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.
2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register.
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.
- 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 email@example.com or Jonathan Seaman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE Webinars from Realityworks
Looking for new ways to engage your ag students and help them discover careers they’re passionate about? Realityworks, Inc. is kicking off 2019 with a host of free webinar presentations that feature new and expanded offerings for agricultural education. Hosted by the very individuals who’ve spent years in the field getting feedback from instructors like you, these presentations are great opportunities to learn how our tools and resources can help you give your students hands-on experience and training. See the full schedule here: https://www.realityworks.com/webinars
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. Groves works with family farmers in central Missouri to vaccinate their calves and cows, demonstrating how they herd their animals gently with low stress. Click here to watch the video.
The Massachusetts Situation: A Profile in Courage
Last week we looked at the “public” material (FFA Convention Proceedings and FFA Board Minutes) about the controversy regarding the inclusion of girls in the FFA during the 1930s. My plan was to next reveal the “private” material (primarily letters) to see what was going on behind the scenes. Click here to read more.
Grants for Growing Application Now Open
FFA chapters can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 through the Grants for Growing (G4G) program, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company (TSC). The application closes Feb. 11. FFA advisors can log in to FFA.org and apply for a competitive grant. The G4G program provides funding to support local FFA projects that have the potential to be sustainable and benefit future FFA members. Applications must outline a new or existing school agricultural project.
Funding is provided through consumer donations made by purchasing $1 paper emblems at TSC locations during checkout. The fundraising period will take place Feb. 13 – 24, during National FFA week. Chapters are encouraged to work with their local TSC retailers to schedule times and activities at the store to engage customers and increase donations during the fundraising period.
2019 New Century Farmer Moving to Indy; Application Now Live
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 closes Friday, Feb. 15. Head here for more information.
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 email@example.com, for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.