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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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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

Fax: (859) 323-3919

E-mail:  JJackman.NAAE@uky.edu

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Andrea Fristoe

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 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.


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

 

As agriculture teachers, we believe our students are our future. Why shouldn’t we feel the same way about student members in our professional organization? NAAE student members represent the future leadership of our grassroots organization, so it is important that we encourage our preservice teachers to take advantage of early membership.

 

A primary benefit of NAAE student membership is liability insurance. As teachers, we know how important it is to have legal coverage when we are in the classroom, so it is important that we stress to our student members – whether a former student, student teacher, or a group of preservice teachers at your summer conference – that liability insurance is a necessity when entering the classroom.

 

Another benefit of NAAE student membership is early access to professional development. NAAE works diligently to provide preservice teachers with opportunities to learn about inquiry-based instruction, classroom management, and so much more. Our student members have the chance to enter their first classroom with their pockets overflowing with curriculum, tips, tools, and resources to hit the ground running and be tremendously successful in their first year of teaching.

 

NAAE also offers its student members summer internship opportunities. In the areas of advocacy, communications, and professional development, preservice teachers are able to see “behind the scenes” of agricultural education. These experiences help future teachers gain knowledge and skills that will help make their agriculture programs unique.

 

These are just a few of the numerous benefits students can take advantage of while in college – and did we mention student membership is only $10? What a great deal for our preservice teachers! So the next time you are around preservice agriculture teachers, make sure you stress to them the importance of their early involvement and membership in their professional organization. Share your reasons for being involved in NAAE and help them to get an early start in their future careers.

 

For more information about NAAE student membership follow this link.

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

 

This year, we are excited to have five fantastic interns working on behalf of agricultural education, in the areas of communications, professional development, advocacy and Teach Ag. We can’t wait for you to meet them this year in San Antonio for the 2018 NAAE Convention!

 

Communications

 

Name: Taylor Searie Masters
School:
University of Kentucky
Year in School:
Senior
Hometown, State:
Irvine, Kentucky

 

Why did you choose to major in agricultural education? 
I chose to major in agricultural education because I want to help students find their niche through agriculture. The agriculture industry has always held a spot in my heart. I was raised on a small family farm in eastern Kentucky, where my father trained horses. My love for agriculture began on the family farm, but it wasn’t until I started taking agriculture classes in high school, that I realized my calling was to become an agriculture teacher.

 

What are your professional goals? 
Once I complete my bachelor’s degree in agricultural education at the University of Kentucky, I hope become an agriculture teacher in eastern Kentucky. I want give back to the region that shaped me in to the person I am today.

 

What has been the best part of your internship? 
The best part of my internship thus far has been serving as a judge for the Agriscience Fair at the Kentucky FFA State Convention. I was able to serve an organization that gave so much to me as a high school student, while networking with professionals and educators in Kentucky’s agriculture industry. 

 

 

Name: Caitlin Ross
School: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Year in School: First Year Masters Student – Animal Science, Physiology
Hometown, State: Maysville, Kentucky

 

Why did you choose to major in agricultural education?  Compared to most kids, I grew up in a rather abnormal situation -- both of my parents just happened to be teachers. My mom, a fifth grade math teacher, was the parent who constantly pushed me to perform various learning exercises, from book reports to the F.O.I.L. method – she instilled in me a love and appreciation for learning.  

 

With my Dad, things were always a little different. Instead of written assignments, I would always beg him to include me on whatever “field trip” he had scheduled next. At first, it started out with home visit -- one in particular with a happy and hungry pig who loved marshmallows. Then, I always wanted to go with my dad on his week long summer adventures to a camp with tons of high school students dressed in interesting blue jackets, where they canoed in the lake and “played” in groups on wooden obstacle courses. My all-time favorite were the yearly trips to the fair where there were cows and sheep and pigs, oh my! So, while I received my love of learning from my mom, I found my subject passion with my dad, the agriculture teacher.

 

As I entered college, although I resisted at first to the idea of becoming exactly like my parents, I found a balance in a degree where I could fulfill my love of livestock with my passion for helping others – agricultural education.

