NACTA Updates and Information: May 2010


In This Issue:

  • Cast Your Vote for NACTA Officers
  • New on the Website
  • Membership Renewal Continues
  • Registration for 2010 NACTA Conference Continues
  • Past NACTA Conferences and Posters
  • Book Reviews
  • NACTA Facebook
  • Hard Copies of 2009 NACTA Journal Available
  • Writing for the NACTA Journal - Tips
  • Featured Position Announcements
    1. AmeriCorps VISTA Ohio Farm to School
    2. International Rescue Committee Coordinator of US Programs
    3. Community Agrowecology Network (CAN) Associate Director
    4. Ag Innovations Network Program Director



Cast Your Vote for NACTA Officers


Time is running out to cast your electronic vote for the 2010-2011 NACTA officers. Voting will continue until the end of May, 2010. If you have already voted here is the information you will need:


Information about the candidates is located in "Biographies of NACTA Election Candidates" on the NACTA Website


To vote, go to our website - and then -- "2010 NACTA Officer Elections"


The candidates are:


Jeannette Moore, North Carolina State University

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Iowa State University


Central Regional Director-Elect:

Dana Minihan, Kansas State University

Kevin Bacon, Western Illinois University


Canadian Regional Director-Elect:

Martin Zuidhof, University of Alberta



To Vote: We have set up an account for you on the new website. This account will allow you to maintain your membership, have access to NACTA only materials, and to vote in our annual officer elections.


To activate your account we request that you setup your password by entering your email address in the following link: The system will email you a link that you may use to reset your password. After you have reset your password, you may log in to your account with your email address as a USER NAME.


On the front page of the NACTA website, the link to the officer bio sketches and 2010 Officer Elections are under "Featured Links" on the lower left side.


If you have problems, please let us know.


Thanks, Marilyn Parker, NACTA Secretary/Treasurer



New on the Website


We are trying to make the new website the main communication and public relations tool of NACTA. Check out the items recently added to the website:

  • Schedule of the oral presentations at the 2010 Conference (Announcements)
  • Schedule of the poster presentations at the 2010 Conference (Announcements)
  • Growth of the NACTA Conference (News)


If you have ideas for items that should be posted on the website, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Membership Renewal Continues

If you did not renew your membership for 2010 you will no longer have access to the current issues of the NACTA Journal online at You can still renew your membership by emailing the secretary or obtaining a membership form on the NACTA website under Membership Applications. If you have paid your 2010 membership and have not received the 2010 password please email the secretary.


Help NACTA grow. Remember that you could double the membership of NACTA if you encouraged one associate to join at the time you renew your membership. Make a copy of the form and encourage someone else to join!

Registration for 2010 NACTA June Conference Continues


Registration continues for the 2010 NACTA Conference being held at Penn State on June 22 to 25. For details on the conference and to register online please visit: Presentation schedules for the poster and oral sessions are also posted on the conference website.


We hope you can join us this summer in State College, PA for an engaging week of 70+ oral presentations, 100+ poster sessions, roundtable discussions and exciting tours as we "Collaborate, Communicate, Celebrate," teaching and learning around agricultural, human, and renewable natural resources.


For questions regarding the 2010 NACTA conference, please visit, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 814-865-8301 or toll-free 877-778-2937.



2010 NACTA Conference Planning Committee

College of Agricultural Sciences

Penn State



Past NACTA Conferences and Posters


Find out more about NACTA Conferences. You can view and download photos taken at past NACTA Conferences at this URL: .Also you can find examples of posters from past NACTA Conferences.



Books Available to Review


Currently, no books are available for review: Please submit your ideas for books to review.



NACTA on Facebook

Find us on Facebook. Leave us a comment on our "wall."


Hard Copies of Annual 2009 NACTA Journal Available


A few hard copies of the Annual 2009 NACTA Journal (4 issues combined) are available for anyone wanting to purchase an extra copy or two. The cost is $30.00 per copy (shipping and handling included). Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in purchasing one or more copies.


You can also obtain an electronic (PDF) or hard copy of the Annual 2009 NACTA Journal on Lulu: All money goes to support the NACTA organization.



Writing for the NACTA Journal - Tips


This section of the E-newsletter will feature helpful tips on preparing a manuscript for the NACTA Journal. Most all of the information featured here is available in the "Instructions for NACTA Authors" which can be downloaded from the NACTA website.


