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Jason Kemp

?The Road I Have Traveled?

Posted by Jason Kemp Nov 13, 2019

Fellow NAAE members,

I have always found it interesting how unique but yet similar agriculture teachers are to one another in their daily educational endeavors. When I first began my career as an agriculture teacher I had farmed for several years before going to the classroom. Upon arriving in the classroom I was unsure of what to expect from a generation of students in a classroom with around 80% removed from the family farm.
I have always been one to find the need for relevance in everything we teach or engage in. So, my task for helping students find relevance in agriculture was the challenge and one that we all face even more so in today’s classrooms. I have found that if we as educators reveal the relevance of why we are teaching our daily classroom lesson, the better response we will receive from our students.
I have found in my travels during my time with NAAE that Ag teachers are very much the same way all across the United States and that is so unusual in any profession. I have found so many of the same similarities among individuals that have never met each other but their compassion for teaching students about agriculture is identical. Their respect for their fellow ag teachers are superior and their need to find relevance is engraved in their actions and mythology of teaching.
I want to take just a moment to thank you for your compassion for the agriculture classroom and your willingness to help students beyond the classroom to be the best they can possible be as citizens. You make a difference each and every day you enter your classroom and I hope you never lose the compassion for teaching, but pass it on to our next generation of teachers that will replace all of us one day. When you stop and think about it, we as ag teachers have the ability to train each other’s future replacement. So perhaps the common thread that I have found so unique and true across the United States in agriculture teachers are; we instill love, compassion, dedication, respect, and guidance to our students unlike any other teaching profession known.
NAAE members, thank you for always making me and my family feel as if we were part of yours as we traveled to your state to visit and thank you for trusting in me to help lead this great organization. It has truly been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve you as an NAAE officer for the past 6 years with the last year serving you as your president.
I would like to wish each of you a safe travels to Anaheim as we take this opportunity to recognize the great and outstanding work our fellow agriculture teachers do across the United States, engage in professional development and learn ways to make our daily walk of life in the classroom greater and more relevant than ever before.
May God bless you and your family.

See you in Anaheim!!!

Jason Kemp

"A Time to Celebrate?

Posted by Jason Kemp Sep 16, 2019

Fellow NAAE Members,
I hope all is well with everyone and your first six weeks of the school year is off to a great start. I would like to take just a moment of your time and discuss with you the value of award-winning recognition through NAAE for your programs. It seems that today we live in a high pace social media world where everyone has something to share or discuss related to accomplishments. I know that not everyone gets the chance to be recognized nor wishes to receive recognition for their hard work and dedication to their programs. There is also another side to that coin that we need to try and look at, and that is, our students’ success and recognition. Our students work extremely hard in our programs trying to master the skills their agriculture teachers present before them. I want to encourage you to share those accomplishments about your programs at the local, state and national levels. If we do not spread the word of our students and program accomplishments, then who will share their success stories our students’ achievements on a daily basis?
There is great value in being recognized as the recipient of an NAAE award. Recognition on a national level is very hard to achieve and one that should not be taken lightly. By allowing your program to receive recognition for their accomplishments will also help open doors for support for your program by individuals or organizations that would have maybe otherwise never knew your program existed. I look forward to spending time and getting to know the award winners for this year in Anaheim as they receive their national recognition for a job well done. Again, congratulations to all the NAAE award winners and thank you for your dedication to the profession.
I am proud to report to you that all staff position vacancies have been filled and everyone is hard at work trying to get things ready for the NAAE Convention in Anaheim, California as well as the NAAE booth at National FFA Convention next month in Indy. I want to encourage you to come by the NAAE both this year where we are combining NAAE, Teach Ag, CASE and MLC are all in one large booth. With one booth, it should make it easier for everyone to visit and have any questions answered you might have about your organization.
I want to remind everyone that September 19th is National Teach Ag Day and I would like to encourage you to use the lesson plans we have on the Teach Ag tab found on the NAAE page. The lessons we provide on the Teach Ag website will work for either a 45-minute and/or 90-minute class period.
Please tune in to the Teach Ag live celebration from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT!!! Go to the NAAE website and you will find the information needed to follow the Teach Ag Celebration.
See you at National FFA Convention!!!

