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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

March 1, 2021

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFA Alumni

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

NAAE

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

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

CAST

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

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

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

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

February 22, 2021

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFA

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFA Alumni

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

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

CAST

The Arctic Circle moves south.

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

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

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

February 15, 2021

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFA Alumni

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

NAAE

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

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

CAST

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

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

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

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

February 8, 2021

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

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

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

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

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

FFA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFA Alumni

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

 

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

 

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

Communities of Practice Highlights

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

CAST

Ag world deals with the era of COVID-19.

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

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

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

February 1, 2021

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFA Alumni

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

 

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

NAAE


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

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

CAST

Schools make tough decisions as a new semester gets underway.

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

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

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

January 25, 2021

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

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

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

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

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

FFA


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

FFA Alumni

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

 

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

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

CAST

The historical White House pet list could fill a circus.

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

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

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

January 11, 2021

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFA Alumni

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

 

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

NAAE

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

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

CAST

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

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

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

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

January 4, 2021

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

Agricultural Education Division Election Voting Ends January 4th
Have you voted yet? If you were a member of ACTE as of Nov. 4, you are eligible to vote for your representative on the ACTE board of directors. Please be sure to vote online by Jan. 4, 2021! Your election voting information, including your log in information to vote, was sent to you by noreply@directvote.net on Dec. 4. Can’t find the email? Request it to be resent to you hereClick here to meet the candidates. 

Thank you for your participation! If you have questions, please contact support.

 

Thrive with CASE
Do you want to refine your virtual teaching skills? Register to attend Thrive, the CASE Educational Technology Summit! Thrive is a new, virtual CASE-hosted conference and will provide over 8-hours of professional development content within CTE instruction, best practices, digital equity, and software and applications. View the agenda to learn more! Thrive is open to all agricultural education teachers. CASE certification is not required. We look forward to seeing you there! (Registration closes Friday, January 8, 2021)

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

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

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

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

FFA

2020 SAE Grants Awarded
The 2020 SAE Grants have been awarded—congratulations to the recipients! The list of recipients is posted to the SAE Grants webpage on FFA.org. A notification email has been sent to all recipients. To receive the funds, recipients must follow the instructions in their notice to complete the contract and claim form by Jan. 4. Contact Jennifer Preston, jpreston@ffa.org, with any questions.

212° and 360° Conferences Update
Registration for the 212° and 360° conferences will go live on Jan. 4, 2021. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot provide the traditional facilitated delivery model for these conferences. To meet the needs of states and chapters, we are offering the 212° and 360° conferences curriculum and training to state associations and chapters interested in hosting local, regional or state-level 212° and 360° conferences. States and chapters can register to host their own 212° and 360° experiences starting Jan. 4, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2021. National FFA will provide registered conference hosts with the curriculum and a training video to help hosts deliver the experience. These conferences cost $10 per participant (this cost covers the supplies to be shipped for each participant). Learn more on the 212° Conference and 360° Conference webpages.

 

Become a Part of the Future of Production Agriculture
Only two weeks left to register for the first National FFA virtual production agriculture conference, the Horizon Conference. On Jan. 9-10, juniors, seniors, and recent graduates from across the country will learn from over 25 industry-led workshops, explore farm businesses, and connect. Registration is $10 and is open now. Click here for registration, the conference schedule and more. 

 

2019-20 National FFA Officer Retiring Address Lessons
Looking for a great leadership lesson plan with turn-key worksheets? Check out the new lessons designed to help guide students through each of the five National FFA Officer retiring addresses from the 93rd National FFA Convention and Expo. 

Give the Gift of Blue 
Funding is now available for 600 members who would not otherwise be able to afford a jacket. Encourage members to apply or nominate a member at FFA.org/giveblue.

 

FFA Scholarship Deadline Approaches
The National FFA Scholarship application is open! This year, we have provided videos for students on how to apply successfully and for advisors on how to validate an application. Access the application and resources at FFA.org/Scholarships. The application deadline is Jan. 14, 2021.

 

Apply Now: Living to Serve Grant 
The Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant opens Dec. 15. This grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with up to $1,200 to implement a service-learning project in their community for one semester. The application allows you to add collaborators, such as an alumni member, to help you complete it. Access the application and resources at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

FFA Alumni

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

 

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Charles Dickens, Mignon Quaw, and The Long Trail
This is the last Friday Footnote for 2020. During the new few weeks focus on important things like family, friends, and personal renewal. If I could give you a Christmas present, it would be a quote from Charlie Brown: The next Friday Footnote will appear on January 8. Now, for this week’s Footnote. Charles Dickens, Mignon Quaw, and The Long… Read more here

CAST

Challenging year leads to noteworthy successes.

