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The National Agricultural Law Center, www.nationalaglawcenter.org, serves as the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information. Located in Fayetteville, Ark., the center provides objective, unbiased agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s vast agricultural community of farmers, attorneys, state and federal policymakers, students, academics, Cooperative Extension Service professionals and many others. The center also provides extensive web-based and in-person outreach throughout the nation on a variety of agricultural and food law topics. Now in its 25th year of operation, the center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Identifying greenhouse insect and disease problems along with IPM tips for greenhouse growers. http://www.greenhouse.cornell.edu/pests/index.htm.

iPad apps for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources can be found at CTE iPad Apps LiveBinder for 16 Career Clusters. The lists are arranged by free and paid apps and can be accessed on the tiny little tabs above the caramel-colored title bar that says Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources iPad Apps.

A call-to-action for the agriculture community by Jeff Simmons, president of Elanco called ENOUGH http://www.sensibletable.com/. A video of Simmons’ presentation from the 2013 Borlaug CAST Communication Award breakfast is great for initiating discussion in all agriculture classes. His presentation is between the clock markers 1:22:55-1:27:00.

Izzit offers one free educational video per year. The videos are grouped by subject/content area and some are agriculture-related. There is one in particular titled "From Poop to Profit" that highlights a dairy farm and its innovative thinking in handling manure.

Lincoln Electric videos are available at http://www.lincolnelectric.com/en-us/education-center/training-materials/Pages/training-materials.aspx. Look for the No Teacher Left Behind section on the webpage. This takes you to a registration page where you can fill out a request for the free materials that contain the CDs of welding videos. They also have some online training courses available if you need to have students do individual learning or provide for additional instruction for some students. They are found in the Welding Connections Your World section of the webpage.

My American Farm invites you to use their library of free resources to reinforce important curriculum concepts and introduce the vital role agriculture plays in daily life. You will find elementary games such as Ag Across America, Equipment Engineer, In My Barn, Keys to Stewardship. Whether you’re looking for a quick filler at the end of class or need something to engage elementary students on a tour of the ag department, you’ll find something fun and interactive that increases student literacy in agriculture.

Livestock and Poultry Mortality Management Learning Module for use by educators and agriculture instructors. Developed by Oklahoma State University, Cornell University and North Dakota State University, the module focuses on young and beginning livestock and poultry producers and those who advise or educate them. The curriculum includes: a short narrative, FAQs (including brief FAQ YouTube videos), fact sheets, web content, multimedia, quiz questions, in-class assignments, suggested contacts and a PowerPoint presentation. All of these materials can be found at http://www.extension.org/68315. This project was made possible by the USDA NIFA and the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center which is a community of practice within the National eXtension Initiative.

The American Veterinary Medical Association, with the help of GlaxoSmithKline, is providing free veterinary DVDs to show to students interested in the veterinary field. The Agency for Instructional Technology is distributing these DVDs at http://avma.ait.net. Feel free to contact info@ait.net if you have any questions. To request more than one set please specify the desired quantity in the “comments” section on the form.

Temple Grandin videos concerning safe animal handling techniques can be found at http://animalhandling.org/ht/d/sp/i/80622/pid/80622

Youth CareerConnect Grant Program - Collaborate with your career and technical education directors, school administrators, and district grant writers to apply for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Youth CareerConnect program. The department will use up to $100 million in revenues to fund up to 40 grants in 2014.

The program is designed to provide high school students with education and training that combines rigorous academic and technical curricula focused on specific occupations and industries that are in demand. This program aligns with the agricultural education model of combining classroom and laboratory instruction, supervised agricultural experience programs and FFA student leadership development programs.

Youth CareerConnect is designed to strengthen college and career readiness by redesigning the high school experience to focus on providing students with challenging, relevant learning opportunities while enabling schools to develop new partnerships with colleges and employers to support instruction and develop skills students need to enter the workforce. The program will provide high school students with education and training that combines rigorous academic and technical curricula to increase students’ employability and success in post-secondary education. The ultimate goals for the program are to:

  • Ensure that participants gain academic and occupational skills by completing the program and graduating from high school.
  • Move into a positive placement following high school that includes subsidized employment, post-secondary education, long-term occupational skills training or a registered apprenticeship.
  • Obtain an industry-recognized credential in an industry or occupation for those industries where credential attainment is feasible by program completion, in addition to a high school diploma.
  • Earn post-secondary credit toward a degree or credit-bearing certificate issued by an institution of higher education.

The grants will range from $2-7 million total and can be used to fund programs in a single site or to fund multisite programs or districts. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. EST Jan. 27, 2014. To apply, follow this link: http://www.doleta.gov/ycc/pdf/Youth_Career_Connect_SGA_13-01.pdf.