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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

May 20, 2019

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

2019

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

October 10-12
North Central AAAE Conference
East Lansing, MI

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 

Position Announcement:  Communications/Marketing Specialists
The NAAE communications/marketing specialists will be expected to have appropriate credentials and experience in communications and marketing, including a working knowledge of writing for the media, preparing computer generated presentations, developing and maintaining websites, marketing membership and merchandise, and using computer software typical in office environments (word processing, desktop publishing, web design and maintenance, database, and spreadsheet). We are looking to hire two specialists. Follow this link for more information and to apply today.

NAAE Virtual Book Club
Are you looking for a new kind of professional development? Check out this summer's NAAE Virtual Book Club! Make sure to register by May 31st! Follow this link for more information. 

Present a Workshop at the 2019 NAAE Convention
Each year, agricultural educators from across the country gather at the NAAE Convention for networking, business sessions, and most importantly the opportunity to engage in high-quality professional development related to ag education. A great way to share with the profession is to present a workshop. The call for proposals is now open and the deadline to apply to present is June 3, 2019. Click here to apply online. 

Welcome Johanna Rey, 2019 National Teach Ag Intern
Johanna is a senior in agricultural education at the University of Florida. She will begin her internship in June in Lexington, KY. 

State and University-Level Teach Ag Ambassador Resources NOW AVAILABLE!
Looking to start your own Teach Ag Ambassador Program at the state or university level? The National Teach Ag Campaign has compiled a number of resources to help you get started, just click here. Contact Andrea Fristoe, Program Manager, for more information and to schedule a training for your program!

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. Pohl and Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine visit a chicken farm to examine the flock’s response to a vaccine. They also test the flock to confirm the absence of salmonella bacteria that could cause illness in humans. Follow this link to view the video.

Friday Footnotes
The Successful Leader of Tomorow...
Last week we looked at the FFA Slogan “The Successful Farmer of Tomorrow is the Future Farmer of Today.” What would happen if we tweaked the slogan a little to say “The Successful Leader of Tomorrow is the FFA Member of Today?" Click here to read more. 

FFA

Work Behind-the-Scenes at National FFA Convention & Expo
Spread the news—we’re looking for interns to work at the national convention and expo this October:

CDE/LDE Convention Schedules Now Available
To help you plan for the national convention and expo, we posted the tentative schedules for each of the 25 career and leadership development events on FFA.org (click on the specific CDE or LDE to access its schedule). Orientation information will be posted online in early August, along with other awards and recognition program details.

Call for Delegate Coordinators
National FFA is looking for adult consultants to help with the National FFA Delegate Experience. These appointed positions begin in July 2019. Nominations for delegate coordinators will be accepted from all interested parties; however, no state may be represented more than once—current coordinators are from Louisiana, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington. The delegate handbook outlines the criteria for selecting delegate coordinators and the structure in which the coordinators operate. Those who are interested in serving the organization in this capacity may nominate themselves by completing this application. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 13. Contact delegates@ffa.orgfor questions.

 

Nominate an FFA Member for National Officer Nominating Committee
Nominations are now open for students interested in serving on the National Officer Nominating Committee. Nominations close July 15. Anyone can nominate a current FFA member for this position, and FFA members can nominate themselves as well through this nomination form.

 

Present a Workshop at the Convention and Expo
We are looking for presenters to deliver workshops the week of the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. The deadline is June 1. Apply now.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni and Supporters Grant Deadline Approaching 
The next round of National FFA Alumni and Supporters grant applications are due June 1! Grant applications are available at www.ffa.org/alumnigrants. Legacy grants, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, give groups up to $500 to start or improve FFA Alumni and Supporters chapters and up to $1,000 to work with students on a partnering project. Give Back to Your Roots grants, sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions, give chapters up to $5,000 to help fund student affiliation fees, plant science based projects and other classroom materials.

CAST

Dragons, White Walkers--and farming? This article points out the heavy dose of agriculture in Game of Thrones.

Friday, May 17, 2019:  Biotech agriculture is tied in with trade negotiations, the fight is on against the African swine flu, Norman Borlaug is honored in World Food Prize blogs, and Game of Thrones involves a distinct dose of farming--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

May 13, 2019

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

2019

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

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 

NAAE Awards DUE MAY 15TH!
The official submission links for the 2019 NAAE Awards are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process and make sure to submit your application by May 15th! 

Position Announcement:  Communications/Marketing Specialist
The NAAE communications/marketing specialist will be expected to have appropriate credentials and experience in communications and marketing, including a working knowledge of writing for the media, preparing computer generated presentations, developing and maintaining websites, marketing membership and merchandise, and using computer software typical in office environments (word processing, desktop publishing, web design and maintenance, database, and spreadsheet). Follow this link for more information and to apply today.

Volunteers Needed to Judge 2019 NAAE Awards
The following awards will be judge virtually: Outstanding Early Career Teacher, Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher, Outstanding Middle/Secondary Ag Ed Program, Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program, and Teacher Mentor. Each committee volunteer must be a NAAE member and will judge up to 10 award applications using the required NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided to you. NAAE Judging Committee members must submit their scores to the NAAE office by June 15th. Click here for more information and to volunteer by May 15th!

NAAE Virtual Book Club
Are you looking for a new kind of professional development? Check out this summer's NAAE Virtual Book Club! Make sure to register by May 31st! Follow this link for more information. 

Present a Workshop at the 2019 NAAE Convention
Each year, agricultural educators from across the country gather at the NAAE Convention for networking, business sessions, and most importantly the opportunity to engage in high-quality professional development related to ag education. A great way to share with the profession is to present a workshop. The call for proposals is now open and the deadline to apply to present is June 3, 2019. Click here to apply online.

Instructional Materials Now Available from Growth Energy
Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, is providing teachers with 15 days of instruction focused on ethanol and renewable fuels. To access these free instructional materials, including the lesson plan, six activities, PowerPoint, and assessment visit NAAE’s Communities of Practice website at this link

State and University-Level Teach Ag Ambassador Resources NOW AVAILABLE!
Looking to start your own Teach Ag Ambassador Program at the state or university level? The National Teach Ag Campaign has compiled a number of resources to help you get started, just click here. Contact Andrea Fristoe, Program Manager, for more information and to schedule a training for your program!

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. Farruggio vaccinates calves against brucellosis which can cause a serious disease in humans called undulant fever. Click here to watch the video.

Friday Footnotes
The FFA Slogan???
Does the FFA have an official slogan? We know there is an official pledge and an official motto but is there an official slogan? This Friday Footnote will attempt to answer that question. Follow this link to read more. 

FFA

Work Behind-the-Scenes at National FFA Convention & Expo
Spread the news—we’re looking for interns to work at the national convention and expo this October:

CDE/LDE Convention Schedules Now Available
To help you plan for the national convention and expo, we posted the tentative schedules for each of the 25 career and leadership development events on FFA.org (click on the specific CDE or LDE to access its schedule). Orientation information will be posted online in early August, along with other awards and recognition program details.

SAE Video of the Week: Pet Grooming
Watch as FFA member Katelynn Merrifield turns her job at Hounds Tooth & Cats Meow in Louisville, Ky., into the purr-fect supervised agricultural experience.

Call for Delegate Coordinators
National FFA is looking for adult consultants to help with the National FFA Delegate Experience. These appointed positions begin in July 2019. Nominations for delegate coordinators will be accepted from all interested parties; however, no state may be represented more than once—current coordinators are from Louisiana, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington. The delegate handbook outlines the criteria for selecting delegate coordinators and the structure in which the coordinators operate. Those who are interested in serving the organization in this capacity may nominate themselves by completing this application. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 13. Contact delegates@ffa.orgfor questions.

 

Nominate an FFA Member for National Officer Nominating Committee
Nominations are now open for students interested in serving on the National Officer Nominating Committee. Nominations close July 15. Anyone can nominate a current FFA member for this position, and FFA members can nominate themselves as well through this nomination form.

