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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 26, 2021

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources.

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction.

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

FFA


Apply Now: Yearlong Living to Serve Grant
The Yearlong Living to Serve Grant is now available. Middle/high school FFA chapters can apply for up to $3,000 to support a service-learning project that spans an entire school year. The application is due June 15. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

 

FFA Grants for Growing Application Due Soon
Grants for Growing provides middle/high school FFA chapters up to $5,000 to support the development or improvement of project-based or experiential learning opportunities for students. The application is due May 15. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing.

 

Another Great Resource for the Classroom 
Teachers: National FFA provides free resources that align with identified career focus areas. Click here to access the folder containing a comprehensive document of all the career focus areas and individual documents for each career focus area.

2021 Adult Delegate Coordinator Applications Open
Applications to become an adult delegate coordinator to the National FFA Delegate Experience are now open. These coordinators are volunteers who facilitate delegate committee work. All coordinators are required to participate in the State Officer Summit and the National FFA Convention & Expo. Applications are being accepted from state FFA staff, agriculture educators, teacher educators at the postsecondary level, and those with extensive knowledge of FFA and/or leadership development programs. Applications will remain open until May 14. All interested parties are encouraged to apply. However, applications from Louisiana, Idaho, Tennessee, and Ohio cannot be considered for 2021. Contact Justin Davis, jdavis@ffa.org with questions.

FFA Alumni

Forever Blue Network Teacher Resource
The Forever Blue Network is an opportunity for networking and professional and personal development. Using this WebQuest, teachers can help enroll and engage junior and senior agricultural education students in the Forever Blue Network.

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications are Now Live!
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We have awards for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. The 2021 applications are now open on our website. You can find more information here. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

Be a 2021 Teach Ag Day Celebration Kit Host!
The National Association of Agricultural Educators through the National Teach Ag Campaign are looking for agricultural educators who are willing and able to host 2021 National Teach Ag Day celebrations using a kit full of activities, promotional materials and more in secondary and post-secondary programs across the country on Thursday, September 16, 2021. National Teach Ag Day is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.  Learn more about the kit contents, how to use it and how to get one through the online interest form. Selected programs receive the kit at no charge. Interest forms must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, May 3. 

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 5 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Agriscience Research: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 9 - Working with Middle School Learners
Ahh, middle schoolers. If you’ve worked with middle school students before, you probably know that they can be some of the most excited and engaged students to work with, but at times, some of the most difficult to work with too. Middle school learners find themselves in a unique stage of their lives filled with new opportunities, peer pressure, insecurities, and both emotional and physical changes. As agricultural educators, what can you do to capitalize on middle schoolers’ unique qualities? What “ground rules” can you set to ensure a captivating, fun, yet professional classroom environment for middle school learners? In this episode, we’re joined by two NAAE members who have vast experience working with this age group; Dr. Jessica Jones of Tunstall High School of Virginia and Mr. Matthew Detloff of Chiefland Middle High School of Florida. Jessica and Matthew share a variety of information about working with middle school learners and what you can do to feel successful when it comes to working with this unique age group. Learn more here.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The Principal Said "No", So ...
In last week’s Footnote we looked at a typical agricultural school for African-Americas in the early and mid-1900s. Today, we will fast forward to a potential new approach to agricultural education for African-Americans. This will conclude our month-long series of articles that were designed to help us remember and commemorate the New Farmers of… Read more here

CAST

Earth Day everyday—especially for farmers and ranchers.

*** Friday, April 23, 2021:  More focus than ever on Earth Day, with agriculture one of the keys; science and tech in space and on the ground; and gripping turf battles include lions, crocodiles, water buffaloes, and even turtles--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

April 19, 2021

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources.

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction.

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications are Now Live!
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We have awards for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. The 2021 applications are now open on our website. You can find more information here. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

Join Us for the Spring 2021 Virtual FAST Symposium
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting a virtual Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium for all current NAAE Student Member preservice agricultural education students across the United States! This LIVE professional development event will focus on developing relationships with administrators, creating your personal ag ed network, and will feature a 90-minute Q&A panel with current ag teachers to help you prepare for job interviews and early career success!

 

The Spring 2021 Virtual FAST Symposium will take place Thursday, April 22nd, from 4:00pm-8:30pm EDT. Follow this link for more information and to register.

Be a 2021 Teach Ag Day Celebration Kit Host!
The National Association of Agricultural Educators through the National Teach Ag Campaign are looking for agricultural educators who are willing and able to host 2021 National Teach Ag Day celebrations using a kit full of activities, promotional materials and more in secondary and post-secondary programs across the country on Thursday, September 16, 2021. National Teach Ag Day is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.  Learn more about the kit contents, how to use it and how to get one through the online interest form. Selected programs receive the kit at no charge. Interest forms must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, May 3. 

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 5 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Agriscience Research: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 9 - Working with Middle School Learners
Ahh, middle schoolers. If you’ve worked with middle school students before, you probably know that they can be some of the most excited and engaged students to work with, but at times, some of the most difficult to work with too. Middle school learners find themselves in a unique stage of their lives filled with new opportunities, peer pressure, insecurities, and both emotional and physical changes. As agricultural educators, what can you do to capitalize on middle schoolers’ unique qualities? What “ground rules” can you set to ensure a captivating, fun, yet professional classroom environment for middle school learners? In this episode, we’re joined by two NAAE members who have vast experience working with this age group; Dr. Jessica Jones of Tunstall High School of Virginia and Mr. Matthew Detloff of Chiefland Middle High School of Florida. Jessica and Matthew share a variety of information about working with middle school learners and what you can do to feel successful when it comes to working with this unique age group. Learn more here.

FFA


Take These AgExplorer Virtual Field Trips
Looking for virtual field trips for your students? Check out the AgExplorer Virtual Field Trips and the Virtual Field Trips Guides. 

 

SpeakAg With an Ag Advocate
National FFA and agriculture advocate Courtenay DeHoff have paired up for a series of videos — check out part 1 and part 2 now. Part 3 will be a town hall setting where students can submit questions to Courtenay that will be read by the #SpeakAg Pioneers. To submit questions, visit here.
 

2021 Adult Delegate Coordinator Applications Open
Applications to become an adult delegate coordinator to the National FFA Delegate Experience are now open. These coordinators are volunteers who facilitate delegate committee work. All coordinators are required to participate in the State Officer Summit and the National FFA Convention & Expo. Applications are being accepted from state FFA staff, agriculture educators, teacher educators at the postsecondary level, and those with extensive knowledge of FFA and/or leadership development programs. Applications will remain open until May 14. All interested parties are encouraged to apply. However, applications from Louisiana, Idaho, Tennessee, and Ohio cannot be considered for 2021. Contact Justin Davis, jdavis@ffa.org with questions.

FFA Alumni

Forever Blue Network Teacher Resource
The Forever Blue Network is an opportunity for networking and professional and personal development. Using this WebQuest, teachers can help enroll and engage junior and senior agricultural education students in the Forever Blue Network.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
It’s as if life started all over again!
If the New Farmers of America (NFA) were still in existence today, last week would have been National NFA Week. To keep the legacy of the NFA alive in our collective memories, the past two Footnotes have focused on the NFA. We will continue in that vein this week with a story about a unique school for African-Americans.  Era 1 – John Keasbey Brick… Read more here

CAST

Do you need to tip a robot food worker?

*** Friday, April 16, 2021:  More robots involved in the food chain, gene-editing gaining public acceptance, and a scientific analysis of Kong vs. Godzilla--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

April 12, 2021

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources.

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction.

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

FFA

Sustainability in Agriculture Lesson Series
Sustainability in agriculture is a critical topic for youth today to understand. Use this exciting new lesson series, sponsored by Valent USA, to teach students about how sustainability in agriculture is infused within all parts of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Value Chain.

New Century Farmer Returns This Summer
The New Century Farmer Conference is returning in person this summer! We will welcome all participants previously invited to attend in 2020. The conference will take place in Indianapolis with a comprehensive health and safety plan to keep all participants safe. We will share more details with invited participants soon. Currently, we do not plan to open applications for this summer’s conference. Interested members and alumni can sign up for notifications about the 2022 conference.

Request a National FFA Officer for Your Chapter Banquet 
For chapters hosting virtual or in-person banquets this May, consider inviting a National FFA Officer to join your festivities virtually. Officers can virtually join chapter banquets or prerecord remarks specific to the chapter. 

Interested in Judging?
We are looking for individuals interested in serving as judges at state and national agriscience fairs and for the National Chapter Awards Program, National FFA Agricultural Proficiency Awards, American Star Awards, SAE Grants and some career and leadership development events. Opportunities to serve occur multiple times throughout the year and may include both online and on-site judging. Complete the judge interest form to express your interest in serving as a judge. 

Classroom Resource Now Available
Are you looking for activity worksheets for keynote and retiring address videos? Check them out here.

