NAAE Membership Benefits, Services & Programs

Agricultural Educator Relief Fund
Benefits for Individual Members
Benefits for Student Members
Benefits for Organizational Members
Benefits for State Affiliates

Where are you in your professional life cycle? Click on our infographic to learn how we can help at each stage.

Individual Members

As a professional association for agricultural educators, NAAE provides both tangible and intangible benefits to assist members with professional. NAAE membership benefits include:

Professional Liability Insurance Coverage and other insurance options through the Trust for Insuring Educators (for active, active life, and student members)

  • $100,000 in-dues professional liability insurance coverage. In-dues coverage does not include job protection benefits.
  • Low rates for professional liability insurance upgrades — $30 for $1 million coverage; $45 for $2 million coverage. Upgrades include valuable job protection benefits that provide legal support if you're subject to termination, reassignment, demotion or suspension.
  • Eligible new members are entitled to a $60,000 term life insurance policy at no cost for one year from their initial join date. To take advantage of this benefit, make sure NAAE has your current work, home and email addresses so you can be enrolled. At the end of your free term, Forrest T. Jones, the plan administrator, will allow you to renew the policy at low group rates. You will receive renewal information directly from FTJ.

For more information about these benefits or to upgrade your professional liability insurance coverage, visit

Questions related to your In-dues Professional Liability benefits may be directed to Forrest T. Jones & Company by calling (800) 821-7303 weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Central time, or email: P&

Other services available through Forrest T. Jones & Company for NAAE Members

Life Insurance

  • Group Term Life Plan
  • Group Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance Plan
  • 10-Year-Level Group Term Life Plan

Auto & Home Insurance

  • GEICO Auto, Motorcycle and Boat Insurance
  • GEICO Homeowners, Renters and Condo Insurance
  • GEICO Umbrella Insurance

Health Insurance

  • Cancer Protector Plan
  • Long Term Care Insurance Evaluation Service
  • Medicare Supplement Insurance
  • TIE Health Insurance Exchange

Disability Insurance

  • Group Disability Income Protection Insurance Plan

Other Plans

  • IDShield
  • LegalShield
  • ASPCA Pet Health Insurance
  • International Travel / Medical

For more information about these benefits or to upgrade your professional liability insurance coverage, visit

Hotel Discounts with Choice Hotels International

15% NAAE member discounts at the following brand hotels: Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Quality®, Sleep Inn®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Econo Lodge®, and Rodeway Inn®. Log in to the website and visit your MyNAAE page for the discount code.

Legislative advocacy for the profession

NAAE monitors governmental affairs affecting agricultural education and assists in developing priorities and strategies to affect federal legislation and appropriations. NAAE also has representatives on several national boards to represent your interests and concerns. For more information on getting involved in NAAE leadership, visit our leadership and volunteer opportunities page.

Legislative Action Center

A powerful tool for members to use when trying to build relationships or advocate for ag education. Look up contact information for your legislators and see how they have voted on issues important to agricultural education. More.

Technical and Pedagogical Education

Professional development workshops geared specifically for agricultural educators at our annual convention, as well as multiple opportunities throughout the year in person and online. Learn more.

Leadership, Personal and Professional Development

Run for a NAAE office, join a membership commmittee, or get involved with our National Teach Ag Campaign, just to name a few possibilities. NAAE provides many opportunities to lead the profession. Learn more.

Awards and Grants

NAAE takes pride in recognizing excellence in agricultural education as well as individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the profession. Members have the opportunity to apply for state and national recognition or nominate other individuals or organizations for recognition through a variety of programs. See our awards and grants.

By Choice

Our national e-newsletter keeps you updated on news and trends in agricultural education, resources, legislative advocacy, and NAAE activities and events. As a member, you are automatically subscribed. See previous issues of By Choice.

U.S. Ag Ed Listserv

The U.S. Ag Ed Listserv is for use by agriculture teachers, state staff, teacher educators, and others interested in agricultural education. Subscribe to the listserv.

National Teach Ag Campaign

There is currently a national shortage of agricultural educators, and NAAE has taken the lead in recruiting students to think about a career in agricultural education. Join the Teach Ag Campaign, find resources to help you talk to your students about a career in ag ed, or help your students find a college or university with an ag ed program. Go to the Teach Ag Campaign webpage.