 

Present a Workshop at the Convention and Expo
We are looking for presenters to deliver workshops the week of the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. The deadline is June 1. Apply now.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni and Supporters Grant Deadline Approaching 
The next round of National FFA Alumni and Supporters grant applications are due June 1! Grant applications are available at www.ffa.org/alumnigrants. Legacy grants, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, give groups up to $500 to start or improve FFA Alumni and Supporters chapters and up to $1,000 to work with students on a partnering project. Give Back to Your Roots grants, sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions, give chapters up to $5,000 to help fund student affiliation fees, plant science based projects and other classroom materials.

CAST

“Old Town Road” down on the farm. The Peterson brothers put out another clever farm parody.

Friday, May 10, 2019:  A UN report looks at “the degradation of our planet,” trade and tariff talks could affect agriculture, and the Peterson brothers stop farming long enough to sing about it--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

May 6, 2019

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

2019

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

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 

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!
The Teach Ag Team is on the road this week featuring five outstanding agriculture teachers in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

NAAE Awards DUE MAY 15TH!
The official submission links for the 2019 NAAE Awards are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process and make sure to submit your application by May 15th! 

Ag Teachers Manual Task Force
NAAE is seeking individuals who would like to serve on the Ag Teachers Manual Task Force. The task force will revise the Ag Teachers Manual, copyright 1998, to provide an more up-to-date and user-friendly resource for current and future ag teachers. There is a quick turn around on applications as the first meeting will be May 30-31st.  Please check out the online application for more information https://bit.ly/2VwY5HX

Applications are due May 8th. 

Position Announcement:  Communications/Marketing Specialist
The NAAE communications/marketing specialist will be expected to have appropriate credentials and experience in communications and marketing, including a working knowledge of writing for the media, preparing computer generated presentations, developing and maintaining websites, marketing membership and merchandise, and using computer software typical in office environments (word processing, desktop publishing, web design and maintenance, database, and spreadsheet). Follow this link for more information and to apply today.

Instructional Materials Now Available from Midwest Row Crop
The National FFA Foundation has partnered with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) to provide teachers with a week-long lesson focused on agriculture conservation practices with support from Midwest Row Crop Collaborative (MRCC) members. These agricultural education instructional materials and programmatic deployment comes after a larger marketing campaign in grocery stores focused on connecting consumer purchases to the support of farmers and agricultural education. Click here to access the free instructional materials.  

Volunteers Needed to Judge 2019 NAAE Awards
The following awards will be judge virtually: Outstanding Early Career Teacher, Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher, Outstanding Middle/Secondary Ag Ed Program, Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program, and Teacher Mentor. Each committee volunteer must be a NAAE member and will judge up to 10 award applications using the required NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided to you. NAAE Judging Committee members must submit their scores to the NAAE office by June 15th. Click here for more information and to volunteer by May 15th!

NAAE Virtual Book Club
Are you looking for a new kind of professional development? Check out this summer's NAAE Virtual Book Club! Make sure to register by May 31st! Follow this link for more information. 

Present a Workshop at the 2019 NAAE Convention
Each year, agricultural educators from across the country gather at the NAAE Convention for networking, business sessions, and most importantly the opportunity to engage in high-quality professional development related to ag education. A great way to share with the profession is to present a workshop. The call for proposals is now open and the deadline to apply to present is June 3, 2019. Click here to apply online.

State and University-Level Teach Ag Ambassador Resources NOW AVAILABLE!
Looking to start your own Teach Ag Ambassador Program at the state or university level? The National Teach Ag Campaign has compiled a number of resources to help you get started, just click here. Contact Andrea Fristoe, Program Manager, for more information and to schedule a training for your program!
 

2019 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.

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. Travis Henry sedates Wellington, the horse, and takes x-rays, which show a fractured, decayed, infected tooth and abscess. Follow this link to watch the video.

Friday Footnotes
Livestock Chains
Many of the seasoned teachers in the profession will remember Dr. Jasper Lee, who was on the faculty at Mississippi State for years. In addition to being a master teacher, researcher, and prolific writer, I have learned he was also a livestock chain recipient. Click here to read more. 

FFA

Call for Delegate Coordinators
National FFA is looking for adult consultants to help with the National FFA Delegate Experience. These appointed positions begin in July 2019. Nominations for delegate coordinators will be accepted from all interested parties; however, no state may be represented more than once—current coordinators are from Louisiana, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington. The delegate handbook outlines the criteria for selecting delegate coordinators and the structure in which the coordinators operate. Those who are interested in serving the organization in this capacity may nominate themselves by completing this application. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 13. Contact delegates@ffa.orgfor questions.

 

Nominate an FFA Member for National Officer Nominating Committee
Nominations are now open for students interested in serving on the National Officer Nominating Committee. Nominations close July 15. Anyone can nominate a current FFA member for this position, and FFA members can nominate themselves as well through this nomination form.

 

Help Students Think Critically About Ag
Teachers: Check out the FFA Blue 365 Case Study. This case study series is designed to immerse students in a learning experience that allows them to see all sides of the global agriculture industry.

Housing Opens for 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo 
You won’t want to miss the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, in Indianapolis! Housing for chapters, states and alumni is now open. Housing for exhibitors, sponsors and donors opens June 5 (by invitation). For important dates, pricing, FAQs and planning information, visit the convention and expo webpage.

 

Living to Serve Yearlong Grant Now Open
The Yearlong Living to Serve Grant application is open and available in English and Spanish. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $3,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects. The application is due June 15.  Need ideas for yearlong service-learning projects? Check out the interactive map at FFA.org/livingtoserve.

 

Present a Workshop at the Convention and Expo
We are looking for presenters to deliver workshops the week of the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Workshop presenters can present to students and teachers and must deliver at least one workshop but can present the same workshop up to three times. The presenter should create the curriculum of the workshop. Workshops are available Wednesday, Oct. 30, Thursday, Oct. 31 and Friday, Nov. 1. 

Submitted workshop applications are selected based on the quality of content. We’re open to unique workshop topics. At the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo, students said they’d like to see workshops on animal care, addressing problems in agriculture, agribusiness, bullying issues, community service, supervised agricultural experience (SAE) projects, diversity, time management, and becoming a leader. Teachers said they would like to see workshops on using the FFA website, alumni tools, environmental science, animal science, strategies for motivating students, career development events, and classroom management. The application deadline is June 1. Apply now.

FFA Alumni

Graduating Class of 2019
As FFA members graduate high school, they receive a free five-year alumni associate membership. 70,271 graduates received an email last week letting them know about this graduation gift and to ensure that they update their FFA.org profile with personal email addresses to continue receiving communications about opportunities and benefits that are included with this membership. These opportunities can be found at www.ffa.org/alumni. If you know any graduating seniors, please help share this message and welcome them to the National FFA Alumni and Supporters family!

CAST

A friendly, wandering beluga whale has Norwegian officials speculating it could be a Russian spy.

Friday, May 3, 2019:  A strong U.S. economy contains financial struggles for many farmers. EPA food safety proposals, university programs, school lunches, and a smiling beluga whale that could be a spy--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

April 29, 2019

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

2019

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

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 

Ag Teachers Manual Taskforce
NAAE is seeking individuals who would like to serve on the Ag Teachers Manual Taskforce. The taskforce will revise the Ag Teachers Manual copyright 1998 to provide an more up-to-date and user-friendly resource for current and future ag teachers. There is a quick turn around on applications as the first meeting will be May 30-31st.  Please check out the online application for more information https://bit.ly/2VwY5HX

Applications are due May 8th. 

Position Announcement:  Communications/Marketing Specialist
The NAAE communications/marketing specialist will be expected to have appropriate credentials and experience in communications and marketing, including a working knowledge of writing for the media, preparing computer generated presentations, developing and maintaining websites, marketing membership and merchandise, and using computer software typical in office environments (word processing, desktop publishing, web design and maintenance, database, and spreadsheet). Follow this link for more information and to apply today.

Instructional Materials Now Available from Growth Energy
Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, is providing teachers with 15 days of instruction focused on ethanol and renewable fuels. To access these free instructional materials, including the lesson plan, six activities, PowerPoint, and assessment visit NAAE’s Communities of Practice website at this link

NAAE Awards
The official submission links for the 2019 NAAE Awards are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process and make sure to submit your application by May 15th! 