*** Friday, Dec. 18, 2020:  The sun will set on a challenging 2020, but many triumphs will still glow: (1) science advancements such as vaccines and CRISPR, (2) food production and delivery efforts, and (3) the many ways people helped others through a tough year. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

December 21, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA

Become a Part of the Future of Production Agriculture
Only two weeks left to register for the first National FFA virtual production agriculture conference, the Horizon Conference. On Jan. 9-10, juniors, seniors, and recent graduates from across the country will learn from over 25 industry-led workshops, explore farm businesses, and connect. Registration is $10 and is open now. Click here for registration, the conference schedule and more. 

 

2019-20 National FFA Officer Retiring Address Lessons
Looking for a great leadership lesson plan with turn-key worksheets? Check out the new lessons designed to help guide students through each of the five National FFA Officer retiring addresses from the 93rd National FFA Convention and Expo. 

 

2020 SAE Grants Awarded
The 2020 SAE Grants have been awarded—congratulations to the recipients! The list of recipients is posted to the SAE Grants webpage on FFA.org. A notification email has been sent to all recipients. To receive the funds, recipients must follow the instructions in their notice to complete the contract and claim form by Jan. 4. Contact Jennifer Preston, jpreston@ffa.org, with any questions.

Give the Gift of Blue 
Funding is now available for 600 members who would not otherwise be able to afford a jacket. Encourage members to apply or nominate a member at FFA.org/giveblue.

 

FFA Scholarship Deadline Approaches
The National FFA Scholarship application is open! This year, we have provided videos for students on how to apply successfully and for advisors on how to validate an application. Access the application and resources at FFA.org/Scholarships. The application deadline is Jan. 14, 2021.

 

Apply Now: Living to Serve Grant 
The Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant opens Dec. 15. This grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with up to $1,200 to implement a service-learning project in their community for one semester. The application allows you to add collaborators, such as an alumni member, to help you complete it. Access the application and resources at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

212° and 360° Conferences Update
Registration for the 212° and 360° conferences will go live on Jan. 4, 2021. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot provide the traditional facilitated delivery model for these conferences. To meet the needs of states and chapters, we are offering the 212° and 360° conferences curriculum and training to state associations and chapters interested in hosting local, regional or state-level 212° and 360° conferences. States and chapters can register to host their own 212° and 360° experiences starting Jan. 4, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2021. National FFA will provide registered conference hosts with the curriculum and a training video to help hosts deliver the experience. These conferences cost $10 per participant (this cost covers the supplies to be shipped for each participant). Learn more on the 212° Conference and 360° Conference webpages.

FFA Alumni

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

NAAE

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

Thrive with CASE
Do you want to refine your virtual teaching skills? Register to attend Thrive, the CASE Educational Technology Summit! Thrive is a new, virtual CASE-hosted conference and will provide over 8-hours of professional development content within CTE instruction, best practices, digital equity, and software and applications. View the agenda to learn more! Thrive is open to all agricultural education teachers. CASE certification is not required. We look forward to seeing you there! (Registration closes Friday, January 8, 2021)

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

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

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Charles Dickens, Mignon Quaw, and The Long Trail
This is the last Friday Footnote for 2020. During the new few weeks focus on important things like family, friends, and personal renewal. If I could give you a Christmas present, it would be a quote from Charlie Brown: The next Friday Footnote will appear on January 8. Now, for this week’s Footnote. Charles Dickens, Mignon Quaw, and The Long… Read more here

CAST

Challenging year leads to noteworthy successes.

*** Friday, Dec. 18, 2020:  The sun will set on a challenging 2020, but many triumphs will still glow: (1) science advancements such as vaccines and CRISPR, (2) food production and delivery efforts, and (3) the many ways people helped others through a tough year. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

December 14, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

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

Thrive with CASE
Do you want to refine your virtual teaching skills? Register to attend Thrive, the CASE Educational Technology Summit! Thrive is a new, virtual CASE-hosted conference and will provide over 8-hours of professional development content within CTE instruction, best practices, digital equity, and software and applications. View the agenda to learn more! Thrive is open to all agricultural education teachers. CASE certification is not required. We look forward to seeing you there! (Registration closes Friday, January 8, 2021)

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

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

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

FFA

Give the Gift of Blue 
Funding is now available for 600 members who would not otherwise be able to afford a jacket. Encourage members to apply or nominate a member at FFA.org/giveblue.

 

Another Great Resource for Your Classroom
Looking for a general activity sheet that can accompany any current event article? We have it for you! 

 

FFA Scholarship Deadline Approaches
The National FFA Scholarship application is open! This year, we have provided videos for students on how to apply successfully and for advisors on how to validate an application. Access the application and resources at FFA.org/Scholarships. The application deadline is Jan. 14, 2021.

 

Apply Now: Living to Serve Grant 
The Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant opens Dec. 15. This grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with up to $1,200 to implement a service-learning project in their community for one semester. The application allows you to add collaborators, such as an alumni member, to help you complete it. Access the application and resources at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

 

Get a Sneak Peek of the New Horizon Conference
The Horizon Conference is our first-ever virtual production agriculture conference, targeted at juniors, seniors, and recent graduates. Check out the Horizon Conference webpage to preview the conference content, including engaging workshops, virtual tours, and students' chances to connect. The full conference schedule is coming soon. Registration is $10 and is open now through Dec. 31. Space is limited — register early to reserve your spot. 

