2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
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 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.
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, Susan brings her seven-year-old dog to see vet Dr. Brittney Barton, whose exam reveals injuries to both hind legs. Click here to watch the video.
The Massachusetts Situation: The Fight to Allow Girls in the FFA Begins
Happy New Year! This year, 2019, is a momentous year in the history of the FFA – it marks the 50th anniversary of the decision to allow girls to be members of the FFA. But it also marks the 89th anniversary of the decision to EXCLUDE girls from becoming members of the FFA. Click here to read more.
Join Us for the January Teacher Town Hall
You won’t want to miss our Teacher Town Hall next week. FFA CEO Mark Poeschl will update you on FFA Blue 365, the charter, ILSSO, the Merchandise Center move, and our January planning sessions. You’ll also hear from Senior Team Leader Michele Sullivan on our scholarship program and Education Specialist Matt Nance, who has details on the New Century Farmer conference. Click here to join the Webex meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. Use password cU48wCy$ to connect. To join by phone, call 240-454-0879 and use access code 739 076 458.
SAE Video: Turning Pallets Into Planters
Sound School-New Haven FFA member Giancarlo Lomanto knows a thing or two about wooden pallets and agriculture, enough to turn his piqued interest during a summer job into a profitable supervised agricultural experience (SAE). Watch how he did it and other SAE videos now. You can also check out links to related lesson plans and student activity sheets.
Earn Money for Your FFA Week Projects
Is your FFA chapter planning a service project for National FFA Week, Feb. 16-23? Chapters can receive up to $400 with a Living to Serve Day of Service Mini Grant to help fund projects. Apply today at FFA.org/livingtoserve/grants.
Alumni and Supporters Travel Program News
You have less than a month to register and make a deposit for the inaugural FFA Alumni and Supporters Travel Program to Germany and the Netherlands July 1-10, 2019. Contact Agrotours, 888-2AGTOUR or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
$1,200 Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant
Want to engage your students in project-based learning to meet a community need? The 2018 Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve grant application is now open. Apply for up to $1,200 to support a semester-long service-learning project that addresses a community need in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Need ideas for semester-long service-learning projects? Check out the interactive map at FFA.org/livingtoserve to review projects funded last school year. Additional information on the grant can also be found on the website. Applications are due February 1, 2019. Email questions to LTS@ffa.org .
DEADLINE EXTENDED for FFA WEEK Day of Service Mini-Grants
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 reimbursable 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. Email questions to LTS@ffa.org.
Inaugural FFA Alumni and Supporters Travel Program
February 1 is the deadline to register and make a deposit for the inaugural FFA Alumni and Supporters Travel Program to Germany and the Netherlands July 1-10, 2019! For more information, visit www.ffa.org/alumnibenefits or contact Agrotours at 888-2AGTOUR or email@example.com.