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January 14, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agriculturaleducation programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

 

Upcoming Events

2013

January 30-31, 2013
National Ag Ed Summit
Indianapolis, IN

February 2-5, 2013
Southern Region AAAE Meeting (SAAS)
Orlando, FL

March 4-6, 2013
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.

May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH

June 25-28, 2013
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN

September (dates TBA), 2013
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

Past Issues

January 7
December 17
December 10
December 3
November 19

Quote for the Week

"When you can't change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails."

- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, emailSabrina Hounshell.

The Council

2013 National Agricultural Education Summit

Registration is open and costs $269.

The National Council for Agricultural Education will host the 2013 Agricultural Education Summit, January 30 -31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The theme of the 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit,“Recruitment and Retention of Teachers for School Based Agriculture Education” will be the focus of the summit for local, state and national Team Ag Ed participants.

Summit Delivery Formats: (New options utilizing available technology)

The 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit will be offered both live in Indianapolis and provided virtually utilizing a live Internet feed. The new alternative provides the opportunity for states to organize state or regional meetings and participate in the summit main sessions with the opportunity to engage all key members of their Team Ag Ed community to receive the information from the Summit live and in person. Main sessions will be streamed live and off site participants will be provided the opportunity to submit questions to presenters. All general sessions and Breakout sessions will be recorded and posted providing access to a wide variety of agricultural education program topics and resources. The recorded sessions will be available throughout the year as references by those needing access to consistent accurate information on a wide variety of programs.

The agenda is now available online here.For more information please visit the National Council for Agricultural Education website.

NAAE

2013 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Strand

Visit Washington D.C. and advocate for agricultural education in March. NAAE pays the registration for one representative from each state to attend. Registration is due to NAAE by February 1. Click here for more information.

 

2013 NAAE Award Applications Now Available

Apply for a NAAE award! Categories from scholarships for students who are student teaching to Lifetime Achievement and supporter recognition. See awards applications

2013 CCFF Agriscience Awards - Call for Nominations

$5,000 for an outstanding agriscience educator, plus student and scientist awards. Learn more

 

The DuPont Challenge

The DuPont challenge calls on students to research, think critically, and write a science essay that provides innovative ideas on our most pressing global challenges, or demonstrates the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematices (STEM) to our daily lives.

Help reach ag students and share this wonderful opportunity. Forward the e-blast to your list-serv, post on your website and Facebook page and anything else you can do promote the DuPont Challenge.

Please visit the DuPont website for additional information. The dedline for essay submissions is January 31, 2013.

 

ALL FOR NOMINATION
2013 AGRISCIENCE AWARDS

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a Federal government agency, is now
accepting Nominations for the 2013 Agriscience Awards. The awards are presented by the
Foundation in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The mission of this partnership is to present the Fourth Annual Agriscience Awards to
recognize, through four monetary awards, one scientist; one current high school educator; and
two current high school students who are judged to exemplify excellence in the field of
agriscience and to highlight the importance of agriculture in the 21st century.

$10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award

One $10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award will be presented to a
scientist who is making or has recently made significant and positive contributions in
the field of agriscience.

$5,000 Agriscience Educator Award

One $5,000 Agriscience Educator Award will be presented to a current high school
educator, with at least five years of teaching experience, and who emphasizes
concepts, principles and applications in their curriculum to promote the study of
agriscience to students.

$1,000 Agriscience Student Awards

Two $1,000 Agriscience Student Awards will be presented to current high school
students who are making or have recently made significant and positive contributions
related to the study of agriscience.

All Nominations are accepted online only here. Please
visit this website for information on the Competition Rules and Regulations.

The deadline for 2013 Nominations is Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Any questions related to the competition may be directed to Judi Shellenberger, Executive Director of the Foundation at:judithmscolumbus@cs.com

 

Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:

- Modern Marvels Worksheet

- Using iPads in Ag Class

- Lab Question Stars

- Classroom Management

FFA

Dwight Armstrong, National FFA CEO, has appointed Julie Tesch (Executive Director of the National FFA Alumni Association) to serve on National FFA's Executive Management Committee. Julie will join other senior leaders at FFA in providing strategic and operational leadership for the organization. Julie serves as Team Leader of the National FFA Alumni staff, her leadership and experiences will be an asset and much needed contribution to the committee.  The appointment provides FFA Alumni with a stronger voice within National FFA to ensure the continued growth and value that FFA Alumni provides for agricultural education.

 

Collegiate FFA

2013 New Century Farmer Conference

Applications are now available for the 2013 New Century Farmer program! 50 selected students will receive an all-expense paid trip to Des Moines, Iowa, have the opportunity to network with industry experts, attend workshops and session, participate in industry tours, and so much more! Please review the FAQ prior to beginning the application process. Applications are due on Friday, March 15th at 5p.m. EST. If you have any questions please contact Lindsey Calhoun at lcalhoun@ffa.org or 317-802-4263.

I-CAL 2013

Applications are now available for the 2013 International Collegiate Agriculture Leadership (I-CAL) program. Twelve selected participants will travel to South America to learn about international grain marketing and trade, global agriculture and acquire a unique cultural experience. To learn more about the program please view the program FAQ. Applications are due January 30, 2013 by 5p.m. EST.

If you have any additional questions on the programs please feel free to contact myself or turn to the collegiate website.

CASE

CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the twenty-three CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute for Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR), Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA), Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP), or Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB), please click here.

To register for the Field Test CASE Institute for Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE), please click here.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many sites’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding

CAST

From Friday, January, 11 - Find articles onOur Drive Thru Diets, Flu Season, New Interns Added to the Cast Staff and more in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

1/7/13

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January 7, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

 

Upcoming Events

2013

January 30-31, 2013
National Ag Ed Summit
Indianapolis, IN

February 2-5, 2013
Southern Region AAAE Meeting (SAAS)
Orlando, FL

March 4-6, 2013
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.

May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH

June 25-28, 2013
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN

September (dates TBA), 2013
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

Past Issues

December 17
December 10
December 3
November 19
November 12
November 5

Quote for the Week

“An enlightened citizen is an indispensable ingredient of the infrastructure of democracy.”

Barbara Jordon

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, emailSabrina Hounshell.

The Council

2013 National Agricultural Education Summit

Registration is open and costs $269.

The National Council for Agricultural Education will host the 2013 Agricultural Education Summit, January 30 -31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The theme of the 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit,“Recruitment and Retention of Teachers for School Based Agriculture Education” will be the focus of the summit for local, state and national Team Ag Ed participants.

Summit Delivery Formats: (New options utilizing available technology)

The 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit will be offered both live in Indianapolis and provided virtually utilizing a live Internet feed. The new alternative provides the opportunity for states to organize state or regional meetings and participate in the summit main sessions with the opportunity to engage all key members of their Team Ag Ed community to receive the information from the Summit live and in person. Main sessions will be streamed live and off site participants will be provided the opportunity to submit questions to presenters. All general sessions and Breakout sessions will be recorded and posted providing access to a wide variety of agricultural education program topics and resources. The recorded sessions will be available throughout the year as references by those needing access to consistent accurate information on a wide variety of programs.

The agenda is now available online here.For more information please visit the National Council for Agricultural Education website.

NAAE

The DuPont Challenge

The DuPont challenge calls on students to research, think critically, and write a science essay that provides innovative ideas on our most pressing global challenges, or demonstrates the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematices (STEM) to our daily lives.

Help reach ag students and share this wonderful opportunity. Forward the e-blast to your list-serv, post on your website and Facebook page and anything else you can do promote the DuPont Challenge.

Please visit the DuPont website for additional information. The dedline for essay submissions is January 31, 2013.

CALL FOR NOMINATION
2013 AGRISCIENCE AWARDS

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a Federal government agency, is now
accepting Nominations for the 2013 Agriscience Awards. The awards are presented by the
Foundation in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The mission of this partnership is to present the Fourth Annual Agriscience Awards to
recognize, through four monetary awards, one scientist; one current high school educator; and
two current high school students who are judged to exemplify excellence in the field of
agriscience and to highlight the importance of agriculture in the 21st century.

$10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award

One $10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award will be presented to a
scientist who is making or has recently made significant and positive contributions in
the field of agriscience.

$5,000 Agriscience Educator Award

One $5,000 Agriscience Educator Award will be presented to a current high school
educator, with at least five years of teaching experience, and who emphasizes
concepts, principles and applications in their curriculum to promote the study of
agriscience to students.

$1,000 Agriscience Student Awards

Two $1,000 Agriscience Student Awards will be presented to current high school
students who are making or have recently made significant and positive contributions
related to the study of agriscience.

All Nominations are accepted online only here. Please
visit this website for information on the Competition Rules and Regulations.

The deadline for 2013 Nominations is Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Any questions related to the competition
may be directed to Judi Shellenberger, Executive Director of the Foundation at: judithmscolumbus@cs.com

Agriculture In The Classroom National Conference

Join us in beautiful and vibrant downtown Minneapolis for the 2013 National Agriculture In The Classroom conference!

