Wednesday, September 23, 2020

NACAA 2020 Virtual AM/PIC - Update


Dear NACAA Members,


I hope this finds you well and that you are looking forward 

to the 2020 NACAA Virtual AMPIC which is coming up in a 

few short days (Sept. 28 - Oct 1).


As you know we will be using Microsoft Teams 

as our virtual platform.


In order to enhance your experience, the talented 

UF/IFAS IT Team have put together a short orientation video 

that will enhance your experience on TEAMs.  If you think 

about it we are all first-timers to this new virtual experience.


Please take some time to watch the video, it will give you the

 instructions you need to join the NACAA Team, how to 

maneuver within Teams, and what the invitation email to 

Teams that you will be receiving will look like. 

You should be receiving the invitation in the 

next 24 hours.


You can view the video at

If you haven't registered for the conference, please do 

so ASAP at

This is the only way you will receive an official 

Teams invitation to participate.


For the best conference experience, please be sure to download

 and install the Microsoft Teams application:

Due to the need to get participants entered into the system 

prior to the AM/PIC, we will need to cut off registration

 tomorrow September 24 at 6PM EST.


Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look 

forward to seeing you next week.


All the best and stay safe




Gene McAvoy

President - National Association of County Agricultural Agents



Associate Director for Stakeholder Relations

University of Florida IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center


Regional Vegetable Extension Agent IV Emeritus 



2685 State Road 29 N

Immokalee, FL 34142


239-658-3414 office

863-673-5939 cell

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Support Your NACAA Scholarship Fund !!!

 The Scholarship Program provides professional improvement opportunities for members. The funding is provided by the NACAA Educational Foundation.

Scholarships can be awarded to an individual or groups. In order to be eligible for up to $1,000, you must have contributed at least $40 to the fund. Members need to be vested at $100 to be eligible for up to $2,000 during their Extension career. No monetary award can be over $1,000 in any one year. The online application submission deadline is June 1 annually. The award recipients are selected on the 1st day of AM/PIC. This year applications were reviewed/awarded on July 10.

Scholarship funds are often used for :
 Advanced degree
➢ Conference (NACAA AM/PIC not eligible)
 Specialized training
 Short courses or event

This year, the only way to contribute money to the NACAA Education Foundation is by credit card or check. In order to apply for an educational Scholarship in 2021 or beyond you must become ‘vested’ before the end of the ‘Virtual’ AM/PIC (Oct. 1, 2020).

To contribute by credit card … Go to website ...
Click on “Donate to the NACAA Educational Foundation - Scholarship.”
Make check payable to: “NACAA Educational Foundation"
Mail check to: Scott Hawbaker
NACAA Executive Director
6584 W. Duroc Road
Maroa, IL 61756

Find out …. go to then select your State & click ‘Continue’ . All contributions for current members are listed.

For ANSWERS to your SCHOLARSHIP QUESTIONS contact: Donna Hamlin Beliech, National Scholarship Chair, 601-825-1462.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

NOYF Application Deadline Extended to Oct. 5, 2020

 NACAA Members,

The National Outstanding Farmers of America have extended their deadline for applications for the National Outstanding Young Farmers program until October 5, 2020. This program is an incredible opportunity for farmers under 40 years of age and their Extension Agents. Please nominate your eligible young farmers.

The following criteria must be met during the nomination process:

  • All nominees must be submitted on the official Outstanding Young Farmers Nomination Form, found on the Outstanding Farmers of America website -  
  • Be postmarked before October 5, 2020
  • Nomination forms should be completed on the form downloaded from the website, not handwritten .

  To qualify:

  • Nominees must be between the ages of 21 and 40, not becoming 41 prior to January 1 before the NOYF Awards Congress.
  • Nominees must be actual farm operators, deriving a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming.
  • Nominee must email or mail the completed NOYF nomination form.
  • The submission addresses as well as additional information about the National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress and program can be obtained by visiting

  All NOYF Awards Program participants are judged on personal contributions in the following categories:

  • Progress in agricultural career (50%)
  • Extent of soil and water conservation practices (25%)
  • Contributions to the well-being of their community, state, and nation (25%)

Call me at 706-465-2136 or email me at with questions.



Tammy Cheely

NACAA Liaison to NOYF