 

What are your professional goals?  Through my student teaching experiences at Western Hills High School in Frankfort, KY and The Scots School in Bathurst, Australia, I was able to discover just how much I truly enjoy making connections with students and being able to see them succeed. However, I was faced with a dilemma because I also really enjoy expanding my knowledge in the animal science industry. After much thought, I have decided to pursue a master’s degree in animal science. After that, I have aspirations to become an animal science professor at a postsecondary institution, so that I am able to teach about the subject I enjoy the most.  

 

What has been the best part of your internship? 
I have enjoyed working with my fellow interns and learning more about them and their goals and interests. I feel that I have had a great opportunity to learn from each of them by how they approach situations and problem-solve. My interactions with them have helped me to grow personally and professionally.

 

Professional Development

Name: Star Schipper
School: South Dakota State University
Year in School: Senior
Hometown, State: Lonsdale, Minnesota

 

Why did you choose to major in agricultural education?  When I was in high school I was not able to take any agriculture courses because my high school did not have an agriculture program. I was not able to participate in FFA or 4-H because we did not have the programs and because of this I did not have a lot of opportunities that other students that I go to college with did and still do. This has really opened my eyes and I want to start a new high school agriculture program or an adult education program to give students the opportunities that I did not have.

 

What are your professional goals?  I would really like to start my own business or work for a company that educates the public about the agriculture industry. I feel that the agriculture industry does not get the credit that it deserves because of biased information that is spreading. I feel that education is the key to fixing this issue.

 

What has been the best part of your internship?  The best part of this summer has been working with my amazing team at NAAE and getting to see the wonderful state of Kentucky with them!

 

Advocacy

Name: Samantha Wagner           
School: Michigan State University
Year in School: Senior
Hometown, State: Springport, Michigan

 

Why did you choose to major in agricultural education?  When I think back on my years in agriculture classes and how my passion for agriculture grew, I think back to one situation in particular. It was my freshman year of high school and our FFA chapter was partnering with the Jackson County Farm Bureau for Project Rural Education Day, or Project R.E.D. I was assigned to explain where all the ingredients in pizza come from to a group of third graders. As the kids came around to our station, I watched in awe as urban students became intrigued to learn where their food came from. As urbanization continues to increase, we begin to see a divide between consumers and producers -- exemplified by only 22 percent of Americans trusting that the agriculture industry is transparent about food production practices. It is now more important than ever, to ensure that individuals know where their food comes from. It was in that moment, interacting with those kids, that I had realized the agriculture industry needed me and I was excited to answer the call to service.

 

What are your professional goals?  Upon completion of my bachelor’s degree, I will become certified to teach agriscience within the following year. In this year, I will be student teaching in an agriscience classroom, which will allow me to gain real classroom instruction experience, as well as permit me to expand my horizons in the agriculture field for a few years before pursuing a master’s degree. There are three areas that interest me greatly within the agriculture industry; communications, education, and policy. I believe that all of these areas are interconnected. You cannot effectively educate if you cannot communicate, and you cannot advocate for policy if you cannot educate. It is for this reason that I am still undecided about pursuing a master’s degree in agricultural communications, agricultural education or policy. After the completion of my master's degree, I intend to pursue a career in agriculture -- whether it be in the classroom or elsewhere in the agriculture sector, I will use my communication and advocacy skills to help guide me.

 

What has been the best part of your internship?  The best part about my internship has been interacting and educating individuals who have had very little exposure or previous knowledge of agricultural education. As I work through a typical meeting with a Representative or Senator, I am able to provide them with background information on agricultural education, career and technical education, and the National FFA Organization. It is after showing them how unique agricultural education three circle model is, and how we are able to integrate mathematics, science and literacy through a hands-on approach in agriculture, that they realize just how amazing agricultural education really is.  

 

Teach Ag

Name: Elizabeth Knight
School: University of Kentucky
Year in School: Junior
Hometown, State: Frederick, Maryland

 

Why did you choose to major in agricultural education?  Agriculture is something that has always been important in my life. As I began to be more involved within the industry, I started to see the need to educate those both directly and indirectly involved in agriculture. Whether it be at the grocery store or on Facebook, you are bound to see less than factual information being spread about the agriculture industry, so I decided a major in agricultural education was a way to combat that. There are also so many opportunities available to agricultural education majors to educate others both in the classroom and through non-traditional settings. I love the versatility and variability that this major provides. The opportunities are endless!

