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February 19, 2018

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.

Upcoming Events

2018

March 5-7
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

NAAE

2018 NAAE Award Application Changes
The 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. Please make note of the new award application requirements by clicking here. The new scoring rubrics and online applications will be available soon.
Special Teach Ag Session at MANRRS
Join us for a special session at this year's MANRRS conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.The session will take place Thursday, April 5th from 3-5pm EST and will include a teacher panel, post-secondary tips, preservice teacher opportunities, teaching resources, and a Q&A session throughout. Click here for more information and to register.
National Policy Seminar
March 5-7
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA
Learn how to craft your CTE message, engage with members of Congress, hear the lastest on Perkins reauthorization & more!Click here for more information and to register.
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Krantz examines piglets at Petrie Farm suffering from a case of diarrhea, which can be life threatening. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Happy National FFA Week!
National FFA Week has finally arrived. We can’t wait to see and hear all the great things our members and chapters have planned during the week. Be sure to Follow the #FFAweek hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and don’t miss @NationalFFA Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat posts, including posts from the National FFA Officer Team while on the road. To learn more, read our National FFA Week press releaseand visit FFA New Horizons online. And don’t forget about our third annual
Give FFA Day on Tuesday, Feb. 20, a daylong campaign encouraging the public to support various needs impacting FFA members. As always, you can visit Donate.FFA.org 24/7 to make a secure online donation. Every gift counts toward achieving the FFA mission! Learn more at FFA.org/giveFFAday.
Tap Into These Free Resources on My Journey
Need free resources to help with planning, weather delay/cancellations or upcoming FFA contests? We’ve got something for everyone on My Journey. This month’s featured lessons and resources include:Teacher Ambassadors Needed
Interested in becoming a National FFA Teacher Ambassador? The application period is Feb. 12 - 26, 2018 (by midnight, EST). Click here for more information and the application.
WLC Registration Opens March 1 at 1 p.m. ET
Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is the pinnacle leadership conference National FFA offers to any and all members able to attend. The WLC curriculum uses the tenets ME, WE, DO, SERVE to get students to achieve the overall objective of the conference, which is becoming engaged citizens who can make a measurable and positive difference in their communities. This five-day conference offers the unique balance of providing FFA members with a premier leadership experience while exposing them to D.C.’s rich history. WLC has a participation maximum of 340 students per week and has such a high demand that several weeks will sell out within a few days of registration opening.
WLC dates, pricing, FAQs, and registration information can be found on the WLC webpage, FFA.org/wlc. Registration opens at 1 p.m. ET on March 1. Advisors and students must register using their FFA logins. It is recommended that students and advisors review the registration guidelines and information available at FFA.org/wlc before March 1 to prepare, as some weeks sell out quickly. Contact wlc@ffa.org or 317-802-6060 for questions.
Red Brand Announces New Home Grown Challenge
Since 2010, Red Brand has partnered with agriculture dealers to help generate funds for local FFA chapters through the Home Grown program. In 2018, a new component has been added to the program to help create even more earnings potential for local FFA chapters. It's called The Home Grown Challenge. The top five teams will win $1,000 for their chapters.
Here's how it works:
  • Help your Red Brand dealer promote Home Grown in your community to increase the potential to make more money for your chapter.
  • The more Red Brand fence your dealer sells in 2018, the greater your chances of winning.
  • The $1,000 prize is in addition to your annual Home Grown check.
  • All dealers who participated in Home Grown in 2017 are eligible.
  • Winners will be determined by the percentage of growth over 2017, not overall volume, making the challenge an equal opportunity for all dealer/chapter* teams nationwide.
*Multiple chapters designated by a winning Dealer will share the prize equally.For more information, go to redbrand.com/homegrown or contact the Red Brand marketing department, 309-697-7690 or trey.tennell@keystonesteel.com.
Be a National FFA Conference Facilitator
Looking for ways to interact with students, work with dynamic teammates, give back to a great organization and learn life-long career skills? Consider working as a National FFA Conference Facilitator! Applications for positions on the 2018-19 212°/360° Chapter Leadership Conference staff are open now and close April 2, 2018. More than 8,000 students attend 212°/360° conferences each year from all over the country. If you're interested, apply at FFA.org/careers-at-ffa. Please note that if hired for this position, trainers would be ineligible to run for National FFA Office. Should you have questions, contact Casey Zufelt, czufelt@ffa.org.

CASE

2018 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the twenty-five CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin, regarding any additional questions.
Apply for a CASE Institute Scholarship
Generous contributions from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA), and the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation, are providing partial CASE Institute scholarships.
Available partial scholarships include $2,000 to attend Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) or Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) CASE Institutes provided by the Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) or $1,500 to attend any CASE Institute provided by the CHS Foundation, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.The deadline to apply is February 28th. Scholarship winners will be contacted in April. To view or complete the 2018 CASE Institute Scholarship Application, visit our website. For the complete CASE Institute schedule, click this link. Please direct questions regarding this scholarship opportunity to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director.
2018 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 2, 2018.

ACTE

ACTE National Leadership Fellowship Program
The ACTE National Leadership Fellowship Program began in 2009 as an Opportunity Fund project initiated by the ACTE Board of Directors. It is an instrument to provide professional development, policy knowledge, and leadership development. Click here for more information and to see how you can become involved.

CAST

 

You lookin’ at me? Facial recognition tech goes bovine.

Friday, February 16, 2018: Ideas for feeding a hungry world, student ag projects, government ag proposals, bovine facial recognition, and ag Valentine puns to make you groan. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

Owl Pellets

New Facebook Group
We’ve got a new Facebook Group up and running! Join today for some awesome upcoming giveaways, as well as daily tips to use in your classroom!
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February 12, 2018

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.

Upcoming Events

2018

March 5-7
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

NAAE

February News & Views
Find out all about the benefits of your NAAE membership! From professional liability insurance to professional development, there are so many great opportunities available to you! All this & more in the February edition of News & Views!
2018 NAAE Award Application Changes
The 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. Please make note of the new award application requirements by clicking here. The new scoring rubrics and online applications will be available soon.
National Policy Seminar
March 5-7
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA
Learn how to craft your CTE message, engage with members of Congress, hear the lastest on Perkins reauthorization & more!Click here for more information and to register.
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!
Communities of Practice HighlightsVets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Wilson, veterinarian at Rose Acre Farms in Indiana, examines the flocks in his care by handling some of the birds. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Apply Today – New Century Farmer!
The New Century Farmer application deadline is quickly approaching!
Know an FFA member who has experience in the field of production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member who’s currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and are between the ages of 18-24?Try New Century Farmer!Held July 8-14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa, this all-expense-paid conference will be packed with interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning.The application closes Feb. 15, 2018. Apply now.
Tap Into These Free Resources on My Journey
Need free resources to help with planning, weather delay/cancellations or upcoming FFA contests? We’ve got something for everyone on My Journey.
This month’s featured lessons and resources:

Teacher Ambassadors Needed
Interested in becoming a National FFA Teacher Ambassador? The application period is Feb. 12 - 26, 2018 (by midnight, EST). Click here for more information and to view the application.

WLC Registration Opens March 1 at 1 p.m. ET
Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is the pinnacle leadership conference National FFA offers to any and all members able to attend. The WLC curriculum uses the tenets ME, WE, DO, SERVE to get students to achieve the overall objective of the conference, which is becoming engaged citizens who can make a measurable and positive difference in their communities. This five-day conference offers the unique balance of providing FFA members with a premier leadership experience while exposing them to D.C.’s rich history. WLC has a participation maximum of 340 students per week and has such a high demand that several weeks will sell out within a few days of registration opening.

WLC dates, pricing, FAQs, and registration information can be found on the WLC webpage, FFA.org/wlc. Registration opens at 1 p.m. ET on March 1. Advisors and students must register using their FFA logins. It is recommended that students and advisors review the registration guidelines and information available at FFA.org/wlc before March 1 to prepare, as some weeks sell out quickly. Contact wlc@ffa.org or 317-802-6060 for questions.

Apply Now: Grants for Growing
The successful Grants for Growing Chapter Grant Program is back, thanks to Tractor Supply Company (TSC). Advisors can complete a grant application on FFA.org now until Feb. 14. Eligibility is based on how the grant money will be used plus volunteer hours and promotional activities during the fundraising period. This is a competitive grant process; any volunteer hours or promotional activities during the fundraising period do not guarantee an award. The fundraising period in 2018 will be Feb. 16-25, incorporating National FFA Week, and includes paper emblems sold at TSC checkouts. Every dollar raised in a state stays in that state, and 10 percent of all funds raised go to the state FFA foundation. Last year, TSC and its customers raised $731,345 to award more than 300 FFA chapter and 48 state FFA foundation grants. Visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing for more information.

CASE

2018 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the twenty-five CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin, regarding any additional questions.

Apply for a CASE Institute Scholarship
Generous contributions from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA), and the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation, are providing partial CASE Institute scholarships.

Available partial scholarships include $2,000 to attend Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) or Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) CASE Institutes provided by the Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) or $1,500 to attend any CASE Institute provided by the CHS Foundation, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The deadline to apply is February 28th. Scholarship winners will be contacted in April. To view or complete the 2018 CASE Institute Scholarship Application, visit our website. For the complete CASE Institute schedule, click this link. Please direct questions regarding this scholarship opportunity to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director.

2018 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 2, 2018.

ACTE

Educators in Action Blog
The Educators in Action blog is a forum for educators to share their experiences, insights and best practices with their peers across the country. The posts in Educators in Action are written by ACTE members and published on the blog by ACTE staff. The individual thoughts expressed on the blog do not necessarily reflect the official position of ACTE. Interested in writing for the blog? Contact Kate Dowdy for more information!

 

 

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Pink ice cream with a hot pepper kick—Valentine’s Day spice.

 

 

Friday, February 9, 2018: Various reports crack open the egg for some scientific studies. A cold economic forecast, a hot car in space, and a spicy flavor in ice cream. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 5, 2018

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.

Upcoming Events

2018

March 5-7
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

The Council

National Quality Program Standards Online System
The NQPS online system is fully operational again. Minor issues occurred at the beginning of the calendar year that restricted access to the system. These have been resolved and the site is available for both local program use and state staff access.
The online tool allows programs to input their NQPS survey scores into the site. which enables them to build a growth plan around the high-priority areas they select. By submitting the completed form, the state then has access to accumulate scores across all programs to have a view of the current status for each quality indicator in the standards tool.
Working though the survey tool with advisory committees, administrators and stakeholders is the critical first step to program improvement and growth though NQPS. It is not the final step though. Evaluating the overall scores and building a growth plan takes the survey results and puts it into action to truly drive improvement. Submitting the data to the state level allows state ag ed teams to determine areas where professional development, additional resources, or attention needs to be delivered.
The NQPS tool is found on the teacher's or state staff’s toolbox page in FFA.org. The link is titled NQPS Survey Tool.

