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Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From CAST

With various articles focused on agricultural communication, readers can check out headline topics as well as an award-winning h.s. ag video and the achievements of a university ag robotics team.


The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.


Click here to access the most recent edition of CASTFriday Notes.


From CASE

If you are an agriculture teacher in Florida or Louisiana, and have ever considered teaching CASE, this summer is your opportunity to get the curriculum and accompanying professional development for free. 


As a special project of the National FFA Foundation, Mosaic is sponsoring full scholarships for Florida and Louisiana agriculture teachers to attend a 2012 CASE institute of their choosing. Everyone who attends a CASE institute comes away with the full CASE curriculum and accompanying materials for that course, as well as the benefit of extensive training on how to implement the course into their program. The Florida scholarship even includes a $500 travel stipend, so this is a unique opportunity to get first-rate professional development for free.  With budget restrictions that so many school districts are facing, this is a fantastic opportunity.


This scholarship is available for both beginning and experienced teachers, so whether you’ve been in the agriculture classroom for 20 years or are just tying down that first job after student teaching, you can apply. Although the deadline for these scholarships was originally the first part of May, there is still a lot of scholarship money left.  Scholarships will continue to be awarded after review of qualifications until all available scholarships have been awarded.  CASE institutes are starting soon though, so don’t delay.


Visit http://communities.naae.org/message/12562 for the application form, and http://www.case4learning.org  to learn more about CASE and find institutes with openings.  Questions?  Contact CASE Operations Coordinator Miranda Chaplin at mchaplin.naae@uky.edu.


From NAAE

The News & Views May/June Issue is now available online. Don't miss these articles:


Did you know that on Communities of Practice, you can organize your preferences with the What Matters section? Watch our video to see how.


Volunteer opportunity:  Facilitate a community on NAAE's Communities of Practice. We currently need facilitators for the following communities:  FFA, Ag. Economics, Ag Mechanics, Animal Sciences, Small Animal, Veterinary Science, and Marketing Your Ag Program.


To volunteer, contact CoP administrator Julie Fritsch, or learn more by reading this facilitator position description.


Communities of Practice


From USDA

Hawaii Education Program Seeks to Increase STEM Education through Gardening
Many teachers use creative methods to keep their students engaged in the curriculum they are teaching. Some methods work far better than others. For one group in Hawaii, teachers are using gardening to boost their science, technology and math classes, while placing an emphasis on Hawaii’s need for more experiential science learning related to agriculture and sustainability.


The Kohala Center is using funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Creativethrough the Secondary Higher Education and Ag in the Classroom Challenge grants program to organize the Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network. This network, consisting of 30 elementary, middle and high school teachers, will establish a School Learning Garden program that will integrate core curriculum and STEM education with hands-on, garden-based learning. Read More>>



From FFA

Living to Serve: Environmental Grants – Due June 1
The National FFA Organization is excited to announce a new grant opportunity for chapters, Living to Serve: Environmental Grants! Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing projects that address local environmental needs. Applications are due June 1, 2012.


Project concepts include, but are not limited to; wildlife conservation, land preservation, environmental education and recycling. Visit the Environmental Grants website for additional information. The Living to Serve: Environmental Grants are provided through funding from CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Read More>>


The National Collegiate Ag Ambassador program is designed for college students to be advocates for our industry. All applications must be submitted by 5 PM EST on June 1, 2012.  If you have any questions at all regarding the program and/or application, please do not hesitate to contact me.  If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Calhoun. Read More>>


From Making a Difference:



From AITC

Ag Ed Student Games
From Seed to Shelf - The Food Processing Game
In this activity you will try your hand at producing boxes of crackers and distributing them to grocery stores across the country. As in real life you will encounter problems and surprises during the manufacturing process.


Ag Overload - Food for Thought
Use your knowledge about agriculture and your gaming skills to control a noxious (undesirable, troublesome, non-native, difficult to control or eradicate) weed. Pick a partner to play against and check your score against your classmates…who know the most about agriculture?


My American Farm
The site includes more than a dozen different agricultural games. Test your ag-knowledge and gaming skills while exploring careers, interacting with American geography, learning about nutrition, building the perfect piece of equipment, and designing your own farm!


Buzz about Bees
Learn about the differences between native bees, honey bees, wasps, and hornets!


Range Rambler - Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
Explore how Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Global Information System (GIS) are used by a range scientist. Mapping skills and tasks reflect actual field work in this simulation.


From NASDCTEc

General Advocacy Tools

From NAAE

The News & Views May/June Issue is now available online! Don't miss these articles:


Register now to qualify for the early bird rate!
Early bird registration is open for the NAAE Convention.  Register before July 13 for a significant savings over the regular registration rate. Visit our website for details and to register.
Book now at the NAAE Convention hotel, the Hilton Atlanta for a special rate. NAAE has also worked with Delta Airlines so contention attendees can receive a 5% discount on flights. See details here.


Present a Workshop at the 2012 NAAE Convention in Atlanta. NAAE is accepting proposals for workshops to be presented at the 2012 NAAE Convention in Atlanta, Georgia November 27-December 1, 2012, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Send ahttp://www.naae.org/docs/2012-Proposal.docproposal to to Alissa Smith at asmith.naae@uky.edu by May 15th to be considered. Find out which workshop subjects are requested by NAAE members>>


Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador!

If you are a college student majoring in agricultural education AND you are passionate about spreading the Teach Ag message to others apply today to become a Teach Ag Ambassador during the 2012 National FFA Convention. Application deadline is May 14th (TODAY)! The position description and details can be found on CoP.


Did you know that on Communities of Practice, you can collaborate, @mention, update your status, contact other users, and rate and like content? Watch our video to see how.


Volunteer opportunity:  Facilitate a community on NAAE's Communities of Practice. We currently need facilitators for the following communities:  FFA, Ag. Economics, Ag Mechanics, Animal Sciences, Small Animal, Veterinary Science, and Marketing Your Ag Program.To volunteer, contact CoP administrator Julie Fritsch, or learn more by reading this facilitator position description.


Communities of Practice


From CAST

Dr. Carl Winter?scientist, researcher, and parody song master?wins the 2012 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. Students will find other links to current information, controversies, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.  


The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O?Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.


Click here to access the most recent edition of CASTFriday Notes.


CASE

Mosaic is sponsoring CASE Institute Scholarships for beginning and experienced teachers in Florida and Louisiana. Deadline May 15th. More Info>>


From FFA

The 2012 scholarship selection process is complete.
Approximately $1.9 million in scholarship funds were donated by 130 generous sponsors. More than 8,000 students submitted applications to the 2012 program.  1,539 scholarships were awarded.  Please visit  www.ffa.org to view the 2012 scholarship results.

Notification letters will be mailed to recipients in late May or early June. The letters will contain detailed instructions for claiming the scholarships. Recipients should contact scholarships@ffa.org if they have not received the mailing by July 1, 2012. Information and applications for the 2013 scholarship program will be available at www.ffa.org November 15, 2012.


Living to Serve: Environmental Grants – Due June 1

The National FFA Organization is excited to announce a new grant opportunity for chapters, Living to Serve: Environmental Grants! Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing projects that address local environmental needs. Applications are due June 1, 2012. Project concepts include, but are not limited to; wildlife conservation, land preservation, environmental education and recycling. Visit the Environmental Grants website for additional information. The Living to Serve: Environmental Grants are provided through funding from CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. www.FFA.org/envirogrants


Dates to remember:

  • American FFA Degree Application due: June 15
  • Stars Award Application due: June 15
  • Proficiency Award Application due: July 15


Engaging Non-Traditional FFA Alumni MembersWebinar
June 5, 2012
7:30 pm Eastern


We have thousands of former FFA members and FFA Alumni members who are not connected at a local level. They are not engaged with local FFA Alumni affiliates or may not live in an area with any FFA chapters. How do we engage FFA Alumni who just join at a state level? How do we engage individuals who live in communities not currently home to an FFA chapter? How do we engage business and industry in FFA Alumni? Learn how a few non-traditional FFA Alumni affiliates are reaching out and finding creative ways to engage supporters of FFA and agricultural education in the FFA Alumni! Register Now!


General Webinar Information.



From USDA

USDA is offering two types of farm to school grants:  Planning grants and Implementation grants.  Planning grants will be made available to schools just getting started on farm to school activities, while Implementation grants are intended for schools, State and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers and producer groups, and nonprofit organizations ready to take existing farm to school projects to the next level. Read More>>


From NASDCTEc

Student Disputes Traditional "College for All" Notion
High school senior and Career Technical Education (CTE) student Austin Kocian recently published a guest editorial in a local newspaper to voice support for academic and technical learning through CTE and to counter the notion that all students should earn a four-year degree after high school.


From a student perspective, Kocian finds that the integration of academic and ?real world? skills provided by CTE is critical to student success after high school. He notes that while some organizations and institutions still push all students to attain a four-year postsecondary degree, students should also consider 2-year degrees or credentials as equally valuable options.Click here to read more.


From AITC

Check out these agriculture classroom resources:

MAY/JUNE 2012

President's Message:
Spring, Here We Go Again!

Ken Couture, 2011-2012 NAAE President


Greg CurlinIt's that time of year again. The temperatures are warming, the grass is greening, and farmers are itching to get into the fields. A very mild winter has made this year's spring seem to arrive that much earlier.

