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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com.
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.
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 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!
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.
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