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Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is always looking to improve its resources for agriculture teachers. CASE Online, designed to maximize instruction for both teachers and students, is one of the newest additions to the numerous CASE resources and offerings. An online, paid subscription option for CASE certified teachers, CASE Online offers a systematic, organized alternative for classroom instruction and assessment.


CASE Online offers teachers the ability to spend more time focused on individual student needs in the classroom. For Aaron Geiman, agriculture teacher at Westminster High School in Maryland, it has allowed him to customize each of his students’ learning experiences, while providing them with rigorous curriculum to prepare them for a future in agriculture.


“CASE Online replaced Edmodo for me,” said Geiman. “My students have more access to the curriculum, which is great for students with absences or for parents who want to be more involved in their student’s learning.”


Geiman has been a CASE-supporter since it began in 2009. He currently teaches Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Principles of Agricultural Sciences – Animal, Principles of Agricultural Sciences – Plant, Animal and Plant Biotechnology, as well as the CASE Capstone course, Agricultural Research and Development. Each of his CASE courses is taught through the use of CASE Online. Not only does it free up his time with lesson planning, it also allows him to go paperless – a time and money-saver.


“Schools are always looking to find ways to cut their paper budgets. CASE Online reduces the need for paper the classroom, which is a great way to help persuade your administrators to fund it for your program,” added Geiman.


Although a fairly new resource, CASE Online is getting ready to further enhance agricultural science education with a new online platform, available for the 2016-17 school year. Developed with extensive feedback from CASE certified teachers, the new platform will provide learners with a collaborative and interactive online learning experience through the use of discussion boards, wikis, blogs and other group tools. There have also been enhancements made to the grade book and assessment features. Teachers now also have access to an attendance tracker and the ability customize the CASE courses within CASE Online to meet the specific needs of their learners.


“Teacher feedback played a significant role in the decision to migrate CASE Online to the new platform, which is better designed to meet these needs,” said Sara Cobb, CASE Online Learning Coordinator. “They expressed a need for CASE Online to be more mobile-friendly and to work more seamlessly across multiple devices such as laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, and smart phones. Additionally, teachers requested a more user-friendly application.”


A sample group of CASE Lead Teachers were able to preview the new platform earlier this year and expressed excitement and anticipation for the new features, mobility, and intuitive nature of the platform The new CASE Online will be available to CASE-certified teachers by the end of the month, at which time CASE will anticipate additional feedback.


For more information on ordering CASE Online, please check out the CASE Online Ordering Guide and order accounts here.

Agriculture teachers across the country are buzzing about the profound impact that CASE curriculum is making in their classrooms. As CASE Institute season is gearing up for another summer of intensive, rigorous professional development training, many teachers are packing their bags and getting ready to head to their respective institutes thanks to the help of generous sponsors.


This year, 23 full and partial scholarships were awarded from the CASE Scholarship Program. The CHS Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, Express Employment Professionals, and Impact FFA were responsible for providing this funding. In addition, Farm Credit East sponsored an additional 15 partial scholarships through their own application process. Funds for the CASE and Farm Credit East scholarships totaled $57,450. On top of the scholarship funding, DuPont Pioneer sponsored 75 grants through their own application and award process, which totaled an additional $280,000.

For agriculture teacher, Mariah Roberts, receiving a CASE scholarship has been career-changing. Roberts, who has been an agriculture teacher for nine years, currently teaches at Wawasee High School in Syracuse, Indiana.

"I just completed the CASE AFNR Institute and I know this is going to change my whole program, including the students I retain in my program," said Roberts.

This year's scholarship is actually Roberts' second CASE scholarship. She was awarded her first in 2013 to attend the Principles of Agricultural Science -- Animal Institute. Without the help of the scholarships she has received, Roberts isn't sure if her administrators would have been willing to fund this professional development opportunity.

"The scholarships have really helped because my administrators can see my enthusiasm and excitement over the curriculum, which helps me persuade them to purchase the lab equipment and other materials I need to teach the CASE curriculum," added Roberts.

Roberts believes CASE curriculum is the perfect fit for agriculture teachers. Although the institutes take up several days in the summer, the curriculum teachers walk away with allows them to free up more time for classroom and program management, as well as for family time.