For agricultural educators, there doesn't seem to be much let-up in our hectic schedules. But with the end of the school year in sight, this time of year can be downright exhausting. We seem to cram a year's worth of activities into six weeks. Read more»------------------

Don't Miss These! Opportunities in Agricultural Education

As you?re wrapping up this school year and planning the next, be sure to take advantage of these great opportunities brought to you by NAAE and our partners. Read more>>

 

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2012 NAAE Convention

Early bird registration is open for the 2012 NAAE Convention, to be held November 27-December 1 in Atlanta.  Attend for great professional development, networking, and recognition of outstanding agricultural educators and programs from across the United States. Read more»

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Try Out the New & Improved Communities of Practice

NAAE?s much-used professional networking site, Communities of Practice,http://communities.naae.org got a major upgrade in mid-March.  The updates have made the site an even better way to find resources and connect with other agricultural educators.
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Leading the Way: Being A CASE Lead Teacher

by Tim Ray, CASE Lead Teacher

Almost three years ago, I took a leap of faith by embarking on what I hoped was a step forward in agricultural education and a more meaningful and fun education for my students. I also wanted to up my game as an education professional and continue to hone my teaching practices and strategies.

So in the summer of 2010, I spent 28 days on the road attending two CASE Institutes. One was Introduction to Agriculture?Animal Science (ASA), the other Introduction to Agriculture?Plant Science (ASP). During that time I lived out of a suitcase; in a very nice motel and in a not so fancy dorm.  I ate all sorts of different foods, and met some amazing individuals. I also grew more in that 28 days than I had in my previous ten years of teaching.  Read more»

Many CASE Institutes will be closing registration this week! Visit case4learning.org to see which Institutes still have openings and sign up!

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Teach Ag Campaign Recognizes Three Agricultural Educators With Outstanding Contribution Award

The National Teach Ag Campaign, in cooperation with the National FFA Organization, recently recognized three agricultural educators for their impact on the profession of agricultural education at the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) conference in Atlanta. Read more»

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Ideas Unlimited: Farm to School Program Prepares Students for Agronomy Careers, Supplies Fresh Food to School

Tim Uhlenkamp and Jeff Eppen teach agriculture at Sibley East High School in Arlington, Minn. Employment opportunities abound for students with a background in soil science and crop production in their area. Uhlenkamp and Eppen decided to re-work the course offerings in their program?s agronomy pathway to make the classes more attractive to students and help them take advantage of local jobs.

In collaboration with their advisory board and school administration, the co-teachers created Sibley East?s Farm to School program. Farm to School has three goals: to produce fresh produce to use in school lunches, to attract more students into the career pathway of agronomy, and to promote agriculture to community members. Read more>>

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Register for Your Regional Conference

Deadlines for regional conference registrations are approaching. Don't miss this great opportunity to network with ag teachers from your region. Click the link and choose your region to see conference details. Go>>

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Last Chance: Apply for A 2012 NAAE Award

trophiesIt's not too late to apply for a NAAE award. The postmark deadline for submitting applications to the NAAE office is May 15, 2012, but many states have their own rules about qualifying for the national competition. Check with your state's agricultural educators' association for details and deadlines, and visit this link to download award details and applications.

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Read More News & Views


You're just looking at the front page of our newsletter. Check out the table of contents at the top for a full listing of stories in this month's News & Views.

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Freedom High School Agriculture students had the opportunity to meet U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (pictured) and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the recent town hall meeting about agricultural education at UW-Platteville. To watch the archived webcast of the secretaries' remarks, follow this link.

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Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From NAAE

Proposed Rule about Child Labor in Agriculture WITHDRAWN
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of a proposed rule dealing with children who work in agricultural vocations:
?The Obama Administration is firmly committed to promoting family farmers and respecting the rural way of life, especially the role that parents and other family members play in passing those traditions down through the generations. The Obama Administration is also deeply committed to listening and responding to what Americans across the country have to say about proposed rules and regulations. As a result, the Department of Labor is announcing today the withdrawal of the proposed rule dealing with children under the age of 16 who work in agricultural vocations. 


The decision to withdraw this rule ? including provisions to define the ?parental exemption? ? was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small family-owned farms.  To be clear, this regulation will not be pursued for the duration of the Obama Administration.  Instead, the Departments of Labor and Agriculture will work with rural stakeholders ? such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Farmers Union, the Future Farmers of America, and 4-H ? to develop an educational program to reduce accidents to young workers and promote safer agricultural working practices.?


This is a huge victory for American production agriculture ... and for school-based agricultural education ... and we extend our thanks to all who made the choice to get involved in preventing this proposed rulemaking from being implemented.  Good work Team Ag Ed!


Present a Workshop at the 2012 NAAE Convention in Atlanta. NAAE is accepting proposals for workshops to be presented at the 2012 NAAE Convention in Atlanta, Georgia November 27-December 1, 2012, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Send a proposal to to Alissa Smith at asmith.naae@uky.edu by May 15th to be considered. Find out which workshop subjects are requested by NAAE members>>


Register now to qualify for the early bird rate!
Early bird registration is open for the NAAE Convention.  Register before July 13 for a significant savings over the regular registration rate.  Visithttp://www.naae.org/convention/registration/ for details and to register.
Book now at the NAAE Convention hotel, the Hilton Atlanta for a special rate.  NAAE has also worked with Delta Airlines so contention attendees can receive a 5% discount on flights.  See details athttp://www.naae.org/convention/housing/


Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador!
If you are a college student majoring in agricultural education AND you are passionate about spreading the Teach Ag message to others apply today to become a Teach Ag Ambassador during the 2012 National FFA Convention. Application deadline is May 14th! The position description and details can be found at http://communities.naae.org/message/12470.


Apply for a NAAE Award
NAAE award applications are now available. We have awards for every stage of your career?from pre-service student scholarships to lifetime achievement awards.  Applications are available here.


Communities of Practice Video Guide
To enhance your CoP experience, we've created a series of short videos demonstrating important features. In "Setting Your Profile and Preferences," learn different ways to find, filter and organize information on NAAE's Communities of Practice. We will cover predictive searching, different ways to filter results, bookmarking and navigating through communities.Watch the video>>


Communities of Practice


From CAST

The Labor Dept. cancels plans to tighten child labor laws, and several other key news headlines compete with a menagerie of unusual animal stories at the bottom of page one. Students will find other links to current information, controversies, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.  


The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O?Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.Click here to access the most recent edition of CASTFriday Notes.


CASE

It?s time to get off the fence and commit to changing your teaching style and agriculture program for good.  Registration for many of this summer?s CASE institutes will close by the end of the week.  Don?t let this opportunity pass you by. Many Institutes still have a few spots left. Visit http://case4learning.org/ to see availability and book your spot.


Two scholarships are available for female agricultural education majors to attend a CASE institute this summer and become certified to teach the CASE curriculum. Read eligibility requirements>>


If you are interested in field testing the CASE Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) curriculum in your program next school year, here is an opportunity to get a partial scholarship to the APB institute that will be happening in Ankeny, Iowa, June 11-22, 2012. Read More>>


In addition, Mosaic is sponsoring CASE Institute Scholarships for beginning and experienced teachers in Florida and Louisiana.


From FFA

National Education Startup Challenge
NCC-CTSO members, the due date to submit applications for the National Education Startup Challenge is drawing near. Applications are due onTuesday, May 1, 2012, by 5 p.m.  Thank you all for your help in the development and promotion of this Challenge and your assistance with the recruitment of judges.


Today is the last day to Register early and Save $50 for July?s FFA Alumni Development Conference
For the first time, registrants to the top learning and networking experience for National FFA Alumni members can save by securing their spot early.


Registration is OPEN for the 2012 FFA Alumni Development Conference, held July 11-15 in Bozeman, Mont., and conference participants who sign up by April 30 can save $50. Registration starts at $400 and includes hotel accommodations, workshops, a conference shirt, most meals and transportation to/from local agricultural and cultural tours. Why Should you Attend? What?s the Agenda? What do Participants Need to Know? Find all this and more on the FFA Alumni website, Register Today!


The National Collegiate Ag Ambassador program is designed for college students to be advocates for our industry.  We look for college students who have a desire to promote agriculture and help others better understand the value and importance of the industry to a variety of audiences. Twenty ambassadors from across the US are chosen each year, and given the challenge to help as many people as possible better understand how the agriculture industry directly affects their life.  Applicants must meet the following requirements to apply for the program:

  • must have completed, or be completing their freshman year of college when applying
  • must be pursuing an agriculture related degree
  • must be a full time student the entire year they are serving as an ambassador (2012-13 school year)
  • must have a genuine desire to promote agriculture
Scholarship money ($1,000) and a digital camera are provided to all selected ambassadors, as well as the use of an iPad and LCD projector. Ambassadors go through two intense trainings in August and December to learn about the issues currently facing the industry, as well as proper presentation skills. Below are four important links regarding the application process; I highly recommend students review the FAQ and screen shots link before beginning the application so they fully understand the program and what will be asked of them during the application process.  

All applications must be submitted by 5 PM EST on June 1, 2012.  If you have any questions at all regarding the program and/or application, please do not hesitate to contact me.  If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Calhoun at lcalhoun@ffa.org.


New! Living to Serve: Environmental Grant Program
The National FFA Organization is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds for FFA chapters to develop service-learning projects that impact environmental issues in their community. The Living to Serve: Environmental Grants are provided through funding from CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.


Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing projects that address local environmental needs. Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning that challenges students to identify, research, develop, and implement solutions to needs in their school or community as part of their curriculum.Project topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Wildlife conservation
  • Land preservation
  • Environmental education and stewardship
  • Recycling and composting

Read More>>


From USDA

Take Your Agribusiness Course or SAE to the Next Level
USDA is continuing to conduct a series of small business conferences to facilitate rural economic growth and increase small business contracting participation by enhancing the competitive posture of small farmer-owned cooperatives and small rural businesses to compete successfully for government and commercial contracts, both prime and subcontracts. Read More>>


Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth School Pilot Program: Training Teachers Coast to Coast
While adding a gardening program to the elementary school classroom, the teacher introduces math concepts ? deftly integrating her classroom lessons into a real world experience. Soon the students will be planting this garden for real ? just as they have planned it ? as will 4,000 other youth in 57 schools in Iowa, Arkansas, New York and Washington participating in Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth (HGHY), a project of the People?s Garden School Pilot Project. Read more »


USDA released a new farm to school grant program designed to help give children a sense of where their food comes from and increase the availability of local foods in schools. Joined by students at Southern High School in Harwood, MD, as well as school and elected officials, Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan made the announcement in an on-campus greenhouse. Read more »


From ACTE

Register today for the most exciting and talked-about CTE event of the year and experience excellence for your classroom, your program and your own professional development. At CareerTech VISION 2012, you will connect, interact, network and achieve with thousands of your fellow CTE professionals from across the country and around the world. Catch the VISION?because together, we make it work!
  • Idea Labs
    Kick-start your thinking with these 60-minute sessions exploring new models, curricula and partnerships that produce proven results!
  • Deep Dive Sessions
    Dig deeper with these two-hour sessions inspiring action on the fresh ideas and practices that target the goals of your strategic-improvement plans!
  • Comprehensive Tracks
    Focus on comprehensive tracks of proven, successful models of education systems and processes centered on CTE?including ICLE Model Schools and SREB High Schools/Tech Centers That Work!
  • Key Partnerships
    Enrich your professional development with a wider scope of experts partnering with ACTE, including NOCTI, NC3, CompTIA, IVETA, NAAE, ACTER, Cengage Learning ... and many more!
  • Education Focus Areas
    Zero in on your specific needs with these focus areas:
    • Certification/Assessment
    • Student Engagement and Success
    • Teacher Success
    • Program Models
    • Administrative/Operational Success
    • Advocacy/Partnerships
    • Business and Industry Training
  • CareerTech Expo
    Leverage the power of choice with over 200 companies showcasing the latest products, processes and services for the CTE professional?and, before you decide, experience it all for yourself through hands-on workshops!

 

 

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From US Department of Education

The U.S. Departments of Education and Agriculture have teamed up to enhance agricultural education and related programs that promote postsecondary and career pathways, including teaching, according to an interagency agreement to advance agricultural education. U.S. Education and Agriculture Secretaries Arne Duncan and Tom Vilsack announced the agreement today during a White House Rural Council meeting with local educators at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Read More>>


Improving Rural Economies & Transforming CTE
Duncan’s second stop of the day was at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa, where he joined Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, to release the Obama Administration’s blueprint for transforming Career and Technical Education (CTE).
“It’s no surprise that rigorous, relevant, and results-driven CTE programs are vital to preparing students to succeed in the global economy of the 21st century,” Duncan said at the event. Read More>>


From NAAE

Apply for an Award
NAAE award applications are now available. We have awards for every stage of your career–from pre-service student scholarships to lifetime achievement awards. Applications are available here.


Teach Ag Ambassadors Needed
Are you passionate about agricultural education? Are you a college student majoring in agricultural education? Do you want to encourage others to consider a career as an agriculture teacher during the National FFA Convention? Apply today to be a 2012 National Teach Ag Campaign Ambassador! Read More>>


Outstanding Agricultural Educators Honored
Three outstanding agricultural educators were recognized on behalf of the National Teach Ag Campaign and the National FFA Organization on Thursday, March 29 at the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences conference in Atlanta, Ga. The awardees were Dr. Alvin Larke, Jr, Dr. Antoine Alston and Dr. Dexter Wakefield. The award recipients combined have over 80 years of service to agricultural education and agriculture teachers. The Outstanding Contribution award is designed to highlight individuals who have had a tremendous impact on the agricultural education profession through service, mentorship, and leadership. Read More>>


Communities of Practice Video Guide
We've recently made some changes to the site that are designed to make things easier to find and post, and help agricultural educators connect with one another. To enhance your CoP experience, we've created a series of short videos demonstrating important features. In "Setting Your Profile and Preferences," we cover how to use the CoP system to make yourself more discoverable to other users. Watch the video>>


Communities of Practice


From CAST

Links to a blog about FFA and a blog about legendary cows—and a present day cowboy bounty hunter. Students will find other links to current information, controversies, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.   


The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.Click here to access the most recent edition of CASTFriday Notes.


From USDA

Extending the Public Comment Period for USDA’s Proposal to Modernize Poultry Slaughter
USDA announced an extension to the public comment period for a proposed rule that would modernize the poultry slaughter inspection system.  This new plan would provide us with the opportunity to protect consumers from unsafe food more effectively.  We recognize that this proposal would represent a significant change from the current system and has sparked a debate on how poultry is inspected.  We also value the different opinions being expressed about the proposal and have extended the public comment period to ensure all sides are presented in this debate. Read More>>


Innovative Urban Ag Ed Truck Farm
DC Truck Farm
is a collaborative effort between D.C. Central Kitchen (DCCK) and USDA’s People’s Garden Initiative. Now in its second year, this garden on wheels travels around the Nation’s Capital teaching urban youth about agriculture, soil science and nutrition education. It got moving thanks to the support of many partners in the DC metropolitan area. Read More>>


From FFA

New! Living to Serve: Environmental Grant Program
The National FFA Organization is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds for FFA chapters to develop service-learning projects that impact environmental issues in their community. The Living to Serve: Environmental Grants are provided through funding from CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing projects that address local environmental needs. Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning that challenges students to identify, research, develop, and implement solutions to needs in their school or community as part of their curriculum.Project topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Land preservation
  • Environmental education and stewardship
  • Recycling and composting

Read More>>


National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
We are now accepting applications for national band, chorus and talent members. Apply by July 2, 2012.


National FFA Foundation Leadership Challenge
Each new individual gift to the foundation will be matched dollar for dollar by Leadership Challenge funds up to $100,000. Donate today.


From ACTE

Administration Proposes Major Changes to Perkins
On April 19, at an event at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier released the Administration's Blueprint for the next Perkins reauthorization. The Blueprint is titled "Investing in America's Future: A Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education." Asummary of the document and a press release can also be found on the Department's Web site.
The Blueprint includes four key principles:
  • effective ALIGNMENT between CTE and labor market needs to equip students with 21st-century skills and prepare them for in-demand occupations in high-growth industry sectors
  • strong COLLABORATION among secondary and postsecondary institutions, employers, and industry partners to improve the quality of CTE programs
  • meaningful ACCOUNTABILITY for improving academic outcomes and building technical and employability skills in CTE programs, based upon common definitions and clear metrics for performance
  • increased emphasis on INNOVATION supported by systemic reform of state polices and practices to support CTE implementation of effective practices at the local level


ACTE agrees with these principles and wants to strengthen the quality of the entire CTE system, but has series concerns about the details of the proposal and the specific changes proposed by the Department. Some of these concerns relate to competitive funding, mandatory consortia, mechanisms that will redirect state funding to federal innovation grants, private sector matching requirements, and only funding specific program areas identified as high-growth at the state level.

 

You can read ACTE's statement on the proposalhere and view our own Perkins reauthorization principles here. We will be preparing more in-depth analysis over the next few days.

New Videos from ACTE 2011 and NPS 2012
Miss ACTE 2011 or NPS 2012? The NRCCTE has now made available closed-captioned videos from its presentations at both events. Presentations address the Center’s work on using labor market information to improve programs of study/career pathways, curriculum integration, professional development on data-driven program improvement and supporting alternatively certified new teachers, and a new typology for classifying CTE students.

Programs of Study: The State of the Art
James Stone, NRCCTE
Watch the video (WMV, closed captioned)

 

Maximizing the Academics in CTE: The NRCCTE Curriculum Integration Studies
Travis Park, Cornell University, and Donna Pearson, NRCCTE
Watch the video (WMV, closed captioned)

 

CTE's Focus on Continuous Improvement through Data-Driven Improvement of Instruction
Sandra Pritz, NOCTI
Watch the video (WMV, closed captioned)

 

Transition to CTE Teaching: Supporting Beginning Teachers Entering Through Alternative Routes
Gene Bottoms and Heather Sass, SREB
Watch the video (WMV, closed captioned)

 

Using a New CTE Typology to Measure Student Performance and Progress: A Modification of the Participant and Concentrator Dichotomy for Improving CTE Accountability and Evaluation
Pradeep Kotamraju and Oscar Aliaga, NRCCTE
Watch the video (WMV, closed captioned)

 

Improving Secondary CTE Through Professional Development: Alternative Certification and the Use of Technical Assessment Data
John C. Foster, NOCTI
Watch the video (WMV, closed captioned)

 

CASE

Two scholarships are available for female agricultural education majors to attend a CASE institute this summer and become certified to teach the CASE curriculum. Read eligibility requirements>>

If you are interested in field testing the CASE Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) curriculum in your program next school year, here is an opportunity to get a partial scholarship to the APB institute that will be happening in Ankeny, Iowa, June 11-22, 2012. Read More>>

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From CAST

A college student YouTube hit about Farmer Power and Agvocacy; a blog link for a look at why Google and Apple are interested in livestock manure; and animal antibiotics a top story. Students will find other links to current information, controversies, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.   


