Ag Ed Summit Report
The National Council for Agricultural Education is a partnership that convenes representatives from each of the AERO groups (Agricultural Education Related Organizations) to identify opportunities and resources, provide a forum for thought and direction, and focus on academic and career success for all students. Click hereto read more.
2018 NAAE Convention
We want to say thank you and congratulations to all of our 2018 award winners and members who made our national convention such a success. Award winner press releases and convention photos are now available on the website. Click here to learn more about all of our award winners!
Become an AgCultures Ambassador
The LT Media Lab at the University of Minnesota, in collaboration with the CHS Foundation, is seeking one passionate educator from each of the 50 states to serve as AgCultures ambassadors in spring 2019. Applications are due December 15th. Click here for more information and to apply!
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.
Online Professional Development: Global Learning (#GLAG19)
The Global Teach Ag! Initiative is conducting the 5th annual global learning in agriculture conference! #GLAG19: Cultivating Empathy in a Global World will provide “on-demand” and “live” opportunities to advance your capacity as a global agricultural educator, helping to prepare your students for the interconnected world of food, fiber, and natural resources. During the week of January 26th, with only a digital pass ($25), you have access to resources and best practices to help advance global learning in your program. While supplies last, there are also 100 “All-Access” Passes ($50) that include the Conference-in-A-Box. Fun fact: In 2018, we had an impression on 1,121,917 twitter accounts with the conversation about #GLAG18 – over 1 million accounts seeing school-based agricultural education talk about global issues. Here is a link to check out the conference program from last year. The keynote is Mr. Roger Thurow, Pulitzer Prize Finalist who is the author of Enough; The Last Hunger Season; and The First 1,000 days. GLAG can only occur with the support of our Global Learning Partners including: Penn State Extension; Penn State Center for Professional Personal Learning; Hawkeye Global Agriculture Learning Center; Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University; Iowa State University, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Purdue, CELA-Belize, Explorations by Thor, Murphy-Carpenter Design, The National FFA Organization, Nutrients for Life Foundation, and The World Food Prize.
Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Whether it’s during your prep hour or after school, for 15 minutes or the entire webinar -- join Penn State and the University of Minnesota to learn more about creating an inclusive environment for agricultural education students.
During the time of the webinar, visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll to take you to the Zoom video link. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and will last 60-90 minutes.
- January 9 -- Ableism and Disability Justice
- February 13 -- Race, Racism and Privilege
- March 13 -- Gender Equity
- April 10 -- Challenging Classism
*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.
We are seeking to include the voices of these identities in the planning process. If you would like to share your voice or any feedback, we invite you to fill out a Google Form at z.umn.edu/AgEdForAllVoices.
The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For questions, please contact Brandon Roiger at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jonathan Seaman at email@example.com.
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. Noel Garbes of Illinois checks the herd at Ness Farms. "Today, animal welfare is huge," says Dr. Garbes, who grew up on his family hog farm in Iowa and has always loved working with animals. Click here to watch the video.
The Answer is NOT Amazon
Assume it is December 7, 1946. You are planning for next year and need to order some FFA supplies. You have developed the following list of items to order. For each item, see if you can identify the supplier! Follow this link to read more.
2019 New Century Farmer Moving to Indy; Application Goes Live Saturday
Know an FFA member who has experience in the field of production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member who is currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! To be held July 7-13, 2019, in Indianapolis, Ind., this all-expenses-paid conference will be packed full of interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application goes live Saturday, Dec. 15 and closes Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Head here for more information.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
National FFA Week is right around the corner (Feb. 16-23), so now is the time to plan for your chapter’s service event. Chapters can receive a grant of up to $400 with a Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant to support their FFA Week service activities. To access the application and see ideas on our interactive project map, visit FFA.org/livingtoserve. Applications should be submitted by Tuesday, Jan. 1, to be considered for support during FFA Week. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FFA Alumni Membership Benefits
Check out the growing list of benefits that every National FFA Alumni and Supporter receives as part of their membership, just in time for the holiday season. And, don’t forget that the registration and deposit for the first agricultural travel program are due Friday, Feb. 1. The group will be traveling to Germany and The Netherlands July 1-10, 2019! Click Here to see the tentative itinerary and registration form.