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YouTube Videos from Arkansas Farm Bureau
Arkansas Farm Bureau has posted eight YouTube videos with topics ranging from the growing interest in farmer's markets to the housing slowdown's impact on Arkansas sawmills. The Arkansas Farm Bureau "channel" can be accessed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/arkansasfarmbureau.

Soil Quality Lessons
Kris Nichols, a soil microbiologist with the USDA-ARS, has created lessons to be used for delivering instruction in soil quality. Download the PDF for instructions on demonstrations concerning water-holding capacity and leaching, soil erosion, soil structure and aggregates.

National Geographic in the Classroom
Bring the outside world into the agriculture classroom with National Geographic online. With articles like this one, which discusses the value of soil around the world including farming practices and environmental efforts, you will never run out of topics to present to your classroom. National Geographic also features a series of related photos and an interactive quiz for teachers to use with the article.

Why Should Your Students Become Agriculture Teachers?
As you know, the demand for qualified agriculture teachers has never been greater. It is imperative that we recruit the brightest and best students available to become career agriculture teachers. No one can do a better job of telling our story and attracting new teachers than those of us committed to the profession. Georgia has created a ready-made lesson and graciously shared it with teachers across the country. Please take a few moments to consider educating your students about our profession. After all, we are agriculture teachers by choice not by chance.

 

Free Market Research from Allendale, Inc.
Allendale, Inc. offers FREE market research for all FFA educators. You can have the Allendale On-the-Go newsletter delivered to your inbox twice a week at no cost. On-the-Go is the closing commentary for the grain and livestock markets and includes fundamental and technical analysis, as well as options strategies. It is imperative that producers, educators and students stay current on the commodity markets. The knowledge of what is happening and why, along with a protection plan, is vital to sustaining a successful business. To view recent issues, click here. Contact gmcbride@allendale-inc.com for information. Significant discounts are offered for full access to Allendale website.

 

Websites to Help You Grow Professionally
Investigate a variety of instructional strategies and research-based best practices, including performance-based instruction, Dimensions of Learning and cooperative learning. Click here to explore these strategies. Also, find examples and instructions for utilizing 30 different instructional strategies that address cognitive and affective domains at http://its.guilford.k12.nc.us/act/strategies.

Delta Conference 2009
CEV Multimedia, Tarleton State University and the National FFA Organization are proud to announce dates for the 2009 Delta Conference. This national five-day professional development conference focuses on the three major areas: (1) the agriculture educator’s ability to engage all students in the learning process, (2) the integration of leadership on a daily basis through the LifeKnowledge program and (3) developing teacher influence in the classroom, school and community. This high-energy professional development event will be held June 21-26, 2009, at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. In its third year at Tarleton, and second year of generous support from CEV Multimedia, this Delta Conference is poised to be one of the best ever!

Applications are due April 15, and space is limited, so visit www.tarleton.edu/~deltaconference for more information and an application. If states are interested in sending delegations of teachers, state staff/state department representatives may contact Dr. Kyle McGregor concerning the Delta Conference’s States Program, which offers benefits to states wishing to simultaneously impact groups of teachers. Kyle may be reached at mcgregor@tarleton.edu or 254-968-9601.

Since 2005, agriculture educators from across the nation have experienced Delta. Will 2009 be your year?