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

 

Each year, NAAE recognizes six outstanding agriculture teachers for their innovative classroom ideas with the Ideas Unlimited award. These teachers take learning to the next level by providing opportunities for critical thinking and problem solving through new instructional methods and ideas. The award winners for this category are selected by their fellow ag teachers.

 

This year’s award winners had a host of new and creative ideas to share with their peers. From interest approaches that involve “sewer lice,” to hands-on animal models used for artificial insemination demonstrations and practice, these teachers have provided their students with new ways to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

 

One teacher in this award category developed a “breakout game” to celebrate National Teach Ag Day, while another created an activity for his students to discover a soil’s water-holding capacity. Students have also had the opportunity to participate in real-life debates about agricultural topics, as well as compete in a farmers market challenge.

 

Each of these teachers have developed their curriculum to meet the needs of each of their students’ learning styles and abilities – helping to show their schools and communities, along with the profession, that agricultural education is a safe place for all students.

 

Want to know more about the 2018 Ideas Unlimited 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. The Ideas Unlimited award is sponsored by National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning.

 

 

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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
Meet Two New Members of the CAST Staff--P. 2
Animal Agriculture News
Food Science and Safety News
Plant and Environment News
International News
General Interest News
A Super Cave
Vietnam's "world's largest cave" is apparently even bigger than previously thought.
 
  Corn Queen
UC-Davis "Corn Queen" Katie Murphy wins a $6,000 award for the best 3-minute research presentation--and yes, it's about some wondrous qualities of corn.
 
 G. W. Carver Award 
The George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology and Agriculture was presented at the BIO World Congress, and this year's winner is former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.
 
Bourbon and Beyond
Led by the University of Kentucky, the new Kentucky Spirits Research Institute will help ensure that the state remains the innovation capital of the distilling industry.
 
Cattle Course
The 65th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is set for Aug. 5-7, and it will focus on opportunities and challenges in the cattle business.
 
Small Farms Field Day 
Best practices for growing industrial hemp and opportunities for bamboo production are among the research and demonstration projects that will be showcased at the North Carolina A&T annual Small Farms Field Dayon June 6 in Greensboro.
 
Poultry Clinic
USPOULTRY's 2019 Hatchery-Breeder Clinic will offer a look at industry updates, best practices, biosecurity challenges, and other topics related to chick quality--July 9-10 in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
Send in Ideas
TeeEverCAST welcomes suggestions for future publications and projects.
 
CAST Social Media
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May 24, 2019
   Growing Interest in Growing Hemp     
  Unsure about federal regulations,  
some states move forward 
 
A new Robobank report says cannabidiol (CBD), a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, has been entering food and beverage products--beer, coffee, cocktails, jelly beans, and others--at an "astounding pace." Many consumers are interested for health as well as "indulgence" reasons. 
 
However, the substance remains illegal on a national level. Some states with legal marijuana--like Colorado--are developing their own rules. That can leave cannabis growers largely on their own--for example, pest management regulations are uncertain.
 
Several states--like Texas--are on the verge of legalizing hemp and hemp-derived extracts like CBD oil, as long as they contain only a small amount of "psychoactive elements." Citing a provision in the Farm Bill, Michigan issued 600 industrial hemp licenses
 
Hemp, not cannabis, will likely be the main focus for many farmers. Market fluctuations and production challenges affect both pursuits, but in the long run, the demand for fiber and grain might persuade many farmers to go with the industrial version of the crop. In any case, experts urge producers and investors to be cautious.           
   
 News and Views
 
Farm Support Related to Trade Disputes:  According to this press release, the USDA will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from "unjustified retaliation and trade disruption." The second "Market Facilitation Program" includes $16 billion of aid.    
   
Frank Mitloehner is the 2019 BCCA honoree.
Livestock Expert on the Hill:  The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing about opportunities to help farmers find solutions to climate and weather challenges. One of the expert speakers, Dr. Frank Mitloehner, spoke about the benefits of animal agriculture.          
 
Some Tariffs Removed:  The administration plans to lift the 25% tariff on steel and the 10% duty on aluminum imports imposed last year on Canada and Mexico. This could affect the "new NAFTA" situation.   
  
On the Road:  Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue reflects on his travels that have taken him to all 50 states and given him a look at "the bounty of the American harvest."            
   
IFIC Food and Health Survey:  This International Food Information Council survey shows that respondents are interested in sustainability, plant-based diets, and clean eating. Access the survey results and summary here.     
 
News from the Far Side of the Barn 
 
cow kissing in europe_ dailymail.co.uk
Austrian officials warn Internet users about the dangers of bovine smooching--a trend promoted by an online cow-kissing challenge. 
 