Agriculture in the Classroom 2013 National Conference
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - Friday, June 28, 2013.

Watch the the welcome video for the 2013 National conference featuring Andrew Zimmern!

For more information about the National Agriculture In The Classrom Conference, please click here.

Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:

- Speech Writing Manual

- Glogster

- CASE 4 Learning on Flickr

- As a Future Agricultural Educator, What is the Most Important Issue Facing Agriculture Teachers?

 

ACTE

2013 ACTE National Policy Seminar
March 4-6
Climbing the Hill


Registration is now open!


Our community faces a mountain of federal policy challenges ahead. Don't let Congress forget the steps we have climbed to increase awareness about the value of career and technical education! Help new policymakers understand CTE and develop supportive CTE policies.

We need you to climb the Hill with us to ensure that CTE makes it to the top of policymakers' priority lists in the coming year. Be proud of your profession—join us in Washington to make the climb to Capitol Hill and show policymakers how important CTE is to the future of our country!

FFA

2013 New Century Farmer Conference
Applications are now available for the 2013 New Century Farmer program! Fifty selected students will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Des Moines, Iowa, have the opportunity to network with industry experts, attend workshops and session, participate in industry tours, and more. Review the FAQ prior to beginning the application process. Applications are due on Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m. EST. If you have any questions, contact Lindsey Calhoun, lcalhoun@ffa.org or 317-802-4263. Visit the FFA Collegiate Website for details.

 

Apply now for FFA Scholarships!
More than 1,000 scholarships sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation are available! The selection process takes into account the whole student - FFA involvement, work experience, Supervised Agricultural Experience, community service, leadership skills and academics. The deadline to submit an online application (via AgCN only) is 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 15. Signature Pages must be postmarked no later than Feb. 22 to complete eligibility.

 

Additional information and instructions are available here.

 

I-CAL 2013 applications are now available
Applications are now available for the 2013 International Collegiate Agriculture Leadership program. Twelve selected participants will travel to South America to learn about international grain marketing and trade, global agriculture, and acquire a unique cultural experience. To learn more, view the program FAQ or visit the website here. Applications are due Jan. 30 by 5 p.m. EST.

 

Joshua Bledsoe named COO of National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization announced Friday that Joshua Bledsoe will become the organization’s chief operating officer on Feb. 18. Bledsoe, currently the state FFA advisor and state agricultural education leader for North Carolina will manage major FFA operations and the lead the overall execution of the 557,318-member organization’s strategic plan. Bledsoe holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from North Carolina State University, and will relocate from Raleigh, N.C., to the Indianapolis headquarters.

CASE

CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the twenty-three CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute for Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR), Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA), Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP), or Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB), please click here.

To register for the Field Test CASE Institute for Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE), please click here.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many sites’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding.

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, January, 4 - Find articles on the The Farm Bill Saga Continues, the Grain Forecast, looking back on the Biggest Biotech Trends in 2012 and more in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

12/17/12

Posted by Sabrina Hounshell Dec 17, 2012
Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

The Council

2013 National Agricultural Education Summit


Registration is open and costs $269. The National Council for Agricultural Education will host the 2013 Agricultural Education Summit, January 30 -31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.


The theme of the 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit,“Recruitment and Retention of Teachers for School Based Agriculture Education” will be the focus of the summit for local, state and national Team Ag Ed participants.Summit Delivery Formats: (New options utilizing available technology)The 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit will be offered both live in Indianapolis and provided virtually utilizing a live Internet feed.  The new alternative provides the opportunity for states to organize state or regional meetings and participate in the summit main sessions with the opportunity to engage all key members of their Team Ag Ed community to receive the information from the Summit live and in person.  Main sessions will be streamed live and off site participants will be provided the opportunity to submit questions to presenters.  All general sessions and Breakout sessions will be recorded and posted providing access to a wide variety of agricultural education program topics and resources. The recorded sessions will be available throughout the year as references by those needing access to consistent accurate information on a wide variety of programs.The agenda is now available online here.For more information please visit the National Council for Agricultural Education website.


NAAE

USDA NIFA Seeking Input
Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification
Competitive Grant Program
Written comments requested by December 26... DetailsNAAE Members Win Three of Five ACTE National Awards Categories!Congratulations to Robin McLean, ACTE Teacher of the Year, Lavyne Rada, ACTE Outstanding New CTE Teacher, and Jeff Eppen, Teacher in Community Service!

AFA National Leader and Academic Scholarship
AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships seek to identify young leaders in the agriculture and food industry to enter AFA leader development programming and receive an academic scholarship the second semester of their freshman year. While most of these opportunities are targeted toward college freshmen, a few scholarships in this program also include current college students. These AFA scholarships, with the exception of the BOTAR scholarship, are a $2,600 award - $1,000 leader development award to attend the AFA Leaders Conference and a $1,600 academic scholarship upon successful attendance. Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of career vision and goal, leader and community involvement, and financial need. Applications are due March 15, 2013. Learn more and apply here.


The DuPont ChallengeThe DuPont challenge calls on students to research, think critically, and write a science essay that provides innovative ideas on our most pressing global challenges, or demonstrates the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematices (STEM) to our daily lives.Help reach ag students and share this wonderful opportunity. Forward the e-blast to your list-serv, post on your website and Facebook page and anything else you can do promote the DuPont Challenge.   Please visit the DuPont website for additional information. The dedline for essay submissions is January 31, 2013.


CALL FOR NOMINATION
2013 AGRISCIENCE AWARDS

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a Federal government agency, is now
accepting Nominations for the 2013 Agriscience Awards. The awards are presented by the
Foundation in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The mission of this partnership is to present the Fourth Annual Agriscience Awards to
recognize, through four monetary awards, one scientist; one current high school educator; and
two current high school students who are judged to exemplify excellence in the field of
agriscience and to highlight the importance of agriculture in the 21st century.
$10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist AwardOne $10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award will be presented to a
scientist who is making or has recently made significant and positive contributions in
the field of agriscience.
$5,000 Agriscience Educator AwardOne $5,000 Agriscience Educator Award will be presented to a current high school
educator, with at least five years of teaching experience, and who emphasizes
concepts, principles and applications in their curriculum to promote the study of
agriscience to students.
$1,000 Agriscience Student AwardsTwo $1,000 Agriscience Student Awards will be presented to current high school
students who are making or have recently made significant and positive contributions
related to the study of agriscience.
All Nominations are accepted online only here. Please
visit this website for information on the Competition Rules and Regulations.
The deadline for 2013 Nominations is Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Any questions related to the competition
may be directed to Judi Shellenberger, Executive Director of the Foundation at: judithmscolumbus@cs.com


Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:

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FFA

The 2013 National FFA Collegiate Scholarship program is live!

 

This year, students will access the 2013 Scholarship Application through the Agricultural Career Network (AgCN).   Only students who create or have created accounts in AgCN will be able to access the application.

 

FFA members must create an account using information contained in an invitation generated by their FFA advisors after their membership type has been renewed in AgCN.   (Non-FFA members will create accounts through the Community portal.)

 

The deadline to submit an online application is prior to 5:00 p.m. EST Feb.  15, 2013.  Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 22, 2013 to complete eligibility.

 

Additional information and instructions are available at www.ffa.org/scholarships.  Direct AgCN and/or membership questions to your state FFA staff or National FFA membership 317-802-6060.  Email scholarship questions to Scholarships@ffa.org

 

CASE

CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the twenty-three CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute for Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR), Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA), Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP), or Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB), please click here.

To register for the Field Test CASE Institute for Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE), please click here.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many sites’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding.

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, December, 14 - Find articles on the need for Ag Research, making Ag Programs and FFA Successful, the Annual Ag Day Contest and more in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

http://www.cast-science.org/Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

The Council

2013 National Agricultural Education Summit


Registration is open and costs $269. The National Council for Agricultural Education will host the 2013 Agricultural Education Summit, January 30 -31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.


The theme of the 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit,“Recruitment and Retention of Teachers for School Based Agriculture Education” will be the focus of the summit for local, state and national Team Ag Ed participants.


Summit Delivery Formats: (New options utilizing available technology)The 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit will be offered both live in Indianapolis and provided virtually utilizing a live Internet feed.  The new alternative provides the opportunity for states to organize state or regional meetings and participate in the summit main sessions with the opportunity to engage all key members of their Team Ag Ed community to receive the information from the Summit live and in person. 


Main sessions will be streamed live and off site participants will be provided the opportunity to submit questions to presenters.  All general sessions and Breakout sessions will be recorded and posted providing access to a wide variety of agricultural education program topics and resources.


The recorded sessions will be available throughout the year as references by those needing access to consistent accurate information on a wide variety of programs.


The agenda is now available online here.For more information please visit the National Council for Agricultural Education website.


NAAE

Show Your Ag Teacher Pride With Some New NAAE Threads!
Order NAAE shirts and jackets- now through December 10.
Delivery by Christmas.

