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November/December 2010 | NAAE Convention

President's Message:
It's Time to Step Up to the Plate - You Can be a Leader in Agricultural Education

Ray Nash, 2009-2010 NAAE President


Teacher recruitment and retention, mentoring, advocacy, and back-to-school issues of News and Views have come to pass and now the NAAE convention edition is all that remains.  All of these have allowed me the opportunity to express my views and opinions related to issues facing agricultural education and I want to thank you for being kind readers of my ramblings.  With the convention issue, I ask you to let me indulge one last time about a subject that is not new to agricultural education, or even to our society in general.  Where will our next generation of leaders come from?
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NAAE Convention

What You Need to Know Before You Go


The NAAE Convention is almost here, and before you head to Vegas, make sure you’re prepared to take full advantage of everything it has to offer. Read more»

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Meet the Candidates

This year we have two candidates for the office of NAAE President-elect. Hugh Mooney, current Vice President for Region I and Ken Couture, current Vice President for Region VI. Read each candidates' statement to get an idea of their priorities and goals if elected. Elections will be held at the upcoming NAAE Convention, so get informed now. Read more>>

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Ideas Unlimited:
Ag Program Raises Money, Ties into Local Food Movement with Heirloom Tomato Project


After trying several traditional spring bedding crops in her school’s greenhouse, Debra Seibert and her students at Manheim Central High School in Manheim, Penn., decided to try something new tobetter compete with local greenhouses. Seibert got the idea of growing heirloom tomato plants from nearby Landis Valley Museum where they save and sell seeds that date to colonial times.  This past spring, she and her students grew more than 35 varieties of tomatoes and sold more than 4,000 plants to gardeners within a 2-hour radius of Manheim. Read more>>

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SPECA Grants Provide Funding Opportunities for Agricultural Education Programs

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THIS YEAR'S PROGRAM! Applications due January 18, 2011


SPECA grants promote and strengthen secondary and 2-year postsecondary agriscience and agribusiness education to help ensure a qualified workforce to serve the U.S. food and agricultural sciences system.  For FY 2011, SPECA-funded projects will primarily focus on improving K-14 instruction in the following broad topic areas: Global Food Security and Hunger, Climate Change, Sustainable Energy, Childhood Obesity and Food Safety.  Read more»

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Communities of Practice


Use this great free resource to plan your next class activity, chime in about an issue, or just connect with other agricultural educators. Current topics in Communities of Practice:

Swine Industry Unit

Class specifically for officers?

Floral Class Budget

Officer Elections

Where are all the great Fundraiser Ideas?

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NAAE & Teach Ag at National FFA Convention


The Teach Ag Booth at the National FFA Convention was a hit! NAAE led the Teach Ag initiative by organizing the Teach Ag Challenge at the career show, recognizing agricultural educators during a general session, hosting two student Teach Ag Workshops and more!

The Teach Ag campaign has a lot of great stuff going on - from the New Teacher Newsletter to the "Day in the Life of an Ag Teacher" blog. Find out more at www.naae.org/teachag.

 

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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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