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March 26, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

April 4-7
MANRRS Conference
Greensboro, NC
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC
June 24-27
NEAT Conference
Bar Harbor, ME

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

 

NAAE

2018 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
Each summer, specially selected teachers spend a week participating in an interactive, hands-on application-based science training program. The training will include agriculture-related labs with a high amount of science content using the "inquiry-based" approach to student learning of agriscience. Click here for more information and to apply! Applications are due April 15th!
2018 NAAE Award Applications Now Live
Applications and updated scoring rubrics are now available online. Click here to start your application today! Applications are due by May 15th.
Please note that the 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. You can view the new award application requirements by clicking here.
Special Teach Ag Session at MANRRS
Join us for a special session at this year's MANRRS conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.The session will take place Thursday, April 5th from 3-5pm EST and will include a teacher panel, post-secondary tips, preservice teacher opportunities, teaching resources, and a Q&A session throughout. Click here for more information and to register.
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!
South Carolina Commissioner's School for Agriculture Summer Program for High School Juniors and Seniors
The South Carolina Commissioner’s School for Agriculture is now accepting applications for its summer program available to any rising junior or senior in high school. This summer program seeks to provide a collegiate academic week covering a variety of topics across agricultural and natural resource sciences. Applications and more information are available online, and the deadline is April 13th. Follow this link for more information.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Randall examines pet cat Mickey for chronic pneumonia, which if not treated promptly can be fatal. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
Monsanto has been a long-time supporter of the National FFA Organization and we are proud to continue sponsorship of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award in 2018. The DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.
DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1st at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.
Help Us Make FFA New Horizons Better for You
We’d love to get your feedback on how we can make the FFA New Horizons experience better for you. Visit https://ffa.qualtrics.com to take our brief reader survey. If you take the survey by April 1, you could win a $100 Amazon gift card for your time. Please spread the word; we want to hear from everyone.
212° and 360° Conference Season Now Open
Registration for the 2018-19 212° and 360° conference season is now open!
212° — the temperature at which water boils — focuses on Virtues this year and takes students to the boiling point of leadership. At 211°, water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets us to the next level. The two-day 212° Leadership Conference is focused on student development and helps FFA members become aware of their passions and virtues. FFA members attend sessions on discovering their passions, making positive decisions, setting SMART goals, and taking steps toward self-improvement.
360° Vision takes students full-circle regarding chapter leadership. The two-day 360° Leadership Conference is focused on the importance of vision and how to become a visionary leader. Students spend their time in sessions understanding the importance of vision, conducting a chapter needs assessment, crafting a vision plan for their local FFA chapters, and developing a strategy to implement their visions.
FFA chapters and associations are welcome to register to host a conference. Please read our updated 212° and 360° Planning Guide. This will help ensure an easy registration and conference experience. For those who hosted 212° and 360° conferences during the 2017-18 school year, the pricing and process have not changed. Find more information on the 212° /360° conference webpages.
Click here to begin registration. The deadline for conference registration is Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.Contact Casey Zufelt, czufelt@ffa.org or 317-802-4309, for more information.
Join the National FFA Delegate Process
The National FFA Organization is looking to fill two open positions for adult consultants to the National FFA Delegate Process. These two positions are a three-year appointment beginning July 2018 and ending October 2020. While nominations will be accepted from all interested parties, at least one vacancy must be filled by someone from the western region. As established by Article III, Section B of the bylaws to the National FFA Constitution, no state may be represented more than once, so we are not able to accept nominees from Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, or South Dakota. Those who are interested in serving the organization in this capacity may nominate themselves by forwarding their resume/CV and cover letter to jdavis@ffa.org. Nominations and accompanying materials should be received by the close of business on Monday, April 2, 2018.

