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July 27, 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


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


July 20
July 13
July 6
June 29
June 22


Quote for the Week


"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning."
-Brad Henry


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


Boosting K-12 Agriculture Education & Its Relation to STEM (from Education World)
Agriculture isn?t always at the top of the list when it comes to talking about STEM education for grades K-12 but a recent paper published by the AGree Food and Agriculture policy center, directly links the two in perfect harmony. ?While applauding renewed interest in attracting young people to careers in science and technology, known as STEM disciplines, the paper also suggests that U.S. competitiveness would be well-served by linking food and Ag education to STEM programs,? according to Farm Futures. To read the full article click here. To access a the paper ?Food and Agriculture Education in the United States? click here.


FUTURIST: 15 EMERGING AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL CHANGE THE WORLD (from AgriMarketing)
A recent report details 15 innovations in agriculture that could have significant impact on the world and when we may see them in the commercial marketplace. These innovations will play a major role for all those about to enter the world of agricultural production and the associated industry.  To learn more click here.


Career Pathways: An Imperative for States (from CTE Policy Watch)
Eight actions for building rigorous, relevant career pathways and increasing young adults? educational attainment are recommended by the Southern Regional Education Board?s (SREB?s) Commission on CTE in a new publication. The SREB Commission on CTE is composed of a variety of state education leaders and state lawmakers. To see a listing of their recommended actions and connect to their full report click here.


1890s Land Grant Schools Celebrate 125th  (from Brownfield Ag News)
This is the 125th anniversary of the founding of the nation?s historically black colleges and universities and celebrations were held recently in Washington, DC. These Land-Grant institutions were established with the signing of the second Morrill Act in 1890 and they have a commitment to agriculture. Several leaders of these schools testified before the House Ag Committee this week, including Dr. George C. Wright of Prairie View A & M University in Texas, who says students and faculty are actively engaged in agriculture research. ?That includes but is not limited to increasing the shelf life of dairy products, protecting fruits against sun rays, advancing knowledge in the use of medicinal plants to improve health, securing water resources and developing strategies to enhance watershed functions in a sustainable way.? A celebration was also held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. For more information and to share with your students the history and work of 1890?s Land Grant Institutions click here.

FFA


Announcing the 2015-16 National FFA Theme: Amplify
FFA members amplify their voice when it comes to speaking about agriculture and letting others know the importance of agriculture in today?s world. This is the perfect time to show your community how FFA members live the FFA motto: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.


The new theme will be used this fall at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo and during 2016 National FFA Week. Together, FFA members amplify their voice in educating others on the importance of agriculture and the importance of growing our resources in the food, fiber and natural resources industry as it impacts our quality of life. Click here to watch the #AMPLIFYFFA reveal.


Reminder: Important Shop FFA Invoice Change Coming Soon
If you order with purchase orders within Shop FFA (most state FFA associations and FFA chapters), then this important message is for you.


Effective Aug. 1, Shop FFA customer invoices will be sent as merchandise is shipped as opposed to a single invoice being sent once all shipments for an order have been shipped.  If an order is shipped from multiple locations, an invoice will be sent for each shipment once that portion of the order has shipped and a shipment confirmation has been sent. In addition, if an order includes a backordered item, an invoice will also be sent once the backordered item is shipped. We do understand that some schools may not be able to issue payment until all invoices for the order have been received.  If you have any questions, contact billquestion@ffa.org.

NAAE


2015 Professional State Association Award Applicatons -- 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. Click here for more information and to apply.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Teach Ag VIP Campus Day
August 19, 2015
3:45-4:45pm EDT
Presenters: Dr. Amy Smith, University of Minnesota and Dr. Allen Talbert, Purdue University
Click here to register by August 18th.


Community of Practice Highlights


And don't forget to check out the Vets on Call antibiotics playlist, where veterinarians explain the importance of anitbiotics, on the front page of Communities of Practice! Stay updated on current antibiotic issues in animal science.

CAST

Friday, July 24, 2015: The House passes a GMO labeling bill, water issues loom large, and a surfer has a close encounter with a shark. 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

National FFA Alumni Council Applications 
Do you have an FFA Alumni member in your area that you think could make a difference at the National level? Then make sure you encourage them to apply for an open position on the National FFA Alumni Council. To read more about the FFA Alumni Council and to download the application click here. Applications are due to National FFA by August 1, 2015.

