This year we broke all the records for abstract submissions to a NACTA Conference. More than 250 abstracts were submitted for our 2014 NACTA Conference at Montana State. Check out the titles and see what a great conference is being planned:


  1. USDA National Needs in Forensic Plant Pathology: Enhancing U.S. Crop Biosecurity Through Multidisciplinary Graduate Education, Experience and Research
  2. A Different Approach to a Mid-Term Examination
  3. Greenhouse Engineering/Technology Learning Modules
  4. Testing the Water: Using Formative Assessment Tools to Monitor and Improve Student Learning
  5. Impact of Course Format on High School Students Taking University Credits
  6. Effectiveness of a residential summer camp in promoting STEM education and careers
  7. Agricultural Literacy and Student Policy Preferences
  8. Peer Evaluation: Developing an Instrument for Effective Feedback
  9. Developing A Diversity Of Culturally Competent Leaders In Agricultural Science
  10. Instruction for Change: Creativity, Data, & Whole Systems
  11. Cooperative Extension Service Perceptions of Incorporating Infographics into Public Educational Materials
  12. Course attributes that foster student interest and success in a blended introductory animal science course
  13. Describing the number of Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) schools in each state, and support from land grant institutions and state departments of education
  14. Description of Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) units of instruction completed by certified CASE instructors in secondary agriculture classrooms
  15. Focusing on the First Year
  16. Creating Reusable Learning Objects ~ What the Authors Think
  17. Who Fills The Seat: the demographics, perceptions, and knowledge base of students enrolled in the Introduction to Animal Science course at Oklahoma State University
  18. Learning by Pinning: Assessing Higher Level Thinking through Pinterest
  19. Students' Perceptions of Using a Course Management System to Supplement Face-to-Face Advising
  20. Survey Results from the Hands-On Agriculture Learning Day at Lincoln University
  21. Engaging Students in Plant Science Courses by Utilizing the Mini-Horhizotron: An Apparatus for Observation and Study of Plant Root Systems
  22. Cooperative Extension Service and Higher Education Personnel Perceptions of Web-Based Technology Training and Dissemination
  23. Effect of Simulated Food Processing Plant Video Tours on Student Engagement and Learning Outcomes
  24. Pennsylvania Veterinarian Perspectives of Antibiotic Use and Antibiotic Resistance for Use in the Development of Educational Materials and Programming
  25. Leveraging Experiential Learning in the form of Legacy Projects to Improve Undergraduates' Ecological Worldview
  26. Building Global Competency of International Students and their Visiting Professors
  27. Assessment of Undergraduate Research Credit
  28. Informing the Development of Food Safety Competency Integration in the Undergraduate Agricultural Education Curriculum
  29. Embracing Distance Education for the Future
  30. Sustainability Matters: A Review of Student Knowledge and Awareness
  31. Internationalization of Programming at New Mexico State University
  32. Six Departments, Two Hundred Students, and Six Learning Outcomes in a One Credit First Year Seminar
  33. An Analysis of Genetically Modified Organism Acceptability in Europe: A Case Study of Perceptions of the Belgium Potato Event
  34. Enhancing Laboratory Awareness with Snapchat
  35. Factors Affecting Students' Choices to Attend University Career Fairs
  36. Infusing Learning into a Campus Recruiting Event
  37. Integrating research projects into undergraduate courses on organic and sustainable crop production
  38. Creating Critical Thinkers Through Explicit Instruction
  39. Towards Cultural Proficiency: The value of service learning to students' advancement along the cultural proficiency continuum
  40. Change in Students' Diversity Awareness Profile: What evidence can journaling and reflections provide
  41. Competitiveness and Animal Science Judging: Psychological Indices of Performance
  42. A Multinational Comparison of Experiential Learning Theory in Practice
  43. Teachers Connecting, Learning and Networking Online using Social Media
  44. Grade Discrepancies and Self-Regulated Learning in a Soils Course
  45. Comparison Of Two Online Learning Platforms: Promoting Offer Of Online Courses In The College Of Agricultural Sciences
