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If you are interested, Mondovi FFA was featured last week on "This Week in Agribusiness" with Max Armstrong and Orion Samuelson on RFDTV. You can follow the following website link to watch the video if you woud like.

http://farmprogressamerica.com/video.aspx?vc=16
School districts could have trouble filling agriculture teacher positions
DOL Notification: Child Labor in Agriculture NPRM is WITHDRAWN
The U.S. Department of Labor today (April 26, 2012) issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of a proposed rule dealing with children who work in agricultural vocations:

The Obama Administration is firmly committed to promoting family farmers and respecting the rural way of life, especially the role that parents and other family members play in passing those traditions down through the generations. The Obama Administration is also deeply committed to listening and responding to what Americans across the country have to say about proposed rules and regulations. As a result, the Department of Labor is announcing today the withdrawal of the proposed rule dealing with children under the age of 16 who work in agricultural vocations. The decision to withdraw this rule including provisions to define the parental exemption was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small family-owned farms. To be clear, this regulation will not be pursued for the duration of the Obama Administration. Instead, the Departments of Labor and Agriculture will work with rural stakeholders such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Farmers Union, the Future Farmers of America, and 4-H to develop an educational program to reduce accidents to young workers and promote safer agricultural working practices.

This is a huge victory for American production agriculture ... and for school-based agricultural education ... and we extend our thanks to all who made the choice to get involved in preventing this proposed rulemaking from being implemented. Good work Team Ag Ed!
Attached is a news release that will be of great interest. It announces a new interagency agreement between the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Education to promote career pathways and postsecondary education. Those who have programs in jeopardy may be able to use this as evidence of the value of agricultural education to the Department of Education and the current administration.



Were particularly pleased at the news as it is an outgrowth of the meeting National FFA had earlier this year with Secretary Duncan and Secretary Vilsack. It was at that occasion that we first proposed an interagency agreement. The benefits can extend to all of career and technical education. We expect more positive developments that will derive from this closer collaboration.



http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/usda-and-education-host-white-house-rural-council-meeting-sign-interagency-agree
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2011-2012 NAAE Board of Directors
Congratulations to the newly installed NAAE board of directors. Leaders for the upcoming year were elected at last week's NAAE convention.

President - Ken Couture, CT
President-elect - Farrah Johnson, FL

Region I Vice President - Erica Whitmore, WA
Region I Secretary - Heath Hornecker, WY

Region II Vice President - Kevin Stacy, OK
Region II Secretary - James Cannon, AR

Region III Vice President - Terry Rieckman, SD
Region III Secretary - Glenda Crook, WI

Region IV Vice President - Charlie Sappington, IL
Region IV Secretary - Scott Stone, MO

Region V Vice President - Daryl Behel, MS
Region V Secretary - Joshua Davenport, MS

Region VI Vice President - Michael Harrington, MD
Region VI Secretary - Debra Seibert, PA

To read about award winners and download press releases, click here.

To view photos from the convention, click here. Please note that due to high volume, we still in the process of uploading photos.
Cheryl Steinbach, a Granton School District teacher, is the recipient of a 2011 Wisconsin School Forest award for outstanding school forest educator by the LEAF Program. The award was presented Nov. 4 in Rosholt during the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education fall conference.
Congratulations to Brad Markhardt!
Check out this article on Wisconsin Ag Connection and video about Brad Markhardt, Black River Falls Ag Ed Teacher, who was named Wisconsin Teacher of the Year. Good luck to Brad as he competes for the national Teacher of the Year title!
On Monday, April 19th, Congressman Petri traveled to Westfield to answer an invite from the Agricultural Education Department to learn about the Biodiesel Program. During his one hour visit, the congressman was pleased to hear about the cost savings to the district and the positive affects that it had on the students that were involved with the project.