 

212° and 360° Conferences Update
Registration for the 212° and 360° conferences will go live on Jan. 4, 2021. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot provide the traditional facilitated delivery model for these conferences. To meet the needs of states and chapters, we are offering the 212° and 360° conferences curriculum and training to state associations and chapters interested in hosting local, regional or state-level 212° and 360° conferences. States and chapters can register to host their own 212° and 360° experiences starting Jan. 4, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2021. National FFA will provide registered conference hosts with the curriculum and a training video to help hosts deliver the experience. These conferences cost $10 per participant (this cost covers the supplies to be shipped for each participant). Learn more on the 212° Conference and 360° Conference webpages.  

FFA Alumni

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Charles Dickens, Mignon Quaw, and The Long Trail
This is the last Friday Footnote for 2020. During the new few weeks focus on important things like family, friends, and personal renewal. If I could give you a Christmas present, it would be a quote from Charlie Brown: The next Friday Footnote will appear on January 8. Now, for this week’s Footnote. Charles Dickens, Mignon Quaw, and The Long… Read more here

CAST

Schools use creativity and perseverance to cope with the pandemic.

*** Friday, Dec. 11, 2020:  Universities stay vibrant as winter break approaches, a new USDA leader named, and a family has a living koala bear for a tree ornament. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

December 7, 2020

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 Virtual Events

2020:

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA


Get a Sneak Peek of the New Horizon Conference
The Horizon Conference is our first-ever virtual production agriculture conference, targeted at juniors, seniors, and recent graduates. Check out the Horizon Conference webpage to preview the conference content, including engaging workshops, virtual tours, and students' chances to connect. The full conference schedule is coming soon. Registration is $10 and is open now through Dec. 31. Space is limited — register early to reserve your spot. 

 

212° and 360° Conferences Update
Registration for the 212° and 360° conferences will go live on Jan. 4, 2021. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot provide the traditional facilitated delivery model for these conferences. To meet the needs of states and chapters, we are offering the 212° and 360° conferences curriculum and training to state associations and chapters interested in hosting local, regional or state-level 212° and 360° conferences. States and chapters can register to host their own 212° and 360° experiences starting Jan. 4, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2021. National FFA will provide registered conference hosts with the curriculum and a training video to help hosts deliver the experience. These conferences cost $10 per participant (this cost covers the supplies to be shipped for each participant). Learn more on the 212° Conference and 360° Conference webpages.  

CDE, LDE and Agriscience Research Choice Board
Career and leadership development events and agriscience research help develop college and career readiness skills. A new resource, the CDE, LDE and Agriscience Research Choice Board, will challenge students to learn about and explore different events offered by National FFA. To access the choice board, visit here

 

Don’t Miss These On-Demand Owl Chats 
National FFA Owl Chats are available on-demand to accommodate every teacher’s busy schedule. November’s recorded event covers the natural resources pathway and features resources and tips for creating meaningful learning, including Project Learning Tree, Stream Teams, the Envirothon, Trout in the Classroom, and more. The September Owl Chat addressed the agribusiness pathway and October’s shared resources and strategies around animal systems. Look for January’s Owl Chat on the plant systems pathway on Jan 18.

Apply Now: National FFA Scholarship Program
The scholarship application is now open!  Access the application and resources at FFA.org/Scholarships. This year, we have provided educational videos for both students and FFA advisors. Whether a student is planning on attending a specialized training program or seeking a four-year degree, the National FFA Scholarship Program has opportunities for all.

$500,000 in Scholarships Available 
America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by Bayer Fund, is offering more than $500,000 in scholarships to high school seniors and college students pursuing an ag-related field of study. Students can apply for a $1,500 scholarship now through Jan. 14, 2021. Help us spread the word today by following on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and sharing our posts and encouraging farmers in your community — each application needs two farmer endorsements. Learn more here or download this flyer.

 

Dealer Enrollment Deadline for Grants and Scholarships
There's one week left for students and advisors to reach out to their local Ford and AGCO dealers to enroll for dealership scholarships and chapter grants. The deadline is Dec. 13, 2020. For more information, visit the scholarships webpage.

Now Open! Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant
Want to engage your students in experiential learning that addresses a need in your community? For example, starting or expanding a community garden. The Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant is now open. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $1,200. Projects should help meet community needs in the focus areas of: 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. Grants due by Monday, February 1, 2021. 

FFA Alumni


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

NAAE

Happy Retirement, Jay! 
Congratulations to Dr. Wm. Jay Jackman on nearly 25 years of service to the National Association of Agricultural Educators. Jay started his career as the NAAE Executive Director in March 1996. He has worked day in and day out to serve our members, grow NAAE programs, and strengthen our profession. School-based agricultural education is stronger because of his leadership. Congratulations, Jay! We're wishing you an enjoyable and healthy retirement. Click here to leave Jay a personal message!

