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May 21, 2018

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

June 24-27
NEAT Conference
Bar Harbor, ME
September 17-19
AAAE Western Regional Meeting
Boise, ID
October 4-6
AAAE North Central Regional Meeting
Fargo, ND

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

May News & Views
Summer is upon us! Check out some great summer professional development opportunities, see who was awarded a multi-year CASE grant & so much more in the May edition of News & Views!
Region VI FAST Symposium
In conjunction with the Region VI Conference, there will be a FAST (Future Agriscience Teacher) Symposium available for pre-service students in agricultural education. Spaces are limited so please spread the word to your postsecondary representatives as soon as you can!
Details can be found at:  https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4316062/2018-Region-6-FAST-Symposium-Application
NAAE Virtual Book Club
This summer the NAAE Virtual Book Club will be engaging with The Wild Card by Hope & Wade King. A guide for educators to experience a creative breakthrough in their classrooms, The Wild Card helps teachers learn to operate with a "full deck" and always have an "ace" up their sleeve.
NEW this year! The first 25 people to register for the book club will receive a special gift in the mail.Click here to learn more & register by June 11th!
2018 NAAE Convention
Registration and the NAAE Housing Block are now open. Follow this link for more information and to start making plans for San Antonio!
Ag Ed Magazine
Dr. Courtney Meyers and Dr. Gaea Hock are excited to serve as the theme editors for the November/December 2018 edition of The Agricultural Education Magazine. They look forward to bringing you high-quality, relevant articles related to the theme “Advocating for Agriculture.”
They are seeking proposals for the issue and welcome anyone who represents the agricultural education profession to submit a 100 word abstract by June 1st (5pm CDT). If selected, you will be asked to provide a full manuscript (approximately 1,500 words) by August 15th at 5:00pm (CDT).
The Agricultural Education Magazine is a great way to share ideas, innovation, and interests! Consider this as an opportunity to engage with peers and stakeholders by sharing your expertise!Specific areas of focus include:
  1. Engaging in difficult conversations
  2. Advocating for yourself (extended contracts, FFA, pay)
  3. Advocating for your FFA chapter
  4. Teaching an “Advocacy” course at the high school level
Additional related topics are also welcome to be submitted. (A few key people have been asked to submit articles in additional focus areas not listed above.)
Please consider submitting an abstract for review with the theme, “Advocating for Agriculture” for print in the November/December 2018 issue. Send your abstract to Dr. Hock by June 7th.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Bents finds sick pigs who "absolutely need to be treated with an antibiotic or the prognosis would not be good." He explains that per FDA regulations, pigs treated with medicine are not sent to market until the medicine has left their bodies. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

2018 Scholarship Results Are In!
The National FFA Organization just awarded 1,842 scholarships valued at more than $2.5 million. More than 110 businesses and individuals provided scholarships designed to fit a wide variety of student experiences, career goals, and higher education plans. More than 8,800 students applied. A list of recipients is available on FFA.org. Instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May. Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1 should email scholarships@ffa.org.
Information for the 2019 scholarship program will be available on FFA.org by Nov. 15, 2018.
Apply Now: Convention and Expo Newsroom Crew
Help us tell our story to the world! The National FFA Organization is seeking college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications, or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 24-27, 2018, in Indianapolis.
Newsroom crew members are expected to arrive on Monday, Oct. 22 and work through Saturday, Oct. 27. Your reward? A small stipend, inside access to an amazing event, coaching on how to become a better communicator, and some awesome clips and experience that will help you in the future. This may be eligible for college credit, so ask your school's advisor.To learn more and apply, access the application now.
See Success in Action
The 2017 Chapter Success Guide is now available onlineand features more than 40 chapters that exemplify building communities, strengthening agriculture, and growing leaders. Each chapter was recognized at the 2017 national convention and expo. Read these unique stories of community engagement and chapter accomplishments to inspire your members and advisors to better their schools and communities.
$3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant Available
The 2018-2019 Yearlong Living to Serve grant application is available for FFA chapters to apply for up to $3,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects that address community needs in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Need ideas for yearlong service-learning projects? Check out the interactive map at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve to review projects funded during the 2017-18 school year. Additional information on the grant can also be found on the website. Applications are due June 15th, 2018.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
How is your FFA chapter making a difference in your community? Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school, and alumni chapters to make a difference in your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis on the first of each month. To learn more about the Day of Service Mini-Grant, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.

CASE

CASE Awards
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is pleased to accept applications for the 2018 CASE Awards. The CASE Awards program is supported by Vernier Software & Technology. Two award winners will be selected, one in each of the following categories.
CASE Model School Award:
The CASE Model School Award is designed to recognize schools whose CASE certified teachers are teaching CASE courses to the highest fidelity. Ideal award candidates are facilitating CASE instruction in a model learning environment with proper classroom, laboratory, and/or shop space and prescribed equipment, supplies, and materials. Model Schools offer a structured sequence of CASE courses and scaffold student learning. Schools with one or multiple CASE certified teachers are encouraged to apply. CASE Model Schools may also leverage support not only through the school district, but also through the local community, agricultural industry, and/or state, regional, or national grants.
CASE Innovation Award:
The CASE Innovation Award highlights creative classroom and teaching approaches as CASE certified teachers implement and promote CASE. Ideal innovations include, but are not limited to classroom instruction, CASE Online, assessment strategies, social media, technology integration, industry partnerships, university partnerships, and state or regional collaboration.
Eligibility:
All CASE certified teachers, except current CASE Advisory Committee Members, who are teaching CASE course(s) are eligible to apply for these awards. NAAE membership is required for award applicants. To join the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), click this link.
Selected award winners are invited to receive their award and co-present a CASE workshop highlighting their achievements at the 2018 NAAE Convention hosted in San Antonio, Texas.
Prizes:
  • NAAE Convention registration
  • $500 travel stipend to attend NAAE Convention
  • $1,000 in products from Vernier Software & Technology

To apply for a CASE Award, please click this link. The deadline to apply is Thursday, May 31, 2018.

 

 

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Warmer Weather Calls for the 31 Best Ice Cream Shops in America

 

 

Friday, May 18, 2018: Recent women in STEM research, celebrating planting season and protein-packed foods, and an overview of CAST activities. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 14, 2018

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC
June 24-27
NEAT Conference
Bar Harbor, ME
September 17-19
AAAE Western Regional Meeting
Boise, ID
October 4-6
AAAE North Central Regional Meeting
Fargo, ND

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

2018 NAAE Award Applications DUE TOMORROW!
Applications and updated scoring rubrics are now available online. Click here to start your application today! Applications are due by May 15th.
Please note that the 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. You can view the new award application requirements by clicking here.
2018 NAAE Convention Workshop Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2018 NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas, November 27 - December 1, 2018, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Proposals are due by Friday, May 18th. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Region VI FAST Symposium
In conjunction with the Region VI Conference, there will be a FAST (Future Agriscience Teacher) Symposium available for pre-service students in agricultural education. Spaces are limited so please spread the word to your postsecondary representatives as soon as you can!
Details can be found at:  https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4316062/2018-Region-6-FAST-Symposium-Application
2018 NAAE Convention
Registration and the NAAE Housing Block are now open. Follow this link for more information and to start making plans for San Antonio!
2018 FAST Symposiums
There are three FAST symposium opportunities to choose from which will provide customized professional development, networking and mentoring for preservice agriculture teachers. Those not selected to receive the stipend may still participate in Session I and III at their own expense. Click here to select your session and apply by May 20th.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Rob Farruggio of Wisconsin ultrasounds cows and through his binoculars sees the fetus of a baby cow. Follow this link to watch the video.