NAAE

National Policy Seminar
March 5-7
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA
Learn how to craft your CTE message, engage with members of Congress, hear the lastest on Perkins reauthorization & more!Click here for more information and to register.
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Deb Spike-Pierce travels to an appointment to modify the cast of a thoroughbred racehorse recovering from surgery after a bone fracture. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Scholarship News
The deadline to submit the 2018 National FFA Scholarship Application has already passed, but don’t forget that the required Signature Pages must be postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2018. Direct questions, comments or concerns via email to scholarships@FFA.org.
WLC Registration Opens March 1 at 1 p.m. E
Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is the pinnacle leadership conference National FFA offers to any and all members able to attend. The WLC curriculum uses the tenants of ME, WE, DO, SERVE to get students to achieve the overall objective of the conference, which is becoming engaged citizens who can make a measurable and positive difference in their communities. This five-day conference offers the unique balance of providing FFA members with a premier leadership experience while exposing them to the rich history D.C. has to offer. WLC has a participation maximum of 340 students per week and has such a high demand that several weeks will sell out within a few days of registration opening. WLC dates, pricing, FAQs, and registration information can be found on the WLC webpage, FFA.org/wlc.
WLC registration opens at 1 p.m. ET on March 1. Advisors and students must register using their FFA logins. It is recommended that students and advisors review the registration guidelines and information available at FFA.org/wlc before March 1 to prepare as some weeks sell out quickly. Contact wlc@ffa.org or 317-802-6060 for questions about WLC.
Apply Now: Grants for Growing
The successful Grants for Growing Chapter Grant Program is back, thanks to Tractor Supply Company (TSC). Advisors can complete a grant application on FFA.org now until Feb. 14. Eligibility is based on how the grant money will be used plus volunteer hours and promotional activities during the fundraising period. This is a competitive grant process; any volunteer hours or promotional activities during the fundraising period do not guarantee an award. The fundraising period in 2018 will be Feb. 16-25, incorporating National FFA Week, and includes paper emblems sold at TSC checkouts. Every dollar raised in a state stays in that state, and 10 percent of all funds raised go to the state FFA foundation. Last year, TSC and its customers raised $731,345 to award more than 300 FFA chapter and 48 state FFA foundation grants. Visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing for more information.

CASE

2018 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the twenty-five CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin, regarding any additional questions.
2018 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 2, 2018.

ACTE

CTE Month
Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Follow this link for more information and to celebrate!

CAST

 

Fiona the famous hippo turns one.

Friday, February 2, 2018: Biotech foods generate debates and science-based information. Dairy Month news, soil science articles, Super Bowl food safety tips, and Fiona the hippo. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

Owl Pellets – Tips for Ag Teachers

AAAE Southern Region Conference
Tune in to Owl Pellets for great tips straight from the researchers’ mouths! This week, we will be bringing you the best of the best from the American Association of Agricultural Education’s Southern Region Conference. Check out our live videos and interviews with researchers to get tips you can put to use in your classroom today!
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January 29, 2018

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.

Upcoming Events

2018

February 4
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Jacksonville, FL
March 5-7
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

NAAE

National Policy Seminar
March 5-7
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA
Learn how to craft your CTE message, engage with members of Congress, hear the lastest on Perkins reauthorization & more!Click here for more information and to register.
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.Click here for more information and to apply today!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Lindsey Peck of Marks Farms gives us a tour of her calf barn and explains how she cares for all the baby cows. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

FFA Scholarships Deadline Is Feb. 1!
The deadline to submit the 2018 National FFA Scholarship Application is rapidly approaching!
  • The online application must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m.* EST on Feb. 1, 2018.
  • The required Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2018.
Membership:
  • FFA student membership must be submitted to the National FFA Organization no later than March 1, 2018.
Instructions, details and helpful tools are available at FFA.org/scholarships. (FFA members – obtain Invite Code from FFA advisor before registering in FFA.org.)  Please review additional eligibility requirements for the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (presented by the Monsanto Fund) and the Built Ford Tough dealer scholarship program.Direct questions, comments or concerns via email to Scholarships@FFA.org.*No technical support after 5 p.m. EST
Apply Now: Grants for Growing
The successful Grants for Growing Chapter Grant Program is back, thanks to Tractor Supply Company (TSC). Advisors can complete a grant application on FFA.org now until Feb. 14. Eligibility is based on how the grant money will be used plus volunteer hours and promotional activities during the fundraising period. This is a competitive grant process; any volunteer hours or promotional activities during the fundraising period do not guarantee an award. The fundraising period in 2018 will be Feb. 16-25, incorporating National FFA Week, and includes paper emblems sold at TSC checkouts. Every dollar raised in a state stays in that state, and 10 percent of all funds raised go to the state FFA foundation. Last year, TSC and its customers raised $731,345 to award more than 300 FFA chapter and 48 state FFA foundation grants. Visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing for more information.
American Egg Board Launches FFA Chapter ContestThe American Egg Board kicked off its second Incredible! FFA Chapter Contest. The contest encourages FFA members to nominate their local chapters and the incredible work they’re doing for a chance to win one of three grants worth up to $2,000. Entries can be submitted via an online submission form with a description of what makes the nominated chapter incredible and how the grant funds would be used to impact the chapter. Submissions will be accepted until 11 p.m. ET on Feb. 15. You must live in one of the 50 states or Washington, D.C., to be eligible for entry. Winners will be announced on or after March 2, 2018. Nominated chapters will have a chance to win one of three grants – one for $2,000 and two for $1,500. For more information and official contest rules, visit AEB.org/FFA.
DUE THURSDAY! Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant
Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $1,200 to support semester-long service-learning projects that meet community needs in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application, in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Applications are due February 1, 2018. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school and alumni chapters to make a difference in your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Please note: For Day of Service Mini-Grants, when you should apply is determined by the date of your service event. Requirements for event dates have been updated. To learn more and see a full list of the Day of Service Mini-Grant dates, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.

CASE

2018 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the twenty-five CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin, regarding any additional questions.
2018 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 2, 2018.

ACTE

Amplify CTE with a Thunderclap on Feb. 1st
“Today is the first day of Career and Technical Education Month. Learn more and Join the celebration! #CTEMonth"
Show your support for CTE Month by participating in our Thunderclap Campaign through Twitter or Facebook and help us reach as many people as possible! Click here to learn more.
CTE Month
Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Follow this link for more information and to celebrate!

CAST

 

Catching a wave—extreme style.

Friday, January 26, 2018: Big changes in the brave new world of grocery buying. Farm bill proposals, cloned monkeys, and robotic grape pickers. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

Owl Pellets – Tips for Ag Teachers

Tune in for Throwback Week!
Follow us on social media to find the most popular research-based tips we’ve posted over the past two years. From sub plans, to teaching FFA history, to helping administrators understand the benefits of CDEs, to challenging our beliefs about the three-circle model, the Owl Pellets team gives you tips you can incorporate into your program today!
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January 22, 2018

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.

Upcoming Events

2018

February 4
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Jacksonville, FL
March 5-7
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C
.April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

NAAE

January News & Views
It's time to advocate for our programs and careers! Hear from our newly-elected president, find out what is going on with Perkins Reauthorization & so much more in the January edition of News & Views!
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Heather Weir mentors vet student Willy Brock through a complex surgery at Colorado State University Teaching Hospital. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

New Century Farmer Application Now Open
Know an FFA member who has experience in the field of production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member who’s currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! To be held July 8-14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa, this all-expense paid conference will be packed with interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application is now live and closes Feb. 15, 2018. Head here for more information.
Apply Now: Grants for Growing
The successful Grants for Growing Chapter Grant Program is back, thanks to Tractor Supply Company (TSC). Advisors can complete a grant application on FFA.org now until Feb. 14. Eligibility is based on how the grant money will be used plus volunteer hours and promotional activities during the fundraising period. This is a competitive grant process; any volunteer hours or promotional activities during the fundraising period do not guarantee an award. The fundraising period in 2018 will be Feb. 16-25, incorporating National FFA Week, and includes paper emblems sold at TSC checkouts. Every dollar raised in a state stays in that state, and 10 percent of all funds raised go to the state FFA foundation. Last year, TSC and its customers raised $731,345 to award more than 300 FFA chapter and 48 state FFA foundation grants. Visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing for more information.
American Egg Board Launches FFA Chapter Contest
The American Egg Board kicked off its second Incredible! FFA Chapter Contest. The contest encourages FFA members to nominate their local chapters and the incredible work they’re doing for a chance to win one of three grants worth up to $2,000. Entries can be submitted via an online submission form with a description of what makes the nominated chapter incredible and how the grant funds would be used to impact the chapter. Submissions will be accepted until 11 p.m. ET on Feb. 15. You must live in one of the 50 states or Washington, D.C., to be eligible for entry. Winners will be announced on or after March 2, 2018. Nominated chapters will have a chance to win one of three grants – one for $2,000 and two for $1,500. For more information and official contest rules, visit AEB.org/FFA.
Still Time to Apply! Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant
What community need can your agriculture students address this spring? Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $1,200 to support semester-long service-learning projects that meet community needs in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application, in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Applications are due February 1, 2018. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
This is a reminder that National FFA now has Day of Service Mini-Grants available to middle school, high school, and alumni chapters to make a difference in your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Please note: For Day of Service Mini-Grants, when you should apply is determined by the date of your service event. Requirements for event dates have been updated. To learn more and see a full list of the Day of Service Mini-Grant dates, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.

CASE

2018 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the twenty-five CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin, regarding any additional questions.
2018 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 2, 2018 and applications will be approved on a rolling basis.

#GLAG18

Global Learning in Agriculture! Opportunity January 22nd –26th
Interested in learning more about how to advance global learning in agriculture in your program? Engage with innovative professional development available both live and on-demand with the Global Learning in Agriculture (#GLAG18) Conference: Cultivating Global Learners, the week of January 22nd. There will be more than 12 on-demand presentations from educators for educators, three live presentations, a dynamic keynote on “Transforming Global Agriculture through Youth Engagement,” and an interactive workshop! Digital access is available for $25. Follow these links to see the Program or register now! Questions? Email teachag@psu.edu.

