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Friday Notes is designed to enhance communication among various agricultural sectors, educators, students, and the public who are interested in a variety of plant, animal, food, and environmental issues. Friday Notes advocates the pursuit of credible, unbiased, science-based information. Material contained in linked articles is from the original authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of CAST.

In This Issue...... Click to Read
A Hello and Goodbye for CAST Staff Members--P. 2
Animal Agriculture News
Food Science and Safety News
Plant and Environment News
International News
General Interest News
Blood Moon Risin'super blood moon eclipse will occur Sunday night, January 20, in glorious fashion across North and South America.
 
  Nominations Open for Prestigious Award 
Nominations are open for the 2019 Borlaug CAST Communication Award--forms and instructions are available here.
 
 World Food Prize Opportunity 
The World Food Prize Foundation's George Washington Carver Internship is an unparalleled professional opportunity for students interested in global issues of hunger, poverty, and development.
 
Calling Ag Ambassadors 
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation's most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession at the 2019 National FFA Conventionthis fall in Indianapolis.
    
Send In Ideas
CAST welcomes suggestions for future publications and projects. Click here for a look at how to get involved with CAST social media
 
Research Internships 
Cornell University is joining with a university in Hungary to offer CALS undergraduate students opportunities to participate in summer research internships.
 
FFAR Nominations
The Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research seeks nominations (due Feb. 28) for its 2019 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award.
 
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January 18, 2019
Generation Yum? 
   Survey indicates that younger people are more  
into food and agriculture
   
Many try to categorize groups of people by using generational labels. Mention baby boomers and an image of Woodstock might take shape; Generation Xers often get portrayed with an MTV clip in the background. When a survey about young people, agriculture, and food surfaces, folks struggle with terms such as Gen Y or millennial. But as an article in Feedstuffs explains, Eve Turow solved that by calling 18- to 34-year-olds "Generation Yum." The name seems to blend well with information from the Feed4Thought survey, as it points out the close connections today's youngsters have with food.  
 
The general findings indicate that younger people are trying to deepen their understanding of agriculture. They are looking into nutrition, animal welfare, and sustainability--and they accept that the "digital revolution has arrived in agriculture." The article suggests that every age, gender, income bracket, household size, and nationality agrees that farmers have a mission to produce safe, nutritious food for consumers. Luckily, we have thousands in the agricultural community working on that
        
News and Views 
  
Planetary Health Diet Draws Mixed Responses:  Research published in The Lancet argues that diet and food production need to change to improve health and avoid damage to the planet. However, some disagreed with the comments--for example, the pork industry's official response was that the report is radical and irresponsible, and a European ag society says the findings show a "lack of agricultural understanding."  
 
Limited Opening:  The USDA will reopen Farm Service Agency offices for limited services (mainly tax and loan situations) as the government shutdown continues.       
 
Searching for Ag Data:  The grain markets are scrambling for information as the government shutdown continues. This university economist explains some of the effects.    
 
CES Follow-up:  Some cool--and silly--items from last week's Consumer Electronics Show. 
   
Hunger on Campus:  As the costs of college have climbed, some students are going hungry.  
 
News from the Far Side of the Barn
 
romeo the frog_ npr.org
Juliet, Wherefore Art Thou?  
In an amphibian version of The Bachelor, scientists found a mate for Romeo, a rare Bolivian frog. Now the pair can help save the dying species. 
 
Carrying a Heavy Load (video):  This four-year-old deer carries around an impressive display--519 inches of sculpted antlers. 
 
Their Version of the Wave (video):  This shimmering effect is produced by thousands of honeybees moving in sync, and it's used to scare wasps away from the nest.   
 
Fur Balls on the Couch (video):  We're not sure the canine is totally into this snuggle, but at least they're not fighting like cats and dogs.         
 
  Hello, Goodbye 
 Kimberly Nelson Joins CAST Staff as Kylie Peterson Moves to the Beef Council    
 
While the staff members at CAST say farewell to one talented communicator, they welcome another. This week we recognize the wonderful input the organization has had from Kylie Peterson--and we reluctantly say goodbye. At the same time, staff members are excited about the talents that Kimberly Nelson brings in as she takes over the social media/communications position.    
 
Kimberly Nelson gathered her passions for science, agriculture, and communication from many sources, and now she will be using her experience and skills as the "Communications and Social Media Specialist" at CAST. From writing to editing, from USDA regulations work to Iowa State University graduate studies, from research trips in Guam to bicycling pursuits on Iowa's Ragbrai bike trip, Kimberly has a varied background and plenty of abilities. As she said, "I am excited to work with people who are passionate about science. Communicating complex research findings to a diverse group of people can be a difficult process, but I am happy to be part of it." Click here to find out more about CAST's newest staff member.   
 
kylie peterson headshotKylie Peterson is not only a talented media specialist, she is a cowgirl at heart--and her love of the beef industry is taking her away from CAST and on to a job as the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Kylie grew up on a cattle farm in Iowa, she excelled in the ag/communications field at Iowa State, and she has been the Communications and Social Media Specialist at CAST for the past year and a half. Along with her various tasks here, Kylie wrote several blogs, and her love of agriculture and communication shine through them--two examples: County Fair Season and Mason Jar Memories. As she said "I am truly appreciative for the time I have spent at CAST. I am filled with bittersweet emotions as I take on this new adventure. I can't thank the staff and volunteers enough for welcoming me with open arms and for creating an environment where I could learn, grow, and flourish. This experience--along with the people I have met--will be something I cherish forever."
 
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Photos courtesy of the Agricultural Research Service (top masthead); TopLatest News (globe at right). P. 1 student reading photo from jessicabeth.net, blood moon pic from in5d.com, and frog pic from npr.org. Animal Sec. rhino pic from labmanager.com and pig pic from pbs.twimg.com. Food Sec. burger pic from msn.jpg. Plant Sec. plant pic from dengarden.com and tree pic from marinmagazine.com. Inter. Sec. restaurant pic from npr.org and farmer photo from telegraph.co.uk. Gen. Sec. cowgirl collage from ucdavis.edu and water pic from growlermag.com. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the USDA Agricultural Research Service.     