Catch it Now: Food Products and Processing Systems Owls Chats 
You don’t want to miss this month’s Owls Chat April 19. The recorded chat covers the food products and processing systems pathway, featuring: 

  • Tyler Price from James Madison High in San Antonio, Texas, and how to start teaching meat sciences even with limited lab facilities and partnering with local grocery chains.
  • Matt Dice from the Whitko Career Center in Larwill, Indiana, and how to combine food science and chemistry with work-based learning for students. 
  • Kelli Kreider from Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana on the ins and outs of the food science career development event.
  • Sealed Air and insights into food packaging. 

Previous National FFA Owls Chats are available on-demand.

FFA Alumni

Forever Blue Network Teacher Resource
The Forever Blue Network is an opportunity for networking and professional and personal development. Using this WebQuest, teachers can help enroll and engage junior and senior agricultural education students in the Forever Blue Network.

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications are Now Live!
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We have awards for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. The 2021 applications are now open on our website. You can find more information here. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

Join Us for the Spring 2021 Virtual FAST Symposium
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting a virtual Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium for all current NAAE Student Member preservice agricultural education students across the United States! This LIVE professional development event will focus on developing relationships with administrators, creating your personal ag ed network, and will feature a 90-minute Q&A panel with current ag teachers to help you prepare for job interviews and early career success!

 

The Spring 2021 Virtual FAST Symposium will take place Thursday, April 22nd, from 4:00pm-8:30pm EDT. Follow this link for more information and to register.

Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

Be a 2021 Teach Ag Day Celebration Kit Host!
The National Association of Agricultural Educators through the National Teach Ag Campaign are looking for agricultural educators who are willing and able to host 2021 National Teach Ag Day celebrations using a kit full of activities, promotional materials and more in secondary and post-secondary programs across the country on Thursday, September 16, 2021. National Teach Ag Day is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.  Learn more about the kit contents, how to use it and how to get one through the online interest form. Selected programs receive the kit at no charge. Interest forms must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, May 3. 

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 5 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Agriscience Research: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 9 - Working with Middle School Learners
Ahh, middle schoolers. If you’ve worked with middle school students before, you probably know that they can be some of the most excited and engaged students to work with, but at times, some of the most difficult to work with too. Middle school learners find themselves in a unique stage of their lives filled with new opportunities, peer pressure, insecurities, and both emotional and physical changes. As agricultural educators, what can you do to capitalize on middle schoolers’ unique qualities? What “ground rules” can you set to ensure a captivating, fun, yet professional classroom environment for middle school learners? In this episode, we’re joined by two NAAE members who have vast experience working with this age group; Dr. Jessica Jones of Tunstall High School of Virginia and Mr. Matthew Detloff of Chiefland Middle High School of Florida. Jessica and Matthew share a variety of information about working with middle school learners and what you can do to feel successful when it comes to working with this unique age group. Learn more here.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Lessons Learned From NFA Day Celebrations
So what did you do to celebrate New Farmers of America (NFA) Week this week? It might be interesting to see what NFA chapters actually did to celebrate NFA week. Was it much different than what we do today to celebrate National FFA week? In this Footnote, we will look at suggestions for conducting NFA day and check out some past NFA week… Read more here

CAST

From toilet paper to pepperoni to ketchup, the supply chain has had a few kinks in the links this year.

*** Friday, April 9, 2021:  The food supply chain under scrutiny, universities consider vaccination procedures on campus, and the 17-year cicada invasion will be noisy but not lethal! These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

April 5, 2021

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources.

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction.

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

NAAE

Join Us for the Spring 2021 Virtual FAST Symposium
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting a virtual Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium for all current NAAE Student Member preservice agricultural education students across the United States! This LIVE professional development event will focus on developing relationships with administrators, creating your personal ag ed network, and will feature a 90-minute Q&A panel with current ag teachers to help you prepare for job interviews and early career success!

 

The Spring 2021 Virtual FAST Symposium will take place Thursday, April 22nd, from 4:00pm-8:30pm EDT. Follow this link for more information and to register.

Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

Be a 2021 Teach Ag Day Celebration Kit Host!
The National Association of Agricultural Educators through the National Teach Ag Campaign are looking for agricultural educators who are willing and able to host 2021 National Teach Ag Day celebrations using a kit full of activities, promotional materials and more in secondary and post-secondary programs across the country on Thursday, September 16, 2021. National Teach Ag Day is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.  Learn more about the kit contents, how to use it and how to get one through the online interest form. Selected programs receive the kit at no charge. Interest forms must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, May 3. 

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 5 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Agriscience Research: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 9 - Working with Middle School Learners
Ahh, middle schoolers. If you’ve worked with middle school students before, you probably know that they can be some of the most excited and engaged students to work with, but at times, some of the most difficult to work with too. Middle school learners find themselves in a unique stage of their lives filled with new opportunities, peer pressure, insecurities, and both emotional and physical changes. As agricultural educators, what can you do to capitalize on middle schoolers’ unique qualities? What “ground rules” can you set to ensure a captivating, fun, yet professional classroom environment for middle school learners? In this episode, we’re joined by two NAAE members who have vast experience working with this age group; Dr. Jessica Jones of Tunstall High School of Virginia and Mr. Matthew Detloff of Chiefland Middle High School of Florida. Jessica and Matthew share a variety of information about working with middle school learners and what you can do to feel successful when it comes to working with this unique age group. Learn more here.

FFA

Learn More About Alternative Energies
Celebrate March's #SpeakAg topic – alternative energies. Growth Energy shares a quick fact or fiction about ethanol, while Invenergy takes us behind the scenes of solar and wind power. These short videos plus educator resources are available now

2021 CDE and LDE Event Planning Continues 
Plans for 2021 career and leadership development events include using virtual components to minimize in-person contact and create the best convention experience. The 2021 CDE LDE Status Tracker was developed to track event changes. Subscribe at the bottom of the webpage to get a monthly email reminder about event changes/updates.

Career and Leadership Challenges
The March Advocacy and Literacy Challenge released on March 15 encourages sharing how your community harnesses or may plan to harness alternative energies. Submissions are due April 15.

Download Our New Lessons 
Check out the newest FFA New Horizons digital lessons

FFA Grants for Growing Application Open
Grants for Growing provides middle/high school FFA chapters up to $5,000 to support the development or improvement of project-based or experiential learning opportunities for students. Funding is provided by consumers who purchased an FFA paper emblem at Tractor Supply Company stores at checkout during National FFA Week. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant
This grant opportunity is open year-round and is available to middle and high school FFA chapters. Alumni and Supporters chapters are also eligible. Funding of up to $400 may be used to support a day of service event. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/LivingToServe

New Resources Translated Into Spanish
We are excited to bring you our newly translated Spanish resources. With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we have translated 15 educational resources, including Official FFA Student Handbook lessons, SAE video lessons, the current event activity sheet, SAE idea cards and more. Check out the resources here.

FFA Alumni

2021 Remote Development Conferences
The second 2021 Remote Development Conference will be held April 5-8 from 1-2 p.m. EDT. These conferences are great opportunities for FFA advisors, alumni and supporters to share ideas, ask questions and learn more about how volunteers can help students and teachers at the local and state levels. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The LAST Miss NFA
If the New Farmers of America (NFA) still existed, this would have been a very busy week for the advisor and officers of local chapters and the state association. They would be busy preparing for next week, National NFA Week. What originally started as a one-day celebration on April 5, National NFA Day (which was celebrated on the birthday of… Read more here

CAST

The superheroes in the war on coronavirus include many women scientists.

*** Friday, April 2, 2021:  Women scientists have been key in the search for vaccines; ag/science careers come in many forms; and it’s no April Fools’ joke—Pepsi and Peeps are frighteningly real. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

March 29, 2021

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources.

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction.

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

FFA


Learn More About Alternative Energies
Celebrate March's #SpeakAg topic – alternative energies. Growth Energy shares a quick fact or fiction about ethanol, while Invenergy takes us behind the scenes of solar and wind power. These short videos plus educator resources are available now

2021 CDE and LDE Event Planning Continues 
Plans for 2021 career and leadership development events include using virtual components to minimize in-person contact and create the best convention experience. The 2021 CDE LDE Status Tracker was developed to track event changes. Subscribe at the bottom of the webpage to get a monthly email reminder about event changes/updates.

Career and Leadership Challenges
The March Advocacy and Literacy Challenge released on March 15 encourages sharing how your community harnesses or may plan to harness alternative energies. Submissions are due April 15.