The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O?Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.


Click here to access the most recent edition of CASTFriday Notes.

From NAAE

Present a Workshop at the 2012 NAAE Convention in Atlanta.
NAAE is accepting proposals for workshops to be presented at the 2012 NAAE Convention in Atlanta, Georgia November 27-December 1, 2012, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Send a proposal to to Alissa Smith at asmith.naae@uky.edu by May 15th to be considered. Find out which workshop subjects are requested by NAAE members>>


Register now to qualify for the early bird rate!
Early Bird Registration for the 2012 NAAE Convention is $325 per person and is open until July 13, 2012. NAAE members will have full access to the ACTE CareerTech VISION 2012 when registering at the NAAE member rate of $325. See details>>


Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador!
If you are a college student majoring in agricultural education AND you are passionate about spreading the Teach Ag message to others apply today to become a Teach Ag Ambassador during the 2012 National FFA Convention. Application deadline is May 14th! The position description and details can be found at http://communities.naae.org/message/12470.


Monsanto Mom of the Year Contest
Now through April 23rd, Monsanto is offering farm mom?s across the Nation an opportunity to win up to $10,000.
The deadline of April 23rd to nominate the 2012 America?s Farmers Mom of the Year is quickly approaching. Has your life been touched by an amazing farm mom?


If so, I encourage you to visit www.AmericasFarmers.com today to nominate her for America?s Farmers Mom of the Year by sharing how she contributes to her family, farm, community and the agricultural industry.


Five regional winners will be selected to win $5,000 each. Regional winners will be featured on AmericasFarmers.com May 1 ? 12, and online voting will determine the national winner and recipient of an additional $5,000, to be announced on Mother?s Day.


Please visit www.AmericasFarmers.com to see the complete rules and eligibility requirements and to read about last year?s winners. Thank you for your commitment to agriculture and for promoting philanthropy in your community. Good luck to you and your favorite farm mom!


NAAE Is Hiring
NAAE is hiring a meeting planner and grassroots advocacy coordinator for this 501(c)(3) not-for-profit education-related professional membership association, which serves school-based agricultural education professionals throughout the United States and its territories. Read More>>


Apply for a NAAE Award
NAAE award applications are now available. We have awards for every stage of your career?from pre-service student scholarships to lifetime achievement awards.  Applications are available here.


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From FFA

Promote Agriculture; Receive Scholarship Money; Make a Difference!Do you have students who enjoy spreading the agriculture story?  Have them apply to be a National Collegiate Ag Ambassador! 


As an ambassador, they will be able to promote agriculture to the community and help them understand how the industry plays a vital role in their daily life.  Ambassadors will also learn about current ag issues from top industry leaders from across the nation. 


Best of all, for their work as an ambassador, they will be awarded scholarship money and a digital camera to record their presentations!  Applications for the ambassador program are available at www.ffa.org/collegiate and must be submitted by 5 PM EST on June 1, 2012.  If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Calhoun at lcalhoun@ffa.org.  The ambassador program is sponsored by BASF ? The Chemical Company, Syngenta, CSX, and the National Pork Board as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.


Living to Serve: Environmental Grant Program
The National FFA Organization is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds for FFA chapters to develop service-learning projects that impact environmental issues in their community. The Living to Serve: Environmental Grants are provided through funding from CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing projects that address local environmental needs. Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning that challenges students to identify, research, develop, and implement solutions to needs in their school or community as part of their curriculum.Project topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Wildlife conservation
  • Land preservation
  • Environmental education and stewardship
  • Recycling and composting
Read More>>

From USAGED

New Site Updates Include:
  • Lesson Plans - The following pages have been updated with lesson plans: agriculture business, economics & finance, agriscience, environmental & natural resources, horticulture/plant science, landscaping & turfgrass management and small animal care & managment. 
  • Useful Docs - A new officer application was added to this page.  Read More>>

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From USDA

Agriculture and History
The USDA is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Combine a love of agriculture and history (with potential lesson plans!) by signing up for their e-mail factoids here.

Biofuel Reducing Oil Reliance
Strengthening the domestic biofuels industry has been another critical component of this overall strategy. And today, U.S. biofuel production is at its highest level in history. In fact, average monthly production increased more than 40 percent between 2008 and 2011. That means more jobs ? especially in rural America ? and greater energy security. Read more »

Working with Nebraska Colleges to Deliver Jobs
Local colleges and USDA Rural Development are combining resources to improve the availability of higher education in rural areas. This increased emphasis on continuing education will bring a stronger work force to Nebraska. Read more »

Ag Ed Student Blog
In his first of many spars with invasive species, Ben conducted a science fair project on giant reed (Arundo donax), an invasive plant that is damaging riparian ecosystems in his home state of Texas. But Ben didn?t stop there. Combining his love for filmmaking with his passion for science, Ben created a blog entitled ?Commander Ben-The Invasive Hunter,? where he records his exploits and posts videos and other content to teach kids about the fight against invasive species. Read more »

From CASE

Scholarships
Two scholarships are available for female agricultural education majors to attend a CASE institute this summer and become certified to teach the CASE curriculum. Read eligibility requirements>>

If you are interested in field testing the CASE Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) curriculum in your program next school year, here is an opportunity to get a partial scholarship to the APB institute that will be happening in Ankeny, Iowa, June 11-22, 2012. Read More>>

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From NAAE

NAAE Is Hiring
NAAE is hiring meeting a planner and grassroots advocacy coordinator for this 501(c)(3) not-for-profit education-related professional membership association, which serves school-based agricultural education professionals throughout the United States and its territories. Read More>>


CASE Scholarships
Two scholarships are available for female agricultural education majors to attend a CASE institute this summer and become certified to teach the CASE curriculum. Read eligibility requirements>>


If you are interested in field testing the CASE Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) curriculum in your program next school year, here is an opportunity to get a partial scholarship to the APB institute that will be happening in Ankeny, Iowa, June 11-22, 2012. Read More>>


Communities of Practice


From CAST

Flying trucks, sugar wars, and ball park nachos.  Check the blog link for a list of Top Ten Food and Waterborne Outbreaks and a memory of hot-and-cold running cow pies while playing in farm creeks. Students will find other links to current information, controversies, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.  


The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.


Click here to access the most recent edition of CASTFriday Notes.


From CTE

Dear Colleague Letters Call for Investment in Perkins
Members of both the House and Senate have signed on to “Dear Colleague” letters, asking the appropriators in their respective chambers to invest in Perkins during the FY13 appropriations process. The Senate letter, authored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT), was signed by 22 Senators. In the House, the letter was authored by Reps. Glenn Thompson (PA) and Jim Langevin (RI), and was signed by a total of 65 Representatives. Read More>>


From AITC


From ACTE

Cliff Weiss Memorial Essay Contest Winners
ACTE announces the winners of the Cliff Weiss Memorial Essay Contest, which includes students from Missouri, Texas and Washington, D.C., at the secondary and postsecondary levels. The 2012 winners are:
  • Naim Owens, of Washington, D.C., for secondary student essay category
  • Colissa Menke, of Warrensburg, Missouri, for postsecondary student essay category
  • Christie Shokler, of Frisco, Texas, for multimedia category

Read more in the press release.


FFAACTE/NCLA Best Practices Conference 
The tentative agenda and call for proposals are now open for the 2012 ACTE/NCLA Best Practices and Innovations in Career and Technical Education Conference. Proposals will be accepted through May 4.
Click here for an overview of the 2011 conference.


From USDA

Apply to Make a Difference: Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants Available
Every day, thousands of local farmers and ranchers work hard to ensure that their communities have access to a diverse range of fresh, healthy affordable foods.  While nutritious food is a cornerstone of society’s physical health, a vibrant community also includes sustainable economic opportunities.  By funding projects that support these goals, USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program continues to make a difference for farmers at the local level. Read More>>


Getting Back to the Farmm
When he decided to get back into farming five years ago, Tony Andrejczuk faced more challenges than most farmers. Andrejczuk lost the use of his legs after a work accident in 1997, and being able to access his family’s entire farm is one of his biggest obstacles. Read More>>


Minnesota FSA Collaborates on $2 Million Project to Reach Minority Farmers
The Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) wants to overcome the obstacles faced in reaching minority farmers and ranchers. So they have collaborated with area businesses and non-profit organizations to help meet their goal. Read more>>


From FFA

New! Living to Serve: Environmental Grant Program
The National FFA Organization is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds for FFA chapters to develop service-learning projects that impact environmental issues in their community. The Living to Serve: Environmental Grants are provided through funding from CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing projects that address local environmental needs. Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning that challenges students to identify, research, develop, and implement solutions to needs in their school or community as part of their curriculum.Project topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Land preservation
  • Environmental education and stewardship
  • Recycling and composting

Read More>>

From National Young Farmers

The University of Vermont Extension has just released a 62-page guide for farmers seeking alternative ways of raising financing for land acquisition, operations, and expansion.  Entitled The Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm, it explores a series of different models, ranging from promissery notes to owner-financed sales to multi-year CSA’s, and much more.  It examines these different options through case studies of farmers who have utilized them and also through legal, social, environmental, and accounting perspectives.  The guide is useful and informative not only for farmers looking for financing, but also for anyone interested in ways that farms and their communities can become more tightly connected and supportive. The guide, is free and available for viewing at the UVM website here.