FFA

2018 Scholarship Results Are In!
The National FFA Organization just awarded 1,842 scholarships valued at more than $2.5 million. More than 110 businesses and individuals provided scholarships designed to fit a wide variety of student experiences, career goals, and higher education plans. More than 8,800 students applied. A list of recipients is available on FFA.org.  Instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May. Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1 should email scholarships@ffa.org.
Information for the 2019 scholarship program will be available on FFA.org by Nov. 15, 2018.
Apply Now: Convention and Expo Newsroom Crew
Help us tell our story to the world! The National FFA Organization is seeking college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 24-27, 2018, in Indianapolis.
Newsroom crew members are expected to arrive on Monday, Oct. 22 and work through Saturday, Oct. 27. Your reward? A small stipend, inside access to an amazing event, coaching on how to become a better communicator, and some awesome clips and experience that will help you in the future. This may be eligible for college credit, so ask your school's advisor.To learn more and apply, access the application now.
See Success in Action
The 2017 Chapter Success Guide is now available onlineand features more than 40 chapters that exemplify building communities, strengthening agriculture, and growing leaders. Each chapter was recognized at the 2017 national convention and expo. Read these unique stories of community engagement and chapter accomplishments to inspire your members and advisors to better their schools and communities.

FFA Alumni

New Grants to Grow Alumni and Supporters
Give Back to Your Roots Grants, sponsored by Crop Production Services, and Legacy Grants, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, can be used to create an FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapter, to improve the quality of existing chapters, or to provide more opportunities for partnership between FFA chapters and alumni and supporters chapters. 2018 grants will be awarded after the last two grant deadlines: June 1 and Sept. 4. Grant applications are located at FFA.org/alumnigrants.

CASE

CASE Awards
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is pleased to accept applications for the 2018 CASE Awards. The CASE Awards program is supported by Vernier Software & Technology. Two award winners will be selected, one in each of the following categories.
CASE Model School Award:
The CASE Model School Award is designed to recognize schools whose CASE certified teachers are teaching CASE courses to the highest fidelity. Ideal award candidates are facilitating CASE instruction in a model learning environment with proper classroom, laboratory, and/or shop space and prescribed equipment, supplies, and materials. Model Schools offer a structured sequence of CASE courses and scaffold student learning. Schools with one or multiple CASE certified teachers are encouraged to apply. CASE Model Schools may also leverage support not only through the school district, but also through the local community, agricultural industry, and/or state, regional, or national grants.
CASE Innovation Award:
The CASE Innovation Award highlights creative classroom and teaching approaches as CASE certified teachers implement and promote CASE. Ideal innovations include but are not limited to classroom instruction, CASE Online, assessment strategies, social media, technology integration, industry partnerships, university partnerships, and state or regional collaboration.
Eligibility:
All CASE certified teachers, except current CASE Advisory Committee Members, who are teaching CASE course(s) are eligible to apply for these awards. NAAE membership is required for award applicants. To join the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), click this link.
Selected award winners are invited to receive their award and co-present a CASE workshop highlighting their achievements at the 2018 NAAE Convention hosted in San Antonio, Texas.
Prizes:
  • NAAE Convention registration
  • $500 travel stipend to attend NAAE Convention
  • $1,000 in products from Vernier Software & Technology

To apply for a CASE Award, please click this link. The deadline to apply is Thursday, May 31, 2018.

 

 

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Reasons to Get More Omega-3 Sources in Your Diet

 

 

Friday, May 11, 2018: Omega-3 research findings available, deceptive food labeling exposed, and a reason why you might not want to take rattlesnake pills. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 7, 2018

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC
June 24-27
NEAT Conference
Bar Harbor, ME
September 17-19
AAAE Western Regional Meeting
Boise, ID
October 4-6
AAAE North Central Regional Meeting
Fargo, ND

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

Volunteers Needed to Judge NAAE Awards
Judging assignments will be made by NAAE staff. Volunteers cannot judge an award application from a member of their own NAAE region. The established regional rotation of judging NAAE awards will be used to determine which applications will be judged by the committee members. Click here to sign up by May 12th!
2018 NAAE Convention Workshop Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2018 NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas, November 27 - December 1, 2018, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Proposals are due by Friday, May 18th. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
2018 NAAE Convention
Registration and the NAAE Housing Block are now open. Follow this link for more information and to start making plans for San Antonio!
2018 NAAE Award Applications Now Live
Applications and updated scoring rubrics are now available online. Click here to start your application today! Applications are due by May 15th.
Please note that the 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. You can view the new award application requirements by clicking here.
2018 FAST Symposiums
There are three FAST symposium opportunities to choose from which will provide customized professional development, networking and mentoring for preservice agriculture teachers. Those not selected to receive the stipend may still participate in Session I and III at their own expense. Click here to select your session and apply by May 20th.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, veterinarian Lynn Locatelli shows how to handle large cattle with comfort and low stress, a model of animal husbandry. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Show Us Your Talent!
The 2018 National FFA Band, Chorus and Talentapplications are now online. Each applicant should submit:
  1. An online application.
  2. A $25 nonrefundable application fee.
  3. A recorded audition.
  4. Advisor approval.
All items much be submitted/postmarked by Monday, July 16. Applicants will be notified via email of their application status by Friday, Aug. 10. If you have questions, contact bct@ffa.org. Visit the convention and expo website for more.
Present a Student/Teacher Workshop
Interested in presenting workshops to FFA members and advisors? We are looking for presenters to deliver student and/or teacher workshops at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Presenters will deliver at least one workshop but can present the same workshop up to three times. The presenter must create the workshop’s curriculum, and content must align with at least one component of the FFA mission or be relevant to agriculture. Workshops are available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the convention and expo.
Submitted workshop applications are selected based on the quality of content. We are open to unique workshop topics. Need ideas for topics? At the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo, students said they’d like to see workshops about motivating chapter members; plants; animals; new technology; how to obtain and engage sponsors; diversity; money and time management; benefits of FFA membership; leadership training; and self-empowerment. Teachers said they would like to see classroom resources; STEM; classroom management; animal science/animal care; utilizing technology in the classroom; aquaculture/natural resources; lesson plan ideas; connecting with different learning levels; agricultural mechanics; career and leadership development events; tips on recruiting alumni and supporters; agribusiness; and grant writing. Apply today before the application closes July 1. Questions? Email workshop@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

Free Mentor Program for Students
FFA Alumni and Supporters working at John Deere and Monsanto are participating in a virtual pilot mentor program to help guide current FFA members in their future agricultural endeavors. Email alumni@ffa.org for more on this free program.
Items for National FFA Life Members
With the recent name and logo changes for alumni and supporters, all of the items that are mailed to new National FFA Life Members have been updated. The certificate, letter and membership card now reflect the FFA emblem. The official life member shirt pin has also been updated. Current life members can order a new pin for $5. Email alumni@ffa.org to order your pin today.