Download Our New Lessons 
Check out the newest FFA New Horizons digital lessons

FFA Grants for Growing Application Open
Grants for Growing provides middle/high school FFA chapters up to $5,000 to support the development or improvement of project-based or experiential learning opportunities for students. Funding is provided by consumers who purchased an FFA paper emblem at Tractor Supply Company stores at checkout during National FFA Week. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant
This grant opportunity is open year-round and is available to middle and high school FFA chapters. Alumni and Supporters chapters are also eligible. Funding of up to $400 may be used to support a day of service event. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/LivingToServe

New Resources Translated Into Spanish
We are excited to bring you our newly translated Spanish resources. With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we have translated 15 educational resources, including Official FFA Student Handbook lessons, SAE video lessons, the current event activity sheet, SAE idea cards and more. Check out the resources here.

FFA Alumni

2021 Remote Development Conferences
The second 2021 Remote Development Conference will be held April 5-8 from 1-2 p.m. EDT. These conferences are great opportunities for FFA advisors, alumni and supporters to share ideas, ask questions and learn more about how volunteers can help students and teachers at the local and state levels. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

NAAE

Join Us for the Spring 2021 Virtual FAST Symposium
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting a virtual Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium for all current NAAE Student Member preservice agricultural education students across the United States! This LIVE professional development event will focus on developing relationships with administrators, creating your personal ag ed network, and will feature a 90-minute Q&A panel with current ag teachers to help you prepare for job interviews and early career success!

 

The Spring 2021 Virtual FAST Symposium will take place Thursday, April 22nd, from 4:00pm-8:30pm EDT. Follow this link for more information and to register.

Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

Be a 2021 Teach Ag Day Celebration Kit Host!
The National Association of Agricultural Educators through the National Teach Ag Campaign are looking for agricultural educators who are willing and able to host 2021 National Teach Ag Day celebrations using a kit full of activities, promotional materials and more in secondary and post-secondary programs across the country on Thursday, September 16, 2021. National Teach Ag Day is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.  Learn more about the kit contents, how to use it and how to get one through the online interest form. Selected programs receive the kit at no charge. Interest forms must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, May 3. 

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 4 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Maintaining the Fence: Establishing and Reclaiming Your Boundaries.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 9 - Working with Middle School Learners
Ahh, middle schoolers. If you’ve worked with middle school students before, you probably know that they can be some of the most excited and engaged students to work with, but at times, some of the most difficult to work with too. Middle school learners find themselves in a unique stage of their lives filled with new opportunities, peer pressure, insecurities, and both emotional and physical changes. As agricultural educators, what can you do to capitalize on middle schoolers’ unique qualities? What “ground rules” can you set to ensure a captivating, fun, yet professional classroom environment for middle school learners? In this episode, we’re joined by two NAAE members who have vast experience working with this age group; Dr. Jessica Jones of Tunstall High School of Virginia and Mr. Matthew Detloff of Chiefland Middle High School of Florida. Jessica and Matthew share a variety of information about working with middle school learners and what you can do to feel successful when it comes to working with this unique age group. Learn more here.

NC State University Research Survey
Tatiana Height, a doctoral student in the Agricultural and Extension Education Program at NC State University is currently seeking individuals to participate in a survey for research purposes. If consented, participants will be asked to complete an online survey which should take 20-45 minutes to complete. Participants will also have the option to opt-in to be considered for a follow-up video interview that would take around an hour to complete. This research is of minimal risk to participants and there is no direct benefit to participants. Those who complete all research activities will be entered into a drawing for one of four $25 electronic gift cards. The survey can be found here. Tatiana can be reached via email at tcheight@ncsu.edu or phone at 252-558-9380. You may also contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Maru Gonzalez, with questions via email at mgonza22@ncsu.edu or via phone at 919-515-9269.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
April Fools' Day: FFA Style
Next Thursday is April Fools’ Day. To prepare you for that event, this Footnote will try to fool you. I have listed 25 motions or suggestions/requests made at national FFA conventions or to the FFA Board of Directors. The majority of them, but not all, are ACTUAL motions or requests. Your task is to identify the REAL ones. But first, let us learn… Read more here

CAST

Ag Day is year-round and crucial for society.

*** Friday, March 26, 2021:  Ag Day is every day for the agricultural community; news about pandemic aid, vaccines, and misinformation; and a robotic doctor dog makes hospital rounds. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

March 22, 2021

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources.

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction.

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

NAAE

Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

Be a 2021 Teach Ag Day Celebration Kit Host!
The National Association of Agricultural Educators through the National Teach Ag Campaign are looking for agricultural educators who are willing and able to host 2021 National Teach Ag Day celebrations using a kit full of activities, promotional materials and more in secondary and post-secondary programs across the country on Thursday, September 16, 2021. National Teach Ag Day is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.  Learn more about the kit contents, how to use it and how to get one through the online interest form. Selected programs receive the kit at no charge. Interest forms must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, May 3. 

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 4 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Maintaining the Fence: Establishing and Reclaiming Your Boundaries.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 8 - What to Expect from the 2021 Virtual CASE Institutes
The 2021 NAAE Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Institutes are going virtual! With this new transition comes a lot of questions. What will institutes look and feel like this summer? What will be expected from participants? What is the time commitment? For this episode, we’re joined by two of this year’s course lead teachers, John Hammond, agricultural educator at Thomas Nelson High School in Kentucky, and Brianne McCauley, agricultural educator at Liberty High School in West Virginia, who share more about what participants can expect from the 2021 CASE Institutes. Learn more here.

FFA

Learn More About Alternative Energies
Celebrate March's #SpeakAg topic – alternative energies. Growth Energy shares a quick fact or fiction about ethanol, while Invenergy takes us behind the scenes of solar and wind power. These short videos plus educator resources are available now

2021 CDE and LDE Event Planning Continues 
Plans for 2021 career and leadership development events include using virtual components to minimize in-person contact and create the best convention experience. The 2021 CDE LDE Status Tracker was developed to track event changes. Subscribe at the bottom of the webpage to get a monthly email reminder about event changes/updates.

Career and Leadership Challenges
The March Advocacy and Literacy Challenge released on March 15 encourages sharing how your community harnesses or may plan to harness alternative energies. Submissions are due April 15.

Download Our New Lessons 
Check out the newest FFA New Horizons digital lessons

FFA Grants for Growing Application Open
Grants for Growing provides middle/high school FFA chapters up to $5,000 to support the development or improvement of project-based or experiential learning opportunities for students. Funding is provided by consumers who purchased an FFA paper emblem at Tractor Supply Company stores at checkout during National FFA Week. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant
This grant opportunity is open year-round and is available to middle and high school FFA chapters. Alumni and Supporters chapters are also eligible. Funding of up to $400 may be used to support a day of service event. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/LivingToServe

Enter the Culver's Essay Contest
Culver's Essay Contest is accepting student essays. Three winners will be chosen to receive funds for their chapters in the totals of $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500. 

Now in its seventh year, the contest allows students to demonstrate their passion for agricultural education. This year, students will also be able to submit videos for the contest. The deadline is April 19. For more, visit culvers.com/essaycontest

National Ag Week Is March 22-26
Celebrate National Ag Week with National FFA! National FFA has created daily activities and resources for chapters to have a great National Ag Week at the local level. To learn more, visit FFA.org/national-ag-day/ and find resources here.

New Resources Translated Into Spanish
We are excited to bring you our newly translated Spanish resources. With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we have translated 15 educational resources, including Official FFA Student Handbook lessons, SAE video lessons, the current event activity sheet, SAE idea cards and more. Check out the resources here.

FFA Alumni

2021 Remote Development Conferences
The second 2021 Remote Development Conference will be held April 5-8 from 1-2 p.m. EDT. These conferences are great opportunities for FFA advisors, alumni and supporters to share ideas, ask questions and learn more about how volunteers can help students and teachers at the local and state levels. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
In the Promise of Better Days...Through Inclusion
In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. This week was later extended to cover the entire month of March. Every year March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s… Read more here

CAST

Sharing is good but not when it involves zoonotic diseases.

*** Friday, March 19, 2021:  The pandemic brings a renewed focus on zoonotic diseases; universities continue to promote science, tech, and agriculture; and researchers in a rubber dinghy save a penguin from killer whales. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

March 15, 2021

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources.

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction.

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

FFA

National Ag Week Is March 22-26
Celebrate National Ag Week with National FFA! National FFA has created daily activities and resources for chapters to have a great National Ag Week at the local level. To learn more, visit FFA.org/national-ag-day/ and find resources here.

New Resources Translated Into Spanish
We are excited to bring you our newly translated Spanish resources. With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we have translated 15 educational resources, including Official FFA Student Handbook lessons, SAE video lessons, the current event activity sheet, SAE idea cards and more. Check out the resources here.

Don’t Miss the Biotechnology Systems Owls Chat 
Available Monday, March 15, this month’s recorded Owls Chat covers the biotechnology systems pathway, including: 

  • James Kaltenbach from Arizona shares resources for teaching the biotech pathway.
  • Brianne McCauley, a National Teacher Ambassador for FFA, shows how she integrates agriscience research in her classroom and how to engage with students.
  • James Bing with Corteva discusses how the industry has evolved and shares a great lesson plan his wife teaches.
  • Brandon Marshall with Zoetis looks at the latest in biodevices for the poultry industry and tells what companies look for in graduates. 