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

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

Thrive with CASE
Do you want to refine your virtual teaching skills? Register to attend Thrive, the CASE Educational Technology Summit! Thrive is a new, virtual CASE-hosted conference and will provide over 8-hours of professional development content within CTE instruction, best practices, digital equity, and software and applications. View the agenda to learn more! Thrive is open to all agricultural education teachers. CASE certification is not required. We look forward to seeing you there! (Registration closes Friday, January 8, 2021)

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Cincinnatus: Farmer, Statesman, Leader
This week we welcome back Dr. Jim Connors from the University of Idaho as the guest author of the Friday Footnote. Typically, we look back at our agricultural heritage in these Footnotes. Dr. Connors will take us way, way back in time.  Take it away Dr. Connors. Past Friday Footnotes have discussed the relationship of George Washington and Thomas… Read more here

CAST

The Arecibo Observatory finally collapsed after providing years of science and entertainment.

*** Friday, Dec. 4, 2020:  The Arecibo Observatory played roles in space exploration and film settings; agriculture stakeholders search for innovative solutions; and you’ll have to fly the friendly skies without your pig, monkey, or peacock. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

November 30, 2020

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 Virtual Events

2020:

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

NAAE 2020 Virtual Convention Starts Today!
As an agricultural educator, you know that even when conditions aren't ideal, growth is still possible, and more than that, it's important. That applies to your professional life as well. Despite the many challenges that have come with this school year, we encourage you invest in your professional growth by taking part in this year's NAAE Convention, delivered digitally direct to you. You can still register now!

Don't Forget to Attend Your Region Meeting!

  • Region I – 7:00 pm EST
  • Region II – 5:30 pm EST
  • Region III – 5:30 pm EST 
  • Region IV – 6:30 pm EST 
  • Region V – 6:00 pm EST 
  • Region VI – 6:00 pm EST

You must be registered for the NAAE 2020 Virtual Convention to attend!

Signed Consent Required to Participate in 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention and Annual Business Meeting
NAAE is incorporated in the state of California. Corporate regulations in California require those who attend virtual corporate annual meetings to sign a notice to agree to attend the annual meeting virtually. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting will be conducted virtually. If you will be participating in the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting, please open this Survey Gizmo link, read the notice, and complete the form to indicate your consent to participate in the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting virtually. Everyone who participates in the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting must consent to the virtual meeting either via this Survey Gizmo link or via the convention registration portal. Please direct questions to Jay Jackman.

2020 NAAE Virtual Convention Support Letter
We have provided a Letter of Support that you can fill out and give to your Administration. The Letter will provide details about the convention and why you should attend. Download the document here.

Thrive with CASE
Do you want to refine your virtual teaching skills? Register to attend Thrive, the CASE Educational Technology Summit! Thrive is a new, virtual CASE-hosted conference and will provide over 8-hours of professional development content within CTE instruction, best practices, digital equity, and software and applications. View the agenda to learn more! Thrive is open to all agricultural education teachers. CASE certification is not required. We look forward to seeing you there! (Registration closes Friday, January 8, 2021)

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

FFA

FFA Horizon Conference – Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the Horizon Conference, our first-ever virtual production agriculture conference. The conference is Jan. 9-10 and is designed for juniors, seniors, and recent graduates. Students will learn from industry experts, connect with others and more. Registration is $10, and space is limited. Visit the conference webpage for details.

 

Let’s Talk Turkey
Looking for a turkey-related activity? Check out the turkey production lesson from the U.S. Poultry and Egg. For the entire U.S. Poultry and Egg curriculum, visit here

 

Don’t Miss These On-Demand Owl Chats 
National FFA Owl Chats are available on-demand to accommodate every teacher’s busy schedule. November’s recorded event covers the natural resources pathway and features resources and tips for creating meaningful learning, including Project Learning Tree, Stream Teams, the Envirothon, Trout in the Classroom, and more. The September Owl Chat addressed the agribusiness pathway and October’s shared resources and strategies around animal systems. Look for January’s Owl Chat on the plant systems pathway on Jan 18.

Apply Now: National FFA Scholarship Program
The scholarship application is now open!  Access the application and resources at FFA.org/Scholarships. This year, we have provided educational videos for both students and FFA advisors. Whether a student is planning on attending a specialized training program or seeking a four-year degree, the National FFA Scholarship Program has opportunities for all.

FFA Alumni

Forever Blue Network App
Resources and networking at your fingertips! National FFA is excited to announce that the Forever Blue Network is now available as an app on iOS and android devices! From the Apple Store, download the Graduway Community app and type “National FFA Organization” as your institution. From the Google Play Store, download the Forever Blue Network app. Be sure to check out groups and resources specifically for agriculture education teachers!