CASE

Newly Added AFNR CASE Institute
Interested in adding CASE to your agricultural education program? The Introduction of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) course is a great place to start! Seats are now available at the newly added CASE Institute hosted by the University of Kentucky. Check out the complete CASE Institute schedule or register for a CASE Institute today!
2018 CASE Pathway Adoption Grant Program
Pending funding support provided by a USDA Professional Development Opportunity for Secondary School Teachers (PD-STEP) grant, NAAE, on behalf of the CASE Initiative, is seeking 22 teachers to participate as a cohort in a multi-year grant program. The grant will provide awardees the following benefits:
  • Full registration fee to complete specialization course certification in either the Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) or Food Science and Safety(FSS) CASE Institute during summer 2018. Please note: travel is not provided and is the responsibility of the school or teacher.
  • Full registration fee to complete capstone course certification in Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) through an online professional development during either the fall 2018 or the summer 2019.
  • Up to 55 CASE Online accounts provided over two years for students enrolled in specialization and capstone courses to complete End-of-Course Assessments.
  • $500 in Ward's Scientific products plus a 25% Ward's Scientific discount to assist in the implementation of the specialization and capstone CASE courses.
  • The total value of the grant is estimated to be approximately $6,125.00 per awardee.

The deadline to apply is April 15, 2018, however grant applications will be granted after review of qualifications until all available grants have been awarded. For more information or to complete the application, please see this link.

2018 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 2, 2018.

 

 

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Biotech innovation and regulatory barriers.

 

 

Friday, March 23, 2018: Biotech innovation deals with funding and regulations. Agriculture sectors worry about trade disputes, university ag departments shine, and scientists might get life-saving medicine from platypus milk. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 19, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

April 4-7
MANRRS Conference
Greensboro, NC
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC
June 24-27
NEAT Conference
Bar Harbor, ME

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

 

NAAE

2018 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
Each summer, specially selected teachers spend a week participating in an interactive, hands-on application-based science training program. The training will include agriculture-related labs with a high amount of science content using the "inquiry-based" approach to student learning of agriscience. Click here for more information and to apply! Applications are due April 15th!
2018 NAAE Award Application Changes
The 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. Please make note of the new award application requirements by clicking here. The new scoring rubrics and online applications will be available soon.
Special Teach Ag Session at MANRRS
Join us for a special session at this year's MANRRS conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.The session will take place Thursday, April 5th from 3-5pm EST and will include a teacher panel, post-secondary tips, preservice teacher opportunities, teaching resources, and a Q&A session throughout. Click here for more information and to register.
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!
Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Larry Bramlage, examines a racehorse suffering from lameness and finds bone fragments in a joint. Click here to watch the video.

 

 

FFA

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
Monsanto has been a long-time supporter of the National FFA Organization and we are proud to continue sponsorship of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award in 2018. The DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.

DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1st at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.

212° and 360° Conference Season Now Open
Registration for the 2018-19 212° and 360° conference season is now open!

212° — the temperature at which water boils — focuses on Virtues this year and takes students to the boiling point of leadership. At 211°, water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets us to the next level. The two-day 212° Leadership Conference is focused on student development and helps FFA members become aware of their passions and virtues. FFA members attend sessions on discovering their passions, making positive decisions, setting SMART goals, and taking steps toward self-improvement.

360° Vision takes students full circle regarding chapter leadership. The two-day 360° Leadership Conference is focused on the importance of vision and how to become a visionary leader. Students spend their time in sessions understanding the importance of vision, conducting a chapter needs assessment, crafting a vision plan for their local FFA chapters, and developing a strategy to implement their visions.

FFA chapters and associations are welcome to register to host a conference. Please read our updated 212° and 360° Planning Guide. This will help ensure an easy registration and conference experience. For those who hosted 212° and 360° conferences during the 2017-18 school year, the pricing and process have not changed. Find more information on the 212?/360? conference webpages. Click here to begin registration. The deadline for conference registration is Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.

Contact Casey Zufelt, czufelt@ffa.org or 317-802-4309, for more information.