"I am just sold on the curriculum. It is exactly what ag teachers need," said Roberts.

CASE is grateful for each of its grant and scholarship sponsors. Through their generous contributions, agriculture teachers across the nation have the opportunity to improve their practice and provide their students with rigorous and relevant STEM-based classroom instruction. For more information about each scholarship awarded, including a full list of recipients, click on each sponsor logo below.



Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is gearing up for yet another summer of exciting and innovative professional development institutes. The Environmental Science Issues (ESI) course is ready to be field tested by outstanding agriculture teachers who are looking to add even more engaging CASE curriculum to their agriculture programs.

In October, we ran a story about the Environmental Science Issues course being added to the CASE Natural Resources Pathway. At that time, the course was still in the early planning stages. Since then, CASE has been working diligently to develop a rigorous and innovative course that incorporates 150 days of curricular activities, projects and problems which address the following:


  • environmental issues and problems
  • ecosystem management issues
  • energy issues
  • agriculture and environment relationships


Not only does the course cover current environmental issues, it also involves quite a bit of new and advanced technology, which students will learn to use in order to address those issues.


"I am excited about the technology students will use throughout the course to address local environmental concerns," said Carl Aarke, CASE Pathway Coordinator.


Students will have the opportunity to use Vernier sensors and ArcGIS software to visually analyze data. They will also learn to predict environmental outcomes through the use of statistical modeling, as well as measure energy consumption through an energy audit.


The course also includes an ethanol production lab, which has been developed by the course sponsor, Growth Energy. This lab is designed to introduce students to the technological advances in cellulosic ethanol.


As a third tier course in the CASE Natural Resources Pathway, the goal for ESI is to have students begin thinking about their research topic for the Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) Capstone course. Suggested research topics from CASE include:


  • Alternative energy
  • Ethanol production
  • The use of GIS to solve environmental issues such as nutrient runoff, animal populations, soil quality and natural resource conservation
  • Wildlife management
  • Habitat restoration
  • Government policy and regulations on local and worldwide environmental issues


Environmental Sciences Issues is sure to be a great course with many interesting and current topics covered. Make sure to add this course field test to your schedule this summer!

Questions regarding CASE? Follow this link for more information about this summer?s institutes. Spots are filling quickly, so make sure to check them out today. Make next school year even more engaging and rigorous with the addition of CASE curriculum in your classroom!


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Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is continuing to grow with the addition of its Environmental Science Issues (ESI) course. This course focuses on current environmental issues facing the agriculture industry.

To develop this course, CASE convened a team of agriculture teachers and CASE staff to discuss important topics to be covered. The group identified three content issues to specifically address; biodiversity, renewable energy, and chemical cycling.

As the course's title reveals, the primary focus will be current environmental issues in agriculture, such as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and fertilization management. Students will develop a broad set of lab and research skills, along with an increased understanding of conflict/resolution scenarios as they pertain to our environment.

The Environmental Science Issues course is sponsored by Growth Energy, who has played an integral part in the course development. It is their goal to see that the course covers the significant advancements made in the agriculture industry over the last five years, with regards to energy and the environment.

"We had heard that people needed updated agriculture industry information. At Growth Energy, we want to make certain that consumers are being provided correct data and information," said Kelly Manning, Growth Energy Vice President of Development. "Through the ESI course, students will have a better understanding of the agriculture industry which will help us clean up any erroneous messages and become better stewards of the land and industry we work in."

The ESI course is the third tier of the natural resources CASE pathway and will prepare students for their research project in the Agricultural Research Development (ARD) Capstone course.

"This is going to be a very interesting and unique course because of its focus on current environmental issues. There will be lots of opportunities for student exploration and independent work, along with inquiry-based learning," said John McGinity, CASE Natural Resources Pathway Coordinator.

Training for the ESI course will be offered through a summer 2016 Field Test Institute. Roughly 15 agriculture teachers will be involved in the field test. Additional opportunities for teacher involvement may be available. Contact John McGinity or Marlene Jansen for more information about the ESI Field Test Institute. 


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As the demand rises for current, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum, the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education continues to advance the rigor, course offerings, and accessibility of its curriculum for agriculture teachers. CASE Online provides teachers with additional resources and support for use in their classrooms as they implement CASE curriculum.