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From FFA

New! Living to Serve: Environmental Grant Program
The National FFA Organization is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds for FFA chapters to develop service-learning projects that impact environmental issues in their community. The Living to Serve: Environmental Grants are provided through funding from CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing projects that address local environmental needs. Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning that challenges students to identify, research, develop, and implement solutions to needs in their school or community as part of their curriculum.Project topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Land preservation
  • Environmental education and stewardship
  • Recycling and composting

Additional information can be found on the grant website.


Register early; Save $50 for July’s FFA Alumni Development Conference
For the first time, registrants to the top learning and networking experience for National FFA Alumni members can save by securing their spot early.
Registration is OPEN for the 2012 FFA Alumni Development Conference, held July 11-15 in Bozeman, Mont., and conference participants who sign up before May 1 can save $50. Registration starts at $400 and includes hotel accommodations, workshops, a conference shirt, most meals and transportation to/from local agricultural and cultural tours. Why Should you Attend? What’s the Agenda? What do Participants Need to Know? Find all this and more on the FFA Alumni website, Register Today!

From NAAE

2010-2011 Annual Report
Read about our year in review, including highlights in Advocacy, Professional Development, and the National Teach Ag Campaign. View awards and winners, sponsor contact information, membership reports from the six regions, and NAAE's evolving mission. Available on the website>>


Apply for an Award
NAAE award applications are now available. We have awards for every stage of your career–from pre-service student scholarships to lifetime achievement awards.  Applications are available here.


Region I Conference Coming Soon to Washington
Take advantage of this annual opportunity to meet with other agricultural education leaders in your region and grow yourself as a professional. Update your passport for a field trip to Canada. Region I registration and information site>>
Not in Region I? NAAE's other regions are gearing up for their conferences later this summer. Get more information by visiting your region's page on the NAAE website>>


Congratulations to the 2012 NAAE Interns
These interns will be joining us in our Lexington, KY office for the summer.
NAAE Professional Development Intern:

Paige McCrory, University of Missouri
NAAE Communications Interns:
Katie Nickels, Washington State University
Andrea Watts, University of Kentucky


Communities of Practice


From CAST

Water issues, an eagle cam, and Izzy the dog that sniffs out contraband food. The finely textured meat controversy has a governor who indignantly calls out, “Dude! It’s beef.”  Check the blog link for a pig’s eye view of the gestation stall issue. Students will find other links to current information, controversies, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.  The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.Click here to access the March 30 edition of CASTFriday Notes.

From AAAE

A reminder that the deadline for submitting materials for consideration for the Kahler Award and the new Thesis Award is Wednesday (April 4, 2012). The link for the Thesis Award is http://www.aaaeonline.org/thesis.php and the link for the Kahler Award is http://www.aaaeonline.org/kahler.php. Please remember you need to be logged in to be able to see the link for submitting the Letter of Nomination and Thesis or Dissertation.

From AgrowKnowledge

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!

Are you interested in expanding your knowledge about Data Collection in Agriculture?AgrowKnowledge is pleased to announce registration is open for attending two upcoming Faculty Development workshops to be offered in June. You can register by clicking on the title of the workshop you wish to attend and provide the requested information. See workshops>>

From AITC

 

From ACTE

Book of the Month
A Leader’s Legacy
by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner
The leadership and leadership development have been studied and examined for years. There is no one set definition. In their book A Leader’s Legacy, Kouzes and Posner discuss what they believe to be the effective habits of developing and establishing a lasting leadership legacy. Read More>>

From USDA

Farmer Does as Teacher Says – All in One
Among his other science courses, Kochemba teaches 8th and 9th graders about energy conservation.  While doing research for his classes, “I ran across information about BCAP,” says the educator.

The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) is a government incentive program created in the U.S. Congress during the drafting of the 2008 Farm Bill. It was designed in part to provide farmers income while they raised non-food crops that could be turned into energy. Read More>>

You Asked, We Answered: FAQs About the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass
It’s been a little over two weeks since we launched the Know Your Farmer, Know Your FoodCompass, which includes amulti-media PDF narrative and an accompanying interactive map. Together, they’re designed to help you navigate USDA’s grant and loan programs and learn how USDA supports the development of local and regional food systems. You’ll hear about people across the country putting these resources to work. We hope you’ll be inspired and perhaps get some new ideas to try out on your farm or ranch or in your community. Read More>>

 

 

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From NAAE

Communities of Practice is OPEN! Thanks for your patience during the upgrade. We have made some awesome improvements, and are now happy to announce you can access the site. Check out the site right now.


IMPORTANT: The site address has changed to to http://communities.naae.org.  Please update your bookmarks accordingly.Help with new features

There have been some great updates to the way Communities of Practice works, and new tools you can use to find information, share resources and collaborate. Visit the Communities of Practice Help & FAQ's section for help documents or to ask a question if you get stuck.


Webinar Tour
We will be holding a webinar tour of the new Communities of Practice site tomorrow, March 27 at 3:30 pm eastern time. You will be able to ask questions and see some of the site's new features. If you would like to attend, please click this link to register.
If you have any questions, email or call Julie Fritsch atjfritsch.naae@uky.edu or 859-257-2224.


Communities of Practice


National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Contest
You celebrated, now enter! Entry deadline is April 2. Click here for contest details and entry form.

From CAST

This issue contains more student/FFA info, and the meat trimmings/pink slime issue somehow combines “Shakespeare, Slant, Slime, and Science.” Students will find other links to current information, controversies, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.  

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.

Click here to access the March 23 edition of CASTFriday Notes.

From FFA

Washington Leadership Conference
This is no ordinary leadership experience. Students will spend a week putting these skills into practice as they make new friends from across the United States and tour our nation's capital. This action-packed week will help students gain self-confidence and leadership skills to take back to their FFA chapters and share with other members. Register>>

Follow State FFA Conventions on the FFA blog>>http://nationalffa.wordpress.com/

 

From CASE

Spots are filling up fast at this summer’s CASE Institutes.  Make CASE a part of your agriculture program next fall by attending an institute this summer.  For locations and dates, visit case4learning.org for more information.

 

From Hummert

17th Annual Hummert’s Greenhouse Operation and Management  Short Course.
This year our greenhouse tour will focus on tomato grafting and vegetable production.  Hands-on sessions include tomato grafting (Tom Goeke), plant propagation (Dr. Svenson), drip irrigation and misting (Keith Templin), and water analysis (Dr. Millett).  Other topics include greenhouse maintenance, water quality, veggie production for the classroom, plant nutrition, hydroponics, spring crops, poinsettias, IPM, plants & cuttings, substrates, and environmental controls. See the agenda and registration packet.

 

From CSAW

Tools for Supporting a Sustainable Agricultural Workforce

As a coalition, CSAW is focused on creating new and novel partnerships among universities, scientific societies, USDA, and the agribusiness interests they serve to better prepare the next generation of employees. Serving as a clearinghouse of information for these various interests is one valuable method for achieving this goal. In this section, a comprehensive listing of job opportunities  available through nonprofit, government, and industry is brought together for those considering a career in agricultural science. Additionally, links to related organizations and reports  are provided to help facilitate CSAW’s vision with its stakeholders. As development of this effort continues, further resources will be made available.

 

From ACTE


Get a glimpse of the exciting future ahead for career and technical education at CareerTech VISION 2012—the only international summit on excellence in CTE! This dynamic event features a new format that is focused on what you need to succeed in your program, your institution and your community. You can’t afford to miss the crucial networking, vital business and industry connections, and hands-on learning unprecedented in our profession! Learn more! The call for presentations is now open!Submissions will be accepted through March 30.

 

 

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From NAAE

National Teach Ag Day Livestream
Join us live on National Teach Ag Day for a celebration from Buena Park High School Agriculture Program in Buena Park Calif. Log on between 10 a.m. and 12p.m. Pacific time to hear National FFA Central Region Vice-President Alicia Hodnik and tour Buena Park’s state of art facilities.  You can also use Twitter, Facebook, and email to ask various panelists about majoring in agricultural education, how to get hired, and what it’s like to teach agriculture.  Log on here. For tips and ideas on how to participate in the Teach Ag Day livestream celebration go to our website.  The livestream webcast is for anyone who is involved in agricultural education or who is thinking about a career as an agriculture teacher.  We want to hear from YOU on Thursday March 15th!

 

Communities of Practice to be CLOSED
Communities of Practice, NAAE’s professional networking site, will be undergoing a major overhaul in the coming weeks.  The site will be upgraded to the newest operating system, with a lot of new features, improvements in the way content is organized, and fixes for bugs in the old system.

 

Site will be closed 3/17-3/25
Because of the huge amount of data that must be migrated to the new system, the CoP site will be closed for the week of March 17-25.  During that time, anyone who tries to access the site will be unable to do so.

 

You don’t have to re-register, but your bookmarks may no longer work
You will not have to re-register or re-create your profile in the new Communities of Practice – you will be able to log in the same way you always have.  However, because we want to fix the issue with CoP that causes it to be blocked at some schools, we will be changing the web address.  Unfortunately, this does mean any bookmarks you’ve created to content in the current Communities of Practice will no longer work. The stuff will still be there, in the same place it was before, but you will have to re-create your bookmark.

 

Help learning to use the new site
The new site is designed to create a better user experience, with a more intuitive interface, so learning how to navigate should be an easy task.  However, we are currently developing tutorial videos and handouts to help you learn about the site’s new features.  These will be available on the new site.  We also will hold an informational webinar about the new site on Tuesday, March 27th at 3:30 pm eastern time.  We will send all current CoP users an email invitation to register for that webinar later this week.