Regional FFA Alumni Development Conference-Irving, Texas
Registration is now open for this RDC. This conference will take place on Saturday, September 12. This all day conference is great way to get the important information you need to make your local affiliate the best FFA Alumni it can be. Agenda for the conference as well as the link to registration can be found by clicking here. For more information on the conference contact Joshua Rusk at jrusk@ffa.org.

USDA

#WomeninAg: Want a Chance to Go to the White House?
In September, the White House will recognize young women who are leading and inspiring their communities as advocates, peer-mentors, artists, innovators, and entrepreneurs as Champions of Change. Nominations for the Champion of Change for Young Women Empowering Communities are due by Wednesday, July 29 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Click here for more information.

 

 

 


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July 20, 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


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


July 13
July 6
June 29
June 22
June 15

Quote for the Week


"Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally."
-David Frost


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


USDA Releases Report Highlighting New Innovations In Agriculture (from USDA)
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced a new report on discoveries by USDA researchers that have led to new patents and inventions with the potential for commercial application and potential economic growth. USDA innovations included in this annual report range from USDA supported research that could offer solutions for millions who suffer allergies from peanuts and wheat to safe mosquito control that can help halt the transmission of diseases they spread, and others. "USDA has a proven track record of performing research that has tangible benefits for the American public, and studies have found every dollar invested in agricultural research returns $20 to our economy," said Secretary Vilsack. To learn more click here .To access a full report on USDA’s technology transfer program click here.


New Federal Bill Seeks to Help Young Farmers Succeed  (from The Register-Star online)
New and Beginning Farmers looking to break into the agriculture industry could soon be getting some extra help courtesy of the Young Farmer Success Act of 2015.The bill would help new farmers with managing their student loan debt by adding them to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. The Young Farmer Success Act of 2015 would allow a farmer to see the balance of their student loans forgiven after making 10 years of income-based student loan payments. This would free up capital for farmers to acquire land and equipment. The bill requires a qualified farm to earn a minimum of $35,000 in revenue for the farmer in order to be eligible for loan forgiveness. To learn more click here.


Why We Need Apprenticeship Programs for High School Students(from Education Week and The Society for Human Resources Management)
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is planning to establish an apprenticeship program based on the Swiss vocational education model. The U.S. and Switzerland on July 9, 2015, signed a Joint Declaration of Intent to collaborate on this venture and to exchange policy information and best practices in vocational education and training. The Swiss model pays students as they learn, producing highly skilled employees for an expansive range of occupations, including those in the information technology, advanced manufacturing and health care fields, as well as in traditional trades and crafts. In Switzerland, students as young as 15 sign 3- or 4-year contracts with an employer’s apprenticeship program, which pays them as they learn skills, according to Martin Dahinden, Swiss ambassador to the U.S. Two-thirds of 16-year-olds in Switzerland choose to start their careers via an apprenticeship as they attend school. The average monthly pay during the first year of an apprenticeship is $800 and increases the following year; certain apprenticeships pay more than others.


To learn more click here.To read a blog by Heather Singmaster of The Asia Society about how such a program is imperative if the U.S. wants to truly close its skills gap and remain globally competitive click here.


National Council for Agricultural Education Announces Recent Board of Directors Changes
On July 1, 2015 Nancy Trivette, program leader for agricultural education in New Jersey, officially began a three year term on the Council Board representing ACTE. She replaces Dr. James Flowers, department head for agricultural and extension education at North Carolina State University, who had represented ACTE since 2012. The Council is very excited to have Nancy once again serving the organization and is extremely thankful for the outstanding leadership and service provided by Dr. Flowers during his three year term. A current list of Council board members can be found here.

NAAE


Upper Division Scholarship Recipients Announced
Fifteen future agricultural educators have been selected to receive the NAAE Upper Division Scholarship. Selected recipients will receive a $750 award to be used for expenses while student teaching in agriculture. This scholarship is sponsored by Cengage Learning | National Geographic Learning. Click here to see this year's recipients and to view their news releases.