Volunteers Needed to Judge 2019 NAAE Awards
The following awards will be judge virtually: Outstanding Early Career Teacher, Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher, Outstanding Middle/Secondary Ag Ed Program, Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program, and Teacher Mentor. Each committee volunteer must be a NAAE member and will judge up to 10 award applications using the required NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided to you. NAAE Judging Committee members must submit their scores to the NAAE office by June 15th. Click here for more information and to volunteer by May 15th!

NAAE Virtual Book Club
Are you looking for a new kind of professional development? Check out this summer's NAAE Virtual Book Club! Make sure to register by May 31st! Follow this link for more information. 

Present a Workshop at the 2019 NAAE Convention
Each year, agricultural educators from across the country gather at the NAAE Convention for networking, business sessions, and most importantly the opportunity to engage in high quality professional development related to ag education. A great way to share with the profession is to present a workshop. The call for proposals is now open and the deadline to apply to present is June 3, 2019. Click here to apply online.

Seats Available for Principles of Agricultural Science-Animal CASE Institutes!
Whether you are passionate about animal science or looking to learn more as you teach content to your students, be sure to check out the CASE Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) course. Seats are still available at CASE Institutes in Arkansas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Check out the complete CASE Institute schedule or register for a CASE Institute today!

Celebrate Scoops of Thanks Day at Culver's!
Thursday, May 2, 2019, is Scoops of Thanks Day — a day when Culver’s restaurants come together to give back to their local agricultural communities. Click here for more information.

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. He admits the horse and performs arthroscopic surgery. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The 1890 & 1994 Land-Grant Colleges
Last week we learned about the Morrill Act of 1862 and the resulting land-grant colleges. This Friday Footnote will focus on the Second Morrill Act of 1890. What did the 1890 Morrill Act accomplish and why was it needed? We will also look at 1994 land-grant colleges. Click here to read more. 

FFA

Housing Opens for 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo 
You won’t want to miss the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, in Indianapolis! Housing for chapters, states and alumni opens May 1 at 6 p.m. EDT. Housing for exhibitors, sponsors and donors opens June 5 (by invitation). For important dates, pricing, FAQs and planning information, visit the convention and expo webpage.

 

Living to Serve Yearlong Grant Now Open
The Yearlong Living to Serve Grant application is open and available in English and Spanish. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $3,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects. The application is due June 15.  Need ideas for yearlong service-learning projects? Check out the interactive map at FFA.org/livingtoserve.

 

ILSSO Headed to Spain and Portugal in 2020
After six great years in South Africa, the International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO) will head to Spain and Portugal in 2020. Seventy-five current and past state officers can participate in this experience in January. For more information, visit FFA.org/ILSSO.

 

Present a Workshop at the Convention and Expo
We are looking for presenters to deliver workshops the week of the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Workshop presenters can present to students and teachers and must deliver at least one workshop but can present the same workshop up to three times. The presenter should create the curriculum of the workshop. Workshops are available Wednesday, Oct. 30, Thursday, Oct. 31 and Friday, Nov. 1. 

Submitted workshop applications are selected based on the quality of content. We’re open to unique workshop topics. At the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo, students said they’d like to see workshops on animal care, addressing problems in agriculture, agribusiness, bullying issues, community service, supervised agricultural experience (SAE) projects, diversity, time management and becoming a leader. Teachers said they would like to see workshops on using the FFA website, alumni tools, environmental science, animal science, strategies for motivating students, career development events, and classroom management. The application deadline is June 1. Apply now.

SAE Video of the Week
Watch Seneca FFA member Cheyenne Young turn her love of animals into an SAE at the VCA Fairleigh Animal Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

 

2018 Annual Report Now Available
The National FFA Foundation just released its annual report for the fiscal year 2018. The report features financial information, impact stories, highlights from the year and a listing of our sponsors and donors.

Got Talent? Show Off Your Musical Skills at Convention
Know of a member in your FFA chapter who loves to perform? The National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent may be their ticket to stardom. Applications are now available. Read more about the programs and application process here. Email questions to bct@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

Regional Development Conference
Registration is now open for the next National FFA Alumni and Supporters Regional Development Conference which will be held in Dover, New Hampshire May 17-18, 2019. This is a free, hands-on training for FFA Alumni members, advisors, or anyone interested in starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter. For more information about this and other RDC’s, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

CAST

Must be spring—the hooded grebes are performing their amazing courtship dance.

Friday, April 26, 2019:  Students, farmers, and many others are working to sustain the environment; trade issues, prices, and extreme weather are affecting the ag economy; and the hooded grebes dance while a dog named Odin found out that porcupines should not be on the menu. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

April 22, 2019

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

2019

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

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 

April News & Views
NAAE Regional Conferences are just around the corner. Make sure to register to attend these great networking and professional development opportunities. All this and more in the April edition of News & Views!

NAAE Awards
The official submission links for the 2019 NAAE Awards are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process and make sure to submit your application by May 15th! 

Volunteers Needed to Judge 2019 NAAE Awards
The following awards will be judge virtually: Outstanding Early Career Teacher, Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher, Outstanding Middle/Secondary Ag Ed Program, Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program, and Teacher Mentor. Each committee volunteer must be a NAAE member and will judge up to 10 award applications using the required NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided to you. NAAE Judging Committee members must submit their scores to the NAAE office by June 15th. Click here for more information and to volunteer by May 15th!

NAAE Virtual Book Club
Are you looking for a new kind of professional development? Check out this summer's NAAE Virtual Book Club! Make sure to register by May 31st! Follow this link for more information. 

Present a Workshop at the 2019 NAAE Convention
Each year, agricultural educators from across the country gather at the NAAE Convention for networking, business sessions, and most importantly the opportunity to engage in high quality professional development related to ag education. A great way to share with the profession is to present a workshop. The call for proposals is now open and the deadline to apply to present is June 3, 2019. Click here to apply online.

Seats Available for Principles of Agricultural Science-Plant CASE Institutes!
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 Indiana and West Virginia. Check out the complete CASE Institute schedule or register for a CASE Institute today!

Celebrate Scoops of Thanks Day at Culver's!
Thursday, May 2, 2019, is Scoops of Thanks Day — a day when Culver’s restaurants come together to give back to their local agricultural communities. Click here for more information.

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. 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. 

Friday Footnotes
The 1862 Land-Grant Colleges
Most of us have heard or used the term “land-grant college” but do we really know what that means? Some people point to the Morrill Act of 1862, which established land-grant colleges, as the starting point for the Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Education. Follow this link to read more. 

FFA

Got Talent? Show Off Your Musical Skills at Convention
Know of a member in your FFA chapter who loves to perform? The National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent may be their ticket to stardom. Applications are now available. Read more about the programs and application process here. Email questions to bct@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

Regional Development Conference
Registration is now open for the next National FFA Alumni and Supporters Regional Development Conference which will be held in Dover, New Hampshire May 17-18, 2019. This is a free, hands-on training for FFA Alumni members, advisors, or anyone interested in starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter. For more information about this and other RDC’s, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

CAST

Pets may enjoy being pampered, but acupuncture could be a stretch for this dog.

Friday, April 19, 2019:  Big week for agriculture in the nation’s capital, Earth Day on April 22, trade issues continue, and pampered pets are a global trend. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

April 15, 2019

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

2019

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

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 2019 NAAE Awards
The following awards will be judge virtually: Outstanding Early Career Teacher, Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher, Outstanding Middle/Secondary Ag Ed Program, Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program, and Teacher Mentor. Each committee volunteer must be a NAAE member and will judge up to 10 award applications using the required NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided to you. NAAE Judging Committee members must submit their scores to the NAAE office by June 15th. Click here for more information and to volunteer!

NAAE Awards
The official submission links for the 2019 NAAE Awards are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process and make sure to submit your application by May 15th! 

NAAE Virtual Book Club
Are you looking for a new kind of professional development? Check out this summer's NAAE Virtual Book Club! Make sure to register by May 31st! Follow this link for more information. 