 

What are your professional goals?  After graduation, I would love to be an agriculture teacher for a few years and gain experience from the formal education side. Eventually, I would like to step into a more non-traditional role of education, possibly through a non-profit or the USDA. Wherever my journey as an agricultural educator takes me, I always want to make it my goal to continuously advocate for the agriculture industry. 

 

What has been the best part of your internship?  This is a tough question because I have really loved everything about it! If I had to pick something, I would probably say the opportunity to travel. I am the type of person who loves going to new places and through Teach Ag I am getting the opportunity to travel to several cities and states that I have never been to before for various conferences and events. Through these experiences, I am also getting the opportunity to expand my network and develop myself professionally. This internship provides opportunities beyond my desk and that, to me, is one of the best parts.

Andrea Fristoe

The Mark of a Mentor

Posted by Andrea Fristoe Jun 14, 2018

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

 

HeadShot.jpgAs you browse Communities of Practice, attend your regional conference, or engage in summer professional development opportunities, you are bound to interact with several great mentors in agricultural education. The great thing about our profession is that there is an abundance of people willing to help you – whether you need resources for a lesson, advice on classroom management, or just a listening ear, there is always someone willing to help.

 

One such mentor is Wesley Anderson, agriculture teacher at Lac Qui Parle Valley High School, in Madison, Minnesota. Over the course of his 35 year teaching career, Anderson has been able to serve as both a formal and informal mentor to numerous agriculture teachers across the state of Minnesota.

 

“All of my career I have simply helped any ag teacher who needs assistance,” said Anderson. “I have shared my officer handbook and other materials with many instructors. I have teachers call me all the time asking for contacts for various topics and resources.”

 

Anderson is an open book for budding and seasoned agriculture teachers when it comes to information and tools to help build and improve their programs. However, the topic he most highly regards and stresses to those he mentors is the importance of Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) visits.

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“I stress to other teachers how important it is to the parents of our students that a teacher from their child’s school actually comes out to visit them on their turf,” said Anderson. “That in itself sends such a powerful message to the family.”

The home visits are a critical part to Anderson’s program because it allows him to develop a relationship with both his students and their families outside of the classroom. Students who feel that he truly cares about their agricultural endeavors will ultimately be more engaged in the classroom and the program as a whole.

 

Anderson is also a proponent of the Ag Experience Tracker, which allows him and his students to document and track data for their SAE projects. This online recordkeeping system provides him and his students an in-depth analysis of their SAE projects, which helps them improve and advance their projects with ease. As a teacher, he wants to be fully involved in his students’ projects and provide them with the best tools, resources, and information to help them be successful.

 

Wesley Anderson was named the 2017 NAAE Region III Teacher Mentor award recipient. This award program is sponsored by CEV Multimedia. For more information about the Teacher Mentor award category and to see the other regional award winners, follow this link.

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

 

NAAE05web.jpgAs a NAAE member, a great benefit you have access to is Communities of Practice (CoP). This online portal is a professional networking website just for agriculture teachers. From lesson plans to discussion boards, CoP is a great resource to help you build your professional network and teacher toolbox.

 

If you haven’t accessed CoP before, or if it’s been a while, there are some great new resources available that you might want to be aware of.

 

First, make sure to check out the Urban Agriculture community. This page was developed by Dr. B. Allen Talbert, Professor, and Alli Lee, Graduate Assistant, of Purdue University as a part of a National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NFA) grant through the SPECA Challenge grant program. From soil lesson plans to content on microgreens, Urban Agriculture has numerous resources that can help you re-charge your plant science curriculum.

 

While you are browsing CoP, make sure to take a look at what is going on with the Virtual Book Club. A new professional development opportunity offered through NAAE, current and future ag teachers are able to engage with The Wild Card, while simultaneously earning up to 12 hours of professional development credit. Interested in signing up for the book club, but missed the June 11th deadline? Contact Katie Wood and she can help you register and catch up to the group!

 

Are you a new teacher? Hop on over to the New Teachers community and see what your peers have to say! Find some great interest approach ideas, compare curriculum, or just post a question – this space is a great way to connect with other new teachers who likely have the same questions you do.