 Animal Agriculture and Environmental News
 
san diego frozen zoo_ labmanager.com
San Diego Frozen Zoo: The cryobank is a source of genetic knowledge about hundreds of creatures, and it may one day be used to bring endangered species back from the brink. 
 
Focused on Research (video):  The Iowa Beef Industry Council will fund live animal research, and they have received proposals from 13 states and 8 universities so far. 
   
Sad Update:  As a follow-up to a story we printed last week about the challenges of professional bull riding, we note that a rider died after suffering injuries during an event at the National Western Stock Show.  
 
Insects as Chicken Feed:  According to this report, black soldier fly larvae meal is beneficial in broiler chicken diets--for feed and as a tool against disease. 
 
Meaty Issues (video):  Various farm states are taking action to help protect their livestock and meat industries against the rise of what they call "fake meat" products. 
 
Building a "Pig Fortress":  Although some of his ideas are expensive, this hog expert gives suggestions about protecting pigs from disease.  
 
Court Ruling Offers Opportunities? (opinion):  Charlie Arnot (CEO of The Center for Food Integrity) says the defeat of "ag-gag laws" lets farmers be transparent about their effective, safe production methods.                
 
Fighting Pig Disease: Several key swine industry groups will align efforts to reduce the risks from foreign animal diseases by creating the National Swine Disease Council  
 
Australian Shepherd Turns Rescue Dog:  This "dog of the year" rescued his owner during a near-death encounter between man and cow.  
 

 Food Science and Safety News
 
This article--including several videos--explains why food contests are actually more like eating disorders. And this blog--Eating Contest Indigestion--looks back at the indignity of such pursuits.
 
Not So Fast (opinion):  Fasting might have some benefits, but there are many questions about the long-term health consequences regarding this type of dieting. 
 
The Smell of Hunger:  Some foods emit a scent that entices an eater to go for a calorie binge, but this research finds that ambient food scent can directly satisfy hunger
 
Milk Semantics:  This survey says consumers want the FDA to prohibit nondairy beverage companies from using the term "milk"on labels. The FDA is soliciting comments about the issue. 
 
Who Hasn't Moved My Cheese?  While Americans consumed nearly 37 pounds of cheese per capita in 2017, it was not enough to reduce the country's 1.4 billion-pound cheese surplus.            
 
Camp Brisket:  Texas A&M's annual Camp Brisket included barbecue enthusiasts from the USA and Canada. 
 
Apps for Waste:  Apps are helping with food waste problems--especially with directing food to assistance programs. 
 
Science-based Research (related to above):  Check out CAST Issue Paper 62, Food Loss and Waste
  
   
Plant Agriculture and Environmental News 
 
These experiments in Israel show that some plants can hear, communicate, and even set up a "wood-wide net." 
 
Glyphosate "Not a Risk":  Canadian health authorities stated that after a thorough scientific review, no research indicates that glyphosate is a cancer risk to humans at the levels humans are currently exposed.       
 
Helping Thirsty Peanuts:  North Carolina State University specialists are studying peanut varieties to find a "water conservation trait" that would help the plants maintain high yields during a drought.  
    
Buying Biotech:  China approved five genetically modified crops for import--the first in about 18 months--in a move that could boost its overseas grain purchases. 
 
Nitrogen Research (opinion):  This scientist says nitrogen management needs to be improved to address the triple challenge of global food security, environmental pollution, and climate change.   
calif oak tree_ marinmagazine.com 
Saving Oak Trees:  Millions of trees are dying due to Sudden Oak Death in California, and a Cal Poly student is working on the problem.  
 
The Freeze and Thaw Effects on Soil:  This blog considers the effects freezing and thawing have on rocks and soil. 
 
 
   
International News   
 
This site takes a look at the world's most exclusive restaurants--and no, you probably  
can't get a table.
First Sprouts on the Moon's Far Side (video): 
Cotton seeds carried by China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander have germinated on the far side of the moon. Lunar update: reports indicate that the first cotton plant died
 
Zen Preparation (video): This famous sushi chef explainsthat 90% of the work is done before customers arrive.        
 
A Fast Food McBattle:  An Irish fast food chain--Supermac's--won its battle to force burger giant McDonald's to relinquish its "big mac" trademark in Europe.  
 
Boars at the Border:  France will cull all wild boars in a zone along the Belgian border to try and avoid an outbreak of a deadly swine disease.   
 
Trending in India:  The following 10 mega trends for Indiain 2030 might help businesses and policy leaders envision the India of the future.  
nigerian farmer_ telegraph.co.uk   
Transforming Ag:  New planting and harvesting techniques have transformed the fortunes of rice farmers in Nigeria's agricultural belt, turning family-run plots into thriving businesses.
   
Ducks in the Soybean Field:  Parts of Argentina are experiencing floods in places where a drought caused havoc last year. 
          
 
 
General Interest News
cowgirl collage_ ucdavis.edu
Change on the Range: A UC-Davis student writes about young, female ranchers trying to adapt to climate change on the range.
Follow the Sun:  A trend of planting wildflowers on solar sites could maintain habitat for disappearing bees and butterflies.
 
Genome Magic:  Syngenta and NRGene will team up to use the GenoMAGIC data analytics platform to enable high-performance molecular breeding.  
  
"Healthy" Eating (opinion):  This blogger considers whether or not "healthy" snacks are actually good for you. Are vegetable-themed snacks like cauliflower puffs and fiery hot Peatos actually "health food"?
   
Snake Oil Sales Pitch? (opinion):  This writer says some modern-day talk show hosts are the equivalent of the traveling medicine show.
 
Water Worries:  This overview looks at the problems coming from falling water tables in many parts of the world--digging deeper wells might not work in the long run. 