Hello fellow NAAE members, 

I trust your summer has went well thus far and that you are enjoying the much needed time with family and friends. I know for many, you are knee deep in showing livestock at this point in the year and are planning your schedules around your summer CTE training. Please remember to balance and pace yourself for the long haul in this career.
The question that gets asked to me all the time is, “Why do we need more Ag teachers”? The answer is really simple when you stop and think about it. The first thought that we as agriculture teachers fire back at them is that we will never escape agriculture and that is the most accurate statement ever stated by any Ag teacher. With this question in mind we need to go a little deeper into the subject and think about the vast amount of jobs that stem from agriculture and the many different sectors that people normally do not think fall within the agriculture realm.
While it is true that less than 2 percent of Americans are directly employed by the agricultural industry, many more work for a business that is adjacent to it or otherwise dependent upon it. Agriculture is more than sows, cows and plows which is known as production agriculture. More than 22 million people are employed in agriculture related field. That’s one in 12 American jobs. These are jobs in fields such as; food science and food inspection, packaging, conservation or agricultural engineering. The basics for every one of these jobs are related back to agriculture teachers. In order to keep up with the ever changing field of agriculture, we need to be turning out more agriculture teachers for retiree replacements, etc.
Next I would like to encourage the teachers that will be serving as cooperating teachers this fall or next spring for universities to place student teachers along with student observers. We as Ag teachers and NAAE members need to encourage our student teachers and student observers to become student members. I have spoken to agriculture student members at their club meetings on this subject. Stop for a minute and look at the membership cost verses the benefits for student members.
Student members get the same professional coverage that we do as a student member and that to me is so important for the student members. Take a moment and share with your student teachers and observers the benefits of NAAE’s Student membership.
Student members enjoy all of the same benefits as active individual members, including the same level of liability coverage (see above), but NAAE also has programs and initiatives targeted specifically for those who are preparing to become agricultural educators. Please share with them what they get for $10.00 found below.
1. Upper Division Scholarship: Student members can apply for scholarships awarded during their student teaching semester. Applications are due in May for the upcoming year, so double-check to make sure you apply at the right time.
2. Pre-Service Professional Development: Student members are invited to participate in all NAAE professional development, including workshops, online professional development opportunities and Communities of Practice.
3. National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program: This program allows specially selected agricultural education majors to spend a day during National FFA Convention immersed in inquiry-based teaching methods and agriscience. Learn more.
4. Teach Ag Ambassador Program: Each year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of agricultural education majors to represent the profession and encourage others to teach agriculture. This program is only open to current NAAE student members. Learn more.
5. Teach Ag Collegiate Contest: Each year the National Teach Ag campaign holds a contest for collegiate agricultural education student organizations to show their Teach Ag pride! The contest changes each
Staff Updates:
We have successfully completed 5 out of the 6 NAAE Regional Conferences thus far. The last NAAE Regional Conference for this summer will be Region 6th held in Roanoke, Virginia dates are July 21st – 25th 2019. The NAAE office staff have been very busy with summer intern training, office staff interviews, NAAE regional conference preparation, etc. We certainly miss Ashley Hood in our office staff, and we wish her well with her endeavors. We have 5 summer interns that are working out nicely and our new two staff members Sarah Warren and Sabrina Shaver are transitioning well. Our NAAE office has been interviewing for our staff member openings and we hope that we will soon have the two open positions filled.
Our NAAE board are working on judging scholarship award applications and following up on our regional summer conference work. Our next board meeting will be September 6th, 7th and 8th in Lexington, KY.
I hope that everyone will be able to enjoy the rest or their summer and be ready to resume back in our classrooms within the next month or so ready to help mold the minds of our future and share the importance of agriculture to the world.

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.


NAAE Members,

The school year is basically over and our batteries have run down, our minds are exhausted, and our patience has been pushed to the limits. Why do we do what we do every day if it’s so draining on us? The love for our students and the need to help our students succeed in life with the best education possible is what many, if not all, would say. Great ag teachers truly love what they do as educators and always have the desire to see their students succeed in life.

Now, let’s take a moment to talk about us, as teachers. We need to always be interested in professional development training and how we can gain more knowledge in order to better meet the needs of our students. Every summer, not only does your state offer professional development training, but the NAAE also offers regional professional development training. Professional development helps us get primed for upcoming school year, and gives our students more opportunities to learn and succeed. Professional development helps us to be better trained and informed on the latest innovations, technology, and teaching methods for the upcoming year.