Previous Owls Chats are available on-demand to accommodate every teacher’s busy schedule.

FFA Alumni

2021 Remote Development Conferences
The second 2021 Remote Development Conference will be held April 5-8 from 1-2 p.m. EDT. These conferences are great opportunities for FFA advisors, alumni and supporters to share ideas, ask questions and learn more about how volunteers can help students and teachers at the local and state levels. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

NAAE

Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

Be a 2021 Teach Ag Day Celebration Kit Host!
The National Association of Agricultural Educators through the National Teach Ag Campaign are looking for agricultural educators who are willing and able to host 2021 National Teach Ag Day celebrations using a kit full of activities, promotional materials and more in secondary and post-secondary programs across the country on Thursday, September 16, 2021. National Teach Ag Day is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.  Learn more about the kit contents, how to use it and how to get one through the online interest form. Selected programs receive the kit at no charge. Interest forms must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, May 3. 

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 4 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Maintaining the Fence: Establishing and Reclaiming Your Boundaries.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 8 - What to Expect from the 2021 Virtual CASE Institutes
The 2021 NAAE Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Institutes are going virtual! With this new transition comes a lot of questions. What will institutes look and feel like this summer? What will be expected from participants? What is the time commitment? For this episode, we’re joined by two of this year’s course lead teachers, John Hammond, agricultural educator at Thomas Nelson High School in Kentucky, and Brianne McCauley, agricultural educator at Liberty High School in West Virginia, who share more about what participants can expect from the 2021 CASE Institutes. Learn more here.

 

The Bloomin FFA Socks Facts:

  • Chapter cost- $7.50/pair - MSRP $14.95
  • Cotton grown by our american farmers-woven at usa mills
  • Check out our Bloomin “Ag Designs”
  • Chapters can order a minimum of 20 pair (5/design)
  • Or create a custom chapter order - 120 pair minimum

Lots of Opportunities-

  • Raise money by selling to chapter members 
  • Use as a sales incentive with our ffa chapter challenge
  • Create a custom school sock as a chapter fundraiser

Click here for more information!

National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference Scholarships Available for Educators of Native American Affiliation or Students
The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) is partnering with National Agriculture in the Classroom to offer scholarships to PK-12 teachers of Native American ancestry or Native American students to attend the 2021 NAITC Conference “Fields of Dreams” scheduled for June 28-July 1 in Des Moines, Iowa. The scholarship covers early registration of $435 and travel to the conference. Eligible applicants are teachers at a Tribal government operated school, a Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) school or a BIE-supported school; a school on a reservation teaching Native American students, a non-reservation school that has a high percentage of Native American students, or teachers with a Tribal affiliation. The deadline for applications is April 1, and recipients will be notified by April 30. Click here for more information. 

Click here for the scholarship application form.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
What Now?
In the previous Friday Footnote, we learned that the National FFA lost a lawsuit and appeal regarding the use of the FFA emblem. The courts ruled that it was legal for the Texas FFA Association to enter into an agreement with the Chapter Supply Company of Danville, Illinois for FFA merchandise. The authority for this arrangement was found in… Read more here

CAST

These two Nobel Prize winners helped spark the gene editing revolution.

*** Friday, March 12, 2021:  Gene editing techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9 continue to affect agriculture, Temple Grandin speaks about varied student learning styles, and science doctoral candidates enter a “dance your Ph.D.” contest. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

March 8, 2021

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources.

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction.

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

NAAE

Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

Be a 2021 Teach Ag Day Celebration Kit Host!
The National Association of Agricultural Educators through the National Teach Ag Campaign are looking for agricultural educators who are willing and able to host 2021 National Teach Ag Day celebrations using a kit full of activities, promotional materials and more in secondary and post-secondary programs across the country on Thursday, September 16, 2021. National Teach Ag Day is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.  Learn more about the kit contents, how to use it and how to get one through the online interest form. Selected programs receive the kit at no charge. Interest forms must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, May 3. 

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 4 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Maintaining the Fence: Establishing and Reclaiming Your Boundaries.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 8 - What to Expect from the 2021 Virtual CASE Institutes
The 2021 NAAE Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Institutes are going virtual! With this new transition comes a lot of questions. What will institutes look and feel like this summer? What will be expected from participants? What is the time commitment? For this episode, we’re joined by two of this year’s course lead teachers, John Hammond, agricultural educator at Thomas Nelson High School in Kentucky, and Brianne McCauley, agricultural educator at Liberty High School in West Virginia, who share more about what participants can expect from the 2021 CASE Institutes. Learn more here.

FFA

Stay in the Know for the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo
As we continue to monitor the environment around COVID-19 and the return to in-person meetings and events, a great source of information for the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo is Convention.FFA.org. Make sure to click on Sign Up and be on the email list to receive all the latest information and notifications to assist with planning.

FFA Grants for Growing Application Open
Grants for Growing provides middle/high school FFA chapters up to $5,000 to support the development or improvement of project-based or experiential learning opportunities for students. Funding is provided by consumers who purchased an FFA paper emblem at Tractor Supply Company stores at checkout during National FFA Week. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant
Just a reminder that the Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant is open year-round and is available to middle/high school and alumni and supporters' chapters. Funding of up to $400 may be used to support a day of service event. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/LivingToServe. If you have questions, email lts@ffa.org.

FFA Week National Days of Service Update
To date, 103 FFA chapters representing 29 states registered their service projects to be a part of the first FFA Week National Days of Service. If your chapter hosted a service event in February, please report the event so it can be included on the interactive map of all registered service sites.

Join Us for Monthly Advocacy Celebrations
Each month, National FFA chooses an ag topic to celebrate throughout the month. Along with these celebrations are educational resources, FFA New Horizons blog posts, informational graphics, sponsor and industry expert Q&A videos with worksheets, and documents highlighting competitive events and other related activities. For January 2021, we covered Agribusiness with RaboAgriFinance, with worksheets to go along with the topic.

Agricultural Issues Forum LDE News
The 2021 Agricultural Issues Forum has an exemption, allowing all five qualifying forums to be virtual. Documentation will remain the same for the forums. A copy of the announcement is located here. Reference the handbook for additional information regarding the guidelines for forums and portfolios. 

Give Us Your Feedback
All agriculture teachers and FFA advisors should have received the 2021 National FFA Organization Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor Needs Assessment survey on March 2. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of 10 $50 Amazon gift cards. Note: The survey is personalized to your email address, so you cannot share your link with others.

We're Looking for Our Next National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA
Are you curious about the National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA program?  Click here to watch a short video from a few current ambassadors on why they applied to the program. To apply, click here.

National Chapter Committee Positions Available
National FFA is seeking applicants to serve as committee members for the National Chapter Award Program Committee. We are looking for two representatives from education (secondary or postsecondary) or industry. Committee members will work with the committee superintendent and National FFA staff to coordinate the national event's direction and implementation. Refer to the committee position description for more information. Applicants must complete the NCA Committee Member Nomination Form. The nomination deadline is Monday, March 15. For more on the National Chapter Award program, contact Madeline Young, myoung@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni


2021 Remote Development Conferences
The second 2021 Remote Development Conference will be held April 5-8 from 1-2 p.m. EDT. These conferences are great opportunities for FFA advisors, alumni and supporters to share ideas, ask questions and learn more about how volunteers can help students and teachers at the local and state levels. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

ACTE Virtual Fundraising Webinar
ACTE is working to place career and technical education at the forefront of innovation including activities that improve the conditions for student learning, teacher practice and other facets of the CTE experience. Prior to COVID-19, many students participated in in-person fundraising opportunities to support student-led activities. With a worldwide pandemic underway, student-supported activities are a challenge to maintain. NAAE members, Jesse Faber, Annette Weeks, and Audrey Lent, along with FFA Alumni Member Dakota Cowger lead a webinar discussing successful tools and strategies to implement new virtual fundraising efforts. The recorded webinar can be found here.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Future Farmers of America v. Romack: The Legal Storm Arrives
In the previous Friday Footnote (Is a Legal Storm Brewing on the Horizon?) we learned that in 1951 the Chapter Supply Company of Danville, Illinois struck a “deal” with the Texas FFA to sell FFA jackets and other merchandise in Texas. The Texas FFA received 10% royalties from the sales and published advertisements for the company in the Texas… Read more here

CAST

Cole the Cornstar stayed on the farm, but he travels vicariously through his millions of online followers.

*** Friday, March 5, 2021:  The newest cash crop could be carbon; universities get folks to roll up their sleeves for the vaccine; and Cole the Cornstar has an online following twice the size of his home state. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

March 1, 2021

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

FFA

Congress Introduces Resolutions on FFA Week and 50 Years of Alumni and Supporters
This week, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate introduced resolutions recognizing National FFA Week and 50 Years of Alumni and Supporters. You can read more in this press release from one of the resolution sponsors. The National FFA Organization thanks all the representatives and senators who sponsored, co-sponsored, and supported these resolutions. You can read the House resolution here.

