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The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) and the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) have partnered together on a new paper, Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Food and Agricultural Markets. This publication contains insights from 31 experts and is now available for download.


The paper’s authors discuss the following topics: macroeconomics, trade, supply chain, consumer behavior, food service/grocery, meat processing, forestry and wood products, local food systems, food waste, food insecurity, major commodity crops, agricultural finance, agricultural labor, rural health care, and research and outreach priorities.


Attached is the Student Study Guide and Ag quickCAST (a one-page summary of the paper). 

Hi Ag Educators,


Due to the COVID-19 heath crisis, the Irrigation Association has decided to cancel the in-person Faculty Academy events to protect the health and safety of our attendees, instructors and community.


In place of the in-person events, the IA will host a series of FREE webinars ranging from one to two hours in length. Although it is unfortunate that we are unable to hold he faculty academies in person, we hope that these webinars will reach a large number of instructors and be accessed by those who might not have been able to attend.


Join us June 11-12 for a series of agriculture Faculty Academy webinars covering the following topics:


  • Adaptive Irrigation Management Using FARMs
  • Automation & Monitoring Tools for Ag
  • Frost Protection and Overhead Cooling Applications
  • Irrigation Design
  • Remote Sensing & Use of Aerial Imagery in Ag


Register now for agriculture Faculty Academy!


Join us June 17-19 for a series of landscape Faculty Academy webinars covering the following topics:

  • Irrigation Components
  • Marketplace Trends & Regulatory Updates
  • Pump Sizing 101
  • Teaching Trends & Roundtable Discussion
  • Understanding Basic Pumping Systems
  • The Why Behind Irrigation


Register now for landscape Faculty Academy!


Registration for the live webinars will be limited and only available to instructors at high schools, community colleges and four-year universities. All webinars will be recorded and available on our website after the live event.


Register for one or all of them by May 15! Please note that there is a separate registration for each event.


The complete webinar schedule for the agriculture and landscape Faculty Academy events can be found on the IA website.  

The Agricultural Literacy and Advocacy Model consists of four steps: plan, develop, do and reflect. National FFA has created interactive modules to introduce students to the concept of advocating to four key target audiences: peers, the community, elected officials and elementary students. Each module has an accompanying experience guide to take students through the planning and execution of an activity and event. Find the modules at

ACTE is pleased to announce through CTE Learn, along with our partner at MaxKnowledge, that we have extended the original expiration date of May 1 to May 31 on the following free online courses to prepare educators to teach online.

Go to Online Teachers ( on CTE Learn and click on Delivering Online Instruction. You’ll see the following online courses that you can access for free:

- EL102 Online Teaching Techniques

- EL103 Teaching Online: A Student-Centered Approach

- EL104 Teaching and Organizing a Virtual Learning Environment

- EL105 Online Language: Communicating with Students

- EL108 Preparing Students to Become Good Online Learners

- EL112 Workload Management Strategies for Teaching Online


Register/login on the CTE Learn site ( and enter the master key “MK-ACTE” to enroll in any of the above courses. This complimentary key is now valid through May 31. For those who have already registered for these courses, MaxKnowledge will automatically extend the original expiration date on the Master Keys to May 31. Contact if you have any questions.

Dear Educators, Extension Specialists, and Leaders,

The Farm Journal Foundation would like to thank you for your efforts to continue the education of our children during this difficult time. Many of our staff are currently benefiting from the great efforts teachers and administrators are making during this time to keep quality educational materials flowing out to students.

Over the past several years our organization has worked on an eLearning initiative that is focused on providing an overview of the U.S. agricultural system. The content is quite dynamic and largely video-narrated by farmers, ranchers and growers from across the United States. Much of this content is currently featured in an educational garden installation located on the National Mall entitled Agriculture Through the Voice of the Farmer.

It is our honor to be able to offer these to you, free of charge, for use in developing your lesson plans or to share with other teachers, youth program coordinators or educational organizations. 

