National Teach Ag Day – February 25, 2010
Mark your calendar to celebrate the first ever National Teach Ag Day on Feb. 25, 2010! This is a special day set aside for current agriculture educators to talk with their students about why they chose to go into agricultural education and to encourage those students to also consider a career in the field.
February 25 (Thursday of National FFA Week) was chosen because so many potential future agriculture teachers are in FFA; but National Teach Ag Day efforts will include agricultural education at every level, from elementary level agricultural literacy efforts to postsecondary agriculture programs.
Plan to include a lesson on Feb. 25 about the opportunities in agricultural education. NAAE is developing resources to help you start the discussion, including lesson ideas and a video, all of which will be available for free closer to the date.
Click here for more information and resources for National Teach Ag Day.
Beef For Excellence
Check www.beefexcellence.com to find production calendars, calculators, etc., organized by industry segment. The resources section contains lots of great links (Steer Planet) for students interested in livestock.
Nutrients for Life Free Curriculum
Visit http://www.nutrientsforlife.org/leaders/teachers/curriculum/ and look for “For Tomorrow’s Leaders.” Then go to “I’m a Teacher” and “Teacher Tested Curriculum.” At the bottom, in the middle, click “Get Curriculum for Free.”
National Institute for Animal Agriculture
NIAA is your source for information, education and solutions related to animal agriculture. Find resources for training students to properly and safely handle a variety of livestock species, links to the latest news in animal agriculture, and national reports concerning animal health.
Aquatic/Fishery Sciences Day
If you want to teach an aquaculture course but need more information, get set for a fun day of learning about biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, nutrition and careers through aquaculture/fisheries activities. Experience fish anatomy, pond sampling techniques, water chemistry, fish id and trivia and much more on Sept. 24, 2009, at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information contact Cassandra Hawkins-Byrd at 870-575-8123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parliamentary Procedure CDE Seminar at the 2009 National FFA Convention
The Society for Agricultural Education Parliamentarians is offering an evening seminar for advisors and a limited number of FFA members titled, “Training a Team for the National FFA Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event.” Log on to www.saep.us and click on “CDE Seminar” for topics, instructors and registration details. Enrollment is limited, so register today.
UGA Center for Urban Agriculture
Find over 250 fact sheets relating to the industry of horticulture and links to other horticulture research institutions here.
Engage Your Students in Innovation!
National FFA is now the official Agriscience Advisor to the Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards program. This is an exciting opportunity for both teachers and teams of students. The Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards program challenges teams of high school students from across the United States to solve real-world problems by creating products using science and technology. Top teams have opportunities to commercialize their products. The 2009-2010 competition features four challenge categories: aerospace nutrition, aerospace exploration, renewable energy, and sustainable schools (energy). For more information, please visit the Conrad Foundation website or contact Aimee Wright. Information will be available soon on the FFA Agriscience Fair & Awards page at ffa.org.