CASE

CASE Awards
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is pleased to accept applications for the 2018 CASE Awards. The CASE Awards program is supported by Vernier Software & Technology. Two award winners will be selected, one in each of the following categories.
CASE Model School Award:
The CASE Model School award is designed to recognize schools whose CASE certified teachers are teaching CASE courses to the highest fidelity. Ideal award candidates are facilitating CASE instruction in a model learning environment with proper classroom, laboratory, and/or shop space and prescribed equipment, supplies, and materials. Model Schools offer a structured sequence of CASE courses and scaffold student learning. Schools with one or multiple CASE certified teachers are encouraged to apply. CASE Model Schools may also leverage support not only through the school district, but also through the local community, agricultural industry, and/or state, regional, or national grants.
CASE Innovation Award:
The CASE Innovation Award highlights creative classroom and teaching approaches as CASE certified teachers implement and promote CASE. Ideal innovations include but are not limited to classroom instruction, CASE Online, assessment strategies, social media, technology integration, industry partnerships, university partnerships, and state or regional collaboration.
Eligibility:
All CASE certified teachers, except current CASE Advisory Committee Members, who are teaching CASE course(s) are eligible to apply for these awards. NAAE membership is required for award applicants. To join the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), click this link.
Selected award winners are invited to receive their award and co-present a CASE workshop highlighting their achievements at the 2018 NAAE Convention hosted in San Antonio, Texas.
Prizes:
  • NAAE Convention registration
  • $500 travel stipend to attend NAAE Convention
  • $1,000 in products from Vernier Software & Technology

To apply for a CASE Award, please click this link. The deadline to apply is Thursday, May 31, 2018.

 

 

CAST

 

 

 

 

Not a cereal and not a vegetable drawer in the fridge—CRISPR is a scientific earthquake.

 

 

Friday, May 4, 2018: The gene-editing tool known as CRISPR is affecting medicine, agriculture, and seemingly everything else. Proposed label laws, ag infrastructure, and an upcoming rollout about the health and dietary effects of omega-3 fatty acids. Feisty kangaroos, a hungry alligator, and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 30, 2018

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC
June 24-27
NEAT Conference
Bar Harbor, ME
September 17-19
AAAE Western Regional Meeting
Boise, ID
October 4-6
AAAE North Central Regional Meeting
Fargo, ND

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

Volunteers Needed to Judge NAAE Awards
Judging assignments will be made by NAAE staff. Volunteers cannot judge an award application from a member of their own NAAE region. The established regional rotation of judging NAAE awards will be used to determine which applications will be judged by the committee members. Click here to sign up by May 12th!
2018 NAAE Convention Workshop Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2018 NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas, November 27 - December 1, 2018, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Proposals are due by Friday, May 18th. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
2018 NAAE Convention
Registration and the NAAE Housing Block are now open. Follow this link for more information and to start making plans for San Antonio!
2018 NAAE Award Applications Now Live
Applications and updated scoring rubrics are now available online. Click here to start your application today! Applications are due by May 15th.
Please note that the 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. You can view the new award application requirements by clicking here.
2018 FAST Symposiums
There are three FAST symposium opportunities to choose from which will provide customized professional development, networking and mentoring for preservice agriculture teachers. Those not selected to receive the stipend may still participate in Session I and III at their own expense. Click here to select your session and apply by May 20th.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Pete Ostrum mentors the newest vet in his clinic Dr. Jen Nightingale as they treat a horse suffering from an eye condition. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Get Ready! National FFA Convention & Expo Housing Opens Tuesday
It’s nearly here! Housing for the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo opens Tuesday, May 1 at 1 p.m. EDT. Get ready now by downloading helpful housing information. Simply log in to FFA.org and check out the housing FAQ, hotel listing and housing map in the What’s New section of your toolbox. Need another reason to check us out on Tuesday? We will unveil this year’s convention and expo theme along with a new, easier to use convention website! Look for a reminder email on May 1 and follow us on social media, so you don’t miss out on the action this Tuesday.
Show Us Your Talent!
The 2018 National FFA Band, Chorus and Talentapplications are now online. Each applicant should submit:
  1. An online application
  2. A $25 nonrefundable application fee
  3. A recorded audition
  4. Advisor approval
All items much be submitted/postmarked by Monday, July 16. Applicants will be notified via email of their application status by Friday, Aug. 10. If you have questions, contact bct@ffa.org. Visit the convention and expo website for more.
Present a Student/Teacher Workshop
Interested in presenting workshops to FFA members and advisors? We are looking for presenters to deliver student and/or teacher workshops at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Presenters will deliver at least one workshop but can present the same workshop up to three times. The presenter must create the workshop’s curriculum, and content must align with at least one component of the FFA mission or be relevant to agriculture. Workshops are available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the convention and expo.
Submitted workshop applications are selected based on the quality of content. We are open to unique workshop topics. Need ideas for topics? At the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo, students said they’d like to see workshops about motivating chapter members; plants; animals; new technology; how to obtain and engage sponsors; diversity; money and time management; benefits of FFA membership; leadership training; and self-empowerment. Teachers said they would like to see classroom resources; STEM; classroom management; animal science/animal care; utilizing technology in the classroom; aquaculture/natural resources; lesson plan ideas; connecting with different learning levels; agricultural mechanics; career and leadership development events; tips on recruiting alumni and supporters; agribusiness; and grant writing. Apply today before the application closes July 1. Questions? Email workshop@ffa.org.
New Content Now Available on My Journey
Check out the free, turn-key lessons and resources on My Journey (located on FFA.org) that can help your pre-service teachers.  Featured this month:

All New AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip featuring John Deere
Take your students on a high-tech tour of a John Deere facility in Waterloo, Iowa, to see a breadth of exciting careers involved in the product lifecycle of John Deere tractors, from ideation to delivery. Students will meet a variety of John Deere employees who are critical before, during and after the manufacturing process. Additionally, students will see how an emphasis on quality and customer insight cultivates success in manufacturing John Deere 8400 Tractors today. The virtual field trip takes place on Thursday, May 3 at 1 p.m. EDT. For more details, visit https://www.agexplorer.com/virtual-field-trip. Submit your student questions ahead of time for the chance to have them answered live! Follow us on Twitter @DiscoveryEd and @NationalFFA and join the conversation using #AgExplorerVFT.

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
Monsanto has been a long-time supporter of the National FFA Organization, and we are proud to continue sponsorship of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award in 2018. The award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA member per chapter who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1 at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.

Now Open! Yearlong Living to Serve grants
The 2018-2019 Yearlong Living to Serve grant application is available now for FFA chapters to apply for up to $3,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects that address community needs in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Need ideas for yearlong service-learning projects? Check out the interactive map at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve to review projects funded during the 2017-18 school year. Additional information on the grant can also be found on the website. Applications are due June 15th, 2018.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
How is your FFA chapter making a difference in your community? Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school and alumni chapters to make a difference in your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis on the first of each month. To learn more about the Day of Service Mini-Grant, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.

CASE

2018 CASE Institute Registration – Register Now
Register soon to attend a CASE Institute before time runs out! CASE Institute registration for the upcoming summer will close in the coming months! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

 

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Student discovers that golf hazards include an irate goose.

 

 

Friday, April 27, 2018: Animal welfare publication released, 2018 Borlaug CAST Communication Award winner announced, and lots of ag news from the nation’s capital. University ag/science news, a lifesaving dog, and a goose goes bonkers on the golf course. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 23, 2018

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC
June 24-27
NEAT Conference
Bar Harbor, ME
September 17-19
AAAE Western Regional Meeting
Boise, ID
October 4-6
AAAE North Central Regional Meeting
Fargo, ND

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

The Council

Coming Soon to The Council SAE Website!   
Within the next few weeks, The National Council will be releasing eight new student-based Independent Learning Guides for students to use when starting and progressing through their Supervised Agricultural Experience. Three guides are based on the competency levels of the Foundation SAE, while the remaining guides focus on each of the five Immersion SAEs. The guides, designed with individual activities, an authentic experience, and final product/documentation, can be used both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to the PDF documents, there will also be an online delivery component that teachers can use to facilitate the delivery of the content. Keep watching this newsletter for the official release and web address to access the resources.