Resources available:

  • Overview of the US Agriculture System based on FJF's Garden Tour on the National Mall--Short Form eLearning Modules (2-3 Minutes Each--12 segments Total) 
  • Business and Culture of US Agriculture--Short Form Segments based on FJF's Garden Tour on the National Mall (2-3 Minutes Each--4 Thematic Chapters) 
  • Overview of the US Agriculture System--Long Form eLearning Modules (15-20 Minutes Chapters, 12 Chapters Divided Across 4 Thematic Modules)

To access these resources please visit the special landing page we have established for educators by clicking on this link or going to 

Before cell cultivated meat comes to market, many questions related to food production, safety, labeling, and regulation must be addressed first. Explore the topic with this new CAST study guide: Producing Food Products from Cultured Animal Tissues This link to the study guide provides you with resources and learning objectives good for individual study or classroom settings. This link also gives you free access to the complete publication and a one-page summary of the key findings. 


How will COVID-19 impact agriculture now and in the future?

What are the opportunities in a post-COVID world?


As part of Alltech's effort to provide valuable resources to our customers and the global agricultural community confronting COVID-19, we have created a special discussion series, Forging the Future of the Farm & Food Chain.

In this free, on-demand video series, experts from various regions and backgrounds share their insights into the immediate and long-term impact of the global pandemic. 


Presentations include:

Cultivating Optimism & Opportunity: Leadership in Times of Crisis 

Dr. Mark Lyons, President and CEO, Alltech


From the Frontlines of Food Production

Matt Kwok, Operations Manager, China, Alltech

Sayed Aman, Managing Director, India, Alltech

Andrea Capitani, Business Manager, Italy, Alltech

Alex Galipienso, General Manager, Spain, Alltech


The Post-COVID Consumer: A Remaking of the Market?

David McWilliams, Economist and Professor, Trinity College Dublin

Jessica Adelman, CEO, ESG Results

Jack Bobo, Futurist and CEO, Futurity


Keep Calm & Carry On: The Essential Business of Agriculture

John Young Simpson, President, Bluegrass Partners, Singapore

Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture

Mike Osborne, Former President and CEO, Nutra Blend

Kayla Price, Poultry Specialist, Canada, Alltech


Planet of Plenty in a Post-COVID World

Dr. Mark Lyons, President and CEO, Alltech

This special series has been pre-recorded and is available to view on demand.


Click Here to Access the Free Presentations


This COVID-19 special series reflects the thought-provoking content that will be available as part of the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience beginning on May 18, 2020. The virtual experience will include live-streamed keynote presentations and on-demand video content from some of the world's leading industry experts as they address the challenges and opportunities facing agriculture.


Register now for the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience 

As FFA programs are transitioning from in-classroom teaching to online virtual learning, ACT Online Training is there to help.  We are giving all school programs 30 days free access to our streamline learning management system with over 900 videos and over 90 courses to help teachers during these tough times. ACT brings real-world veterinary training and education to your students and even offers certification opportunities through our VMA approved CVA programs.  See some of our sample videos  HERE


We at ACT want to help teachers and students alike. Please help us get this free offer to all school programs by sharing via email or Facebook to all your vocational ag teacher contacts. 


For anyone interested in getting started, please email Kyle Rodrigues the name of your school and how many students you have -


Know that we are here to support teachers and students through these challenging times. 

We know these unprecedented times are leading to so many challenges for individuals, families and communities. We applaud you for doing the critical work of still caring for and educating students in the midst of this global crisis. We’d love to provide you with a resource that can be an “easy button” for you to provide meaningful, educational experiences for your students.


The Texas Beef Council recently launched Raw Truth About Beef interactive learning platform that delivers a behind-the-scenes look at the beef production process from pasture to plate. The program follows a registered dietitian nutritionist and an executive chef on a tour through the beef life cycle. To learn how cattle are raised, they visit a purebred ranch, a cow/calf ranch, and tour a feedyard. Stops at a processing facility, a distributor, a retail store, and a restaurant explore how beef becomes a safe, nutrient-dense protein source.