We're Looking for Our Next National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA
Are you curious about the National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA program?  Click here to watch a short video from a few current ambassadors on why they applied to the program. To apply, click here.

National Chapter Committee Positions Available
National FFA is seeking applicants to serve as committee members for the National Chapter Award Program Committee. We are looking for two representatives from education (secondary or postsecondary) or industry. Committee members will work with the committee superintendent and National FFA staff to coordinate the national event's direction and implementation. Refer to the committee position description for more information. Applicants must complete the NCA Committee Member Nomination Form. The nomination deadline is Monday, March 15. For more on the National Chapter Award program, contact Madeline Young, myoung@ffa.org.

Coming Soon: Needs Assessment Survey
On Tuesday, March 2, all agriculture teachers and FFA advisors will receive the 2021 National FFA Organization Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor Needs Assessment survey. We want to ensure that we are meeting the needs of today's FFA advisors and students with relevant resources. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of 10 $50 Amazon gift cards. 

“Suit-2-Jacket” Offers Career Connections to FFA Chapters and Ag Classrooms
Suit-2-Jacket, a new National FFA program, offers students a live, virtual opportunity to experience and discuss careers in various agricultural pathways with real-life company professionals. During a 30-minute session, students will get an overview of the company’s place in agriculture, learn about careers and learning opportunities and get to ask direct questions to the company representative. FFA advisors and agriculture educators can sign up now. Limited spots are available. Syngenta, Nestle and Valent sponsor this program.

AgExplorer Has Moved! Update Your Bookmarks Now
AgExplorer has a new home on the web at AgExplorer.FFA.org. Be sure to update any links or bookmarks you have to AgExplorer in your web browser, learning management systems and tools like Google Classroom. The old URLs to AgExplorer will no longer work.

FFA Alumni

2021 FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants 
Nutrien Ag Solutions and Tractor Supply Company are sponsoring $500- $5,000 grants to start or improve FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapters, partner student and adult members on special projects and to help fund student affiliation fees and classroom materials. For more information and a copy of the grant application, visit www.FFA.org/alumnigrants.  The first-round of 2021 grant applications are due to alumni@ffa.org by March 1!

NAAE

Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

2021 NAAE CASE Institute Scholarship Application Open Now!
Due February 28, 2021 at midnight your local time. 
Announcement made to all applicants via email in March 2021. If you are already registered for an institute and receive a scholarship, we'll apply it in March and your invoice will be adjusted. Because spots can fill quickly, we don't advise you wait to register until the announcement is made unless absolutely necessary. Click here for more information.

Host an Agricultural Business Foundations BriefCASE!
BriefCASE's are shortened CASE professional development experiences aligned with semester-based CASE courses. Agricultural Business Foundations (ABF) teacher certification is available through virtual or in-person* BriefCASE events! Learn more about hosting today!

BriefCASE applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please complete your application 2 months prior to the anticipated BriefCASE date to allow for planning. Apply today!

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 4 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Maintaining the Fence: Establishing and Reclaiming Your Boundaries.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 6 - Cultivating a Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment for All
Our host is joined by two agricultural educators: Mr. Riley Hintzche, an agricultural educator at Streator Township High School in Illinois, and Ms. Sabrina Stearns-Davis, an agricultural educator at Arabia Mountain High School Academy of Engineering Medicine and Environmental Studies in Georgia. Riley and Sabrina share their knowledge and experiences as it relates to classroom and programs more inclusive, diverse, and equitable for all students. Learn more here.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Is a Storm Brewing on the Horizon?
Three weeks ago, the Friday Footnote focused on the confusion of whether or not the Eagle was a part of the FFA emblem. The resolution to the confusion was an affirmation that indeed, the eagle was officially a part of the FFA emblem. Then, two weeks ago we learned that to get a trademark on the FFA emblem, the eagle had to be removed because it… Read more here

CAST

“I, Robot” is present in ag, medicine, and more.

*** Friday, Feb. 26, 2021:  Science versus coronavirus—now and for the future; robots help with ag, medicine, and more; Black History Month continues; and NASA takes us on a trip to Mars. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

February 22, 2021

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

NAAE

Ag Ed Track at Virtual ACTE National Policy Seminar
NAAE will have a specific agricultural education breakout session on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM EST. You may review the entire program for the NPS online at http://www.acteonline.org/nps/. The opening general session will begin at 12:00 pm EST on Monday, February 22nd.

2021 NAAE CASE Institute Scholarship Application Open Now!
Due February 28, 2021 at midnight your local time. 
Announcement made to all applicants via email in March 2021. If you are already registered for an institute and receive a scholarship, we'll apply it in March and your invoice will be adjusted. Because spots can fill quickly, we don't advise you wait to register until the announcement is made unless absolutely necessary. Click here for more information.

Host an Agricultural Business Foundations BriefCASE!
BriefCASE's are shortened CASE professional development experiences aligned with semester-based CASE courses. Agricultural Business Foundations (ABF) teacher certification is available through virtual or in-person* BriefCASE events! Learn more about hosting today!

BriefCASE applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please complete your application 2 months prior to the anticipated BriefCASE date to allow for planning. Apply today!

Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 4 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Maintaining the Fence: Establishing and Reclaiming Your Boundaries.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 6 - Cultivating a Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment for All
Our host is joined by two agricultural educators: Mr. Riley Hintzche, an agricultural educator at Streator Township High School in Illinois, and Ms. Sabrina Stearns-Davis, an agricultural educator at Arabia Mountain High School Academy of Engineering Medicine and Environmental Studies in Georgia. Riley and Sabrina share their knowledge and experiences as it relates to classroom and programs more inclusive, diverse, and equitable for all students. Learn more here.

FFA

Give FFA Day Coming Soon
For 24 hours on Give FFA Day—Thursday, Feb. 25—we are raising money to support FFA with a goal of 1,500 donors. Check out this new video from the National FFA Officer Team and help us spread the word, FFA.org/GiveFFADay.

Connect to Fun for National FFA Week
Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 24, and Thursday, Feb. 25, of National FFA Week at 9 a.m., Noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. EST for some FFA, agriculture and agricultural education trivia. Each session will last 30 minutes, and we will do two rounds of trivia per session. Winners will receive fun prize boxes. Check FFA.org/national-ffa-week/for a link to the Connection Fun Room on Monday, Feb. 22 of National FFA Week.

Serve in Honor of National FFA Week 
How is your chapter serving this month? The Penn Yan FFA (above) in New York made adoption crates for their local animal shelter. Be sure to register and report your service project to be a part of the inaugural FFA Week National Days of Service. Find planning resources on the National Days of Service webpage. 

National FFA Week Paper Emblem Sales to Support Grants for Growing
From Feb. 17-28, visit your local Tractor Supply Company store or go online at TractorSupply.com to purchase an FFA Paper Emblem for $1. The paper emblem sales provide funding to support FFA Grants for Growing. Learn about the grant and how your chapter can help promote the sales of the paper emblems virtually by visiting FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing.

 

New Lessons Accompany FFA New Horizons Digital Articles
Check out these two new FFA New Horizons lessons.  

“Suit-2-Jacket” Offers Career Connections to FFA Chapters and Ag Classrooms
Suit-2-Jacket, a new National FFA program, offers students a live, virtual opportunity to experience and discuss careers in various agricultural pathways with real-life company professionals. During a 30-minute session, students will get an overview of the company’s place in agriculture, learn about careers and learning opportunities and get to ask direct questions to the company representative. FFA advisors and agriculture educators can sign up now. Limited spots are available. Syngenta, Nestle and Valent sponsor this program.

Career and Leadership Challenges 
Celebrate someone special with a “floral” arrangement made just for them. Load a video featuring your creation and submit it for the Floriculture Challenge by Feb. 26. 

Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant Results
National FFA is pleased to announce that 69 FFA chapters representing 30 states have been awarded the Spring Semester-Long Grant with funding up to $1,200 each. These chapters addressed needs in the following areas: community safety; environmental responsibility; hunger, health and nutrition; and community engagement. The list of awardees can be found here.

AgExplorer Is on the Move! Update Your Bookmarks Now
On Feb. 15, AgExplorer will find a new home on the web at AgExplorer.FFA.org. Be sure to update any links or bookmarks you have to AgExplorer in your web browser, learning management systems and tools like Google Classroom. After Feb. 15, the old URLs to AgExplorer will no longer work. Update now!