You will also find that as you attend these summer NAAE conferences you will grow your network of friends. You will find out that ag teachers are pretty much the same type of down-to-earth individuals, no matter what state they are from. You will also see how we all want the best for our students. When I say, “we want our students to do their best,” I mean the more knowledge we gain as teachers, the more knowledge we can pass on to our students.

I cannot encourage you enough to take part in the professional development workshops that will be offered during the NAAE summer regional meetings. Our first workshop and professional development training will take place in Region 1 and starts next week. Please visit your region on the NAAE website to find out the latest in scheduling and updates.


NAAE Regional Conference Locations and Dates:

Region I Fairbanks, Alaska May 20th – 24th
Region II St. Francisville, Louisiana June 17th - 20th
Region III Mitchell, South Dakota June 17th – 19th
Region IV Ann Harbor, Michigan June 25th – 27th
Region V Charleston, South Carolina June 24th – 26th
Region VI Roanoke, Virginia July 21st – 25th

For other professional training opportunities please click on the quick link below:


Staff Update:

1. We are excited to have Sarah Warren, who is our new NAAE Meeting Planner/Program Assistant. 
Sarah is a product of agricultural education. She was a NAAE student teaching scholarship recipient in 2016. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and just completed her Master’s degree in community and leadership development (which is the department that includes agricultural education) at the University of Kentucky. She is a certified agriculture teacher and she is certified in the CASE Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Course. She did her student teaching at the Kentucky School for the Deaf and her Masters degree thesis is titled: “DeaFFA: An Exploration of Agricultural Education in Schools for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.”
She started full-time on Monday, May 13, 2019. 


2. NAAE Communications/Marketing Specialist: NAAE is in search of applicants for the NAAE Communications/Marketing Specialist position. If you know of someone interested please share the following information with them from the link below.

3. 2019 NAAE Award Judges Needed: If you or you know of someone wanting to judge applications please go to the NAAE website and fill out the application or click the link below to take you to the application:

4. 2019 NAAE Convention for this fall in Anaheim, California
• Link for the convention information:
• 2019 NAAE Convention Workshop Proposals:

Have a great summer, and don’t forget to get primed with some professional development for the upcoming year,




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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.

Greetings NAAE Members,

It is hard to believe that we are within two months of the end of our school year. I hope that all of you have had a great year and know that student success is being accomplished within your programs.

Have you ever heard the phrase, "give credit where credit's due?" Well it's the time of year again when we must look at our programs' successes and consider applying for NAAE awards. I know that we, as teachers, do not want to blow our own horns about what we do within our programs, but here is something that I would like for you to consider when you do not apply -- our students' successes and the recognition they deserve go unrewarded.

The bottom line is this, we at NAAE appreciate all the hard work that you put into your programs to make your students' lives better, and for giving them the opportunity to be more successful through your teaching efforts. I really want to encourage each of you to take the time to fill out these applications to highlight the accomplishments of you, your students, and your programs' accomplishments because if we, as agriculture teachers, don’t share our success, then who will? Note: Please be sure to go the NAAE website for the updated applications that are available.

Teach Ag Updates: Like always, kudos to Mrs. Ellen Thompson and her crew with Teach Ag.

NAAE Board Update:

The NAAE Staff and Board had a very productive board meeting in Lexington, KY at the Good Barn on March 8th, 9th and 10th at the University of Kentucky. The NAAE staff brought updates and survey reports on last year’s NAAE Convention in San Antonio, TX, and updates on this year’s 2019 NAAE Convention in Anaheim, California. Committee business went well; this is always a very vital part of our grassroots organization. We appreciate the voice of the members and the suggestions that are generated out of our committees.

Have a great day!


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

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

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

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

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

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

NAAE President,

Jason Kemp


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National FFA Convention:


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

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

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

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


Schedule your time today!


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

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

Please RSVP by Thursday, November 2 if you have students who would like to participate in the FAST track.