FFA Alumni

Meet the 2017-18 FFA Alumni Council
The National FFA Alumni Association is excited to share that they have filled their 2017-18 National FFA Alumni Council! New board members are listed in italics below. For contact information on each member, visit FFA.org/support/alumni/council.
  • President: Robert Schmidig of Scio, Ore.
  • President-Elect: Bill Carlson of Hotchkiss, Colo.
  • Past President: Ron Lynch of Cissna Park, Ill.
  • Region I Vice President: Sid Freeman of Caldwell, Idaho
  • Region II Vice President: Glenda Summers of Craig, Colo.
  • Region III Vice President: Zach Classen of West Bend, Iowa
  • Region IV Vice President: Ted Hughes Jr. of Cisne, Ill.
  • Region V Vice President: Doug Register of Glen St. Mary, Fla.
  • Region VI Vice President: Chandler Vaughan of Keysville, Va.
  • Past National Officer: David Townsend of Townsend, Del.
  • Past National Officer: Taylor McNeel of Vilonia, Ark.
  • AAAE Representative: Jon W. Ramsey, Ph.D., of Stillwater, Okla.
  • NAAE Representative: Bill Davenport of Litchfield, Conn.
  • NASAE Representative: Leon Busdieker of Jefferson City, Mo.

ACTE

ACTE Announces Board of Directors 2018 Election Results  
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce the results of the recent election for several spots on its Board of Directors. The election was open to ACTE’s membership of 25,000 educators, administrators and other CTE professionals. The following members were elected:
  • Nancy Trivette, President-Elect
  • Scott Stone, Agriculture Education Division Vice President
  • Linda Romano, Health Science Education Division Vice President
  • Mark Branger, Region V Vice President
  • Lisa Stange, Region III Vice President-Elect
  • Nicole Cobb, Guidance and Career Development Division Vice President (appointed)
Click here to read more.

CAST

 

It ain’t easy getting an armadillo to say “ahh.”

Friday, January 19, 2018: Climate-smart agriculture, student career and study information, many links to university stories, and a look at pet vet procedures—from dogs to tarantulas to armadillos. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

Owl Pellets – Tips for Ag Teachers

Tune in for Throwback Week!
Follow us on social media to find the most popular research-based tips we’ve posted over the past two years. From sub plans, to teaching FFA history, to helping administrators understand the benefits of CDEs, to challenging our beliefs about the three-circle model, the Owl Pellets team gives you tips you can incorporate into your program today!
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Friday Notes is designed to enhance communication among various agricultural sectors, educators, students, and the public who are interested in a variety of plant, animal, food, and environmental issues. Friday Notes advocates the pursuit of credible, unbiased, science-based information. Material contained in linked articles is from the original authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of CAST.

In This Issue...... Click to Read
CAST, Social Media, and Communication--P. 2
Animal Agriculture News
Food Science and Safety News
Plant and Environment News
International News
General Interest News
Stars Collide

 

 

Astronomers predict that colliding stars will light up the night sky in 2022. Check here next week for information about the "super blue blood moon" coming on January 31.

 

 

Sunday with a Scientist

A University of Nebraska State Museum's program for children and families will focus on snakes, nanotechnology, and protein

 

 

    Branding Yourself    

The 2018 AMSA Student Leadership Conference will be held in Oklahoma on March 23-24. Registration is now open.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

mlk day of service_ flossmoor.org

 

Organizations around the country (including agricultural groups) will participate in service activities.

 

  Death-defying Dives 

When you picture a university professor doing research, it probably involved test tubes and beakers, not cave diving on the coast.  

 

   Calling All Vet Students   This program supports promising veterinarian students interested in food animal medicine.

 

    Farmer Voices  

Check out these animal agriculture social media sites produced by farmers.

 

 

  CAST Social Media

 

CAST social media circle, preziClick here for links to CAST sites: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest,videos, and blogs. 
January 12, 2018

 

     Raw Water and Raw Milk    

 

 

Nutritious options or raw deals?

 

 

 

 

cat and milking_ pbs.twimg.com

 

Apparently these consumers are raw milk fans.
Some of us grew up on farms long ago when everything seemed raw. We'd play in creeks, drink from bubbling springs, and squirt milk from our Guernsey's udder straight at an unsuspecting brother's face. 

But times have changed. Water quality is a major issue, and the types sold in plastic bottles range from Aqua Fina to Zephyrhills--and now "Live Water." And while milk might still come in long-recognized cartons, other products are now available, including "raw milk" purchased directly from farms.  

 

Debates about nutrition, labeling, cost, and safety have heated up also, and if you are like many of us, it is sometimes hard to figure it all out. The links here might give you some insights regarding raw water and raw milk, but many more opinions and news releases are available. As always, we recommend that you look to science and the most credible sources possible.

News and Views

 

 

The President Speaks at Ag Meeting: In an appearance before the American Farm Bureau Federation, President Trump spoke about the administration's moves to help farmers. He also expressed his support for crop insurance and made brief references to the controversial NAFTA negotiations. Another report points out that a majority of presidential appointments for the USDA are still unfilled.    

 

A Tech Push for Farmers? Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue focused on integrating technological innovation into American farms. Perdue also submitted the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.

 

Reflections on Farm Policy: Former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack responded to the comments from President Trump and Secretary Perdue. 

 

Credible or Not?  The ACSH organization wrote a guide to identify whether or not a scientific paper has been published in a legitimate scientific journal or a so-called predatory journal. They recommend that researchers, institutions, funders, regulators, and others work to assure credible science.  

  

 

News from the Far Side of the Barn

 

 

                    

 

 

frozen iguana_ independent.co.uk

 

Winter made an unwelcome visit to Florida, and in some places it was raining frozen iguanas. Most of them warmed up and survived.

A Snow No Go:  Horses are released to play in the snow, and they say, "Neigh."

 

Talk to Your Toilet and Cuddle with a Robot:  The annual consumer technology confabfeatures innovative products--some catch on, some don't.  

 

 

Hitchcock Was Right about "The Birds":  Researchers say certain Aussie Outback birds spread fire so they can feed on animals as they flee.           

 

         CAST Challenges YOU in 2018         

 

 

Announcements, links, and items keeping you tuned into

 

some of the happenings and opportunities at CAST

 

 

Contact Kylie Peterson (kpeterson@cast-science.org) for questions, comments, and input about CAST social media.
You may have noticed an increased focus on social media and effective science communication at CAST in 2017. It's been said many times and in many ways that more than two-thirds of Americans use social media as a source for their daily news. Since CAST's mission is to serve as a source for unbiased scientific information, it is crucial for us to be a part of the discussion on science, technology, and all things agriculture.

 

Did you know that you can play a huge role in making CAST's voice heard? As a board member, volunteer, donor, or friend of CAST, you can help us achieve our vision--a world where decision making related to agriculture and natural resources is based on credible information developed through reason, science, and consensus building instead of fake news and fear.

 

It's as simple as following CAST on social media--engage with our posts through likes, re-tweets, shares, comments, or even simply leaving a review. Let's make bringing awareness to CAST and actively advocating for science a part of your New Year's resolution!

 

To access CAST's social media accounts, click on the icons below.

 

                                   

                                                  

 

 

 

 

Note: Nominations are open for the 2018 Borlaug CAST Communication Award,

 

an honor that recognizes professionals actively working in agricultural, environmental, 

or food sectors while also promoting agricultural science in the public policy arena.

Due date--February 5.  

 

Globe (TopLatestNews)

Friday Notes News Categories

Photos courtesy of the Agricultural Research Service (top masthead); TopLatest News (globe at right). P. 1 MLK announcement from flossmoor.org, stars colliding pic from sciencemag.org, cat pic from pbs.twimg.com, internet symbol from extremetech.jpg, and iguana pic from independent.co.uk. Animal Sec. chicken pic from pinterest.com. Food Sec. cartoon from moonbattery.jpg. Plant Sec. tomato pic from dailymoss.com. Inter. Sec. market pic from nationalgeographic.com. Gen. Sec. Wonka photo from wonka.jpg. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the USDA Agricultural Research Service.    

   Baby Chicks

    Animal Agriculture and Environmental News

 

chickens chatting_ pinterest.com

 

"I don't know. You tell me first. Why did you cross the road?" This researcher says chickens have "patterns of speech" that reveal a lot about their well-being.
Facial Recognition (video):  Veterinarians and computer scientists from UC-Davis are developing a way to use facial recognition to identify pain in animals.
Chicken Check-in (Video): Baby chicks arrive at the farm within 24 hours of hatching. See what their first days on the farm are like.       

 

 

Terminator Cattle: Gene editing can determine an animal's sex, and the techniques are being used to produce male cattle for better meat marketing.

  

 

Young Inventor:  A young man with a "shocking product" was named Entrepreneur of the Year for his device designed to save baby pigsfrom being accidentally crushed by sows. 

  

Biotech Bugs:  A Cornell professor says that with the flick of a genetic switch, agriculture could turn the sex drive of an insect against itself.

 

 

Dairy Trends: This report examines three dairy management trendsto watch in 2018.           

 

 

Dog Flu:  Veterinarians and pet owners across the country are warning dog lovers to get their pooch vaccinated with a newly released drug after an outbreak of canine influenza.

 

Pork Exports:  According to this report, U.S. pork exports broke another record

 

Poultry Feed Efficiency:  University of Arkansas scientists are out to discover the impact mitochondrial activity in chicken cells has on a bird's ability to convert food into muscle.

 


Salmonella (FSIS)

   Food Science and Safety News

 

 

Homer's diet plan did not work well. This writer gives five reasons to opt out of the obsessed diet culture this year.
Kids and Diets Around The World:  This photographer traveled around the world and photographed kids alongside what they ate in one week's time.

 

Mislabeled? (opinion):  This article looks at why it is no surprise that consumers do not trust food labels

 

Beneficial Fiber: Some research supports the concept that dietary fiber can be a valuable part of a healthful diet.  

 

Naked Bacon:  This Northern Irish food manufacturer is looking to make "healthier" bacon.  

 

Brain-boosting Bacon?  This report says that mothers who consume eggs and bacon during the last three months of their term tend to have smarter babies.         

 

Beyond Burger:  The Beyond Burger will be added to the menuat more than 450 TGI Fridays U.S. locations nationwide.      