Originally designed to help facilitate End of Course (EoC) examinations, CASE Online now offers teachers the ability to facilitate their entire class through the web-based system.


CASE certified teachers can subscribe to CASE Online for the course(s) in which they are certified. Once they have their subscription, teachers can make course materials, such as worksheets and quizzes, available to their students either all at once, or they can release the materials as they cover the information in class. Once the materials are made available, each student enrolled in the course has 24-7 access to the curriculum and resources at home and at school through a password-protected internet account.


For Dale Cruzan, agriculture teacher at Allentown High School in Allentown, New Jersey, CASE Online has opened up new doors in his Animal and Plant Biotechnology course. Cruzan decided to implement CASE online in his course this past year, because it offered technology integration in the classroom, assessment proof for EoC's, and gave his students the ability to access the curriculum at school and at home.


"CASE Online has allowed me to spend more time with my students, rather than working on the curriculum," said Cruzan. "I have the ability to use pre-formed, standardized questions through the online system for quizzes and other activities. It makes one-on-one teaching much easier for me."


Cruzan says his principal also appreciates CASE Online because of the easily accessible resources for students, as well as the fact that CASE Online evaluates student content knowledge against a national scale.


"All of the study resources are available online," added Cruzan. "CASE Online holds both me and my students accountable in the classroom, providing a record of assignment submissions and completion.  Classroom assignments are more organized now and we have a record of student achievement, which makes my administrators happy. It is a great tool that enhances a great curriculum."


In an effort to continue to grow the online system, CASE recently hired Sara Cobb as its Online Learning Coordinator. Cobb will use the current teacher feedback to make enhancements to CASE Online. The goal for CASE Online is to become a complete online learning management system that eventually will allow students can work collaboratively from anywhere.


For more information about CASE Online, including subscription rates, please visit this link.

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is gearing up for yet another summer of exciting, rigorous professional development institutes. For many teachers, this opportunity has been granted thanks to the sponsorships of several partners that provide scholarships for the institutes. This year, the CASE scholarship program awarded 34 partial scholarships to cover CASE Institute registration fees The scholarship sponsors were CF Industries, Dow AgroSciences, and Red Brand, all as special projects of the National FFA Foundation.


Teachers applied for Institute scholarships in February through the CASE website. CASE received 136 scholarship applications. For Jessica Helsinger, agriculture teacher who divides her time between Newton High School and Covington High School in Piqua, Ohio, her CASE scholarship has provided an opportunity otherwise not possible.

“I definitely have more support from my administration about attending the CASE Institute, thanks to the scholarship,” said Helsinger.

This is the second year Helsinger has received a CASE Scholarship. Last year, she attended the CASE AFNR Institute in Indianapolis. This year, she will attend the CASE Plant Science Institute at Kansas State University. Her decision to apply for a scholarship in 2015 was the result of the positive impact her CASE training last summer made in her classroom this year.

“My students are learning at higher levels than ever before. They are comfortable with the curriculum and are more willing to participate and ask questions,” she said.

Helsinger hopes that her plant science training this summer will give her more resources to develop her plant science curriculum. She looks forward to seeing her students achieve at a higher level and experience hands-on learning they can apply in real life.

Congratulations to all of the 2015 CASE Scholarship Recipients:

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Jeri Benell, NV

Andrew Boersma, SD

Daniel Bolen, OR

Rebecca Farrow, TN

Corinne Galvan, IL

Stephanie Goeb, CA

Jessica Helsinger, OH

Lacie Jacobs, KS

Cassie Miles, FL

Kevin Moreau, LA

Charlie Sappington, IL

Jessakka Schermerhorn, NC

Meagan Slates, PA

Kyle Bailey, IN

Jeffery Bernaix, IN

Clinton Bullock, IN

Heather Dougherty, IN

Samuel Lawrence, IN

Briann Meyer, IN

Ashley Norwood, IN

Kimberly Self, IN

RayeAnn Stamper, IN

Shelby Wolford, IN

*The Dow Scholarships were directed specifically for Indiana teachers.*

Billie Blackson, ID

Brandon Braaten, MT

Carly Chaapel, NJ

Mirinda Goblish, MN

Michaela Kehrer, NY

Leyna Miller, MI

David Slater, MO

Wendy Slusher-Rich, OK

Emma Sunderman, IA

Patricia Tax, MN

Paul Theriot, LA


Interested in applying for a CASE scholarship next year? Applications will be available online beginning February 2016. Check the CASE website for more information and to stay up-to-date on the latest opportunities with CASE!

