NACTA Updates and Information: July 2010


To encourage better communication throughout NACTA this e-newsletter is sent on a monthly basis. If you have any items of interest to the membership of NACTA, please submit them via email to Rick, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Marilyn, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In This Issue:

  • Appreciation to Penn State for Hosting 2010 NACTA/SERD Conference
  • Potential Sites for Future NACTA/SERD Conferences
  • Books Available to Review
  • New on the Website
  • Membership Renewal Continues
  • Mark Your Calendars Now for the 2011 NACTA/SERD Conference
  • NACTA Facebook
  • Hard Copies of 2009 NACTA Journal Available
  • Reviewers Needed for NACTA Journal
  • Writing for the NACTA Journal - Tips
  • Featured Listing: Program Associate, Start Farming (#32425), Penn State

Appreciation to Penn State for Hosting 2010 NACTA/SERD Conference


In emails received from participants many have commented on the outstanding NACTA/SERD 2010 Conference that Penn State hosted, June 22 - 25. On behalf of all of NACTA we extend our sincere appreciation to Marcos Fernandez Tracy Hoover and all the members of the Local Planning Committee for a great conference. Everything about it was superb! Also, the Conference attendance was an all time high of 396 people!



Potential Sites for Future NACTA/SERD Conferences


The NACTA Executive Committee will begin reviewing potential sites for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 national conferences during the Fall Executive Committee meeting. Institutions wanting to host the national conference in one of those years should send a one-page letter of interest to the NACTA President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 1, 2010.



Books Available to Review


Currently, the NACTA Journal Editor has the following books available for review:


Green Morality: Mankind's Role in Environmental Responsibility (2011) by Edward Flattau, The Way Things Are Publications, Los Angeles, CA (This is an advance review copy.)


Fundamentals of Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Ed. (2010) by Janet Amundson Romich, Delmar, Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY


Canine and Feline Behavior and Training: A Complete Guide to Understanding Our Two Best Friends (2010) by Linda P. Case, Delmar, Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY


Restraint and Handling for Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (2009) by Bonnie Ballard and Jody Rocket, Delmar, Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY


Landscape Construction, 3rd Ed.(2011) by David Sauter, Delmar, Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY


Ornamental Horticulture: Science, Operations and Management, 4th Ed. (2010) byt Jack E. Ingels, Delmar, Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY


If you are willing to review one of these books send an email to Rick Parker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and he will send you the book. The reviews are published in the NACTA Journal and the book is yours to keep after the review.



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:

  • Photos from the 2010 NACTA/SERD Conference at Penn State
  • PDFs of poster and oral poster presentations at the 2010 NACTA/SERD Conference


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!

Mark Your Calendar Now for the NACTA/SERD June Conference in 2011


2011 NACTA/SERD Conference will be held June 14 - 18, 2011 at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Watch for updates and the call for abstracts.



NACTA on Facebook

Find us on Facebook. Leave us a comment on our "wall." We have 80 people who "like" NACTA!


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 $15.00 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 (discount for multiple copies to same address).



Reviewers Needed for NACTA Journal


If you are interested in serving as a reviewer for the NACTA Journal, send the Editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. an email. The term of service as a reviewer is three years.



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.


New to the 'Instructions for NACTA Authors:"


Documentation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval or exemption is mandatory:

  • State explicitly that human subjects' review was approved and how informed consent or assent was obtained.
  • If the protocol was exempt from IRB approval, then indicate this.


If there are questions about IRB procedures, see the following link:


These are examples of IRB approval statements:


The <insert institution name> Institutional Review Board approved the study protocol and all participants provided written informed consent prior to participation in the study.


This study was deemed exempt by <insert institution name> Institutional Review Board.


This study was deemed exempt under federal regulation 45 CFR §46.101(b).




Thanks to Carol O'Neil at LSU for providing this statement.



Featured Listing: Program Associate, Start Farming (#32425), Penn State


Summary of Job:

The goal of this program is to increase the success of beginning farmers and ranchers in the Southeast Region of Pennsylvania. Success will be measured not only by the numbers of new farms and farmers, but also by their ability to be profitable, productive, environmentally sound and engaged in their communities. Beginning farmers and ranchers in the region will be trained in production, marketing, financial management and land acquisition skills necessary for successful farm entry. See for details.


The program associate will be in charge of:

  • Outreach
  • Evaluation
  • Budget management
  • Coordinating collaborators


The program associate will assist in:

  • Exploring and establishing a new vision for beginning farmer programming in the region
  • Curriculum development
  • Teaching classes and field days


Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

Specific activities will correspond with current program requirements as determined by the Program Director and will include (but not be limited to):

  • Establish improved Penn State "Start Farming" Web site/Guide to Farming in Pennsylvania:
  • Research and summarize existing resources for new farmers
  • Research and summarize rules and regulations for farmers
  • Coordinate input of information by subject area from other Extension Educators
  • Create a list of most commonly asked questions and responses



  • Design and create educational brochures and outreach materials
  • Expand network of recipients receiving new farmer information
  • Web site design and content management --
  • Write press releases



  • Compile educational packets on various topics
  • Coordinate and write articles for a weekly blog for new farmers posted to Web site --
  • Manage logistical arrangements (events, conferences, etc.)
  • Assist in teaching on-farm education and workshops

Grant Management:

  • Design program evaluation methods
  • Assist with grant reporting and evaluation
  • Follow up with prior students of workshops to evaluate program impact


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent knowledge in a related field: horticulture, agronomy, livestock, food systems, community development, etc., and three months of related work experience. Applicants should have a basic knowledge of, and commitment to food and agriculture, a strong work ethic, is detail oriented, and enjoy the challenge of working as a part of a team on a wide variety of tasks. Candidates should possess clear, effective and demonstrable oral, phone and written communication skills; strong interpersonal, organizational and record-keeping skills; problem solving, proofreading, and the ability to handle multiple, high priority projects along with strong customer service and relationship building abilities. Desired experience includes: writing formal reports, managing grants including budgets and reports, writing newsletters or blogs and press releases, coordinating and collaborating with individuals and groups, and creating brochures and outreach material. Proficiency in use of office software: Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint and Web searches necessary, with the ability to create Web pages or willingness to learn. Must have the ability to carry audio/visual equipment, educational materials and supplies up to 30 pounds and be able to travel on a daily basis. A valid driver's license is required and access to a vehicle.



This is a full-time fixed-term position funded by a grant. The grant term is two years. Compensation commensurate with experience.


To Apply:

Applicants should visit to apply and for details, position #32425. Click - Job Opportunities. Click - Search Jobs. In the location pull down menu select – Eastern Part of Pennsylvania,” The closing date for applications for this position is August 26, 2010.

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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