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Meet Karlie Ault: Future Veterinary Technician

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Karlie Ault (Ag)“My goal is to complete the pre-veterinary program and receive my associate degree from Utah State University Eastern. After getting my degree I want to become a certified technician.

“A Caring Vet Animal Hospital in Lindon has given me the opportunity to be an intern during my senior year. In February I was hired as an employee. While going to school I plan to stay at A Caring Vet Animal Hospital.

“I took many CTE classes in high school that I feel were beneficial to me in preparation for my college education to become a technician. Biology, chemistry, animal science and veterinary assisting helped me understand cells and how a body functions. I have a passion for animals and their well-being and want to pursue a career in agriculture.

“My CTE Pathway was Animal Systems. I’m so glad I chose this pathway to help start my education to become a veterinary technician.”

—Karlie Ault, American Fork High School

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UtahCTE.org congratulations Karlie on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah State University Eastern. Karlie was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Ag Teachers Are a Class Above

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Hurricane_Ag_IMG_4953Thinking about becoming an agriculture teacher? Here are the Top 5 reasons you should pursue a career in the classroom:

1. Ag Teachers Never Have the Same Day Twice.
One day, agriculture teachers might be in a classroom or laboratory, the next visiting students in the field, preparing teams for an FFA Career Development Event, or leading a community service activity with their FFA chapter.

2. There’s a Teacher Shortage.
Nationally, we need more agriculture teachers. That produces a climate ripe for achieving employment immediately after college graduation. It is estimated that there will be hundreds of unfilled positions across the United States this year, simply because not enough students are choosing to be agricultural educators. Agricultural educators are often on extended contracts, which means they get paid during the summer months and have the potential to earn a significantly higher salary than other teachers.

3. Share Your Passion.
For many FFA members, agricultural education has played a huge role in their lives. From classroom instruction to hours spent preparing and competing, it’s a contagious brand of leadership and skills development. What’s better than taking that enthusiasm and using it to teach the next generation of agriculture leaders? As an agricultural educator, you’ll be leading the way by sharing your passion for our future. Because agriculture is such a broad subject, we need people with all experiences and backgrounds. Urban agriculture is gaining in popularity, as is the addition of ag programs in urban settings. Did you know there are agriculture programs in Chicago and New York City? The only things potential ag teachers should have are a strong work ethic, dependability, and a passion for working with young people through agriculture.

4. It’s a Community.
Agricultural education is very much a family group. Ag teachers help each other out. That is one of the things that makes being an ag teacher so rewarding. The relationships you build with other ag teachers by going to workshops, state and national FFA convention, and other professional settings bring satisfaction and provide support when needed. Many states have mentoring programs for new ag teachers. These mentors guide you through your first few years on the job and help you become successful.

5. Make a Difference.
Agricultural education uses a three-circle model of instruction. These are classroom and laboratory instruction, leadership development, and experiential learning. The successful integration of each of these three components results in a strong program that produces well-rounded individuals who are prepared to be leaders in agriculture, business and industry. This allows you to reach students who might not succeed in a traditional classroom. It also allows cutting-edge topics like cloning, satellite mapping, biofuels, alternative energy and more to be introduced to the next generation of agriculture’s leaders.

Get Started in Agricultural Education
Talk to your teacher or school counselor about how to get started on the path to becoming an ag teacher. Here are some tips to help you get going:

> Talk to your ag teacher about what his or her job is like.
> Ask your teacher to schedule a job shadowing or internship experience for you.
> Develop a supervised agricultural experience program (SAE) involving agricultural education.
> Check out colleges and universities that offer a degree in agricultural education.

“Do what you love. Love what you do. Teach AG!” says Buddy Deimler, Agricultural Education specialist at the Utah State Office of Education and Utah FFA advisor.

Thanks to the National Association of Agricultural Educators’ Teach Ag campaign for much of this content. Learn about Teach Ag at www.naae.org/teaching.

The blog was originally posted on FFA New Horizons.


Ag Educators: Nominate an Outstanding FFA Student

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Buddy with studentsThe DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students. The award is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.

DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture.

Who: FFA student members

What: DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award

How: To nominate a student, FFA Ag educators/advisors should complete the application and submit the form online.

Deadline: May 1, 2016

National FFA Week: February 20-27, 2016

Friday, February 19th, 2016

National officersEach year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The weeklong tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week, in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. The first National FFA Week was held in 1948. Today, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses February 22, Washington’s birthday.

