Time Lapse Senescence
Need a good visual of senescence? Check out the time lapse video of a strawberry growing and ripening in 17 seconds on the Blahut Strawberry Farm website.
AFBF Lessons for Less
Find reasonably priced materials for your next Food for America activity, PALS event or Ag in the Classroom lesson. The American Farm Bureau Federation website has ready-made lesson plans, farm fact books and poster kits at a price you can afford.
Grants Target Rural Communities
Pioneer Hi-Bred International's Community Investment Program supports efforts to improve the quality of life in the communities where the company's customers and employees live and work. The company focuses its grant making in the following areas: education, with an emphasis on science; agriculture; and farm safety. Priority is given to nonprofit organizations located in Pioneer facility communities or rural agricultural regions. Organizations with active Pioneer management/employee participation receive priority consideration. Requests may be submitted at any time and are reviewed quarterly. Visit the website to learn more about the program; click on U.S. Grant Guidelines to access the grant application.
Energy Training for Agriculture Professionals
The National Center for Appropriate Technology and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems are pleased to announce a new energy training opportunity funded by the Southern SARE Professional Development Program. The first Energy Training for Agriculture Professionals course will take place near Goldsboro, N.C., September 30–October 2, 2009. Topics will include energy-efficient farming systems, biofuels, biopower and solar and wind energy. Tuition, materials, lodging and meal expenses will be fully paid for successful applicants, along with most or all travel expenses.
Eligible applicants will come from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Priority will be given to extension agents and specialists, although field staff members from any U.S.D.A. agency are also eligible to apply. For more information and application forms, visit the Energy Training for Agriculture Professionals website, or contact Carol Moore. Applications are due April 30, 2009.
Real Math, Real Science, Real Careers is the motto of the Futures Channel, which connects learning to the real world. On their website, you’ll find videos that illustrate agriculture’s connection to algebra, statistics and business.
Denim Recycling Drive
Help your students “go green” and take part in a service learning activity by participating in National Geographic Kid’s denim recycling drive. Students can donate old jeans to help create natural cotton fiber insulation that will be used in homes damaged by natural disasters.
Ag in Space
No, it’s not a bad episode from The Muppet Show! Use this website and its resources to spice up your plant science lessons, introduce students to biotechnology, and make a connection between your class and the real world. You can find several lesson plans, resources and activities at http://www.spaceag.org/index.htm.
Servant Leadership: A How-To Guide
The Timberland Company believes in making a difference in the communities where they live and work. By engaging dedicated volunteers in service events that develop civic leadership and build civic pride, and by finding opportunities to invest resources, they share core values of humanity, humility, integrity and excellence. This Service Tool Kit has been created from firsthand experience to help develop and execute meaningful service events from start to finish. Information to get organized, recruit and manage volunteers and deliver superior results has been included. Use the Service Tool Kit to help plan your next FFA community service project.