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

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

Thank you and safe travels,
Jason Kemp


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Hello NAAE Members,

Well, it’s that time of year again when we welcome students back to our classrooms with the excitement of agriculture and the role it plays in our daily lives. I want to share with you an excerpt from an article I read on, on how teachers make a difference and change the lives of their students in three aspects.


1. Education -- A great teacher makes learning fun, as stimulating, engaging lessons are pivotal to a student’s academic success. Some students who are more prone to misbehavior, truancy or disengagement are more dependent on an engaging teacher. Making your classroom an exciting environment for learning will hold the students’ fascination, and students learn best when they are both challenged and interested. It’s part of motivating students, which may not be easy, but which will benefit students immeasurably in the long run.


2. Inspiration -- Inspiring students is integral to ensuring their success and encouraging them to fulfill their potential. Students who are inspired by their teachers can accomplish amazing things, and that motivation almost always stays with them. Inspiration can also take many forms, from helping a pupil through the academic year and their short-term goals, to guiding them towards their future career. Years after graduation, many working professionals will still cite a particular teacher as the one who fostered their love of what they currently do and attribute their accomplishments to that educator.


3. Guidance -- Teachers can also be a trusted source of advice for students weighing important life decisions. Educators can help their pupils pursue higher education, explore career opportunities, and compete in events they might otherwise have not thought themselves able to. Students often look to their teachers as mentors with experience and knowledge and, as an educator, you will almost definitely be asked for advice at some point during your career.

-Excerpt from "Teachers Change Lives"

My topic this month is the importance of agriculture teachers in the classroom. I want to commend our agriculture teachers across the U.S. that go in to their classrooms each day to educate our students on the importance of agriculture and the major role agriculture plays in society.

Let’s take a moment and think about how the demographics have changed. Each year, fewer of our students are raised on family farms. I can attest that 30 plus years ago, when I was in high school, at least 50 to 60 percent of my classmates were directly related to production agriculture. Today, in that same geographic location, production agriculture families have decreased to around 10 to 15 percent. One of the struggles we have today in the classroom is trying to explain the importance of agriculture to a growing society that is not directly related to the production side of agriculture.

We, as educators, must always strive to explain the importance of agriculture and how we should also appreciate the American farmer who produces our food more efficiently in the US than any other country in the world. I tell my students each year; “No matter how important and successful you become, you will never escape agriculture. For without agriculture, you would be unclothed and hungry.” 

I want to personally encourage you to celebrate the National Teach Ag Day in your classroom on September 20th. If you will go to the NAAE home page and click on the Teach Ag pulldown, you will find lesson plans for either 40-50 minute class periods or 75-85 minute class periods. These lesson plans provide everyone with instructional materials to use in the classroom to promote agricultural education.

I want to encourage you to share with your students the current demand for agriculture teachers we are facing in the US and how they can be part of the best career ever. 

Our staff, board members, and officers have been very busy this summer attending regional summer conferences, making state visits, judging award applications, and working on the logistics for NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas. I want to congratulate the award winners and scholarship recipients on a job well done and I look forward to seeing you at convention. NAAE hopes that everyone is planning to attend the 2018 National Agricultural Education Summit, which will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, just prior to the 2018 NAAE Convention and ACTE CareerTech Vision 2018.

Our staff and board members are gearing up for the September board meeting in Lexington, Kentucky on September 7th,8th and 9th. I would like to encourage our committee chairs to please try and have your virtual meetings done as soon as possible. Minutes from the regional meetings can be found on your committee page, which should help with the discussion topics you will bring before your 18 committee members. Please compile your recommendations from your virtual meeting for our board meeting. Please include Nick and I in your email call-in information for your virtual meetings, we want to stay informed on the direction the committee feels they need to move toward.

I want to thank you for your time and everything each of you do to help educate our students about agriculture and the importance it plays in our daily lives. I want to encourage you to reflect back on the article I shared with you from, and always remember you are making a difference in our future by inspiring one student at a time.


I hope you have a blessed year,


Jason Kemp
NAAE President Elect


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Hello NAAE Members,

I hope all is well with you and your families and everyone has successfully transitioned from our normal regimen of teaching, and into the summer life of an ag teacher (livestock shows, SAE visits, leadership camp, regional and state conferences -- and you can fill in the blanks).