DuPont Ag Academy Selects 48 Outstanding Teachers
Through the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA), DuPont  invited 48 of the nation’s finest agricultural science teachers to the company’s Chesapeake Farms in Chestertown, Md. Invited teachers learned new teaching techniques in order to elevate their students’ agriscience educational experience in classrooms.Click here for the full press release.


2015 Professional State Association Award Applicatons -- 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. Click here for more information and to apply.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Teach Ag VIP Campus Day
August 19, 2015
3:45-4:45pm EDT
Presenters: Dr. Amy Smith, University of Minnesota and Dr. Allen Talbert, Purdue University
Click here to register by August 18th.


Community of Practice Highlights


And don't forget to check out the Vets on Call antibiotics playlist, where veterinarians explain the importance of anitbiotics, on the front page of Communities of Practice! Stay updated on current antibiotic issues in animal science.

FFA

Indianapolis Selected as National FFA Convention & Expo Host Through 2024
The National FFA Organization announced recently that it will be moving its National FFA Convention & Expo to Indianapolis for 2016-2024. Read more here.


Cool Summer Savings from La Quinta
La Quinta Inns & Suites is offering 10 percent off your stay! FFA friends, families, sponsors - anyone can use the code NAFFA for the discount, and a portion of the proceeds goes to support FFA. The code can be used at participating La Quinta locations. Book now atwww.lq.com/naffa.

CAST

Friday, July 17, 2015: Water might be the biggest issue of the next decade, and agriculture is heavily affected. Pigs fly, party, and play in the Far Side stories. 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).

 

 

 

 

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July 13, 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


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


July 6
June 29
June 22
June 15
June 8

Quote for the Week


"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."
-Stephen King


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


Finding Teachers a Huge Problem Not Just for Ag., Other Areas Suffer as Well (from Detroit Free Press and Greensburg Daily Herald)
As we continue to battle a shortage of qualified agricultural teachers it is important to remember our issues are part of a much larger national problem. For example, trying to find qualified people to teach career and technical education programs has become such a problem in Michigan that some advocates want the state to relax the certification rules temporarily to widen the pool of candidates. The request to change the rules, which will likely come before the State Board of Education this summer, is coming from a group of intermediate school district officials and supported by the Michigan Association of Career and Technical Education. And, it's coming at a time when state leaders are placing more emphasis on such programs: The budget Gov. Rick Snyder signed includes an additional $10 million for the programs. Other states have announced that they are also looking for similar alternative avenues to find personnel to fill vacancies and avoid shutting down whole programs, not just in CTE but in all disciplines.


A big part of the issue is not attrition of veteran teachers but a lack of students completing teacher preparation programs and gaining certification. The State of Indiana recently released some alarming statistics. The number of teaching licenses the Indiana Department of Education issued to first-time teachers fell by 63 percent from 2009/10 to 2013/14 -- though state officials said the most recent decline was at least partially the result of more rigorous testing. Excluding the more rigorous testing year, the number of licenses issued by the DoE fell by 31 percent from 2009/10 to 2012/13. Some open teaching positions across the state in areas like Science and Math have yet to draw even one qualified applicant and many districts are only weeks away from opening their doors for the new year. School officials cite the cause as state funding constraints, which depress teacher wages, and a blame-the-teachers mentality of politicians and the media, which is pushing teachers out of the profession and prompting fewer high school grads to consider teaching an attractive career. Anecdotal evidence suggests this is not just an issue in Indiana. This makes it important that those of us in the education arena help to promote the positive aspects of a career in education as much as possible.


To read more about Michigan’s challenges and potential solutionsclick here.
To get a much more in depth view of Indiana’s recent report click here.


What Should Graduates Look Like in 10 Years? (from eSchool News)
Many national agricultural education organizations are in the process of developing strategic plans and visioning for the future of our discipline. The question is what will a world that changes so rapidly look like in a few years and what will agricultural education programs need to look like to create students ready to meet those challenges?


In San Francisco they recently underwent a process to try and determine what the graduates of their schools should look like in 10 years. To learn more about their process click here.