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education has added two new course offerings to its summer 2015 line-up. Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) and Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) are the newest additions to the overwhelmingly popular CASE Institutes.


The Agricultural Power and Technology course is the foundation level course for the agricultural mechanics pathway. The focus of the course is fabrication, energy usage, machines and structures. The course allows students to apply content knowledge from chemistry and physics in real-life settings, as they observe and work in their agricultural mechanics classroom. Students will focus on engineering and design principles in mechanics, which will allow them to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) principles into their coursework.


"The Agricultural Power and Technology course provides students with a foundation of knowledge that they will be able to use in any additional agricultural mechanics courses they choose to take," said Carl Aakre, Agricultural Power and Technology Curriculum Writer.


APT currently has three Field Test locations: Tennessee State University, University of Missouri, and Kansas State University. For more information about this course, click here.


The APT curriculum is co-sponsored by TransCanada, John Deere, and Firestone.

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CASE is also adding Agricultural Research and Development to its course offerings this summer. The ARD course serves as the capstone course for all CASE Program of Study pathways. This course will culminate students' experiences in agriculture, based on the pathway of study they pursued. The course will enhance critical thinking and teamwork skills as students expand their content knowledge from previous CASE courses. ARD is designed to develop and improve employability skills of students as they conduct research and analyze data in order to complete projects and solve complex, real-world problems.


"Agricultural Research and Development culminates all CASE pathways in a rigorous research and development process. Students will be prepared for the transitions to college and career as a result of the intentional and intensely reflective nature of the course," said Melanie Bloom, CASE Plant Pathway Coordinator.


ARD has two Field Tests this summer, both hosted by Rutgers University at Allentown High School in New Jersey. For more information about his course, click here.


The ARD curriculum is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer.




Since these courses will be field tested this summer, there are additional requirements for teachers to attend the institutes. Teachers interested in these courses must submit a Field Test Application with their course registration and will be required to adhere to additional criteria as they pilot the course(s) in their classrooms. The feedback provided by field test teachers is what CASE will use to evaluate course effectiveness, in order to make adjustments prior to course publication.


Interested in attending a CASE Institute this summer? They are filling up fast, so make sure to get your registration in as soon as possible to reserve your spot.


Follow this link for more information about this summer's CASE Institutes and to register for an institute which best suits your interests and program needs.

Have you been looking for a way to reignite your passion for teaching agriculture? Do you feel you have exhausted all professional development opportunities within your district and state? Are you ready to take your agriculture program to the next level? Perhaps it's time to consider attending a CASE Institute.

Nine hundred and sixteen agriculture teachers in 38 states have discovered the positive impact CASE Institutes can have on their agriculture programs. CASE offers intense professional development opportunities designed to enhance educators' skills. Each institute consists of a two-week program that delivers 65 to 90 hours of teacher professional development.

For Lonnie Koepke, agriculture teacher in Broken Bow, Neb., CASE training has allowed him to expand his knowledge of agriculture far beyond the walls of his classroom. Koepke offers CASE through distance education to five other schools in Nebraska. His CASE course offerings include Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Principles of Agricultural Science -- Animal, and Principles of Agricultural Science -- Plant.

"Through distance education I am able to offer CASE to students who either do not have an agriculture program at their school or their schedule will not allow them to take an agriculture class," said Koepke.

By using a video camera, microphone and television, Koepke's distance education students are able to participate in the CASE course as if they are in the classroom with Koepke. He also uses a document camera and microscope with an attached camera to let distance students see the same things as the students who are on-site with him.

"CASE has allowed distance learning to be exciting for students because it is hands-on learning, not just a PowerPoint," said Koepke.

Koepke begins each CASE course by sending his distance education students the supplies necessary to complete their labs, minus standard lab equipment (i.e. beakers, microscopes, graduated cylinders). Each week, he sends his students a reminder list with the equipment needed for each week's labs. The distance education students are also provided a proctor or paraeducator for on-site assistance during class.

