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Epigenetics: The Ghost in Your Genes - Documentary 48 minutes - GREAT resource for Ag classes
  • Note: Former Ag teacher at Thompson, Iowa, Steve Anderson's  daughter who was an FFA member, recently completed her PhD. in Epigenetics.

Nanotechnology - might this technology  impact agriculture?
Is the Ribosome a Nano-Robot?  << start listening @ 4:50

Career Advice by Mike Rowe (Mike Rowe, Oct. 2014)

Do SAE & Service Learning Matter? (Bloomberg Business Week, Sept. 29, 2024)

Teachers in Education Policy Design? (Oct. 10, 2014)

IACTE Awards to Ag Educators:

IACTE of the Year - Louis Beck, Ag Ed/FFA, Union High School

IACTE Postsecondary Year of the Year - Tom Paulsen, AGEDS, Iowa State University

IACTE Iliff Leu New Teacher of the Year - Alaina Imhoff, Ag Ed/FFA, Mediapolis H.S.

IACTE Career Guidance Award - Ryan Anderson, AGEDS, Iowa State University

IACTE Administrator Award - Don Kearney, Iowa Western C.C.

IACTE Carl Perkins Outstanding Teacher in Community Service Award - Scott Neth, Ag Ed/FFA, Bedford H.S.

IACTE Lifetime Achievement Member Award - Mike Earll, Retired, Ag Ed/FFA, Sibley-Ocheydan H.S.

IACTE Oran Beaty Leadership Award - Irv Meier, Ag Ed/FFA, Wapello H.S. 

Fall District Ag Ed In-services:

SW , Oct. 15, 2014 @ Rm 180, SWICC
  • Iowa FFA Foundation Updates-  Rachel Kagay
  • Iowa FFA Association Updates - Dale 
  • DE Updates/CTE Reporting - Dale 
  • Federal Perkins Program of Study Ag Model - Dale

10:00 – 10:30 – Alissa McLean, Careersafe online

10:30 – 12:00 – Taking the plunge, is CASE for me? For those who are on the fence, Brittany Elmquist and Evan Babcock, will go through a CASE lesson and answer questions about anything CASE.

12:00 – 12:30 – Working lunch

  • PAS Updates- SWICC 
  • Postsecondary Ag Updates- SWICC, ISU possibly

12:30 - ???? For those of you who wish to stay and tour the SWICC facilities, now is the time we will do that.  We will tour the facilities on campus, as well as the farm.  We will also talk to the welding instructor to find what we should be teaching our students. 

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Secondary (High School)

Why don't more men go into teaching?

Teach Ag in Iowa

World Food Prize - Iowa Paper Directions for 2014 - attached

  • Video Explanation
  • Papers Due March 14 for the April 14 Youth Institute @ ISU 
  • $500 scholarship
Envirothon 2014 details - attached

Record participation, increasing diversity -- FFA's growing appeal - attached

Ag Teacher Supply Tightens - Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman 12/18/13-attached

  • Iowa ranks 11th in the nation

News Element


Staying ahead of the curve - Iowa Community Colleges, Iowa Farmer Today, Oct. 10, 2014

Agribusiness Job Report - published 2013 (attached below)

Top AgBus Job Posting States
  1. Iowa 4,637
  2. Illinois 4,264
  3. Nebraska 3,664
  4. Minnesota 3,178
  5. Kansas 2,010
Lamb & Wool December Newsletter (attached)
  • Scrapie Eradication
  • EDS - Ringworm


5 reasons to invest in Iowa's families

DM Register, Dec. 28, 2013

1. Poverty affects the health, academic success and future prosperity of Iowa’s children.

2. Iowa’s skill gap is growing.

Fifty-six percent of jobs in Iowa are middle-skill positions, meaning they require some training or education after high school, but not a four-year degree. Yet only 33 percent of workers possess the right credentials to fill those positions.

Even achieving a 100 percent high school graduation rate wouldn’t leave Iowa with enough skilled workers “to meet the demand for the jobs,” said Elisabeth Buck of the United Way of Central Iowa. “We can’t graduate ourselves out of this problem.”

Parents who work low-wage jobs often have trouble providing for their families.

Capray Canada, a Des Moines father of two, signed up for job training through Project Iowa because he wanted to be a better provider for his children, Caprice “CeeCee” Canada, 1, and Amaree Hilson, 3.

The 24-year-old is now credentialed as a certified production technician and prepared to work in advanced manufacturing, where he says hourly wages for his level of expertise start at around $18.

Canada, who lives in an apartment, dreams of owning his own home. His children, who live with their mothers, could visit as often as they liked, he said.

“It’s makes you feel like less of a man if you can’t provide,” said Canada, a 2008Roosevelt High School graduate. “And you can’t do that working minimum wage.”

3. Whole-family programs catch children in the early years.

4. Expectations are growing for youngsters worldwide, while traditional support systems are shifting.

5. Successful programs exist in Iowa and the U.S.

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