Spatial Groundwater Management:  Cornell researchers show a way to coordinate water use, taking into account all the farms drawing water from a particular aquifer.         
CAST Information
YouTubeCheck out CAST's page at the YouTube site to view highly regarded ag-science videos about probiotics, food safety, and water issues--or the latest video dealing with proposed mandatory labeling of GMO food items.
 

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Societies, Companies, and Nonprofit Organizations
Serving on the CAST Board of Representatives
          
* Agricultural & Applied Economics Association 
* American Association of Avian Pathologists 
American Association of Bovine Practitioners  
* American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, & Resources-Agricultural Management    
* American Dairy Science Association  
* American Farm Bureau Federation  
* American Meat Science Association  
* American Meteorological Society, Committee on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
* American Seed Trade Association 
* American Society for Nutrition Nutritional Sciences Council    
* American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 
* American Society of Agronomy  
* American Society of Animal Science   
* American Society of Plant Biologists                                      world supported by plants and animals
* American Veterinary Medical Association
* Aquatic Plant Management Society
* BASF Corporation
* Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont   
* Croplife America  
* Crop Science Society of America                                                                      
* Entomological Society of America 
* Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy 
* Land O'Lakes                                   
* Monsanto
* National Corn Growers Association/Iowa Corn Promotion Board
* National Milk Producers Federation                                                                                        
* National Pork Board
* North Carolina Biotechnology Center       
* North Central Weed Science Society
* Northeastern Weed Science Society                              
* Poultry Science Association
* Rural Sociological Society                                                     
* Society for In Vitro Biology 
* Soil Science Society of America                          
* Syngenta Crop Protection 
* The Fertilizer Institute 
* Tyson Foods    
* United Soybean Board  
* Weed Science Society of America  
* Western Society of Weed Science
 
CAST assembles, interprets, and communicates credible, science-based information regionally, nationally, and internationally to legislators, regulators, policymakers, the media, the private sector, and the public.   
Members of CAST's Education Program

 

* Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
* Cornell University
* Iowa State University  
* Kansas State University 
* Mississippi State University      
* North Carolina State University
* Purdue University    
* Texas A&M University College of Ag & Life Sciences   
* The Ohio State University  
* Tuskegee University    
* University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture 
* University of California-Davis    
* University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences 
* University of Kentucky  
* University of Missouri-Columbia    
* University of Nebraska Agricultural Research Division                                      
* University of Nevada-Reno College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources  
 
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This is a feature from the January 2019 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

We hope your 2019 has started out great! At NAAE, we are putting together our 19 personal and professional goals for 2019. We'd love to hear your goals too! Use the comment boxes below to let us know what your goals are for 2019 and tell a friend to share his/her goals too!

This is a feature from the January 2019 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

Each year, NAAE selects six teachers who are in the early stages of their teaching careers as the Outstanding Early Career Teacher award recipients. This award is a means of encouraging early career teachers to remain in the profession and to recognize their participation in professional activities.

 

In 2018, the selected recipients for this award had numerous accomplishments, but one theme ran clear among them all – the primary goal for their agriculture programs is to promote student success. Each award winner, in his or her own way, continues to build their agriculture program around helping students reach their full potential.

 

These teachers have found many ways to increase student engagement and facilitate positive learning environments that will help their students be successful learners, consumers, and employees. One award winner opens career options for her students by providing industry-based certifications in her courses. Another award winner works diligently to develop community partnerships, allowing his students to have more experiential learning options. In addition, continual leadership development, as well as facility updates and management are proof that these early career teachers are working hard to build amazing agriculture programs for their students and communities. It is very clear that agricultural education is growing in a positive way with outstanding new teachers like these.

 

Want to know more about the 2018 award winners? Follow this link to check out their press releases and click here for photos from the 2018 NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

 

NAAE is proud to have the Outstanding Early Career Teacher award program sponsored by John Deere, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Thank you John Deere for making this opportunity possible for our early career agriculture teachers.

This is a feature from the December 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

Hello fellow NAAE members, I hope everyone had a safe trip home from the 2018 NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas. I look forward to next year’s convention when we gather in Anaheim, California. I want to take time to let Jay Jackman and his entire NAAE staff and team know what an excellent job they did, as always, in putting together another successful convention, good job guys!!

This year we kicked off the week on Monday with the National Agricultural Education Summit, which helped us focus on our future and take a look back at how we have transitioned over the years in agricultural education.

When you think of a fresh look and bright future, look toward Teach Ag. Teach Ag is doing great things through the excellent leadership of Ellen Thompson and her crew at Teach Ag. This year was so exciting to me in regards to the future of agricultural education in our country. I was able to witness 80 Future Agriscience Teachers (FAST) participants walk across the stage this year in San Antonio, Texas, representing 24 institutions across the nation. Wow, what an awesome group of early career teachers we were able to meet at convention this year. With that being said, you can sure tell the future is looking brighter because of these young teachers entering the profession where they will be filling job vacancies, beginning new programs, and filling retired teacher positions.  

At convention we got to hear from some of the top presenters across the nation in education as they shared best practices with fellow teachers that have a great success records in their classroom. I know none of this would have been possible without the gracious support of our sponsors who share the same passion for agricultural education as you and I do. To our sponsors, I cannot say thank you enough for your generous support in helping us provide a brighter path for our future in agricultural education.

Fellow teachers and members, if you have never had the opportunity to attend a NAAE Convention, I cannot express to you enough the benefits you will take away from attending this convention. The NAAE Convention offers a time for professional training and development for agriculture teachers across the nation, and you will be able to gain and develop a network of teaching friends. The best way to gain momentum in your classroom is by gaining knowledge and one of the best ways to gain knowledge is through collaboration with fellow teachers that do the same thing you do every day, and that is teaching agriculture.

I look forward to seeing you next year at the annual NAAE Convention and I hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday season.