 

The new features will make Communities of Practice an even better tool to help you connect with colleagues and find great resources.  If you have any questions about the upgrade, email or call Julie Fritsch atjfritsch.naae@uky.edu or 859-257-2224.

 

Communities of Practice

 

From CAST

This week we feature Ag Day and the student essay winners plus plenty of current issues such as water crises, child labor laws, and the meat trimmings (pink slime) debate. Students will find other links to current information, controversies, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.   

 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.

 

Click here to access the March 9 edition of CAST Friday Notes.

From FFA

Ryan Best, National FFA President, will testify at the Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing on Risk Management and Commodities for the 2012 Farm Bill on Wednesday March 14th. The hearing will be held in Washington, DC and is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am eastern. Ryan is expected to testify sometime between 3:00-3:30 pm. Ryan along with Bob Stallman, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation and Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union will be the 4th panel of testimony in what will an important part of the process of developing the upcoming Farm Bill legislation. The hearing will be able via live streaming video. To learn more about the hearing and view the hearing go www.ag.senate.gov

 

Washington Leadership Conference (WLC)
Registration is now open. Register today!

 

Convention Housing
Convention housing is now open. Book your rooms today!

 

New Century Farmer
If you’re a college student interested in a career in production agriculture, apply for the New Century Farmer Conference! The deadline is March 15.

 

From AITC

The National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve have embarked on a two-step process to develop the Next Generation Science Standards. See the new standards>>

 

From USDA

Secretary’s Column: A Thank You to American Agriculture
America’s farmers, ranchers and growers are some of our nation’s greatest assets. Not only do we rely on agriculture for our food, feed, fiber, and fuel, our agricultural producers preserve our environment, and help drive our national economy.

As I travel the country, I often ask folks when they last took a moment to thank or appreciate a farmer. The truth is that we owe a debt of gratitude to the hard working men and women who provide us – and much of the world – with a safe, reliable, affordable, and abundant food supply. Read More>>

Start2Farm
In February the USDA unveiled Start2Farm.gov, its latest resource for beginning farmers. The program, which acts as a clearinghouse database of training and assistance programs, is funded through a Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grant by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

The resources that Start2Farm provides are broken down into four types of services:

 

Training, which covers educational resources for successful farming;

 

Financing, which details loan and grant programs available for beginning farmers;

 

Technical Assistance, which identifies technical assistance programs in different areas; and

 

Networking, with information on organizations that exist for farmer-to-farmer support.

 

This useful resource is yet another example of the good things that will continue to exist if the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act, including continued funding for the BFRDP, is passed.  More information about the program can be found at Start2Farm.gov.

 

From CASE

Register to attend a CASE Institute this summer.  CASE is an instructional system that provides intense teacher professional development and curriculum that is changing the culture of agriculture programs.  Visit case4learning.org for more information.

 

From ACTE

Contact Congress to Restore Perkins Funding Congress is now starting the budget and appropriations process for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. The House and Senate are both circulating "dear colleague" sign-on letters which ask other Members of Congress to add their signatures to support an investment in Perkins funding. The House letter is led by the Congressional CTE Caucus co-chairs, Reps. Thompson (R-PA) and Langevin (D-RI), and the Senate letter is led by Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT). Once signatures are collected, the letters will be sent to the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittees in the House and Senate.

 

The more signatures the letters have, the more likely that the Appropriations Committee will consider restoring Perkins funds back to FY 2010 levels. Please contact your representatives and senators and ask that they sign the letters to support CTE funding.    

 

Action Needed: 

  • Call your representative and senators and ask to speak to the education staff member; if unavailable, leave a detailed message. You can reach your Members of Congress by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
  • When calling your senators, ask that they support funding for CTE by signing the letter being circulated by Sen. Blumenthal.
  • When calling your representative, ask that they support CTE funding by signing the letter being circulated by Reps. Thompson and Langevin.
  • Thank the staff for his or her time and take this opportunity to talk about your CTE program.

 

 

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From NAAE

The National Teach Ag Campaign is taking part in National Ag Day in Washington, DC this week.  Six agricultural education majors and their three teacher mentors will be teaching agricultural lessons in a Washington, DC public middle school on Thursday, March 8th.

 

National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Contest
Are you a member of a postsecondary agricultural education organization?  Celebrate National Teach Ag day and enter our contest.  You could win money and recognition for your club. Click here for contest details and entry form.

 

Communities of Practice to be CLOSED
Communities of Practice is scheduled to undergo a major upgrade the week of March 17-25.  The site will be unavailable during these dates, and will reopen on Monday, March 26.  The upgrade will include lots of great new features to make your CoP experience better, easier and more intuitive. The  upgrade will also include fixes for some of the issues users have reported, including blog editing and the site being blocked in certain environments.  If you have any questions about the upgrade, contact Julie Fritsch at jfritsch.naae@uky.edu.

 

2012 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors Academy
Over 145 applications were submitted for the 2012 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy. The selection of 48 Ambassadors from across the nation has been made and will be announced officially on March 9th!

Communities of Practice

 

From CAST

This week we cover the controversial “ag-gag” bill, look at the sugar issue, and link to several Ag Day, FFA, and 4-H sites. Students will find other links to current information, controversies, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.   

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.

Click here to access the March 2 edition of CAST Friday Notes.

From Agrowknowledge

March 8th marks National Agriculture Day. It falls during National Ag Week, March 4-10, 2012, a time when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.

 

From ACTE

The Education for Tomorrow’s Jobs Act (H.R. 3154), a bill introduced last October by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA), co-chair of the Congressional CTE Caucus, was included as part of the Student Success Act. The legislative language from the Education for Tomorrow’s Jobs Act would allow school districts to use Title I ESEA funds to better integrate academics with CTE through coursework and networks of schools. The bill would encourage school districts to link secondary school programs, including both middle and high schools, and align secondary and postsecondary education. Read More>>

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From CASE

Register now for CASE Institutes this summer.  Institutes will be taking place at 15 sites spread across the United States, so finding one that fits your schedule and travel budget should be possible.  Complete an institute in Introduction to Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Principles of Agricultural Science-Animal and Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant.  You can also apply to field test the new Animal and Plant Biotechnology curriculum.  Visit case4learning.org for more information.

 

From FFA

We were so proud to see our chapters in action during National FFA Week! Here are some highlights from around the country:

 

From USDA

Two and a half years ago, I announced a new initiative here at USDA called Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food. It’s the public face of our commitment to help farmers and ranchers of all sizes take advantage of new opportunities, meet the growing demand for local and regional food and succeed in America’s diverse marketplace. Last week, USDA unveiled new tools showcasing what we’ve accomplished over the last few years as local food sales have expanded as a multi-billion dollar industry. Read More>>

 

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced changes in their loan handbook that will make it easier for the nation’s young farmers to qualify for farm loans.  The new handbook language gives new flexibility to loan officers when deciding if a farmer has sufficient managerial ability to repay a loan, and adds specificity about the types of educational and on-the-job experiences that qualify.  Managerial ability is a determining factor in operating loan applications. The handbook also adds a new example under the farm experience requirement for farm ownership loans, that may help young farmers who were previously denied financing. Read More>>

 

From CTE

CTSO Students Share CTE Projects with Congressmen, Staff on Capitol Hill CTE students from across the nation proudly represented their Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) by presenting projects that show how they are learning relevant, high-demand skills through CTE and CTSOs. The event featured projects from students affiliated with: Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA): Health Science: A student from Charlotte, North Carolina shared her project on the “Zombie Apocalypse,” including a game created on her laptop for a Public Health Emergency Preparedness competition. The booth also featured information on connecting health science and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. National FFA: Agricultural Science: This display gave information the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), used to teach high school agricultural science courses. Students from Biotechnology High School in Freehold, New Jersey demonstrated materials and labs used in CASE. Read More>>

 

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

 

From NAAE

Join our Teach Ag Day Virtual Celebration!
You’re invited to the first ever National Teach Ag Day virtual celebration, to be streamed live from at Buena Park High School in Buena Park, California.  Hear remarks from National FFA president Ryan Best, tour Buena Park’s agriculture program, and take part in question and answer sessions with panels of agricultural education experts.  Use Facebook or Twitter to submit your questions about majoring in agricultural education, getting a job as an agricultural educator, and what it’s like to teach agriculture.  Our panels will do their best to provide you with answers live during the celebration. The celebration will take place from 10am-12pm PST on Thursday, March 15.  For details, visit http://www.naae.org/teachag/live2012.php.

 

Communities of Practice to be CLOSED
Communities of Practice is scheduled to undergo a major upgrade the week of March 17-25.  The site will be unavailable during these dates, and will reopen on Monday, March 26.  The upgrade will include lots of great new features to make your CoP experience better, easier and more intuitive. The  upgrade will also include fixes for some of the issues users have reported, including blog editing and the site being blocked in certain environments.  If you have any questions about the upgrade, contact Julie Fritsch atjfritsch.naae@uky.edu.

 

Featured NAAE Membership Benefit
U.S. Ag Ed Listserv
: The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) in cooperation with Purdue University has developed an electronic mail listserv for use by agricultural education teachers, state staff, teacher educators, and others interested in agricultural education. The listserv allows someone to send one message to the listserv and have that message forwarded on to all subscribers to the list. It has capabilities to send text mesAg sages and attached files. See all benefits>>

 

Communities of Practice

 

From CAST

This week we cover a variety of ag symposiums and some career and educational opportunities. Students will find other links to current information, controversies, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.