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Joe's Cat Experiment
I hope you had a peaceful Thanksgiving and didn’t set off the smoke alarm while cooking the turkey. As I was cooking my turkey, I couldn’t help but remember the time when Joe Scatterscrew decided to conduct a scientific experiment that ended up with a charred object. In this Friday Footnote, we will learn about Joe’s Cat Experiment. If you are a… Read more here

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

November 23, 2020

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 Virtual Events

2020:

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

Thrive with CASE
Do you want to refine your virtual teaching skills? Register to attend Thrive, the CASE Educational Technology Summit! Thrive is a new, virtual CASE-hosted conference and will provide over 8-hours of professional development content within CTE instruction, best practices, digital equity, and software and applications. View the agenda to learn more! Thrive is open to all agricultural education teachers. CASE certification is not required. We look forward to seeing you there! (Registration closes Friday, January 8, 2021)

Become ABF Certified
If your program could benefit from ag business curriculum, consider becoming ABF (Agricultural Business Foundations) certified while you attend NAAE's virtual convention. Registration ends on November 20, so register soon! 

The Agricultural Business Foundations course includes:

  • Starting a business
  • Financial documents
  • Risk management
  • Writing a business plan

The Agricultural Business Foundations course is an elective course from the CASE course menu. The course is structured for all students to experience agricultural business management practices in order to continue through a sequence of courses through high school. The knowledge and skills students develop can be used within multiple pathways of study. Register here!

Committee Forums at the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention
The work done by NAAE Committees is extremely important. As a grassroots organization, the ideas put forward in our committees help set the direction of NAAE. As part of the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention, committee forums will be conducted via Zoom. All NAAE members are welcome to participate, whether or not they are registered for the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention. See below for committee forum dates, times and registration links. You must register for a committee forum to receive the Zoom link that will allow you to participate. You may attend multiple committee forums. 

For questions, please email the NAAE staff member who is facilitating the committee forum about which you are inquiring. Thank you for participating in the work of your professional organization!

Signed Consent Required to Participate in 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention and Annual Business Meeting
NAAE is incorporated in the state of California. Corporate regulations in California require those who attend virtual corporate annual meetings to sign a notice to agree to attend the annual meeting virtually. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting will be conducted virtually. If you will be participating in the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting, please open this Survey Gizmo link, read the notice, and complete the form to indicate your consent to participate in the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting virtually. Everyone who participates in the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting must consent to the virtual meeting either via this Survey Gizmo link or via the convention registration portal. Please direct questions to Jay Jackman.

NAAE 2020 Virtual Convention November 30-December 4
As an agricultural educator, you know that even when conditions aren't ideal, growth is still possible, and more than that, it's important. That applies to your professional life as well. Despite the many challenges that have come with this school year, we encourage you invest in your professional growth by taking part in this year's NAAE Convention, delivered digitally direct to you. Register Now!

2020 NAAE Virtual Convention Support Letter
We have provided a Letter of Support that you can fill out and give to your Administration. The Letter will provide details about the convention and why you should attend. Download the document here.

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

FFA

FFA Horizon Conference – Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the Horizon Conference, our first-ever virtual production agriculture conference. The conference is Jan. 9-10 and is designed for juniors, seniors, and recent graduates. Students will learn from industry experts, connect with others and more. Registration is $10, and space is limited. Visit the conference webpage for details.

 

Let’s Talk Turkey
Looking for a turkey-related activity? Check out the turkey production lesson from the U.S. Poultry and Egg. For the entire U.S. Poultry and Egg curriculum, visit here

 

Don’t Miss These On-Demand Owl Chats 
National FFA Owl Chats are available on-demand to accommodate every teacher’s busy schedule. November’s recorded event covers the natural resources pathway and features resources and tips for creating meaningful learning, including Project Learning Tree, Stream Teams, the Envirothon, Trout in the Classroom, and more. The September Owl Chat addressed the agribusiness pathway and October’s shared resources and strategies around animal systems. Look for January’s Owl Chat on the plant systems pathway on Jan 18.

Apply Now: National FFA Scholarship Program
The scholarship application is now open!  Access the application and resources at FFA.org/Scholarships. This year, we have provided educational videos for both students and FFA advisors. Whether a student is planning on attending a specialized training program or seeking a four-year degree, the National FFA Scholarship Program has opportunities for all.

FFA Alumni

Forever Blue Network App
Resources and networking at your fingertips! National FFA is excited to announce that the Forever Blue Network is now available as an app on iOS and android devices! From the Apple Store, download the Graduway Community app and type “National FFA Organization” as your institution. From the Google Play Store, download the Forever Blue Network app. Be sure to check out groups and resources specifically for agriculture education teachers!

