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July/August 2010 | Advocacy

President's Message:
Advocacy, Isn't That Someone Else's Job?

Ray Nash, 2009-2010 NAAE President


Advocacy.  Now that’s a hard one to figure out.  As a profession we’ve been chasing the concept for years.  It’s important, but how do we do it, what should we advocate for, whose responsibility it is?  Spending time at all levels in various capacities of our profession, has helped me arrive at my personal advocacy perspective.  It’s personal and local. Read more»

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Current Trends In Federal Ag Ed Policy


Federal legislation is such a big thing. It can be difficult to know which pieces of legislation are important to us as agricultural educators, and harder still to keep up with those processes and decide when and how to take action. This artile will summarize the primary pieces of federal legislation that relate to agricultural education and to bring you up to date on the progression of the legislation.  Read more »

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Advocacy Spotlight:
How OAAE Used Advocacy to Secure Funding For Ag Ed Programs in Ohio

Amanda Sollman
NAAE Communications/Marketing Intern

Last year, Ohio faced the possibility of losing its Point Five Seven Funding; money set aside in the state budget specifically for career and technical education.  If funding was lost, the possibility existed that some CTE teachers, including agricultural educators, would lose their jobs.  The Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators (OAAE) partnered with the Ohio FFA Association, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) and the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (OACTE), to advocate for career and technical education funding in their state. The result was a renewed realization of the power of sharing the story the impact agricultural education has on students. Read more »

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Washington Beat:
Election Year: A Great Time to Build Relationships

Jay Jackman
NAAE Executive Director

Summer and fall of an election year … what does that mean?  It means your legislators will be spending more time in their home districts and states doing campaign events.  This creates a wonderful opportunity for agricultural educators to meet with their legislators at home and work on building those ever-important relationships. Read more>>

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Ideas Unlimited:
Food Lab - Why Do We Eat What We Eat?


Why do we eat what we eat?  This is the question Lee Weis, ag teacher at Ell-Saline High School in Brookville, Kansas challenges his students to answer in a special food-science lab.  The lab, a favorite with students, talks about what foods where developed in the United States, and is a great cross-curricular tie-in with his school’s social studies program. Read more>>

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Teach Ag Campaign
National Teach Ag Day Set for March 24, 2011


Learn about National Teach Ag Day, new resources on the Teach Ag website, national recognition garnered by the National Teach Ag Campaign, and more related to NAAE and The Council's Teach Ag efforts. Read more>>

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In Memoriam: Gary Leger


Gary N. Leger, NAAE Region II Secretary and agricultural educator at Robertson High School in Las Vegas, NM., was fatally injured in a crash on June 16, 2010, while returning home from the NAAE Region II conference. Read more>>

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Considering Running for NAAE Regional Vice President or Secretary?

If you want to run for a position on the NAAE board, you MUST submit a completed Memorandum of Understanding to NAAE by September 15th. Download a MOU>>

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Read More News & Views


You're just looking at the front page of our newsletter. Check out the table of contents at the top for a full listing of stories in this month's News & Views.

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