Apply Now: National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA 2021-22 Application 
Are you or do you know of a teacher who would be interested in helping to share educational resources and opportunities within their state while offering feedback to the National FFA Organization? Click here to complete the application. The deadline to apply is March 10, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

FFA Alumni

2021 FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants 
Nutrien Ag Solutions and Tractor Supply Company are sponsoring $500- $5,000 grants to start or improve FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapters, partner student and adult members on special projects and to help fund student affiliation fees and classroom materials. For more information and a copy of the grant application, visit www.FFA.org/alumnigrants.  The first-round of 2021 grant applications are due to alumni@ffa.org by March 1!

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The History of National FFA Week
Tomorrow (February 20) starts National FFA Week. How long have we been celebrating National FFA Week and how did it get started? That is what we will learn in the Footnote. Before you read any further please open the “FFA Week Quiz” and complete it. Then continue reading this Footnote. You can grade your quiz as you read. Read more here

CAST

The Arctic Circle moves south.

*** Friday, Feb. 19, 2021:  Extreme cold affects people, livestock, and food production; Black History Month connects with agriculture in many universities; and rainbow igloos bring warmth to winter. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

February 15, 2021

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

FFA

AgExplorer Is on the Move! Update Your Bookmarks Now
On Feb. 15, AgExplorer will find a new home on the web at AgExplorer.FFA.org. Be sure to update any links or bookmarks you have to AgExplorer in your web browser, learning management systems and tools like Google Classroom. After Feb. 15, the old URLs to AgExplorer will no longer work. Update now!

Apply Now: National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA 2021-22 Application 
Are you or do you know of a teacher who would be interested in helping to share educational resources and opportunities within their state while offering feedback to the National FFA Organization? Click here to complete the application. The deadline to apply is March 10, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Awards Judging Update 
National finalist selection for our awards area will take place virtually in July, with finalists announced in early August. Online state submission to National FFA deadlines remains unchanged. National winner selection (convention judging) will be conducted virtually in September for the following programs: Agricultural Proficiency Awards, American Star Awards, Agriscience Fair, and National Chapter Awards. 

2021 National CDEs/LDEs Update – Date Change for Certification
We are actively planning to host national-level CDEs and LDEs this fall. We expect some events may become entirely virtual, and some may be a hybrid of virtual and in-person. We anticipate events will begin after the certification deadline and before the scheduled convention dates. To assist this process, we have moved our national certification deadline one month earlier to Aug. 2. Please begin adjusting your schedules accordingly. We will be sharing detailed, event-specific updates soon.

National Officers Connect With Chapters Virtually 
This week, the National FFA Officer Team completed more than 70 virtual chapter visits where they delivered keynote addresses and workshops. You can request an officer to connect with your chapter virtually this spring using this request form. Next week, the officers will represent National FFA as they connect with legislators and governmental officials. 

Connect to Fun for National FFA Week
Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 24, and Thursday, Feb. 25, of National FFA Week at 9 a.m., Noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. EST for some FFA, agriculture and agricultural education trivia. Each session will last 30 minutes, and we will do two rounds of trivia per session. Winners will receive fun prize boxes. Check FFA.org/national-ffa-week/for a link to the Connection Fun Room on Monday, Feb. 22 of National FFA Week.

Give the Gift of Blue 
It is the perfect time of year to nominate or encourage your students to apply for the Give the Gift of Blue program. More than 1,000 jackets are available for deserving members. 

Spring 2021 FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Available
Advisors and teachers: By now, you should have received the latest issue of FFA New Horizons in the mail. This issue features tips on how to have the best National FFA Week ever and includes ShopFFA insert with our most popular tees and more. You can also flip through the digital magazine on FFA.org. Check out the latest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide online. 

Show Off What You Know With Jacket-2-Jacket
Advisors: Do you have an FFA member with mad skills or talents who is also a role model for other FFA members? If so, encourage them to submit a video to our new video series called Jacket-2-Jacket. Jacket-2-Jacket is an opportunity for FFA members to share their skills, talents and abilities with other members who, in turn, can transform themselves into the leaders they are meant to be. If you know of an interested student, email their name, email and chapter to czufelt@ffa.org. If we reach out to a student to discuss a video idea, we'll reach out to their advisor as well. For more information, visit FFA.org/jacket-2-jacket/.

FFA Alumni

2021 FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants 
Nutrien Ag Solutions and Tractor Supply Company are sponsoring $500- $5,000 grants to start or improve FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapters, partner student and adult members on special projects and to help fund student affiliation fees and classroom materials. For more information and a copy of the grant application, visit www.FFA.org/alumnigrants.  The first-round of 2021 grant applications are due to alumni@ffa.org by March 1!

NAAE

Ag Ed Track at Virtual ACTE National Policy Seminar
The ACTE NPS provides an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of influencing federal decision makers, specifically on legislation related to career and technical education, including agricultural education. To emphasize the importance of NPS and to encourage more participation from NAAE members, NAAE will be paying the registration fee of one NAAE member per state to participate in NPS. NAAE will have a specific agricultural education breakout session on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM EST. You may review the entire program for the NPS online at http://www.acteonline.org/nps/. The opening general session will begin at 12:00 pm EST on Monday, February 22nd. Please consult with your state Ag Ed leadership if you would like to represent your state and receive the NAAE registration fee coverage. For more information, please visit the NAAE website here.

Host an Agricultural Business Foundations BriefCASE!
BriefCASE's are shortened CASE professional development experiences aligned with semester-based CASE courses. Agricultural Business Foundations (ABF) teacher certification is available through virtual or in-person* BriefCASE events! Learn more about hosting today!

BriefCASE applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please complete your application 2 months prior to the anticipated BriefCASE date to allow for planning. Apply today!

Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 4 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Maintaining the Fence: Establishing and Reclaiming Your Boundaries.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 6 - Cultivating a Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment for All
Our host is joined by two agricultural educators: Mr. Riley Hintzche, an agricultural educator at Streator Township High School in Illinois, and Ms. Sabrina Stearns-Davis, an agricultural educator at Arabia Mountain High School Academy of Engineering Medicine and Environmental Studies in Georgia. Riley and Sabrina share their knowledge and experiences as it relates to classroom and programs more inclusive, diverse, and equitable for all students. Learn more here.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Protecting the FFA Emblem
In Part I of this Friday Footnote (titled The Eagle Enigma which was published last week) we learned the FFA delegates at the 1934 FFA Convention codified that the eagle was indeed part of the FFA emblem. The FFA constitution was revised in 1937 to reflect the change that the FFA emblem consisted of 5 major elements (including the eagle), not 4 as… Read more here

CAST

Surf’s up and goats are ridin’ the waves.

*** Friday, Feb. 12, 2021:  The agriculture community works to solve problems, programs continue to help the food insecure, and goats hop on boards and hit the surf. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

February 8, 2021

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

NAAE

Ag Ed Track at Virtual ACTE National Policy Seminar
The ACTE NPS provides an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of influencing federal decision makers, specifically on legislation related to career and technical education, including agricultural education. To emphasize the importance of NPS and to encourage more participation from NAAE members, NAAE will be paying the registration fee of one NAAE member per state to participate in NPS. NAAE will have a specific agricultural education breakout session on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM EST. You may review the entire program for the NPS online at http://www.acteonline.org/nps/. The opening general session will begin at 12:00 pm EST on Monday, February 22nd. Please consult with your state Ag Ed leadership if you would like to represent your state and receive the NAAE registration fee coverage. For more information, please visit the NAAE website here.

Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 4 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Maintaining the Fence: Establishing and Reclaiming Your Boundaries.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 6 - Cultivating a Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment for All
Our host is joined by two agricultural educators: Mr. Riley Hintzche, an agricultural educator at Streator Township High School in Illinois, and Ms. Sabrina Stearns-Davis, an agricultural educator at Arabia Mountain High School Academy of Engineering Medicine and Environmental Studies in Georgia. Riley and Sabrina share their knowledge and experiences as it relates to classroom and programs more inclusive, diverse, and equitable for all students. Learn more here.

FFA

AgExplorer Is on the Move!
On Feb. 15, AgExplorer will find a new home on the web at AgExplorer.FFA.org. New address, same valuable content! When the new address is active early next week, we will send an email reminder to update any links or bookmarks you have to AgExplorer in your web browser, learning management systems and tools like Google Classroom.

Spring 2021 FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Available
Advisors and teachers: By now, you should have received the latest issue of FFA New Horizons in the mail. This issue features tips on how to have the best National FFA Week ever and includes ShopFFA insert with our most popular tees and more. You can also flip through the digital magazine on FFA.org. Check out the latest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide online. 

Visit the FFA Blue Room
The Virtual FFA Blue Room launched in conjunction with the 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo is now available to all FFA members. Visit FFA.org/home/FFABlueroom. Students can select "Guest Sign In" or input their FFA ID. The live presentations hosted on the Blue Stage are now available on-demand here

Show Off What You Know With Jacket-2-Jacket
Advisors: Do you have an FFA member with mad skills or talents who is also a role model for other FFA members? If so, encourage them to submit a video to our new video series called Jacket-2-Jacket. Jacket-2-Jacket is an opportunity for FFA members to share their skills, talents and abilities with other members who, in turn, can transform themselves into the leaders they are meant to be. If you know of an interested student, email their name, email and chapter to czufelt@ffa.org. If we reach out to a student to discuss a video idea, we'll reach out to their advisor as well. For more information, visit FFA.org/jacket-2-jacket/.

