Professional Development

Join the National FFA Newsroom Crew

The National FFA Organization is seeking college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 25-28, 2017, in Indianapolis.


Newsroom Crew are expected to arrive on Monday, Oct. 23 and work through Saturday, Oct. 28. Your reward? A small stipend, inside access to an amazing event, coaching on how to become a better communicator, and some awesome clips and experience that will help you in the future. This may be eligible for college credit so ask your school's advisor.


To learn more and apply, access the application now


CRISPRcon: Science, society, and the future of gene editing

The scientific community has handed the world an incredible tool: the ability to make precise changes to the DNA in living cells, which could allow us to eradicate diseases, transform the farming and agriculture industries, and enable massive leaps forward in environmental and life science. That is the promise of CRISPR and other technologies that allow scientists to make precise edits to genomes.

But the science behind CRISPR is just one piece of the puzzle. Now is the time to hear the voices of people whose lives could be impacted by this powerful technology: patients, doctors, farmers, consumers, nonprofit leaders, environmentalists, and other interested parties. From human and animal health to the future of the food chain, these stakeholders will play a critical role in assessing the potential of CRISPR to make the transition from the lab to the outside world.

Hosted at the University of California, Berkeley, the mission of CRISPRcon is to bring together a broad selection of diverse voices to discuss the future of this groundbreaking technology across all applications. Through keynotes, panels, interactive discussions, and networking opportunities, CRISPRcon will create a unique forum in which everyone with a stake in CRISPR can share their ideas, ask and answer questions, and make sure that their voices are heard.


This one-and-a-half-day event will explore the intersection of science, society, and the future of gene editing. The program will include keynote addresses, panel discussions, interactive audience polling, and opportunities for networking and discussion among a diverse set of voices. CRISPRcon will explore topics including:

  • Engaging the public in conversations about CRISPR
  • Social dimensions of CRISPR in medicine, food, and conservation
  • The role of regulation and social acceptance in determining the future of CRISPR
  • CRISPRcon will include the following discussions:
  • Taking the Debate from the Lab to the Living Room: Reflections from a CRISPR researcher on the social dimensions of the science
  • Envisioning 2050: Where might CRISPR take us – and do we want to go there?
  • CRISPR in the Public Eye: Societal perceptions of science
  • Genome Surgery: CRISPR cures, community perceptions, and questions of equity
  • If We Edit It, Will We Eat It?: Social acceptance of CRISPR in food
  • If It’s CRISPR, Is It Wild?: Considerations for CRISPR in conservation
  • Whether and How: Who determines the future of CRISPR?
  • Where to From Here?: Final reflections from CRISPR thought leaders

Please see event for information on how to register. 

Help protect pollinators!

The 2nd ‘Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes’ conference will be held Oct. 9 – 11, in Traverse City, Michigan, located very close to Sleeping Bear Dunes, voted the most beautiful place in America by Good Morning America in 2011. 

If you plan to attend, you’re in for an excellent program