 

Incentive Program for FFA Chapter Challenge Fundraising
Your $12 Custom FFA 20oz Tumbler:

  • Offered to chapters to purchase outright for $15 or use as an incentive with the chapter challenge and purchase for $12 
  • Normally sells for $29.95 (60% off with the Challenge) 
  • 20 oz. stainless steel with your chapter logo
  • Minimum order 10
  • Personalize with member’s names for an additional $5
  • A percentage of proceeds support NAAE Grants
  • Makes a great chapter officer gift

Just another Bloom effort to help drive your funding success!

For more information about tumblers visit our website.
Learn More about All Fundraising Opportunities.

NASAE
In partnership with Growing Hope Globally, the National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education (NASAE) is pleased to offer a new SAE for All resource to students and teachers. The International Agriculture Development Career Kit is now available on www.saeforall.org. The kit provides information and activities to help students gain foundational experiences in the field of International Agriculture Development. A direct link to the Student and Teacher guides are below. 

Here's the Student Guide.

Here's the Teacher Guide.

We hope that you find these to be a valuable resource to explore a meaningful career path in agriculture.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Forty-One Words
When we teach our students about the FFA we emphasize the creed, describe the mission, identify the colors, and teach about the important dates associated with our history. However, there are 41 words spoken at an FFA meeting that we rarely, if ever, mention.   During my career, I have been honored to serve as the national president of four… Read more here

CAST

Many Thanksgiving traditions could change this year.

*** Friday, Nov. 20, 2020:  The pandemic affects some holiday traditions; science has successes with vaccines, robots, and genetics; and a woman “saves a farmer’s bacon.” These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

November 16, 2020

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 Virtual Events

2020:

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA

National Days of Service Update
Reports from National Days of Service keep coming in, and to date, we’ve had 310 FFA chapters from 45 states and Puerto Rico report 4,602 volunteers served 16,424 hours in October. Did your FFA chapter host a service event during October?  If so, report your impacts and be part of the first annual National Days of Service! 

 

SAE Video of the Week
Jeremiah Hager, from McMinn Central FFA in Tennessee, has a hankering for agricultural mechanics. He works on various equipment such as tractors, skid steers, trucks, trailers and more for his supervised agricultural experience. Watch this video to learn more about his SAE and how he got started.

 

Don’t Miss These On-Demand Owl Chats 
National FFA Owl Chats are available on-demand to accommodate every teacher’s busy schedule. November’s recorded event covers the natural resources pathway and features resources and tips for creating meaningful learning, including Project Learning Tree, Stream Teams, the Envirothon, Trout in the Classroom, and more. The September Owl Chat addressed the agribusiness pathway and October’s shared resources and strategies around animal systems. Look for January’s Owl Chat on the plant systems pathway on Jan 18.

Apply Now: National FFA Scholarship Program
The scholarship application is now open!  Access the application and resources at FFA.org/Scholarships. This year, we have provided educational videos for both students and FFA advisors. Whether a student is planning on attending a specialized training program or seeking a four-year degree, the National FFA Scholarship Program has opportunities for all.

 

Seeking 2020 SAE Grant Judges
Sign up to help select deserving FFA members to receive $1,000 SAE grants. The online judging process will open Friday, Nov. 20. All scoring must be completed by Monday, Dec. 7. Judges are assigned a set of applications to score using an online system that can be accessed from your computer. Scoring will take about three to five hours, and judges have two weeks to complete it. Click here to sign up before it closes on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Instructions for accessing the sign-up system can be found here, step-by-step instructions. To learn more about the SAE Grants, visit the SAE Grant webpage on FFA.org. Judges who sign up will receive additional information and instructions on Tuesday, Nov 17.

SAE Grants Application Opens
The SAE Grants application is now open and will close on Monday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. EST. Students can access the application through the application center on FFA.org and on the SAE Grant webpage. Click here to view the SAE Grant flyer with information on sponsors and how to access and fill out the application. Contact Jennifer Preston, jpreston@ffa.org or at 317-452-6013, with questions.

FFA For All
The FFA is an integral part of an agricultural education program, which means that ALL students enrolled in an agricultural education program should have access to the FFA. Current membership numbers would indicate that ALL students do not access the FFA. What are the barriers preventing student access? The National FFA Board of Directors has convened a committee to examine this question and to determine if the current dues structure is a barrier to student access and participation. The committee, chaired by National FFA Treasurer Buddy Deimler of Utah, is addressing FFA For All from the viewpoint of membership for all 7-12 students enrolled in agricultural education with a focus on examining options that are revenue neutral and helpful to individual state associations and local chapters. We need your input! A survey will be sent to all agricultural educators later in November, seeking your opinion on dues, membership processes, and what it means to truly offer FFA For All.  What would FFA look like on the local, state, and national levels without individual dues instead replaced by a different fee structure?  Be on the lookout for a survey on these questions and this important topic later in November.

FFA Alumni

Forever Blue Network App
Resources and networking at your fingertips! National FFA is excited to announce that the Forever Blue Network is now available as an app on iOS and android devices! From the Apple Store, download the Graduway Community app and type “National FFA Organization” as your institution. From the Google Play Store, download the Forever Blue Network app. Be sure to check out groups and resources specifically for agriculture education teachers!