 

These communities are just a few great resources available on Communities of Practice. There are so many more you need to check out to help build and revitalize your curriculum. The best part about CoP, though, is that it is FREE! You just have to take a few minutes to create your account and then all these resources are yours!

 

Ready to sign up? Click here to get started.

 

Need help with your login information, resetting your password, or re-activating your account? Contact Andrea Fristoe with your questions.

 

*Please note your Communities of Practice account is separate from your online NAAE website account.

 

 


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.

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  A safe, enjoyable Memorial Day weekend to all. Check out this article to learn how an agricultural weed came to symbolize Memorial Day.

 

 

World Pork Expo 

 

The Pork Checkoff will host its annual Producer Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge Academy sessions at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on June 6 and 7.

 

Ag Voices of the Future

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Are you interested in ag policy, have a passion for soybean production, and at least 18 years old? Don't miss out on this opportunity! Applications are due June 1. 

 

 

Nominations Due

The Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application is presented every October in Des Moines, Iowa, by the World Food Prize Foundation. Nominations are due by June 15.   

 

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TeeEverWe welcome suggestions for future CAST publications and projects. Click here to submit ideas.

 

      
Fighting Hunger

Elanco's Jeff Simmons, the 2015 

BCCA laureate, explains a

combined effort with Heifer International to fight hunger.

 

A Challenge for Farmers
Consumers want to know the story behind their food, and it could only take as much as 10 minutes of social media each day to make a difference.

 

  Catch CAST Online!

 

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  The Inscrutables?   

 

 

Not really--but the concept of "blockchain" and the term "sustainable" are often tough to pin down   

 

 

ag questions_ farmcrowdy.comIn ag circles, "blockchain" is the new buzz word, and "sustainable" has been an overused adjective for years. While some in the world of agriculture are experts about these issues, others get a glazed look as the terms come at them in a hypnotic barrage. The following links might help:
 

 

News and Views


Trade, Tariffs, and Ag:
  Trade tensions between China and the United States are still high, but some grain groups are optimistic--and this article says beef might benefit, also. On the other hand, President Trump is now downplaying expectations for a quick resolution to trade issues with China. 


The Bill:  The Farm Bill is still in play, and this link provides a couple of reports about what is likely to happen as the debates continue.

 

Biotech and Food (podcasts):  According to Kevin Folta, these six podcasts offer insightful discussions on the topic of genetically engineered foods.

 

Robotic Weeders:  Robots are taking precision weed killing to another level--and this could affect pesticide use and biotech crops.

Farms, Ranches, and Land (video):  Along with a look at land prices, this article includes a report from the American Farmland Trust--an assessment of the loss of U.S. farmland and ranch land.

 

         News from the Far Side of the Barn

 

 

 

Two weeks ago, an osprey hijacked a fish and shark; this time, a diving eagle takes a fox airborne as they fight over an unlucky rabbit.

Not-so-ugly Ducklings (video):  A Labrador retriever named Fred adopts nine ducklings.

 

Captivating Cacti (video):  This time-lapse video of blooming cacti is hypnotic

 

Octo-aliens? (video): These scientists say octopuses came from outer space.  

 

 

Cat Cruisin' at High Speed (video):  We're hoping this cat enjoyed the ride and landed on its feet.                         

 

Science-based Research and Current News

 

 

The phrase "credible, peer-reviewed research" might elicit cosmic sighs from some, as they envision publications laden with technical terms and scientific concepts. But the process is crucial in a world that needs solid, thoughtful information. CAST publishes issue papers, commentaries, and special reports to inform the public and policymakers--and with increasing regularity, the topics are resonating in current headlines. The following links reflect a few of the connections between CAST papers and current news. For more examples, click here to read our latest blog, CAST Publications Continue to Resonate with Recent Research.

 

 

Biotech and Labeling:  In a recent email to suppliers, Whole Foods announced the company would pause its genetically modified food labeling requirements that had been scheduled to start on September 1. CAST Issue Paper #56 examined process labeling and its effects on the food industry.