  46. State-level FFA Career Development Events are an Opportunity to Recruit High School Students into Agriculture Majors
  47. Camp Pawnee Service-Learning Project
  48. Correlation of Naturalist Multiple Intelligence With Learning Styles of College Students
  49. It's All About P.M.A.: The Teaching & Learning Power of a Positive Mental Attitude
  50. How Does Learning Run Through Collaborative Groups?
  51. A Conceptual Model to Guide Faculty Members in Directing Undergraduate Research
  52. Who Am I? Using SWOT Analysis to Teach Self-Assessment and Strength Recognition
  53. Comparing Senior Agriculture and Non-Agriculture Students' Use of Time
  54. Self-Efficacy in a Natural Resource Field Studies Course
  55. The Great Debate: An Exploration of Using Debate in the Leadership Classroom
  56. Research-Based, Interdisciplinary Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) at Oregon State University
  57. Interdisciplinary, Research-based Bioenergy Minor at Oregon State University
  58. A Qualitative Inquiry into Undergraduates' Reasoning When Deciding Whether or Not to Attend Class
  59. Leaving "Pearls" of Wisdom to Enhance Student Understanding
  60. "Trade Show Display" Learning Activity to Enhance Plant Identification Courses
  61. Evaluating Student use of Google Maps™ as a Study Resource for Plant Identification Courses
  62. An Introductory Soils Course Hat Trick: Evidence-Based Teaching, Improved Post-Test Scores, And Reduced Post-Test Variance
  63. Teaching Behaviors Demonstrated by College Instructors
  64. A New Curriculum for Ethics in Agricultural Communications
  65. Educating Leaders for Tomorrow's Sustainable Plant Production Systems
  66. The NACTA Judging Conference: Past, Present and Future Directions
  67. Incorporation of the Doceri Interactive Whiteboard App into the Classroom
  68. Building Perennial Legacies on Student Farms
  69. Building Understanding of Quantitative Approaches for Undergraduates in Natural Resources
  70. Engaging Underrepresented Agriculture Students through Research and Job Training in the STEP UP to USDA Career Success Program
  71. The Chicago South Side Urban Agriculture Initiative: Evaluation of a New Agriculture Curriculum and Innovation Network at an Urban Predominantly Black University
  72. Fostering University-Community College Collaboration for a Horticulture Online Degree Completion Program
  73. Creatively Implementing Experiential Learning into the General Education Curriculum
  74. Today's animal science student: A look at student's backgrounds, interests, and perceptions
  75. A Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing Geoheritage Investigation of the Upper Pecos River Valley
  76. Evaluation of interest in an online degree in General Agriculture
  77. Creating a Culture of Professionalism in an Undergraduate Horticulture Program
  78. Utilizing Universal Design as the Instructional Context for Student-Faculty Collaboration
  79. Litton Leadership Scholars
  80. An innovATE-ive approach to building capacity through AET: SWOT study in Armenia
  81. The Cognitive Level of Online Class Discussions
  82. Impacts of the Bioenergy Summer Bridge to College Program
  83. Stepping Outside Comfort Zones: Utilizing Service Learning Projects to Promote Student and Community Engagement
  84. What does it take to produce "more crop per drop"? : Assessing AET systems in Jordan
  85. Bugscope 15 Years of Web-based Educational Outreach
  86. Opportunities in Grain Science Tools Used in Freshman Orientation Class
  87. The Impact of Supplemental Recorded Lectures on Student Satisfaction, Attendance, and Performance
  88. Reality Learning in Online Agribusiness Management
  89. Soft Skills Run Through Us: Meeting Industry Needs in Agriculture Students
  90. Comparison of large- and small-scale biodigesters as an international learning tool
  91. An Examination of High Impact Learning Opportunities Provided in Departments of Agricultural Education: Encouraging Learning in Varied Ways
  92. Engaged Scholarship Integration Strategies for an International Course to Costa Rica: A case study using Environmental Triangulation
  93. Teaching And Learning In Sustainable Agriculture Curricula: A Case Study Of Mediated Learning Of Faculty At A Land Grant University
  94. Negotiating the Rapids of High-Impact Experiences
  95. Examining how participants reflect within an adult agricultural leadership program using Schon's strategies of reflection-on-action and reflection-in-action.