NAAE

Thrive with CASE
Do you want to refine your virtual teaching skills? Register to attend Thrive, the CASE Educational Technology Summit! Thrive is a new, virtual CASE-hosted conference and will provide over 8-hours of professional development content within CTE instruction, best practices, digital equity, and software and applications. View the agenda to learn more! Thrive is open to all agricultural education teachers. CASE certification is not required. We look forward to seeing you there! (Registration closes Friday, January 8, 2021)

Become ABF Certified
If your program could benefit from ag business curriculum, consider becoming ABF (Agricultural Business Foundations) certified while you attend NAAE's virtual convention. Registration ends on November 20, so register soon! 

The Agricultural Business Foundations course includes:

  • Starting a business
  • Financial documents
  • Risk management
  • Writing a business plan

The Agricultural Business Foundations course is an elective course from the CASE course menu. The course is structured for all students to experience agricultural business management practices in order to continue through a sequence of courses through high school. The knowledge and skills students develop can be used within multiple pathways of study. Register here!

Committee Forums at the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention
The work done by NAAE Committees is extremely important. As a grassroots organization, the ideas put forward in our committees help set the direction of NAAE. As part of the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention, committee forums will be conducted via Zoom. All NAAE members are welcome to participate, whether or not they are registered for the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention. See below for committee forum dates, times and registration links. You must register for a committee forum to receive the Zoom link that will allow you to participate. You may attend multiple committee forums. 

For questions, please email the NAAE staff member who is facilitating the committee forum about which you are inquiring. Thank you for participating in the work of your professional organization!

Signed Consent Required to Participate in 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention and Annual Business Meeting
NAAE is incorporated in the state of California. Corporate regulations in California require those who attend virtual corporate annual meetings to sign a notice to agree to attend the annual meeting virtually. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting will be conducted virtually. If you will be participating in the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting, please open this Survey Gizmo link, read the notice, and complete the form to indicate your consent to participate in the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting virtually. Everyone who participates in the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting must consent to the virtual meeting either via this Survey Gizmo link or via the convention registration portal. Please direct questions to Jay Jackman.

NAAE 2020 Virtual Convention November 30-December 4
As an agricultural educator, you know that even when conditions aren't ideal, growth is still possible, and more than that, it's important. That applies to your professional life as well. Despite the many challenges that have come with this school year, we encourage you invest in your professional growth by taking part in this year's NAAE Convention, delivered digitally direct to you. Register Now!

2020 NAAE Virtual Convention Support Letter
We have provided a Letter of Support that you can fill out and give to your Administration. The Letter will provide details about the convention and why you should attend. Download the document here.

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
She Was a Woman in a Man's Job
The rest of the quote that serves as the title of this Footnote is “But Never Let Anyone Forget She Was a Lady.” This is a quote from Charles Pelham, a school superintendent in Michigan, who knew Miss Hester Bradley as an agriculture teacher. Andrea Kerbuski, a past state FFA Officer in Michigan goes on to write (2008, p. 16): While most women… Read more here

CAST

Science fiction has become science fact as robots help the world of agriculture.

*** Friday, Nov. 13, 2020:  Robotics and artificial intelligence influence agriculture; experts explain crop reports, COVID-19 vaccines, and CRISPR calves; and the Farmers’ Almanac provides Friday the 13th good luck tips. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

November 9, 2020

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 Virtual Events

2020:

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

Committee Forums at the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention
The work done by NAAE Committees is extremely important. As a grassroots organization, the ideas put forward in our committees help set the direction of NAAE. As part of the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention, committee forums will be conducted via Zoom. All NAAE members are welcome to participate, whether or not they are registered for the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention. See below for committee forum dates, times and registration links. You must register for a committee forum to receive the Zoom link that will allow you to participate. You may attend multiple committee forums. 

For questions, please email the NAAE staff member who is facilitating the committee forum about which you are inquiring. Thank you for participating in the work of your professional organization!

Signed Consent Required to Participate in 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention and Annual Business Meeting
NAAE is incorporated in the state of California. Corporate regulations in California require those who attend virtual corporate annual meetings to sign a notice to agree to attend the annual meeting virtually. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting will be conducted virtually. If you will be participating in the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting, please open this Survey Gizmo link, read the notice, and complete the form to indicate your consent to participate in the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting virtually. Everyone who participates in the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting must consent to the virtual meeting either via this Survey Gizmo link or via the convention registration portal. Please direct questions to Jay Jackman.

NAAE 2020 Virtual Convention November 30-December 4
As an agricultural educator, you know that even when conditions aren't ideal, growth is still possible, and more than that, it's important. That applies to your professional life as well. Despite the many challenges that have come with this school year, we encourage you invest in your professional growth by taking part in this year's NAAE Convention, delivered digitally direct to you. Register Now!