Down a Badger Hole (video):  A Canadian farmer finds a missing calf down a badger hole, and the rescue is an amazing rush.       
  
Muddy Bath Time (video):  These baby elephants have fun playing in muddy waters at a national park in Nepal.
 
Compost Me When I Die:Washington became the first state to legalize human composting. People can choose to have their bodies turned into soil after their death. Loved ones can use the soil to plant flowers, veggies, or trees.  
  
     CAST Adds Two New Members to the Staff      
April showers bring May staffers
 
May has us budding as we add two new faces to our team. Learn about the roles each will fill below, and don't forget to check out their stories on the CAST Blog.


 
Megan Wickham started her duties as scientific editor on May 14. She focuses on the production of CAST publications from beginning to end. If you are part of a CAST work group, you've likely "met" on a recent conference call. Megan jumped right into her duties and has already marked up some of the forthcoming publication drafts. Get to know Megan. 
 
 
delaney-ridgeway
 
 
 
Delaney Ridgway is our student assistant. The Iowa State University animal science major and birding enthusiast will be working on accounting, membership, and administrative tasks. The next time you phone the CAST office, give her a warm "hello" as she directs your call. Get to know Delaney. 
 
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Photos courtesy of the Agricultural Research Service (top masthead); TopLatest News (globe at right). P. 1 cave pic from cnn.com, hemp poster from purduehemp.org, and woman-cow photo from dailymail.co.uk. Animal Sec. eagle pic from pbstwimg.com and hummingbird pic from pinterest.com. Food Sec. chocolate collage from wapo.com and cdn.com and bacon sign from sneakpeeq.jpg. Plant Sec. robot from bwbx.io and genome pic from unl.edu. Inter. Sec. train pic from cdn.com and water-people photo from cnn.com. Gen. Sec. ice cream pic from ncstate.edu and geothermal pic from unr.edu. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the USDA Agricultural Research Service.     

 Animal Agriculture and Environmental News
 
eagle in flight_ pbstwimg.com
Amateur photographer Steve Biro captured this stunning symmetrical image of a bald eagle flying over a pond in Canada. 
 
Regenerative Grazing (video):  This fourth-generation cattle rancher delivers a TEDx Talk about the relationship of grazing cattle and grassland ecosystems.  
   
Beef Exports:  Japan has agreed to lift longstanding restrictions on American beef exports, clearing the way for U.S. products to enter the market regardless of age.   
 
Dairy Production and Conservation (video):  In this short clip, a fifth-generation farmer and second-generation dairy farmer from West Virginia speaks about his cows--and his award for outstanding conservation efforts. 
    
Air Flow:  This pig management expert explains the science behind correct ventilation tactics inside pig houses.
 
Beef Sustainability:  Continuous improvement is the focus of a newly released U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework. It calls on all sectors of the beef industry to work toward a set of established metrics.       
jamaican streamer-tailed hummingbird_ pinterest.com 
Eating in Flight (video):  Beautiful Jamaican streamer-tailed hummingbirds fly and get "hand fed."
 
Blueprint for Animal Genomics:  The USDA announced a new vision for animal genomics, with a blueprint that sets goals for the next 10 years.
 
Egg Production:  An egg company's survey analyzes trends, statistics, and predictions.     
     

 Food Science and Safety News
 
choco collage_ washpost.com and cdn.com
Chocolate News: A Swiss company is rolling out ruby chocolate, a natural shade made from special cocoa beans. Also, Hershey's has a new design featuring emojis. 
 
Farm-fresh Food in Space? (video):  This update to an article from last week features the new NASA experiment called Veg-PONDS 02--a chance for astronauts to raise a variety of food in space.      
 
Diet and Cancer:  A new study examines the association between suboptimal consumption of seven types of food and specific cancers. Poor diet is apparently on par with alcohol, excessive body weight, and physical activity for influencing cancer rates.          
 
Tech, Robots, and Food:  According to this report, the use of machines drives down the costs of keeping food fresh, and it increases productivity    
    
Meat Man:  A Mississippi State assistant professor goes by several names--the educated butcher, the meat chemist, and the meat man--but whatever the moniker, his passion is educating others about meat products. 
 
The "Mad-science" World of Fermentation:  This professional fermentation chef turns food waste into kimchi and more.         
 
Does This Processed Food Make Me Look Fat?  This study says that ultra-processed foods are key contributors to weight gain  
veggie sign and bacon, sneakpeeq.com      
The Star of the Show:  Bacon was the star ingredient in about 40 different dishes served during each of three tasting sessions that were part of the 11th Annual Baconfest Chicago.  
 
