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by Laura Johnson, Idaho Department of Agriculture
Global awareness has never been more important in agriculture than it is today. U.S. agriculture is dependent upon markets around the world for growth. Ninety-six percent of the world’s population and 80 percent of the world’s wealth are outside the United States. Middle-class populations are expanding rapidly in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and other parts of the world compared to the domestic, more mature U.S. market. Continue reading
Max Sherman has been in the classroom for 35 years, and a large chunk of that time has been spent preparing his students to be global citizens. He and wife Linda team-teach in Oregon at Tillamook High School, located in a small, rural town of 5,000. The husband and wife team sees the value in global awareness no matter where the kids come from or what their plans are after high school. Continue reading
Michael Rouse, the vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs and president of Toyota U.S.A. Foundation, has been with Toyota for 34 years. In 2002 he met with the director of the National FFA Foundation and the National FFA Officers and was impressed by their presence and the statistics and stories they shared. Rouse then became intimately involved in strategies to diversify FFA and has been a key player in the FFA Diversity Project sponsored by Toyota since its inception. Here is a video of some of the great things Rouse and Toyota have supported. We spoke to Rouse to find out why global awareness is so important to students and their future.
FFA: Why is it important for students to have global experience?
Michael Rouse: Whether they have global experience or not, the globe is coming to America and to them. Continue reading
Shane Stevenson, an agriculture educator in Meridian, Idaho, is on a mission to bring global awareness to his students and his community. He teaches at Meridian High School, a magnet school fed by five high schools. With a population of 1,600 students, the school has two full-time agriculture educators. Continue reading
by Mark McKown for AgCareers.com
In the world of today’s emerging agribusiness, one thing reigns supreme: impressing future employers and supervisors.
Many job seekers have nervously attended those career fairs looking for their first full-time employment or even an internship to kick-start their experience. Many have anxiously waited for the first day on a job site. The time has come and they really need to make a difference in the eyes of their supervisor so that the employer knows they hired the right employee for the company. But how does one accomplish this task? How can new employees get a leg-up on peers and make that solid first impression to gain the appreciation deserved? Continue reading
A collection of links from around the web curated to help FFA advisors and agricultural educators. This month, we’re focusing on the STEM education initiative.
Global agriculture experience
High school agriculture students can get a taste of global agriculture with the Adventure Spanish School. This is a one week immersion experience designed to immerse teen students in the culture, language and agriculture of Costa Rica. Continue reading
We get asked all the time for stories about agricultural education students who are engaging in global activities. Companies, government officials and educators want to know how we are preparing our students to be a part of the world’s industry of agriculture. They want to know if our students are going to be up for the challenge of producing, setting policy and partnering with other countries to feed the world. Continue reading
Question for the Profession is a monthly feature in the advisor’s edition of FFA Pulse e-newsletter that encourages discussion and idea sharing on the National Association of Agricultural Educators Communities of Practice web site. Subscribe to FFA Pulse now!
STEM (or STEAM if you prefer to add agriculture to the science, technology, engineering, and math mix) is an educational initiative that is not going away. So it begs the question, “How do you STEM?” Continue reading
Read our question-and-answer session with Rebecca Farrow, the agriculture educator at Overton High School in Nashville, Tennessee. She teaches using CASE Intro to AFNR, and is also a Dupont Agriscience Teacher Academy alumnus.
FFA: Why does your administration support your agricultural education program?
Farrow: I believe that my administration supports our agricultural education program because we have the same goal: to graduate every student college-ready, career-ready and life-ready. We may be an urban school with non-traditional students, but don’t let the lack of experience in production agriculture fool you. Continue reading
Agriculture teachers: are you looking for a turn-key curriculum to increase the rigor and relevance of your program? Check out CASE – Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education.
CASE materials provide a high level of educational experiences to students to enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources (AFNR) subject matter. Besides elevating the rigor of AFNR knowledge and skills, CASE provides purposeful enhancement of science, mathematics and English language understanding. Continue reading