See items


USDA NIFA Seeking Input
Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification
Competitive Grant Program

Listening Session via WebCast and toll-free telephone line
December 12, 2012 -- 12:00-3:00 p.m. EST
Oral and written comments requested ... Details


Apply now for a 2013 Summer Internship!


We offer summer internship opportunities for upperclassmen majoring in agricultural education. Click on the links below for more information about each internship, including application deadlines and procedures.

 

Application deadline for all scholarships is December 17.


Become a 2013 DuPont Agriscience Teacher Ambassador

Specially selected agriscience teachers from all across the United States travel to DuPont Chesapeake Farms to learn how to incorporate more science into their existing curriculums and make learning fun and challenging for their students.


Over 170 teachers from 48 states have been a part of the Academy since its inception 10 years ago.Applications are due December 17. Click here for Details


The DuPont Challenge

Help reach ag students and share this wonderful opportunity. Forward the e-blast to your list-serv, post on your website and Facebook page and anything else you can do promote the DuPont Challenge.   Please visit the DuPont website for additional information. The dedline for essay submissions is January 31, 2013.


CALL FOR NOMINATION
2013 AGRISCIENCE AWARDS

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a Federal government agency, is now accepting Nominations for the 2013 Agriscience Awards. The awards are presented by the
Foundation in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation.


The mission of this partnership is to present the Fourth Annual Agriscience Awards to recognize, through four monetary awards, one scientist; one current high school educator; and
two current high school students who are judged to exemplify excellence in the field of agriscience and to highlight the importance of agriculture in the 21st century.

$10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award

One $10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award will be presented to a scientist who is making or has recently made significant and positive contributions in
the field of agriscience.

$5,000 Agriscience Educator Award

One $5,000 Agriscience Educator Award will be presented to a current high school educator, with at least five years of teaching experience, and who emphasizes concepts, principles and applications in their curriculum to promote the study of
agriscience to students.

$1,000 Agriscience Student Awards

Two $1,000 Agriscience Student Awards will be presented to current high school
students who are making or have recently made significant and positive contributions related to the study of agriscience.
All Nominations are accepted online only here.


Please visit this website for information on the Competition Rules and Regulations.The deadline for 2013 Nominations is Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Any questions related to the competition
may be directed to Judi Shellenberger, Executive Director of the Foundation at: judithmscolumbus@cs.com


Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:

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FFA

There is still time to apply for a 2013 FFA: Food For All grant! Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger programs. 

Applications are due Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 via email to LTS@ffa.org. Project concepts include, but are not limited to; community gardens,donating protein sources, or creating backpack programs. All projects must  include educational outreach.

Visit the FFA: Food For All website for the application and additional information. The Living to Serve Team will also host two informational webinars on Wednesday, December 5 to provide guidance and support to interested chapters. Registration is required to participate in one of the webinars. Although helpful, it is not mandatory for interested chapters to attend a webinar.

For more information please contact Stefonie Sebastian at ssebastian@ffa.org.

CASE

CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the twenty-three CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute for Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR), Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA), Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP), or Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB), please click here.

To register for the Field Test CASE Institute for Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE), please click here.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many sites’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding.

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, December, 7 - Find articles on Ag, Science, and Food Production ControversiesKeep Sprouting, Biotech Salmon, Organic or Not, and reports from the, CAST Annual Meeting and more in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

http://www.cast-science.org/Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

The Council

2013 National Agricultural Education Summit

Reminder registration is open with a special early registration price of $169 if you register by December 7, 2012. Once the early registration is complete the price will go to $269. The National Council for Agricultural Education will host the 2013 Agricultural Education Summit, January 30 -31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.


The theme of the 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit,“Recruitment and Retention of Teachers for School Based Agriculture Education” will be the focus of the summit for local, state and national Team Ag Ed participants.Summit Delivery Formats: (New options utilizing available technology)The 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit will be offered both live in Indianapolis and provided virtually utilizing a live Internet feed. 


The new alternative provides the opportunity for states to organize state or regional meetings and participate in the summit main sessions with the opportunity to engage all key members of their Team Ag Ed community to receive the information from the Summit live and in person.  Main sessions will be streamed live and off site participants will be provided the opportunity to submit questions to presenters.


All general sessions and Breakout sessions will be recorded and posted providing access to a wide variety of agriculturaleducation program topics and resources. The recorded sessions will be available throughout the year as references by those needing access to consistent accurate information on a wide variety of programs.


Please watch your email, Monday Morning Monitor and theNational Council for Agricultural Education web-site for the final Summit agenda coming soon.


NAAE

2012 NAAE Convention in Atlanta
Rising with Rigor & Relevance
Nov. 27-Dec. 1


Committee Reports - click here to see the committee reports from the 2012 NAAE Convention in AtlantaAward Winner News Releases - click here to see our 2012 NAAE award winners and download news releases (photos coming soon)Apply now for a


2013 Summer Internship!We offer summer internship opportunities for upperclassmen majoring in agricultural education. Click on the links below for more information about each internship, including application deadlines and procedures.



Application deadline for all scholarships is December 17.Become a 2013 DuPont Agriscience Teacher AmbassadorSpecially selected agriscience teachers from all across the United States travel to DuPont Chesapeake Farms to learn how to incorporate more science into their existing curriculums and make learning fun and challenging for their students. Over 170 teachers from 48 states have been a part of the Academy since its inception 10 years ago.Applications are due December 17. Click here for Details


The DuPont ChallengeHelp reach ag students and share this wonderful opportunity. Forward the e-blast to your list-serv, post on your website and Facebook page and anything else you can do promote the DuPont Challenge.   Please visit the DuPont website for additional information. The dedline for essay submissions is January 31, 2013.


CALL FOR NOMINATION
2013 AGRISCIENCE AWARDS


The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a Federal government agency, is now
accepting Nominations for the 2013 Agriscience Awards. The awards are presented by the
Foundation in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The mission of this partnership is to present the Fourth Annual Agriscience Awards to
recognize, through four monetary awards, one scientist; one current high school educator; and
two current high school students who are judged to exemplify excellence in the field of
agriscience and to highlight the importance of agriculture in the 21st century.
$10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist AwardOne $10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award will be presented to a
scientist who is making or has recently made significant and positive contributions in
the field of agriscience.
$5,000 Agriscience Educator AwardOne $5,000 Agriscience Educator Award will be presented to a current high school
educator, with at least five years of teaching experience, and who emphasizes
concepts, principles and applications in their curriculum to promote the study of
agriscience to students.
$1,000 Agriscience Student AwardsTwo $1,000 Agriscience Student Awards will be presented to current high school
students who are making or have recently made significant and positive contributions
related to the study of agriscience.
All Nominations are accepted online only here. Please
visit this website for information on the Competition Rules and Regulations.
The deadline for 2013 Nominations is Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Any questions related to the competition
may be directed to Judi Shellenberger, Executive Director of the Foundation at: judithmscolumbus@cs.com
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FFA

There is still time to apply for a 2013 FFA: Food For All grant! Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger programs.  Applications are due Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 via email to LTS@ffa.org. Project concepts include, but are not limited to; community gardens,donating protein sources, or creating backpack programs. All projects must  include educational outreach.

Visit the FFA: Food For All website for the application and additional information. The Living to Serve Team will also host two informational webinars on Wednesday, December 5 to provide guidance and support to interested chapters. Registration is required to participate in one of the webinars. Although helpful, it is not mandatory for interested chapters to attend a webinar.

For more information please contact Stefonie Sebastian at ssebastian@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni Associate Membership Update

Show the Associate Membership Video to your students!

Associate membership is a 5 year, FREE membership for recent high school graduates to keep them connected with FFA and engaged with FFA Alumni.  How do students take advantage of this opportunity? Click here to learn more about this membership!

CASE

CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the twenty-three CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute for Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR), Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA), Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP), or Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB), please click here.

To register for the Field Test CASE Institute for Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE), please click here.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many sites’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding.

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, November, 30 - Find articles on the Opinions and News from the World of Agriculture, Pesticides, Endangered Species, and a New Book, 2013 BCCA nominations, CAST Annual Meeting and more in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

http://www.cast-science.org/Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

The Council

2013 National Agricultural Education SummitReminder registration is open with a special early registration price of $169 if you register by December 7, 2012. Once the early registration is complete the price will go to $269.


The National Council for Agricultural Education will host the 2013 Agricultural Education Summit, January 30 -31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.The theme of the 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit,“Recruitment and Retention of Teachers for School Based Agriculture Education” will be the focus of the summit for local, state and national Team Ag Ed participants.


Summit Delivery Formats: (New options utilizing available technology)The 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit will be offered both live in Indianapolis and provided virtually utilizing a live Internet feed.  The new alternative provides the opportunity for states to organize state or regional meetings and participate in the summit main sessions with the opportunity to engage all key members of their Team Ag Ed community to receive the information from the Summit live and in person.  Main sessions will be streamed live and off site participants will be provided the opportunity to submit questions to presenters.  All general sessions and Breakout sessions will be recorded and posted providing access to a wide variety of agriculturaleducation program topics and resources. The recorded sessions will be available throughout the year as references by those needing access to consistent accurate information on a wide variety of programs.


