CHS Announces $1.5 Million Gift for FFA and Agricultural Education

Thursday was already going to be a great day — we were celebrating National Teach Ag Day – but it was made even better with a major announcement that will benefit FFA and agricultural education for years to come.

CHS, a global agribusiness involved in energy, grains and foods owned by U.S. farmers, ranchers and cooperatives, announced during National Teach Ag Day celebrations in Minneapolis a substantial, multi-year gift to the National FFA Foundation.  Continue reading

2014 FFA Honorary Award Recipients Announced

FFA relies on the support of exceptional teachers, individuals and companies to provide life-changing experiences for its members.

Each year, at the National FFA Convention & Expo, those who have made outstanding contributions to FFA are honored with Distinguished Service Citations, VIP awards or the Honorary American FFA Degree. In 2014, those recipients will be celebrated during a ceremony at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo on Friday, Oct. 31.

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National Cattleman’s Beef Association Offers Free FFA Trade Show Registration

cattleFFA members are invited to the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention Trade Show Feb. 6 in Nashville, Tenn., free of charge thanks to a partnership between Ram Trucks and the National Cattleman’s Beef Association.

The offer is available only to the first 300 FFA members to register for the 7,000-person event, held Feb. 4-7 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The trade show is open to FFA members in this offer from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 6.

“This is a great partnership and an opportunity to showcase what America’s cattlemen and women stand for,” said NCBA President and Cody, Wyo., cattleman Scott George. “The student members of the FFA are the future leaders of our association and the cattle business. Bringing Ram Trucks and FFA youth together to the Cattle Industry Convention to network, learn and see the cattle industry in action is a great opportunity.”

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Educators Engage in Development Workshops at FFA Convention

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By Kelly Fager, National FFA Convention & Expo Newsroom Reporter

Advancing the future of agricultural education is important and who better to take up the cause than agriculture educators, who are always looking for ways to impact their FFA members.

One such successful method is inquiry learning, which teaches FFA members critical thinking, problem solving, communication and cooperative collaboration. Agriculture educators attending the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo this October learned how to weave inquiry learning into their classrooms during interactive professional development workshops. Topics ranged from agriscience to leadership and gave teachers the opportunity to discover new ideas and activities, receive free instructional materials and learn strategies to increase student engagement. Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons to Teach Agriculture

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Thinking about becoming an agriculture teacher? Here are the Top 5 reasons:

5. Ag teachers never have the same day twice

Ag teachers never have the same day twice. One day they might be in a classroom or laboratory, the next visiting students in the field, preparing teams for a FFA Career Development Event, or leading a community service activity with their FFA Chapter.

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Teach Ag Day 2013: A Letter to FFA Advisors

The following is a letter from the staff of the National FFA Organization to FFA advisors and agricultural educators.

Dear FFA Advisors,

TAG-day-13-largeGood morning. As you all know, today is National Teach Ag Day. It’s a special day for all of us involved in agricultural education as we shine the spotlight on you.

We at the National FFA Organization want you to know that you are highly appreciated, valued and deeply respected for all that you do to teach, mentor and support our future leaders. We applaud your dedication as an educator, the hours that you invest to shape the lives of our students and your commitment to helping students achieve their maximum potential.

Our students are our future and we honor your work to prepare students to take on the challenges of the next generation.

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Clay Sapp: Thank You to Agriculture Teachers Everywhere

National FFA President Clay Sapp stands with Wells FFA (Nevada) advisor Chance Crain.

National FFA President Clay Sapp stands with Wells FFA (Nevada) advisor Chance Crain.

by Clay Sapp

A few weeks ago the National FFA Officer Team got to hang out at our homes for little bit after some time on the road. What a reminder it was for me that school is in full swing for most of us across the country!

My dad is the agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at my local high school and it seemed the whole week I was home that he was swamped. From bailing hay at the school land lab to registering members for an upcoming leadership conference, he had his hands full. Of course to him that was all perfectly normal.

As an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, he has mastered teaching daily, working with FFA members outside of school hours and managing to maintain his own farm. Does this sound familiar? I would guess that many us of have an FFA advisor or two that has constantly gone above and beyond what is in their written job description duties to serve us as agricultural education students and FFA members. Continue reading

Officer 2 Officer: Celebrating National Teach Ag Day

National Teach Ag Day is September 26, 2013 and we’re proud to join with the National Association of Agricultural Educators to celebrate the occasion and endorse agricultural education as a profession. We put together a blog post on the subject last week, and now here’s National FFA President Clap Sapp talking about why agriculture educators are so important in the latest Officer 2 Officer video.

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National Teach Ag Day: Sept. 26, 2013

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Three critical components make up the experience of any of the more than half-million FFA members nationwide: agriculture classroom instruction, supervised agriculture experiences and the FFA chapter. It’s better known as the three-circle model, and it prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

That model would completely fall apart if one integral ingredient wasn’t there: the agriculture teacher. Currently there is a national shortage of agricultural educators at the secondary level. It is estimated that there will be hundreds of unfilled positions across the United States this year, simply because not enough students are choosing to be agricultural educators.

Filling that need is exactly why the National Association of Agriculture Educators (NAAE) is hosting National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 26, 2013.

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New grant program provides agriscience educators with training and funds

agscienceDuPont and the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) has awarded $200,000 in grants to provide agriscience educators with training and classroom resources to implement advanced curriculum that will better prepare students for future careers in agriculture and food.

DuPont Pioneer is working closely with the National Association of Agricultural Educators to award grants to teachers who are implementing Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), but need additional funding.

“Feeding the world will require that more students understand agriculture and become future leaders in food and agriscience,” said Michelle Gowdy, director of Community & Academic Relations for DuPont Pioneer. “We are working with others in education and in agriculture to ensure teachers have the best tools at their disposal to get more kids excited about agriculture and careers in agriscience.”

CASE is a multi-year approach to agriscience education with rigorous educator training requirements and hands-on, inquiry focused learning activities. The collaboration with DuPont Pioneer and CASE is a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

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