  96. Performance of incoming freshman students with different admission statuses.
  97. Virtual Viewing: Utilizing Webinars to Enhance Learning in Post-Secondary Classrooms
  98. Peer Knowledge Sharing Outside the STEM Classroom in Community Colleges
  99. Articles into Tweets: Improving Students' Summarization Skills
  100. Engaging Agriculture Faculty to Train High School Agriculture Teachers
  101. Service-Learning in a Developing Country: A Unique First Year Experience
  102. Recruiting and Retaining National Needs Fellows in the Area of Sciences for Agricultural Biosecurity
  103. Evaluating the relevance of using the knowledge domains for writing expertise to teach writing in agriculture
  104. Comparing Student Learning Styles and Learning Outcomes in an Online Distance Learning Class and an Equivalent On-Campus Class
  105. Teaching Innovation Creatively in a Week
  106. Agricultural Teacher Efficacy Related to Teaching Dual Credit Veterinary Science Curriculum
  107. Student Learning Outcomes: Qualitative Assessment Method used in a Civic Agriculture and Food Systems Minor
  108. Learning Runs Through the Bailey Greenhouse and Urban Farm
  109. Assessing Success of Student Placement into College Algebra
  110. Describing Social Media Footprints of High-Impact Experiences using Instagram
  111. Teaching CAD-Based Landscape Design Software to Traditional and Non-Traditional Students: What Works and What Doesn't
  112. An Exploration of the Effect of Instructional Training on Undergraduate Teaching Assistants in an Introductory Animal Science Course
  113. Students as Stakeholders: Building an Undergraduate/Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education
  114. Factors affecting animal attitudes: Interactions of culture, demographics, and education.
  115. Digital Natives in college: What happens to learning when the power shuts down?
  116. Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Mathematics in the School-Based Agricultural Education Curricula
  117. Perception of the Post-graduation Value of Study Abroad by Undergraduate Agricultural and Natural Resource Majors
  118. Activating Learning for Students in Agriculture
  119. Chemistry preparedness of animal science undergraduates enrolled in animal metabolism
  120. Designing Experiential Learning Materials to Make the Best Use of Teaching Farms
  121. Demographic profiles and critical thinking ability of undergraduate students enrolled in introductory animal science at a Hispanic serving institution
  122. Impact of background experiences on student performance in introductory Animal Science management courses
  123. Academic-Related Perceptions, Beliefs, and Strategies of Undergraduate Agricultural Students
  124. The evolution of electronic textbooks in higher education what do our students think?
  125. When and Why do Students Decide to Major in Agriculture?
  126. Online Learning and Undergraduates' Perceptions About Their Experience
  127. Identifying Graduate Student Needs through a World Café Discussion
  128. Relationship between IDEA scores and grade distribution in agriculture classes.
  129. Predicting overall course quality in undergraduate agriculture courses using the IDEA survey
  130. Predicting instructor quality in undergraduate agriculture courses using the IDEA survey
  131. Evaluation of Method to Measure Student Ability to Prioritize New Information on Bioenergy Crops
  132. Utilizing Poll Everywhere to Create Word Clouds
  133. Methods for Effective Undergraduate Research: Case Study
  134. Sustainable service learning: Lessons learned from five years of successful partnership
  135. Assessing Students' Awareness of Academic Misconduct Policies & Procedures
  136. Student perceptions of food animal agriculture issues before and after interactive discussions on challenging topics
  137. Innovative Products to Support Instruction and Retain Students in Soil and Environmental Sciences.
  138. Using Student Temperaments to Impact the College of Agriculture Planning and Advising
  139. Associations between Learner Interaction and Performance in an Online Course: A Longitudinal Study
  140. A Review of Select Water Education Initiatives of the Last 40 Years
  141. Development of a Community-Based Companion Animal Curriculum
  142. Distance Learning can Increase Multicultural Experiences for Undergraduate Students
  143. Comparison of Instructor Lead and Self-study Collegiate Judging Teams
  144. Blogging about Turfgrass Weeds: A Strategy to Improve Students' Writing Skills in a Turf Weed Management Course
  145. Inter-Institutional Interest of Developing an On-line Commodity Merchandising Certificate Program
  146. Assessing Morale of Agriculture Education Teachers at the State Level
  147. Women and AET: A Review of the Literature
  148. Summer Enrichment Programs: A Tool to Increase Enrollment in Agriculture at Virginia State University
  149. Investigating Soft Skill Development in an Agricultural Leadership Course
  150. Agriculture Undergraduate Interns Reflect on Their Research Internship Experiences
  151. New F.A.C.E.S. (Fostering Agricultural Communication and Extension Students) A USDA-HEMSP Supported Project at Cornell University
  152. Investigating Factors that Influence Achievement Goal Orientation in Undergraduate Agricultural Students
  153. Agricultural Students' Perspectives of International Experiences: Opportunities and Challenges to Meeting Students' Needs
  154. Growing a Canoe Plant Garden for the Elementary students and College students; connecting food, culture, health and environment into the Hawaiian cultural framework of "Ho'ozulu," the active process of growth in all areas of ecological literacy.