It's the Texture (video):  North Carolina State experts say the best way to wash your produce depends on the texture of the food.
 
 
   
Plant Agriculture and Environmental News 
 
genome sequence millet_ unl.edu
Scientists sequenced and mapped the genome of proso millet--essential to raising yields of the drought-resistant crop in the Nebraska Panhandle and other semiarid regions.   
 
Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree (video):  Dedicated scientists and students developed a nonpatented, blight-resistant American chestnut tree. They focused on genetic engineering as a way to bring back the beloved tree. 
   
Comparative Analysis for Crops:  This analysis commissioned by the American Sugarbeet Growers Association examines the similarities and differences among crop protection tools for various types of farming practices.  
 
Practices for the Long Term:  This article looks at science-based farming practices that can buffer farmers from climate damage and help make their operations more resilient and sustainable.  
 
Tariffs Might Have Garlic Breath:  U.S. garlic growers might actually profit from a trade war that leaves other farmers struggling. 
robot field equip_ bwbx.io 
I, Robot Farmer:  Robots are taking over farms faster than anyone saw coming. The first fully autonomous farm machines are becoming commercially availableand will be able to take over a multitude of tasks.      
 
Robots Versus Weeds:  If robots can pick strawberries, maybe they can get rid of weeds, too. A handful of companies are working on it.   
        
        
   
International News   
 
Many families in India face challenging  
 
Creative Mud Mucking (video):  This farmer "MacGyvered" a way to get a stuck tractor out of the mud.
  
All Cows on Deck:  The world's first floating dairy farm--based in the port at Rotterdam in the Netherlands--will sell milk and be used as an educational tool. 
 
Aussie Beef:  Due to African swine fever, China's rapidly declining pork supply has some consumers turning to beef, and Australian suppliers are seeing a booming demand.
 
Carbon, Fizzy Water, and Rocks:  Iceland vowed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030, but it faces challenges. Scientists have come up with a method that might take advantage of the country's geothermal sources.   
 
Swine Fever in Vietnam:  Reports indicate that African swine fever has shown up in most areas of Vietnam.      
bullet train_ cdn.com 
Alfa-X Bullet Train:  Japan's next-generation bullet train has gone into testing. It is expected to have a maximum speed of 400 kmh (248 mph).        
 
Software and Sugarcane Genes:  Brazilian researchers developed a program for high-performance computers to map specific portions of plant DNA faster and less expensively.     
 
 
General Interest News
howling cow ice cream_ ncstate.edu
North Carolina State is the home of Howling Cow ice cream, and proceeds from the licensing agreement help fund student scholarships and dairy initiatives.
 
Arctic Farmer (video):  In the most northerly town on Earth, this farmer hopes to grow vegetables more sustainably.           
 
Farm Equipment Evolution (video):  The John Deere Company has gone through 175 years of development.       
 
Six-step Plan for Agriculture:  The mission of the Good Growth Plan is to improve the sustainability of agriculture and business through six commitments to be achieved by 2020.       
 
Organic Food Study:  A University of California study claims that eating organically grown food for just one week can significantly reduce the levels of pesticideswithin the body.
geothermal in nevada_ unr.edu 
Heating It Up:  With help from University of Nevada-Reno experts, geothermal power potential in the state is heating up. Geologists are using a previously untried method to find resources.   
 
Crops for Change:  The Ohio State Student Farm Organization is an opportunity for students interested in urban farming to combine food and service
                 
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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* 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
* Cal Poly State University 
* 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                                   
* Bayer  
* National Cattlemen's Beef Association, a Contractor to the Beef Checkoff 
* 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
* Tuskegee University
* Tyson Foods    
* United Soybean Board  
* University of Nevada-Reno  
* Weed Science Society of America  
* Western Society of Weed Science
 
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* Texas A&M University College of Ag & Life Sciences   
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* 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 May 2019 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

Each year, NAAE recognizes six outstanding agricultural educators who serve as mentors at the local, state, and national levels. These teachers go beyond their duties as classroom teachers and help their colleagues, as well as budding agriculture teachers, develop professionally and create thriving, noteworthy programs.

 

With the goal of positive growth for agricultural education in mind, these mentors task themselves with many different jobs to help new and aspiring teachers grow, learn, and establish a positive career environment. From phone calls, face-to-face meetings, regular emails, and social media, these mentors go above and beyond the expectations of agriculture teachers. Many of them help to rebuild programs, assist with classroom instruction, and provide feedback while visiting new teachers in their states. Some of them work directly with student teachers and use their leadership roles to make connections with new teachers who they reach out to and offer their support.