            

 

    Plant Agriculture and Environmental News

 

 

Facial recognition technology may allow farmers to identify plant diseases from the field--researchers hope to train computers to recognize crop diseases from photos. 
Neonic Freeze in California:  Pesticide manufacturers and applicators are examining the impacts of a California decision to "freeze" uses for neonicotinoids while the state re-evaluates their effects on pollinators.

 

Glyphosate Debate (opinion):  Kevin Folta of the University of Florida says the attack on glyphosate is not science based and farmers need to be part of the conversation surrounding the weed killer. 

 

 

Peanut Power: According to the Southern Crop Production Association, a five-year research project gives scientists a map to unlock some of the genetic potential of the peanut plant.               

      

Soybean Color:  A study shows that lightening the color of soybean leaves may increase the growth and yield of this major world food crop.

 

Online Game about Ecosystems:  Students learning to balance agricultural production with environmental impacts have a new resource developed by Iowa State University.

 

Grants for Organic Research:  The USDA announced the availability of $17.6 million in grants focused on organic agriculture research, education, and extension activities.

  World and Plug (SFGate)

  International News  

 

thailand market_ nationalgeographic.com

 

This night market in Bangkok, Thailand, offers food stands and discounted goods for tourists and locals alike.
Dairy in the Emerald Isle:  Record Irish exports were led by dairy products in 2017.     

 

From Seed to Seat:  This British gardener doesn't build furniture, he grows it.
  

 

Bird Flu in the Middle East: Iraq has culled tens of thousands of chickens amid a serious bird flu outbreak.

            

 

Hidden Hunger:  HarvestPlus announced it has been awarded $15 million as one of the finalists in a challenge to work on a global problem--hidden hunger.

 

 

The Heat Is On Down Under: Australia had its third-hottest year on record in 2017, and farmers warn that unpredictable seasons are hurting the $47 billion agricultural sector.

 

Bat Disaster (related to above): Hundreds of bats had their "brains fried" as Sydney experienced temperatures of 117 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Sizing Up South American Crops:  This is the time of year when South American weather is critically important for impacting potential crop yields.         


  General Interest News

 

willy wonka

 

Willy Wonka Approves: Scientists are using gene-editing techniques to help the threatened cacao plant--the source of chocolate.
Urban Ag Going Global:  Researchers have assessed the value of urban agriculture and quantified its benefits on a global scale.

 

Driverless Tractors: This system allows a farmer to set staging and unloading locations in a field, adjust speed, monitor location, and command the grain cart to sync precisely to the speed and direction of the combine.

 

Top Ten Ag Deals: During the past year, farm technology negotiationsincluded a few high-profile venture capital exits and some of the largest deals on record.

 

Gut Reaction:  This edible sensor could reveal what our gut microbes are up to--science-based information about our food and medicines and their abilities to act in harmony with our resident microbes.   

 

From Ice Cream to Ag:  Dippin' Dots Company--with its flash-frozen process and 30 years of cryogenic experience--offers patented technology and equipment to other industries, such as ag and animal feed.

CAST Information

 

YouTubeCheck out CAST's page at the YouTube site to view highly regarded ag-science videos about probiotics, food safety, and water issues--or the latest video dealing with proposed mandatory labeling of GMO food items.

 

fishing ideas kgtohbuIf you have a good idea for a CAST publication, contact us by clicking HERE for the "Proposal Format and Background Information Form."

 

 

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Societies, Companies, and Nonprofit Organizations

Serving on the CAST Board of Representatives

         

 

* American Association of Avian Pathologists

 

* American Association of Bovine Practitioners 

* American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, & Resources-Agricultural Management   

* American Dairy Science Association 

* American Farm Bureau Federation 

* American Meat Science Association 

* American Meteorological Society, Committee on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
* American Seed Trade Association

* American Society for Nutrition Nutritional Sciences Council   

* American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
* American Society of Agronomy 

* American Society of Animal Science  

* American Society of Plant Biologists                                      world supported by plants and animals

* American Veterinary Medical Association

* Aquatic Plant Management Society
* BASF Corporation 

* Croplife America 

* Crop Science Society of America                                                                      

* DuPont   

* Elanco Animal Health
* Entomological Society of America

* Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
* Land O'Lakes                                  

* Monsanto
* National Corn Growers Association/Iowa Corn Promotion Board
* National Milk Producers Federation                                                                                       

* National Pork Board

* North Carolina Biotechnology Center      

* North Central Weed Science Society

* Northeastern Weed Science Society                             

* Poultry Science Association                                                   

 

* Society for In Vitro Biology
* Soil Science Society of America                         

 

* Syngenta Crop Protection
* The Fertilizer Institute
* Tyson Foods   

* United Soybean Board 

* Weed Science Society of America 

* Western Society of Weed Science

 

CAST assembles, interprets, and communicates credible, science-based information regionally, nationally, and internationally to legislators, regulators, policymakers, the media, the private sector, and the public.  

 

Members of CAST's Education Program

 

 

* Cal Poly
* Cornell University
* Iowa State University 

* Kansas State University
* Mississippi State University     

* North Carolina State University  

* Texas A&M University College of Ag & Life Sciences  

* The Ohio State University  

* University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

* University of California-Davis   

* University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

* University of Kentucky  

* University of Nebraska Agricultural Research Division                                     

* University of Nevada

 

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January 8, 2018

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.

Upcoming Events

2018

February 4
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Jacksonville, FL
March 5-7
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

NAAE

December News & Views
What a fantastic time we had in Nashville! Take a look at all of our award winners, meet our newly-elected board of directors & so much more in the December edition of News & Views!
Agricultural Education Inclusion Feedback Requested
The National Association of Agricultural Educators, the National FFA Organization and the National Teach Ag Campaign are seeking input from agricultural educators, agricultural education state staff, teacher educators, and stakeholders who are willing to contribute to a meaningful and solutions-based conversation taking place regarding diversity and inclusion in agricultural education. Information provided through the survey and from focus group sessions held during National FFA Convention will be used to develop meaningful and purposeful diversity and inclusion strategies aimed at achieving the goal of ensuring agriculture classrooms reflect the school and community in which they reside. Responses may also be used in the area of academic research. Click here to access the survey.
NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator Position Available
We are looking for qualified applicants for the position of Communications/Marketing Coordinator. For more information and to apply, please follow this link.
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!
Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Lora Wittenberg encounters her first diagnosis of “blocked tom,” a potentially fatal disease of male cats. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

New Century Farmer Application Now Open
Know an FFA member who has experience in the field of production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member who’s currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! To be held July 8-14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa, this all-expense paid conference will be packed with interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application is now live and closes Feb. 15, 2018. Head here for more information.

Apply Now! Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant
Does your FFA chapter want to start or expand a community garden? Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $1,200 to support semester-long service-learning projects that address community needs in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application, in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.  Applications are due February 1, 2018. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
This is a reminder that National FFA now has Day of Service Mini-Grants available to middle school, high school and alumni chapters to make a difference in your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Please note: for Day of Service Mini-Grants, when you should apply is determined by the date of your service event. Requirements for event dates have been updated. To learn more and see a full list of the Day of Service Mini-Grant dates, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.

CASE

2018 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the twenty-five CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin, regarding any additional questions.

#GLAG18

Global Learning in Agriculture! Opportunity January 22nd –26th
Interested in learning more about how to advance global learning in agriculture in your program? Engage with innovative professional development available both live and on-demand with the Global Learning in Agriculture (#GLAG18) Conference: Cultivating Global Learners, the week of January 22nd. There will be more than 12 on-demand presentations from educators for educators, three live presentations, a dynamic keynote on “Transforming Global Agriculture through Youth Engagement,” and an interactive workshop! Digital access is available for $25. Follow these links to see the Program or register now! Questions? Email teachag@psu.edu.

ACTE

Your Vote, Your Voice
Voting for ACTE elections ends on January 8th. ACTE members who have not voted or have not received the link to vote can access their voting info at: 

https://directvote.net/acte/sendID.aspx

If you experience problems voting, please contact:

Lauren Lessels
Governance and Leadership Administrator
Leadership Department
Association for Career and Technical Education®
Phone: 703-683-9315

Click here for more information about the election process and to see who this year's candidates are.

 

 

 

 

Esther hogs the limelight with her social media following.

 

 

Friday, January 5, 2018: New Year, New Tech—gene editing advances affect agriculture. Education scholarship news, science info about food production, a social media hog, and the most famous farmer in the galaxy. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 18, 2017

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.

Upcoming Events

2018

February 4
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Jacksonville, FL
March 5-7
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

NAAE

Agricultural Education Inclusion Feedback Requested
The National Association of Agricultural Educators, the National FFA Organization and the National Teach Ag Campaign are seeking input from agricultural educators, agricultural education state staff, teacher educators, and stakeholders who are willing to contribute to a meaningful and solutions-based conversation taking place regarding diversity and inclusion in agricultural education. Information provided through the survey and from focus group sessions held during National FFA Convention will be used to develop meaningful and purposeful diversity and inclusion strategies aimed at achieving the goal of ensuring agriculture classrooms reflect the school and community in which they reside. Responses may also be used in the area of academic research. Click here to access the survey.
NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator Position Available
We are looking for qualified applicants for the position of Communications/Marketing Coordinator. For more information and to apply, please follow this link.
Apply for the 2018 Teach Ag Intern Position!
The intern position will start in May 2018 and the end date will depend on performance, but may last until April 2019. The intern will be stationed out of the NAAE office, located on the University of Kentucky campus, in Lexington, KY for eight weeks during the summer. The remainder of the internship will be completed remotely. Applications are due by Sunday, January 7th, 2018. Click here for more information and to apply.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Heather Weir mentors vet student Willy Brock through a complex surgery at Colorado State University Teaching Hospital. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

New Century Farmer Application Now Open
Know an FFA member who has experience in the field of production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member who’s currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! To be held July 8-14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa, this all-expense paid conference will be packed with interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application is now live and closes Feb. 15, 2018. Head here for more information.
Take My Journey Into the New Year
Looking for free, turn-key lessons and activities? Check out the new educational resources found on My Journey! On the Explore webpage, you will find an agriculture lesson on the history of Firestone, a lesson on National FFA Convention & Expo keynote speaker Mick Ebeling, and an agricultural knowledge lesson on fencing basics with an accompanying PowerPoint from Red Brand. Head over to the Build webpage for an employability lesson on the importance of work ethic and have your students start/update their resumes using the FFA Resume Generator. On the Connect webpage, check out the Zoetis Virtual Field Trip, along with accompanying educator’s guide, and information about the now-open Living to Serve semester-long grant due Feb. 1. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom by using the Explore webpage, and be sure to look through past months’ ideas on our Archive webpage.
Winter FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Online
Download the latest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide to use in your classroom. You will find a variety of activities in this guide, from vocabulary lists and mock interview questions to planning worksheets that will help your students design an app or urban agriculture program. All activities are aligned to educational standards.
Coming Soon: 2018 Grants for Growing
Mark your calendars now: The National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply Company (TSC) are excited to announce the return of the successful Grants for Growing Chapter Grant Program in early 2018. In 2017, more than $730,000 was raised to award more than 300 FFA chapter and 48 state FFA foundation grants.
In 2018, advisors can complete a grant application on FFA.org Jan. 10 - Feb. 14. Eligibility will be based on how the grant money will be used plus volunteer hours and promotional activities during the fundraising period. This is a competitive grant process; any volunteer hours or promotional activities during the fundraising period do not guarantee an award.The fundraising period in 2018 will be Feb. 16-25, coinciding with National FFA Week, and includes paper emblems sold at TSC checkouts. Every dollar raised in a state stays in that state, and 10 percent of all funds raised go to the state FFA foundation.Visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing for more information.