  155. Increasing Learning about and Enrollment in Horticulture through the Floral Plant Giveaway Project
  156. Innovative Teaching Approaches for "Wicked Problems"
  157. Retention, Persistence, and Completion Strategies: A Comparison of USDA-HSI Grant Students to the General Hispanic Student Population
  158. Creating a Class in Leadership for Agriculture and Rural Communities
  159. Undergraduate Student Perceptions on the Scope of Employment Dynamics within the Equine Industry
  160. Impact of Bonus Clicker Points on Final Course Grades
  161. Using Review Sessions to Promote Student Learning
  162. Utilizing the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC) Website to Increase the Critical Thinking Skills
  163. Does the Number of Post-secondary Agricultural Mechanics Courses Completed Affect Teacher Competence?
  164. Utilizing Dexterity to Determine Future Performance of Participants in a Welding Training Program.
  165. The Use of Virtual Welding Simulators to Evaluate Experienced Welders
  166. Differences in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students' expectations of instructors, advisers, and self during their college experience.
  167. Motivating Factors for Student Choice of Major
  168. Gender Differences Among College Students' Expectations of Instructors, Advisers and Themselves
  169. Soft Skills Self-Assessment of Agricultural Communications Undergraduate Students
  170. Preparing Hispanic Students to be Leaders in their Communities
  171. College Choice and the Rural Brain Drain: Evidence from One Land-Grant University
  172. Leadership Assessments within Agricultural Business Students
  173. Building a Successful Student Experiential Learning Program
  174. Using Capstone Semester Courses in Conjunction With Internships that Equate to High Percentage Employment Upon Graduation
  175. A broad based strategy for study abroad programs: The Ghana experience
  176. Improving Hispanic student success through experiential learning opportunities
  177. Impact of Virginia Tech Summer Academy on Student Intended Major
  178. Relationships between Home Community, Major Choice, and Current Residence for Rural and Non-rural Graduates in the College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of [State]
  179. Experiential, collaborative learning in undergraduate agricultural science
  180. What Makes a Manuscript Publishable in the NACTA Journal?
  181. Agriculture Majors Perceptions of Alternative versus Conventional Agriculture Paradigms
  182. Enhancing Regulatory Compliance Among Florida's Farm Labor Supervisors
  183. Multiple Perspectives on Service Learning in Agricultural Communications
  184. Towne's Harvest Practicum at Montana State University: The Added Value of Field-Based Learning on a Campus Farm
  185. Cultural Adaptation: Study Abroad in Costa Rica
  186. Graduates of Agricultural Programs Attitudes Regarding Basic Employability Skills
  187. How ready are agricultural graduates for a career?
  188. Social Media and Equine Science: The Effect of LinkedIn on In-Class Engagement and Grades of Equine Higher Education Students
  189. An International Comparison of Agricultural College Students' Views on Natural Resources
  190. Learning Runs Through Classroom Debates: What Debates Can Teach Us about Sharing the Agricultural Message
  191. Factors Influencing Choice of Food Safety Related Career Path; An Online Focus Group Study
  192. Factors of adolescents' civic engagement in the learning process
  193. Effects of an applied agricultural calculations course at Clemson University
  194. The HYMAX Academy: Learning In and About Agriculture Runs through It!
  195. Instructor and Student Reflections of a Flipped-class Model in a Sensory Evaluation of Foods Laboratory Course
  196. Student Survey of a Flipped-class Model in a Sensory Evaluation of Foods Lecture
  197. Phases of Beginning Teacher Development and the Relationship to Concerns Expressed by Agricultural Education Student Teachers
  198. Perceptions Regarding Importance and Frequency of the Use of Communication Tools by Iowa Cattle Producers
  199. Building on Partnerships, Projects and Purpose: Producing Webinars to Enhance Learning in Agricultural Education Classrooms
  200. Coming full circle: Linking a university Animal Science class to a primary school agriculture education program
  201. Reflections of Plant Science Graduate Students Engaging K-12 Students While Utilizing Learner-Centered Teaching Strategies
