CASE advances natural resources, ecology curriculum through National FFA Foundation, Mosaic Company grant

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Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Foundation
DBrodt@FFA.org 888-332-2589

Julie Fritsch
Communications/Marketing Coordinator
NAAE
jfritsch.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, April 19, 2013/National FFA Foundation) – In recognition of National Environmental Education week April 14-20, the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education and National FFA Foundation announce new environmental and natural resource leadership opportunities for teachers and students through continuing grant support from the Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS).

The Mosaic grant provides scholarships for 40 teachers from 15 states to attend CASE institutes this summer where they will receive intense professional development in preparation for implementing CASE curriculums in schools. Students studying a natural resources and ecology curriculum will learn conservation history, energy and waste, forestry, wildlife, sustainable agriculture and management.

Based on field-testing feedback from the 40 teachers, the CASE Institute will refine the natural resources and ecology curriculum and then make it available on a wider scale during the 2013-14 school year.

“Mosaic’s long-term support of the natural resources and ecology curriculum, including its sponsorship of teacher training, creates a means for teachers to use natural resources and ecology education to help students be career and college ready by the time they graduate high school,” said CASE project director Dan Jansen.

Mosaic’s renewed support also finances leadership development in environmental and natural resources for select applicants of the nearly 560,000 students who are members of FFA throughout the country. FFA members will develop environmental and natural leadership skills through experiential education, leadership development activities and both a national proficiency award and career development event provided by FFA.

“Mosaic is driven by our mission to help the world grow the food it needs and our commitment to protecting critical natural resources through conservation agriculture, watershed restoration and nutrient stewardship is solidly reflected in CASE’s efforts to prepare top graduates who will help solve complex global food and water challenges,” said Chris Lambe, director of social responsibility at Mosaic Company.

The National FFA Organization, CASE and Mosaic Company cooperation is a special project of the National FFA Foundation. For more information about CASE, visit www.case4learning.org.

The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at http://www.FFA.org/Give.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About Mosaic Company
The Mosaic Company is the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash. Driven by its mission to help the world grow the food it needs, Mosaic is committed to strengthening global food security and protecting critical water resources. The Mosaic Company and the Mosaic Company Foundation make investments in and partner with best-of-class leaders in the focus areas of food, water and local community investments. For more, visit www.mosaicco.com.

About Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education
The Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education is an instructional system that is changing the culture of agriculture programs by equipping teachers to elevate student experiences in the agriculture classroom, and preparing students for success in college and careers emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math. For more, visit www.case4learning.org.

About the National Association of Agricultural Educators
The National Association of Agricultural Educators manages the CASE curriculum. NAAE is the professional organization in the United States for agricultural educators. It provides its nearly 8,000 members with professional networking and development opportunities, professional liability coverage and extensive awards and recognition programs. The mission of NAAE is “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.” The NAAE headquarters are in Lexington, Ky.

About the National Council for Agricultural Education
The National Council for Agricultural Education strives to stimulate positive growth in agricultural education. Since its beginning in December 1983, the council has provided leadership for stakeholders in agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems education. The council serves as a common meeting ground for agricultural education and represents organizations and entities representing students, teachers, teacher educators, state leaders, alumni, industry and government. The council promotes success for students and teachers who participate in formal agricultural education instructional programs offered in grades seven through 12 and to adults throughout the U.S. and its three territories.