Distinguished Service Awards and Scholarships Deadline is Approaching

January 13, 2021

The NASCOE Distinguished Service Awards and Scholarship deadline is approaching on January 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. The Awards and Scholarship Committee would like to encourage you to get your submissions in today!

The Distinguished Service Award is designed to recognize your fellow NASCOE members for their hard work in the Community, in FSA/Ag or for NASCOE. Even if the nomination is not selected to be an area or national winner, it is still an honor to be recognized by a fellow member. After deadlines, Ad Hoc programs, and new producers in 2020, fellow FSA collogues could all use a boost in recognition for their hard work.

Do you, your spouse, child or grandchild have plans on attending post-secondary education this coming fall? The NASCOE scholarship program is designed to assist members and their families attend college. There are six different categories for applicants and awards at both the area and national level. Also, check with your state association. Many state associations use the NASCOE scholarship application for state scholarships.

To nominate for Distinguished Service Awards or apply for scholarships, please go to https://nascoe.org/awards-scholarships/awards-scholarship-applications/. Any questions may be directed to , or through your area Awards and Scholarship Chair.

2021 Distinguished Service Awards and Scholarships Deadline

NASCOE is proud to offer its membership awards in the form of education scholarships and recognition for service to others.  Receiving a scholarship or recognition for selfless dedication to causes can be both encouraging and rewarding.  Those who are eligible or know someone who is eligible for awards and scholarships should investigate what NASCOE has to offer.

NASCOE’s Scholarship Program is available to NASCOE members, spouses of members, children of members and grandchildren of members.  There are several scholarship categories including: traditional scholarship, continuing education scholarships, grandchildren scholarship and associate member scholarship.  Scholarships are awarded at the Area and National levels.  Some state associations also have scholarship programs.  Please contact your state association leadership for more information.

NASCOE members can nominate other members for Distinguished Service Awards (DSA’s) using the NASCOE application online.  Members can be recognized at the State, Area and National levels based on the nomination.  The Awards categories are: Service to NASCOE, Service to FSA-Agriculture and Service to Community.

For both Distinguished Service Awards & Scholarships, instructions for completing the online application process can be found at https://nascoe.org/awards-scholarships/.  Before applying, applicants should read the “Awards and Scholarship Handbook”.  This handbook contains specific details about scholarship eligibility and dollar amounts awarded.    

The applications are completely online. Members have the option of starting the application and saving it to work on at a later date by using the save button on the bottom of the application.  Distinguished Service Awards nominations and Scholarships are due on January 15, 2021.  

The Awards and Scholarship Committee has created new fact sheets, where members can go for quick questions and to find contact information.  Please navigate to https://nascoe.org/awards-scholarships/ for the fact sheets.   Any questions can be submitted through the National Chair, .

NASCOE Awards Fact Sheet

NASCOE Scholarships Fact Sheet

2020 Distinguished Service Awards, Sick Leave Awards and Scholarship Deadline

The NASCOE Distinguished Service Awards are designed to recognize fellow NASCOE members contributions to the Farm Service Agency/Agriculture, NASCOE and Community. The recognition of a nomination is a great way to boost morale in our very busy and often stressful work environment. We all get in the groove of doing our jobs and forget the impact that we make on others. The nomination process is as simple as going to https://nascoe.org/dsa-nomination/, and filling out the online application. The deadline is January 15, 2020.

NASCOE members take a great pride in providing assistance to American Farmers and Ranchers. Often, that means employees going to work when they do not feel well. In turn, employees often accumulate large amounts of sick leave. NASCOE has a process that will allow employees to self-certify sick leave in return for being recognized with a Sick Leave Award. Sick Leave Award increments are 1,000 hours, 1,500 hours, 2,000 hours, 2,500 hours, 3,000 hours and 3,500 hours. You may self-certify at https://nascoe.org/sick-leave-awards/ by January 15, 2020.

NASCOE also has scholarships available for members, children and grandchildren of members and Associate Members. The scholarship categories are funded at the following levels:

Traditional:
Area: $1,500
National: Additional $2,500 over 4 years

Open Continuing:
Area: $1,500
National: Additional $1,000

Member Continuing:
Area: $250
National: Additional $1,000

Adult Children:
Area: $125
National: Additional $250

Grand Children:
Area: $250
National: Additional $500

Associate:
Area: $250
National: Additional $500 

Submitting a scholarship application is now one simple step at https://nascoe.org/awards-scholarships/nascoe-scholarship-application/. Make sure to have your current transcript and at least one letter of recommendation ready to upload. The deadline for scholarships is January 15, 2020.

Buy Emblems – Save Money and Fund Scholarships!

Emblems by Superior has been our official provider of quality apparel and accessories for NASCOE since 2015.  Please check out the current selection of items at the NASCOE Emblems Store online at https://nascoe.org/store/.  