NAAE

Volunteers Needed to Judge NAAE Awards
Judging assignments will be made by NAAE staff. Volunteers cannot judge an award application from a member of their own NAAE region. The established regional rotation of judging NAAE awards will be used to determine which applications will be judged by the committee members. Click here to sign up by May 12th!
2018 NAAE Convention Workshop Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2018 NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas, November 27 - December 1, 2018, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Proposals are due by Friday, May 18th. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
2018 NAAE Convention
Registration and the NAAE Housing Block are now open. Follow this link for more information and to start making plans for San Antonio!
2018 NAAE Award Applications Now Live
Applications and updated scoring rubrics are now available online. Click here to start your application today! Applications are due by May 15th.
Please note that the 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. You can view the new award application requirements by clicking here.
Communities of Practice HighlightsVets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Travis Henry and Dr. Molly Rice transport their ambulatory equine dental trailer from their clinic in Wisconsin to CJ's ranch in Illinois. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
Monsanto has been a long-time supporter of the National FFA Organization and we are proud to continue sponsorship of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award in 2018. The DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.
DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1st at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.Show Us Your Talent!
The 2018 National FFA Band, Chorus and Talentapplications are now online. Each applicant should submit:
  1. An online application.
  2. A $25 nonrefundable application fee.
  3. A recorded audition.
  4. Advisor approval.
All items much be submitted/postmarked by Monday, July 16. Applicants will be notified via email of their application status by Friday, Aug. 10. If you have questions, contact bct@ffa.org. Visit the convention and expo website for more.
Present a Student/Teacher Workshop
Interested in presenting workshops to FFA members and advisors? We are looking for presenters to deliver student and/or teacher workshops at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Presenters will deliver at least one workshop but can present the same workshop up to three times. The presenter must create the workshop’s curriculum, and content must align with at least one component of the FFA mission or be relevant to agriculture. Workshops are available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the convention and expo.
Submitted workshop applications are selected based on the quality of content. We are open to unique workshop topics. Need ideas for topics? At the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo, students said they’d like to see workshops about motivating chapter members; plants; animals; new technology; how to obtain and engage sponsors; diversity; money and time management; benefits of FFA membership; leadership training; and self-empowerment. Teachers said they would like to see classroom resources; STEM; classroom management; animal science/animal care; utilizing technology in the classroom; aquaculture/natural resources; lesson plan ideas; connecting with different learning levels; agricultural mechanics; career and leadership development events; tips on recruiting alumni and supporters; agribusiness; and grant writing. Apply today before the application closes July 1. Questions? Email workshop@ffa.org.
New Content Now Available on My Journey
Check out the free, turn-key lessons and resources on My Journey (located on FFA.org) that can help your pre-service teachers.  Featured this month:

All New AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip featuring John Deere
Take your students on a high-tech tour of a John Deere facility in Waterloo, Iowa, to see a breadth of exciting careers involved in the product lifecycle of John Deere tractors, from ideation to delivery. Students will meet a variety of John Deere employees who are critical before, during and after the manufacturing process. Additionally, students will see how an emphasis on quality and customer insight cultivates success in manufacturing John Deere 8400 Tractors today. The virtual field trip takes place on Thursday, May 3 at 1 p.m. EDT. For more details, visit https://www.agexplorer.com/virtual-field-trip. Submit your student questions ahead of time for the chance to have them answered live! Follow us on Twitter @DiscoveryEd and @NationalFFA and join the conversation using #AgExplorerVFT.

CASE

Register for CASE AFNR Today!
Interested in adding CASE to your agricultural education program? The Introduction of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) course is a great place to start! Seats are still available at the newly-added CASE Institute hosted by the University of Kentucky. Check out this and other CASE Institutes by viewing the complete schedule or register for a CASE Institute today!

 

 

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Reptile Punk: This cool-looking Aussie turtle is on a list of threatened animals.

 

 

Friday, April 20, 2018: Fire and ice are affecting planting season, Earth Day is set for April 22, and CAST rolls out a major paper about animal welfare. High-tech cow production, goofy cub bears, and punked-out Aussie turtles. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 16, 2018

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC
June 24-27
NEAT Conference
Bar Harbor, ME

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

Volunteers Needed to Judge NAAE Awards
Judging assignments will be made by NAAE staff. Volunteers cannot judge an award application from a member of their own NAAE region. The established regional rotation of judging NAAE awards will be used to determine which applications will be judged by the committee members. Click here to sign up by May 12th!
2018 NAAE Convention Workshop Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2018 NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas, November 27 - December 1, 2018, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Proposals are due by Friday, May 18th. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
2018 NAAE Convention
Registration and the NAAE Housing Block are now open. Follow this link for more information and to start making plans for San Antonio!
2018 NAAE Award Applications Now Live
Applications and updated scoring rubrics are now available online. Click here to start your application today! Applications are due by May 15th.
Please note that the 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. You can view the new award application requirements by clicking here.
April News & Views
It's NAAE Awards Season! Find out about the new changes to our awards programs, hear the latest from our President-Elect & so much more in the April edition of News & Views!
Creating or Expanding Your Ag Program? Consider this Free Webinar
There is a lot to consider when developing an ag program that engages today's students, while addressing key topic areas. At 12pm CDT on Thursday, May 3, Realityworks, Inc. is hosting a free webinar that will walk attendees through the fundamentals of building a new agriculture pathway. Attendees will review the core concepts needed to include Animal Science, Plant Science and Veterinary Science components, get resource ideas, and learn how Realityworks’ learning aids and curriculum can help jump-start course development. Register here: https://www.realityworks.com/webinars
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, the surgeon who operated on both Animal Kingdom and Havre de Grace, Dr. Larry Bramlage, examines a racehorse suffering from lameness, and finds bone fragments in a joint. He admits the horse and performs arthroscopic surgery. Click here to view the video.

FFA

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
Monsanto has been a long-time supporter of the National FFA Organization and we are proud to continue sponsorship of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award in 2018. The DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.
DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1st at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.
New Content Now Available on My Journey
Check out the free, turn-key lessons and resources on My Journey (located on FFA.org) that can help your pre-service teachers.  Featured this month:

All New AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip featuring John Deere
Take your students on a high-tech tour of a John Deere facility in Waterloo, Iowa, to see a breadth of exciting careers involved in the product lifecycle of John Deere tractors, from ideation to delivery. Students will meet a variety of John Deere employees who are critical before, during and after the manufacturing process. Additionally, students will see how an emphasis on quality and customer insight cultivates success in manufacturing John Deere 8400 Tractors today. The virtual field trip takes place on Thursday, May 3 at 1 p.m. EDT. For more details, visit https://www.agexplorer.com/virtual-field-trip. Submit your student questions ahead of time for the chance to have them answered live! Follow us on Twitter @DiscoveryEd and @NationalFFA and join the conversation using #AgExplorerVFT.

FFA Alumni

New Grants to Grow Alumni and Supporters
Give Back to Your Roots Grants, sponsored by Crop Production Services, and Legacy Grants, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, can be used to create an FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapter, to improve the quality of existing chapters or to provide more opportunities for partnership between FFA chapters and alumni and supporters chapters. 2018 grants will be awarded after the last two grant deadlines: June 1 and Sept. 4. Grant applications are located at FFA.org/alumnigrants.

In addition, the March 2018 legacy grant recipients have been selected. See the list of recipients at FFA.org/alumnigrants. The alumni and supporters division handed out 16 grants in 15 states this period.

CASE

Seats Still Available for Principles of Agricultural Science -- Plant Course!
Whether you are passionate about plant science or looking to learn more as you teach content to your students, be sure to check out the CASE Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP) course. Seats are still available at CASE Institutes in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Illinois. Check out the complete CASE Institute scheduleor register for a CASE Institute today!

