Agribusiness Made Easier
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has an education page. Simply register (it’s free) and select from a variety of topics under the Education Resources tab on the right. There are short videos that discuss futures markets, trading options, market commodities, interest rates and even currencies. http://www.cmegroup.com/education/index.html
Water, Water Everywhere
National Geographic’s lesson on water is available. Teach students the realities of water shortages domestically and abroad and spice up your agriculture lesson with some real geography. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/04/g912/newswater.html
Rural Business Opportunity Grants
The Rural Business Opportunity Grants program promotes sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs through provision of training and technical assistance for business development, entrepreneurs, and economic development officials. The program also assists with economic development planning. The types of projects that may be funded might include identification/analysis of business opportunities that will utilize local material and human resources; provision of leadership development training to existing or prospective rural entrepreneurs and managers; business support centers; centers for training, technology and export trade; and, economic development planning. Full details and applications can be found at the USDA rural development site and the Rural Business Opportunity Grant page.
Now Seeking Participant Teams for the ITEST Program
The National Science Foundation is looking for participant teams in its Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program. The application deadline is April 30, 2010. The project is limited to 20 school teams from across the country. Apply today, http://www4.nau.edu/CSTL/EYE_POD_Application.pdf.
The Examining Your Environment through the Power of Data (EYE-POD) project provides teachers with the means to implement interdisciplinary, technology-integrated, project-based learning modules with an Earth-science focus in their classrooms. Students learn science and math concepts as they collect and analyze data in an attempt to solve a community problem and communicate those solutions through the use of geographic information systems (GIS) software.
A team of one secondary career and technical education teacher and one science or math teacher; or pair of science or math teachers from the same school must apply together. Upon completion, participants will receive:
- $1,000 stipend
- Some travel assistance to scenic Flagstaff, Arizona
- Tuition assistance for optional three graduate credits
- ArcGIS desktop software site licenses for their schools
- Mobile data collection devices and resource materials for their schools
- 10 days of exciting and engaging onsite professional learning experiences with continuing academic year online support
Applicants must commit to full participation in one of two scheduled 10-day professional development institutes at the Northern Arizona University—Flagstaff, Arizona Mountain Campus. Institute dates are: June 7-18, 2010, or July 19-30, 2010. An additional paid week of advanced GIS training will be offered to participants during summer 2011.
Click for an application and more information.
For more information, contact:
Professional Development Associate
Center for Science Teaching and Learning Northern Arizona University
Extension Experts at Your Fingertips
Broaden your knowledge base and access agriculture experts from all over the country by participating in Extension’s Communities of Practice and Ask An Expert. Check out their YouTube video that puts agricultural extension into perspective in this digital age. It’s impossible for agriculture teachers to know everything, but it’s easy to seek help from those in the field with the research and producer contacts. Check out the latest efforts from agricultural extension at http://www.extension.org/ and http://www.extension.org/ask.
As an agriculture educator, you are equipping future leaders to address the dynamic need to feed more people on less land. The science behind biotechnology can be hard to find, and we invite you to learn more at GetBiotechSmart.com. You’ll find tools for you and your students to research the connection between biotechnology and critical issues facing the world. Resources on the site include:
- Grade-specific lesson plans
- Biotechnology video podcasts and research links
- E-learning modules that allow you to explore the many aspects of biotechnology
We hope you’ll join us in our efforts to equip future leaders to understand biotechnology and how it can ensure a food supply for our growing world population. Please visit us soon at GetBiotechSmart.com.
Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)
CAST is a professional organization dedicated to assembling, interpreting and communicating credible science-based information to legislators, regulators, policymakers, the media, the private sector and the public. You will find they have a page full of links to resources for the science of teaching agriculture, food and natural resources at http://www.cast-science.org/educationResources.asp.
SmartEdge financial literacy program
The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), in partnership with SmartEdge-GMAC and the National FFA Foundation, is pleased to provide the SmartEdge-GMAC financial literacy program. This program is aimed at helping people make better financial decisions by providing them with information about budgeting, credit reports and credit scoring, as well as other tools. NAAE and GMAC Financial Services will provide any interested agriculture educator the training necessary to become a SmartEdge facilitator as well as a $100 incentive for each of the first 100 eligible sessions presented.
To find out more, see the SmartEdge-GMAC Facilitator Information. All agriculture educators who would like to receive this free financial curriculum must participate in an archived training webinar. Click here to access that webinar. If you have any questions about this opportunity, contact Alissa Smith, email@example.com or (800) 509-0204.
FREE DVDs on Animal Science Topics
Showmaster has created a collection of RFD-TV programs on DVD for use in the classroom! Agricultural education personnel are invited to order free of charge by using this form.
Agriculture Lesson Plans Available from Purdue