During his CASE courses, Koepke's distance education students are required to turn in their assignments using the provided document camera so Koepke can evaluate their work and give them immediate feedback. Normally, the distance education class begins a few minutes earlier than Koepke's on-site class, which allows him to give the distance education students an overview of the class and laboratory expectations and to answer any questions that those students may have before the on-site class begins.

Through the use of technology and thanks to the rigor of CASE, Koepke has taken his agricultural education program beyond the walls of his regular classroom. He is able to impact the lives of students across Nebraska who otherwise would not have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills available through CASE.

Where will CASE take you?

Check out some more comments from agriculture teachers about their experiences with CASE:

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'I would recommend CASE to any agriculture instructor. It was well worth the money and my time. My students will be more prepared for college because of this class and the feedback I have received from parents on this course has been very positive." 

Cristen Black, Agriculture Teacher
Rawlins County Jr/Sr High School, Kansas

"I am more organized; my classroom is more effectively structured; students have less "down-time;" classroom engagement has improved...among other things."
Jeremy Greene, Agriculture Teacher
Jefferson High School, West Virginia


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"My students love the CASE model. They are challenged by the course material and thrive in the activities and projects. My planning time has been greatly reduced, so I can focus on mastering content with my students, and outside of school I can focus on my family."
Sherisa Nailor, Agriculture Teacher
Big Spring High School, Pennsylvania



For more information about CASE Institutes, click here.

A Message from our Partners:


Summer 2015 will bring two new additions to the CASE Pathways, Agricultural Power and Technology and Agricultural Research and Development, along with opportunities for interested programs to become field test sites.







Agriculture Power and Technology

Agriculture Power and Technology is the fourth foundational level CASE course. Students will be immersed in inquiry-based exercises filled with activities, projects, and problems that focus on the form and function of material, machines, and tools used in agriculture. Students will apply technical skill, while becoming competent in the process that is used to operate, repair, engineer, and design agricultural tools and equipment. Areas of study include:

  • Shop Safety
  • Tool Operation
  • Materials Selection and Use
  • Fabrication
  • Energy and Power
  • Machines
  • Machinery Management
  • Engineering
  • Technology Applications


The development of the CASE Agricultural Power and Technology course has been made possible by contributions from TransCanada, John Deere, and Firestone as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.




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Agricultural Research and Development

Agricultural Research and Development is the culmination of student experiences in agriculture, based on the pathway of study they pursued. For this reason, it is the capstone level course for CASE. Students will enhance their critical thinking and teamwork skills as they expand on the content knowledge from their previous CASE courses. The lessons in this capstone course are aligned with the national standards for Agriculture, Science, Mathematics, and English/Language Arts. Students enrolled in Agricultural Research and Development will learn to:

  • Solve complex, real-world problems
  • Conduct Research
  • Analyze Data
  • Work in Teams
  • Develop New Products


The development of the CASE Agricultural Research and Development course has been made possible by contributions from DuPont Pioneer as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.



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Applying to Field Test the Curriculum

All CASE courses undergo a year of field testing before being rolled out for larger implementation, meaning selected teachers attend CASE Institutes for the course, then implement the curriculum in their program for a year. Field test teachers commit to giving regular feedback to CASE as they pilot the curriculum. That data is used to evaluate the effectiveness of the course, and adjustments are made prior to making the course more widely available.


Additional information about becoming a field test site for both the Agriculture Power and Technology and Agricultural Research and Development courses is expected to be available later this month. There is an application process to attend a field test institute, and selected applicants will commit to giving CASE data related to the curriculum that will be used to improve the course. The Institutes for field test courses are facilitated by CASE Lead Teachers who played a role in developing those courses.

Since its inception in 2007, the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education, or CASE, has been developing four programs of study — Plant Science, Animal Science, Agriculture Technology and Systems, and Natural Resources — by creating courses that are providing students with interconnected, rigorous learning experiences.

At the same time, the CASE system of long-term teacher professional development and support has changed the way many agriculture teachers are approaching their classes and programs.  This year, CASE is rolling out a third piece to their holistic approach to agricultural education – an online component that includes an assessment system and the ability for students to individually access all the material within a course electronically.