NAAE President,

Jason Kemp

 

Messages from our partners as part of News & Views:

 

 

 

 

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education is a partnership that convenes representatives from each of the AERO groups (Agricultural Education Related Organizations) to identify opportunities and resources, provide a forum for thought and direction and focus on academic and career success for all students.

 

On November 27, 2018 the National Council for Agricultural Education convened 130 Agricultural Education leaders from around the nation for the AgEd Summit held in conjunction with the NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees included secondary teachers, post-secondary teachers, state staff, university faculty in teacher preparation programs, federal employees and employees of the National FFA.

 

The structure of the Summit was designed to examine three key questions:

  • What needs do you expect from the national level leadership for agricultural education?
  • What challenges and solutions do you see with bringing the various groups in agricultural education together to meet the needs?
  • How will we know that we’re on the right track? What will be indicators of success?

 

Through the process we collected some valuable questions and concerns that need to be addressed by the Council Board. Examples are; who is responsible to provide leadership for agricultural education at a national level and who is responsible for advocating for agricultural education at a nation level?

 

Overwhelmingly the responses at the end of the day were positive and reflective of the notion that we need to stop talking about strategic alignment and move to put something in place.

 

So, what is the next step? The Council will meet in December to review the consolidated feedback and start the process to identify a working plan for a structure to provide national level leadership for agricultural education that will meet the needs the groups identified and address the key challenges that were raised.

 

Please let me know if you have questions.

 

Buddy Deimler, President

National Council for Agricultural Education

william.deimler@schools.utah.gov  

This is a feature from the November 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

New teachers are always hungry for innovative, insightful, and engaging ways to teach their students. From professional development workshops, to looking for ideas on the Ag Ed Discussion Lab or Communities of Practice, there are endless opportunities to find creative ways to teach. As experienced agriculture teachers, it is important to encourage our new teachers to seek out opportunities to learn and grow in our profession.

 

For Heidi Richard, agriculture teacher at Beau Chene High School, in Arnaudville, Louisiana, professional development is the key to her success in the classroom.

 

“I believe it is essential for educators to help students reach their highest potential by teaching them the important skills needed for their futures,” said Richard. “Therefore, I try to attend various conferences to gain unique teaching ideas that will help engage my students.”

 

As a first-year teacher, Richard quickly learned the importance of differentiating instruction and providing hands-on experiences for her students to gain life skills. She found that the more relevant her assignments were to real-life scenarios, the more engaged her students were in the classroom. Throughout her teaching career, Richard has had her students develop resumes, prepare and present speeches, and complete mock interviews to help them gain valuable employability skills that they will need later in life.

 

Now in her sixth year of teaching, Richard makes it a priority to attend the NAAE Region II conference to watch the Ideas Unlimited presentations. From these presentations, she has been able to see numerous ideas that she can modify for her own classroom purposes. This year, she taught a soil textures lesson to her students using a candy activity she saw during these presentations. Richard uses the knowledge and skills she learns from all of the conferences and conventions she attends to better her curriculum, and ultimately her students.

 

“My goal as a teacher is to prepare my students for the future, and to do that I have to go above and beyond their expectations in order for them to discover their purpose in life,” added Richard. “I want my students to look back and realize that their life was changed because of agricultural education.”

 

As a recipient of the 2017 NAAE Teachers Turn the Key scholarship program, Richard was able to gain numerous new ideas and techniques the help reach her students at the 2017 NAAE Convention. NAAE offers the Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship as a means of encouraging young teachers to remain in the profession, and to encourage and recognize participation in professional activities. Follow this link to learn more about this award category and to view pictures and news releases of our award winners at the 2017 NAAE Convention. This program is sponsored by RAM Trucks as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

A Message from our partners, as part of News & Views: 

 

Nick Nelson

US Traveler

Posted by Nick Nelson Nov 7, 2018

This is a feature from the November 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

Cowboy Logic: “I am no longer

young enough to know everything.”

 

I have a map of the United States that I have been carrying around since I was in high school. After visiting a state, I color it in on the map. I started color-coding the states as well, so I can differentiate between the reasons I was there. So far, I have visited 31 of the 50 states. The majority of those states I visited because of my involvement with NAAE—16.  Most people travel to see the sites or shop the unique stores—I have always been interested in an area's agriculture enterprises. When I come back, I always talk about the production I saw and experienced with my students.

 

The other advantage of traveling that I have had is meeting ag educators. What surprises me every time is the fact that ag teachers are the same everywhere you go, which is cool because there is no teacher in any school that has the personality of an ag teacher! So I thought I would put a list of why I think ag teachers are so unique compared to the average school teacher.

 

  • We vote liberal about education issues, but we vote conservative about agricultural issues
  • We are the only teachers to ever visit a student’s home
  • We invest countless hours that we don’t get paid for—and don’t lose any sleep over it!
  • We are constantly changing our curriculum, sometimes minutes prior to class—and we can pull it off!
  • We know more about accounting than the finance teacher (especially about tax write-offs)
  • We know more about mammalian reproduction than the health/biology teacher and expect our students to care for real, live babies
  • We teach “real” math every day
  • We know all of the other ag teachers in the state and region and consider them dear friends
  • We never ever let the truth get in the way of a good story
  • We are a “Jack of ALL Trades,” but recognize that “We are a Master of None”
  • And we focus on teaching every child, everywhere, every day!

 

As I finish out my term serving NAAE on the Board of Directors, I can’t explain in words how amazed I am of the people in our profession. Ag teachers are truly the most impressive people in their schools and communities. Thank you all for allowing me to have the most rewarding experience I could have in this profession. Everywhere I have gone in my travels with NAAE, I have been made to feel like family—thank you for that!