Please watch your email, Monday Morning Monitor and theNational Council for Agricultural Education web-site for the final Summit agenda coming soon.

NAAE

News and Views
NAAE Convention
The latest edition of our newsletter focuses on NAAE Convention. Included in this edition:
  • President's Message- NAAE Convention: Rising with Rigor and Relevance!
  • Meet Your 2013 President-Elect Candidates
  • Understanding Your Professional Liabaility Insurance
  • New 2013 CASE Institutes
  • ...and more!

    Read News & Views

The DuPont ChallengeHelp reach ag students and share this wonderful opportunity. Forward the e-blast to your list-serv, post on your website and Facebook page and anything else you can do promote the DuPont Challenge.   Please visit the DuPont website for additional information. The dedline for essay submissions is January 31, 2013.


CALL FOR NOMINATION
2013 AGRISCIENCE AWARDS
The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a Federal government agency, is now
accepting Nominations for the 2013 Agriscience Awards. The awards are presented by the
Foundation in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation.


The mission of this partnership is to present the Fourth Annual Agriscience Awards to
recognize, through four monetary awards, one scientist; one current high school educator; and
two current high school students who are judged to exemplify excellence in the field of
agriscience and to highlight the importance of agriculture in the 21st century.
$10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist AwardOne $10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award will be presented to a
scientist who is making or has recently made significant and positive contributions in
the field of agriscience.
$5,000 Agriscience Educator AwardOne $5,000 Agriscience Educator Award will be presented to a current high school
educator, with at least five years of teaching experience, and who emphasizes
concepts, principles and applications in their curriculum to promote the study of
agriscience to students.
$1,000 Agriscience Student AwardsTwo $1,000 Agriscience Student Awards will be presented to current high school
students who are making or have recently made significant and positive contributions
related to the study of agriscience.
All Nominations are accepted online only here. Please
visit this website for information on the Competition Rules and


Regulations.The deadline for 2013 Nominations is Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Any questions related to the competition
may be directed to Judi Shellenberger, Executive Director of the Foundation at: judithmscolumbus@cs.com


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FFA

National FFA Alumni Convention
Convention was new and exciting this year.
The FFA Tailgate and Auction raised over $63,000, FFA Dance hosted 3,500 students, Alumni Nation provided a great Networking atmosphere, Jim McCray was elected President-Elect, ByLaw Changes were voted in and much more. Check out the post-convention press release for more details.
National FFA Alumni Convention Guide

National FFA Alumni Region Realignment
With the approval of the 2012 National FFA Alumni delegate body, the National FFA Alumni will be moving from four to six geographic regions to allow for better coverage and support to state FFA Alumni associations.  Click here to view the impact this change will have on the structure of the National FFA Alumni Council, state groupings, national awards as well as the transition phase that will take place starting in 2013.

National FFA Alumni Awards Revision – effective 2012/2013 membership year
The National FFA Alumni Council has spent the past six months reviewing the National FFA Alumni Awards. Click here to review the award programs that have been revamped and those that will be discontinued starting the 2012-2013 membership year.

National FFA Alumni Scholarships Support for State & Local Affiliates – effective 2012/2013 membership year
The National FFA Alumni Council has reviewed current process awarding scholarship units from national to state and local FFA Alumni affiliates based upon their membership achievements.  Click here to see the updated process active for the current 2012-2013 membership year.

CASE

CASE Certified Teachers

CASE is excited to announce there are eighteen sites committed to hosting twenty-two CASE Institutes during the upcoming summer. Registration for sites will open the beginning of December. Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many sites’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding.

For additional information about CASE and the available institutes, please visit the CASE website at www.case4learning.org.

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, November, 16 - Find articles on the new EVP to lead CAST, the eclectic world of agriculture, 2013 BCCA nominations, news from the far side of the barn and more in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

http://www.cast-science.org/Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

 

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

NAAE

Award Winner Highlight
Joe Green 2011 Region V Ideas Unlimited Winner
For Joe Green, a teacher at Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia, an effective education takes place both inside and outside of a traditional classroom. Green engages his students with outdoor lessons he has created called Outdoor Odysseys.
Through ten separate outdoor lessons, Green integrates Georgia state standards with horticulture, plant identification and anatomy, biology, mathematics, literature, communications, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. Prior to going outside, students review important information related to the concept, then are immersed in an outdoor activity. Read More...

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NAAE at National FFA Convention
Thanks to everyone who participated in Teachers’ World or Teach Ag activities at the National FFA Convention.  It was our best year yet!  Stay tuned for boot and iPad winner announcements J

NAAE Convention 2012
Rising with Rigor & Relevance

Reduced registration ends TODAY! Click here to register at the reduced rate.

Coming to NAAE Convention? You can find info about workshops, housing, ACTE CareerTech Vision 2012,  and everything else convention-related at www.naae.org.

FFA

Highlights of National FFA Convention
Meet your new National FFA Officers, view all convention awards results and watch this year's convention sessions in our Convention & Expo highlights section.

Thank you for a wonderful FFA Convention! We'll see you in Louisville in 2013!

CASE

Wondering when the 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced?

The 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced on the CASE website on November 15, 2012. Registration for the 2013 CASE Institutes is set to open December 1, 2012. Contact a CASE Affiliate University or CASE State Leader to make a suggestion of what courses and dates you would like to see offered as Institutes.

For additional information about CASE and the courses currently available, please visit the CASE website at www.case4learning.org.

Cargill, General Mills Partner to Fund Development of National Food Science and Safety Curriculum

Cargill and General Mills have committed nearly a half-million dollars to fund the creation of a state-of-the-art food science and safety curriculum and teacher training program. The new curriculum and training will be part of the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), an instructional system that provides rigorous, relevant education in a variety of agriculture-related programs of study. Read more in the full press release here...

NFRBMEA

Meet your new President Elect, Mark Holkup

Mark Holkup was raised on a farm near Wilton, ND. Mark’s wife Sandy works for the US Postal Service in Bismarck. His son Matthew is a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the Minneapolis area. Daughter Krisanna lives in Fargo with her husband Freeman and their son Nicolas. Read More...

 

USDE

3 Things to do During Your Student Loan Grace Period

 

Your student loan grace period is a set amount of time after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, but before you must begin repayment on your loan. The grace period gives you time to get financially settled and to select your repayment plan. Not all federal student loans have a grace period. Note that for many loans, interest will accure during your grace period.

Click here for 3 ways you should prepare yourself for repayment.

 

Ag in the Classroom

2013 National Conference
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Marriott City Center
June 25-28, 2013

Please join us for a dynamic conference featuring TV personality, chef, food writer and teacher, Andrew Zimmern, and children's book author and dairy farmer, Cris Peterson. The conference will also include engaging workshops, traveling tours, exhibit fair and teacher store.

For more information please check out the conference website here.

 

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, October, 26 - Find articles on  the legacy of Norman Borlaug, livestock and the enviornment, invisible fish, and Dr. Bonner wearing many hats in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

http://www.cast-science.org/Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

 

 

 

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

The Council

The council met recently and has has a new National Council for Agricultural Education Strategic Plan for 2012-2015 they would like to share.


Council Vision:


To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.Council Mission: To provide leadership for Agricultural Education in a changing world.

The Council will:

  • Strengthen the voice and impact of the Council within the profession.
  • Collect data needed to demonstrate local program relevance and drive program improvement.
  • SAE Renewal – Relevance and impact of SAE on student performance.
  • Review and revise the national content and program standards.
  • Develop an action plan to ensure the recruitment, preparation and retention of diverse, high
    quality teacher supply.

 

NAAE

FFA Convention final reminders:


Teachers’ World: Win an iPad, Visit the Internet Café, and Take in the Exhibits

Each Teachers' World professional development workshop you attend enters you for a chance to win an iPad! Teachers' World workshops and internet cafe are available for teachers and ag ed majors. For a complete workshop listing and schedule, visit the NAAE Teachers' World page.


Follow Teachers' World on Twitter! #ffatw12


Teach Ag: Come to the Boot Unveiling at the Teach Ag Booth (You could win more boots)
You already know that you can enter our "Where Will You be TAGGED" photo contest for a chance to win a pair of custom made Teach Ag boots and boot bag, thanks to our friends at Anderson Bean Boot Company and Double J. Saddlery.


But don't miss the special boot unveiling event we'll be having in the Teach Ag booth at 1:30 on Wednesday. Everyone who attends (and only those who attend) will be entered to win other Anderson Bean boots.In addition, your students can TAG their place on our giant map and take part in our convention-wide scavenger hunt. Students who complete the scavenger hunt will receive a t-shirt and be entered for a chance to win the custom boots.


NAAE Member Services: Free Convention Survival Kit
Stop by the NAAE booth in Teachers' World to pick up your FFA Convention survival kit, stocked with handy odds and ends like safety pins, post-its, gum, and NAAE info. The kit also includes our Best. Job. Ever. pin. Put it on to become part of the Teach Ag convention-wide scavenger hunt and let students ask you about your job.