Seats Available for Natural Resources and Ecology CASE Institutes!
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 Indiana, Minnesota, and Oregon. Check out the complete CASE Institute schedule or register for a CASE Institute 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 says she wants to make sure her son is exposed to farming because that's how she and her brother were raised. She gives us a tour of her calf barn and explains how she cares for all the baby cows. Follow this link to view the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The FFA Pilgrimage to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Last week we celebrated the birthday of Booker T. Washington by featuring him in the Friday Footnote. This week we are celebrating the birthday of another prominent American with strong ties to agriculture. That person is Thomas Jefferson; his birthday is tomorrow, April 13. And we are welcoming back a guest columnist, Dr. Jim Connors from the Univesity of Idaho. Click here to read more.

FFA

Got Talent? Show Off Your Musical Skills at Convention
Know of a member in your FFA chapter who loves to perform? The National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent may be their ticket to stardom. Applications are now available. Read more about the programs and application process here. Email questions to bct@ffa.org.

FFA Blue 365 Video: Using Cutting-edge Technology on Farms
In this video, Jorge Heraud, CEO and co-founder of Blue River Technology, explains how machine learning and robotics can make farmers more profitable while reducing environmental impact. An activity sheet for this video and additional videos about agricultural technology and innovations can be found at FFA.org/blue365.

Life’s a Zoo for This FFA Member 
If you love animals and visiting zoos, then check out FFA member Nicole Ford’s supervised agricultural experienceworking at the Louisville Zoo. A member of Seneca FFA in Kentucky, Nicole works in the MetaZoo, an educational center, and performs a variety of duties—from cleaning cages and caring for the animals to educating visitors about the zoo’s different species of wildlife. To see even more SAE ideas, visit our SAE Video Library, which also features accompanying lesson plans and activity sheets.

FFA.org Is Your Stories Headquarters
Visit FFA.org every week to catch up on all the great FFA stories happening across the country. Don’t forget that we’re always looking for stories to include on the website, our social accounts, in FFA New Horizons Magazine and on FFA Today on RFD-TV.  Make sure your chapter gets its share of the national FFA spotlight! Share your ideas at FFA.org/submit-your-story-idea/.

Committee Members Needed
National FFA is seeking applicants to serve on various committees that work under the direction of a National FFA staff member and the committee superintendent to assist in the development and implementation of competitive events and award programs. Reference the appropriate link for more information:

Now Open! Yearlong Living to Serve Grants 
The 2019-2020 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 funded projects. Additional information on the grant can also be found on the website. Applications are due June 17th, 2019.

$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.

FFA Alumni

Regional Development Conference
Registration is now open for the next National FFA Alumni and Supporters Regional Development Conference which will be held in Dover, New Hampshire May 17-18, 2019. This is a free, hands-on training for FFA Alumni members, advisors, or anyone interested in starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter. For more information about this and other RDC’s, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

CAST

The image may look like a cyclopean happy face, but the black hole photo brought cheers from scientists and awe from the public.

Friday, April 12, 2019:  The Ag Census Report is out, CAST holds events in D.C. next week, and an amazing photo of a black hole captures the world’s attention. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

April 8, 2019

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

2019

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

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 

Instructional Materials Now Available from Midwest Row Crop
The National FFA Foundation has partnered with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) to provide teachers with a week-long lesson focused on agriculture conservation practices with support from Midwest Row Crop Collaborative (MRCC) members. These agricultural education instructional materials and programmatic deployment comes after a larger marketing campaign in grocery stores focused on connecting consumer purchases to the support of farmers and agricultural education. Click here to access the free instructional materials. 

NAAE Awards
The official submission links for the 2019 NAAE Awards are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process and make sure to submit your application by May 15th! 

NAAE Virtual Book Club
Are you looking for a new kind of professional development? Check out this summer's NAAE Virtual Book Club! Make sure to register by May 31st! Follow this link for more information. 

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Applications DUE FRIDAY!
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 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply by April 12th.

CASE APB  AND FSS Courses -- Seats Available!
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 Iowa, Nebraska, and Washington. Check out the complete CASE Institute schedule or register for a CASE Institute today!

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Join other agriculture teachers and professionals to learn more about creating an inclusive classroom environment for students on this webinar series. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CDT / 4 p.m. EDT and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism

*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

 

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For more information, please visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll or contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

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, Lynda brings in one of her five dogs, ChiChi, a 13-year-old Papillon whom she adopted recently, and Dr. Vitulli conducts a full exam. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
Booker T. Washington and the NFA
April 5, is the birthday of Booker T. Washington. If the New Farmers of America (NFA) still existed, we would be celebrating National NFA week. Just as the FFA celebrated National FFA week during George Washington’s birthday, the NFA celebrated National NFA week during Booker T. Washington’s birthday. Follow this link to read more. 

FFA

Save the date! 
On Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m., National FFA and NAAE will host our quarterly Townhall for Agricultural Educators and FFA Advisors. We hope you will join us.

 

Townhall for Agricultural Educators and FFA Advisors
Hosted by FFA and NAAE

 

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019, 6 p.m. | 1 hour | (UTC-05:00) Indiana (East)
Meeting number: 736 308 020
Password: 2sQkjmD?
https://ffaorg.webex.com/ffaorg/j.php?MTID=ma0d40f9a7feaf62cccc9b19dbf163b4d

 

Join by phone
1-240-454-0879 USA Toll
Access code: 736 308 020

National FFA Officer Retiring Address Lesson
In need of a great leadership lesson plan with worksheets? Try this lesson that guides students through 2017-18 National FFA Eastern Region Vice President Gracie Furnish’s retiring address. In her address, Gracie discusses how valuable each person is and why we need to see ourselves as valuable too.

FFA Blue 365 Videos With Activity Sheet 
Why is Amazon involved in agriculture? How can milkweed help save Monarch butterflies? What is a digital farmer? How does a molecule become a farmer’s solution? The FFA Blue 365 video library features more than a dozen industry leaders and ag tech entrepreneurs sharing how innovations and cutting-edge technologies are transforming agriculture and creating new career opportunities. The video library also includes an activity sheet that students can use with these videos. Learn more at FFA.org/Blue365.

Committee Members Needed
National FFA is seeking applicants to serve on various committees that work under the direction of a National FFA staff member and the committee superintendent to assist in the development and implementation of competitive events and award programs. Reference the appropriate link for more information:

212°/360° Facilitators 
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 2019-20 212°/360° Chapter Leadership Conference staff are open now and close May 5. More than 8,000 students attend 212°/360° conferences each year from all over the country. If you're interested, take a look at our job post.

 

Note: If hired for this position, you will be ineligible to run for National FFA Office. Should you have questions, contact jdavis@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

Regional Development Conference
Registration is now open for the next National FFA Alumni and Supporters Regional Development Conference which will be held in Dover, New Hampshire May 17-18, 2019. This is a free, hands-on training for FFA Alumni members, advisors, or anyone interested in starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter. For more information about this and other RDC’s, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

CAST

Tulip time in Holland brings tourists—and a fun parody video of scientists talking with flowers.

Friday, April 5, 2019:  Government agencies, organizations, and universities are trying to solve the food waste problem. Flood effects, women in rodeos, amorous frogs, and tulips that “communicate.” These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

April 1, 2019

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

2019

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

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 

NAAE Awards
The official submission links for the 2019 NAAE Awards are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process and make sure to submit your application by May 15th! 

NAAE Virtual Book Club
Are you looking for a new kind of professional development? Check out this summer's NAAE Virtual Book Club! Make sure to register by May 31st! Follow this link for more information. 

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
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 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

CASE AFNR Courses -- Seats Available!
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 available in Alaska, Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Check out the complete CASE Institute schedule or register for a CASE Institute today!

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Join other agriculture teachers and professionals to learn more about creating an inclusive classroom environment for students on this webinar series. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CDT / 4 p.m. EDT and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism

*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

 

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For more information, please visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll or contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

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. Bents is keeping pigs free from disease, starting with requiring everyone who enters a barn to swap their clothes and boots at the door for clean ones, and shower in and out. Follow this link to view the video. 

Friday Footnotes
George Washington and the FFA
About a month ago, many FFA chapters were celebrating National FFA Week which is celebrated during the week of George Washington’s birthday. So, what is the relationship between George Washington and the FFA? Our guest columnist for this week, Dr. Jim Connors of the University of Idaho, explores that connection. Click hereto read more. 

