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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.

 

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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