Ag Ed Majors: Complete Webquest, Get T-shirt
Take our nine-question online webquest, learn about benefits of being a NAAE student member, and turn in the completed form at the NAAE booth in Teachers' World for a free t-shirt. Follow this link to learn more about our webquest.
Also make time to visit with NAAE representatives during the collegiate career fair to learn about our internships, scholarships and other great opportunities that come with NAAE student membership.


General Session 5

Bring your students to the 5th general session (at 11:30am on Friday) to hear the inspiring stories of three current and future agriculture teachers. It might just prompt them to become an ag teacher too!


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FFA

Watch, Read and Follow Convention
We have more ways than ever to keep up with the National FFA Convention this year. Watch it live on iHigh and RFD-TV, download the convention app for your smart phone, get daily email updates, and much more.

CASE

Wondering when the 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced?

The 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced on the CASE website on November 15, 2012. Registration for the 2013 CASE Institutes is set to open December 1, 2012. Contact a CASE Affiliate University or CASE State Leader to make a suggestion of what courses and dates you would like to see offered as Institutes.

For additional information about CASE and the courses currently available, please visit the CASE website at www.case4learning.org.

CASE Certified Teachers

Be sure to make plans to stop by the CASE booth during the Expo at the 2012 National FFA Convention. CASE will be located at booth #1820 with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), which is located Teacher’s World.

New this year! In partnership with Vernier, CASE will be giving away a LabQuest 2, Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, and Agricultural Science with Vernier lab manual. A $406 value!

NYFC

FarmHack
FarmHack is a community for those who embrace the long-standing farm traditions of tinkering, inventing, fabricating, tweaking, and improving things that break. We are farmers of all ages, but the project has special relevance to young and beginning farmers as a place to learn from their peers' and their elders' successes, mistakes and new ideas.

We also seek to bring our non-farmer allies on board: engineers, architects, designers, and the like. Together, with an open-source ethic, we can retool our farms for a sustainable future.

Click here for recent and upcoming FarmHac events.

Ag in the Classroom

Every month Ag in the Classroom provides a featured resources to help educators locate high quality classroom materials and information to increase agricultural literacy among their Pre-K through 12th grade students. There are great resources currently available for October. Check them out here.

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, October, 19 - Find articles on The World Food Prize, Communication Hits a High Note, World Hunger, and E.Coli in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

http://www.cast-science.org/Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

 

 

 

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

NAAE

NAAE at FFA Convention

See you next week!


Teachers' World:  Visit this webpage to learn about interactive workshops and all Teachers' World opportunities.  Also, watch Twitter hashtag #ffatw12 for updates about Teachers’ World happenings and the opportunity to win prizes.


Teach Ag:  If you’re at convention on Wednesday, be at the Teach Ag booth at 1:30 for our big boot unveil!  Everyone who attends will have yet another opportunity to win a pair of Anderson Bean boots!  You can also take part in our “Where Will You be "TAGGED” photo contest, and pick up a form to complete the expo-wide scavenger hunt.  Everyone who participates in either of those two activities will get a t-shirt and also be entered for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind pair of Teach Ag boots from our friends at Anderson Bean.


NAAE Member Services booth: Teachers, stop by and pick up your convention survival kit, stocked with handy items for you, including a button you can wear to help out with the Teach Ag Scavenger Hunt.  It says “Best.Job.Ever. (ask me why),” because we want you to tell students why your job is so awesome!


Ag Ed majors:  Complete our webquest and turn it in at the NAAE booth in Teachers' World for a NAAE t-shirt.  Also visit with NAAE representatives during the Collegiate career fair times and learn about internships, scholarships, and other great opportunities that come with NAAE student membership

Alliance to Feed the Future Free Webinar

Register for Live Streaming HD Video from Des Moines to your Desktop with this free webinar:Reaching the Next Generation to Sustain Modern Agricultural Practices”


October 17, 2012 – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. CT
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. ET


The Alliance to Feed the Future presents a panel discussion for classrooms, teachers, and communicators featuring:*Lunchbox Lessons: K-8 Curricula for Learning About Modern Food Production
Dave Schmidt, President & CEO, International Food Information Council (IFIC)    


*Food in the Future...A Youthful Perspective
Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, Agricultural Law Student, Drake University


*Making Food and Agriculture a Bigger Part of Our Educational Mandate
Edie Fraser, Executive Director, STEMconnector
*


Food and Agricultural Education: A Global Priority?Moderator: Ana Rold, Editor-in-Chief, Diplomatic Courier


Click here to REGISTER NOW:  IT’S FREE!

(Space is Limited – Sign up now and make sure to log in early to maximize your experience)

2012 NAAE Convention

Plan Your Professional Development: Click here to see the great professional development that will be available at NAAE convention this year.


Two weeks left to pre-register: NAAE members pay one registration fee for full access to both the NAAE conference and ACTE CareerTech Vision 2012.Registration cost for NAAE members:
Through Oct. 29 - $375
After Oct. 29 - $450
After November 8, registrations will only be accepted on site
For more information and to register, click here.For more about NAAE convention, visit our website and click on the convention drop-down menu at the top of the page.


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FFA

SAE Grants
Do your students need money to get your Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) off the ground? We have $1000 grants available! Apply here by November 15.

 

FFA Alumni

 

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Don’t miss the adult event of national FFA convention!This is your opportunity as FFA Alumni members to mingle with Expo exhibitors and other supporters attending convention and engage with them. Enjoy food, beverages and live music throughout the evening. In addition, the National FFA Alumni will be auctioning off a limited number of items during the tailgate to raise funds for FFA member scholarships. Click here learn more about the tailgate and benefit auction schedule!

Friday, Oct. 26
Workshop – I Dare You to Say No: Getting Volunteers to Yes!

Presented by: Dr. Scott Vernon
2 – 3 p.m. Indiana Convention Center, Rooms 243-245

Featured Item
Local Hypnotist Show
Performed by Dr. Al Snyder
Estimated Value: $2,500

Perfect for nearly any kind of gathering from state conventions and award banquets to fairs, school assemblies and fundraisers. Good clean fun for any age group that will leave you laughing until your sides hurt. Winning bidder is responsible for travel and lodging. The minimum bid for this item is $1,000.

Don’t worry if you can’t attend, Click here to view other items and to complete and submit a proxy form to have FFA Alumni bid on your behalf.  Don’t miss out on great items like a Ford F150 or special travel packages.

 

CASE

Wondering when the 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced?

The 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced on the CASE website on November 15, 2012. Registration for the 2013 CASE Institutes is set to open December 1, 2012. Contact a CASE Affiliate University or CASE State Leader to make a suggestion of what courses and dates you would like to see offered as Institutes.

For additional information about CASE and the courses currently available, please visit the CASE website at www.case4learning.org.

CASE Certified Teachers

Be sure to make plans to stop by the CASE booth during the Expo at the 2012 National FFA Convention. CASE will be located at booth #1820 with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), which is located Teacher’s World.

New this year! In partnership with Vernier, CASE will be giving away a LabQuest 2, Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, and Agricultural Science with Vernier lab manual. A $406 value!

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, October, 12 - Find articles on The World Food Prize, CAST Communication Diversity, the Humane Society, and the Atlas Moth in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

http://www.cast-science.org/Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

USDE

For educators teaching S.T.E.M. courses, check out this website for hundreds of great resouces.

 

 

 

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

NAAE

2012 NAAE Convention -

Tuesday Night Mystery Speaker and Networking ReceptionSponsored by DuPont Pioneer and Hosted by the National Teach Ag CampaignKick-off NAAE convention with an inspiring surprise speaker followed by the chance to network with other convention attendees in a relaxed environment. Make connections you can build on for the rest of the week and after convention is over. Everyone who attends the mystery speaker presentation will receive two free drink tickets to the networking reception, which starts at the conclusion of the mystery speaker presentation. It all starts at 9, and late arrivals to the mystery speaker portion will not be admitted, so be there on time to get a great seat and meet some new people!

Register before October 29

NAAE members pay one registration fee for full access to both the NAAE conference and ACTE CareerTech Vision 2012.Registration cost for NAAE members:


Through Oct. 29 - $375
After Oct. 29 - $450


After November 8, registrations will only be accepted on site
For more information and to register, click here.For more about NAAE convention, visit our website and click on the convention drop-down menu at the top of the page.The NAAE Convention Professional Development schedule has just been released.  Click here to see all the great offerings and plan your PD.

NAAE at FFA Convention

Two weeks until FFA convention!


Teach Ag:  Besides participating in our “Where Will You be"TAGGED” photo contest, stop by the Teach Ag booth to take part in our expo-wide scavenger hunt.  Everyone who participates will get a t-shirt and also be entered for a chance to win those custom-made Anderson Bean boots.NAAE Member Services booth: Teachers, stop by and pick up your convention survival kit, stocked with handy items for you, including a button you can wear to help out with the Teach Ag Scavenger Hunt.  It says “Best.Job.Ever. (ask me why),” because we want you to tell students why your job is so awesome!


