New Agricultural Education Content Standards

Chuck Zimmerman

The National Council for Agricultural Education has released a new set of content standards (pdf). These standards “state agricultural education leaders and educators a guide for development of well-planned curriculum for AFNR-related career and technical education programs.” The multi-stage revision of the standards began in 2014 and included input from more than 270 secondary and post-secondary educators, business, industry and …

Ag Group, Education, FFA

2015 Alltech Young Scientist Awards

Chuck Zimmerman

During the Alltech REBELation the 2015 Alltech Young Scientist Awards were presented. Dr. Aoife Lyons, director of educational initiatives at Alltech, and Dr. Inge Russell, director of the AYS program, presented the awards. Two university students received awards in the 10th annual Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) program, the largest global contest of its kind that rewards scientific genius and experimental …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Education

Top Rated Ag Universities

Cindy Zimmerman

We all have our favorite ag schools (Go Gators!) but if you want a non-biased source for the top rated universities in any subject, the definitive source is the QS World University Rankings. First compiled in 2004, the QS World University Rankings currently considers over 3,000 institutions, and ranks more than 800 under a methodology that includes academic reputation, employer …

Education, University

“Farm to Cart” Downloadable Game for Kids

Kelly Marshall

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has released a new game for teachers, families, farmers and ranchers working with preschool and early elementary age students. “Farm to Cart” is designed to show the connection between food in the grocery store and products grown and raised on the farm. Through the game, young learners discover how to describe the general …

AFBF, Ag Group, Education, Farm Bureau

Talking to Cal Poly

Chuck Zimmerman

Today I had the honor to speak to Dr. J. Scott Vernon’s class at Cal Poly. We Skyped. So much easier than flying! I got to talk about the transition from traditional to new media and social media. Questions included what kinds of skills and/or programs a student needs today to successfully enter an agricultural communications career. My answer included …


More Than $2.7 Million in Scholarships From FFA

Jamie Johansen

The National FFA Organization and Foundation recently awarded more than $2.7 million in scholarships to 2,156 recipients. This was made possible thanks to the generosity made available by sponsors and individuals to reward and encourage excellence and enable students to pursue their educational goals. More than 7,000 students applied for the scholarships, with many of the applicants being considered for …

Ag Group, Education, FFA, Youth

High School Students Win Environmental Video Contest

Jamie Johansen

The Population Connection has announced the winners from their “World of 7 Billion” video contest. The competition encouraged high school students around the world to create and enter videos on population growth relating to one of three topics: universal education; diminishing farmland; and the sixth mass extinction. Over 1,600 high school students participated in the contest and submitted a total …

Ag Group, Contest, Education, Environment

Former FFA Member Donates to Ag Ed

John Davis

A former FFA member from Texas is donating money to support agricultural education teachers. This news release from FFA says Herman Wilson of Houston was inspired by his ag ed teacher in east Texas more than 62 years ago. Now he’s giving back in the form of $250,000 to establish an endowment to kick start a multi-level initiative. “We want …

Ag Group, Education, FFA

ABEF Sensational Six

Chuck Zimmerman

Student chapters of the National Agri-Marketing Association are putting the final touches on their presentations for this year’s Marketing Competition. Here’s a new way to support them courtesy of the Agribusiness Educational Foundation. Got mine ordered. Do you want to put some support behind your alma mater? Have you met sharp young NAMA students? Does a school just “speak” to …

Ag Group, Education, Marketing, NAMA

Thirsty Land Documentary in Production

Chuck Zimmerman

The director of The Great American Wheat Harvest documentary is back in action with a new project called Thirsty Land. Will there be enough water to survive? “Thirsty Land” is an exciting new documentary that tells the story of drought, its impact on agriculture, communities and the global food supply. “The story of drought needs to be told! Our global …

Audio, Education, Thirsty Land, ZimmCast