Planning Your Speech for the FFA Extemporaneous CDE Part 2 of 3

November 25, 2013

You'll find that the first minute of your speech just flew by and you'll have the judges ready to listen.  Judges have about 20 items they must check off as you go through the speech and if you stay organized with your introductory paragraph not only have you made our job a whole lot easier, we can tell you are well prepared, organized, and a convincing speaker. 

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Planning Your Speech for the FFA Extemporaneous CDE Part 1 of 3

November 18, 2013

Extemporaneous speaking as one of the most challenging CDE's because of the unknown factor. The possible topics are so vast that competing in even local competitions that the experience can be paralyzing.  While the general topics help, there is still a large area of specific issues that can be used in the actual event.  As a judge of extemp on more than one occasion I'd like to offer some do's and dont's for speakers.

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Thoughts on the FFA CDE - Ag. Marketing Plan -- 1 of 5

November 14, 2013

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Free Soils Posters For Ag Teachers

September 24, 2013

Let's face it. The soil orders have weird names and even if you learned them in college, they are hard to remember. The NRCS really provided a great resource when they created this poster.

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Yeast and the trees who love them

September 30, 2012

Pine trees are not just for lumber production anymore.  Researchers have discovered a yeast that is capable of digesting wood chips so that they can increase the ethanol yield provided.   Forestry, environmental science, agriscience, and biotechnology can benefit from a story like this.  Have a great week and happy reading.

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House plants are more than just odor eaters

September 10, 2012

 Scientists are discovering that house plants are beneficial to humans in more ways than just brightening your office or living room.  This horticulture related article would also work well in an environmental science lesson as well.  I'll start being nicer to my English Ivy and Asparagus Fern now that I realize they are doing more than just waiting around for a drink of water.

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Antibiotics in feed have researchers squealing

August 26, 2012

We thought this article would be a great topic in several different lessons.  From feeds & feeding, genetics & mutations, to an animal science digestion lesson there are multiple ways this article can be incorporated.   As always, we created a few bell ringer questions and answers for reading comprehension.  Please share with your fellow teachers and we hope this helps you meet your literary requirement.

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Robo-jellies and Science

August 12, 2012

Here's a great article for innovation related to engineering and Ag. Mechanics.  While we doubt your class will ever turn your shop into a lab for James Bond, but it does illustrate how nature still has a lot to teach us on how things work.  Habitat, marine wildlife, and machine function can all relate to this article.  We've posted 5 bell ringer questions with answers for your convenience.  Spread this articles far and wide so the next generation puts a Robojelly in every garage.  I'd like a red one please.

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Geotropism: an article on how a peanut field lost its way

August 05, 2012

I suspect this farmer couldn't replicate the result he got in the peanut field if he tried.  Fortunately for your class, his bad luck with the weather will provide you with a great illustration of geotropism and how it works and what crop seeds rely on to properly germinate.  Plant science, forestry, and horticulture will all have a good read on this one. I suspect even middle school and high school science teachers can find some value in this article. Feel free to send us your great articles and we'll write them up.  There are 5 questions and answers for your to copy and paste for your bell work. Always remember to keep your seeds sunny side up.

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Quick Topic for Forestry: cork

August 05, 2012

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