After teaching agriscience, agricultural mechanics, power and machinery, greenhouse, and vet science for fourteen years at Dresden High School (DHS), I would say my fifteenth year came with a few challenges since my emphasis in teaching switched to large animal science at our school's livestock production complex and working farm. This year we have introduced some new bloodlines to both our swine farrow-to-finish operation and to our beef cattle cow/calf operation. So far we are seeing positive results within our livestock progeny. With that being said, I must say that challenges are not always bad. Some challenges can be good for us -- moving us out of a rut and becoming a motivational tool to drive us forward.

Today, I would like to talk to you a little about three subject areas:

1.      My favorite resources on CoP (Communities of Practice),

2.      Building a professional network for support in an agriculture program and the benefits of that network,

3.      Brief NAAE staff update.

I would like to challenge you to explore the CoP website and to build a professional network for your program if you have not already done so.I know it is one more thing on your plate, but I think it will benefit you tremendously.

Let’s talk about CoP and how resources are available to every NAAE member. If you take the time to browse the CoP page, you will find numerous informational resources to help you with lesson planning and classroom management. A common misconception about CoP is that it’s only useful for the new teachers. However, I have found that in order to really make these benefits work, it is sort of a symbiotic relationship for both new and the experienced teachers alike. For example, it is hard for a new teacher to post information about subject matters representing or exemplifying long term teaching experience, but our current teachers who have been in the profession for several years are able to share this information. On the flipside, our new teachers are the freshest out of the college framework for lesson planning, with knowledge of the latest technologies and teaching techniques, which can certainly add many benefits to the toolbox of experienced agriculture teachers.

CoP allows you to interact with teachers all across the US so that you can to build a network that will be super beneficial to your program. Remember knowledge is power and the more knowledge and resources we share with each other, the stronger the agricultural education teaching profession will become as a whole.

The CoP page is set up for super easy navigation. Simply look to the left of your screen and you will find the different communities that allow you to ask questions or post beneficial material for that community.

Building a professional network has been one of the most important attributes to our chapter for success in generating funding for our students. It is important to always have good public relations in your community. The success a lot of times for your fundraising endeavors, competition training/travel and chapter is a direct reflection of the support you have from your community network.One of the best networks you can have is an active FFA Alumni and support group. This is a group of individuals willing to work beside you, helping you to accomplish tasks which would have been otherwise difficult or impossible to achieve alone. Having a local network to help you achieve chapter and program success is one of the most rewarding things you could have. In addition to this support group, it is also important to have a strong connection to your county and state department of education to increase the success of your program.

Brief update about the NAAE staff: The NAAE staff are very busy right now preparing for regional conferences. Other programs they are working on are the virtual book club and the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Program which will take place in July. This time of year also requires our NAAE Staff to process approximately 200 award applications, set up regional award judging, and prepare for award recognition. In addition to these projects, the XLR8 program has been a super successful program and the staff are planning to facilitate a more local version in Ohio and Arizona this summer. The staff is also working on membership record status for the past year and preparing this year’s membership records. Preparation for the National NAAE Convention held this year in San Antonio, Texas is also underway. As you can see our staff members are super busy working to insure we will have the most beneficial and successful professional organization offered. Nick and I, along with NAAE staff, are making plans for the regional visits this summer. I know all of the regional vice presidents and secretaries are planning regional conferences for the summer and our vice presidents are also making state visits.

As you can see from my title, “Are You Up for The Challenge,” we are all very busy at NAAE, helping to build a stronger tomorrow for our organization. By embracing and learning from our challenges, we will continue to move forward in a positive direction..

We can’t wait to see you this summer!!!


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Entering the Last Stretch

Posted by Jason Kemp Apr 9, 2018

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.

Greetings NAAE Members,

The home stretch is in sight for our school year and I know your plates are full with state conferences and CDE contests, along with planning your summer show agenda, etc., but I would like to encourage you to take the time to apply for the awards programs that we have through NAAE. I know that we, as teachers, do not want to blow our own horn -- so to speak -- about what we do within our programs, but it is important that we do so.

Here are some things that I would like for you to consider when you do not apply. The first, and most important, is our student success and recognition they deserve.