 

Each of these teachers work diligently to empower new teachers and teachers who need new motivation to keep their programs growing. Without great mentors like these, agricultural education would not be able to make the great strides it does each year.

 

Want to know more about the 2018 Teacher Mentor 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. The Teacher Mentor award is sponsored by CEV Multimedia, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.


 

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

 

Are you looking for some great instructional resources to help wind down the school year? Thanks to Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation and the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), there are now 15 days of instructional materials available to help guide your students through the advancing technologies in the world of ethanol production and renewable fuels.

 

Included in this package of instructional materials are six activities which focus on the following concepts:

 

  • Industry, innovation, and technology led to the development of starch-based ethanol.
  • Ethanol plants use fermentation to convert corn into biofuels and animal feed products.
  • The United States government developed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program with the intent of reducing greenhouse gases, increasing renewable fuel production, and decreasing dependence on foreign oil.
  • Biofuels provide consumers with energy choices that can improve rural economies and benefit the environment.
  • Advancing technologies are used to convert cellulosic components of corn into ethanol.

 

These instructional resources are a natural addition to many agricultural education courses, including natural resources and ecology, environmental science, crop science, agricultural power, and others.

 

To access these free instructional materials including the lesson plan, six activities, PowerPoint, and assessment visit NAAE’s Communities of Practice website at this link.

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

 

Conservation practices and sustainability are at the forefront of hot topics in the agriculture industry. It is imperative that our students become informed consumers, so that they can make the best decisions for the future of our planet. As agriculture teachers, it is our job to make sure we teach our students curriculum that develops the knowledge and skills our students need to do just that.

 

The National FFA Foundation has partnered with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) to provide teachers with a week-long lesson focused on agriculture conservation practices with support from Midwest Row Crop Collaborative (MRCC) members. These agricultural education instructional materials and programmatic deployment comes after a larger marketing campaign in grocery stores focused on connecting consumer purchases to the support of farmers and agricultural education.

 

These instructional materials focus on teaching the concept: “Conservation practices can contribute towards enhanced sustainability without reducing yield by enhancing the efficiency of inputs and reducing or making use of outflows.”

 

As you look for ways to enhance your curriculum, you will find that these instructional materials are a natural addition to many agricultural education courses including, but not limited to, plant science, soil science, crop science, natural resources and ecology, environmental science, and others. Many teachers have already used these exercises in their classrooms with great results.

 

“My students are now engaged in the concepts of sustainability,” said Jacob Hunter, agriculture teacher at North Scott High School, Iowa. “As a teacher of mostly non-traditional agriculture students, this was a way for me to help them understand that farmers take actions to protect the environment and that there is a science behind their decisions. Additionally, my students organically drew connections to the Dust Bowl. The lesson also encouraged them to think about where our soil leaves us in our county.”

 

Each exercise allows students the opportunity to collaborate with their peers, think critically, and problem-solve as they research and learn about the importance of conservation and sustainability.

 

“The students really enjoyed this lesson,” said Toni Gabriel, agriculture teacher at Genoa-Kingston High School, Illinois. “I tied it in to my soils unit and it was a great fit. The lesson allowed us to have a great conversation about fertilization. It also helped my students understand the importance of the 4 R's.”

 

Interested in learning more about these great instructional materials? Visit NAAE’s Communities of Practice website at this link for more information and to access these free resources today!

 

 

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

 

Each year, NAAE recognizes six distinguished postsecondary agriculture programs with the Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program award. This award is designed to showcase exemplary postsecondary institutions and full-time young farmer and adult agricultural education programs from across the nation.

 

The 2018 award recipients were selected based upon the high-quality and diverse programming they offer postsecondary students or members of their local communities. From young farmer associations to community colleges and four-year institutions, each of these programs devote an exceptional amount of time to personal and professional development, in addition to the instruction they provide.  

 

The selected programs offer agricultural instruction to those who are interested in furthering their knowledge and careers in agriculture. Whether by staying updated with new advancements in farming technology, to entering the classroom as an agriculture teacher, these programs offer opportunities to all who are invested in agriculture.

 

Many of the programs partner with local businesses and agriculture industry partners to provide students with a variety of internships and work-based experience projects. Other programs focus on providing their students with professional development, networking, and certifications in the agriculture industry.  

 

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.

 

The Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program award is sponsored by Bayer as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. 

 

 

 

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

 

Each year, NAAE recognizes six distinguished agricultural education programs with the Outstanding Middle/Secondary Agricultural Education Program award. This award is designed to highlight the vast accomplishments and program successes of middle and high school agriculture programs across our nation.  