CASE Online provides three components to help teachers use more technology in their implementation of CASE courses:

  • Unlimited student access to online curriculum materials for the course in which they are enrolled
  • A bank of test questions teachers can use to create online quizzes and exams
  • Student access to their course’s end-of-course assessment


With many schools moving to an environment where each student has his or her own computer or tablet, being able to access the CASE curriculum online becomes a real benefit in the classroom. In addition to the various assessments already built into the curriculum, teachers can use the open database of questions included in CASE Online to develop any type of summative assessment, such as a mid-term or quarter exam.  End-of-Course exam questions are coded for cross-curricula subject matter, such as Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Mathematics alignment, allowing administrators to make comparisons between the achievement of students who are enrolled in CASE courses and others. Eventually enough data will be collected through end-of-course assessments to give a data-based, big-picture analysis of the positive impact of CASE.


“Being able to look at the data from CASE courses is essential for program growth at the local and state levels,” said Dan Jansen, CASE Project Director.  “Teachers and state leaders can identify difficult areas and can work towards enhancing that portion of their curriculum for better student understanding. It’s a huge part of reflection and professional growth as an educator.”


The expected release date for all certified CASE teachers to have access to CASE Online is September 1. Student accounts are expected to cost approximately $10.00 per student, per course, depending on the number of students enrolled. State and regional block pricing will be available to reduce per-student account costs further.


“We are looking forward to what CASE Online has in store for current and future agriculture teachers. We will continue to grow and meet teacher needs with the online system, just as we did when CASE first started out,” added Jansen.   


For more information about CASE and CASE Online, please visit:


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IAVAT Picture.gifEach year, teachers from across the United States participate in Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Institutes in order to further  elevate the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources  in their classrooms. CASE curriculum also provides students with opportunities to enhance their skills in science, mathematics, and English, making it a valuable asset to the current agriculture classroom.


CASE continues to grow with additional sponsorship and scholarship opportunities. Last year, 387 teachers received CASE course certification. This year, there are almost 500 teachers already registered for CASE Institutes. Of the teachers already registered this year, nearly a quarter were awarded scholarships and grants to help offset the cost of their training. One scholarship recipient was Sarah Timmons, an agriculture teacher at North Boone High School in Poplar Grove, Ill.  Timmons received her scholarship from Mosaic, to attend the Principles of Agriculture Science -- Plant CASE Institute at The Pennsylvania State University.


As the daughter of a forester, Timmons' passion and appreciation for plant science was instilled at a very early age. In college, she also minored in plant and soil sciences. Her goal with attending the Principles of Agriculture Science-Plant CASE Institute is to foster the same passion she has for plants in her students.


"CASE makes students 'get it," said Timmons. "It's not the same old boring lecture and notes teachers have been using for years. It's applying higher-order thinking to real-life situations. When students see what their learning can do, they are engaged and motivated to learn and process at a higher level."


Timmons will also be attending two additional CASE Institutes this summer -- Principles of Agriculture Science-Animal at the University of Missouri, and Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources in Pontiac, Ill. Without the help of her scholarship, the opportunity to attend three CASE Institutes would not have been possible.


"Receiving this scholarship is huge!" she said. "Figuring out how to attend a CASE Institute is financially nerve-racking, so this is a major blessing. I attended the Natural Resources and Ecology Institute in Pontiac last year. I truly enjoyed the ability to network with other teachers in my state.  This year, I am excited to branch out and meet teachers with the same passion all across the country."


Funding for this year's CASE Institute scholarships came through DuPont Pioneer, Mosaic and Dow AgrowSciences. DuPont Pioneer gave 60 $5,000 grants to teachers. Mosaic paid the registration for 32 teachers to attend CASE Institutes, and Dow AgrowSciences impacted 24 teachers, either through CASE Institute scholarships or $500 travel stipends. The Dow AgrowSciences and Mosaic sponsorships were made possible by a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

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DuPont Pioneer Commits $300,000 to Food and Agricultural Education Grants

Second Year of Grants Allows Educators to Reach Even More Students

JOHNSTON, Iowa, and LEXINGTON, Ky., April 22, 2014--DuPont Pioneer (DuPont) and the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) announced today that for the second year in a row, DuPont will award $300,000 in grants to agriscience educators to fund training and classroom resources that will help them implement advanced agriculture curriculum.