  202. Assessment of a Food Science Program Using Core Competency Questions Administered to Freshman and Seniors
  203. A feeder-packer simulation provides an experiential learning opportunity for students in Animal Science
  204. How Do Clemson University students in the School of Agriculture, Forest, and Environmental Sciences (SAFES) learn?
  205. Tackling Difficult Science Concepts Using 21st Century Pedagogy
  206. Service Learning in Agricultural Communications: You Won't Belize It!
  207. Identifying Critical Thinking Skills in a Capstone Agriculture Course
  208. Evaluation of Student Collaboration in a Capstone Agriculture Course through Social Network Analysis
  209. NIFA National Needs Fellowship Program: Translating Forest Science for Global Practitioners
  210. Utilizing the Tuning Protocol to Develop Student Teacher Confidence in Lesson Planning
  211. Using Peer-Review to Improve Writing Assignments in an Undergraduate Turfgrass Science Course
  212. Does the Learning Really "run through it"? Reflective Narrative Journaling Assesses Learning Outcomes
  213. A Faculty Tool Kit for Intercultural Knowledge & Global Citizenship Embedded Learning Outcomes of in a University Common Core Curriculum
  214. The Impact of Implementing Interactive Exam Review Strategies on Student Satisfaction and Exam Score
  215. What Makes an Effective Coach?: The Relationship between Coaching Behaviors and Team Performance
  216. Increase student retention and graduation rate by offering a pathway certificate toward CA in Agripharmatech
  217. RISE: Pathways to Diversity in Food Science Careers
  218. Teacher Perceptions of the Quantity of Agricultural Mechanics Preparation Received at the University Level
  219. The Relationship between Time Management and Academic Achievement among Students in the College of Agricultural and Natural Resources at Razi University
  220. Exploring the Experiences and Perception of Local Food Running Through the Classroom
  221. Writing Factors that Augment Critical Thinking and Create Knowledge in the Social Sciences of Agriculture
  222. Twitter and the classroom: Two birds not of the same feather.
  223. Incorporating community engagement into the dietetics curriculum
  224. University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (UPRM) Center for Education and Training in Agriculture and Related Sciences (CETARS): Outreach efforts to attract underrepresented Hispanic Students into agriculture and related careers
  225. Blending Behavioral Economics into Traditional Microeconomics Using Decision Making as the Emphasis
  226. USDA/ARS scientists and UA MACLab professors sow pre-college seeds for America's Future
  227. The Influences and Adaptation of Technology in Recruitment Efforts
  228. Does Learning Run Through Student-to-Student Interaction in Graduate Distance Education Classes?
  229. Examining Client Satisfaction in an Agricultural Communications Service-Learning Course
  230. Teaching A Class: Contemporary Issues In Global Food And Agricultural Systems
  231. Evaluation of Motivation of Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Lead and Master Teachers
  232. Recent Experiences with Forestry Master's Fellowships Designed for Underrepresented Groups
  233. Using Constructive Alignment for Course Goals, Learning Objectives, and Assignments to Create Teaching Efficiency and Achieve Concrete Learning Gains
  234. Benefits and Barriers to Incorporating Service-Learning in Landscape Horticulture Courses
  235. Determining Satisfaction of Graduate Students In College Of Agriculture Towards Their Graduate Advisors
  236. Bringing the Beef Cattle Industry to the Classroom: An Experiential Learning Opportunity in Animal Science
  237. Building a Rain Garden: Working with Multiple Stakeholders in Academic Service-Learning
  238. Improving Written Communication Skills through Service Based Learning
  239. Dividing the Work, Doubling the Experience: The Development of a Study Away Experience Between Two Universities
  240. Pre-Course Agriculture & Turf Equipment Operations Experience Of University Students
  241. Seeing is believing: the impact of inter-island tours in agriculture education in Hawaii
  242. Students, sprinklers and pipes: A research methodology practicum
  243. Educational Impact of Student-Developed Material for Animal Science
  244. Comparison of Perceptions of Climate Change among Apsaalooke and Non-Native American Youth
  245. Bioenergy Laboratories for Improving Student Engagement
  246. Using the Holistic Process in a Service-Learning Course to Understand Food Security and "Hunger" in a subsistence farming village in Mali
  247. Using the Holistic Process to Assist Students in Undertaking Rural and Urban Renewal in their own Communities
  248. The Role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in College of Agriculture Courses at Montana State University
  249. Let's Pick Berries: An Apsaalooke Community-based project Resulting from use of the Holistic Process in a Service-Learning Course addresses Nutrition, Plant Propagation, Community Engagement, and Strengthening of Elder-youth Connections
  250. An Exploratory Study of Scrap Learning and De-Learning as Perceived by Experts in Higher Education in Iran
  251. USDA National Needs in Forensic Plant Pathology: Enhancing U.S. Crop Biosecurity Through Multidisciplinary Graduate Education, Experience and Research
  252. A Different Approach to a Mid-Term Examination
  253. Greenhouse Engineering/Technology Learning Modules