FFA

212°/360° Facilitators 
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 2019-20 212°/360° Chapter Leadership Conference staff are open now and close May 5. More than 8,000 students attend 212°/360° conferences each year from all over the country. If you're interested, take a look at our job post.

 

Note: If hired for this position, you will be ineligible to run for National FFA Office. Should you have questions, contact jdavis@ffa.org.

Incorporating SAEs Into Your Program
Calling all teachers! Jillian Gordon, the agriculture teacher at Clarke Central High School in Athens, Ga., has the scoop on getting students started in an SAE—touching on topics from record keeping to finding non-traditional SAE opportunities. Watch how she incorporates SAEs into her program.

FFA Blue 365 Videos With Activity Sheet 
Why is Amazon involved in agriculture? How can milkweed help save Monarch butterflies? What is a digital farmer? How does a molecule become a farmer’s solution? The FFA Blue 365 video library features more than a dozen industry leaders and ag tech entrepreneurs sharing how innovations and cutting-edge technologies are transforming agriculture and creating new career opportunities. The video library also includes an activity sheet that students can use with these videos. Learn more at FFA.org/Blue365.

National FFA Seeking Committee Members
The National FFA is seeking applicants to serve on the Agriscience Fair, National Chapter, Supervised Agricultural Experience Award and Grant, and the various Career and Leadership Development Events committees. These committees work under the direction of the National FFA staff member and the committee superintendent to assist in the development and implementation of competitive events and award programs. Please reference the appropriate link for more information.

 

FFA Alumni

Regional Development Conference
Registration is now open for the next National FFA Alumni and Supporters Regional Development Conference which will be held in Dover, New Hampshire May 17-18, 2019. This is a free, hands-on training for FFA Alumni members, advisors, or anyone interested in starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter. For more information about this and other RDC’s, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

CAST

Emotional porkers? Scientists work on facial recognition and mood analysis for pigs.

Friday, March 29, 2019:  Midwest floods will have lasting effects, North Carolina A&T joins the CAST Education Program, and scientists use facial recognition analysis on pigs. Pythons in Florida, snakes in carry-on luggage, and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

March 25, 2019

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

2019

March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

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 

March News & Views
NAAE award applications are now available. Make sure to submit yours by May 15th! Check out the new Recrutiment, Retention & Recognition webpage, learn about BriefCASE opportunities, and so much more in the March edition of News & Views!

NAAE Awards
The official submission links for the 2019 NAAE Awards are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process and make sure to submit your application by May 15th! 

NAAE Virtual Book Club
Are you looking for a new kind of professional development? Check out this summer's NAAE Virtual Book Club! Make sure to register by May 31st! Follow this link for more information. 

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
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 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Join other agriculture teachers and professionals to learn more about creating an inclusive classroom environment for students on this webinar series. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism

*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

 

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For more information, please visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll or contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Wilson oversees vaccinations of birds raised by the second largest egg producer in the United States. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
Down on the Farm
“Down on the Farm” could refer to the 1994 Tim McGraw hit song. It could also refer to the 200,000 boys during World War I who volunteered to serve in the U.S. Boys Working Reserve and go to work “Down on the Farm.” Follow this link to read more. 

FFA

Resource Spotlight: Pet Store Management SAE
Watch as FFA member Denisha Washington from Seneca FFA in Louisville, Ky., shows us her supervised agricultural experience working at a local pet store. She gives us a tour of the pet store, shows us the types of animals she works with, and explains her daily tasks. You can also catch other SAE videos and check out links to related lesson plans and student activity sheets.

Newest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Online
Teachers: Check out the latest FFA New HorizonsTeaching Guide. The spring edition is now available and includes ready-to-print, standards-aligned activities, discussion questions, as well as supervised agricultural experience (SAE) and FFA tips. You can also access past teaching guides. Be sure to visit our news webpage on FFA.org to flip through the spring issue of FFA New Horizons and catch up on the latest FFA stories.

FFA Alumni

National FFA Alumni and Supporter March Grant Recipients
Twenty-seven local FFA Alumni and Supporters chapters are receiving a total $42,550 in grant funding this month through Give Back to Your Roots grants sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions and Legacy grants sponsored by Tractor Supply Company. For a complete list of March 2019 grant recipients and to apply for the next round of grants due June 1, visit www.ffa.org/alumnigrants.

USDA

USDA Announces 1890 National Scholars Program Funding Opportunity
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the opening of the 2019 scholarship application cycle for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program. The program aims to increase the number of minority students studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and other agriculture-related disciplines. The program is available through the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE). Click here to read more. 

ACTE

Join Us at NPS!
Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or a first-timer to Capitol Hill, now more than ever is an essential time to engage! With several new Members of Congress, there are significant opportunities to build on the momentum of recent CTE policy advancements at National Policy Seminar this March 25–27 in Arlington, Virginia, with focused, free pre-conference sessions on March 24

Learn more and register today!

CAST

Devastating floods are affecting lives, homes, and agriculture nationally and internationally.

Friday, March 22, 2019:  Floods affect lives, homes, and agriculture; tariffs and trade issues concern farmers; and naked mole rats are cute, cuddly, and aggressive. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

March 18, 2019

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

2019

March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

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 

NAAE 2017-2018 Annual Report Now Available
Take a look back at the past year in agricultural education. Hear from our Executive Director, see our award winners, and get a snapshot of the impact our current programs and initiatives have made. Click here to view the annual report.

NAAE Awards
The official submission links for the 2019 NAAE Awards are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process and make sure to submit your application by May 15th! 

NAAE Virtual Book Club
Are you looking for a new kind of professional development? Check out this summer's NAAE Virtual Book Club! Make sure to register by May 31st! Follow this link for more information. 

Jr. MANRRS Grant Opportunity
The National Teach Ag Campaign, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, is offering eight grants worth $1500 each to preservice agricultural education clubs or groups to develop and execute a collaborative and mentoring relationship with a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. If a Jr. MANRRS chapter does not exist, the preservice cohort may use the funds to start a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. These grants are part of a pilot program that aims to:

  • Establish positive relationships among preservice agricultural education majors and the Jr. MANRRS chapter members. 
  • Plan, create, and deliver agriculture-based content to Jr. MANRRS members through innovative and engaging formats. 
  • Practice teaching and lesson execution. 

Grant applications are due March 24. The grant application and more details may be found at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4792011/2019-2020-JR-MANRRS-Grant

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
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 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Join other agriculture teachers and professionals to learn more about creating an inclusive classroom environment for students on this webinar series. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism

*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

 

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For more information, please visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll or contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

Landscape Design, Installation, and Management, 1st Edition
Landscape Design, Installation, and Management engages students with practical information and a highly visual approach. Written by trusted educators who have hands-on experience in the field, the text methodically develops an understanding of Green Industry practices, safety, design principles, design processes, producing and selecting plants, the business side of landscaping, and landscape installation and maintenance. To help guide students toward satisfying career choices, diverse Green Industry jobs are highlighted in Career Connections. The text and its support package provide hands-on activities and worksheets to help students learn by doing. Special attention is given to the requirements of state and national landscape competitions and events. Learn more here.

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 gives us a tour of her calf barn and explains how she cares for all the baby cows. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The Future Indian Farmers of America
Soon after the FFA was established there was a desire to establish FFA chapters in schools located on Indian reservations. Agriculture was taught in Indian reservations schools but there was no student organization. Follow this link to read more. 

FFA

Resource Spotlight: Pet Store Management SAE
Watch as FFA member Denisha Washington from Seneca FFA in Louisville, Ky., shows us her supervised agricultural experience working at a local pet store. She gives us a tour of the pet store, shows us the types of animals she works with, and explains her daily tasks. You can also catch other SAE videos and check out links to related lesson plans and student activity sheets.

WLC Registration Now Live
Registration for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is now live. Visit the WLC webpage and use your FFA login to see availability by week. For advisors and members only able to attend a week that is currently sold out, we do maintain a waitlist. To be added to the waitlist, email wlc@ffa.org and provide your contact information, as well as the number of registrations desired. To learn more about WLC, watch this video.