Teachers' World:  Visit this webpage to learn about interactive workshops and all Teachers' World opportunities.  Also, watch Twitter hashtag #ffatw12 for updates about Teachers’ World happenings and the opportunity to win prizes.Ag Ed majors:  Complete our webquest and turn it in at the NAAE booth in Teachers' World for a NAAE t-shirt.  Also visit with NAAE representatives during the Collegiate career fair times and learn about internships, scholarships, and other great opportunities that come with NAAE student membership


Sign Your Students up for the America's Farmers Mobile Experience During National FFA Convention

Share the story of the American farmer and tour the America’s Farmers Mobile Experience in the Monsanto booth (#567) at this year’s National FFA Convention & Expo.

The Mobile Experience brings farming to consumers across the country with a traveling 53-foot trailer that expands into a 1,000 square-foot exhibit. Visitors will learn about the tools of the trade that have helped farmers get to where they are and how these tools will continue to help farmers support a growing world.

By the year 2050, the world population is expected to grow to a staggering 9 billion people.  The Mobile Experience explains how farmers are expected to—and how they will—produce enough food, fuel, feed and fiber to meet global demands, while conserving valuable resources like land and water.

The Mobile Experience is touring the U.S. stopping at a variety of urban and rural events to give people the opportunity to learn more about every aspect of the farmer’s life, from food production to the challenges they face.  Visitors will take a journey through three distinctive focus areas: The Challenge – Global Demand, The Solution – America’s Farmers and The Tools - Traits & Technology.

Tours take about 15-20 minutes and will begin every 10 minutes.  We can accommodate groups of 15 on each tour.

To reserve a time slot for your chapter, please call (877) 847-8483 and provide your chapter name, city, state, advisor name and cell phone number so we can reach you during Convention if needed.  Advance reservations for tours will be taken Thursday, September 13th through Thursday, October 11th.
We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis!


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NAAE Award Winner Highlight
Tara Berescik 2011 Teacher Mentor Winner
Tara Berescik has packed a lot of leadership into her 11 years as an agriculture teacher, which was all sparked by one special student.
During Beresick's first year of teaching a student of hers named Catherine became ill and was hospitalized. Berescik visited her in the hospital, helped her earn an FFA leadership development scholarship, and watched her become an excited and eager FFA member and officer. It was after Catherine’s death that Berescik realized just how much of an impact a person can have on the lives of others, and how much of impact Catherine had on her as a teacher. Read more...


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FFA

Six National FFA Organization members and mentors will be honored on Oct. 9 at the White House as part of the Champions of Change program. Three FFA members and three leaders were selected from more than 1,000 nominees to be recognized at the ceremony. The Champions of Change program, part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative, recognizes individuals that are helping their communities.  Read the honorees bios on the National FFA Blog.

FFA Alumni

 

Why should your former students attend convention? To get a job!

The 2012 FFA Career Fair is an excellent opportunity for you to encourage your former FFA members, FFA Alumni members and Collegiate FFA members to meet representatives from more than 35 leading businesses and organizations that are looking to fill their internships and full-time career positions immediately. These representatives will be looking to find top talent to fill their employment opportunities!

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Don’t miss the adult event of national FFA convention!This is your opportunity as FFA Alumni members to mingle with Expo exhibitors and other supporters attending convention and engage with them. Enjoy food, beverages and live music throughout the evening. In addition, the National FFA Alumni will be auctioning off a limited number of items during the tailgate to raise funds for FFA member scholarships. Click here learn more about the tailgate and benefit auction schedule!

Friday, Oct. 26
Workshop – I Dare You to Say No: Getting Volunteers to Yes!

Presented by: Dr. Scott Vernon
2 – 3 p.m. Indiana Convention Center, Rooms 243-245

Featured Item
Local Hypnotist Show
Performed by Dr. Al Snyder
Estimated Value: $2,500

Perfect for nearly any kind of gathering from state conventions and award banquets to fairs, school assemblies and fundraisers. Good clean fun for any age group that will leave you laughing until your sides hurt. Winning bidder is responsible for travel and lodging. The minimum bid for this item is $1,000.

Don’t worry if you can’t attend, Click here to view other items and to complete and submit a proxy form to have FFA Alumni bid on your behalf.  Don’t miss out on great items like a Ford F150 or special travel packages.

 

CASE

Wondering when the 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced?

The 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced on the CASE website on November 15, 2012. Registration for the 2013 CASE Institutes is set to open December 1, 2012. Contact a CASE Affiliate University or CASE State Leader to make a suggestion of what courses and dates you would like to see offered as Institutes.

For additional information about CASE and the courses currently available, please visit the CASE website at www.case4learning.org.

CASE Certified Teachers

Be sure to make plans to stop by the CASE booth during the Expo at the 2012 National FFA Convention. CASE will be located at booth #1820 with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), which is located Teacher’s World.

New this year! In partnership with Vernier, CASE will be giving away a LabQuest 2, Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, and Agricultural Science with Vernier lab manual. A $406 value!

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, October, 5 - Find articles onNew School Lunch Programs, Research, Fraud and Error, World Food Prize and an Alliance to Feed the Future in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

http://www.cast-science.org/Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

 

 

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FFA Alumni

Wednesday, Oct. 24
FFA Tailgate & Benefit Auction

Presented by the National FFA Alumni Association
5 - 7:30 p.m. Indiana Convention Center, Expo Floor, Exhibitor’s Lounge, Enter at Hall H
Must be at least 21 years old to attend.


Don’t miss the adult event of national FFA convention! This is your opportunity as FFA Alumni members to mingle with Expo exhibitors and other supporters attending convention and hopefully engage them in events back at home.


Enjoy food, beverages and live music throughout the evening. In addition, the National FFA Alumni will be auctioning off a limited number of items during the tailgate to raise funds for FFA member scholarships.Click here learn more about the tailgate and benefit auction schedule!


Unable to attend the Benefit Auction?  Click here to complete and submit a proxy form to have FFA Alumni bid on your behalf.  Don’t miss out on great items like a Ford F150 or special travel packages.


Thursday, Oct. 25
Workshop – Personalizing YOUR Agvocacy!

Presented by: Erin Ehnle
10 – 11 a.m. Indiana Convention Center, Rooms 243-245
Erin Ehnle, founder of Keeping It Real: Through the Lens of a Farm Girl, will share how her passion for photography provided a platform for advocating for agriculture. Join Erin as she leads us to consider how our own talents and passions can translate into advocacy opportunities!


NAAE

The Value of CASE from an Administrator’s Point of View

For the past few years, CASE has been helping agriculture programs all over the U.S. stay on the need-to-have list by helping teachers show their administrators the direct connection between students’ success in the CASE classroom and success after graduation.


Read more in the current edition of News & Views.


Teachers' World - new workshops added.  Make time for professional development while you're at National FFA Convention this year.


Visit this webpage to learn about interactive workshops and all Teachers' World opportunities.


NAAE at the National FFA Convention
Check out all the photos that have been submitted in our"Where Will You Be TAGGED" photo contest! Submit yours by Friday, October 26 for a chance to win our custom-made Teach Ag boots. Click here for details..

Ag Ed majors:  Complete our webquest and turn it in at the NAAE booth in Teachers' World for a NAAE t-shirt.  Also visit with NAAE representatives during the Collegiate career fair times and learn about internships, scholarships, and other great opportunities that come with NAAE student membership.

2012 NAAE Convention - Register before October 29

NAAE members pay one registration fee for full access to both the NAAE conference and ACTE CareerTech Vision 2012.Registration cost for NAAE members:
Through Oct. 29 - $375
After Oct. 29 - $450


After November 8, registrations will only be accepted on site
For more information and to register, click here.For more about NAAE convention, visit our website and click on the convention drop-down menu at the top of the page.


Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:

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International Teaching Opportunities

International Exchange and Research Opportunities for U.S. Classroom Teachers

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers Fulbright grants for U.S. primary and secondary classroom teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, curriculum heads, Talented and Gifted coordinators, Special Education coordinators and media specialists/librarians to participate in international exchanges during the 2013-2014 academic year through the Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program (CTE) and theDistinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program (DA).


By living, teaching or conducting research overseas, U.S. teachers gain new skills, learn new instruction and assessment methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Teachers also have the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures and international education systems that will enrich their U.S. home schools and local communities with global perspectives.


Teachers may apply for the CTE Program for one of six countries: the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, India, Mexicoandthe United Kingdom. Teachers may apply for the DA Program for one of eight countries: Argentina, Finland, India, Mexico, Morocco, Singapore, South Africa and the United Kingdom. For more information about eligibility requirements, benefits and impact of these programs, please visit the program website.


The application deadline for the CTE Program is October 15, 2012.The application deadline for the DA program is December 15, 2012.


Teachers interested in applying to the CTE program can find more information here.Teachers interested in applying to the DA program can find more information here.