National FFA Week did not start out as a week-long event. At first it was National FFA Day. The 1933 National FFA Convention Proceedings records the beginning of FFA Day in this way: “Stewart of Montana requested the floor at this time to present a matter of general interest. He suggested the idea of having a special Future Farmer Day some time during 1934, preferably on one of the regular national FFA broadcasting days. It was pointed out that the various state associations could perhaps plan special state broadcasts also on that day and that chapters might plan their father and son banquets on the date specified. The idea seemed to meet with general delegate approval and after some discussion it was moved by Stewart that the Board of Trustees arrange for such a day; motion passed.”

National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It’s a time when members share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact it has on member every day.

There are a variety of events that will take place throughout the week, as local chapters communicate with others what FFA is all about, and ignite a passion for agriculture!

National FFA Week Events:

Saturday, February 20 Tractor Supply Company stores will add $1 at checkout to support FFA Grants for Growing.

Monday, February 22 Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday

Tuesday, February 23 Give FFA Day – A daylong campaign encouraging the public to support various needs impacting FFA members, including a scholarship and a blue jacket.

Friday, February 26 National Wear Blue Day


Originally posted on FFA.org.

My Love for Animals

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

By Emily Price

Emily Price - photo editedWhat led me to become a certified vet assistant? There are many choices that I could have chosen to go with, but I know that being in the medical field is my career. I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I was younger, I just knew that my love was working with animals. Early in my childhood my love for animals hit hard. Every time an animal was injured or hurt I wanted to help. After all of these experiences I knew that saving and helping animals is what I wanted to do [for a career].

My junior year came and I signed up for the vet program at the Jordan Applied Technology Center. I took the summer program. Working with the animals had to be the best summer ever. I was able to have fun, but also get certified. I learned many techniques that I will use for the rest of my life. Being part of this program I was able to go to an alpaca farm and give immunizations. At Ching Farms we were able to go out every week and volunteer with the therapy injured animals. I was able to watch acupuncture and chiropractic work done on a horse.

In high school I have taken many CTE classes like equine science, animal science 1 and 2, and I have taken zoology. I have had many teachers help shape my life for this career and I couldn’t have done it without them.

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Animal Systems is one of five Career and Technical Education Pathways (CTE) in the Agricultural Education program area. To participate in the Animal Systems Pathway talk to your school counselor.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

I’m Excited for My Future

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Dulce Urbieta photoHello, I am Dulce Urbieta. I had the chance to become a veterinary assistant and technician during high school at the Jordan Applied Technology Center. This was the best thing I have ever done. Not only did I learn all the different kinds of species, diseases and medicine, but I also learned the difference between working on a farm and working in an animal hospital.

I got to experience the workplace by doing a CTE Internship at Amor Animal Hospital. I was able to watch surgeries and dental procedures, because I assisted as a veterinary assistant. I also did community service at Ching Farm Sanctuary. I performed physical therapy on a horse that had been abused by using an obstacle course. I had to be very careful to know what was okay to do so it wouldn’t upset the animal.

Education has been the most important thing in my life. My parents immigrated to America so that I would have a better life and would have the opportunity to make my dreams come true, by having the chance to attend college. So, when I had the amazing chance to get a career at my age I took [advantage of] it and decided that I wanted to be a veterinary technician. After I graduate from high school [I will] go to college and become a veterinarian. I am excited for my future, because I will make the best of it to become the person I want to be.

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Animal Systems is one of five Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Agricultural Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Animal Systems Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

Focus On: Agricultural Education

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Agricultural Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in agriculture through technical instruction in the classroom, experiential education through the laboratory and Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAEP), and leadership and personal development through the FFA.

The Utah Agricultural Education Pathways are based on the national skills standards and the national cluster pathways for agricultural education. By taking Agricultural Education courses, students learn to value and understand the vital role of agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems in advancing personal and global well-being. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of five Agricultural Education Pathways:

Agricultural Systems Technology
Animal Systems
Food Production and Processing Systems
Natural Resource Systems
Plant Systems

Madyson Smith photo 3Madyson Smith found her passion for floriculture while participating in the Agricultural Education Plant Systems Pathway. “Up until my sophomore year of high school, I was completely clueless as to what I wanted my career to be when I graduated. College was a terrifying thought that I was certain was only for old people like the seniors to think about. Then I took my first agriculture class, which everyone assumes is strictly about farm animals, and it introduced me to plant biology. I then continued my curiosity with plant science and took two trimester classes my junior year. The classes took place mostly in the school greenhouse, where I learned to grow plants and flowers from seeds. This is where I found my passion for flowers,” said Madyson.

In the fall, Madyson completed a CTE Internship at Corner Floral where she learned more about plants, flowers, and floral design. “I want to pursue a career in plant and soil science, and I feel this internship has helped me get a feel for what I want to study and get a head start. I’m so fortunate to have access to so many resources to help me prepare for a career. I was able to find out exactly what I wanted to do and do it while still in high school.”

Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Occupations in Agriculture
The following are rated “4- or 5-Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and most require a high school diploma and work experience for entry. The exceptions are: environmental science and protection technician (including health), which requires an associate degree, environmental scientist and specialist (including health), which requires a bachelor’s degree, and urban and regional planner, which requires a master’s degree.

Listed in order of the total number of people projected to be working in each occupation by 2022, all of these occupations –
> Offer projected openings for 10-80 new Utah workers every year through 2022.
> Pay median hourly wages of between $19.30 and $33.10 in Utah.

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Sarah Draper Elected National FFA Western Region Vice President

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Sarah DraperSarah Draper, a graduate of Box Elder High School, and an agricultural education major at Utah State University, was elected the 2015-2016 National FFA Western Region Vice President. Each year at the National FFA Convention and Expo, six students are elected by delegates to represent the organization as National FFA officers. Delegates elect a president, secretary, and vice presidents representing the central, southern, eastern, and western regions of the country.

Sarah is the tenth National FFA officer elected from Utah since 1931. She is the eighth Utah FFA member to hold the office of Western Region Vice President. Sarah is the first female to be elected as a National FFA officer from Utah. She is the first National FFA officer elected from Utah in forty-two years.

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Sarah has been very active in the leadership of FFA. In 2014-2015, she served as the Utah FFA Vice President. She is very talented, very bright, comes from a very strong family, and is of the highest character. Sarah has been working hard to prepare herself since she was selected as Utah’s candidate in May. She also attended several training opportunities for National Officer Candidates this summer. I am excited for Sarah and for Utah FFA. This is a great opportunity,” said Buddy Deimler, State FFA Advisor and Western Region State Advisor.

Utah FFA Facts:
> 6,249 FFA members. The number of FFA members has doubled in the past 10 years.
> 133 Agricultural Education teachers in Utah. This number increases each year.
> 44, or 33 percent, of the 133 Agricultural Education teachers are female.
> 3 new FFA programs/chapters were added this year. They are, Tintic High School in Eureka, Roots Charter School in West Valley City, and Jordan Applied Technology Center in Riverton.

WATCH Sarah Draper introduce herself to FFA members throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Related stories:
Utah FFA Member, Utah State University Student Elected Western Region Vice President of 2015-16 National FFA Officer Team

National FFA officers elected at 88th National FFA Convention

New National FFA officers aim to ‘inspire members’

William “Buddy” Deimler Named NASAE Outstanding State Supervisor

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Buddy Deimler photoCongratulations to Buddy Deimler who was honored as the Outstanding State Supervisor by the National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education (NASAE) at the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo last week. “Only one person is named each year and it is the highest honor given by NASAE,” said Brett Evans, Utah FFA Association State Executive Secretary.

The NASAE award annually recognizes one member who has made outstanding contributions to agricultural education state supervision. The purpose of the award is to recognize and encourage superior contributions to the field of supervision in agricultural education.

On the award plaque Buddy received it states, “As a true leader you have the confidence and courage to make tough decisions and the compassion to listen to the needs of other. Because of the quality of your actions and the integrity of your intent, you have overcome barriers to success that would have caused others to falter or fail. You have been decisive where others have hesitated. You will always be recognized as an outstanding leader in Agricultural Education for your efforts.”

Buddy has been involved in the agricultural education profession for more than 35 years. He is currently the agricultural education state specialist at the Utah State Office of Education, the state FFA advisor, and serves on the national FFA board of directors representing the western region.

FFA Chapter Highlight – Spanish Fork FFA

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Spanish Fork FFASince the beginning of the school year, FFA members at Spanish Fork High School have been busy providing community service, competing in competitions, and teaching middle school students about agriculture. Their dedication to service in their community, their competitive spirit as they competed against their peers, and their passion for teaching Agriculture in the Classroom has cultivated their desire to make a positive difference in agriculture.

Community Service
In September, Farmer Randy Gordon donated three bins of pumpkins to the Spanish Fork Chamber of Commerce Harvest Moon Hurrah community event, however, the pumpkins needed to be washed. Spanish Fork FFA members quickly volunteered for the job. With a job well done, a sparkling clean pumpkin was given to each child at the Harvest Moon Hurrah.

Sterling Brinkerhoff
Sterling Brinkerhoff competed in the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off and placed second. His pumpkin weighed 514.5 pounds, 100 pounds more than third place. Sterling raised the pumpkin as part of his Summer Agricultural Project.

Spanish Fork FFA members had great success at the Utah State Fair. Dalton Sorensen won the blue ribbon for his champion hog and Kaitlin Hallam won Best in Show in the Agricultural Mechanics category.

FFA members taught students in an 8th grade class about the importance of agriculture. One activity included making ice cream, as students learned about dairy production. Another activity included dissecting an animal to learn about the parts of the anatomy.