Grant recipients are teachers who are implementing Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) in their classrooms. CASE is a multi-year approach to agriscience education with rigorous educator training requirements and hands-on, inquiry focused learning activities. Teachers will use the grants to attend training, purchase equipment and materials, and conduct end-of-course assessments.

"We expect agriculture teachers to be "jack of all trades" as they must teach a variety of agricultural and natural resources related subjects while enhancing core-academic disciplines, such as science and mathematics," said Dan Jansen, CASE project director. "However, our agriculture teachers have minimal resources to equip themselves and their classrooms to provide rigorous instruction. Funding provided by DuPont is essential for teachers to gain cutting-edge professional development experiences with CASE to enhance their teaching practices and implement STEM-based agriculture courses. The long-term impact of this support will benefit hundreds, if not thousands, of high school agriculture students."

"Ensuring there is enough safe, affordable and nutritious food for all will require that more students understand agriculture and become future leaders in food production," said Michelle Gowdy, director of Community & Academic Relations for DuPont Pioneer. "We know that we cannot do this alone and are working with others in agriculture and education to give teachers the best resources to encourage children to understand agriculture and consider careers in the industry."

The DuPont Pioneer Global Giving Program is intended to improve food security by advancing agriculture through science, education and innovation and to enhance the quality of life for farmers and their communities globally. Addressing the unique challenges of our local communities promotes economic growth, improved health and overall quality of life--all factors important to a healthy and strong business climate.

CASE is an instructional system that is changing the culture of agriculture programs by equipping teachers to elevate student experiences in the agriculture classroom, and preparing students for success in college and careers emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math. To learn more about CASE, visit

The National Association of Agricultural Educators manages the CASE curriculum.  NAAE is the professional organization in the United States for agricultural educators. It provides its nearly 8,000 members with professional networking and development opportunities, professional liability coverage and extensive awards and recognition programs. The mission of NAAE is "professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service." The NAAE headquarters are in Lexington, Ky.

DuPont Pioneer is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success®.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders, we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit

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Looking to advance, revamp, or just begin your Food Science course? The Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education has added another course to its innovative lineup that will provide exactly what you need to offer an exciting, inquiry-based course for your students.


Food Science and Safety is the latest addition to the growing list of CASE course offerings, and will be offered as a field test this summer. FSS is a specialization level course in the CASE Pathway, meaning it is part of the the third tier of the CASE curriculum. For more information about the different CASE pathways, please see: CASE Pathways \| CASE.

The Food Science and Safety course will give students the opportunity to complete hands-on activities, projects, and problems that simulate actual concepts and situations found in the food science and safety industry. Through these activities, projects and problems, students will build content knowledge and technical skills, including  food safety, quality, chemistry, processing, product development, marketing, and consumer behavior. The course's culminating project will be for students to develop, create, package and market a new food product.

"This is an intensive food science and safety curriculum which covers every facet of the food science industry," said Leslie Fairchild, the writer for the Food Science and Safety Course. "We've taken the age-old food science labs and added rigor to them. We've opened these labs up for student inquiry to make them more student-driven, so that we can increase student engagement."

There will be three field test institutes this summer, all facilitated by Lead Teachers who have played a role in the development of this course. Since Food Science and Safety is a new course, teachers completing the Institute will be required to adhere to additional criteria as they pilot this program in their classrooms. The additional components of the course will provide CASE with data and information to evaluate the course's effectiveness, so that it may be adjusted in following years before it is published.  For this reason, teacher input is highly encouraged and is a major component of the additional criteria required.

The field test institutes will take place at the following locations:

Texas A&M University (College Station High School)

                June 15-26

South Central College, Minnesota

                July 20-31

Rutgers University, New Jersey (Woodstown High School)

                July 27-August 7

Currently, space is still available to participate in a Food Science and Safety field test institute. For more information, or to apply for a Food Science and Safety CASE Field Test Institute, please visit the CASE website at: FSS Field Test Registration


CASE is sponsored by Cargill and General Mills as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

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