CASE

Wondering when the 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced? The 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced on the CASE website on November 15, 2012. Registration for the 2013 CASE Institutes is set to open December 1, 2012. Contact a CASE Affiliate University or CASE State Leader to make a suggestion of what courses and dates you would like to see offered as Institutes.For additional information about CASE and the courses currently available, please visit the CASE website.


CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, September 21 - Find articles on Arsenic and Rice, Water Woes, Top Food Production Innovations, how Agriculture is "Trending", and that Ambassador Quinn is honored with an award in this week’s newsletter.The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company). http://www.cast-science.org/Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes


USDA

2013 Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Marriott City Center
June 25-28, 2013

Who's invited?

  • Educators of all grade levels
  • Administrators
  • Curriculum Developers
  • Career Guidance Counselors
  • Substitute Teachers
  • AITC Volunteers
  • State AITC Contacts
  • Agricultural Science Teachers
  • Extension Educators
  • AITC Board Members
  • Agricultural Industry Representatives

 

For more information about the 2013 Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference please click here.


NASDCTEc

September CTE Monthly: Impact of Sequestration, Exemplary CTE in MA, TX, and UT

CTE Monthly, a collaborative publication from the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, features the latest news on Career Technical Education (CTE) from across the nation for CTE stakeholders and Members of Congress.In the September edition, read more about:
  • Impact of Sequester on the Carl D. Perkins CTE Act

  • Issue Brief on CTE’s Role in Urban Education

  • Exemplary CTE Programs and Students in Massachusetts, Texas, and Utah

  • CTE as a Key Solution to Absenteeism

 

National FFA

Agricultural Career Network offers opportunities for students to explore careers

This spring, FFA members across the country were able to log in to the National FFA Organization’s Agricultural Career Network and begin to document their educational achievements, create robust portfolios and pursue scholarship, awards and employment opportunities. The network will provide a database of students who are interested in particular career fields within the industry.

This fall, FFA members will also be able to take another step on their path to career success. Through AgCN, FFA will work in collaboration with Career Cruising and AgCareers.com to provide valuable tools and assistance for students in their pursuits of more than 300 careers in agriculture.

Through the organization’s relationship with Career Cruising, members will have easy access to career information within selected fields of interest. Career Cruising will provide online career exploration tools that lead to recommending classwork and hands-on learning opportunities while guiding members along a path tailored to their abilities.

The organization’s partnership with AgCareers.com will allow members to search for career opportunities within their particular field of study or within a selected geographic area through a very robust job board. With AgCN, FFA members will have a convenient home for both career exploration and job placement.

More information on AgCN and what it means for members, advisors, state staff and alumni will be available during the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo through a variety of workshops. Make sure to check out www.FFA.org/convention to find out what workshops you should attend!

Have you registered for the National FFA Convention & Expo?
There’s still time. Pre-convention registration closes Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. EDT.

Registration for the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger is open
FFA needs your help to assemble one million meals at this year’s convention and expo. The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger will take place Oct. 24 - 26 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Sign up for an hour-long shift! For more information, visit www.FFA.org/Rally.

Volunteer judges needed
The Agricultural Proficiency Awards, American Star Awards and National FFA Agriscience Fair will be judged Thursday, Oct. 25. The National Chapter Awards will be judged on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Convention judging is voluntary. FFA does not cover any judging expenses. Submit nominations to judges@ffa.org; include name, email, and the event you’d like to judge.

All in the familia
Celebrate the contributions of the Latino community at the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis! Sponsored by title sponsor STIHL and supporting sponsor Farm Credit, the “Somos FFA, We Are FFA” celebration will pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of more than 56,000 FFA members who self-identify as Latino. To watch the Somos FFA video, visit iHigh.com/FFA. To learn more about the celebration and how you can help, visit the FFA diversity and inclusion webpage.

Apply for a SAE Grant
The SAE Grant application is now live until Thursday, Nov. 15. Grants are available for FFA members in grades seventh – 11th. Members can apply for either a pathway or sponsored grant. When applying for a sponsored grant, address the grant specifics within your application. For more information, contact Rebecca Carter, rcarter@ffa.org.

Case IH "Red Power" Skid Steer Auction to support FFA is going on now
Case IH is donating a one-of-a-kind skid steer to benefit FFA. The online auction will run through Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. CST. Proceeds split accordingly: 89 percent goes to the National FFA Foundation, 10 percent to the winning bidder's state FFA association and 1 percent to the winning bidder's FFA chapter of choice. To view the listing, auction terms and place bids, visit www.purplewave.com/redpower.

Mint Condition
Celebrate the National FFA Organization’s anniversary with a limited edition 85th Anniversary Legacy Challenge Coin Set, designed to commemorate FFA, its history, accomplishments and the impact it’s had on agriculture. The commemorative set also includes a 12-page booklet covering FFA history.  You can purchase your set today at www.coinsofamerica.com/ffa.

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FFA Alumni

The 41st National FFA Alumni Convention & The 85th National FFA Convention & Expo


National FFA Convention Guide
Planning your National FFA Alumni convention just got a whole lot easier… use the National FFA Alumni Convention Guide to map out your daily activity and never miss any FFA Alumni moment! Make the most of your convention experience.


There will be plenty of ways for FFA Alumni members to volunteer and serve during convention

Chaperones and volunteers are needed to help with the FFA dance and hypnotist shows. Energetic, up-beat volunteers are also needed to help engage with students and FFA Alumni at Alumni Nation. Click here to register as a new user and when prompted in your personal information, enter access code ‘alumni’ to sign-up for a volunteer time!

What to attend at the National FFA Alumni Convention

The FFA Alumni Convention will be full of events and activities, so which ones should you attend? New This year is the FFA Tailgate and Benefit Auction on October 24. Also recommended is the FFA Alumni and Collegiate FFA Career Fair, the FFA Hypontist Show, and the FFA Dance.For more information about the events above and how to get involved at the FFA Alumni Convention click here.


NAAE

News & Views Enhancing Core Academic Instruction Edition is Now Available
Read the latest news related to agricultural education enhancing core academics, articles about broadening the educational opportunities in the classroom, and all other NAAE news and events.
Go to News & Views


NAAE at the National FFA Convention
Check out all the photos that have been submitted in our"Where Will You Be TAGGED" photo contest! Submit yours by Friday, October 26 for a chance to win our custom-made Teach Ag boots. Click here for details..


Teachers' World - new workshops added.  Make time for professional development while you're at National FFA Convention this year.  Visit this webpage to learn about interactive workshops and all Teachers' World opportunities.


Ag Ed majors:  Complete our webquest and turn it in at the NAAE booth in Teachers' World for a NAAE t-shirt.  Also visit with NAAE representatives during the Collegiate career fair times and learn about internships, scholarships, and other great opportunities that come with NAAE student membership.


NAAE Teacher Mentor Award Winner
Tara Berescik has packed a lot of leadership into her 11 years as an agriculture teacher, which was all sparked by one special student.

During Beresick's first year of teaching a student of hers named Catherine became ill and was hospitalized. Berescik visited her in the hospital, helped her earn an FFA leadership development scholarship, and watched her become an excited and eager FFA member and officer.Read more about this outstanding educator here.


Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:

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ACTE

An International Summit on Excellence in CTE

This November, career and technical education professionals from across the country and around the world will gather in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center Nov. 28-Dec. 1 for the most exciting and talked-about CTE event of the year—CareerTech VISION 2012!Registration (print form) is now open! The advance rate expires on Oct. 29, so don't miss your chance to save big on this new vision of CTE! Reserve your housing now(NAAE members click here)!


NASAE

The National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education annually recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions to agricultural education state supervision. Forms are due to the NASAE Secretary on or before October 10th.
  • Nominations may be made by any active member of the Association.
  • Eligible nominees include all current NASAE members who have maintained reasonable continuous membership in the Association.
  • The recipient shall be selected by the Outstanding Member Award Committee. A plaque and appropriate recognition will be presented during the Awards Banquet at the annual NASAE Conference.

 

NASAE Outstanding Member Application (PDF)For more information please click here.


CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, September 14 - Find articles onthe NASDA convention in Iowa, Change in Animal Agriculture Practices, the CAST Publications Catalog, and Ag Trends and Official Reports in this week’s newsletter.


The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).


Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes


USDA

2013 Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Marriott City Center
June 25-28, 2013

Who's invited?

  • Educators of all grade levels
  • Administrators
  • Curriculum Developers
  • Career Guidance Counselors
  • Substitute Teachers
  • AITC Volunteers
  • State AITC Contacts
  • Agricultural Science Teachers
  • Extension Educators
  • AITC Board Members
  • Agricultural Industry Representatives

For more information about the 2013 Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference please click here.

Our Daily Bread; the Essential Norman Borlaug

A new book by Noel Vietmeyer

This book features the great unsung agriculturist of our time who made it possible for 7 billion people to eat when half a century back the world could feed no more than 3 billion. Norman Borlaug began as a farm boy in Iowa and his story is a testament to rural grit and greatness. His life was so dramatic that this 300-page $27.00 hardback has been called “The World’s First Cereal Thriller.