NAAE Agricultural Educator Relief Fund

The NAAE Agricultural Educator Relief Fund is designed to assist individual NAAE active members during a time of personal crisis or need. NAAE members may receive up to a $500 stipend to help them through a difficult time. The fund is made possible by the support of state associations and private donors.

Applications must be submitted to NAAE from the state agricultural education association leadership on behalf of a NAAE active member. There is no deadline for submitting applications for this program. Applications should be submitted at the time of the need. Complete details are included in the application form.

"After a tragic fire, a lot of time is spent on insurance details, so the quicker you can get clothes, food and furniture the sooner you can spend time on the rebuilding process. Your relief fund was a perfect way to help us take care of immediate basic necessities. My mother and I thank you so much for your support. I have always been a fan of the NAAE and the great leadership and services offered members. Your relief fund was a service I didn't know existed and certainly thought I would never need, but I can't tell you how much this kind of support means for an expeditious recovery."
— Tom Hawthorne

"On December 3rd, 2018, my husband had his second hemorrhagic stroke. He spent a total of 30 days in the hospital and I was with him pretty much the whole time. When you have an unexpected emergency situation or health issue, there are a lot of things that weigh on your mind including unplanned expenses. For 30 days, I ate almost every meal in the hospital cafeteria. One of the few times I was able to briefly go home, I got the mail and there was a check from the NAAE Relief Fund. All the stress I had been holding in came out when I opened that envelope and saw the check and note. I sat in my truck in the driveway and cried. The money was very much needed and appreciated, but I think the bigger thing was that someone cared enough to nominate me to receive it and my Ag Ed family was there for me when I needed it most. I may never meet the teachers who individually contributed to the fund. But I will always know that one of the best things about being an ag teacher is that you are a part of a caring and supportive group of professionals and friends. It is one of the things that makes our profession so awesome and unique."
— Pam Rowland

"On June 18, 2015, I watched as a tornado approached my house. With my family and mother at home, I barely had enough time to warn anyone. Thankfully, no one was harmed. The Relief Fund means so much to a family when their world explodes. It cost about $800 to pack your belongings and put in storage. Insurance was a minimum of 30 days away, but the Ag Ed family stepped up at my time of need. I am and always will be grateful for the assistance and I will continue to support the Relief Fund. "
— Ed Jordan

Donate to the Ag Ed Relief Fund

  • Donate on-line by credit card (member log-in required).
  • Donate by phone with credit card: Call the NAAE office at (859) 967-2892 or (800) 509-0204.
  • Donate by check: Make your check payable to NAAE, and put "Ag Ed Relief Fund Donation" in the memo line. Mail to NAAE, 2525 Harrodsburg Road, Suite 200, Lexington, KY 40504-3358.

Application to receive funds (must be submitted by state association)

Current Agricultural Educator Relief Fund Report

Questions? Contact Alissa Smith, NAAE Chief Executive Officer.

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Student Members

Student members enjoy all of the same benefits as active individual members, including the same level of liability coverage (see above), but NAAE also has programs and initiatives targeted specifically for those who are preparing to become agricultural educators.

Upper Division Scholarship

Scholarships awarded during your student teaching semester. Applications are due in May for the upcoming year, so double-check to make sure you apply at the right time. Learn more.

National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program

This program allows specially selected agricultural education majors to spend a day during National FFA Convention immersed in inquiry-based teaching methods and agriscience. Learn more.

Teach Ag Ambassador Program

Each year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of agricultural education majors to represent the profession and encourage others to teach agriculture. This program is only open to current NAAE student members. Learn more.

Teach Ag Collegiate Contest

Each year the National Teach Ag campaign holds a contest for collegiate agricultural education student organizations to show their Teach Ag pride! The contest changes each year, so follow this link for details.

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State Affiliates

State affiliates of NAAE are typically made up of individual members who can take advantage of the benefits listed above, but in addition, NAAE offers a few services that can be best utilized at the state affiliate level.

Legislative advocacy for the profession

In addition to what NAAE does with federal legislation and advocacy, NAAE can provide some assistance in working through state-level legislative issues by consulting with the state association's advocacy committee, working to help place legislative alerts on the NAAE Legislative action center, and more. Contact Alissa Smith, NAAE Chief Executive Officer, for details.

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