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Advisor Update 5-7-12

State Convention

The state convention website is up.  Please visit ncffa.org and click on the convention poster to get started. Registration is due by June 1st

Reminders

  • If you qualified for an event at your regional rally, your regional advisor/coordinator will register your student or team for the state event.  You must still register the student to attend convention however.
  • If you qualified for the Ag Tools & Materials CDE, you MUST register them via the state convention website.  Some areas of the state do this by federation and others by the region.  It is your responsibility to register them before the June 1st deadline.
  • To qualify for the rates for housing at the Marriott and the Sheraton you must register via the online links on our state convention page before May 28th.
  • If you and your students, guests, etc. utilize any lodging in Wake County, please provide this information on our registration system  This information is important because it qualifies us for subsidies that make your convention affordable!  Help us provide you with the greatest use of all of your dollars!

North Carolina FFA Alumni Award Applications Deadline

All Alumni Award Applications are due to the North Carolina FFA Association Office by 5:00 pm on May 1, 2012.   For a listing of alumni awards, please click here.

SLC Registration

Please visit this link to register for SLC-State Leadership Conference July 2-6, 2012.

Proposals for the NC FFA Board of Directors Meeting

Proposals for the July 2012 NC FFA Board of Directors meeting are due to the state office before 5pm on June 15, 2012. You may download the proposal template by clicking here.

Ag Voices Latest Blog Post

Here’s a link to the latest blog post: http://info.ncagr.com/blog/?p=16063

NC FFA Alumni Newsletter

The Spring Edition of the North Carolina FFA Alumni Newsletter is available online here!

National Chapter Model of Innovators Guide

The 2011 Model of Innovator’s Guide is now available on the national chapter webpage under resources (www.ffa.org/nationalchapter). As you may recall from previous discussions, this publication will no longer be mailed to every chapter to reduce the costs of the program. However, the publication is available in a flipbook form and can also be printed from the site for chapters to use for their own resource.

Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award

http://www.neefusa.org/bartlettaward

Summer Conference Registration Information

Summer Conference registration is now open.  Please see the following memorandum from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  The Agricultural Education Summer Conference Program Description is available on the Agricultural Education Moodle PLC.  As the conference schedule is confirmed, we will also post that on the Moodle PLC.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.

Summer Conference is being held July 24-26, 2012, with preconference opportunities on July 22-23. The registration website is now live, please visit http://www.ctenc.org to register. The registration fee is $150. To ensure registration materials are available at check-in,payment must be received by July 13. The CTE Summer Conference block of rooms is open for reservations with the Sheraton Greensboro, 336-292-9161 or 800-242-6556. In order to receive our group-discounted rate, individuals must mention that they are with the CTE 2012 or Career Technical Education Conference. Online reservations can be made by clicking here. Once on the website, the individuals will need to select groups (top of page) and enter the attendee code TECHED (not case sensitive). After the code is entered, you may select the dates needed for your stay. The room rate is $131.00 per night. The block of rooms will close June 21.

For additional information, contact Felicia Gray-Watson, felicia.graywatson@dpi.nc.gov, 919-807-3892.

For registration specific questions, contact Helaina Hinson, helaina.burton@dpi.nc.gov, 919-807-3878.

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Wow! This past weekend’s Piedmont Farm Tour was incredible!  It made us even more excited for our Upstate Farm Tour, happening June 2-3!  24 scenic and sustainable farms, plus mini-workshops and meal stops make for a not-to-be-missed South Carolina farm tour weekend!Speaking of exciting, we have some big news: CFSA, in partnership with Old Salem Museum and Gardens, is excited to announce that it has expanded to include a second Winston-Salem Farmers' Market!  The Old Salem Cobblestone Farmer's Market will begin on Saturday, May 12th from 9am-12pm.

eNews!  http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/eNewsMay2012.shtml

You’ll also find great stories aboutother farm tours happening this Spring and Summer, reminders about the upcoming EQIP deadline (it’s June 1st!), a delicious update from the Carolina Ground project, an opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship through the SC New and Beginning Farmers Program, exciting news about the 2012 Sustainable Ag Conference in Greenville, SC and an expert tip on how to encourage Squash Bees.

There is also a very important action alert against proposed rules that put NC Farm-to-Restaurant Sales at Risk.  Imposing this standard will financially devastate small farms in NC and reduce consumers’ access to healthy local food. We must act fast, because the deadline for comments is May 15!

Amy Armbruster – CFSA’s Communications Coordinator
amy@carolinafarmstewards.org

Ethanol Rocks Video Contest

The National Corn Growers Association has announced the “Ethanol Rocks Video Contest”  Please see attached information regarding the contest rules and description.  This contest will provide teachers with the opportunity to discuss alternative fuels and how they will impact agriculture production.  Please contact Pam Keck (keck@ncga.com)  at the National Corn Growers Association if you have any questions or need additional information.

Public Input n Common Standards for CTE Programs

The opportunity for the public to comment on the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a shared set of rigorous, high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) standards developed and validated by business, industry and education experts, begins today.

The public comment period will run April 30 – May 11, 2012 and all CTE stakeholders, including business and industry, educators, parents, and students are urged to participate in this process.  The public comment period is an opportunity for CTE stakeholders to participate in the development process of the CCTC, which is intended to help ensure all CTE students have access to high-quality, rigorous career-focused learning opportunities in every state, and every community across the nation. The CCTC will complement and support other comprehensive college and career ready standards, such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The CCTC initiative is being facilitated by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Consortium (NASDCTEc).

Forty-two states have declared support for the development of the CCTC. Each of the 42 states; Washington, DC and Palau nominated experts from a range of sectors -- from business and industry to education -- to participate in working groups charged with the development of the CCTC in the spring of 2012.

Once the public comment period ends on May 11, 2012 the state-nominated working groups will review the public feedback and finalize the standards.  The final standards are slated for public release at the National Career Clusters ™ Institute  on June 19, 2012. Provide public comment on the CCTC today.  For more information, contact Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director, dfolkers@careertech.org