Our Daily Bread is available as an e-Book through Amazon, is available for just 99 cents through the end of September. After this month the price of the e book with be $4.99. This Kindle e-book can be read on most electronic devices, including computers, iPads and Androids.

Check out the just-published Enhancing Core Academic Instruction edition of our newsletter- News and Views: NAAE News & Views | September/October 2012 | Enhancing Core Academic Instruction

 

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

NAAE

National Youth Summit: Dust Bowl


How can we feed a growing world while respecting our environment?  What can history teach us about our relationship to the environment today?


On October 17, 2012, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities are offering a unique opportunity to engage thousands of high school students in an online dialogue with renowned filmmaker Ken Burns and environmental experts regarding the legacy of the Dust Bowl and contemporary environmental issues. 


The National Youth Summit will unpack the story, determine what we have learned and generate ideas for how each of us can be a responsible steward of our delicate environment.Program Information

Date: October 17, 2012
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm EDT


Webcast registration and for more information


Presented by the National Museum of American History and the National Endowment for the Humanities, in collaboration with Smithsonian Affiliations and WETA Television.


NAAE at the National FFA Convention

NAAE is doing lots of things at this year?s National FFA Convention to support, promote and celebrate agricultural education and the amazing teachers who make it possible.  Don?t miss these fun opportunities for you and your students!


Everyone: Enter our ?Where Will You be TAGGED? photo contest for a chance to win a pair of custom made Teach Ag boots.


Students: Stop by the Teach Ag booth to complete our scavenger hunt and win a t-shirt plus another chance at those amazing boots.


Ag Ed majors:  Complete our webquest and turn it in at the NAAE booth in Teachers? World for a NAAE t-shirt.  Also visit with NAAE representatives during the Collegiate career fair times and learn about internships, scholarships, and other great opportunities that come with NAAE student membership.


Teachers and Ag Ed majors: participate in Teachers? World professional development.  Each workshop you attend gives you a chance to win an iPad.  Also be sure to take advantage of the Internet café, provided by Monsanto, and visit the booths in Teachers? world.


Everyone: make plans to attend General Session 5, at noon on Friday and hear inspirational stories from current agricultural educators about when they knew they were TAGGED.

We're going to teach ag like it's 2013! Save the Date!

You Are Invited!!!
What?
Save the Date Party!
When?
Wednesday, September 26th
Why?
The next National Teach Ag Day will be Thursday-September 26th, 2013.  But why wait until then to celebrate?  Have a save the date party this year on September 26th and build momentum.  Start planning for next year or simply talk about why being an ag teacher is an awesome career choice. 
Where?
Everywhere; Ag Ed classroom, on campus, social media, news and print meda,
Who?
YOU!!!
How?
The Teach Ag website is a great place to start.  You'll find a mountain of great ideas and resources.
  • Lesson Plans
  • Teach Ag interactive games
  • Teach Ag video
  • Tagged to Teach Ag handouts
  • Activity Ideas

We?ll be doing lots of exciting things to build up to the next National Teach Ag day, but in the meantime, you can always celebrate and promote the career of agricultural education using our resources and promotional materials.We would love to hear what plans you have for the Save the Date party! Share your ideas here on Communities of Practice.Questions? Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Day coordinator


.Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:

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NASAE

 

The National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education annually recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions to agricultural education state supervision. Forms are due to the NASAE Secretary on or before October 10th.
  • Nominations may be made by any active member of the Association.
  • Eligible nominees include all current NASAE members who have maintained reasonable continuous membership in the Association.
  • The recipient shall be selected by the Outstanding Member Award Committee. A plaque and appropriate recognition will be presented during the Awards Banquet at the annual NASAE Conference.

 

NASAE Outstanding Member Application (PDF)

For more information please click here.

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, September 7 - Find articles on Stanford organic foods studies, Tigers in Nepal, the importance of translating, interpreting and teaching for CAST, and a piece about resisting the attempts to divide agriculture in this week?s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O?Lakes company).

http://www.cast-science.org/Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

National FFA

The 41st National FFA Alumni Convention & The 85th National FFA Convention & Expo

Planning your National FFA Alumni convention just got a whole lot easier? use the National FFA Alumni Convention Guide to map out your daily activity and never miss any Alumni moments. Make the most of your convention experience.

To attend FFA Alumni events, registration to the National FFA Convention & Expo is required.  Register Today through 5p.m. (EST) Friday, October 12, 2012 here.

There will be plenty of ways for FFA Alumni members to volunteer and serve during convention.

Chaperones and volunteers are needed to help with the FFA dance and hypnotist shows. Energetic, up-beat volunteers are also needed to help engage with students and FFA Alumni at Alumni Nation. Click here to register as a new user and when prompted in your personal information, enter access code ?alumni? to sign-up for a volunteer time!

The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger will also be taking place during convention. There will be one-hour-long shifts available to help package meals. To learn more, and register for your shift, please click here.

ACTE

ACTE Issue Brief: CTE's Role in Urban Education
August 2012

This Issue Brief explores the promising role that career and technical education programs play in addressing key student achievement issues facing urban schools. CTE programs engage urban students by providing rigorous and relevant coursework, fostering positive relationships, establishing clear pathways and connecting education and careers?fulfilling a unique and positive role in today?s urban education system.

Download the issue here

 

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

NAAE

Being a member of NAAE comes offers many benefits, including the Communities of Practice professional networking site, a community of your peers, where members post ideas, have discussions, and share tried-and-true techniques for creating better ag programs.NAAE at the National FFA Convention

NAAE is doing lots of things at this year’s National FFA Convention to support, promote and celebrate agricultural education and the amazing teachers who make it possible.  Don’t miss these fun opportunities for you and your students!


Everyone: Enter our “Where Will You be TAGGED” photo contest for a chance to win a pair of custom made Teach Ag boots.Students: Stop by the Teach Ag booth to complete our scavenger hunt and win a t-shirt plus another chance at those amazing boots.


Ag Ed majors:  Complete our webquest and turn it in at the NAAE booth in Teachers’ World for a NAAE t-shirt.  Also visit with NAAE representatives during the Collegiate career fair times and learn about internships, scholarships, and other great opportunities that come with NAAE student membership.


Teachers and Ag Ed majors: participate in Teachers’ World professional development.  Each workshop you attend gives you a chance to win an iPad.  Also be sure to take advantage of the Internet café, provided by Monsanto, and visit the booths in Teachers’ world.


Everyone: make plans to attend General Session 5, at noon on Friday and hear inspirational stories from current agricultural educators about when they knew they were TAGGED.


National Teach Ag Day set for September 26, 2013The Teach Ag Campaign is excited to announce that the next National Teach Ag Day will be held on September 26, 2013.  This new date reflects a move to the fall for National Teach Ag Day, which is a time of renewed energy and career exploration for many agricultural education programs.We’ll be doing lots of exciting things to build up to the next National Teach Ag day, but in the meantime, you can always celebrate and promote the career of agricultural education using our resources and promotional materials.  Questions? Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Day coordinator


.Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:

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NASAE

The National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education annually recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions to agricultural education state supervision. Forms are due to the NASAE Secretary on or before October 10th.
  • Nominations may be made by any active member of the Association.
  • Eligible nominees include all current NASAE members who have maintained reasonable continuous membership in the Association.
  • The recipient shall be selected by the Outstanding Member Award Committee. A plaque and appropriate recognition will be presented during the Awards Banquet at the annual NASAE Conference.

NASAE Outstanding Member Application (PDF)

For more information please click here.

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, August 31 - Find articles on the winter weather forecast from the Farmer's Almanac, a Drought Update, How your Farm is Like a Twinkie, and the Pinterest Phenomenon and CAST in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

http://www.cast-science.org/Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

National FFA

The National FFA Organization needs your help, as we prepare to package one million meals at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger will involve 10,000 FFA members, advisors, alumni, volunteers and stakeholders from October 24-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Participants from across the nation will assemble meals to provide relief from hunger and malnutrition during hour-long shifts to in an unprecedented three-day effort against hunger. Shift scheduling is a part of Online Convention Registration, which is now open. Click here for more information or contact us at Rally@ffa.org.

ACTE

CTE Month, Logo and Theme Unveiled

It's CTE Month 2013 in February! Celebrate with the 2013 theme, Career and Technical Education Works!

This year, ACTE has moved to a new, permanent CTE Month logo. The theme will continue to change year-to-year to reflect the current trends and issues relating to CTE. A new CTE Month Promotional Poster Design Contest for CTE students will be opening in early September 2012—details coming soon.

Download the logo here!

NFRBMEA

Minutes from 2012 business and board meetings were recently updated. Click below to access the minutes for:

2012 Post-Conference Board Meeting
27th Annual Business Meeting
2012 Pre-Conference Board Meeting

For a complete list of minutes, please click here.