2020 NAAE Virtual Convention Support Letter
We have provided a Letter of Support that you can fill out and give to your Administration. The Letter will provide details about the convention and why you should attend. Download the document here.

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

FFA

FFA For All
The FFA is an integral part of an agricultural education program, which means that ALL students enrolled in an agricultural education program should have access to the FFA. Current membership numbers would indicate that ALL students do not access the FFA. What are the barriers preventing student access? The National FFA Board of Directors has convened a committee to examine this question and to determine if the current dues structure is a barrier to student access and participation. The committee, chaired by National FFA Treasurer Buddy Deimler of Utah, is addressing FFA For All from the viewpoint of membership for all 7-12 students enrolled in agricultural education with a focus on examining options that are revenue neutral and helpful to individual state associations and local chapters. We need your input! A survey will be sent to all agricultural educators later in November, seeking your opinion on dues, membership processes, and what it means to truly offer FFA For All.  What would FFA look like on the local, state, and national levels without individual dues instead replaced by a different fee structure?  Be on the lookout for a survey on these questions and this important topic later in November.

You Can Still Visit the Virtual 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo
Didn’t get a chance to visit all of the expo booths, watch all the workshops and general sessions, or travel through the 3D FFA Blue Room virtual experience? No problem! The event platform remains available to those who registered and activated their accounts for the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo. Anyone can also go to FFA.org and watch each of the general sessions where members were recognized for their achievements, the band, chorus and talent put on amazing performances, and the new 2020-21 National FFA Officer Team was announced. 

 

Teachers: If you’re looking for great ways to incorporate convention content and videos into the classroom, check out the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Implementation Guide.  (Word) (PDF) (Student Worksheets-Google Docs).

 

National Days of Service Update
FFA is excited to announce that so far, we’ve had 304 FFA chapters from 45 states and Puerto Rico report that 3,689 volunteers served 11,275 hours in October. Did your FFA chapter host a service event in October? If so, report your impacts and be part of the first annual National Days of Service! 

 

Apply Now: National FFA Scholarship Program
The scholarship application is now open!  Access the application and resources at FFA.org/Scholarships. This year, we have provided educational videos for both students and FFA advisors. Whether a student is planning on attending a specialized training program or seeking a four-year degree, the National FFA Scholarship Program has opportunities for all.

 

SAE Video of the Week
Cayla Miller from McMinn Central FFA in Tennessee works in the Cherokee National Forest, where she performs a variety of tasks such as checking the pH balance of various waterways. Watch her video to learn more about her supervised agricultural experience. 

 

Agriscience Fair Results Available
Complete results have been posted to the agriscience fair webpage on FFA.org under “Results.” Score summary reports are posted in the student’s application under “Judging Results PDF.” Students placing in the top three must complete their cash claim form by Dec. 1. Email agriscience@ffa.org with questions.

 

National Chapter News
Score summary reports are posted in the chapter’s application under “Judging Results PDF.” Email nationalchapter@ffa.org with questions.

Seeking 2020 SAE Grant Judges
Sign up to help select deserving FFA members to receive $1,000 SAE grants. The online judging process will open Friday, Nov. 20. All scoring must be completed by Monday, Dec. 7. Judges are assigned a set of applications to score using an online system that can be accessed from your computer. Scoring will take about three to five hours, and judges have two weeks to complete it. Click here to sign up before it closes on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Instructions for accessing the sign-up system can be found here, step-by-step instructions. To learn more about the SAE Grants, visit the SAE Grant webpage on FFA.org. Judges who sign up will receive additional information and instructions on Tuesday, Nov 17.

SAE Grants Application Opens
The SAE Grants application is now open and will close on Monday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. EST. Students can access the application through the application center on FFA.org and on the SAE Grant webpage. Click here to view the SAE Grant flyer with information on sponsors and how to access and fill out the application. Contact Jennifer Preston, jpreston@ffa.org or at 317-452-6013, with questions.

FFA Alumni

Forever Blue Network App
Resources and networking at your fingertips! National FFA is excited to announce that the Forever Blue Network is now available as an app on iOS and android devices! From the Apple Store, download the Graduway Community app and type “National FFA Organization” as your institution. From the Google Play Store, download the Forever Blue Network app. Be sure to check out groups and resources specifically for agriculture education teachers!

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The National FFA Officers' Creed
A new set of national FFA officers were elected last week at the virtual national FFA convention. Congratulations are in order. I wonder if the officer candidates had to recite the National FFA Officers Creed? But you say, “I was not aware there was a National Officers Creed.“ Well, read on. At the 1969 National FFA Convention, the proceedings… Read more here

CAST

Universities use innovation and science to cope with the pandemic.

*** Friday, Nov. 6, 2020:  Universities cope with the Age of COVID, experts look at the safety of “restaurant bubbles,” and California kayakers have “a whale of a story,” while Dutch train riders are “saved by a whale’s tail.” These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

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