 

Each of the 2018 award recipients were selected based upon the quality programming they offer their students. Although the selected programs range in size from the number of students and teachers, to the communities they serve, one common theme rings clear, each program believes in creating an environment where students “learn by doing.”   

 

From school farms to laboratories with current technological resources, the students impacted by each of these programs are able to become critical thinkers and problem solvers, as well as informed consumers and successful citizens through the hands-on and inquiry-based experiences provided by the agricultural instructors at these programs. One program offers its students study abroad opportunities, while another has students conduct herbicide and pesticide evaluations on the plants they grow. Many of these award-winning programs offer dual credits for students to further their studies in agriculture at the postsecondary level. With all of these diverse opportunities, it is clear that these agriculture programs want to fully prepare their students for future collegiate and career endeavors.

 

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.

 

The Outstanding Middle/Secondary Agricultural Education program award is partially sponsored by Bayer as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Thank you Bayer for making this opportunity possible for these distinguished agriculture programs.

 

 

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

 

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

 

Each year, NAAE recognizes six teachers who are at the pinnacle of their profession—those who are conducting the highest-quality agricultural education programs. This award recognizes leadership in civic, community, agriculture/agribusiness, and professional activities. Outstanding agricultural educators are innovators and catalysts for student success in agricultural education.

 

The selected teachers for 2018 are professionals both in and out of the classroom. They have built their programs to serve their communities’ needs, develop leaders, and provide students with learning experiences that teach career and life skills they can utilize to be successful later in life.

 

These outstanding teachers focus on teaching students, rather than curriculum. By providing their students with experiential learning opportunities, they are able to teach them about agriculture in practical settings where students can apply their foundational knowledge to real-world situations. One teacher has created a “Made in Oklahoma” project that involves a store, food trailer, and catering business to serve her community, while another teacher has developed a canine grooming, training, and whelping program to teach her students about small animal science.

 

Beyond their diligent work in the classroom, these outstanding teachers are also leaders in their professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels. Many serve on NAAE committees, as well as hold offices in their state associations. They also seek opportunities to grow and develop their own skills through intensive professional development programs, such as the NAAE National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy. One thing is for certain, their success is a direct result of their ambition to continue learning and their involvement in the agricultural education profession.

 

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 Agricultural Education Teacher award program sponsored by Caterpillar, Inc. and Tractor Supply Company, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Thank you Caterpillar and Tractor Supply for making this opportunity possible for these distinguished agriculture teachers.

 

 

     

 

 

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

 

Please join us for a FREE WEBINAR on March 13 or 14!   

 

The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), in partnership with The FOOD EVOLUTION Educational Outreach Coalition, invites you to an exclusive, free, online webinar. Together we hope to inspire teachers to use the Food Evolution film as a tool to engage their students in using scientific practices to guide their decision-making. Our hour-long webinar will introduce attendees to the film and its accompanying Educational Resource Guide. We will discuss the film and its classroom applications, model an activity from the guide, and allow time for Q&A with a member of the FOOD EVOLUTION film team. Teachers who attend the entire webinar will receive a FREE copy of the film and the Guide, and a certificate for 1 hour of professional development to submit to their district or administration.

 

Aside from participation in this program, FOOD EVOLUTION is currently only available for educational and public screening rental or purchase. Consumer DVDs and streaming options are not currently available.  Be one of the first to use this film in your classroom!

 

This film is a great fit for any curriculum that focuses on media literacy, biology, agriculture, ethics, genetics, sustainability, climate change, and global hunger. FOOD EVOLUTION and the STEM-aligned messages it conveys about the value of science, technology, innovation, and analytical thinking in daily life creates an opening for engaging and thought-provoking discussions.  

 

The standards-aligned Educational Resource Guide includes discussion questions, screening guidelines, and procedural lesson plans for classroom use.  

 

To register or for more information, go to: https://bit.ly/NAAE_FoodEvo_WebinarInfo   

 

For more information about Food Evolution please visit: https://www.foodevolutionmovie.com.  

For more information about the Food Evolution Educational Outreach Coalition, please email: info@bigpictureeducational.com

NAAE Members:

 

Have you considered getting more involved in the leadership for NAAE?  Committee membership is a great place to start.  Learn more about NAAE committees on the NAAE website and on Communities of Practice (scroll down to the lower right corner of the CoP welcome page for links to the committee pages).

 

Please refer to the attachments for more information.

 

To inquire about open positions on NAAE committees, please contact the respective committee leader (contact information on the attachment).

 

Many thanks.

 

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

Fax: (859) 323-3919

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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.

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.

 

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