 

Many things have happen this fall in the NAAE office. We have offered the Marketing/Communications position to Libby Duncan and she has accepted and started work for NAAE towards the end of October. We were very impressed with Libby’s background and expertise, and feel very strongly she is the right fit for this position. Hopefully you will be able to meet Ms. Duncan at the NAAE Convention in San Antonio. The rest of the staff had a successful week in Indianapolis, visiting with both teachers and students, and have been working tirelessly to prepare for the NAAE Convention and make it the best professional development event to date. You also may have seen some leadership changes to CASE.  Be rest assured that this outstanding professional development initiative is in good hands and will continue forward to benefit agricultural educators in years to come! I look forward to seeing you all in San Antonio, and I am extremely excited about the vision and the progression of where agricultural education is headed.

 

Best wishes,

Nick Nelson

 

A Message from our partners, as part of News & Views: 

 

Here are additional documents referenced in the previous "Seeking Candidates for Teacher Position on the National FFA Organization Board of Directors" post.

Agriculture Teachers:

 

NAAE is seeking agriculture teacher candidates to serve a 3-year term on the board of directors of the National FFA Organization.  This 3-year term of service will begin July 1, 2019 and conclude June 30, 2022.  As set forth in the attached Memorandum of Understanding (attachment #1) between the US Department of Education and the National FFA Organization, the agriculture teacher representative will be a representative of the US Department of Education.  Additional documents are attached to explain the responsibilities for National FFA Organization board members and as well as FFA organizational documents (attachments #2-6).  Candidates may also choose to review minutes of National FFA Organization Board of Directors meetings here … https://ffa.box.com/s/cnpavge9bb2po8x3giisu9uy4r0cgstt.

 

Candidates for this position must submit their credentials to the NAAE office no later than 5:00 pm Eastern time on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.  E-mailed and/or faxed documents are acceptable.

 

The following completed documents are required of all candidates:

 

  • cover letter expressing interest in this position
  • resume highlighting experiences and expertise
  • Memorandum of Agreement Teacher 2018 (attachment #7 … signed by candidate and candidate’s administrator)
  • BOD Teacher Contact Information Form (attachment #8)

 

From among all applicants, the NAAE Board of Directors will select three nominees to send forward to the US Department of Education and to the National FFA Organization Board of Directors.  The US Department of Education and the National FFA Organization Board of Directors will make the final selection from among the three NAAE nominees.

 

Candidates may scan and e-mail completed documents to the NAAE office at JJackman.NAAE@uky.edu or fax completed documents to (859) 323-3919.

 

Please direct questions about the National FFA Board of Directors to Dr. Steve Brown at SBrown@ffa.org.

 

Please direct questions about submitting your credentials to me at JJackman.NAAE@uky.edu.

 

Thank you.

 

Jay

 

Wm. Jay Jackman, Ph.D., CAE

Executive Director

National Association of Agricultural Educators

300 Garrigus Building

Lexington, Kentucky  40546-0215

Office: (859) 257-2224 or (800) 509-0204

Cell: (859) 619-4990

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Continuing a Legacy

Posted by Andrea Fristoe Oct 10, 2018

This is a feature from the October 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

Looking back on the formative years of our teaching careers, we can all remember those mentors who helped us get on our feet and keep our heads above water. For Krista Pontius, agriculture teacher at Greenwood High School, in Millerstown, Pennsylvania, the positive influence her mentors had in her early teaching career encouraged her to continue the same legacy as a mentor to new agriculture teachers in her state.

 

“In my early years of teaching, I relied on the advice of seasoned teachers and advisors in my tri-county area,” said Pontius. “As I began to feel comfortable in my position, I felt it was my responsibility to give back to the profession by serving as a mentor to new teachers in the field.”

 

For the past 14 years, Pontius has served as the mentoring coordinator for the Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators. Through this role, she matches first-year agriculture teachers with appropriate mentors to welcome new teachers into the ag education family and help them get a head start in their careers. As the mentoring coordinator, she also works with individuals at Pennsylvania State University to conduct workshops, webinars, and other forms of support for new agriculture teachers throughout the year.

 

Most recently, Pontius worked with NAAE to host Pennsylvania’s first Agriculture Inquiry Institute. This event brought together teachers with varying levels of experience and introduced them to inquiry-based teaching and learning. Numerous participants commented that this event was the best professional development experience of their careers.  

 

Pontius plans to continue her work as a mentor and mentoring coordinator for the state of Pennsylvania. She values the influence mentoring agriculture teachers have in new teachers’ lives and wants to develop more opportunities for teachers in all phases of their careers to come together and collaborate.

 

It is for her hard work and dedication as a mentor coordinator that Pontius was selected as the 2017 NAAE Region VI Outstanding Service Citation award recipient. NAAE recognizes current and retired NAAE members who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels with the Outstanding Service Citation award. This program is sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox.

 

Follow this link for more information about this award category and to see the other regional award winners.

This is a feature from the October 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.


National FFA Convention:

 

As I look back at some of my most memorable events during my teaching career, one would be experiencing National FFA Convention. For me, being able to experience the excitement of thousands of students cheering for agriculture, while representing every state across this great nation would definitely be at the top of my teaching experiences.


I would like to encourage you to stop by the NAAE booth (#4535) to meet the NAAE President-Elect candidates, Hals Beard from Region II and Parker Bane from Region IV, and to also see what we have to offer you in your daily ag teacher's walk of life. While at convention please, come by the CASE booth (#4627) to find out how attending a CASE Institute can change the effectiveness of your teaching skills and influence your daily instructional lessons.


Please be sure to visit the “Blue Room” at the National FFA Convention, no tickets are needed and there will be a lot of technology offered. While you are making plans to attend this year’s convention I would like for you to consider this question. Who will fill your shoes when you retire from the classroom? The agricultural education field is in great demand for teachers in every state. With that being said, I want to encourage you to have your students come by the Teach Ag booth (#2501), so they can get involved in agricultural education early and consider ag ed as a future career.