 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company). Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.

Click here to access the February 24 edition of CASTFriday Notes.

From ACTE

The president released his budget proposal, which outlines the Administration’s funding priorities for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. This budget will serve as a blueprint for when Congress allocates funding to specific programs through the budget and appropriations process. In his budget, President Obama invests heavily in CTE areas. The overall funding level for Perkins is the same as Congress allocated in FY 2012, $1.1 billion, although this is contingent on proposed changes to the CTE system that will be unveiled at a later date (and that ACTE will weigh in on when appropriate). See the budget proposal>>

From CASE

Spots are filling up fast at this summer’s CASE Institutes.  Make CASE a part of your agriculture program next fall by attending an institute this summer.  For locations and dates, visit case4learning.org.

 

From FFA

Proficiency and American Degree revision committee announcement
The National FFA Organization is seeking applicants to serve as committee members for the revision of the Proficiency and American FFA Degree applications. If selected, an individual will serve as a committee member for two years beginning spring of 2012.  Committee members will work with the committee superintendent and National FFA staff to coordinate the revision and implementation of the revised Proficiency and American FFA Degree applications. This role will require moderate travel to the National FFA Center and other committee activities. Interested applicants should review the attached revision committee member description for more information. Applicants must submit a resume and letter of intent to Rebecca Carter at rcarter@ffa.org or 6060 FFA Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Nomination deadline is Friday, March 23, 2012.For additional information please contact me atrcarter@ffa.org.

National Young Farmers Coalition

Washington State Legalizes Farm Internships
Washington State has become the first state in the country to take legislative steps towards legalizing agricultural internships. The Small Farm Internship Bill completed a very small two year pilot program in just two counties and is now working its way through the house and senate once again as an extended 5 year program in 14 counties. Read More>>

 

Interested in the potential of urban agriculture? A recent study by the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at the Emory University School of Law offers an in-depth look at urban agriculture programs in various cities around the United States, and is a great template for people hoping to expand urban farming in their area. Read More>>

 

From US Department of Education

"Together for Tomorrow is aimed at changing the relationship between schools and community partners so everyone feels a shared responsibility to improve low-performing schools," said Joshua DuBois, special assistant to the President and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Communities interested in details and updates on the Together for Tomorrow challenge should email edpartners@ed.gov or visit www.ed.gov/edpartners. Press inquiries should be sent to the U.S. Department of Education at press@ed.gov. For national service inquiries, please contact Sara Albright at salbright@cns.gov.
To Read More about Together for Tomorrow>>

 

From USDA

New Forest Service Program Encourages Growth of Community Forests and Economies
The Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program, which encourages the creation of community forests and fosters rural economies. The application deadline is May 15 for submitting applications to the State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian tribe and June 14 for State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian tribe submitting the applications to the Forest Service. Read More>>

 

USDA’s 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum Available Online
USDA’s 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum speaker presentations will be available online.  The Forum, which occurs annually, was a celebration of USDA’s 150th   anniversary, featuring eight former Secretaries of Agriculture discussing the future of agriculture with Secretary Vilsack. To view a Webcast of the plenary session and access the speaker presentations, please go to:www.usda.gov/oce/forum.

 

From the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation

Nominate a Fellow Ag Educator or Student!
The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a Federal government agency, is now accepting nominations for four Agriscience Awards and fourLife Sciences Awards to be presented in July 2012 in Washington, D.C.

The Agriscience Awards and Life Sciences Awardscompetitions each have components for a scientist; a high school educator; and two high school students.
Nominations are accepted online only.  Deadlines and websites are as follows:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Judi Shellenberger, Executive Director of the Foundation, at: (315) 258-0090 or email:judithmscolumbus@cs.com.

 

From Agrowknowledge

Internship Openings with Partners of AgCareers

 

AGCO - AGCO invites you to grow with them. A career at AGCO is an opportunity to join one of the world's largest manufacturers of agricultural equipment. Satisfied and motivated employees are an integral part of their business strategy and they continually strive to be the preferred employer in their industry. Listings>>

 

ADM - The 28,000 people of Archer Daniels Midland Company turn crops into renewable products that meet the demands of a growing world. At more than 230 processing plants, ADM converts corn, oilseeds, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses. ADM operates the world’s premier crop origination and transportation network, connecting crops and markets in more than 60 countries.Listings>>

 

Crop Production Services - CPS is one of the largest farm market retailers in North America. With over 150 years in business, they are the most effective and efficient supply chain for rapid development of seed, fertilizer and crop protection products. Make the move to join their more than 8,000 employees across the US and Canada and begin growing your career now.Listings>>

 

Syngenta - As global demand for food and fuel continues to rise, Syngenta is dedicated to their purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Syngenta is one of the world’s leading companies with more than 26,000 employees in over 90 countries. Syngenta works in a collaborative and inspiring environment where personal contribution is rewarded and growth and development are at the heart of their culture. Listings>>

 

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc - Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a DuPont company, is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics to farmers worldwide. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer develops, produces and markets a full line of top-quality seeds and forage and grain additives and provides services to customers in nearly 70 countries. Listings>>

 

Agrium Wholesale - Agrium is driven by growth, whether it is to improve the performance of crops that feed the world responsibly, grow their business, their market share or their earnings. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Agrium is one of the world's largest nutrient and fertilizer producers. They encourage their employees to grow within their roles as they continue to pursue new ways to make Agrium a great place to work.Listings>>

 

Canadian Seed Trade Association - Headquartered in the nation's capital, the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) represents the interests of 130 corporate members engaged in all aspects of seed research, production and marketing, both domestically and internationally. CSTA's mission is to to foster seed industry innovation and trade. Listings>>

 

AgCareers.com - AgCareers.com is dedicated to bringing together employers and job seekers through a targeted, online job board, with more than 3,000 new jobs posted each month from agribusiness companies across the world. More than 9,000 applicants apply to jobs each month. The site services companies throughout North America and Australia in all sectors of the industry. Listings>>

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor

Posted by Amaris Ketcham Feb 20, 2012

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From CAST

This week we cover more ag happenings in Washington, a new World Food Prize award, and an update on GE food. Students will find many other links in this edition with current information, educational opportunities, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.

 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.

 

Click here to access the February 17 edition of CASTFriday Notes.

From NAAE

Teach Ag
The National Teach Ag Campaign wishes everyone a Happy FFA Week! Agriculture Teachers are the power behind the agriculture program. Remember to take a moment this week and thank an agriculture teacher for all they do to provide opportunities for students and impact the community in a positive way. Being an agriculture teacher is a great career choice. To find out more check out the Teach Ag website.

 

Teachers Turn the Key
Been teaching ag less than five years? Apply for ourTeachers Turn the Key scholarship. This scholarship allows early career agricultural educators to attend the annual NAAE convention, giving them an opportunity to become involved with their professional association on a national level. TTTK participants take part in special programming geared toward agricultural educators in the early stages of their careers.

Communities of Practice

 

From FFA

The U.S. Department of Education has launched a National Education Startup Challenge
Are your students innovative? Are they problem solvers looking for a challenge? If yes, then the U.S. Department of Education has a project right up their alley: the National Education Startup Challenge. Students can submit a business plan and a video pitch for a for-profit or non-profit startup that includes an innovative strategy, product or service designed to address one of these four challenge topics: Middle Grades Matter; Skills, Skills, Skills; Education Pays; and Finish Faster. For information, visit http://nesc.challenge.gov/. Hurry! The challenge ends on May 1, 2012.

 

From USDAhttp://www.fb.org/blog/?p=1277

Start2Farm.gov Helps Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Get Started
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Library, in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation, has created www.Start2Farm.gov, an online database connecting beginning farmers and ranchers with available programs and resources. Read More>>

 

How is your Community Moving? Send us a Video!
First Lady Michelle Obama announced the Communities on the Move Video challenge and invited faith-based, community, and other non-profit organizations to create inspiring videos about their efforts to reverse the trend of childhood obesity. The challenge will recognize community efforts that promote healthy lifestyles for kids by encouraging nutritious eating through USDA’s MyPlate icon, increasing physical activity, and/or ensuring access to healthy, affordable foods. Read More>>

 

From CASE

Registration is open for this summer’s CASE Institutes.  To obtain the CASE curriculum, teachers are required to attend an 80-hour concurrent session CASE Institute.  This professional development experience equips teachers to use the curriculum to its fullest potential by preparing them to lead students through a series of meaningful, sequential activities, problems and projects couched in agriculture subject matter.  For more information, and to register for an institute, visitcase4learning.org.

 

From NYFEA

"Changing the way we eat" means a lot more than simply cutting fat and calories from our diets.


Sixteen speakers and approximately 360 people came together at the Times Center for TEDxManhattan to explore some of the issues affecting the food we eat and innovative approaches to addressing those challenges. In addition, 60 registered viewing parties took place around the world, with the largest having over 450 people. Read More>>

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor

Posted by Amaris Ketcham Feb 13, 2012

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

 

From FFAhttp://www.fb.org/blog/?p=1277

2012 National FFA Convention
Chapter housing is now open.  Please go to FFA.org for more details.

 

Celebrate FFA Week – 3 Word Video Challenge
FFA Week is February 18-25, 2012.