 

 

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Thunderclap Headaches? In some cases, hot peppers can blow your mind.

 

 

Friday, April 13, 2018: Biotech regulation news, farm buzz in D.C., and many links to university happenings. Friday the 13th superstitions still hold their spells, and the Carolina Reaper can be mind-blowing. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 9, 2018

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC
June 24-27
NEAT Conference
Bar Harbor, ME

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

2018 NAAE Convention Workshop Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2018 NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas, November 27 - December 1, 2018, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Proposals are due by Friday, May 18th. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
2018 NAAE Convention
Registration and the NAAE Housing Block are now open. Follow this link for more information and to start making plans for San Antonio!
2018 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
Each summer, specially selected teachers spend a week participating in an interactive, hands-on application-based science training program. The training will include agriculture-related labs with a high amount of science content using the "inquiry-based" approach to student learning of agriscience. Click here for more information and to apply! Applications are due April 15th!
2018 NAAE Award Applications Now Live
Applications and updated scoring rubrics are now available online. Click here to start your application today! Applications are due by May 15th.
Please note that the 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. You can view the new award application requirements by clicking here.
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!
Communities of Practice HighlightsVets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Wilson, veterinarian at Rose Acre Farms in Indiana, examines the flocks in his care. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
Monsanto has been a long-time supporter of the National FFA Organization and we are proud to continue sponsorship of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award in 2018. The DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.
DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1st at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
How will your FFA chapter make a difference in your community this summer? Siegel FFA hosted a Community Clean-Up at a local historical hydroelectric station known as the Walter Hill Dam. They worked with a local Boy Scout Troop and parents to remove 20 pounds of trash and 60 pounds of recycling during the day of service event.
Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school and alumni chapters to make a difference in your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To learn more about the Day of Service Mini-Grant, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.
All New AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip Featuring John Deere
Take your students on a high-tech tour of a John Deere facility in Waterloo, Iowa, to see a breadth of exciting careers involved in the product lifecycle of John Deere tractors, from ideation to delivery. Students will meet a variety of John Deere employees who are critical before, during and after the manufacturing process. Additionally, students will see how an emphasis on quality and customer insight cultivates success in manufacturing John Deere 8400 Tractors today. The virtual field trip takes place on Thursday, May 3 at 1 p.m. EDT. For more details, visit https://www.agexplorer.com/virtual-field-trip. Submit your student questions ahead of time for the chance to have them answered live! Follow us on Twitter @DiscoveryEd and @NationalFFA and join the conversation using #AgExplorerVFT.

CASE

Natural Resources and Ecology Institute Seats Still Available
Looking to add diversity to the courses offered in your agriculture program? Check out the Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE) course offered by CASE. Seats are still available at CASE Institutes in Missouri and Minnesota. Check out the complete CASE Institute schedule or register for a CASE Institute today!
2018 CASE Pathway Adoption Grant Program
Pending funding support provided by a USDA Professional Development Opportunity for Secondary School Teachers (PD-STEP) grant, NAAE, on behalf of the CASE Initiative, is seeking 22 teachers to participate as a cohort in a multi-year grant program. The grant will provide awardees the following benefits:
  • Full registration fee to complete specialization course certification in either the Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) or Food Science and Safety(FSS) CASE Institute during summer 2018. Please note: travel is not provided and is the responsibility of the school or teacher.
  • Full registration fee to complete capstone course certification in Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) through an online professional development during either the fall 2018 or the summer 2019.
  • Up to 55 CASE Online accounts provided over two years for students enrolled in specialization and capstone courses to complete End-of-Course Assessments.
  • $500 in Ward's Scientific products plus a 25% Ward's Scientific discount to assist in the implementation of the specialization and capstone CASE courses.
  • The total value of the grant is estimated to be approximately $6,125.00 per awardee.

The deadline to apply is April 15, 2018, however grant applications will be granted after review of qualifications until all available grants have been awarded. For more information or to complete the application, please see this link.

ACTE

Preparing Students for Ag Careers in the Global Economy
Today’s students will be graduating into a world that is ever more interconnected. One in 10 Americans is foreign born, and local communities—urban, suburban and rural—are growing more diverse. To take advantage of global market opportunities, companies want employees with the knowledge and skills to work across cultures. The growing, cultivating, manufacturing, and transport of food is a global process. This reality requires a deep understanding of the global nature of agriculture for those who choose specialize in it. A new, free professional development course and toolkit, Global Competence Through Career and Technical Education, is available to help. This customizable, 10–12 hour online course and toolkit for middle and secondary school CTE instructors was created by Asia Society’s Center for Global Education in partnership with ACTE and Advance CTE, through funding from PMI Educational Foundation. Educators can earn two Continuing Education Units upon completion of the course. For more information, visit AsiaSociety.org/CTE or contact Heather Singmaster, associate director.

 

 

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What items would you place on the list of 101 American food influencers?

 

 

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018: Tariff disputes might affect agriculture in a big way. Innovation and tech info, university ag happenings, research publication rollouts, and a food influencer list that includes hot dogs and rainbow bagels. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2, 2018

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

April 4-7
MANRRS Conference
Greensboro, NC
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC
June 24-27
NEAT Conference
Bar Harbor, ME

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

2018 NAAE Convention Workshop Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2018 NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas, November 27 - December 1, 2018, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Proposals are due by Friday, May 18th. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
2018 NAAE Convention
Registration and the NAAE Housing Block are now open. Follow this link for more information and to start making plans for San Antonio!
2018 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
Each summer, specially selected teachers spend a week participating in an interactive, hands-on application-based science training program. The training will include agriculture-related labs with a high amount of science content using the "inquiry-based" approach to student learning of agriscience. Click here for more information and to apply! Applications are due April 15th!
2018 NAAE Award Applications Now Live
Applications and updated scoring rubrics are now available online. Click here to start your application today! Applications are due by May 15th.
Please note that the 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. You can view the new award application requirements by clicking here.
Got 15 minutes? You’re Invited to Meet the Bovine Breeder Artificial Insemination Simulator
Addressing key reproduction and large animal breeding concepts in the classroom can be a challenge. That's why we created the Bovine Breeder™ artificial insemination simulator. With this unique learning aid, your students can practice proper AI techniques anywhere, anytime. Find out how this unique learning aid works, ask live questions and more by attending our free webinar, "Meet the Bovine Breeder artificial insemination simulator: A 15-Minute New Product Introduction" on Thursday, April 5. Register here: https://www.realityworks.com/webinars
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Tom Strause checks the health of animals and ultrasounds cows to check for pregnancies. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
Monsanto has been a long-time supporter of the National FFA Organization and we are proud to continue sponsorship of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award in 2018. The DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.
DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1st at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.
All New AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip Featuring John Deere
Take your students on a high-tech tour of a John Deere facility in Waterloo, Iowa, to see a breadth of exciting careers involved in the product lifecycle of John Deere tractors, from ideation to delivery. Students will meet a variety of John Deere employees who are critical before, during and after the manufacturing process. Additionally, students will see how an emphasis on quality and customer insight cultivates success in manufacturing John Deere 8400 Tractors today. The virtual field trip takes place on Thursday, May 3 at 1 p.m. EDT. For more details, visit https://www.agexplorer.com/virtual-field-trip. Submit your student questions ahead of time for the chance to have them answered live! Follow us on Twitter @DiscoveryEd and @NationalFFA and join the conversation using #AgExplorerVFT.