Join the National FFA Delegate Process
The National FFA Organization is looking to fill two open positions for adult consultants to the National FFA Delegate Process. These two positions are a three-year appointment beginning July 2018 and ending October 2020. While nominations will be accepted from all interested parties, at least one vacancy must be filled by someone from the western region. As established by Article III, Section B of the bylaws to the National FFA Constitution, no state may be represented more than once, so we are not able to accept nominees from Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon or South Dakota. Those who are interested in serving the organization in this capacity may nominate themselves by forwarding their resume/CV and cover letter to jdavis@ffa.org. Nominations and accompanying materials should be received by the close of business on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Help Us Make FFA New Horizons Better for You
We’d love to get your feedback on how we can make the FFA New Horizons experience better for you. Visit FFANewHorizons.org/survey to take our brief reader survey. If you take the survey by April 1, you could win a $100 Amazon gift card for your time. Please spread the word; we want to hear from everyone.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
How will your FFA chapter make a difference in your community? Johnson County Central FFA (NE) hosted a community-wide electronics recycling event. The chapter collected 2,500 pounds of electronics that are non-degradable, so they did not end up in a landfill.

Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school, and alumni chapters to make a difference in their communities in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis at the end of each month. To learn more about the Day of Service Mini-Grants, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.

CASE

2018 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the twenty-five CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin, regarding any additional questions.

2018 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 2, 2018.

 

 

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Looking like something from a Stephen King novel, this robot in wolf’s clothing protects farms.

 

 

Friday, March 16, 2018: Planting season brings new methods and traditional optimism. March Madness has an agricultural flavor, an FFA member sings his way onto American Idol, and a robot in wolf’s clothing protects farms. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 12, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

April 4-7
MANRRS Conference
Greensboro, NC
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

 

NAAE

2018 NAAE Award Application Changes
The 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. Please make note of the new award application requirements by clicking here. The new scoring rubrics and online applications will be available soon.
Special Teach Ag Session at MANRRS
Join us for a special session at this year's MANRRS conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.The session will take place Thursday, April 5th from 3-5pm EST and will include a teacher panel, post-secondary tips, preservice teacher opportunities, teaching resources, and a Q&A session throughout. Click here for more information and to register.
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!
Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, veterinarian Lynn Locatelli shows how to handle large cattle with comfort and low stress, a model of animal husbandry. Click here to watch the video.

 

 

 

FFA

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
Monsanto has been a long-time supporter of the National FFA Organization and we are proud to continue sponsorship of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award in 2018. The DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.

DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1st at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.

Let’s Hear It for the Ag Educators
In the latest issue of FFA New Horizons, we celebrate agriculture teachers new to the classroom. Cole Ramsey is in his second year as an agriculture teacher at Nelson County High School in Virginia. While pressures surely face him, he has found ways to rise to the challenge.

“My first day of school was really nerve-racking,” Ramsey says. “I was fortunate to student-teach where I now work, but there was a whole new group of kids I didn’t know. We were able to connect over our similar FFA experiences and time spent on the farm since I work in a rural area.”

Read about the tips that have made Ramsey’s classroom time a success in the article “First Class.” Then, meet the Miller County FFA Alumni Chapter in Georgia, which was named the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Chapter; learn which national officer is a twin; find out where you can study milling science and aquaculture; and more.

Join the National FFA Delegate Process
The National FFA Organization is looking to fill two open positions for adult consultants to the National FFA Delegate Process. These two positions are a three-year appointment beginning July 2018 and ending October 2020. While nominations will be accepted from all interested parties, at least one vacancy must be filled by someone from the western region. As established by Article III, Section B of the bylaws to the National FFA Constitution, no state may be represented more than once, so we are not able to accept nominees from Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon or South Dakota. Those who are interested in serving the organization in this capacity may nominate themselves by forwarding their resume/CV and cover letter to jdavis@ffa.org. Nominations and accompanying materials should be received by the close of business on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Help Us Make FFA New Horizons Better for You
We’d love to get your feedback on how we can make the FFA New Horizons experience better for you. Visit FFANewHorizons.org/survey to take our brief reader survey. If you take the survey by April 1, you could win a $100 Amazon gift card for your time. Please spread the word; we want to hear from everyone.

CASE

2018 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the twenty-five CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin, regarding any additional questions.

2018 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 2, 2018.

ACTE

Upcoming ACTE Regional Conferences 
Network and learn at one of this year's ACTE regional conferences. The Early Bird Registration deadlines are approaching, so make sure to register soon! Click here for more information about all of the regional conferences.

