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A live videoconferencing opportunity for ag science classes will be available Thursday, Oct. 17 from 9 - 9:50 a.m. CDT. Veterinary technicians from Texas A&M University will connect to classrooms across the nation and give the presentation Veterinary Technicians 101.  Do you love animals? Would you like to have a career caring for animals? Join veterinary technicians from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences as they describe the pathway to becoming a veterinary technician and career opportunities available in this field. You'll also get a glimpse into the on-the-job activities of several veterinary technicians working in the Small Animal Hospital at Texas A&M University. Four classes will be able to have an Interactive Link with these veterinary technicians, first come, first served.

Register for non-interactive sites (unlimited number of sites available)

Register for interactive sites (only four sites available; first come, first served. Be ready to ask questions of the presenters about the topic)

The registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Noon CDT.

RURAL RADIO, Sirius XM Channel 80, will start airing “FFA Today,” a 30-minute program every Sunday at 6 p.m. EST in October. The show will feature current and former FFA members and advisors sharing compelling stories about their achievements, service projects, awards and successes on behalf of student development and agriculture. Rural Radio (associated with RFD-TV) is devoted to programming about agribusiness interests, rural American life and the Western lifestyle.

The Intertribal Agriculture Council is sponsoring a Youth Essay Contest for Native American youth enrolled in a federally recognized tribe and entering grades nine-12 during the 2013-2014 school year.  This is a great opportunity for youth to showcase their writing talents. The theme for the contest is “Perseverance + Sustainability = Food Security: Feeding Ourselves in a Rapidly Changing World.” The council is excited to hear what these terms mean to youth and their personal history from a food and agricultural perspective. The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. MST, Nov. 1. Encourage all eligible youth to enter. IAC will provide an all-expense paid trip to three finalists, including one adult chaperone per student, to present their written work at the 2013 IAC Membership Meeting in Las Vegas, Dec. 9-13. Finalists will be notified by Nov. 15. For more information, contact Verna Billedeaux, 406- 338-2650 or 406-450-8107, or Janie Simms-Hipp, 479-409-9125.

ATTRA—National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service has been the nation’s leading resource for information on sustainable agriculture since 1987. Find hundreds of sustainable-agriculture publications to enhance lesson plans regarding sustainable agriculture topics such as crops, soils and compost; local food systems; beginning farmer information; energy alternatives; water management; pest management; organic farming; livestock and pasture; and marketing, business and risk management. There are also archived informational webinars and videos generated by the National Center for Appropriate Technology and partnering organizations, a sustainable-agriculture internship and apprenticeship database and numerous links and contacts to other agricultural-related resources.
 
For more information visit the ATTRA webpage, www.attra.ncat.org. ATTRA was developed and is maintained by NCAT through a cooperative agreement with the USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service.
 
Fundamentals in Applied Agronomy is an online, introductory crops and soils course designed for the practitioner hoping to build their knowledge and skills in the topics that are most needed for a certified crop adviser. Upon completion the learner should have a fundamental knowledge of soil and water, nutrient management, pest management, and crop management.  Topics include basic soil physical and biological characteristics; resource conservation; irrigation; drainage; water quality; soil and tissue analysis and interpretation; fertilizers and other nutrient sources; soil pH and liming; pest identification; sampling and control; cropping systems; planting practices; crop growth and development; harvest; storage; managing production risk; among many others. This is an online course from the American Society of Agronomy. The class dates are Sept. 24 - Dec. 17. The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 20.
 
Padlet.com is another cool resource many of you may find valuable in your classroom. It is free to use and basically creates a bulletin board online that you can post pictures, assignments, messages, etc. You can customize it for each of your classes or specific assignments.  All you have to do is go to padlet.com and click on build a wall.  It gives you a generic web address, but that can be changed so students can easily access it.  There are no login/passwords, and all posts and walls can be shared using social media to drive traffic to your wall. 
 
Resources for Teaching Safety are available. Don’t think the department of labor has given up on changing policies regarding limiting the amount of farm work our students are legally able to perform. Bolster the safety education portion of your instruction by using the following resources:
Safety for Young Workers
Landscaping Safety and Health Guide
Preventing Falls
Ladder Safety
Grain Handling
Grain Entrapment
Young Workers Hazards Guide
Youth Labor Rules
OSHA Teen Poster