NAAE


2015 Professional State Association Award Applicatons -- 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. Click here for more information and to apply.


National Teach Ag Day Future Agriculture Teacher Symposium Participants Selected
The National Teach Ag Campaign has selected 21 current Ag Ed majors who will travel to Washington DC and participate in professional networking, development, and be part of the live webcast. Click hereto see who was selected.


Community of Practice Highlights


And don't forget to check out the Vets on Call antibiotics playlist, where veterinarians explain the importance of anitbiotics, on the front page of Communities of Practice! Stay updated on current antibiotic issues in animal science.

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.

FFA Members Honored as CTE Innovators at The White House by First Lady
On Tuesday, June 30, First Lady Michelle Obama recognized outstanding students, teachers and administrators who have shown exceptional leadership in driving innovation in the field of career and technical education. Click here to read how FFA was honored during the event.

Deadline Nears: Convention and Expo Newsroom Crew
The National FFA Organization is looking for college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 28 - 31, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. To apply, visit FFA.org, scroll to the bottom of the webpage and click on Careers at FFA. Click on Available Jobs and look for the Newsroom Crew Interns – 2015 National Convention & Expo link. The deadline is July 17.

New Guide Highlights Award-winning FFA Chapters
Read how 46 FFA chapters developed a well-planned and well-executed Program of Activities in the new FFA Chapter Success Guide (formerly known as the Chapter Innovators’ Guide). The guide features stories from Model of Excellence, Model of Innovation and Outstanding Middle School Chapter finalists and winners.

 

Cool Summer Savings from La Quinta
La Quinta Inns & Suites is offering 10 percent off your stay! FFA friends, families, sponsors - anyone can use the code NAFFA for the discount, and a portion of the proceeds goes to support FFA. The code can be used at participating La Quinta locations. Book now atwww.lq.com/naffa.

CAST

Friday, July 10, 2015: The generation gap shows up in results from a survey about attitudes toward science. This week’s stories include ag issues on Capitol Hill, an introduction to the new World Food Prize laureate, and a list of the top ten ways to spot a modern farmer. 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).

ACTE

ACTE Microdocs
The Association for Career and Technical Education is pleased to announce an exciting new venture to tell the story of how career and technical education is changing the lives of educators and students. Microdocs is a series of microdocumentaries that focus on CTE. So far, two microdocumentaries have been released and can be foundhere.

ACTE has also released fact sheets about the different areas in CTE, to go along with this project, including agriculture, food and natural resources. Follow this link to view all of the fact sheets.

Interested in making a contribution to help with the funding of more microdocs? Follow this link for more information and make a donation today!

 

 

 


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July 6, 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


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


June 29
June 22
June 15
June 8
June 1

Quote for the Week


"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
-Frederick Douglass


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


Infographic Available from ACTE: College and Career Ready Through CTE
CTE benefits high school students by teaching skills to help them build careers, offering real-world examples that bring academics to life and providing the chance to work as part of a team, among other benefits, according to results from the latest ACTE-My College Options® nationwide survey of CTE students and educators.  To see the infographic and use it to tell the story of CTE and its benefits to your community and school leaders click here.


Superwheat Kernza Could Save Our Soil and Feed Us Well (from Civil Eats)
The new grain variety from the Land Institute is derived from an ancient form of intermediate wheatgrass, a perennial that is actually a distant relative of wheat. And there’s a widespread team of researchers hoping their work will pave the way for an entirely new form of food. In development for well over a decade, Kernza is now being grown in test plots around the world, and a host of scientists, food retailers, bakers, and distillers are collaborating to help bring it to consumers. Kernza is perennial, meaning it can be grown year-round, with roots that live on in the ground through winter. Researchers hope that the grain can provide an abundant food source that aids in sustainability by reducing carbon emissions and reducing soil erosion among other potential benefits. To learn more click here.


Millions Available to Help Connect Retiring Landowners with New Farmers (from NSAC)
Access to farmland remains one of the most difficult challenges that new farmers face when looking to start farming. Fortunately, since 2008, there has been a federal incentive program that encourages retiring landowners to sell or lease long term to new and underserved farmers. The Transition Incentives Program (TIP) is an option for farmers and landowners enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) who both have land expiring from CRP and who intend to retire from farming that particular land. To learn more click here.

