2018 National Agricultural Education Summit
The 2018 National Agricultural Education Summit will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 just prior to the 2018 NAAE Convention and ACTE CareerTech VISION 2018. Click here for more information.
Position Announcement: CASE Project Director
The CASE Project Director will partner with all NAAE staff toward the success of CASE and other NAAE initiatives. Qualified applicants should have experience in the delivery of high-quality agricultural education programming and demonstrated experience with CASE. Click here for more information and to apply.
2019 National Teach Ag Campaign Intern Position Announcement
The intern position will start in May 2019 and the end date will depend on performance, but may last until May 2020. The intern will be stationed out of the NAAE office, located on the campus of the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, KY for eight weeks during the 2019 summer. The remainder of the internship will be done remotely at a site mutually agreed upon by the intern and the NTAC. Click here for more information and to apply by December 2nd.
We are now accepting applications for the 2019 NAAE interns. We have positions available in advocacy, communications, and professional development. Follow this link for more information and to apply by December 21st.
2018 NAAE Convention App
Personalize your schedule, stay up-to-date on workshop changes while at convention, meet other attendees, and create your own profile with our online convention app. Search “NAAE Conv” and download it in the App Store or Google Play for your convenience. Thanks Merck for sponsoring our convention app!
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. Krantz examines piglets at Petrie Farm suffering from a case of diarrhea, which can be life threatening. Click here to watch the video.
The FFA Sweetheart
Prior to 1969, about the only way a female could be involved with the FFA was to be a chapter sweetheart. In the early days of the FFA, it was common for a chapter to have an FFA Sweetheart. The Sweetheart was typically voted on by the members and the selection of the sweetheart more often than not was a popularity/beauty contest. Follow this link to read more.
Apply Now for a National FFA Scholarship
Do you have students who could use some money for college? Tell them about the National FFA Scholarship online application, which opened on Thursday, Nov. 15.
- Create, edit and submit an application using any web platform, including a smartphone.
- Check the status of their application from their personalized homepage.
- Save/edit an in-progress application at any time before the application deadline.
- Upload any required materials directly to their application.
- Opt-in for text notifications, in addition to email notifications and reminders.
- Take advantage of a longer application period, Nov. 15 - Feb. 6.
- Use the easy one-click advisor validation.
- Learn of your scholarship acceptance online—NO MORE MAIL.
Check out the extensive FAQ and other resources found at FFA.org/scholarships.
Join in the Blue 365 Challenge
Blue 365 is the latest catalyst to the National FFA Organization’s commitment to the future of agriculture. Bringing innovative technology, science, research and entrepreneurship to the classrooms of nearly 670,000 FFA members nationwide, Blue 365 provides videos, podcasts, lesson plans, and countless resources to FFA advisors and student members.
To help launch Blue 365 and highlight the innovations and technologies that are transforming agriculture, we are excited to announce the Blue 365 Challenge! In partnership with Microsoft, the National FFA Organization will award 50 FFA chapters with two Microsoft FarmBeats Student Kits designed to help students learn about precision agriculture and Internet of Things technologies. Each kit includes preconfigured Microsoft Azure cloud services and a Raspberry Pi with soil moisture, light, ambient temperature, and humidity sensors to collect data, which can help students understand how to help improve productivity, increase yield, and save resources. Microsoft will provide additional resources to showcase how FFA advisors can put these kits to use in the classroom. Submit your application before the Jan. 2 deadline!
SAE Video of the Week: Hydroponics
Go behind the scenes at Connecticut’s Sound School with Giovanni Roman, who uses a variety of hydroponics systems to grow plants in the school’s greenhouse. Watch more videos in our SAE Video Library, which now includes links to related lesson plans and student activity sheets.
Grow Ag Leaders Scholarships
Every year, Grow Ag Leaders awards more than $500,000 in scholarships to students studying in ag-related fields. Grow Ag Leaders asks farmers to endorse high school seniors or college students for a chance to win a $1,500 scholarship to support their higher education studies in ag-related fields.
Applications for 2019 Grow Ag Leaders are open now. To apply for this scholarship, students must meet the below criteria:
- Must be a high school senior to college junior enrolled full time.
- Must be planning to attend a vocational, two-year or four-year qualifying agriculture-related study program after high school.
- Must meet a minimum 2.5 GPA requirement.
- Must obtain two electronic endorsements from qualifying farmers.
For more information, visit FFA.org/scholarships.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
Planning a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event in January? Or is your chapter hosting a service event during National FFA Week in February? Now is the time to apply for a $400 Day of Service Mini-Grant! Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis on the first of each month. To learn more about the Day of Service Mini-Grant, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Want to see what other chapters have done? Check out the interactive map at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve to review funded projects.
FFA State Day of Service Grant
A reminder that the application for the FFA State Day of Service Grant is now available at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. This is a competitive funding opportunity for all FFA state associations or foundations to help infuse service activities at the state level. A state association or foundation may apply for up to $8,000. Want to know what states did in 2018 with the grant? Check out the interactive map at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve. If you have any questions, please email LTS@ffa.org.
Alumni Educational Enrichment Program
Do you or your students want a way to earn online college credits at a discounted price? Check out the Alumni Educational Enrichment program at Pearson.com/FFAwhich includes a FREE personalized college plan valued at $300.
Raise Money for Your Chapter
Looking for a simple and effective chapter fundraiser? We Fund Them is a quick and easy online donation platform that provides a thank-you gift to supporters of the largest discount network in the nation. This gift encourages donations and the sharing of your fundraiser with other possible donors. You simply customize the site with your picture, video and messaging and share it through email, text and social media. We Fund Them will support FFA and provide detailed tracking of participant and group participation and fundraising results. Click here to see an example of an active donation site for a college baseball team. Click here to get your We Fund Them page started.