National TEACH AG News:
Tagged to Teach Ag Declaration Event
Calling all seniors and transfer agricultural education majors. Are you committed to becoming an agriculture teacher? Sign-up for our Tagged to Teach Ag Declaration Event at National FFA Convention. Participate in a brief (less than 10 minutes) special event that recognizes you for intending to Teach Ag. Bring your parents, advisor, and friends. The signing event takes place at the Teach Ag booth (#2501) in the FFA Expo area during National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, October 25-26 on our stage. Please make your way to the Teach Ag booth 10 minutes prior to the time you sign-up for and check-in with Elizabeth or Andrea. We take care of the rest.

 

Schedule your time today!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4FA8AC29AAFF2-tagged

 

State Teach Ag Results (STAR) Program 2019 Enrollment
Information on enrolling in the 2019 STAR program is now available. Existing state contacts were sent details last week. If your state is not currently enrolled in the STAR program and you want to be, contact ethompson.naae@uky.edu with questions. All states, new and existing, must submit their intent to participate form no later than November 16 to receive grant funding support in 2019.


Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium
The National Teach Ag Campaign and the National Association of Agricultural Educators are hosting a Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium November 26-December 1 in San Antonio, TX, in conjunction with the NAAE Convention. Through an application and selection process 34 students were awarded stipends to attend. We would like to invite additional preservice teachers who may be attending NAAE to join the other 34 attendees. Unfortunately, they will need to cover their own travel, registration and housing. If students wish to attend at their own expense, they will need to arrive Monday, November 26 so they are ready to have dinner at 6pm Monday evening. They may depart any time after Noon on Saturday, December 1. Of course, they are welcome to attend NAAE convention on their own as well, this track applies only to those who want to commit to participate in the FAST track.


Please RSVP by Thursday, November 2 if you have students who would like to participate in the FAST track. https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4463069/2018-FAST-Symposium-NAAE-Registration

 

Staff Update:
The NAAE board meeting was held on September 8-9, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky, at the home of Jay and Sharon Jackman. The board meeting was very productive and updates were given to the board by our NAAE board representatives. The NAAE staff are working very hard to make this year’s NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas outstanding. There will be numerous professional development opportunities happening this year at the NAAE Convention, so please take advantage of this opportunity to not only better your teaching skills, but meet other teachers and network across the nation.


We are excited about and hope you get to participate in the 2018 National Agricultural Education Summit to be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, just prior to the 2018 NAAE Convention and ACTE CareerTech VISION 2018.


Thank you and safe travels,
Jason Kemp

 

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Agricultural education reaches far beyond the classroom walls. Across the country, there are numerous stakeholders who help to promote and provide endless resources to the great profession we belong to. Merie Linegar spent her 35 year career helping to mentor students and teachers across the state of Oregon, to ensure program success.

 

As the Dual Credit Coordinator at Treasure Valley Community College, Linegar enabled thousands of rural students to obtain dual credit for their agriculture and natural resources coursework. She spent her career aligning the curriculum at Treasure Valley with the course standards at area high schools, to ensure students would get a head start in their postsecondary education. Without her dedication and guidance, many students in Oregon would not have continued their education beyond high school.

 

“I was privileged to work with Merie for almost four years at Treasure Valley Community College,” said Terry Basford, Director of CTE and Special Projects at Treasure Valley Community College. “Her understanding and connection to all of the secondary programs was invaluable. Merie was the ‘go-to’ person for answers to questions, directions, communication, information, and support. Our program would not have the connection to our high schools and students if it was not for her.”

 

Throughout her career, Linegar focused on supporting and promoting agricultural education as a means to better prepare and serve students. Her tireless efforts to support our profession are why she was named the 2017 NAAE Region I Outstanding Cooperation Award Winner. Without stakeholders like Linegar, agricultural education would not be able to make the profound impact that it does each and every day, in the lives of our students.

 

NAAE recognizes organizations, agribusiness companies, and others who have given outstanding support to agricultural education with the Outstanding Cooperation Award. The plaques for this program are sponsored by Forrest T. Jones & Company.

For more information about the Outstanding Cooperation award category, and to see who else was named, follow this link.

Nick Nelson

Scratching the Bulls

Posted by Nick Nelson Sep 13, 2018

This is a feature from the September 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

  

Halter breaking bull calves has always been something I have enjoyed. I know the secret to taming those buggers down. It's pretty simple really....they live for two things, and one of them is being scratched -- you can figure out the other. We like to take the bulls to the county fair before we send them down to the bull development lot. Some people show their cattle for marketing, others show because that is what they do. We show for the experience for both the calves and the kids. I could care less how they do in the show. I really focus on getting them ready for the competition when they get to the grower lot, and I find that gentling and backgrounding the calves creates for an aggressive bull when they are all thrown together. Winning awards is nice, but it is more than that -- just like being recognized for an NAAE award.

   

I would like to extend my congratulations to all of the NAAE award winners for the 2018 year. This is a major accomplishment that oftentimes we may overlook the importance of. As these awards recognize you and your program's accomplishments, they also recognize your community, administration, students, and your fellow teachers. That is truly the importance of this recognition. The stakeholders involved in the awards are extremely proud that they had a contribution, and these awards are recognized at the national level. You can see the 2018 Award Winners on the NAAE website.

   

Many of you may have seen information about the Ag Ed Summit that will occur Tuesday, prior to NAAE Convention.  This will be an extremely important meeting that I believe will impact the future and advancement of agricultural education. I would encourage that each of your states have a representative available to attend, as well as other ag ed stakeholders in your state. I am excited and encouraged by the work that the National Council for Agricultural Education has done at their September meeting to advance agricultural education into the future. I do not believe there has ever been a time when all of the ag ed stakeholders have been willing to collaborate, as I witnessed this past week.

  

Ag education has had many changes over the past 100 years that we often forget about. Some of the facts we need to remember is that we had 90,000 students taking agriculture classes in our public schools 10 years prior to the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917. Ag ed has been housed in the US Department of Agriculture, US Department of the Interior, US Department of Health, Education and Wellness, US Department of Labor, and currently in US Department of Education.  Since we have been housed in the US Department of Education, we have gone from nine federally paid staff in the 60’s to seven in the 70’s, five in the early 80’s, and two in the 90’s until now. Change is upon us again, and we have the power to control our own destiny regarding the advancement of agricultural education in the US.

