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Council Seeks Award Nominees for Excellence in Ag Ed
Iowa Ag Connection - 02/12/2018

The Iowa Council on Agricultural Education is seeking nominees to recognize for excellence in agriculture education.

The Iowa Council on Agricultural Education is a bipartisan effort that is charged to review, develop, and recommend standards for secondary and postsecondary agriculture education in Iowa. One of the projects of the group is to recognize those agriculture education school programs that are doing exemplary work in the areas of program promotion and marketing, agriculture career awareness, integration of science, adult education, and curriculum review and revision.

"We value many things: our academics, our agriculture department, and most importantly, our community. Offering these classes helps not only the community out but also the students involved in getting them set up. It gives us the opportunity to help out our community and it also helps us gain more knowledge in certain areas," wrote Maquoketa Valley students Justin Krapfl, Kyle Richter, and Rejji Smith.

The award nomination form can be completed by students, alumni, parents, administrators, or other supporters of the local agriculture education program. The nominations will be reviewed and selected by the Council on Agricultural Education. One winner will be selected in each of the award areas and an overall winner will also be recognized. Award winners will be recognized at the Iowa FFA Leadership Conference to be held at Iowa State University in Ames on April 22-24.

"The purpose of the award is to identify what makes a highly successful agriculture education program in schools and recognize those who model that success," said Will Fett, chair of the council. "We hope that other schools will be inspired to implement some of the best practices that are highlighted."

Agriculture education is offered in 232 high schools across Iowa. Agriculture education employs a three-component model to deliver teaching through classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experience programs, and leadership development through FFA. Students who take an agriculture education class are eligible to join FFA. There are more than 14,000 FFA members in Iowa.

"Each opportunity given to us helps us to prosper and become motivated to come back into the agriculture industry in the surrounding area," wrote students Amanda Engelken, Gabriela Guetzko, and Cole Kruse. The award nomination form can be completed online at Applications are due March 1.

The Council will review, develop, and recommend standards for secondary and postsecondary agricultural education. Established in 1988 by legislative act of the 72nd Iowa General Assembly, the Council is appointed by the Governor annually and made up of nine voting members. The Council members represent all areas of agriculture and diverse geographical areas. The Council includes representation from secondary schools, postsecondary schools, and a teacher educator. Ex officio members include representatives from Iowa FFA, Iowa FFA Alumni, the Postsecondary Agriculture Student Organization of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and members of the Iowa general assembly.

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