In Minnesota Agricultural Education, we enhance the leadership capacity of our teachers so they can pave the way for future generations of teachers and grow the profession. The Minnesota Association of Agriculture Educators (MAAE) provides state leadership for Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) Education teachers, along with The Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education (MNACTE), as well as teacher professional development.
Each summer and winter, as well as through out the school year, the Minnesota Association of Agriculture Educators (MAAE), the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), and the Minnesota FFA Association offer a variety of workshops for Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources teachers to help them grow professionally and keep their content relevant.
Program of Activities
State and Federal Grants
The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC), a state legislative council for enhancing AFNR Education, and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) provide state and federal grants to grow and innovative School-Based AFNR Education.
The CTE Levy reimburses up to 35% of a districts CTE expenses including salary, contracts, travel, and supplies.
$250,000 in funds for AFNR teacher extended contracts for FFA and SAE.
MAELC’s Strategic Initiative grants support programming for AFNR Education. Applications are due April 15 and November 15. Over the last five years, awards ranged from $1,100-$15,000, with an average award amount of $7,000.
Perkins V improves and expands services for students enrolled in CTE programs. Secondary CTE in MN has about $9 million for innovative equipment, work-based learning opportunities, career exploration, and local needs assessment.