Don't Miss the Next Owls Chat 
You do not want to miss this month's Owls Chat. The recorded chat covers the power, structural and technical systems pathway, featuring resources and tips for creating meaningful learning, including: 

  • Dr. Mike Pate from Utah State University helps us navigate the Safety in Ag for Youth clearinghouse to find in-person and self-directed student learning lessons. 
  • Jason Scales from Lincoln Electric talks to students about future careers and even has free money for students and teachers. 
  • Nathan Clark from Colorado State University shares how to link instruction with student career goals in this pathway. 
  • Carl Akre, a CASE curriculum writer, shows us ways to integrate science into this pathway. 
  • Ryan Tidds from Cummins Corporation shares educational resources developed with secondary educators in mind. 

Current and previous National FFA Owls Chats are available on-demand. Look for March's Owls Chat on the biotechnology systems pathway on March 15. 

Career and Leadership Challenges
Many FFA members have participated in the Career and Leadership Challenges this year. Check out who has made it into the spotlight for past challenges on the Challenges Recognition webpage. 

Advisors Can Save on ShopFFA.org
The advisor coupon is back, and the official jacket is $49 for a limited time only. Plan ahead for awards, banquets, graduation and more. Enjoy 20% off a minimum purchase of $500 using coupon code ADV21 now through March 15, 2021. Exclusions apply—visit ShopFFA.org for details.

FFA Alumni

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for educational development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters is offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom. The first online event of 2021 will be held February 8-11 from 4-5 p.m. EST. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

2021 FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants 
Nutrien Ag Solutions and Tractor Supply Company are sponsoring $500- $5,000 grants to start or improve FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapters, partner student and adult members on special projects and to help fund student affiliation fees and classroom materials. For more information and a copy of the grant application, visit www.FFA.org/alumnigrants.  The first-round of 2021 grant applications are due to alumni@ffa.org by March 1!

 

Welcome, Teachers!
The Organic Resource Guide is a toolbox of educational materials geared toward high school and middle school students. It is designed to give insight into the rapidly growing industry of organic agriculture through classroom discussions, activities, and slideshow presentations. Educators can use the entire lessons or easily separate them into individual components to accommodate any curriculum. Click here to learn more!

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The Eagle Enigma
Is the eagle part of the FFA emblem or not? Parkinson’s Law states that “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” I have formulated a similar law – “A simple historical question may lead down many rabbit holes.” This Friday Footnote started with a simple question a couple of months ago about the FFA emblem posed by… Read more here

CAST

Ag world deals with the era of COVID-19.

*** Friday, Feb. 5, 2021:  Food producers adjust to pandemic challenges, the new administration develops a science focus, and many Americans seem to think a rodent can be a meteorologist. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

February 1, 2021

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

FFA


Download the FFA Week Implementation Guide
Need ideas for National FFA Week? Check out the National FFA Week Implementation Guide and the Virtual National FFA Week Implementation Guide for turn-key resources you can use immediately in your program.

 

New: FFA Week National Days of Service 
Don't miss the chance to be a part of the inaugural FFA Week National Days of Service! FFA is inviting chapters across the country to register a service event to be hosted in February. Find planning resources and the link to register on the National Days of Service webpage. 

FFA Week Paper Emblem Sales to Support Grants for Growing
Visit your local Tractor Supply Company store or visit TractorSupply.com Feb. 17-28 to buy $1 FFA paper emblems to support the FFA Grants for Growing program. Find out how your FFA chapter can promote sales virtually and information about the grant by visiting FFA.org/Grants-for-Growing.

Invite a National FFA Officer to Your FFA Week Event
The National FFA Officer Team is looking forward to engaging with states and chapters across the nation in honor of National FFA Week. This year, we invite state FFA associations, chapters and other constituents to request a national officer for your FFA Week event. National officers will engage virtually and can provide keynote speeches, workshops and greetings; hangout with members; meet with administrators; and more. 

Plan Now: Give FFA Day
During National FFA Week, we have a special 24 hours of fundraising and showing your support on Give FFA Day, Thursday, Feb. 25. Follow National FFA on social media and visit the online toolkit at FFA.org/GiveFFADay to help us spread the word.

Chapter-Level Degree Checklists
Are you looking for chapter-level degree applications to use as an educational resource? We have free versions to offer!  

Living to Serve Grants Now Available
The Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with up to $1,200 to implement a service-learning project in their communities. The application allows chapters to add collaborators, like an alumni member, to help complete the application. Applications are due Feb. 1 and can be found at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

FFA Alumni

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for educational development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters is offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom. The first online event of 2021 will be held February 8-11 from 4-5 p.m. EST. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

2021 FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants 
Nutrien Ag Solutions and Tractor Supply Company are sponsoring $500- $5,000 grants to start or improve FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapters, partner student and adult members on special projects and to help fund student affiliation fees and classroom materials. For more information and a copy of the grant application, visit www.FFA.org/alumnigrants.  The first round of 2021 grant applications are due to alumni@ffa.org by March 1!

NAAE


Ag Ed Track at Virtual ACTE National Policy Seminar
The ACTE NPS provides an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of influencing federal decision makers, specifically on legislation related to career and technical education, including agricultural education. To emphasize the importance of NPS and to encourage more participation from NAAE members, NAAE will be paying the registration fee of one NAAE member per state to participate in NPS. NAAE will have a specific agricultural education breakout session on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM EST. You may review the entire program for the NPS online at http://www.acteonline.org/nps/. The opening general session will begin at 12:00 pm EST on Monday, February 22nd. Please consult with your state Ag Ed leadership if you would like to represent your state and receive the NAAE registration fee coverage. For more information, please visit the NAAE website here.


TSU Application for Rapid Response Ag Ed
Calling all Ag Teachers! Call for Proposals: $10,000 Mini Grants. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced many instructional challenges for teachers and created a plethora of learning limitations for students.

As you know, learning in and about agriculture requires things like work in laboratory, application of learned concepts, integrated curricula, and industry-validated resources. Current resources for teaching agriculture online or using some other form of distance education are limited in these essentials.

We are seeking to award 8 “Mini-grants” in the amount of $10,000 to selected agriculture teachers who can document they have a complete course curriculum in one of the content areas below. One award will be given in each content area.

  • Agribusiness Animal Science Biotechnology
  • Environmental Science Natural Resources
  • Food Products and Processing Plant Science
  • Power, Structural, and Technical Systems

Selected teachers will be asked to work with Instructional Designers for approximately 10 hours/week for three months (12 weeks).

Please complete the application here, and mail or email this application and requested materials by February 5, 2021 and direct all questions to John Ricketts: 

Dr. John C. Ricketts jricket1@tnstate.edu 1842 Posey Hill Rd., Mount Juliet, TN 37122

From Your FFA Fundraising Partners at Bloom
OUR EXTENDED COMMITMENT and $20 Gift for Ag Teachers. Click the here below to get your FREE $20 Gift!

Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 4 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Maintaining the Fence: Establishing and Reclaiming Your Boundaries.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 5 - A CASE Update
Our host is joined by two NAAE staff members, Ms. Jessie Lumpkins and Ms. Sara Cobb, who provide updates related to Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). Jessie and Sara provide information related to the new CASE website, Thrive (the CASE Educational Technology Summit coming January 2021), as well as how their team has and will continue to respond to COVID-19. Learn more here.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Service is the Rent One Pays for Living
The subject of this Friday Footnote is one who believed service to others is of paramount importance in our lives. He died two weeks ago after a lifetime of service to the profession. That person is Ira Hicks, Jr. He died at the age of 92. For the younger people in the profession, you might not be familiar with Dr. Hicks. After all, he retired… Read more here

CAST

Schools make tough decisions as a new semester gets underway.

*** Friday, Jan. 29, 2021:  Educators work hard to make learning safe and rewarding, new government climate initiatives come into focus, and a baby panda cam goes viral. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

January 25, 2021

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

NAAE

Check Out Our Partners Hall!
There are several reasons to check out the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention Partners Hall! Visit our 2020 NAAE Convention Partners Hall between now and January 31 to learn more about our valuable partners!

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 4 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Maintaining the Fence: Establishing and Reclaiming Your Boundaries.

Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 5 - A CASE Update
Our host is joined by two NAAE staff members, Ms. Jessie Lumpkins and Ms. Sara Cobb, who provide updates related to Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). Jessie and Sara provide information related to the new CASE website, Thrive (the CASE Educational Technology Summit coming January 2021), as well as how their team has and will continue to respond to COVID-19. Learn more here.