CASE

2018 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the twenty-five CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin, regarding any additional questions.

ACTE

Your Vote, Your Voice
2018 is an ACTE Ag Ed Division election year -- make sure you vote! From December 8, 2017 through January 8, 2018, current ACTE members will have the opportunity to vote for the following Board of Directors positions:
  • ACTE President-Elect
  • Region V Vice President
  • Health Science Education Division Vice President
  • Agricultural Education Division Vice President
  • Region III Vice President-Elect

Click here for more information about the election process and to see who this year's candidates are.

 

 

 

 

A roll in the snow solves most any problem.

 

 

Friday, December 15, 2017: Ag communication sources, the confusing net neutrality issue, and a panda rolling in the snow. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 11, 2017

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.

Upcoming Events

2018

February 4
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Jacksonville, FL
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

NAAE

Agricultural Education Inclusion Feedback Requested
The National Association of Agricultural Educators, the National FFA Organization and the National Teach Ag Campaign are seeking input from agricultural educators, agricultural education state staff, teacher educators and stakeholders who are willing to contribute to a meaningful and solutions-based conversation taking place regarding diversity and inclusion in agricultural education. Information provided through the survey and from focus group sessions held during National FFA Convention will be used to develop meaningful and purposeful diversity and inclusion strategies aimed at achieving the goal of ensuring agriculture classrooms reflect the school and community in which they reside. Responses may also be used in the area of academic research. Click here to access the survey.
NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator Position Available
We are looking for qualified applicants for the position of Communications/Marketing Coordinator. For more information and to apply, please follow this link.
Apply for the 2018 Teach Ag Intern Position!
The intern position will start in May 2018 and the end date will depend on performance, but may last until April 2019. The intern will be stationed out of the NAAE office, located on the University of Kentucky campus, in Lexington, KY for eight weeks during the summer. The remainder of the internship will be completed remotely. Applications are due by Sunday, January 7th, 2018. Click here for more information and to apply.
Apply to be a NAAE Intern! -- Applications Due FRIDAY!
We are currently seeking qualified applicants for our summer internships. Our available internships are in the areas of advocacy, communications, and professional development. Check out our website for more information and to apply by December 15th!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Paul Ruen of Minnesota, past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, visits a nursery barn to examine a herd of pigs with a coughing condition, to prevent the cough from spreading in this "daycare"-like setting. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Take My Journey Into the New Year
Looking for free, turn-key lessons and activities? Check out the new educational resources found on My Journey! On the Explore webpage, you will find an agriculture lesson on the history of Firestone, a lesson on National FFA Convention & Expo keynote speaker Mick Ebeling, and an agricultural knowledge lesson on fencing basics with an accompanying PowerPoint from RedBrand. Head over to the Build webpage for an employability lesson on the importance of work ethic and have your students start/update their resumes using the FFA Resume Generator. On the Connect webpage, check out the Zoetis virtual field trip with accompanying educator’s guide and information about the Living to Serve semester-long grant due Jan. 1. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom by using the Explore webpage, and be sure to look through past months’ ideas on our Archive webpages.
Winter FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Online
Download the latest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide to use in your classroom. You will find a variety of activities in this guide, from vocabulary lists and mock interview questions to planning worksheets that will help your students design an app or urban agriculture program. All activities are aligned to educational standards.
2018 Grants for Growing
The National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply Company (TSC) are excited to announce the return of the successful Grants for Growing Chapter Grant Program in early 2018. In 2017, more than $730,000 was raised to award more than 300 FFA chapter and 48 state FFA foundation grants.
In 2018, advisors can complete a grant application on FFA.org Jan. 10 - Feb. 14. Eligibility will be based on how the grant money will be used, plus volunteer hours and promotional activities during the fundraising period. This is a competitive grant process; any volunteer hours or promotional activities during the fundraising period do not guarantee an award.The fundraising period in 2018 will be Feb. 16-25, coinciding with National FFA Week, and includes paper emblems sold at TSC checkouts. Every dollar raised in a state stays in that state, and 10 percent of all funds raised go to the state FFA foundation.Visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing for more information.
Ag Teachers and FFA Advisors: Free Resources for Your Classroom!
Need fresh ideas for your classroom? We have dozens of free resources to help make your teaching experience a little easier.
Browse through your free resources, bookmark the webpage and share with fellow agricultural educators.
Next Issue of FFA New Horizons Now Available
Fresh off the presses, the winter issue of FFA New Horizons is here. Flip through this issue to see how:

CASE

2018 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the twenty-five CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin, regarding any additional questions.

#TeachAgChat

Fall Line-Up for #TeachAgChat
#TeachAgChats this Fall are on Thursday nights from 8pm EST to 9pm EST. They move quick! All are welcome, including: agriscience teachers, agriscience pre-service teachers, agriculture students, faculty concerned with advancing agricultural education, extension, leadership and communication strategies, and ANYONE who believes in agricultural education!!
  • December 14 -- Cultivating Digital Citizenship Through Agricultural Youth Organizations

ACTE

Your Vote, Your Voice
2018 is an ACTE Ag Ed Division election year -- make sure you vote! From December 8, 2017 through January 8, 2018, current ACTE members will have the opportunity to vote for the following Board of Directors positions:
  • ACTE President-Elect
  • Region V Vice President
  • Health Science Education Division Vice President
  • Agricultural Education Division Vice President
  • Region III Vice President-Elect

Click here for more information about the election process and to see who this year's candidates are.

 

 

 

 

Penguins in flight—time to warm up on the ice shelf.

 

 

Friday, December 8, 2017:  World Soil Day emphasizes our reliance on the ground beneath our feet. Youth trends in agriculture, farming innovations, and a look at what happens when Alexa plays Santa.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 4, 2017

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

NAAE

2017 NAAE Convention -- THIS WEEK!
Make sure to join us this week for #NAAE17 in Nashville! The NAAE Convention app is now live! Make sure to download it in the App Store or Google Play to personalize your schedule, create your member profile, and keep up-to-date on what is happening at convention! If you downloaded the app last year, make sure to update it for this year's convention information. Thanks Merck for sponsoring the app!
Make sure to follow this link for all other NAAE Convention details and to register. See you in Nashville!!
Agricultural Education Inclusion Feedback Requested
The National Association of Agricultural Educators, the National FFA Organization and the National Teach Ag Campaign are seeking input from agricultural educators, agricultural education state staff, teacher educators and stakeholders who are willing to contribute to a meaningful and solutions based conversation taking place regarding diversity and inclusion in agricultural education. Information provided through the survey and from focus group sessions held during National FFA Convention will be used to develop meaningful and purposeful diversity and inclusion strategies aimed at achieving the goal of ensuring agriculture classrooms reflect the school and community in which they reside. Responses may also be used in the area of academic research. Click here to access the survey.
Cooperative Education Program Coordinator Position Available
NAAE is seeking a full-time Cooperative Education Program Coordinator. The position will begin January 2, 2018. Applications will be reviewed upon arrival. The position will remain open until a qualified candidate is selected. Click here for more information and to apply.
NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator Position Available
We are looking for qualified applicants for the position of Communications/Marketing Coordinator. For more information and to apply, please follow this link.
Apply for the 2018 Teach Ag Intern Position!
The intern position will start in May 2018 and the end date will depend on performance, but may last until April 2019. The intern will be stationed out of the NAAE office, located on the University of Kentucky campus, in Lexington, KY for eight weeks during the summer. The remainder of the internship will be completed remotely. Applications are due by Sunday, January 7th, 2018. Click here for more information and to apply.
Apply to be a NAAE Intern!
We are currently seeking qualified applicants for our summer internships. Our available internships are in the areas of advocacy, communications, and professional development. Check out our website for more information and to apply by December 15th!
Communities of Practice Highlights
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Wilson, veterinarian at Rose Acre Farms in Indiana, examines the flocks in his care by handling some of the birds. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Ag Teachers and FFA Advisors: Free Resources for Your Classroom!
Need fresh ideas for your classroom? We have dozens of free resources to help make your teaching experience a little easier.
Browse through your free resources, bookmark the webpage and share with fellow agricultural educators.
Next Issue of FFA New Horizons Now Available
Fresh off the presses, the winter issue of FFA New Horizons is here. Flip through this issue to see how:
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available For National FFA Week Service Events
Is your FFA chapter planning to host a service event during National FFA Week in February? Apply for a Day of Service Mini-Grant by December 31st to help with logistical costs. To learn more about the grant and access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.
Please note: For Day of Service Mini-Grants, when you should apply is determined by the date of your service event. Requirements for event dates have been updated, effective with applications submitted in December 2017. To learn more and see a full list of the Day of Service Mini-Grant dates visit the Living to Serve Grants website mentioned above.

FFA Alumni

Thanks, FFA Alumni
This holiday season, the National FFA Alumni Association is thankful for all of their FFA Alumni members and the impact they make at the local level! Because of the amazing life members, next week they will be sending more than $78,000 in leadership scholarships back to the states and local levels to help develop student leaders. Join today or upgrade your membership as an FFA Alumni Life Member and help grow this impact even more, FFA.org/JoinAlumni.

CASE

2018 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the twenty-five CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin, regarding any additional questions.