NAAE


Join us TODAY for the USDA New and Beginning Farmer and Rancher Conference Call
The USDA New and Beginning Farmer and Rancher program is interested in growing the number of people who choose farming or ranching as a career. As part of an upcoming website update, they are preparing to add a section oriented to reach youth who are interested in becoming farmers and ranchers.


There will be a brainstorming conference call on Monday, July 6th from 4-4:45pm EDT. If you would like to participate, click here for the call-in information. If you are unable to participate in the conference call, but would still like to give your input, email your ideas to Julie Fritsch.


NAAE Convention -- Early Bird Registration through July 10th
Make sure to mark you calendar November 17-21 for NAAE Convention in New Orleans! Book your registration now to take advantage of the early bird rate!


Ag Teacher Positions Go Begging (from Agri-View)
Hundreds of agriculture-teacher positions are going unfilled across the United States because not enough students are choosing to be agricultural educators. Click here to read more.


Community of Practice Highlights


And don't forget to check out the Vets on Call antibiotics playlist, where veterinarians explain the importance of anitbiotics, on the front page of Communities of Practice! Stay updated on current antibiotic issues in animal science.

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.

New Guide Highlights Award-winning FFA Chapters
Read how 46 FFA chapters developed a well-planned and well-executed Program of Activities in the new FFA Chapter Success Guide (formerly known as the Chapter Innovators’ Guide). The guide features stories from Model of Excellence, Model of Innovation and Outstanding Middle School Chapter finalists and winners.

FFA Names New Board Members
Three new members have been named to the National FFA Organization Board of Directors. Read more about them by clicking on their names: Jason Hughes from West Virginia, Buddy Deimler from Utah and Jonathan Ulmer from Texas.

Apply Now: Convention and Expo Newsroom Crew
The National FFA Organization is looking for college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 28 - 31, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. To apply, visit FFA.org, scroll to the bottom of the webpage and click on Careers at FFA. Click on Available Jobs and look for the Newsroom Crew Interns – 2015 National Convention & Expo link.

Reminder: Important Shop FFA Invoice Change Coming Soon
If you order with purchase orders within Shop FFA (most state FFA associations and FFA chapters), then this important message is for you.

Effective Aug. 1, Shop FFA customer invoices will be sent as merchandise is shipped as opposed to a single invoice being sent once all shipments for an order have been shipped.  If an order is shipped from multiple locations, an invoice will be sent for each shipment once that portion of the order has shipped and a shipment confirmation has been sent. In addition, if an order includes a backordered item, an invoice will also be sent once the backordered item is shipped. We do understand that some schools may not be able to issue payment until all invoices for the order have been received.  If you have any questions, contact billquestion@ffa.org.

Cool Summer Savings from La Quinta
La Quinta Inns & Suites is offering 10 percent off your stay! FFA friends, families, sponsors - anyone can use the code NAFFA for the discount, and a portion of the proceeds goes to support FFA. The code can be used at participating La Quinta locations. Book now atwww.lq.com/naffa.

Presidential Scholars Program Expands to include Career and Technical Education
As part of an executive order by President Barack Obama, career and technical education students will now be able to be designated as U.S. Presidential Scholars. To read more, click here.

USDA

The Morrill Act: 153 Years of Innovations for American Agriculture
July in America.  It is summer time and school’s out. It is about vacations and maybe a trip to the beach. It is Independence Day—the 4th of July—and parades and fireworks.  It is about barbecues, hotdogs, and burgers. 2015 marks America’s 239th birthday. July is also the month for another important birthday in America—passage of the Morrill Act on July 2, 1862, which established the land-grant university system, ensuring access to education for all people. Click here to read more.

USDA Program Helps High School Students Realize Ag Jobs are Everywhere
Here at the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), one of the many benefits of creating marketing opportunities for ag businesses is seeing first-hand how the industry supports 1 in 12 jobs all over the country. In addition to feeding the world, the ag industry continues to be the strong backbone in our nation’s economy – in both rural and urban areas. To help continue this trend, we set out to groom the next generation of ag leaders. To read more, click here.