Newest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Online
Teachers: Check out the latest FFA New HorizonsTeaching Guide. The spring edition is now available and includes ready-to-print, standards-aligned activities, discussion questions as well as supervised agricultural experience (SAE) and FFA tips. You can also access past teaching guides. Be sure to visit our news webpage on FFA.org to flip through the spring issue of FFA New Horizons and catch up on the latest FFA stories.

ACTE

Join Us at NPS!
Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or a first-timer to Capitol Hill, now more than ever is an essential time to engage! With several new Members of Congress, there are significant opportunities to build on the momentum of recent CTE policy advancements at National Policy Seminar this March 25–27 in Arlington, Virginia, with focused, free pre-conference sessions on March 24

Learn more and register today!

CAST

Ag Day just passed, but we celebrate farmers and food production all year long.

Friday, March 15, 2019:  Ag Day celebrations continue all year long, data sharing enhances ag research, and gene-edited salmon hits the market. Drunk mosquitoes, territorial owls, and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

March 11, 2019

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

2019

March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

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 

Instructional Materials Now Available from Midwest Row Crop
The National FFA Foundation has partnered with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) to provide teachers with a week-long lesson focused on agriculture conservation practices with support from Midwest Row Crop Collaborative (MRCC) members. These agricultural education instructional materials and programmatic deployment comes after a larger marketing campaign in grocery stores focused on connecting consumer purchases to the support of farmers and agricultural education. Click here to access the free instructional materials. 

NAAE Awards
The application details, rubrics, and instructions for the 2019 NAAE awards are now updated and available on the NAAE website. You are welcome to access your application(s) and work on uploading your information. The official submission links are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process.

Farm Credit East Partial CASE Institute Scholarships
Are you in need of financial support to attend a CASE Institute this summer? Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institute 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 March 15, 2019.

Jr. MANRRS Grant Opportunity
The National Teach Ag Campaign, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, is offering eight grants worth $1500 each to preservice agricultural education clubs or groups to develop and execute a collaborative and mentoring relationship with a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. If a Jr. MANRRS chapter does not exist, the preservice cohort may use the funds to start a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. These grants are part of a pilot program that aims to:

  • Establish positive relationships among preservice agricultural education majors and the Jr. MANRRS chapter members. 
  • Plan, create and deliver agriculture-based content to Jr. MANRRS members through innovative and engaging formats. 
  • Practice teaching and lesson execution. 

Grant applications are due March 24. The grant application and more details may be found at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4792011/2019-2020-JR-MANRRS-Grant

NAAE Co-Hosts Free Webinar!
Please join us for a FREE WEBINAR on March 13 or 14! The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), in partnership with The FOOD EVOLUTION Educational Outreach Coalition, invites you to an exclusive, free, online webinar. Together we hope to inspire teachers to use the Food Evolution film as a tool to engage their students in using scientific practices to guide their decision-making. Our hour-long webinar will introduce attendees to the film and its accompanying Educational Resource Guide. We will discuss the film and its classroom applications, model an activity from the guide, and allow time for Q&A with a member of the FOOD EVOLUTION film team. Teachers who attend the entire webinar will receive a FREE copy of the film and the Guide, and a certificate for 1 hour of professional development to submit to their district or administration. Click here for more information.

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
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 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Join other agriculture teachers and professionals to learn more about creating an inclusive classroom environment for students on this webinar series. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism

*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

 

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For more information, please visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll or contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Wilson, veterinarian at Rose Acre Farms in Indiana, examines the flocks in his care by handling some of the birds. Click here to view the video.

Friday Footnotes
The Final Act
The last act of the NFA-FFA merger occurred in Kansas City, Missouri on October 13, 1965. There was a dramatic and emotional ceremony during the opening session of the National FFA Convention to recognize the joining of the two groups. Click here to read more. 

FFA

Celebrate National Ag Week
National Ag Week is here! FFA chapters across the country will celebrate agriculture, food and natural resources by participating in activities and sharing their #AgDay19 stories. We want to know how you are celebrating. Submit your activity for a chance to win a pizza party with a national officer and be named Ag Week’s #GreatestAdvocate.

WLC Registration Now Live
Registration for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is now live. Visit the WLC webpage and use your FFA login to see availability by week. For advisors and members only able to attend a week that is currently sold out, we do maintain a waitlist. To be added to the waitlist, email wlc@ffa.org and provide your contact information as well as the number of registrations desired. To learn more about WLC, watch this video.

Newest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Online
Teachers: Check out the latest FFA New HorizonsTeaching Guide. The spring edition is now available and includes ready-to-print, standards-aligned activities, discussion questions as well as supervised agricultural experience (SAE) and FFA tips. You can also access past teaching guides. Be sure to visit our news webpage on FFA.org to flip through the spring issue of FFA New Horizons and catch up on the latest FFA stories.

 

Last Week to Register for Alumni and Supporters Travel Program 
Only one week remains to register for the alumni and supporters agricultural travel program to Germany and the Netherlands. The registration deadline is March 15, and tour dates are July 1-10, 2019. Contact Agrotours to reserve your seat at info@agrotours.com or 1-888-224-8687.

Attend a Regional Development Conference
Want to network while learning more about starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter? Attend one of our free regional development conferences. Find locations, agendas and more at FFA.org/gotordc. The next conference will be held in Prescott Valley, Ariz., on March 29-30 with registration closing on March 17.

Alumni Check IN
Are you one of our 8 million+ former FFA members? If so, please take a minute to Check IN and take the first step to further unite and strengthen our extensive online community! Imagine the tremendous impact of our collective voice, leadership and lifelong commitment. Let’s build our FFA community! #FFACheckIN

FFA Alumni

Alumni and Supporter Travel Program Registration Deadline: March 15
You’re in luck! If you missed the deadline to register for the FFA Alumni and Supporter agricultural travel program to Germany and The Netherlands, it has been extended to March 15! The tour dates are July 1-10, 2019, and highlights include Royal FloraHolland; an Amsterdam canal cruise and visit inside the Anne Frank House; a tour of the John Deere factory in Mannheim; and Kinderdijk, a world heritage site of Dutch windmills. Contact Agrotours to reserve your seat at info@agrotours.com or call 1-888-224-8687.

Regional Development Conferences
Want to learn more about starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter? Attend one of our free regional development conferences! Find locations, agendas and more at www.ffa.org/gotordc. The next conference will be held in Prescott Valley, Arizona on March 29-30 with registration closing on March 17.

ACTE

Join Us at NPS!
Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or a first-timer to Capitol Hill, now more than ever is an essential time to engage! With several new Members of Congress, there are significant opportunities to build on the momentum of recent CTE policy advancements at National Policy Seminar this March 25–27 in Arlington, Virginia, with focused, free pre-conference sessions on March 24

Learn more and register today!

CAST

A UK-based farmer created a forest made up of 500 edible plants.

Friday, March 8, 2019: Today, we celebrate #WomenInAg, examine college recruitment in rural schools, and learn about a new “bean-nut” butter. A twirling turtle, an edible forest, and a “lunar library”—these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

March 4, 2019

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

2019

March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

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 

NAAE Awards
The application details, rubrics, and instructions for the 2019 NAAE awards are now updated and available on the NAAE website. You are welcome to access your application(s) and work on uploading your information. The official submission links are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process.

Farm Credit East Partial CASE Institute Scholarships
Are you in need of financial support to attend a CASE Institute this summer? 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 March 15, 2019.

Jr. MANRRS Grant Opportunity
The National Teach Ag Campaign, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, is offering eight grants worth $1500 each to preservice agricultural education clubs or groups to develop and execute a collaborative and mentoring relationship with a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. If a Jr. MANRRS chapter does not exist, the preservice cohort may use the funds to start a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. These grants are part of a pilot program that aims to:

  • Establish positive relationships among preservice agricultural education majors and the Jr. MANRRS chapter members. 
  • Plan, create and deliver agriculture-based content to Jr. MANRRS members through innovative and engaging formats. 
  • Practice teaching and lesson execution. 