#TeachAgChat

Fall Line-Up for #TeachAgChat
#TeachAgChats this Fall are on Thursday nights from 8pm EST to 9pm EST. They move quick! All are welcome, including: agriscience teachers, agriscience pre-service teachers, agriculture students, faculty concerned with advancing agricultural education, extension, leadership and communication strategies, and ANYONE who believes in agricultural education!!
  • December 14 -- Cultivating Digital Citizenship Through Agricultural Youth Organizations

ACTE

Your Vote, Your Voice
2018 is an ACTE Ag Ed Division election year -- make sure you vote! From December 8, 2017 through January 8, 2018, current ACTE members will have the opportunity to vote for the following Board of Directors positions:
  • ACTE President-Elect
  • Region V Vice President
  • Health Science Education Division Vice President
  • Agricultural Education Division Vice President
  • Region III Vice President-Elect

Click here for more information about the election process and to see who this year's candidates are.

 

 

 

 

Wingsuit daredevils fly into the door of a moving airplane.

 

 

Friday, December 1, 2017:  Food waste solutions, EPA biofuels announcement, and NAFTA negotiations—plus cloned pets, daredevils in the sky, and many more ag/science stories.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 27, 2017

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

NAAE

Cooperative Education Program Coordinator Position Available
NAAE is seeking a full-time Cooperative Education Program Coordinator. The position will begin January 2, 2018. Applications will be reviewed upon arrival. The position will remain open until a qualified candidate is selected. Click here for more information and to apply.
NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator Position Available
We are looking for qualified applicants for the position of Communications/Marketing Coordinator. For more information and to apply, please follow this link.
Apply for the 2018 Teach Ag Intern Position!
The intern position will start in May 2018 and the end date will depend on performance, but may last until April 2019. The intern will be stationed out of the NAAE office, located on the University of Kentucky campus, in Lexington, KY for eight weeks during the summer. The remainder of the internship will be completed remotely. Applications are due by Sunday, January 7th, 2018. Click here for more information and to apply.
Apply to be a NAAE Intern!
We are currently seeking qualified applicants for our summer internships. Our available internships are in the areas of advocacy, communications, and professional development. Check out our website for more information and to apply by December 15th!
2018 State Teach Ag Results (STAR) Program Enrollment
The 2018 STAR program enrollment is open to all states who desire to create a recruitment and retention leadership team to address agriculture teacher supply and demand challenges in a meaningful and results-driven manner. Grant funds are available to all states who enroll and agree to the requirements of the program. Intent to participate forms are due by December 1 to be eligible for 2018 grant funds. Contact Ellen Thompson at ethompson.naae@uky.edu for more information.
2017 NAAE Convention
The NAAE Convention app is now live! Make sure to download it in the App Store or Google Play to personalize your schedule, create your member profile, and keep up-to-date on what is happening at convention! If you downloaded the app last year, make sure to update it for this year's convention information. Thanks Merck for sponsoring the app!
The NAAE room block at the Gaylord Opryland is full for Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights, December 4, 5 and 8. You can check the ACTE housing block here to see if they have availability for those nights.Make sure to follow this link for all other NAAE Convention details and to register. See you in Nashville!!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Pete Ostrum mentors the newest vet in his clinic, Dr. Jen Nightingale, as they treat a horse suffering from an eye condition. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

2018 National FFA Scholarship Application Now Live
Don’t wait until the last minute! Sign in to FFA.org now to access the 2018 scholarship application. In 2017, we awarded $2.7 million in scholarships; one in every five members who applied received a scholarship.
Application deadlines for 2018:
  • The online application must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m.* EST on Feb. 1, 2018 (no technical support after 5 p.m. EST).
  • The required Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2018.
Membership:
  • FFA student membership must be submitted to the National FFA Organization no later than March 1, 2018.
Instructions, details and helpful tools are available at FFA.org/scholarships. Please review additional eligibility requirements for the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (presented by the Monsanto Fund) and the Built Ford Tough dealer scholarship program.Direct questions, comments or concerns via email to scholarships@FFA.org.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria Relief for Puerto Rico
Many of you have reached out about helping our friends in Puerto Rico after hurricanes Irma and Maria. The situation, as widely reported, is devastating. There is significant catastrophic damage, and lines for rationed food, gas, and water often stretch for days. Survival remains the top priority. The storms have especially impacted our FFA members and advisors, many of whom work and live on the outskirts of the heaviest-populated centers.
National FFA recently established limited contact with state staff in Puerto Rico, and we are working with them to see how we can help. We will pass along news on how to support our FFA members in Puerto Rico when it becomes available. We ask that you direct any questions to our Local Program Success team.
If you would like to help with a financial contribution, please send a check or money order to:PR FFA Association
Attn:  Noemi Ramirez – FFA Executive Secretary
P.O. Box 190759
San Juan, PR 00919-0759
Make checks payable to the Futuros Agricultores de America (the account name is registered in Spanish). Write “Hurricane Relief” in the memo section of the check or money order. Donations are tax-deductible.As soon as we have news from our chapters in the U.S. Virgin Islands, we will let you know.
Watch FFA in Action
If you haven’t had a chance, take a few minutes to check out our FFA Video Center. We have videos on topics ranging from careers in agriculture and FFA history to supervised agricultural experiences. Speaking of SAEs, we recently added a new video profile on FFA member Peyton Moore from Bullard, Texas, and her SAE in agritourism. She works on her family’s pumpkin patch. On fall weekends, people can pick their own pumpkins, and Peyton helps to educate them about how pumpkins are grown, and about agriculture in general.
More SAE videos from Texas and New Mexico will be added soon, so check back often.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available For National FFA Week Service Events
Is your FFA chapter planning to host a service event during National FFA Week in February? Apply for a Day of Service Mini-Grant by December 31st to help with logistical costs. To learn more about the grant and access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants
DUE FRIDAY- FFA State Day of Service Grant
A reminder that the application for the FFA State Day of Service Grant is now available at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants and is due December 1. This is a competitive funding opportunity for all FFA state associations or foundations to help infuse service activities at the state level. If you have any questions, please email LTS@ffa.org.

CASE

The 2018 CASE Institute Schedule is Now Available!
Click here for the 2018 CASE Institute Schedule.
Registration for 2018 CASE Institutes opens December 1st. Each site can accommodate approximately 20 participants. This year’s offerings include several fast track institutes. Fast track institutes are for teachers with at least one prior CASE certification or the Pedagogical Theory and Implementation (PTI) training. Pre-Institute homework is required. PTI training must be completed prior to the kickoff of the fast track institute and will have online coursework and an additional fee. The hours to complete PTI training and a fast track institute will be similar to hours at a standard institute.Many CASE Institutes' registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they secure the appropriate funding.

#TeachAgChat

Fall Line-Up for #TeachAgChat
#TeachAgChats this Fall are on Thursday nights from 8pm EST to 9pm EST. They move quick! All are welcome, including: agriscience teachers, agriscience pre-service teachers, agriculture students, faculty concerned with advancing agricultural education, extension, leadership and communication strategies, and ANYONE who believes in agricultural education!!
  • December 14 -- Cultivating Digital Citizenship Through Agricultural Youth Organizations

ACTE

Your Vote, Your Voice
2018 is an ACTE Ag Ed Division election year -- make sure you vote! From December 8, 2017 through January 8, 2018, current ACTE members will have the opportunity to vote for the following Board of Directors positions:
  • ACTE President-Elect
  • Region V Vice President
  • Health Science Education Division Vice President
  • Agricultural Education Division Vice President
  • Region III Vice President-Elect

Click here for more information about the election process and to see who this year's candidates are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 20, 2017

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

NAAE

NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator Position Available
We are looking for qualified applicants for the position of Communications/Marketing Coordinator. For more information and to apply, please follow this link.
Apply for the 2018 Teach Ag Intern Position!
The intern position will start in May 2018 and the end date will depend on performance, but may last until April 2019. The intern will be stationed out of the NAAE office, located on the University of Kentucky campus, in Lexington, KY for eight weeks during the summer. The remainder of the internship will be completed remotely. Applications are due by Sunday, January 7th, 2018. Click here for more information and to apply.
Apply to be a NAAE Intern!
We are currently seeking qualified applicants for our summer internships. Our available internships are in the areas of advocacy, communications, and professional development. Check out our website for more information and to apply by December 15th!
2018 State Teach Ag Results (STAR) Program Enrollment
The 2018 STAR program enrollment is open to all states who desire to create a recruitment and retention leadership team to address agriculture teacher supply and demand challenges in a meaningful and results-driven manner. Grant funds are available to all states who enroll and agree to the requirements of the program. Intent to participate forms are due by December 1 to be eligible for 2018 grant funds. Contact Ellen Thompson at ethompson.naae@uky.edu for more information.
2017 NAAE Convention
The NAAE Convention app is now live! Make sure to download it in the App Store or Google Play to personalize your schedule, create your member profile, and keep up-to-date on what is happening at convention! If you downloaded the app last year, make sure to update it for this year's convention information. Thanks Merck for sponsoring the app!
The NAAE room block at the Gaylord Opryland is full for Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights, December 4,5 and 8. You can check the ACTE housing block here to see if they have availability for those nights.Make sure to follow this link for all other NAAE Convention details and to register. See you in Nashville!!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Groves works with family farmers in central Missouri to vaccinate their calves and cows, demonstrating how they herd their animals gently with low stress. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

2018 National FFA Scholarship Application Now Live
Don’t wait until the last minute! Sign in to FFA.org now to access the 2018 scholarship application. In 2017, we awarded $2.7 million in scholarships; one in every five members who applied received a scholarship.
Application deadlines for 2018:
  • The online application must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m.* EST on Feb. 1, 2018 (no technical support after 5 p.m. EST).
  • The required Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2018.
Membership:
  • FFA student membership must be submitted to the National FFA Organization no later than March 1, 2018.
Instructions, details and helpful tools are available at FFA.org/scholarships. Please review additional eligibility requirements for the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (presented by the Monsanto Fund) and the Built Ford Tough dealer scholarship program.Direct questions, comments or concerns via email to scholarships@FFA.org.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria Relief for Puerto Rico
Many of you have reached out about helping our friends in Puerto Rico after hurricanes Irma and Maria. The situation, as widely reported, is devastating. There is significant catastrophic damage, and lines for rationed food, gas, and water often stretch for days. Survival remains the top priority. The storms have especially impacted our FFA members and advisors, many of whom work and live on the outskirts of the heaviest-populated centers.
National FFA recently established limited contact with state staff in Puerto Rico, and we are working with them to see how we can help. We will pass along news about how to support our FFA members in Puerto Rico when it becomes available. We ask that you direct any questions to our Local Program Success team.
If you would like to help with a financial contribution, please send a check or money order to:
PR FFA Association
Attn:  Noemi Ramirez – FFA Executive Secretary
P.O. Box 190759
San Juan, PR 00919-0759
Make checks payable to the Futuros Agricultores de America (the account name is registered in Spanish).  Write “Hurricane Relief” in the memo section of the check or money order.  Donations are tax-deductible.As soon as we have news from our chapters in the U.S. Virgin Islands, we will let you know.
Watch FFA in Action
If you haven’t had a chance, take a few minutes to check out our FFA Video Center. We have videos on topics ranging from careers in agriculture and FFA history, to supervised agricultural experiences. Speaking of SAE's, we recently added a new video profile on FFA member Peyton Moore from Bullard, Texas, and her SAE in agritourism. She works on her family’s pumpkin patch. On fall weekends, people can pick their own pumpkins, and Peyton helps to educate them about how pumpkins are grown, and about agriculture in general.
More SAE videos from Texas and New Mexico will be added soon, so check back often.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available For National FFA Week Service Events
Is your FFA chapter planning to host a service event during National FFA Week in February? Apply for a Day of Service Mini-Grant by December 31st to help with logistical costs. To learn more about the grant and access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants
DUE SOON - FFA State Day of Service Grant Due Dec. 1
A reminder that the application for the FFA State Day of Service Grant is now available at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants and is due December 1. This is a competitive funding opportunity for all FFA state associations or foundations to help infuse service activities at the state level. If you have any questions, please email LTS@ffa.org.