CASE

CASE Animal and Plant Biotechnology and Food Science and Safety CASE Institutes
Want to raise the rigor in your agricultural education program? Consider becoming CASE certified in the Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) or Food Science and Safety (FSS) courses. Seats are still available at CASE Institutes in Maryland, Indiana, and Minnesota. Check out the complete CASE Institute schedule or register for a CASE Institute today!
2018 CASE Pathway Adoption Grant Program
Pending funding support provided by a USDA Professional Development Opportunity for Secondary School Teachers (PD-STEP) grant, NAAE, on behalf of the CASE Initiative, is seeking 22 teachers to participate as a cohort in a multi-year grant program. The grant will provide awardees the following benefits:
  • Full registration fee to complete specialization course certification in either the Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) or Food Science and Safety(FSS) CASE Institute during summer 2018. Please note: travel is not provided and is the responsibility of the school or teacher.
  • Full registration fee to complete capstone course certification in Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) through an online professional development during either the fall 2018 or the summer 2019.
  • Up to 55 CASE Online accounts provided over two years for students enrolled in specialization and capstone courses to complete End-of-Course Assessments.
  • $500 in Ward's Scientific products plus a 25% Ward's Scientific discount to assist in the implementation of the specialization and capstone CASE courses.
  • The total value of the grant is estimated to be approximately $6,125.00 per awardee.

The deadline to apply is April 15, 2018, however grant applications will be granted after review of qualifications until all available grants have been awarded. For more information or to complete the application, please see this link.

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

 

 

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Forget Fitbits—let a tooth sensor “biorespond” for you.

 

 

Friday, March 30, 2018: The USDA gives a green light to gene editing, trade pact agreements are in flux, and CAST’s biotech regulations publication has impact. A fox turns into a thief, your tooth becomes a Fitbit, and Einstein buzzes about bees. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 26, 2018

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

April 4-7
MANRRS Conference
Greensboro, NC
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC
June 24-27
NEAT Conference
Bar Harbor, ME

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

2018 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
Each summer, specially selected teachers spend a week participating in an interactive, hands-on application-based science training program. The training will include agriculture-related labs with a high amount of science content using the "inquiry-based" approach to student learning of agriscience. Click here for more information and to apply! Applications are due April 15th!
2018 NAAE Award Applications Now Live
Applications and updated scoring rubrics are now available online. Click here to start your application today! Applications are due by May 15th.
Please note that the 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. You can view the new award application requirements by clicking here.
Special Teach Ag Session at MANRRS
Join us for a special session at this year's MANRRS conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.The session will take place Thursday, April 5th from 3-5pm EST and will include a teacher panel, post-secondary tips, preservice teacher opportunities, teaching resources, and a Q&A session throughout. Click here for more information and to register.
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!
South Carolina Commissioner's School for Agriculture Summer Program for High School Juniors and Seniors
The South Carolina Commissioner’s School for Agriculture is now accepting applications for its summer program available to any rising junior or senior in high school. This summer program seeks to provide a collegiate academic week covering a variety of topics across agricultural and natural resource sciences. Applications and more information are available online, and the deadline is April 13th. Follow this link for more information.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Randall examines pet cat Mickey for chronic pneumonia, which if not treated promptly can be fatal. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
Monsanto has been a long-time supporter of the National FFA Organization and we are proud to continue sponsorship of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award in 2018. The DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.
DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1st at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.
Help Us Make FFA New Horizons Better for You
We’d love to get your feedback on how we can make the FFA New Horizons experience better for you. Visit https://ffa.qualtrics.com to take our brief reader survey. If you take the survey by April 1, you could win a $100 Amazon gift card for your time. Please spread the word; we want to hear from everyone.
212° and 360° Conference Season Now Open
Registration for the 2018-19 212° and 360° conference season is now open!
212° — the temperature at which water boils — focuses on Virtues this year and takes students to the boiling point of leadership. At 211°, water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets us to the next level. The two-day 212° Leadership Conference is focused on student development and helps FFA members become aware of their passions and virtues. FFA members attend sessions on discovering their passions, making positive decisions, setting SMART goals, and taking steps toward self-improvement.
360° Vision takes students full-circle regarding chapter leadership. The two-day 360° Leadership Conference is focused on the importance of vision and how to become a visionary leader. Students spend their time in sessions understanding the importance of vision, conducting a chapter needs assessment, crafting a vision plan for their local FFA chapters, and developing a strategy to implement their visions.
FFA chapters and associations are welcome to register to host a conference. Please read our updated 212° and 360° Planning Guide. This will help ensure an easy registration and conference experience. For those who hosted 212° and 360° conferences during the 2017-18 school year, the pricing and process have not changed. Find more information on the 212° /360° conference webpages.
Click here to begin registration. The deadline for conference registration is Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.Contact Casey Zufelt, czufelt@ffa.org or 317-802-4309, for more information.
Join the National FFA Delegate Process
The National FFA Organization is looking to fill two open positions for adult consultants to the National FFA Delegate Process. These two positions are a three-year appointment beginning July 2018 and ending October 2020. While nominations will be accepted from all interested parties, at least one vacancy must be filled by someone from the western region. As established by Article III, Section B of the bylaws to the National FFA Constitution, no state may be represented more than once, so we are not able to accept nominees from Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, or South Dakota. Those who are interested in serving the organization in this capacity may nominate themselves by forwarding their resume/CV and cover letter to jdavis@ffa.org. Nominations and accompanying materials should be received by the close of business on Monday, April 2, 2018.

CASE

Newly Added AFNR CASE Institute
Interested in adding CASE to your agricultural education program? The Introduction of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) course is a great place to start! Seats are now available at the newly added CASE Institute hosted by the University of Kentucky. Check out the complete CASE Institute schedule or register for a CASE Institute today!
2018 CASE Pathway Adoption Grant Program
Pending funding support provided by a USDA Professional Development Opportunity for Secondary School Teachers (PD-STEP) grant, NAAE, on behalf of the CASE Initiative, is seeking 22 teachers to participate as a cohort in a multi-year grant program. The grant will provide awardees the following benefits:
  • Full registration fee to complete specialization course certification in either the Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) or Food Science and Safety(FSS) CASE Institute during summer 2018. Please note: travel is not provided and is the responsibility of the school or teacher.
  • Full registration fee to complete capstone course certification in Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) through an online professional development during either the fall 2018 or the summer 2019.
  • Up to 55 CASE Online accounts provided over two years for students enrolled in specialization and capstone courses to complete End-of-Course Assessments.
  • $500 in Ward's Scientific products plus a 25% Ward's Scientific discount to assist in the implementation of the specialization and capstone CASE courses.
  • The total value of the grant is estimated to be approximately $6,125.00 per awardee.

The deadline to apply is April 15, 2018, however grant applications will be granted after review of qualifications until all available grants have been awarded. For more information or to complete the application, please see this link.

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

 

 

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Biotech innovation and regulatory barriers.

 

 

Friday, March 23, 2018: Biotech innovation deals with funding and regulations. Agriculture sectors worry about trade disputes, university ag departments shine, and scientists might get life-saving medicine from platypus milk. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 19, 2018

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

April 4-7
MANRRS Conference
Greensboro, NC
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC
June 24-27
NEAT Conference
Bar Harbor, ME

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

2018 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
Each summer, specially selected teachers spend a week participating in an interactive, hands-on application-based science training program. The training will include agriculture-related labs with a high amount of science content using the "inquiry-based" approach to student learning of agriscience. Click here for more information and to apply! Applications are due April 15th!
2018 NAAE Award Application Changes
The 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. Please make note of the new award application requirements by clicking here. The new scoring rubrics and online applications will be available soon.
Special Teach Ag Session at MANRRS
Join us for a special session at this year's MANRRS conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.The session will take place Thursday, April 5th from 3-5pm EST and will include a teacher panel, post-secondary tips, preservice teacher opportunities, teaching resources, and a Q&A session throughout. Click here for more information and to register.
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!
Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Larry Bramlage, examines a racehorse suffering from lameness and finds bone fragments in a joint. Click here to watch the video.