 

Gene Editing, Crops, and Regulations:The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing method has the potential to greatly influence agriculture and food production. A recent CAST Issue Paper looks at the potential of this process and the ways that regulatory barriers hinder innovation

 

 

More Buzz about Bees:  The University of California-Davis provides a video to look at some of the complicated issues regarding bee health. And this Cornell University scientist discusses additional challenges bees face. The topic brings up many opinions, and the CAST Commentary, "Why Does Bee Health Matter?" uses science-based information to explain some of the important concepts.

 

Animal Health and Welfare:  Researchers are working to discover nutritional products that could help decrease illness and lessen the need for medicines. Animal welfare is a controversial topic, and this editorial writer says some extreme activists have trouble understanding the word "compromise."  A recent CAST Task Force Report looked at the science behind some of these issues: Scientific, Ethical, and Economic Aspects of Farm Animal Welfare.

 

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Photos courtesy of the Agricultural Research Service (top masthead); TopLatest News (globe at right). P. 1 flag pic from livinwithme.jpg, ag question mark pic from farmcrowdy.com, ag voices image from soygrowers.com, and eagle pic from livingwilderness.com. P. 2 gene edit graphic from news.mit.edu and bee poster from geneticliteracyproject.com. Animal Sec. cow pic from feedstuffs.com. Food Sec. grill pic from packer.com. Plant Sec. helicopter pic from heliteam.com. Inter. Sec. lion pic from news.com. Gen. Sec. Beyonce photo from houstonchronicle.com. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the USDA Agricultural Research Service.    

 

   Baby Chicks

      Animal Agriculture and Environmental News

 

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Penn State researchers found descendants of diverse Holstein lineages--several recently born calves have garnered a fan following.

Can Eggs Have a Footprint? (video):  As the end of National Egg Month draws near, check out this video that highlights the industry's commitment to lowering their carbon footprint.

   

Subcutaneous Fitbits:  A start-up company in Utah is putting biomonitors under cows' skin in hopes of helping farmers spot disease earlier.   


 

Bioprinted Pigs: This research team is working to print 3D pig liver tissue from genetically engineered pig cells.

 

 

For Brain and Body (opinion):  According to Farm Babe, meat is full of nutrients such as iron, zinc, selenium, magnesium, vitamins, and fatty acids--and such a diet is a component of brain health.


Pushing Beef Quality to the Limits:  Texas A&M researchers are exploring the potential for cloning animals for meat quality using DNA from postmortem muscle cells.

Dog Years:  The world's most influential synthetic biologist is behind a new company that plans to rejuvenate dogs using gene therapy. If it works, he plans to try the same approach on humans. 

"PHARM-ers": A disability can be difficult for anyone to handle, but it can prove especially challenging for farmers. These four-legged friends are making farm life a little easier for those who need assistance. 

      

 


Salmonella (FSIS)

   Food Science and Safety News

 

Fresher Food Tips (video): These seven tips and tricks are proven to leave your food fresh and edible for longer periods of time.
  

 

 

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Grilling up a Healthy Meal:  Grilling season is well under way, and this survey shows nearly 75% of consumers prefer to grill their vegetables.

Field and Fork Food Pantry:  Thanks to the generous donation made by a Florida cattleman, those who rely on this University of Florida food pantry and garden will enjoy a nutritious meal packed with protein.   

 

Feed 4 Thought:  A recent survey indicates a majority of consumers believe their protein is raisedand handled with proper food safety measures. 

 

 

Wasted:  These master chefs say the key to reducing food waste includes putting leftovers to use, never shopping hungry, and giving your booze an upgrade.  

 

Don't Cry over Spilled (Raw) Milk?  Legislators from both sides of the aisle joined to defeat an amendment to the Farm Bill that would have allowed the interstate sale of unpasteurized raw milk


A Meaty Issue:  Missouri is one step closer to being the first state to enact labeling that makes it clear whether or not "meat" is sourced from an animal or not.

 

An Un-meaty Issue (related to above): The makers of the plant-based Beyond Burger unveiled their latest innovation--featuring a blend of peas, mung beans, rice, and sunflower protein.  

 

 

Plant Agriculture and Environmental News

 

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Cattle producers are using helicopters to apply herbicides to control invasive weeds and put pastures back into grass production.

Biology Breakthroughs (video):  The USDA recently released the review of a GE virus that fights against the Florida citrus greening disease.
  