CASE

The 2018 CASE Institute Schedule is Now Available!
Click here for the 2018 CASE Institute Schedule.
Registration for 2018 CASE Institutes opens December 1st.
Each site can accommodate approximately 20 participants. This year’s offerings include several fast track institutes. Fast track institutes are for teachers with at least one prior CASE certification or the Pedagogical Theory and Implementation (PTI) training. Pre-Institute homework is required. PTI training must be completed prior to the kickoff of the fast track institute and will have online coursework and an additional fee. The hours to complete PTI training and a fast track institute will be similar to hours at a standard institute.Many CASE Institutes' registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they secure the appropriate funding.

#TeachAgChat

Fall Line-Up for #TeachAgChat
#TeachAgChats this Fall are on Thursday nights from 8pm EST to 9pm EST. They move quick! All are welcome, including: agriscience teachers, agriscience pre-service teachers, agriculture students, faculty concerned with advancing agricultural education, extension, leadership and communication strategies, and ANYONE who believes in agricultural education!!
  • December 14 -- Cultivating Digital Citizenship Through Agricultural Youth Organizations

ACTE

Your Vote, Your Voice
2018 is an ACTE Ag Ed Division election year -- make sure you vote! From December 8, 2017 through January 8, 2018, current ACTE members will have the opportunity to vote for the following Board of Directors positions:
  • ACTE President-Elect
  • Region V Vice President
  • Health Science Education Division Vice President
  • Agricultural Education Division Vice President
  • Region III Vice President-Elect

Click here for more information about the election process and to see who this year's candidates are.

 

 

 

 

She’s not a two-faced feline. She’s a chimera cat.

 

 

CAST

Friday Notes
Friday, November 17, 2017:  Lots of turkey talk, a look at USDA actions, and a farm girl who becomes a space ninja. Chimera cats, monster lobsters, and many more ag/science stories.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 13, 2017

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

NAAE

November News & Views
It's almost time for NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee! Get all the info you need about coming to convention, meet some outstanding ag teachers, see what is going on with the Teach Ag Campaign, and hear about the importance of professional development! All this and so much more in November's edition of News & Views!
NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator Position Available
We are looking for qualified applicants for the position of Communications/Marketing Coordinator. For more information and to apply, please follow this link.
Apply for the 2018 Teach Ag Intern Position!
The intern position will start in May 2018 and the end date will depend on performance, but may last until April 2019. The intern will be stationed out of the NAAE office, located on the University of Kentucky campus, in Lexington, KY for eight weeks during the summer. The remainder of the internship will be completed remotely. Applications are due by Sunday, January 7th, 2018. Click here for more information and to apply.
Apply to be a NAAE Intern!
We are currently seeking qualified applicants for our summer internships. Our available internships are in the areas of advocacy, communications, and professional development. Check out our website for more information and to apply by December 15th!
2018 State Teach Ag Results (STAR) Program Enrollment
The 2018 STAR program enrollment is open to all states who desire to create a recruitment and retention leadership team to address agriculture teacher supply and demand challenges in a meaningful and results-driven manner. Grant funds are available to all states who enroll and agree to the requirements of the program. Intent to participate forms are due by December 1 to be eligible for 2018 grant funds. Contact Ellen Thompson at ethompson.naae@uky.edu for more information.
2017 NAAE Convention
The NAAE Convention app is now live! Make sure to download it in the App Store or Google Play to personalize your schedule, create your member profile, and keep up-to-date on what is happening at convention! If you downloaded the app last year, make sure to update it for this year's convention information. Thanks Merck for sponsoring the app!
The NAAE room block at the Gaylord Opryland is full for Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights, December 4,5 and 8. You can check the ACTE housing block here to see if they have availability for those nights.Make sure to follow this link for all other NAAE Convention details and to register. See you in Nashville!!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Pete Ostrum and his fellow vets work with the Shultz family to help keep their dairy cows healthy and advise on managing the herd. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Hurricanes Irma and Maria Relief for Puerto Rico
Many of you have reached out about helping our friends in Puerto Rico, after hurricanes Irma and Maria. The situation, as widely reported, is devastating. There is significant catastrophic damage, and lines for rationed food, gas, and water often stretch for days.Survival remains the top priority. The storms have especially impacted our FFA members and advisors, many of whom work and live on the outskirts of the heaviest-populated centers.
National FFA recently established limited contact with state staff in Puerto Rico, and we are working with them to see how we can help. We will pass along news about how to support our FFA members in Puerto Rico, when it becomes available. We ask that you direct any questions to our Local Program Success team.
If you would like to help with a financial contribution, please send a check or money order to:
PR FFA Association
Attn:  Noemi Ramirez – FFA Executive Secretary
P.O. Box 190759
San Juan, PR 00919-0759
Make checks payable to the Futuros Agricultores de America (the account name is registered in Spanish). Write “Hurricane Relief” in the memo section of the check or money order. Donations are tax-deductible.As soon as we have news from our chapters in the U.S. Virgin Islands, we will let you know.
Virtual Field Trip: STEM Careers Improving Animal Health - Zoetis
Take a sneak peek into the next AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip where we will look into careers found at Zoetis, a global animal health company. This company provides medicines, vaccines, and a wide-range of services to veterinarians, livestock producers, and others who care for farm and companion animals. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to expose your students to a variety of STEM careers that are crucial to solving real-world challenges to improve animal health. We hope you will tune in live on Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. ET. You can register for the event here.
Apply Now for an SAE Grant — Deadline is This Wednesday!
Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) are a core part of agricultural education. Thanks to our sponsors, 152 SAE grants worth $1,000 each are available this year to help FFA members start or expand an SAE. Some grants also offer a matching $1,000 grant to FFA chapters.
To apply, members must log in to their FFA.org account. The application can be accessed through the Application Center; click Open Your FFA Dashboard on the top right of the website and select SAE Grant in the Apply Now toolbox. This link will take you to the Application Center, where you can access and complete the grant application. You can also access the application from the SAE Grants webpage (or from the FFA.org homepage, select Participate, then Grants & Scholarships, then SAE Grants). If you are an AET user, you can access the application from the AET website by clicking on Reports, then Degree/Application Manager, then select SAE Grants from the drop-down menu.Applications are due online this Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET (phone and email assistance will not be available after 6 p.m. so don’t wait until the last minute). SAE Grant recipients will be announced in late December. Contact Brett Evans, SAE education specialist, at bevans@ffa.org or 317-803-4233 for questions.
Watch FFA in Action
If you haven’t had a chance, take a few minutes to check out our FFA Video Center. We have videos on topics ranging from careers in agriculture and FFA history, to supervised agricultural experiences. Speaking of SAE's, we recently added a new video profile on FFA member Peyton Moore, from Bullard, Texas, and her SAE in agritourism. She works on her family’s pumpkin patch. On fall weekends, people can pick their own pumpkins while Peyton helps to educate them about how pumpkins are grown, as well as about agriculture in general.
More SAE videos from Texas and New Mexico will be added soon, so check back often.
Relive the National Convention and Expo
Catch up on the action from the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo on FFA.org/convention, FFA New Horizons and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #ICanWeWillFFA. If you weren’t able to join us, we captured all of the highlights in this quick video.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available For National FFA Week Service Events
Is your FFA chapter planning to host a service event during National FFA Week in February? Apply for a Day of Service Mini-Grant by December 31st to help with logistical costs. To learn more about the grant and access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants
FFA State Day of Service Grant Due Dec. 1
A reminder that the application for the FFA State Day of Service Grant is now available at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants and is due December 1. This is a competitive funding opportunity for all FFA state associations or foundations to help infuse service activities at the state-level. If you have any questions, please email LTS@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

Mobilizing Legions of Volunteers
The National FFA Alumni Association is proud to announce that growth in the association has hit another record! In 2009, there were 50,307 alumni members; today, there are 344,239 alumni members! Each day, the national staff works with the goal in mind to have more people at the local level helping our FFA chapters. More information on alumni membership can be found at FFA.org/joinalumni.

CASE

DuPont Pioneer Commits $175,000 to Food and Agricultural Education Grants
DuPont Pioneer will award $175,000 in grants to agriscience educators to fund training and classroom resources that will help them implement advanced agricultural curriculum. Grant recipients are teachers who are implementing Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) in their classrooms. Click here for a link to the application. The deadline to apply is November 13th.
The 2018 CASE Institute Schedule is Now Available!
Click here for the 2018 CASE Institute Schedule.
Registration for 2018 CASE Institutes opens December 1st. Each site can accommodate approximately 20 participants. This year’s offerings include several fast track institutes. Fast track institutes are for teachers with at least one prior CASE certification or the Pedagogical Theory and Implementation (PTI) training. Pre-Institute homework is required. PTI training must be completed prior to the kickoff of the fast track institute and will have online coursework and an additional fee. The hours to complete PTI training and a fast track institute will be similar to hours at a standard institute.Many CASE Institutes' registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they secure the appropriate funding.