Did you know that you can custom order shirts for meetings, conferences or any other events you are having?  Reach out to Mike & Denise Hamilton and they will be happy to assist you with creating custom t-shirt designs, supplying USDA merchandise for your meetings, or simply personalizing your items by embroidering your name on them.

Having a state training, meeting, or convention?  Reach out to Emblems by Superior for your Emblems needs.  They will ship items to your training site at no charge–you sell what you can and then return the items not sold (you only pay return shipping). Folks can place pre-orders online and they will ship with the Emblems merchandise at no additional shipping fee.  Contact Emblems by Superior for details.

The Hamilton’s and I have been working on ideas to get USDA apparel in your hands at a great price.  We are going to continue to run a monthly special. Want to know what that item is and what the code is to receive it at a discount? Please go to Facebook and like Emblems by Superior.  Also, email Superior at  and request to be added to their mailing list.  

Over 35 new items have been added to your NASCOE website. This is just in time for the Black Friday Week Sale which is going on right now through midnight Sunday, December 1, 2019.

Remember, a portion of all sales go to the NASCOE scholarship fund!!

NASCOE Roundup Bulletin Now Available

The Fall 2018 / Winter 2019 NASCOE Roundup Bulletin is now available.  

This issue includes:

  • 2018 NASCOE Convention follow-up
  • Preview of the 60th NASCOE Convention in Manhattan, Kansas
  • NASCOE Scholarship Information
  • Award Submission Information:  Distinguished Service Awards, Sick Leave Awards
  • Call for Negotiation Items
  • How to submit Program Efficiency Suggestions
  • Meet your 2018 – 19 NASCOE Team!

The bulletin has been emailed to all members on the NASCOE Communications database, and can also be found on the NASCOE website at:  NASCOE.org/Publicity.

2018 NASCOE Convention Deadlines and Updates

Have you registered for the Convention?

The 2018 NASCOE Convention is right around the corner.  The South Dakota Association (SDASCOE) is excited to host the convention and look forward to seeing you.  We want everyone to have the opportunity to register so below are a few things that will make the process a smooth transition.

Registration Fees

The registration fee increases by $10 to $65 after July 15 so if you already know you are attending then get the registration completed online or in the mail by July 15.  If you are coming for only one day you must pay a one-day registration fee so please consider registering for the one-day session no later than July 25 so we can get an accurate count for the lunch.  For those wishing to come Thursday just for the meetings and register that day there will be a registration fee only for $15 with no meal provided.

Registration fees help cover all incidentals associated in bringing you a successful convention.  If you plan to attend the Wednesday or Thursday evening event along with attending for one day then a full registration fee is needed as that helps cover the cost of the evening events.

T-Shirts for Friday night fun

All registrations for Friday night Convention T-shirts will need to be to us by July 9th in order to fill the order in time.  We are ordering extra wrist bands so any registrations received after July 9th will get a wrist band for the Friday night evening activity.  The
T-shirts or wrist band is your ticket into the Falls Park for the meal.  We cannot guarantee a meal for Friday night after July 25.

Registrations and Meal Reservations

We suggest that all registrations be sent in reaching us no later than July 20th.  If mailing in the registrations make sure they reach us by that date.  We will need to give final count on all meals no later than July 25th.

So why wait — register now!  If you wait until after that date (JULY 25th) meals for any of the functions may not be available.

Suggestions for Later Arriving Reservations

If you are getting close to the deadline for the meals, then email a copy of your registration form to Jeanie Emmett, (Registration Chairperson) and/or Joel Foster, so that they know a late filed registration is on the way.  We hope this will work for those who have been waiting to register due to last minute decisions on whether or not to attend.  We will accept all late registrations, but there are no guarantee on meals for those registered after July 25th.

Cash raffle tickets and tickets for quilt or cookbooks

Please mail all tickets (sold and unsold) along with the money to Terri Roth no later than July 20th   After that date please bring them with you and turn the tickets and money into the fundraising table.  We would hate for the mail to hold them up if not here in time.

Terri Roth
37761 169th St
Redfield, SD 57469

Scholarship Auction

Please send a picture and the form (found on www.sdsascoe.org site under 2018 NASCOE Convention) of the auction item you are providing to Jennifer Chavez.  We would like to promote by providing information on the items that will be available to all of the Members.  NASCOE will also post photos of auction items on the NASCOE News Facebook page – what a great way to help our youth out.  Please consider doing this no later than “NOW” or as soon as possible.

2018 NASCOE Convention Deadlines

2016 Convention Reports

Cedar Rapids

The 2016 NASCOE Convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa was a great success! If you were unable to attend, please read through the reports below to see what you missed. The questions and responses from the Q&A session with management will be posted in the near future. Thank you to IASCOE for hosting a fantastic convention!

President’s Report
Vice President’s Report
Secretary’s Report
MWA Report
NEA Report
NWA Report
SEA Report
SWA Report
Awards, Scholarships, and Emblems Report
Benefits Report
Legislative Report
Membership Report
NAFEC Report
Programs Report
Publicity Report