FFA Members Honored at 2014 White House Science Fair

Celine Patrick and Ashlee Tarro of the Sumner FFA Chapter in Washington were honored Tuesday at the White House.

Celine Patrick and Ashlee Tarro of the Sumner FFA Chapter in Washington were honored Tuesday at the White House.

Two FFA members who solved a plant infestation problem in their high school greenhouse were honored Tuesday at a White House event for students who excel in science.

Celine Patrick, 15, of Lake Tapps, Wash., and Ashlee Tarro, 15, of Auburn, Wash., are members of the Sumner High School FFA chapter in Sumner, Wash. Both were invited to the 2014 White House Science Fair that celebrates the accomplishments of student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions throughout the U.S.

This year’s event includes a specific focus on girls and women who have excelled in STEM and inspired the next generation with their work. Continue reading

#Borlaug100: Who was Norman Borlaug?

Dr. Norman Borlaug is a popular name this week. But who exactly is Dr. Borlaug?

Before we get too deep into his biography and impact, just consider this: Dr. Norman E. Borlaug is one of only three Americans ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Only Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Elie Wiesel join Dr. Borlaug on that prestigious list.

Dr. Borlaug — he passed away in 2009 — is at the forefront of conversation this week for a few reasons.

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Educators Predict Rapid Growth in Renewable Energy Careers

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Wind energy, biofuels and methane digesters may sound like daunting subjects, but careers in the fast-growing industry of renewable energy go hand-in-hand with agriculture.

Renewable energy comes from natural resources, such as sunlight, wind, rain, crops and geothermal heat. Today’s farmers are utilizing these natural resources for renewable energy in the forms of wind power, solar energy and biomass energy to help reduce pollution, generate electricity and produce fuel for cars and tractors.

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Eight Career Pathways of the FFA Expo

FFA members in the National FFA Expo.

FFA members in the National FFA Expo.

If you’ve been to the National FFA Expo—you know, that incredibly large show of more than 400 exhibitors that makes up half of the National FFA Convention & Expo name—you’ve seen the incredible array of displays featuring leaders from across the agriculture industry.

But did you know that FFA has placed those exhibitors into eight different groups that allow FFA members to explore opportunities and companies in an organized fashion? Continue reading

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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