  • Participate in the 3 Word Video Challenge:Attention all creative FFA Alumni members: the National FFA Alumni Association has issued a challenge… connect with your FFA Chapter by creating a 3-word Video of why you do what you do!
    Tell your story about why you’re an FFA Alumni member and choose to support FFA/agriculture education in a 10-15 second video showing three (3!) words.  Top Submissions shown on National FFA Alumni website and Facebook. Step 1: Clickhere for examples.  Step 2: Upload your video to YouTube by March 2, 2012. Step 3: Send the YouTube video link to alumni@ffa.org.
  • Learn more about FFA Week & obtain resources such as media tools, logos and more!
  • Purchase FFA Week supplies

 

National FFA Alumni Webinar Series
Over the past year the National FFA Alumni has been offering webinars on a variety of topics to inform and educate local and state FFA Alumni.  Each session is approximately one hour long and features guest speakers on the specified topics and resources to be downloaded.  You can view recordings of past webinars, download resources, and register for future webinars by visiting www.ffa.org/alumni and clicking on the “webinars” from the navigation menu.

 

Register NOW for the next Webinar:

 

February 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm Eastern
Topic: Oregon FFA Alumni Development Day (ADD) Presentation
The Oregon FFA Alumni Council has found success in presenting ADD to new affiliates and communities interested in starting a local FFA Alumni.  Learn what information they share and how they tailor these presentations based on the needs of the affiliate.  See what ideas you can borrow to help start or strengthen your affiliate or the affiliates within your state!

From NAAE

Interdisciplinary Discovery in Iowa
Barbara Lemmer teaches 225 students at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa. Her program is so popular there is a list of more than 100 students waiting to enroll in her courses. What's her secret? “I strive to encourage students to exercise innovation and creativity in making informed decisions,” said Lemmer.  “I balance both academic and workplace skills with leadership skills to help students achieve their goals and value their health, socials skills, and self worth.”Read more about this 2011 Outstanding Teacher Award Winner>>

 

Find out how to apply for an Outstanding Teacher Award>>

 

Teach Ag
Are you looking for a way to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on March 15th?  Check out the Teach Ag websitefor countless ideas.  http://bit.ly/hP5QdT

 

National Agriscience Teacher of the Year
Do you inspire and enlighten your students through engaging and interactive lessons in the science of agriculture? Apply for this award.

 

Communities of Practice

 

From CAST

This week we cover ag happenings in Washington, new research papers, and we’ve added updated lists of ag Apps due to the response to last week’s digital topic. Students will find many other links in this edition with current information, educational opportunities, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.  

 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.

 

Click here to access the February 10 edition of CASTFriday Notes.

 

From USDAhttp://www.fb.org/blog/?p=1277

Celebrating Lincoln’s Birthday and USDA’s Birthday

On February 12, President Lincoln’s birthday, let’s take a moment to appreciate the many impressive accomplishments that our Nation’s 16th President achieved during his four years in office.  Many of those accomplishments have a direct tie-in to the success of American agriculture. Lincoln’s birthday is especially important to us because 2012 is the 150th anniversary of USDA. Read More>>

 

From CTE

Last month the House Education and the Workforce Committee released discussion drafts of two ESEA reauthorization bills. On February 10th, Committee Chairman John Kline (MN) formally introduced the bills, the Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act.

 

In the Student Success Act, grantees’ local plans will have to include a description of how they use funds to support programs that coordinate and integrate “career and technical education aligned with state technical standards that promote skills attainment important to in-demand occupations or industries in the state and the state’s academic standards and work based learning opportunities that provide students in-depth interaction with industry professionals.”

 

The Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act allows locals to use funds professional development for teachers and school leaders that is “evidence-based, job embedded, and continuous, such as professional development on integrated, interdisciplinary, and project based teaching strategies, including for career and technical education teachers.”Read More>>

 

From CASE

Register to attend a CASE Institute this summer.  CASE is an instructional system that provides intense teacher professional development and curriculum that is changing the culture of agriculture programs.  Learn more about CASE and register for an institute atcase4learning.org.

 

From National Young Farmers

Americorps Opportunity Perfect for Graduating Students
FoodCorps, a national organization that works to address food issues in underserved communities, has called for applications for its second annual class of service members. The organization will be hiring up to one hundred people for positions in 12 states across the country. The 2012 corps will work full-time for one year in school food systems, expanding hands-on nutrition education programs, building and tending school gardens, and sourcing fresh, healthy, local food for school cafeterias. Read More>>

 

Grants for College Students or Organic Farming
Raising Organic Family Farms recently announced a second round of grants and scholarships for organic farmers and agriculture students.  The application period began on January 16th and will run until March 16th.  In total, ROFF will be giving away $25,000 this winter in small grants and scholarships to selected organic farmers and students. Read More>>

 

 

 

 

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From ACTE

CTE Month Challenge
ACTE has partnered up with KP Education Systems, leaders in mobile education technology, to create a new and exciting way to engage in online learning about ACTE and CTE.  Learn through this fun and interactive tool while you compete with other educators around the country and between ACTE Regions. Participate in the challenge here.

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From FFAhttp://www.fb.org/blog/?p=1277

2012 National FFA Convention
Chapter housing is now open.  Please go to FFA.org for more details.


Winter 2011-2012 New Horizons
The official member publication for the National FFA Organization, FFA New Horizons highlights FFA member achievements, promotes careers in the agriculture industry, prepares students for college, offers life lessons and more.  Read about ag ed in "A Mentor, a Teacher, a Friend" or share a guide to planning after high school, or meet a powdered champion in Minnesota.

From NAAE

NAAE Student Membership
Student membership in NAAE is the start of a professional relationship that will provide opportunities for your students now and in their future careers as agricultural educators. Please remind your students that active, active life, and student members are provided with a $100,000 professional liability insurance policy as part of their dues package. Given that student dues are only $10.00 per year, there’s not a better deal in town. Active NAAE members willingly subsidize the cost of student membership--it is the best investment that can be made in ensuring the future of agricultural education. Read More>>


Delmar Cengage Learning Upper Division Scholarship
This scholarship program is designed to lessen the financial burden on college students who are completing their student teaching in agricultural education. Only individuals that are planning to do their student teaching in the 2012-2013 school year and are NAAE Student Members in the 2011-2012 school year are eligible to apply. Find a copy of the application online here. Applications are due electronically to the NAAE office by May 15, 2012.  Please note of the new application submission guidelines.

Interested in more NAAE awards?
We have awards for every stage of your career – from pre-service student scholarships to lifetime achievement awards. Applications are now available here.

CHS Inc. Awards National Teach Ag Campaign Largest Single Financial Contribution

Inver Grove Heights, Minn.-headquartered CHS Inc. (Nasdaq: CHSCP), the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative, has made the largest financial contribution ever to a special campaign focused on raising awareness for the need for more agricultural teachers in U.S. high schools. As a part of the CHS stewardship focus, the CHS Foundation is committed to investing in the future of rural America, agriculture and cooperative business through education and leadership development. Read more>>


Teach Ag Day Grants
The National Teach Ag Campaign would like to again offer Teach Ag Day related grants to help offset the costs associated with spreading the Teach Ag message. All Teach Ag related applications will be considered; however, click here for a listing of the priority areas and to obtain the grant application.  The deadline for Teach Ag grant submissions is 4pm CST on Friday, February 10, 2012. Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator with any questions. National Teach Ag Day will take place on March 15, 2012.


Communities of Practice

 

From CAST

It seems there is now an App for everything except Time Travel, but I’m sure someone is working on it. This week’s lead story examines the way the agriculture community has embraced smart phones and Apps. Students will find many other links in this edition with current information, educational opportunities, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.   


The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company). Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.

 

Click here to access the February 3 edition of CASTFriday Notes.

 

From USDAhttp://www.fb.org/blog/?p=1277

More Kids in the Wood
“The Forest Service  ‘More Kids in the Woods’ grant  encourages children to learn more about the natural world and to experience outdoor activities along with exposing them to a variety of career paths in natural resources,” said Natural Resources Manager Carl Petrick of the National Forests in Florida. Thinking of applying for a grant? See past winning proposals.


New Plant Hardiness Zone Map
With spring not that far away, the garden catalogues are starting to fly through the mail, but the “must read” of the moment for America’s estimated 80 million gardeners is the new Plant Hardiness Zone Map rolled out by USDA last week at www.planthardiness.ars.usda.gov.


From AITC

Just in time for Valentine's Day. Do you know what goes into creating chocolate? Cocoa beans from a tree go through an extensive process before becoming delicious chocolate that we can enjoy in a heart-shaped box! Share the video with your kids.


Got Dirt? is a program designed to assist with the implementation of school, community, and child care gardens. The garden toolkit provides simple, step-by-step plans for starting a garden. Tips from garden experts and garden sucess stories from around Wisconsin (project home state) are also included. Garden training workshops are also available for people living in Wisconsin. Check out the program.


History, the Dollar, and Agriculture come together in this lesson from Ag in Montana Schools. Read the lesson plan here and think about adapting it for your classroom.

From CASE

Register now for CASE Institutes this summer.  Institutes will be taking place at 15 sites spread across the United States, so finding one that fits your schedule and travel budget should be possible.  Complete an institute in Introduction to Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Principles of Agricultural Science-Animal and Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant.  You can also apply to field test the new Animal and Plant Biotechnology curriculum.  Visit case4learning.org for more information.


From NYFEA

Grant for Creative, Committed Youth
Whether you are passionate about protecting the planet, providing meals to those who need it, or giving kids just like you the resources they need to star in their own play, be an athlete or an artist, you can be a Friend for Change!  Whatever your interests, a Disney Friends for Change Grant can help you make a difference for people, communities and the planet.Applications due February 29th. Apply for the grant.