#TeachAgChat

Fall Line-Up for #TeachAgChat
#TeachAgChats this Fall are on Thursday nights from 8pm EST to 9pm EST. They move quick! All are welcome, including: agriscience teachers, agriscience pre-service teachers, agriculture students, faculty concerned with advancing agricultural education, extension, leadership and communication strategies, and ANYONE who believes in agricultural education!!
  • November 16 -- Informal Science Education, Communication, and Extension for Increasing Public Science Literacy
  • December 14 -- Cultivating Digital Citizenship Through Agricultural Youth Organizations

Advance CTE

Excellence in Action Award
Applications to the 2018 Excellence in Action award are open! Advance CTE's annual Excellence in Action award recognizes and honors superior Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study from across the nation. Applications are due November 15th. Click herefor more information and to apply.

ACTE

Your Vote, Your Voice
2018 is an ACTE Ag Ed Division election year -- make sure you vote! From December 8, 2017 through January 8, 2018, current ACTE members will have the opportunity to vote for the following Board of Directors positions:
  • ACTE President-Elect
  • Region V Vice President
  • Health Science Education Division Vice President
  • Agricultural Education Division Vice President
  • Region III Vice President-Elect

Click here for more information about the election process and to see who this year's candidates are.

 

 

 

 

The salmon farming debate in Norway gets heated.

 

 

CAST

Friday Notes
Friday, November 10, 2017: The evolution of a science movie, several links about agricultural research, Norwegians debate salmon farming, and you too can order a CRISPR gene-editing kit. Check out these and many more ag/science stories.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 6, 2017

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

NAAE

NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator Position Available
We are looking for qualified applicants for the position of Communications/Marketing Coordinator. For more information and to apply, please follow this link.
Apply for the 2018 Teach Ag Intern Position!
The intern position will start in May 2018 and the end date will depend on performance, but may last until April 2019. The intern will be stationed out of the NAAE office, located on the University of Kentucky campus, in Lexington, KY for eight weeks during the summer. The remainder of the internship will completed remotely. Applications are due by Sunday, January 7th, 2018. Click here for more information and to apply.
Apply to be a NAAE Intern!
We are currently seeking qualified applicants for our summer internships. Our available internships are in the areas of advocacy, communications, and professional development. Check out our website for more information and to apply by December 15th!
2018 State Teach Ag Results (STAR) Program Enrollment
The 2018 STAR program enrollment is open to all states who desire to create a recruitment and retention leadership team to address agriculture teacher supply and demand challenges in a meaningful and results-driven manner. Grant funds are available to all states who enroll and agree to the requirements of the program. Intent to participate forms are due by December 1 to be eligible for 2018 grant funds. Contact Ellen Thompson at ethompson.naae@uky.edu for more information.
2017 NAAE Convention
The NAAE room block at the Gaylord Opryland is full for Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights, December 4,5 and 8. You can check the ACTE housing block here to see if they have availability for those nights. Make sure to follow this link for all other NAAE Convention details and to register. See you in Nashville!!
Communities of Practice HighlightsVets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Donovan checks the health of a herd of pigs in a barn in Iowa. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available For National FFA Week Service Events
Is your FFA chapter planning to host a service event during National FFA Week in February? Apply for a Day of Service Mini-Grant by December 31st to help with logistical costs. To learn more about the grant and access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants
FFA State Day of Service Grant
A reminder that the application for the FFA State Day of Service Grant is now available at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve. This is a competitive funding opportunity for all FFA state associations or foundations to help infuse service activities at the state level. If you have any questions, please email LTS@ffa.org.
Relive the National Convention and Expo
Catch up on the action from the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo on FFA.org/convention, FFA New Horizons and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #ICanWeWillFFA. If you weren’t able to join us, we captured all of the highlights in this quick video.
Apply Now: SAE Grants
Supervised agricultural experiences (SAE) are a core part of agricultural education. Thanks to our sponsors, 152 SAE grants worth $1,000 each are available this year to help FFA members start or expand an SAE. Some grants also offer a matching $1,000 grant to FFA chapters.
To apply, members must log in to their FFA.org account. The application can be accessed through the Application Center; click Open Your FFA Dashboard on the top right of the website and select SAE Grant in the Apply Now toolbox. This link will take you to the Application Center where you can access and complete the grant application. You can also access the application from the SAE Grants webpage (or from the FFA.org homepage, select Participate then Grants & Scholarships then SAE Grants). If you are an AET user, you can access the application from the AET website by clicking on Reports then Degree/Application Manager then selecting SAE Grants from the drop-down menu.Applications are due online by Nov. 15, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET (phone and email assistance will not be available after 6 p.m. so don’t wait until the last minute). SAE Grant recipients will be announced in late December. Contact Brett Evans, SAE education specialist, at bevans@ffa.orgor 317-803-4233 for questions.
Virtual Field Trip: STEM Careers Improving Animal Health - Zoetis
Take a sneak peek into the next AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip, where we will look into careers found at Zoetis, a global animal health company. This company provides medicines, vaccines, and a wide-range of services to veterinarians, livestock producers, and others who care for farm and companion animals. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to expose your students to a variety of STEM careers that are crucial to solving real-world challenges to improve animal health. We hope you will tune in live on Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. ET. You can register for the event here.

CASE

DuPont Pioneer Commits $175,000 to Food and Agricultural Education Grants
DuPont Pioneer will award $175,000 in grants to agriscience educators to fund training and classroom resources that will help them implement advanced agricultural curriculum. Grant recipients are teachers who are implementing Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) in their classrooms. Click here for a link to the application. The deadline to apply is November 13th.
The 2018 CASE Institute Schedule is Now Available!
Click here for the 2018 CASE Institute Schedule.
Registration for 2018 CASE Institutes opens December 1st. Each site can accommodate approximately 20 participants. This year’s offering includes several fast track institutes. Fast track institutes are for teachers with at least one prior CASE certification or the Pedagogical Theory and Implementation (PTI) training. Pre-Institute homework is required. PTI training must be completed prior to the kickoff of the fast track institute and will have online coursework and an additional fee. The hours to complete PTI training and a fast track institute will be similar to hours at a standard institute.Many CASE Institutes' registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they secure the appropriate funding.

#TeachAgChat

Fall Line-Up for #TeachAgChat
#TeachAgChats this Fall are on Thursday nights from 8pm EST to 9pm EST. They move quick! All are welcome, including: agriscience teachers, agriscience pre-service teachers, agriculture students, faculty concerned with advancing agricultural education, extension, leadership and communication strategies, and ANYONE who believes in agricultural education!!
  • November 16 -- Informal Science Education, Communication, and Extension for Increasing Public Science Literacy
  • December 14 -- Cultivating Digital Citizenship Through Agricultural Youth Organizations

Advance CTE

Excellence in Action Award
Applications to the 2018 Excellence in Action award are open! Advance CTE's annual Excellence in Action award recognizes and honors superior Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study from across the nation. Applications are due November 15th. Click herefor more information and to apply.

ACTE

Your Vote, Your Voice
2018 is an ACTE Ag Ed Division election year -- make sure you vote! From December 8, 2017 through January 8, 2018, current ACTE members will have the opportunity to vote for the following Board of Directors positions:
  • ACTE President-Elect
  • Region V Vice President
  • Health Science Education Division Vice President
  • Agricultural Education Division Vice President
  • Region III Vice President-Elect

Click here for more information about the election process and to see who this year's candidates are.

 

 

 

 

Let’s see—where’s the natural, fiber-fortified, cage-free mango juice?

 

 

CAST

Friday Notes
Friday, November 3, 2017:  Maybe food labels should be ranked by their ability to confuse consumers. USDA positions, hurricane damage assessment, pet-friendly motels that welcome horses, and the hit song “Despacito” performed with a science makeover. Check out these and many more ag/science stories.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 30, 2017

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

NAAE

NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator Position Available
We are looking for qualified applicants for the position of Communications/Marketing Coordinator. For more information and to apply, please follow this link.
Apply for the 2018 Teach Ag Intern Position!
The intern position will start in May 2018 and the end date will depend on performance, but may last until April 2019. The intern will be stationed out of the NAAE office, located on the University of Kentucky campus, in Lexington, KY for eight weeks during the summer. The remainder of the internship will completed remotely. Applications are due by Sunday, January 7th, 2018. Click here for more information and to apply.
2018 State Teach Ag Results (STAR) Program Enrollment
The 2018 STAR program enrollment is open to all states who desire to create a recruitment and retention leadership team to address agriculture teacher supply and demand challenges in a meaningful and results-driven manner. Grant funds are available to all states who enroll and agree to the requirements of the program. Intent to participate forms are due by December 1 to be eligible for 2018 grant funds. Contact Ellen Thompson at ethompson.naae@uky.edu for more information.
2017 NAAE Convention
The NAAE room block at the Gaylord Opryland is full for Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights, December 4,5 and 8. You can check the ACTE housing block here to see if they have availability for those nights. Make sure to follow this link for all other NAAE Convention details and to register. See you in Nashville!!
Communities of Practice HighlightsVets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Farruggio vaccinates calves against brucellosis which can cause a serious disease in humans called undulant fever. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

DuPont Pioneer Commits $175,000 to Food and Agricultural Education Grants
DuPont Pioneer will award $175,000 in grants to agriscience educators to fund training and classroom resources that will help them implement advanced agricultural curriculum. Grant recipients are teachers who are implementing Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) in their classrooms. Click here for a link to the application. The deadline to apply is November 13th.

#TeachAgChat

Fall Line-Up for #TeachAgChat
#TeachAgChats this Fall are on Thursday nights from 8pm EST to 9pm EST. They move quick! All are welcome, including: agriscience teachers, agriscience pre-service teachers, agriculture students, faculty concerned with advancing agricultural education, extension, leadership and communication strategies, and ANYONE who believes in agricultural education!!
  • November 2 -- Planning for Program Success in #AgEdu
  • November 16 -- Informal Science Education, Communication, and Extension for Increasing Public Science Literacy
  • December 14 -- Cultivating Digital Citizenship Through Agricultural Youth Organizations

Advance CTE

Excellence in Action Award
Applications to the 2018 Excellence in Action award are open! Advance CTE's annual Excellence in Action award recognizes and honors superior Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study from across the nation. Applications are due November 15th. Click herefor more information and to apply.

 

 

 

 

The most popular Halloween candy in each state.

 

 

CAST

Friday Notes
Friday, October 27, 2017:  Harvest Healing--farmers help neighbors in times of need. The National FFA Convention, ag communication, udderly robotic milking, and Halloween candy preferences. Check out these and many more ag/science stories.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.