By applying for these awards, your students, school, county, and state receive national recognition for the daily work you do that goes unseen. Our state and national leaders are looking at and focusing on the renewal plan of the Perkins Act, so it is super important and crucial that our leaders see success being delivered from our agricultural students and programs. I want to also mention that it could help your program on receiving funding, grants, etc. to make improvements and/or add different curriculum to your program in your state. If your administration, state leaders, community support groups, etc. see you are successful in what you have to work with in supplies and equipment presently, then it will sure make it easier to ask for funding for revamping and improvements.

The bottom line is this, we at NAAE, appreciate all the hard work that you put in to your program to make your students' lives better and giving them the opportunity to be more successful through your teaching efforts. I want to encourage each of you to take the time to fill out these award applications to showcase the accomplishments of you and your students. If we do not share our success, then who will know?

Note: Please be sure to go the NAAE website for the updated applications that are available.

Staff Update: The NAAE Board just recently met for a Skype conference call on 4/2/2018. The board and NAAE staff will be working with the Professional Growth Committee with efforts of helping to plan consistent programming for regional conferences. The NAAE staff is very busy planning the National NAAE Convention that will take place this winter in San Antonio, Texas and have many exciting things that will be taking place at this year’s convention. The NAAE Convention dates are November 26th through December 1st 2018, so please make plans early to attend. Note: Hotel rooms will be limited at the conference hotel so please book your reservations early. Please click on the quick link for more information on the 2018 National NAAE Convention.

The NAAE Regional Vice Presidents are planning their state visits, while Nick and I are planning our regional visits. We look forward to seeing you this summer!! 

Thank you for your time and for being an NAAE member.

Jason Kemp
Agriculture Instructor / School Farm Manager / FFA Advisor

Dresden High School

7150 Hwy 22

Dresden, TN 38225

Office: 1-731-364-5154



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


Now that you have joined the team of professional agricultural educators, I would like to express the importance of your membership and how you have access to numerous benefits that can help you daily, as a professional.


First, I would like to make sure that everyone understands how easy it is to get to your membership area page on the NAAE website.



From the NAAE homepage follow these simple steps:

  • From the homepage task bar find: Members (click)
  • NAAE Membership Benefits, Services & Programs (click)
  • Then click the area that pertains to your membership from the quick links provided:
    • Benefits for Individual Members
    • Benefits for Student Members
    • Benefits for Organizational Members
    • Benefits for State Affiliates

After going through those steps you should arrive at your membership area of interest.


There are many advantages to your membership that you will find beneficial to you as an educator. Being in unison with your fellow members within the same profession carries a stronger voice when it comes to motivating others outside our profession to see things maybe in a different perspective.



Your NAAE membership allows you to take part in numerous professional development workshops at national convention (like our president stated in his letter, we had 85 workshops this past convention in Nashville), but as well as multiple opportunities throughout the year.


As a member, you have network connections through Communities of Practice (CoP) with over 9,000 members, allowing you to make connections with other agricultural educators from all over the United Sates. CoP is a great place to post ideas, have discussions, and share techniques for creating a better ag program.



Becoming a member allows you to have access to professional awards and grant opportunities to receive state and national recognition for your program.



New members have the benefit of a free -- that’s right free -- two full-year life insurance policy at no cost just by becoming a member. Members will have $100,000.00 in-dues professional liability insurance coverage with two upgrade options if you feel the need for additional coverage. 


As a member, you will also be able to take advantage of hotel discounts of 15% for participating hotels you will need to visit your MyNAAE page for your discount code.


It is always important to have our voice of interests represented involving government affairs that impact agricultural education. NAAE has representatives on several national boards to represent your interests and concerns. If you are interested in getting involved please visit our leadership and volunteer opportunities page.


As you can see, NAAE has a lot of resources and benefits for its members, and I strongly encourage you to take advantage of these benefits and allow NAAE to help you
take your program to the next level.


Board and Staff update: The NAAE staff and board members are gearing up for our annual winter board meeting scheduled for March 3rd and 4th, followed by the National Policy Seminar (NPS) meeting scheduled March 5th through the 7th, in Washington, D.C., where we will be meeting up with many of you who will be in attendance. During NPS we will have the opportunity to hear the latest updates in the field of agricultural education. Afterwards, make our way to Capitol Hill to advocate for agricultural education with our stateand national representatives.


Thank you for your time,



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