Grant applications are due March 24. The grant application and more details may be found at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4792011/2019-2020-JR-MANRRS-Grant

NAAE Co-Hosts Free Webinar!
Please join us for a FREE WEBINAR on March 13 or 14! The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), in partnership with The FOOD EVOLUTION Educational Outreach Coalition, invites you to an exclusive, free, online webinar. Together we hope to inspire teachers to use the Food Evolution film as a tool to engage their students in using scientific practices to guide their decision-making. Our hour-long webinar will introduce attendees to the film and its accompanying Educational Resource Guide. We will discuss the film and its classroom applications, model an activity from the guide, and allow time for Q&A with a member of the FOOD EVOLUTION film team. Teachers who attend the entire webinar will receive a FREE copy of the film and the Guide, and a certificate for 1 hour of professional development to submit to their district or administration. Click here for more information.

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
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 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Join other agriculture teachers and professionals to learn more about creating an inclusive classroom environment for students on this webinar series. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism

*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

 

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For more information, please visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll or contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

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. Randall examines pet cat Mickey for chronic pneumonia, which if not treated promptly can be fatal. Click here to watch the video.

Friday Footnotes
Through the Looking Glass
The 1871 Lewis Carroll book Through the Looking Glasswas a sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In Through the Looking Glass, Alice again enters a fairy tale world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond the mirror. Follow this link to read more. 

FFA

WLC Registration Opens Tuesday 
As a reminder, Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) registration opens Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m. ET. Advisors and members are required to register using their FFA logins. For details on the program—including availability, pricing and a registration webinar—visit the WLC webpage. Email questions to wlc@ffa.org.

 

Advocate for Agriculture During National Ag Week
National Ag Week is just around the corner! Every year, FFA celebrates the abundance provided by American agriculture. This year on March 10-16, chapters across the country will raise awareness about food and agriculture within their schools and communities. Are you ready to join the fun? Check out our new Ag Week Program and Activities webpage for ideas on how to get your chapter involved. And, don’t forget to tell us all about your activities—one chapter will be named the Greatest Advocate and win a pizza party with a National FFA Officer. Visit the Ag Week webpage for more details. 

 

New SAE Videos Now Available on FFA.org
Check out the newest supervised agricultural experience (SAE) videos featuring FFA members from Seneca FFA in Louisville, Ky. Highlighted SAEs range from working at the Louisville Zoo to tending to animals in a vet clinic to learning about sports turf management at the Louisville Bats stadium. 

Alumni Check IN
Are you one of our 8 million+ former FFA members? If so, please take a minute to Check IN and take the first step to further unite and strengthen our extensive online community! Imagine the tremendous impact of our collective voice, leadership and lifelong commitment. Let’s build our FFA community! #FFACheckIN

FFA Alumni

Alumni and Supporter Travel Program Registration Deadline: March 15
You’re in luck! If you missed the deadline to register for the FFA Alumni and Supporter agricultural travel program to Germany and The Netherlands, it has been extended to March 15! The tour dates are July 1-10, 2019, and highlights include Royal FloraHolland; an Amsterdam canal cruise and visit inside the Anne Frank House; a tour of the John Deere factory in Mannheim; and Kinderdijk, a world heritage site of Dutch windmills. Contact Agrotours to reserve your seat at info@agrotours.com or call 1-888-224-8687.

Regional Development Conferences
Want to learn more about starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter? Attend one of our free regional development conferences! Find locations, agendas and more at www.ffa.org/gotordc. The next conference will be held in Prescott Valley, Arizona on March 29-30 with registration closing on March 17.

ACTE

Join Us at NPS!
Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or a first-timer to Capitol Hill, now more than ever is an essential time to engage! With several new Members of Congress, there are significant opportunities to build on the momentum of recent CTE policy advancements at National Policy Seminar this March 25–27 in Arlington, Virginia, with focused, free pre-conference sessions on March 24

Learn more and register today!

CAST

To read about college students coping with high textbook costs and multiple jobs, check out the final two links in this week’s newsletter. 

Friday, March 1, 2019:  Water issues are center stage, the WTO makes a trade ruling about ag, and science students get a project accepted by the International Space Station. A clever octopus, a huge bee, and a snake on a plane—these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

February 25, 2019

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

2019

March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

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 

National Teach Ag Campaign Annual Report Now Available
Take a look at the impact the National Teach Ag Campaign made in 2018 for agricultural education recruitment and retention. The PDF is a downloadable and printable calendar with all the important dates and events in ag education you need to know about, so make sure to check it out!

News & Views
It's almost time for the 2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar! Find out why it is so important to advocate for agricultural education and learn some helpful tips to help you along the way. All this & more in the February edition of News & Views!

NAAE Awards
The application details, rubrics, and instructions for the 2019 NAAE awards are now updated and available on the NAAE website. You are welcome to access your application(s) and work on uploading your information. The official submission links are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process.

Apply for a CASE Institute Scholarship
Generous contributions from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and theFarm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA),as well as Cargill 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) and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA)
  • $2,000 to attend any CASE Institute provided by Cargill, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation
  • $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 2019 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.

Farm Credit East Partial CASE Institute Scholarships
Are you in need of financial support to attend a CASE Institute this summer? 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 March 15, 2019.

Jr. MANRRS Grant Opportunity
The National Teach Ag Campaign, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, is offering eight grants worth $1500 each to preservice agricultural education clubs or groups to develop and execute a collaborative and mentoring relationship with a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. If a Jr. MANRRS chapter does not exist, the preservice cohort may use the funds to start a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. These grants are part of a pilot program that aims to:

  • Establish positive relationships among preservice agricultural education majors and the Jr. MANRRS chapter members. 
  • Plan, create and deliver agriculture-based content to Jr. MANRRS members through innovative and engaging formats. 
  • Practice teaching and lesson execution. 

Grant applications are due March 24. The grant application and more details may be found at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4792011/2019-2020-JR-MANRRS-Grant

NAAE Co-Hosts Free Webinar!
Please join us for a FREE WEBINAR on March 13 or 14! The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), in partnership with The FOOD EVOLUTION Educational Outreach Coalition, invites you to an exclusive, free, online webinar. Together we hope to inspire teachers to use the Food Evolution film as a tool to engage their students in using scientific practices to guide their decision-making. Our hour-long webinar will introduce attendees to the film and its accompanying Educational Resource Guide. We will discuss the film and its classroom applications, model an activity from the guide, and allow time for Q&A with a member of the FOOD EVOLUTION film team. Teachers who attend the entire webinar will receive a FREE copy of the film and the Guide, and a certificate for 1 hour of professional development to submit to their district or administration. Click here for more information.

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
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 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Join other agriculture teachers and professionals to learn more about creating an inclusive classroom environment for students on this webinar series. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism

*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

 

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For more information, please visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll or contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

Free webinar: The Ins and Outs: Using Simulation to Teach Bovine Artificial Insemination
Agriculture instructors have told us how difficult it can be to teach key concepts about reproduction and large animal breeding in the classroom. Realityworks, Inc. created a unique learning aid to give them a realistic, engaging way to teach proper AI techniques without leaving the classroom: the Bovine Breeder TM artificial insemination simulator. Join us for a free webinar at 2pm CST on Thursday, February 28, during which we’ll discuss the basic principles of teaching Artificial Insemination and how simulation training tools can enhance A.I. learning. Reserve your spot: https://www.realityworks.com/webinars

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, meet Dr. Bramlage, a renowned equine orthopedic surgeon who regularly practices on site at major races including the Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
Forty Long Years
A well-known phrase, attributed to various Native American tribes, is that a person should “walk a mile in his moccasins” in order to better understand the other person’s situation and point of view (this phrase actually comes from a poem titled “Judge Softly” written in 1895 by Mary T. Lathrap). We might have a better understanding of the merger of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the New Farmers of America (NFA) if we could actually walk a mile in the moccasins of the NFA leadership. Follow this link to read more.

FFA

Alumni Check IN
Are you one of our 8 million+ former FFA members? If so, please take a minute to Check IN and take the first step to further unite and strengthen our extensive online community! Imagine the tremendous impact of our collective voice, leadership and lifelong commitment. Let’s build our FFA community! #FFACheckIN

WLC Registration Opens March 5 
Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is the pinnacle leadership conference National FFA offers to any members able to attend. The WLC curriculum uses the tenants of ME, WE, DO, SERVE to get students to achieve the overall objective of the conference, which is becoming engaged citizens who can make a measurable and positive difference in their communities. This five-day conference offers the unique balance of providing FFA members with a premier leadership experience while exposing them to the rich history Washington, D.C., has to offer. WLC has a participation maximum of 370 students per week, an increase from 2018, 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.