The following documents will walk you through details about the platform, how to use it with your agriculture students online, and information on how you can track the progress of your individual students.


You have two options to incorporate this into your classroom for distance learning:


  • We’ve created a Raw Truth About Beef class in GoogleClassroom for both agriculture and culinary students. It has all the resources and assignments built-in for your convenience. If you’d like to be added to this course as a co-teacher, email Audrey Denney. From there you can copy the course and assign it to your students. If your school district doesn’t allow you to be added to courses outside of your domain. Use these documents to easily re-create the GoogleClassroom course (Agriculture Course ).
  • If you’d prefer your students use the web-based platform, email Audrey and she will set up your class with a unique registration link. She will then be able to send you reports of which of your students viewed the materials.

Edit: We are looking for feedback to improve our study guides--it is something CAST plans to provide with its science-based papers this year. If you have any feedback, please comment below or send a message. We appreciate your help.


I'm sharing a self-study guide (attached) focused on food animal veterinarians for instructors and students. It is based on a new CAST publication, both of which you can download for free here: Impact of Recruitment and Retention of Food Animal Veterinarians on the U.S. Food Supply


- Dan and Kim from CAST

The world has changed, and so too has the education environment with COVID-19. With many parents being thrust into new roles in recent weeks as parent-teachers, the Nutrients for Life Foundation has responded to meet the needs of these parents as well as assist you as educators in providing ways to help students digitally learn at home. We have created an e-lesson section on our website and will continue to  send a new e-lesson each Wednesday. Although the majority of our resources have been created with the traditional classroom in mind, we have found several are adaptive to learning at home, such as our soil science readers and digital content. For the foreseeable future, our efforts will be focused on e-learning and virtual workshops. If you would like your student families to use these e-lessons and receive our emails, please have them fill out this form. I encourage you to share these e-resources with your students and families. 


These continuous learning documents provide ready to go lessons for your students.  Easy, self-guided, age appropriate and geared towards standards, we hope you find them helpful as you plan your online lessons.


Download the K-2nd Grade Continuous Soils Learning Document Here.


Download the 3rd-5th Grade Continuous Soils Learning Document Here.


Download the Middle School Continuous Learning Document Here.


Download the High School Continuous Learning Document Here.

Need help trying to figure out how to teach “shop” online? Check out this resource from Mike Spiess, Professor of Agricultural Education & Ag Engineering Technology at California State University, Chico.



Thanks for the resource Mike!

Nutrients for Life Foundation Florida Regional Representative Tracy Baxter introduces the H2Know interactive case study. Students will explore the science of water quality challenges in Lake Erie. They will watch a video from residents of Toledo Ohio that were part of the water crisis in 2014. Then they will hear from Logan Haake an Ohio farmer and a Precision Agriculture Manager regarding agricultures use of fertilizer and 4R strategies.  The 4R's is a sustainable concept implemented to ensure safe environmental practices.  


Watch video now.


Check out our new E-Lessons page here. 


Past E-Lessons


In case you missed our e-lesson last week, take a look of the science behind keeping baseball fields game ready. Nutrients for Life Executive Director Harriet Wegmeyer shares a virtual field trip to the Texas A & M baseball field and explains why crop nutrients are critical to not only the health of the fields, but our players too.


Watch video now.



Take a look as our Iowa Representative, Debra Kearney, does an activity from our Properties of the Soil Lesson 2 in our Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century curriculum.


Watch video now.         Read lesson now.



Looking to make connections between careers, FFA, supervised agricultural experiences, and the industry throughout the entire Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Value Chain? Check out this newest resource that highlights each step of the AFNR Value Chain and connects students with current content and careers.

If you want more about the agricultural process and sustainability throughout the value chain, check out the brand new Sustainability in Agriculture Lesson Series, sponsored by Valent, to help students understand how sustainability plays an essential role throughout agriculture.