; the avian flu causes more hardships; and critter cams take us on the wild side of animals. Check in for more than 70 links that provide insights, opinions, and oddities in the world of agriculture.

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

TODAY! Modified Hours Business Hours
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!

Your Affiliate Could Win!
The awards for the 2014-2015 FFA Alumni Affiliate award applications will be due to National FFA Center soon. Don’t forget to check out all the awards and the applications to see what awards your local Affiliate qualifies for. Winning national awards is the most prestigious honor an FFA Alumni Affiliate can receive. Click here for more information.  Award applications due July 15, 2015

US Department of Education

Supporting Innovation in Higher Education through First in the World
The Obama Administration is committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to access and complete a postsecondary education. In an era of rapid change and innovation, we have sought to encourage those colleges and universities developing new ways to serve students better, especially low-income and first-generation students. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

 

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May 4, 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


June 21-24
NAAE Region II Leadership Conference
Rogers, AR


June 22-26
NAAE REgion VI Leadership Conference
Rehoboth Beach, DE


June 22-24
NAAE Region V Leadership Conference
Orlando, FL


June 23-25
NAAE Region IV Leadership Conference
Moline, IL


June 29-July 2
NAAE Region III Leadership Conference
Scottsbluff, NE


September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR


September 24
National Teach Ag Day


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

Past Issues


April 27
April 20
April 13
April 6
March 30

Quote for the Week


“Provide an uncommon experience for your students and they will reward you with an uncommon effort and attitude.”
– Dave Burgess


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


STEMConnector to Host Virtual Town Hall Meeting on the Internet of Things; Great Opportunity for Learning for Agricultural Educators
Please join us on May 20, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET for an incredible conversation on the workforce implications of the rapidly developing Internet of Things! The Internet connects virtually everything. Over the last decade, however, Internet connectivity has migrated to "things" in addition to computers. From cars and mobile devices to thermostats and lawn mowers to power plants and stoplights, every aspect of the world around us is connected. This phenomenon, known as the Internet of Things (IoT), will have implications for our future workforce. This Virtual Town Hall will shed light on how industry is implementing this innovation into their business models and the implications for their workforce. The program will provide an overview of national trends followed by industry viewpoints, including those from the agricultural industry.
To learn more and register for the town hall meeting click here.


The Condition of Future Educators; Research from ACT Shows Disturbing National Trends
In agricultural education the shortage of qualified agricultural educators is a well-known crisis. What many may not fully understand is that this is one part of a growing national trend about the number of young people seeking careers in education overall. Findings from new research published by ACT shows significant drops in the number of students majoring in education across the nation, a significant drop in males entering the profession and an achievement gap between those interested in the education filed and those that seek different career paths. The ACT report goes in to these factors in more detail and puts forward potential solutions to the national teacher shortage. To learn more about their potential solutions and to read the full report click here.


USDA announces record number of organic producers in US(from USDA and thonline.com)
According to data released by the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP), the number of domestic certified organic operations increased by more than 5 percent over the last year. Since the count began in 2002, the number of domestic organic operations has increased by over 250 percent. The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn't seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11 percent last year, an industry report says. The Organic Trade Association estimated in a report released earlier this month that organics now make up almost 5 percent of total food sales in the United States, with sales for all organic products totaling more than $39 billion last year.
To read the full news release from USDA click here. To learn more about the growth of the organic market click here.

CASE


CASE Institute Registration
It’s not too late to register for a CASE Institute! While several CASE Institutes are already full, many still have seats available. Secure your funding and register today for career changing professional development! For the complete schedule and to register for a CASE Institute, click here.

NAAE


NAAE Workshop Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2015 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 17-21, 2015, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education.  Request for Proposals are due June 5, 2015.  To find out more and to submit your proposal, click HERE.


NAAE Virtual Book Club
The NAAE Virtual Book Club is a fun new way for agricultural educators to personalize their professional development. NAAE members can participate in the Virtual Book Club and earn up to 5 hours of professional development credit or CEU's. This summer, the NAAE Virtual Book Club will read Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. Click here for more information and to register.


Are you interested in serving on the 2015 NAAE Awards Judging Committee?
Once again 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.  Click HERE to sign up!


NAAE Award Applications -- Apply by May 15th!
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! Applications are due by May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar -- New Teacher Onboarding Models
Monday, May 11th
4:00-4:45pm EDT
Presenters: Dr. Ann De Lay, Charity Keffaber, Beth Theobald
An important part of keeping agriculture teachers in the profession is starting them off on the right foot. Mentoring and new teacher programs are vital to early career success. Join this webinar to hear what two states are doing to address early career transition and mentoring.
Click here to register.


National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Opportunities -- Start NOW so YOU can be Featured on Teach Ag Day!
The sixth annual National Teach Ag Day celebration will take place on Thursday, September 24. There are several opportunities for preservice teachers to participate and celebrate, including a Collegiate Video Contest. Follow this link for more information and get started planning your celebration today!


National Supply and Demand Profiles
Agricultural education supply and demand profiles have been updated and are now available on the Teach Ag website. View the profiles by NAAE, AAAE, and FFA regions, along with an overall nationwide profile. Click here to view the profiles.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

National Officer Nominating Committee Nominations Are Open!
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committeerepresentative? Submit them to FFA by July 15 for consideration.  Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.

Visit My Journey on FFA.org
My Journey content has been updated!  Check out all the tools, tips and lesson plans that are ready to use. Need a quick natural resources activity that guides students through online research or acareer activity for use with Career Cruising?  Then look for these lessons and more on the Explore page. What about a literacy strategy that can be used with any lesson or a video and worksheet to help students stand out in an interview? Take a look at these activities on the Build page. Need a quick activity on texting etiquette in a professional setting? Check out this lesson and more on the Connect page. Did you miss the resources made available in March?  Don’t worry, they are available on our Archive pages. All of these resources are available for free within My Journey, so log in toFFA.org today to make your planning just a little easier.

Apply Now: National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you have an FFA member who excels in career development events and also has time to march in the school band? Or perhaps you know of a member who performs each year at your annual banquet? Encourage them to share their talents with other FFA members from across the country! National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent applications are now available on FFA.org. Band, chorus and talent are three groups that offer a unique opportunity for members to exhibit their musical talents in addition to their love for agriculture! Applications are due by Friday, July 10. Click here for more details.

FFA Alumni

TODAY! Modified Hours Business Hours
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!

Your Affiliate Could Win!
The awards for the 2014-2015 FFA Alumni Affiliate award applications will be due to National FFA Center soon. Don’t forget to check out all the awards and the applications to see what awards your local Affiliate qualifies for. Winning national awards is the most prestigious honor an FFA Alumni Affiliate can receive. Click here for more information.  Award applications due July 15, 2015

CAST

Friday, May 1, 2015: Tyson and Chipotle decisions affect agriculture; avian flu continues its scourge; and animals show they know how to do some classic photo bombs. Check in for more than 70 links that provide insights, opinions, and oddities in the world of agriculture.

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).