 

 

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Ugly veggies can be beautiful—as art and as nutritious food.

 

 

Friday, March 9, 2018: Tariffs, trade, and regulations affect agriculture. Food production goes through changes—from genetics to ugly vegetables to Flippy the burger robot. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 5, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

March 5-7
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.
April 4-7
MANRRS Conference
Greensboro, NC
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

NAAE

 

My Local Cooperative
With funding support from the CHS Foundation, NAAE is excited to announce the launch of My Local Cooperative, a program that will educate the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs about the benefits and opportunities of agriculture cooperatives. The project is focused on advancing agriculture cooperatives by raising awareness of the business model, showcasing career opportunities, and highlighting the critical roles that cooperatives play in strengthening agriculture and our local communities. A website will debut in the weeks to come, but for now you can join the conversation by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

2018 NAAE Award Application Changes
The 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. Please make note of the new award application requirements by clicking here. The new scoring rubrics and online applications will be available soon.

 

Special Teach Ag Session at MANRRS
Join us for a special session at this year's MANRRS conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.The session will take place Thursday, April 5th from 3-5pm EST and will include a teacher panel, post-secondary tips, preservice teacher opportunities, teaching resources, and a Q&A session throughout. Click here for more information and to register.

 

2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Rob Farruggio of Wisconsin ultrasounds cows and through his binoculars sees the fetus of a baby cow. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
Monsanto has been a long-time supporter of the National FFA Organization and we are proud to continue sponsorship of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award in 2018. The DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.

DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1st at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.

My Journey Webinar Coming Soon
Join us for the webinar, “How to Utilize My Journey,” on Thursday, March 8, 4 - 5 p.m. EST. Have questions about My Journey? Email myjourney@ffa.org. Unable to make it? The webinar will be recorded and accessible after the live event.

To join the webinar: join.me/606-206-108

Conference ID #: 606-206-108 #

Help Us Make FFA New Horizons Better for You
We’d love to get your feedback on how we can make the FFA New Horizons experience better for you. Visit FFANewHorizons.org/survey to take our brief reader survey. If you take the survey by April 1, you could win a $100 Amazon gift card for your time. Please spread the word; we want to hear from everyone.

Be a National FFA Conference Facilitator
Looking for ways to interact with students, work with dynamic teammates, give back to a great organization and learn life-long career skills? Consider working as a National FFA Conference Facilitator! Applications for positions on the 2018-19 212°/360° Chapter Leadership Conference staff are open now and close April 2, 2018. More than 8,000 students attend 212°/360° conferences each year from all over the country. If you're interested, apply at FFA.org/careers-at-ffa. Please note that if hired for this position, trainers would be ineligible to run for National FFA Office. Should you have questions, contact Casey Zufelt, czufelt@ffa.org.

Culver’s Launches FFA Essay Contest
FFA sponsor Culver’s is once again hosting its annual FFA Essay Contest. Three FFA chapters have a chance to win $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500 respectively to use toward their agricultural education initiatives, such as attending the National FFA Convention & Expo this October. This year’s essay question: The 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo theme was I Can. We Will. What does this mean to you, and how will you apply it in your future ag career? Visit https://www.culvers.com/essaycontest to learn more.

CASE

2018 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the twenty-five CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin, regarding any additional questions.

2018 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 2, 2018.

ACTE

ACTE Excellence Awards
The ACTE® Excellence Awards promote excellence in career and technical education. Since 1954, ACTE has recognized those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to CTE, programs that exemplify the highest standards, and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand CTE programs. Members need to apply through their states and regions and deadlines vary. This is a great way for Ag Ed Division members to tell their CTE stories!! Click herefor more information and to apply today!

 

 

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Lions discover that African buffaloes are good at mixed martial arts.

 

 

Friday, March, 2018: Politics and agriculture—from trade to international intrigue. Crop research, livestock updates, food safety, and Kylie’s new blog about ag opportunities for youth (including FFA). Also, lions and buffaloes do a bit of ultimate fighting. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.