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Floral Design Education Center
The floral education center on the Ritter Floral School website contains a multitude of floral designs with step-by-step pictures and instructions for each.  This would be a great site for floriculture students to follow the design process from the empty container to the finished display. This could also provide the opportunity to teach the various design techniques and forms without having to create every example. The page is very long, so scroll down to get to the individual design links.


Delta 2008
Wondering what happened to that “young” teacher who went to the Delta Conference in Texas last summer, or what lit the fire under the “old dog” who also attended? Find out for yourself by attending the 2008 Delta Conference. Dr Kyle McGregor and Tarleton State University are once again offering the opportunity for teachers from across the nation to gather for a week of intensive work on becoming a more effective teacher. If you're wondering if Delta is right for you, read these comments from last years participants, then decide. Information on the cost, dates and agenda can be found at

The conference is open to any teacher with a minimum of one year of experience. Conference dates are June 22-27, and the application deadline is April 10. Spend a week in Texas this summer and join the growing family of “Delta Teachers” impacting student learning across the nation!


USDA Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Mini-Grant: Final Call for Applications
Approximately 250, $300 awards are available in spring 2008 to support your “Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program.” Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis, and recipients will be notified via e-mail. Applications must be received by the May 1, 2008, deadline to be considered for funding. The application success rate is 96.4 percent, with 250 awards presently available for distribution. This will be your last opportunity to receive funding under this USDA grant.


USDA-CSREES Youth Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Mini-Grant
Do you conduct an annual training program for 14 and 15 year olds who wish to work for hire in agriculture operations operating tractors and machinery?

Do you currently teach a safe tractor and machinery operation program?

Do you certify participants with a written, skills and driving exam?

Do you issue the USDOL WH-5 Certificate of Training to those who pass all exams? A plan is in the works to start a new Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program in 2008 to meet the USDOL regulations for youth farm workers. If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you may be eligible for a $300.00 grant to purchase supplies and materials to support your efforts. 

To learn more and to apply for support funds, visit
To learn more about the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program, go to To learn more about the Gearing-up Safe Tractor Driving Program, go to


USDA Economic Research Service State Fact Sheets
Want to bring the expansive and diverse impact of American agriculture to life in your class? Take your students to the state fact sheets provided by the USDA Economic Research Service. These include current data on population, per-capita income, earnings per job, poverty rates, employment, unemployment, farm and farm-related jobs, farm characteristics, farm financial characteristics, top agricultural commodities, top export commodities and the top counties in agricultural sales. Start with the U.S. summary then have students view individual states to see the diversity of products, growth or loss in population by county, as well as all the economic factors listed. Make sure they take a look at the link to “farm and farm-related data” for each state. It provides a good graphical display of where the jobs are in the industry of agriculture and where the growth has been over the last 20 years. This is great information for a multitude of uses in the classroom.

Another Good One from!  
As gas prices approach [GASP!] $4.00 a gallon, show your students this video on the research being done on E85 and our conversion to ethanol. is a great site full of videos, animations and graphics showing, well, how stuff works! If this is your first visit, make sure you have plenty of time to browse. It's a captivating website for students and teachers, alike.

The Future of Education
While we're looking to the future, take some time to view the two PowerPoint videos here:  What if is a thought-provoking look at past thoughts on changes occurring in education. 2020 Vision is a speech given to the graduating class of Arapahoe High School in the year 2020. This one will really have you thinking!  Developed by the technology director at the Arapahoe school district outside of Denver, Colo., these are great pieces to get the “outside-the-box” thought process started when doing long-range planning in not only the agriculture program, but also for the entire school. While you're at the Fischbowl site, make sure you watch Did you Know/Shift Happens if you haven't seen it already. Get ready to do some serious thinking about the future of education.


2008 CDC Disease Detective Camp
The National Center for Health Marketing's Global Health Odyssey and the Office of Workforce and Career Development are pleased to offer the 2008 CDC Disease Detective Camp (DDC). DDC is an academic day camp at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., for students who will be high school juniors and seniors during the 2008-2009 school year. Over the course of a week, campers will take on the roles of disease detectives and learn how CDC safeguards the nation's health. Activities vary by day and may include short lectures by CDC experts, a mock press conference in the CDC press room, work in a CDC training lab, a look behind the scenes of CDC, and other hands-on activities. Campers will learn the methodologies used to track diseases in populations, basic lab procedures used in an infectious disease lab, and how public health research is applied at CDC.

The CDC Disease Detective Camp will be offered twice during the summer of 2008: July 7-11 and July 21-25. Both sessions will offer the same activities and will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. There is no cost associated with attending the camp, but each camper is responsible for bringing or buying his/her lunch.
The deadline for applications is April 25, 2008. For more information on the camp and the application process, please visit

Questions? Contact Judy M. Gantt, at or 404-639-0831.


How to use All-Weather Paintstik for Tail Chalking Cows Video
A new video is now available from LA-CO Industries that features the correct application of tail paint for heat detection in dairy herds. This informative video contains both an English and Spanish version. Companion brochures explain application of tail paint, as well as the economic reasons why proper heat detection is important to any dairy herd in today's economy. This brochure is also available in English and Spanish. These classroom materials are available in quantity from LA-CO Industries, Inc. You may order these materials by emailing us at or calling our toll free number, 1-800-621-4025.