Manuscript and abstract numbers. As editor I receive files with many creative names and some not so creative. Can you imagine how many files I receive with the name "NACTA.doc?" File names are important and they become more important once a manuscript or abstract is submitted. I cannot remember authors or file names or titles of manuscripts or abstracts but I can quickly find them with their number. When resubmitting or submitting a revised, final manuscript or abstract use the assigned number as the file name. When making inquiries about the status of a manuscript or abstract always use the assigned manuscript or abstract number.



Featured Position Announcements


AmeriCorps VISTA Ohio Farm to School


The Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Department of Education invite applicants for an AmeriCorps VISTA position for 2010-2011 working with the Ohio Farm to School Initiative. We are looking for candidates with a B.A. who have initiative, are motivated and interested in Farm to School. This position will develop resources and program models for Ohio schools and farmers by working with the State Farm to School Coordinator, ODA Sustainable Agriculture program staff and the five pilot farm-to-school districts in Southeastern Ohio.


Activities include but are not limited to: 1) Developing a PR campaign (kits) around farm to school for pilot school districts to implement in their communities and prepare kits for non-pilot schools; 2) Assisting with the development of the Ohio Farm to School Handbook; 3) Develop a plan for a student Farm to School advisory group - to advance the Farm to School Initiative in Ohio;4) Develop technical assistance fact sheets for non-pilot school districts, and;)5) Assist with Ohio Farm to School web development.


Candidates should ideally have a background or knowledge of local food systems, sustainable agriculture and/or education. We desire candidates with strong writing skills, research skills and good computer skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. This job requires the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, common sense and strong listening skills. The position will be based at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg, Ohio (just outside of Columbus).


Applicants should apply by sending a cover letter, resume, a writing sample and a list of the names and contact information for three references.


Apply to


More information on the Ohio Farm to School Initiative is available at


The Ohio Farm to School Initiative is a joint project between the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Education.  Farm to school initiatives involve connecting schools with local farms by bringing fresh, nutritious foods from local farms into school cafeterias and by offering students experiential learning opportunities through farm visits, food and nutrition educational activities, and an incorporated nutrition education curriculum. Such initiatives serve both to help support local farmers and keep food dollars in local economies, and to help create a generation of informed food consumer’s ― informed of the nutritional significance of their food choices, but also the economic, environmental, and social impact.


Shoshanah Inwood, PhD

Rural Sociology Program

The Social Responsibility Initiative (SRI)

The Ohio State University

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 614-247-4813



International Rescue Committee Coordinator of US Programs

Scope: The Fresh Fund Outreach Coordinator is responsible for creating, implementing and maintaining community-based programs that increases access to locally-grown, healthy food options for low income residents.



  • Develop, coordinate and implement incentive-based programs designed to increase use of Food Stamps (SNAP) and WIC at various San Diego farmers’ markets.
  • Conduct community outreach and work with community partners to increase participation of low income residents at farmers’ markets.
  • Complete all required reports to funding organizations and maintain regular communication with supporters.
  • Conduct sustainability activities through grant writing and other fundraising activities to maintain and grow programming.
  • Design and distribute outreach materials.
  • Recruit, train and coordinate volunteers.



  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Excellent financial and accounting responsibilities for reports.
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking and writing reports.
  • Bachelors Degree Food Security or related field required, Masters Degree a plus.
  • Experience working with a pre-literate audience in a non-traditional setting.
  • Second language (Vietnamese, Somali, Swahili, Khmer, or Spanish) and translation/interpretation skills, a plus.

For more information on our Food Security and Community Health Program and to apply  click HERE



Community Agrowecology Network (CAN) Associate Director


The Community Agroecology Network (CAN) is searching for an Associate Director. This person will have a strong interest in nonprofit management and sustainable community development in Latin America with experience and skills in fund development, marketing and project management. For more information see below or visit our web site

Karie Boone

Program Director


Ag Innovations Network Program Director

A Program Director position for the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops project is now available.The position will be an employee of and under the direction of Ag Innovations Network in Sebastopol, CA. The deadline for applications is May 31.


Link to Position Announcement:


Dan Schurman

Ag Innovations Network



Reminder: Visit the NACTA website for position announcements. New announcements are continuously being posted and are not always listed in the E-newsletter.

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