Savannah Faye Robin

Washington Beat -- February 2014

Blog Post created by Savannah Faye Robin on Feb 3, 2014

Are you doing amazing things in your program? Are you proud of your student's achievements inside and outside the classroom? Do you believe in the future of agricultural education? If you answered yes to ANY of these questions then you need to be sharing your ag ed story.

Spring is a great time to share the things your students are doing and NAAE has a number of ways to help!


-   ACTE National Policy Seminar & Ag Ed Strand

NAAE members can advocate at the national level with their Representatives and Senators at the 2014 ACTE National Policy Seminar! Like in previous years, NAAE will be hosting special programming just for agricultural education attendees. Learn more about ways to build solid relationships in the community and nationally and identify ways to better share your ag ed story!


- NAAE Advocacy Video Challenge
What better way to promote your agricultural education program than to have your students create a video that highlights how their program prepares them for a bright future? NAAE is hosting the second annual Advocacy Video Challenge. Not only will we be awarding a prize for the winning video but you will also have a tool to share your story with parents, teachers, administrators, school boards, community members and state and national leaders!
Entry deadline: Monday, February 22, 2014


-   Advocate to Educate
We want to challenge you to take some extra time in February and March to showcase how agricultural education impacts students, schools, communities and leaders. Advocate to educate has two meanings - educate the public public about what your ag ed program does and advocate to ensure ag ed will be sustainable in the future so you can continue to educate your students.


If you take time during February and March to Advocate to Educate, we want to know!

There are a few simple ways to tell us what you're up to: 
Tweet -- @NAAE - be sure to tag your post with #agedu
Facebook -- Post it to our Facebook page -- National Association of Agricultural Educators or tag us in your post.
Post them to the CoP Advocate to Educate Blog post
Email Savannah Robin at


You can write us a note or send a picture (one is worth a thousand words, after all). We want to know what you're doing and how you're doing it so we can share it with other members and spotlight you in the upcoming advocacy edition of News & Views!


State Profiles
Be sure to visit NAAE's state advocacy profiles page. If your state has an existing profile you can download it and use it to assist in telling your agricultural education story. If you want to update your state's information or are interested in creating a profile for your state please contact Savannah Robin at


Legislative & Policy Updates


2014 Agricultural Act- US Farm Bill
We are pleased that the U.S. Congress is making progress toward a new five-year farm bill and also pleased that the cuts to agriculture and nutrition initiatives were not as deep as we had initially feared. To learn more about the progress this bill is making through Congress or to read more about it, visit

Congress Approves Perkins Increase in Fiscal Year 2014 Funding Bill
On January 16, the Fiscal Year 2014 omnibus appropriations bill cleared the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 72-26. The House had overwhelmingly approved the funding measure in the week prior. This bill includes a $53 million increase to Perkins funding, which has restored the funding for Perkins programs to pre-sequestration levels. The bill also contained a provision that the name of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) be changed to the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE). Look to see if your legislator voted yes for the passage of this bill and be sure to thank them for their support.


Announcement of the creation of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) caucus
This new caucus will be a bipartisan endeavor focused on promoting CTE inside the Chamber and throughout the country. This is similar to its counterpart in the House of Representatives, as it is seeking to support the efforts of CTE to ensure all students have access to high-quality rigorous career and technical education to prepare them for college and their future careers. This is a great opportunity for CTE and ag ed advocates to step up and share the benefits of your programs. Take a few minutes to contact your Senator or Representative and encourage them to join either of the CTE Caucuses.