 

Tomato Wellness (podcast):  This UC-Davis plant breeder explains the art and science behind breeding delicious tomatoes that are ripe with flavor and nutrition. 

 

 

Cotton Agronomics: Mississippi State researchers are using biodegradable film to trap soil heat and help young cotton plants establish a more robust root system--resulting in more vigorous and healthier plants.

 

Organic Produce, Pesticides, and Truth (opinion): This noted editorial food writer looks at the USDA measurements of pesticide residues in our food.

Rejoice for Rice:  A team of Purdue scientists used CRISPR to develop a variety of rice that produces 25-31% more grain--something that would have been impossible with traditional breeding methods.  

 

 

Plants Rule the Earth: Research says that plants pack more heft than any other kingdom of life on the planet--making up 80% of all the carbon stored in living creatures.

 

 

Fighting Fungi:  University of Florida scientists hope that a group of fungi might fight a disease that's dangerous to tomatoes and specialty crops. 

 

  World and Plug (SFGate)

  International News  

 

 

This Malawian forest was almost emptied of wildlife, but a modern-day Noah's ark maneuver to move wildlife from other parts of the continent has rejuvenated the area.

Feline Fence: The world's longest cat-proof fence has been built in central Australia to help endangered species.   

 

 

Egging on Healthy Hearts:  A major study of nearly half a million Chinese people has concluded that eating an egg a day may lead to a lower risk of heart disease


The Ancient Rice Road: A study of 4,000-year-old DNA suggests that rice cultivation came with farmers migrating from China.

 

  

Seaweed in Your Tank?  Part of the Dutch energy program includes a push for the use of seaweed--a product ideally suited for biorefining.   


Armyworm on the March: Experts warn that the fall armyworm that has destroyed African crops could spread to Europe.       

 

 


Ebola Crisis: Despite the WHO declaring the West Africa region Ebola-free two years ago, there is a new wave of cases, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

 


  General Interest News

 

beyonce got milk_ houstonchronicle.com

 

The successful "Got Milk?" ad phenomenon morphs into a "Got Jobs?" campaign by the dairy industry.

Farming Leads to Fortune (video): In this interview, the world's richest man says he learned his work ethic from his time spent on a cattle ranch as a kid.

 

 

 

Safety and Fun:  As a three-day weekend looms, this article provides tips for hosting a cookout in a public park.

Sunscreen in a Pill?
  The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to purchase alleged sun-protection supplements from four companies because they do not work.

 

 

 

Rural Infrastructure:  The USDA is investing $243 million in 50 rural community facility projectsin 22 states.

Agriculture Takes a Social Approach:  Farmers and ranchers across the globe are taking to social media to share their stories of raising food, fiber, and fuel to supply a growing population. Here is a list of more than 600 active bloggers.
    

 

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                                                   

 

* 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
* Cornell University
* Iowa State University 

* Kansas State University
* Mississippi State University     

 

* North Carolina State University  

 

* Texas A&M University College of Ag & Life Sciences  

* The Ohio State 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 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 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link

 

Three Faculty-1.jpgLocated 45 miles southwest of Chicago, Illinois, Joliet Junior College has a booming agriculture program for postsecondary students looking to obtain an associate’s degree or lay the foundation they need to transfer to a four-year institution. With over 80 agriculture course offerings, students are able to find their niche in agriculture, while they also gain valuable employability skills.

 

The college itself was the first public community college in the United States. It created the first postsecondary agriculture transfer program in Illinois in 1954 and the first two-year career agriculture program in 1964. The Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences department at Joliet Junior College currently has eight full-time faculty members, three adjunct faculty members, and three support staff members.

 

A unique opportunity that the Joliet Junior College agriculture program offers its students is an extensive Supervised Occupational Experience (SOE) program, which places them in paid internships that help them to complete 15 percent of their applied science degrees. The program involves nearly 150 businesses each year to provide its students with employment opportunities for their SOE’s. As part of this experience, the students have to complete job interviews, work full-time in their positions, and receive an evaluation from their employer. The students are actually required to complete two separate SOE’s while they are enrolled in the program in order to obtain their applied science degrees.

