Learn about the National FFA Organization’s Affiliation Fee Program from the State Staff page at ffa.org. You’ll find documents such as:
Frequently Asked Questions, FFA Board Recommendation, Affiliate Program Policies, 2010-2011 Affiliate Fee Schedule, State Structure Models, and Funding Options.
Engaging Every Student
Check out how classroom teachers from across the country engage all students in leadership development at ffa.org in the Local Program Success pages. You’ll find descriptions of how teachers make the conscious efforts to recruit, engage and retain students through FFA activities. Slide down the page to the FFA section and you’ll find ideas such as:
Recruitment and Retention, FFA Gift Card, Make Chapter Meetings Fun, Integrating CDEs, FFA Bucks, Tracking Participation, Rewarding FFA Activity, Meetings Come Alive, and FFA Is Integral.
2010 SAE Grants Available
The submission period for the 2010 supervised agricultural experience program (SAE) grants opened Sept. 1. A listing of available grants and the application will be available on the SAE website. These grants are awarded to members with financial need and the best plans for use of the funds in their production area. The applications deadline is Nov. 15. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enlist Farmer Support to Apply for $2,500 Donation for Your Chapter
In partnership with the Monsanto Fund, a locally focused initiative called America's Farmers Grow Communities has been created, giving farmers the opportunity to receive $2,500 that is donated in their name to their favorite community non-profit organization. Results have been tremendous; FFA chapters received almost $98,000 in the first pilot. The national launch began Aug. 31 and the program is expanding to include 38 states and 1,201 counties across the country. Farmers, age 21 and older, who actively farm a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans, cotton and/or vegetables in the qualifying counties are eligible. For every farmer who signs up, $1 will be donated to the United Way on behalf of the Monsanto Fund. The application process is simple: just visit www.growcommunities.com and fill out a short form by Dec. 31 or call 877-267-3332.
Are You Ready to FFA Learn?
Teachers: Are you looking for useful, relevant classroom materials to use in areas like animal production, agriculture literacy, food safety and leadership at no charge? FFA is proud to announce FFA Learn! FFA Learn has classroom-ready educational tools aligned with national curriculum standards for science, math and social studies to help promote agricultural and statistical literacy. And, LifeKnowledge is now available at no charge. Register at http://ffa.learn.com. For additional information about FFA Learn and the resources available, contact Kim Henry, email@example.com.
Teacher's World at FFA Convention
Coming to the National FFA Convention? Make sure to schedule some time to visit Teachers’ World in the National FFA Agricultural Career Show. You'll find resources for classroom, great professional development workshops, and even an Internet cafe just for agricultural educators. Teachers’ World exhibits will be in the back right corner of the career show; workshops and the lounge will be just across the hall in specially reserved rooms. Don't miss it!
New Teacher News
Check out the newest publication from NAAE New Teacher News. Despite its title, the newsletter is a wealth of information and tips for new and veteran teachers. Read the latest posts regarding classroom management, managing FFA activities, the idea of the month and NAAE membership benefits. Be sure to subscribe so the newsletter will be delivered to your e-mail box automatically.
Service Tool Kits
Get free tool kits from United We Serve to assist with developing meaningful and sustainable service learning opportunities for your students. Tap into the Corporation for National and Community Service webpage to download toolkits for establishing community gardens, promoting healthy lifestyles, supporting local food banks, maintaining public lands and the USDA’s Let’s Glean program.
From Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS)
FFA chapters are invited to participate in the 2010 Youth Service Challenge (YSC) and compete for their share of $50,000 in prizes for their schools. YSC organizers are challenging teens across the country to develop BIG, meaningful service projects and to share those with the world, inspiring other student groups to do likewise. Entering projects is easy - simply upload a detailed description of your project to www.waystohelp.org between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2010. The entries will be reviewed by a panel of distinguished judges and awarded prizes for demonstrating outstanding Participation, Innovation or Impact.
News and Views
The NAAE’s News and Views monthly publication has a new look and new segments. Check out the section on the Ag Teacher’s Wish List, the Ag-tivities workbook and how you could win a $350 classroom supplies grant.
Ag Communications Curriculum
The NAFB Foundation has created a web-based classroom curriculum with brief descriptions of how to evaluate and utilize the broadcast media, the unique demographics of the farm audience, types of farm audience research available and advice from several leaders in the agri-marketing industry. View these instructional units, complete with learning objectives, reading materials, presentations and video links on the Harvesting the Power of Farm Broadcasting website.
Food and Farm Facts 2010
Courtesy of the Illinois Farm Bureau, this publication provides a statistical profile of two industries, FARMING and FOOD. It is divided into three parts and will be useful to you as you communicate with farmers and non-farmers alike. The first part, "Farming in Illinois," focuses on production agriculture with emphasis on Illinois. However, the second part emphasizes the important link between "Agriculture and the Environment" in the United States; while the third part, "Food in the United States," focuses on expenditures for and consumption of food nationwide. A valuable resource no matter your location. The Food and Farm Facts 2010 can be found at the Illinois Farm Bureau website.
Funds for K-12 Field Trips
Target Field Trip Grants
The Target Field Trip Grants program provides funds for K-12 field trips in order to give students throughout the country the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom. For the 2010-2011 school year, 5,000 grants of up to $700 each will be awarded to educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff who are employed by accredited K-12 public, private, or charter schools. Types of eligible trips include art, science, and cultural museum visits; community service and civic projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from the school facility. Funds may be used to cover trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials and supplies. Online applications must be submitted by September 30, 2010. Visit the Target website to learn more about the program.
Bringing Real-World Video to the Classroom
NBC Learn, the education arm of NBC News, offers 10,000+ film clips, news videos and text resources to K-12 teachers and students through its online subscription service, NBC News Archives on Demand. The video collections are fully-searchable, downloadable, and correlated to state standards to support teaching and learning in social studies, language arts and sciences -- including a new AgriScience collection mapped to AFNR standards. For a free 30-day trial, go to http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn-- and do a test-search for resources, from last century or last night, that connect what you teach to real-world issues and events. It may be possible to have your school library subscribe and then everyone has access while using library funds rather than your local funds.