 

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Rainbow Grain Bin
Harvest time must be approaching as a double rainbow lit up this grain operation on the Great Plains. And at this time of year, Happy Labor Day weekend to those in the U.S. 
 
 USDA Wants Input 
The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture seeks stakeholder input regarding food and agriculture priorities.
 
   Join Us at the  
World Food Prize
During a special morning session on Oct. 17, CAST will present the 2018 Borlaug CAST Communication Award to Dr. Marty Matlock. Watch for details.
 
 IFIC Gathering
The International Food Information Council will host the "Food Innovation Summit" September 21 in Washington, D.C. 
 
Teach Ag Day
naee.orgThe ninth annual National Teach Ag Day celebration will take place September 20, as the nation recognizes the important role agriculture teachers play in our schools and communities.

Scholarship Contest
College students can win more than $25,000 in scholarships while advocating for agriculture in the Animal Agriculture Alliance's 10th annual College Aggies Online competition.
 
 Aid Programs
The U.S. Agency for International Development awarded $21.9 million to end global hunger and povertythrough three Kansas State University programs.
 
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  The Big Ag Show
   Science, innovation, policy, and entertainment
 
The 2018 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa,  delivered again--innovative machinery, the latest crop science, political announcements, and weather that ranged from torrential rain to perfect late-summer sunshine. The event provided plenty of entertainment also. Attendees could race miniature cars, tap putt-putt golf balls, and watch a couple of Guinness record events. Performances included the Peterson Brothers (see related links and photo below). The following articles provide just a sampling of the various events: 
 
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, along with Undersecretary Bill Northey, told attendees the administration is committed to making year-round E15 ethanol sales a reality, and they hope to resolve international trade disputes in a way that does not cause irreparable economic damage to agriculture.     
 
The "floating tractor" attracted even more attention after a sudden downpour during the first day of the show. Special tires help the tractor cruise on water.   
 
Experts from the Weed Science Society of America released information about systemwide strategies for protecting soybean export values by reducing weed seeds in harvested soybean crops.      
         
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U.S.-Mexico Trade Proposal:  Although details are still coming to light, analysts discussed the proposed U.S.-Mexico trade deal
 
Farm Income Forecast:  The USDA net farm income, a broad measure of profits, is forecast to decrease from 2017 to 2018.   
 
WFP Research Award:  The World Food Prize Foundation announced that Dr. Matthew Rouse, a USDA-ARS researcher, is the winner of the 2018 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application.     
 
Fighting Food Waste:  Researchers say food waste could rise substantially by 2030 when more than 2 billion tons will be binned. The U.N. set a goal to cut waste in two, but current trends are alarming. Watch for details regarding the upcoming CAST rollout of the research paper Food Loss and Waste.   
 
Farm Aid Policy:  Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of actions the USDA will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from retaliation by foreign nations. 
 
         News from the Far Side of the Barn
 
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The Peterson Brothers delivered positive vibes about agriculture at this year's Farm Progress Show. Along with a safety focus--Call Before Ya Dig--they did favorites such as Chore. Considering the rain the day before, maybe they should have performed Tractorstuck, their homage to mud and machines. 
 
Flying the Coop (video):  Want to learn what freedom looks like? Then ride on the wings of Liberty, the bald eagle.
 
Footballers' Food:  The average player of this NFL team consumes 4,000 calories per day, but some eat much more. What does it take to feed an NFL team for a week?       
   
No, You Can't Eat Just One:  Time to consider the "manifest destiny" of potato chips and the place this snack holds in the national iconography.      
     
           New CAST Board Members       
 
The CAST organization relies on expert input from many sources, and board members are key in helping promote CAST's mission of communicating credible information. New board members include the following:     
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 Jamie Eichorn, Head of Seedcare North America Syngenta,  
 will be on the CAST Board of Trustees.   
 
 
Nandini Mendu   
                                                                         
                                                                
Nandini Mendu, North Carolina Biotechnology Center,  
will be on the CAST Board of Representatives.       
 
 
 
    
Amy Ferriter, Crop Production Services representing  
Aquatic Plant Management Society, will be on
the CAST Board of Representatives.
 
 
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A baby giraffe shows how to enjoy the day while kicking up its heels
Healthy Hen (video):  This Iowa egg farmer describes the behavior of healthy hens with top animal welfare practices used on his farm.   
 
BSE Reported:  The USDA discovered a cow in Florida infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy. No meat from it entered the human food supply. BSE cases in the United States are rare. 
 
BSE Reaction (opinion):  This writer explains why the BSE report did not cause unwarranted consumer or market reaction due to the safety and quality of American beef
 
Pig News:  The National Swine Registry updated the policy on over-aging purebred pigs, and this veterinarian explains the pros and cons of batch farrowing
 
What Is Meat?  A Missouri labeling law says meat comes from an animal--some disagree.
 
Racehorse Risk:  A recent vote to fund a project at the University of Kentucky will examine inflammatory and anti-inflammatory markers as early indicators for potential catastrophic injury in racehorses. 
  
The Wild West?  Cattle rustling, a signature crime of the Old West, has returned to Texas--and the thefts take on many forms
     
Buzzing with Opportunity:  Veterinarians are trained to handle patients with four legs, two legs, and sometimes no legs, but a new federal regulation requiring vets to examine and treat honeybee colonies is under staffed and Cornell is finding a way to fill the void.
 

 Salmonella (FSIS) 
    Food Science and Safety News
 
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 Vending machines offer everything  
The Egg Breaker (videos):  This assembly line of egg cracking leads to the separation of almost 20,000 eggs per hour
 
From Pond to Plate (video): Boiled or fried? However you like your shrimp, Texas's largest shrimp farmer has you covered
 
Hamming It Up:  This is no ordinary slab of meat on a platter--the 2018 grand champion ham of the Kentucky State Fair was sold for a record $2.8 million.   
 