 

opap1.jpgThe first SOE is a summer internship program that lasts 10-14 weeks after the students complete their second semester of classes. The students have a database of over 1,500 potential employers and internship opportunities to choose from. The placements span 38 states and four additional countries. Each business has an established relationship with the agriculture program at Joliet Junior College and is willing to work closely with the students and staff to make sure all requirements are met for the students to earn their degrees.

 

“We believe this is the most effective method for students to learn not only skills, but also the positive attitudes which will contribute to their success in the future,” said Bill Johnson, former Agriculture Production and Swine Management Advisor at Joliet Junior College.

 

The second SOE program occurs during the students’ final semester and lasts 10 weeks. Typically, this position is with the same employer as the first SOE and the requirements are exactly the same. The benefit to this second opportunity is that most students are offered full-time employment from their internship immediately following graduation. Since the implementation of the SOE program began in 1966, the placement of Joliet Junior College graduates in full-time positions has been nearly 100 percent.

 

opap2.jpgAs the agriculture industry continues to evolve, it is imperative that institutions like Joliet Junior College continue to grow and produce students who are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to be competent in the workforce. The school’s mission is to provide students the opportunity to develop academically, personally, and socially as they prepare for lifelong learning. It is for this reason, and through the SOE program offered at Joliet Junior College, that they were named the 2017 NAAE Region IV Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program award winner.

 

The Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program award is sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. For more information about this award category and to see the other regional award winners, follow this link.

 

NAAE would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the faculty and staff at Joliet Junior College and close friends and family of Bill Johnson, for his recent passing. We appreciate all of his contributions to agricultural education. He will be greatly missed by all.

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

 

Turkey Creek Middle School
Plant City, Florida
2017 NAAE Region V Outstanding Middle/Secondary Agricultural Education Program Award Recipient

 

PhotoStudentOrganizations.jpegIf you have ever visited the Plant City area of Florida, you know strawberries play a vital role in the community. Each spring, the city hosts the Florida Strawberry Festival, which includes carnival rides, contests, concerts, and many other activities and events to celebrate the year’s strawberry harvest in Eastern Hillsborough County.

 

Located in the heart of strawberry country is Turkey Creek Middle School. Originally a “Strawberry School,” which closed for three months each spring for strawberry picking season, the middle school’s agriculture program has integrated the community and school’s rich and deeply-rooted history to feature a very unique learning environment for its students.

 

Turkey Creek Middle School has two agriculture teachers, Buddy Coleman and Allison Sparkman. Together, they are able to reach 230 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students through their program’s Strawberry Project. Coleman and Sparkman coordinate with local farmers and the community to provide their students with classroom and land laboratory experiences to learn about the cultivation of strawberries. The program is able to grow and harvest two acres of strawberries each year – providing students the opportunity to learn about strawberry farming from start to finish. 

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Coleman and Sparkman are able to use the Strawberry Project to teach students about modern agricultural practices in a hands-on setting. The students learn about drip irrigation and plastic mulch in the fall, as they form the strawberry beds and prepare the land for strawberries. The students are also introduced to GPS technology, as they set straight rows for their crop and plant their strawberries. Along the way, they also learn about plant structure, strawberry varieties, proper planting procedures, the impact of fertilizers, pest and invasive species management, and a host of other things that directly impact strawberries and other crops.

 

“If we can enable every child that we teach to think and act independently, then the students will be prepared to finish their education and become productive members of society,” said Sparkman.

 

PhotoPartnerships.jpgIn addition to the students learning about strawberry farming, they are also able to showcase what they have learned to the local community and to other students. Each year, the program hosts local kindergarten students for a field day, full of experiential learning. The students at Turkey Creek show the kindergarteners how to pick their own strawberries, identify plant parts, and discuss the impact of insects, weeds and diseases on the strawberry crop.

 

Each of our agriculture programs has a unique feature. It is essential that, as educators, we provide our students the opportunity to experience and engage in agriculture in the context of our local communities. What is your Strawberry Project?

 

Turkey Creek Middle School is the 2017 NAAE Region V Outstanding Middle/Secondary Agricultural Education Program award recipient. For more information about this award category and to see the other award winners, follow this link.

 

The Outstanding Middle/Secondary Agricultural Education program award is partially sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

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