FFA


Washington Leadership Conference Canceled for 2021
After careful review, we have made the difficult decision to again cancel all sessions of the 2021 Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) in Washington, D.C., due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our top concern in making this decision is our obligation to protect the health of FFA members and participants at our events. We also recognize the financial impact to our organization should the event be unable to proceed due to limitations or attendance restrictions. Additionally, we acknowledge that school district decisions remain in flux during the critical planning period for such a large summer event.

Though we are disappointed to make these decisions, we look forward to WLC returning in the summer of 2022. 

For more information, visit the WLC webpage or reach out with any questions to WLC@FFA.org

Download the FFA Week Implementation Guide
Need ideas for National FFA Week? Check out the National FFA Week Implementation Guide and the Virtual National FFA Week Implementation Guide for turn-key resources you can use immediately in your program.

 

Meet the 2020-21 National FFA Officer Team
FFA members can learn more about their National FFA Officer Team. Watch these YouTube videos (available on Vimeo too) where each national officer provides an introduction and a bit about their background. 

Enter the Ag Day Essay and Video Contest
Students across the country are invited to enter the National Ag Day essay and video contest, sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America. This year’s topic: Food brings everyone to the table. How is agriculture essential to bringing food to the table? National Ag Day’s objective is to celebrate agriculture and to help consumers better understand how farmers and the companies serving them produce abundant, healthy, nutritious, and safe food worldwide. 

SAE Video of the Week
FFA members Kayley Pennington and Cheyenne Bolender from Newsome FFA in Florida know a thing or two about composting. Watch how they take the food waste from their school cafeteria and turn it into compost to create healthy soil for their ag department. Looking for resources to use with all of the supervised agricultural experience videos? Click here to access a choice board, lesson plans and more.

Apply for This Living to Serve Grant
The Living to Serve Spring Semester-Long Grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with up to $1,200 to implement a service-learning project in their community for one semester. Chapters can add collaborators, like an alumni member, to complete the user-friendly application. The application is due Feb. 1 and can be found at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

New: FFA Week National Days of Service 
Be a part of the inaugural FFA Week National Days of Service event! Have your chapter register and host a service event during February. Service is more important than ever, and FFA has created a Service and Volunteerism Ideas During COVID-19 document to provide some guidelines on how to serve safely along with some project ideas. There is also an FFA Week National Days of Service Interactive Toolkit to help get started.

 

Registration for 212° and 360° Conferences Now Open
We are offering the 2021 212° and 360° conferences curriculum and training to state associations and chapters interested in hosting local, regional or state-level 212° and 360° conferences. States and chapters can register to host their own 212° and 360° experiences through Aug. 31, 2021. National FFA will provide registered conference hosts with the curriculum and a training video to help hosts deliver the experience. For details and to register for a conference, visit the 212° Conference and 360° Conference webpages.

FFA Alumni

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for educational development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters is offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom. The first online event of 2021 will be held February 8-11 from 4-5 p.m. EST. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

2020 FFA Alumni and Supporter Grant Reports 
Thanks to the generous support of Nutrien Ag Solutions and Tractor Supply Company, 76 grants were distributed in 2020 to start or improve FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapters, partner student and adult members on special projects and to help fund student affiliation fees and classroom materials. All grant recipients are required to submit a report form by Feb. 1, 2021 to be eligible for future grant funding. For a complete list of grant recipients and copies of the grant application and report forms, visit www.FFA.org/alumnigrants.  The first-round of 2021 grant applications are due by March 1!

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The Three Female Ag Ed Musketeers - Part II
Last week you were introduced to the first females who served as national presidents of their professional agricultural education organizations. They were MeeCee Baker (NVATA President, 1996-97), Karen Hutchison (NASAE President, 2002-03), and Jacque Deeds (AAAE President, 2006-07). This week we conclude that Footnote with their experiences in the… Read more here

CAST

The historical White House pet list could fill a circus.

*** Friday, Jan. 22, 2021:  The new administration is focused on science; food assistance programs continue in various forms; and not only dogs have been White House pets—think hippos, ponies, tigers, and a runaway cow. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

January 11, 2021

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

FFA

Scholarship Deadline Is Jan. 14
The National FFA Scholarship application deadline is quickly approaching. For help with application questions and to access the resources for both students and FFA advisors, visit FFA.org/Scholarships. Use the information provided under the Need Help section to find the appropriate resources to complete the application.

 

Apply for This Living to Serve Grant
The Living to Serve Spring Semester-Long Grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with up to $1,200 to implement a service-learning project in their community for one semester. Chapters can add collaborators, like an alumni member, to complete the user-friendly application. The application is due Feb.1 and can be found at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

New: FFA Week National Days of Service 
Be a part of the inaugural FFA Week National Days of Service event! Have your chapter register and host a service event during February. Service is more important than ever, and FFA has created a Service and Volunteerism Ideas During COVID-19 document to provide some guidelines on how to serve safely along with some project ideas. There is also an FFA Week National Days of Service Interactive Toolkit to help get started.

Registration for 212° and 360° Conferences Now Open
We are offering the 2021 212° and 360° conferences curriculum and training to state associations and chapters interested in hosting local, regional or state-level 212° and 360° conferences. States and chapters can register to host their own 212° and 360° experiences through Aug. 31, 2021. National FFA will provide registered conference hosts with the curriculum and a training video to help hosts deliver the experience. For details and to register for a conference, visit the 212° Conference and 360° Conference webpages.

Take the National FFA Membership Dues Survey
A group of agricultural education professionals and stakeholders is working to have 100 percent of agricultural education students enrolled as FFA members by the time National FFA hits its 100th anniversary (2028). This group is seeking information on the attitudes and opinions of all voices in agricultural education. If you have not received a survey link, take two to three minutes to give us your feedback. Questions should be directed to Buddy Deimler, william.deimler@schools.utah.gov

Don’t Miss the Plant Systems Owl Chat
The next Owl Chat will be available on Jan. 18 and covers the plant systems pathway, featuring resources and tips.

  • Kristyn Sheets from Magnet Cove, Ark., shares how she implements grow towers into instruction then supplies fresh greens to the school cafeteria. 
  • Josh Davenport from South Panola, Miss., passes along his greenhouse management tips. 
  • Pebbles Lacrosse from New Haven, Conn., will make you want to take her adult floriculture classes so you can replicate them in your community. 
  • FFA education specialist Megan McGrady clues you in on the latest National FFA teacher resources for the plant systems pathway. 
  • Melissa Riley, a regional horticulture specialist, shares how to locate Georgia’s lesson library for all things horticulture and more. 

Previous chats are available on-demand. Look for February’s Owl Chat on the power, structural and technical systems pathway on Feb.18.

FFA Alumni

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for educational development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters is offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom. The first online event of 2021 will be held February 8-11 from 4-5 p.m. EST. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

2020 FFA Alumni and Supporter Grant Reports 
Thanks to the generous support of Nutrien Ag Solutions and Tractor Supply Company, 76 grants were distributed in 2020 to start or improve FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapters, partner student and adult members on special projects and to help fund student affiliation fees and classroom materials. All grant recipients are required to submit a report form by Feb. 1, 2021 to be eligible for future grant funding. For a complete list of grant recipients and copies of the grant application and report forms, visit www.FFA.org/alumnigrants.  The first-round of 2021 grant applications are due by March 1!

NAAE

Thrive with CASE Starts Today!
Thrive is a new, virtual CASE-hosted conference and will provide over 8-hours of professional development content within CTE instruction, best practices, digital equity, and software and applications. View the agenda to learn more! Thrive is open today, and we look forward to seeing you there! 


Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

Internships with NAAE
NAAE is offering summer internships in communications and professional development for 2021. Applications are due January 18, 2021. Click here for more information.

NAAE Virtual Convention Wrap Up
It's a wrap! The 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention is officially in the books. Thank you to all of our attendees, presenters, and partners who made our first ever virtual convention possible and successful. We hope to see you next year in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The 2020-2021 National Association of Agricultural Educators Board of Directors

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 5 - A CASE Update
Our host is joined by two NAAE staff members, Ms. Jessie Lumpkins and Ms. Sara Cobb, who provide updates related to Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). Jessie and Sara provide information related to the new CASE website, Thrive (the CASE Educational Technology Summit coming January 2021), as well as how their team has and will continue to respond to COVID-19. Learn more here.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Former Vo-Ag Student Wins Nobel Peace Prize
When we teach about scientific and technological advances in agriculture, we often mention Cyrus McCormick, Eli Whitney, John Deere, George Washington Carver, and similar pioneers. Do we mention Norman Borlaug and his contributions to the world of agriculture and to humanity? We should. After all, his formal agricultural training started in a… Read more here

CAST

Food issues are still key as we enter a new year.

*** Friday, Jan. 8, 2021:  Food production, government policies, rural health, and university news. Also, energetic robots bust some intriguing dance moves. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

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