Calories Count:  Cornell researchers found that when sit-down restaurants listed their menu calories, consumers cut their consumption in appetizers and entrees.    
 
Gen Z:  This survey analyzed the impact Generation Z will have on the food industry through their views on health and wellness--and the distribution of retail products.          
      
Food for a Cause:  Ever wonder what happens to all the leftover food that goes unsold at the Iowa State Fair? This year's vendors donated more than 5,500 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Iowa.  
 
   
 Plant Agriculture and Environmental News 
 
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Iowa State scientists used crowdsourcing to help formulate an algorithm used to teach machineshow to identify tassels of corn plants in photographic images.
Driverless Tractor (video):  The 2018 Farm Progress Show had a little bit of everything in farming technology, including a driverless tractor.  
 
Soybeans 101:  This overview tries to provide answers to everything you wanted to know about soybeans.             
   
Fatty-acid Discovery:  A team led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln identified two new fatty acids in the seed oil of a flowering plant native to central China. 
 
Plant Protein:  According to research from North Carolina State University, plant cellular complex plays an important role in plant processes, as well as in how plants may have adapted to respond to environmental signals. 
 
Beating The Heat:  This University of Missouri Extension agronomist says livestock producers can stretch their short supply of hay this year by using a simple ammonia treatment on bales.
 
Rice Increase:  Mississippi growers will produce about 20% more rice this year, mostly thanks to additional acres planted over 2017's total.  
   
  World and Plug (SFGate) 
    International News   
 
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Scallops War: French and British fishermen clashed in the English Channel over the tasty shellfish.
What's Cookin' on the Street? (video):  An Indian filmmaker has made his dad's village cooking into a YouTube sensation.
 
Testing Rice for Heat Tolerance:  Researchers in Thailand exposed three types of rice seeds to varying temperatures for one to two weeks in order to investigate their heat tolerance in a world of increasingly warmer temperatures. 
 
Pest Alert:  A new project is aimed at using state-of-the-art technology to help inform farmers in Africa of pest outbreaks that could devastate their crops and livelihoods. 
 
African Ag Innovation:  Although Africa has a rapidly growing population and an alarming number of undernourished people, there is enormous potential for innovation to transform agriculture, bring in jobs, and strengthen food security.     
 
Soil Convention in Rio:  More than 2,000 scientists gathered in Rio de Janeiro under the theme "Soil Science: Beyond Food and Fuel" for a week of exploring the increasingly complex, diverse role of soils.
 
Swine Fever Update:  The rapid onset of the deadly African swine fever in China has been detected in several far-separated locations.
          

  General Interest News
It may not be the Great Barrier Reef, but a giant deep-sea coral reef system was found off the South Carolina coast. 
 
She-I-O (video):  In an effort to recognize female farmers on Women's Equality Day, Land O'Lakes recently launched a new music video version of "Old McDonald Had a Farm."
 
Blame the Plankton:  In recent decades, Lake Tahoe has grown murkier, and people blame the usual suspects such as tourism, development, and drought. UC-Davis experts believe there could be another culprit. 
 
Disinformation about Vaccines (opinion):  Mark Lynas says trolls and social media bots have been promoting misinformation about vaccines in an effort to sow mistrust and division.      
  
Farms, Kids, and Safety:  According to this report, from 2001 to 2015, 48% of all fatal injuries to young workersoccurred in agriculture.
 
Football Safety:  A Mississippi State research program is receiving $20,000 for testing a product to improve safety for football players--specifically looking at faceguards.  
 
Cannibalistic Worms:  A team of geneticists found that young worms consume their own intestines so they can continue to produce eggs even when food is scarce.  
 
CAST Information
YouTubeCheck out CAST's page at the YouTube site to view highly regarded ag-science videos about probiotics, food safety, and water issues--or the latest video dealing with proposed mandatory labeling of GMO food items.
 

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This is a feature from the August 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

Being an agriculture teacher really is the BEST. CAREER. EVER. Yes, there are days that make us question our sanity. There are struggles and misfortunes that occasionally leave us feeling defeated, as with any other profession. What makes our job worth it, though, is the profound impact we are able to make in the lives of our students each and every day. We equip the future with knowledge and skills that are necessary to be successful in postsecondary education, the workforce, and life in general.

 

It is for this reason that agriculture teachers stay in the profession for a lifetime. Jill Shrum, former agriculture teacher at Hendersonville High School, in Hendersonville, Tennessee, spent her 20 year teaching career molding her students into critical thinkers and problem solvers. Prior to her retirement, she also served in many roles both inside and outside of the classroom. Shrum was a mentor for eight student teachers from Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee at Martin, and Western Kentucky University. She also helped to train new teachers across the state through a variety of workshops that focused on curriculum design, hands-on learning, and classroom management.

 

Since 1997, she led a statewide event called “Flowers on the Hill,” that brought members of the Tennessee Association of Agricultural Educators and the Tennessee FFA Association together to lobby for agricultural education in Tennessee. This event not only provided an avenue for teachers, students and stakeholders to advocate for agricultural education, but also served as an experiential learning opportunity for Shrum’s students. Each year, her students created floral arrangements for each of the 133 Tennessee legislators and Governor and delivered the arrangements themselves. Through this experience, Shrum’s students gained practical knowledge, while they also made a difference in educational policy in the state of Tennessee.

 

Shrum’s contributions to the agricultural education profession are the reasons she was named the 2017 NAAE Region V Lifetime Achievement award winner. Her diligence in and out of the classroom made a difference in the lives of her students and colleagues. She truly set an example for current and aspiring agriculture teachers to mentor, motivate, and make a difference throughout their careers.

 

NAAE recognizes retired NAAE members who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels with Lifetime Achievement Award. This program is sponsored by Ford as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. For more information about this award category, and to see the other 2017 Lifetime Achievement award winners, follow this link.

 

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