 

 

FFA

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
Monsanto has been a long-time supporter of the National FFA Organization and we are proud to continue sponsorship of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award in 2018. The DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.

DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1st at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.

212° and 360° Conference Season Now Open
Registration for the 2018-19 212° and 360° conference season is now open!

212° — the temperature at which water boils — focuses on Virtues this year and takes students to the boiling point of leadership. At 211°, water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets us to the next level. The two-day 212° Leadership Conference is focused on student development and helps FFA members become aware of their passions and virtues. FFA members attend sessions on discovering their passions, making positive decisions, setting SMART goals, and taking steps toward self-improvement.

360° Vision takes students full circle regarding chapter leadership. The two-day 360° Leadership Conference is focused on the importance of vision and how to become a visionary leader. Students spend their time in sessions understanding the importance of vision, conducting a chapter needs assessment, crafting a vision plan for their local FFA chapters, and developing a strategy to implement their visions.

FFA chapters and associations are welcome to register to host a conference. Please read our updated 212° and 360° Planning Guide. This will help ensure an easy registration and conference experience. For those who hosted 212° and 360° conferences during the 2017-18 school year, the pricing and process have not changed. Find more information on the 212?/360? conference webpages. Click here to begin registration. The deadline for conference registration is Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.

Contact Casey Zufelt, czufelt@ffa.org or 317-802-4309, for more information.

Join the National FFA Delegate Process
The National FFA Organization is looking to fill two open positions for adult consultants to the National FFA Delegate Process. These two positions are a three-year appointment beginning July 2018 and ending October 2020. While nominations will be accepted from all interested parties, at least one vacancy must be filled by someone from the western region. As established by Article III, Section B of the bylaws to the National FFA Constitution, no state may be represented more than once, so we are not able to accept nominees from Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon or South Dakota. Those who are interested in serving the organization in this capacity may nominate themselves by forwarding their resume/CV and cover letter to jdavis@ffa.org. Nominations and accompanying materials should be received by the close of business on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Help Us Make FFA New Horizons Better for You
We’d love to get your feedback on how we can make the FFA New Horizons experience better for you. Visit FFANewHorizons.org/survey to take our brief reader survey. If you take the survey by April 1, you could win a $100 Amazon gift card for your time. Please spread the word; we want to hear from everyone.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
How will your FFA chapter make a difference in your community? Johnson County Central FFA (NE) hosted a community-wide electronics recycling event. The chapter collected 2,500 pounds of electronics that are non-degradable, so they did not end up in a landfill.

Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school, and alumni chapters to make a difference in their communities in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis at the end of each month. To learn more about the Day of Service Mini-Grants, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.

CASE

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

 

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

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

 

 

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Looking like something from a Stephen King novel, this robot in wolf’s clothing protects farms.

 

 

Friday, March 16, 2018: Planting season brings new methods and traditional optimism. March Madness has an agricultural flavor, an FFA member sings his way onto American Idol, and a robot in wolf’s clothing protects farms. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 12, 2018

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

April 4-7
MANRRS Conference
Greensboro, NC
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

2018 NAAE Award Application Changes
The 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. Please make note of the new award application requirements by clicking here. The new scoring rubrics and online applications will be available soon.
Special Teach Ag Session at MANRRS
Join us for a special session at this year's MANRRS conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.The session will take place Thursday, April 5th from 3-5pm EST and will include a teacher panel, post-secondary tips, preservice teacher opportunities, teaching resources, and a Q&A session throughout. Click here for more information and to register.
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!
Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, veterinarian Lynn Locatelli shows how to handle large cattle with comfort and low stress, a model of animal husbandry. Click here to watch the video.

 

 

 

FFA

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
Monsanto has been a long-time supporter of the National FFA Organization and we are proud to continue sponsorship of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award in 2018. The DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.

DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1st at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.

Let’s Hear It for the Ag Educators
In the latest issue of FFA New Horizons, we celebrate agriculture teachers new to the classroom. Cole Ramsey is in his second year as an agriculture teacher at Nelson County High School in Virginia. While pressures surely face him, he has found ways to rise to the challenge.

“My first day of school was really nerve-racking,” Ramsey says. “I was fortunate to student-teach where I now work, but there was a whole new group of kids I didn’t know. We were able to connect over our similar FFA experiences and time spent on the farm since I work in a rural area.”

Read about the tips that have made Ramsey’s classroom time a success in the article “First Class.” Then, meet the Miller County FFA Alumni Chapter in Georgia, which was named the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Chapter; learn which national officer is a twin; find out where you can study milling science and aquaculture; and more.

Join the National FFA Delegate Process
The National FFA Organization is looking to fill two open positions for adult consultants to the National FFA Delegate Process. These two positions are a three-year appointment beginning July 2018 and ending October 2020. While nominations will be accepted from all interested parties, at least one vacancy must be filled by someone from the western region. As established by Article III, Section B of the bylaws to the National FFA Constitution, no state may be represented more than once, so we are not able to accept nominees from Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon or South Dakota. Those who are interested in serving the organization in this capacity may nominate themselves by forwarding their resume/CV and cover letter to jdavis@ffa.org. Nominations and accompanying materials should be received by the close of business on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Help Us Make FFA New Horizons Better for You
We’d love to get your feedback on how we can make the FFA New Horizons experience better for you. Visit FFANewHorizons.org/survey to take our brief reader survey. If you take the survey by April 1, you could win a $100 Amazon gift card for your time. Please spread the word; we want to hear from everyone.

CASE

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

 

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

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

ACTE

Upcoming ACTE Regional Conferences 
Network and learn at one of this year's ACTE regional conferences. The Early Bird Registration deadlines are approaching, so make sure to register soon! Click here for more information about all of the regional conferences.

 

 

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Ugly veggies can be beautiful—as art and as nutritious food.

 

 

Friday, March 9, 2018: Tariffs, trade, and regulations affect agriculture. Food production goes through changes—from genetics to ugly vegetables to Flippy the burger robot. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 5, 2018

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

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

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

 

My Local Cooperative
With funding support from the CHS Foundation, NAAE is excited to announce the launch of My Local Cooperative, a program that will educate the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs about the benefits and opportunities of agriculture cooperatives. The project is focused on advancing agriculture cooperatives by raising awareness of the business model, showcasing career opportunities, and highlighting the critical roles that cooperatives play in strengthening agriculture and our local communities. A website will debut in the weeks to come, but for now you can join the conversation by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

2018 NAAE Award Application Changes
The 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. Please make note of the new award application requirements by clicking here. The new scoring rubrics and online applications will be available soon.

 

Special Teach Ag Session at MANRRS
Join us for a special session at this year's MANRRS conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.The session will take place Thursday, April 5th from 3-5pm EST and will include a teacher panel, post-secondary tips, preservice teacher opportunities, teaching resources, and a Q&A session throughout. Click here for more information and to register.

 

2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Rob Farruggio of Wisconsin ultrasounds cows and through his binoculars sees the fetus of a baby cow. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
Monsanto has been a long-time supporter of the National FFA Organization and we are proud to continue sponsorship of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award in 2018. The DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.

DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1st at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.

My Journey Webinar Coming Soon
Join us for the webinar, “How to Utilize My Journey,” on Thursday, March 8, 4 - 5 p.m. EST. Have questions about My Journey? Email myjourney@ffa.org. Unable to make it? The webinar will be recorded and accessible after the live event.

To join the webinar: join.me/606-206-108

Conference ID #: 606-206-108 #

Help Us Make FFA New Horizons Better for You
We’d love to get your feedback on how we can make the FFA New Horizons experience better for you. Visit FFANewHorizons.org/survey to take our brief reader survey. If you take the survey by April 1, you could win a $100 Amazon gift card for your time. Please spread the word; we want to hear from everyone.

Be a National FFA Conference Facilitator
Looking for ways to interact with students, work with dynamic teammates, give back to a great organization and learn life-long career skills? Consider working as a National FFA Conference Facilitator! Applications for positions on the 2018-19 212°/360° Chapter Leadership Conference staff are open now and close April 2, 2018. More than 8,000 students attend 212°/360° conferences each year from all over the country. If you're interested, apply at FFA.org/careers-at-ffa. Please note that if hired for this position, trainers would be ineligible to run for National FFA Office. Should you have questions, contact Casey Zufelt, czufelt@ffa.org.

Culver’s Launches FFA Essay Contest
FFA sponsor Culver’s is once again hosting its annual FFA Essay Contest. Three FFA chapters have a chance to win $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500 respectively to use toward their agricultural education initiatives, such as attending the National FFA Convention & Expo this October. This year’s essay question: The 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo theme was I Can. We Will. What does this mean to you, and how will you apply it in your future ag career? Visit https://www.culvers.com/essaycontest to learn more.

CASE

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

 

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

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

ACTE

ACTE Excellence Awards
The ACTE® Excellence Awards promote excellence in career and technical education. Since 1954, ACTE has recognized those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to CTE, programs that exemplify the highest standards, and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand CTE programs. Members need to apply through their states and regions and deadlines vary. This is a great way for Ag Ed Division members to tell their CTE stories!! Click herefor more information and to apply today!

 

 

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Lions discover that African buffaloes are good at mixed martial arts.

 

 

Friday, March, 2018: Politics and agriculture—from trade to international intrigue. Crop research, livestock updates, food safety, and Kylie’s new blog about ag opportunities for youth (including FFA). Also, lions and buffaloes do a bit of ultimate fighting. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 26, 2018

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

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

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

 

My Local Cooperative
With funding support from the CHS Foundation, NAAE is excited to announce the launch of My Local Cooperative, a program that will educate the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs about the benefits and opportunities of agriculture cooperatives. The project is focused on advancing agriculture cooperatives by raising awareness of the business model, showcasing career opportunities, and highlighting the critical roles that cooperatives play in strengthening agriculture and our local communities. A website will debut in the weeks to come, but for now you can join the conversation by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

2018 NAAE Award Application Changes
The 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. Please make note of the new award application requirements by clicking here. The new scoring rubrics and online applications will be available soon.

 

Special Teach Ag Session at MANRRS
Join us for a special session at this year's MANRRS conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.The session will take place Thursday, April 5th from 3-5pm EST and will include a teacher panel, post-secondary tips, preservice teacher opportunities, teaching resources, and a Q&A session throughout. Click here for more information and to register.

 

National Policy Seminar
March 5-7
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA
Learn how to craft your CTE message, engage with members of Congress, hear the lastest on Perkins reauthorization & more!Click here for more information and to register.

 

2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Lindsey Peck of Marks Farms gives us a tour of her calf barn and explains how she cares for all the baby cows. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
Monsanto has been a long-time supporter of the National FFA Organization and we are proud to continue sponsorship of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award in 2018. The DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.
DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1st at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
How will your FFA chapter make a difference in your community? Siegel FFA hosted a Community Clean-Up at a local historical hydroelectric station known as the Walter Hill Dam. They worked with a local Boy Scout Troop and parents to remove 20 pounds of trash and 60 pounds of recycling during the day of service event.
Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school and alumni chapters to make a difference in your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To learn more about the Day of Service Mini-Grant, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.
Be a National FFA Conference Facilitator
Looking for ways to interact with students, work with dynamic teammates, give back to a great organization and learn life-long career skills? Consider working as a National FFA Conference Facilitator! Applications for positions on the 2018-19 212°/360° Chapter Leadership Conference staff are open now and close April 2, 2018. More than 8,000 students attend 212°/360° conferences each year from all over the country. If you're interested, apply at FFA.org/careers-at-ffa. Please note that if hired for this position, trainers would be ineligible to run for National FFA Office. Should you have questions, contact Casey Zufelt, czufelt@ffa.org.
Tap Into These Free Resources on My Journey
Need free resources to help with planning, weather delay/cancellations or upcoming FFA contests? We’ve got something for everyone on My Journey. This month’s featured lessons and resources include:
WLC Registration Opens March 1 at 1 p.m. ET
Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is the pinnacle leadership conference National FFA offers to any and all members able to attend. The WLC curriculum uses the tenets ME, WE, DO, SERVE to get students to achieve the overall objective of the conference, which is becoming engaged citizens who can make a measurable and positive difference in their communities. This five-day conference offers the unique balance of providing FFA members with a premier leadership experience while exposing them to D.C.’s rich history. WLC has a participation maximum of 340 students per week and has such a high demand that several weeks will sell out within a few days of registration opening.
WLC dates, pricing, FAQs, and registration information can be found on the WLC webpage, FFA.org/wlc. Registration opens at 1 p.m. ET on March 1. Advisors and students must register using their FFA logins. It is recommended that students and advisors review the registration guidelines and information available at FFA.org/wlc before March 1 to prepare, as some weeks sell out quickly. Contact wlc@ffa.org or 317-802-6060 for questions.
Red Brand Announces New Home Grown Challenge
Since 2010, Red Brand has partnered with agriculture dealers to help generate funds for local FFA chapters through the Home Grown program. In 2018, a new component has been added to the program to help create even more earnings potential for local FFA chapters. It's called The Home Grown Challenge. The top five teams will win $1,000 for their chapters.
Here's how it works:
  • Help your Red Brand dealer promote Home Grown in your community to increase the potential to make more money for your chapter.
  • The more Red Brand fence your dealer sells in 2018, the greater your chances of winning.
  • The $1,000 prize is in addition to your annual Home Grown check.
  • All dealers who participated in Home Grown in 2017 are eligible.
  • Winners will be determined by the percentage of growth over 2017, not overall volume, making the challenge an equal opportunity for all dealer/chapter* teams nationwide.

*Multiple chapters designated by a winning Dealer will share the prize equally.

For more information, go to redbrand.com/homegrown or contact the Red Brand marketing department, 309-697-7690 or trey.tennell@keystonesteel.com.

CASE

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

ACTE

CTE Learn
CTE Learn provides targeted online professional development with “easy to use” self-paced courses which can be completed at home or at school.

Whether you are looking for engaging professional development or a more convenient way to obtain continuing education credits and advance your career, CTE Learn courses are designed for you. CTE Learn offers an array of topics that focus on effective and proven teaching and leading strategies. Click here for more information about this great resource.

 

 

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Biotech innovations are changing agriculture.

 

 

Friday, February 23, 2018: Scientists weigh in on biotech regulations, young agriculturalists are encouraged by innovation, and blockchain starts influencing the food industry. Also find out about a “foul fowl” shortage for KFC in Britain, and see why you don’t mess with a mongoose. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 19, 2018

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

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

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

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

FFA

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

CASE

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

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

ACTE

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

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

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

 

Owl Pellets

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

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2018

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

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

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

FFA

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

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

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

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

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

CASE

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

ACTE

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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