 

WLC registration opens at 6 p.m. ET on March 5. Advisors and students must register using their FFA login. It is recommended that students and advisors review the registration guidelines and information available at FFA.org/wlc before March 5 to prepare as some weeks sell out quickly. A registration how-to video will be published on the webpage a week before registration opens. Contact wlc@ffa.org or 317-802-6060 for questions about WLC. 

Resource Spotlight: New Retiring Address Lesson Now Available
Teachers: Check out the lesson, "Keep Climbing and Aiming High," centered on 2017-18 National FFA Southern Region Vice President Ian Bennett’s retiring address. Ian discusses how persistence and focus are the keys to success during life’s challenges. After students watch Ian’s address, they can complete a worksheet and answer questions that dig deeper into the topic.

Apply Now: National FFA Teacher Ambassador Program
Are you a teacher interested in sharing educational resources and opportunities within your state while offering feedback and ideas to National FFA? Become a National FFA Teacher Ambassador. Ambassadors attend an intensive three-day training during the summer at the National FFA Center in Indianapolis, deliver workshops on National FFA resources and opportunities, promote resources on social media, and provide relevant feedback to National FFA. Go to the application for more information about the program (including responsibilities and expectations) and to apply. The deadline is March 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants
March 1
 is the first deadline for FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants! Tractor Supply Company sponsors $500 Legacy grants to help create and improve Alumni and Supporters chapters and $1,000 Legacy grants for alumni and student members to partner together on projects. NutrienAg Solutions sponsors $5,000 Give Back To Your Roots grants to help pay student FFA affiliation fees, plant science based projects and other classroom materials. Visit www.ffa.org/alumnigrants for the grant application and report form, and check out the awesome materials featuring FFA members and advisors at https://radiateroots.ag.   

ACTE

Join Us at NPS!
Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or a first-timer to Capitol Hill, now more than ever is an essential time to engage! With several new Members of Congress, there are significant opportunities to build on the momentum of recent CTE policy advancements at National Policy Seminar this March 25–27 in Arlington, Virginia, with focused, free pre-conference sessions on March 24

Learn more and register today!

VISION 2019 Call for Presentations is Open
The premier event for career and technical education (CTE), CareerTech VISION will bring together educators, business leaders and industry experts, Dec. 4–7, in Anaheim, California. ACTE welcomes your session proposals that cover a wide array of secondary and postsecondary CTE topics and one or more of the 12 elements of the High-quality CTE Framework. VISION presenters will receive numerous professional development opportunities as well as a speaker discount on the VISION early bird registration rate.

Submit your proposals by Feb. 28

Best Practices 2019 Call for Presentations is Open
The call for presentation proposals is now open for ACTE’s and NCLA’s Best Practices and Innovations in CTE. Taking place Sept. 25-27 in Tucson, AZ, Best Practices is seeking content that advances the field for new and seasoned CTE administrators and leaders.

Submit your proposals by March 1

Show Your Support for CTE
CTE Month® is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Celebrate in your schools and communities by hosting an event and purchasing balloons, lanyards, mood products and more, and participating in the CTE Month-NASA HUNCH video contest.

Celebrate CTE Month

CAST

Can we learn how to enjoy food that disgusts us?

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019: The new face of farming might be robotic, CAST will present major research about water use, and tips for overcoming picky eating habits. Pink squirrels, mad bulls, and nematodes in space--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.

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

February 18, 2019

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

2019

March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

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 

NAAE Awards
The application details, rubrics, and instructions for the 2019 NAAE awards are now updated and available on the NAAE website. You are welcome to access your application(s) and work on uploading your information. The official submission links will be available soon. Click here to begin your award application process.

2019 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) has over 15 years of successfully cultivating agriscience and inquiry-based learning in agricultural education. The Academy serves to train agriculture teachers on how to enhance the science that is already present in agriculture, as well as develop students as problem solvers and thinkers through the inquiry-based teaching method.

Follow this link for more information about the 2019 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy and to apply by February 18.

Jr. MANRRS Grant Opportunity
The National Teach Ag Campaign, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, is offering eight grants worth $1500 each to preservice agricultural education clubs or groups to develop and execute a collaborative and mentoring relationship with a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. If a Jr. MANRRS chapter does not exist, the preservice cohort may use the funds to start a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. These grants are part of a pilot program that aims to:

  • Establish positive relationships among preservice agricultural education majors and the Jr. MANRRS chapter members. 
  • Plan, create and deliver agriculture-based content to Jr. MANRRS members through innovative and engaging formats. 
  • Practice teaching and lesson execution. 

Grant applications are due March 24. The grant application and more details may be found at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4792011/2019-2020-JR-MANRRS-Grant

NAAE Co-Hosts Free Webinar!
Please join us for a FREE WEBINAR on March 13 or 14! The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), in partnership with The FOOD EVOLUTION Educational Outreach Coalition, invites you to an exclusive, free, online webinar. Together we hope to inspire teachers to use the Food Evolution film as a tool to engage their students in using scientific practices to guide their decision-making. Our hour-long webinar will introduce attendees to the film and its accompanying Educational Resource Guide. We will discuss the film and its classroom applications, model an activity from the guide, and allow time for Q&A with a member of the FOOD EVOLUTION film team. Teachers who attend the entire webinar will receive a FREE copy of the film and the Guide, and a certificate for 1 hour of professional development to submit to their district or administration. Click here for more information.

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
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 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Join other agriculture teachers and professionals to learn more about creating an inclusive classroom environment for students on this webinar series. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism

*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

 

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For more information, please visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll or contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

Free webinar: The Ins and Outs: Using Simulation to Teach Bovine Artificial Insemination
Agriculture instructors have told us how difficult it can be to teach key concepts about reproduction and large animal breeding in the classroom. Realityworks, Inc. created a unique learning aid to give them a realistic, engaging way to teach proper AI techniques without leaving the classroom: the Bovine Breeder TM artificial insemination simulator. Join us for a free webinar at 2pm CST on Thursday, February 21, during which we’ll discuss the basic principles of teaching Artificial Insemination and how simulation training tools can enhance A.I. learning. Reserve your spot: https://www.realityworks.com/webinars

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. Paul Ruen of Minnesota, past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, visits a nursery barn to examine a herd of pigs with a coughing condition, to prevent the cough from spreading in this "daycare"-like setting. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The "Merger" of the FFA and NFA
The New Farmers of American (NFA) and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) were merged in 1965. That is a well-known fact. What is not as well-known is why? What led to the merger of these two organizations? The answer is rather simple – pressure from the Federal government. In this Friday Footnote, we will examine the events leading to the merger of the NFA and FFA. Click here to read more. 

FFA

Happy National FFA Week!
Welcome to National FFA Week, a time to share what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. What better way to show your support of FFA than to get involved? Whether it’s in person, on the phone or via social media, be sure to share your FFA stories during #FFAweek! View a sample of our National FFA Week Activity Calendar and other valuable resources, and change your FFA profile to show your support for FFA Week.

Reasons to Give Back
Don’t forget: Tomorrow, Feb. 19, is Give FFA Day. It’s a daylong campaign for supporting FFA and we hope you’ll join us! Read about Seven Reasons to Give Back to FFA.

Grants for Growing Fundraising with Tractor Supply Company – Now Open
Grants for Growing is a competitive grant program sponsored by Tractor Supply Company (TSC) that provides funding to middle school and high school FFA chapters to support the development or improvement of agricultural projects that enhance classroom experiences for students. Funding for this grant program is provided through consumer donations made during checkout at TSC stores, or online at TractorSupply.com, by purchasing $1 FFA paper emblems. The fundraising period runs Feb 13 - 24. Help support FFA and agricultural education by visiting your local TSC store or shopping online. Every dollar counts!

WLC Registration Opens March 5 
Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is the pinnacle leadership conference National FFA offers to any members able to attend. The WLC curriculum uses the tenants of ME, WE, DO, SERVE to get students to achieve the overall objective of the conference, which is becoming engaged citizens who can make a measurable and positive difference in their communities. This five-day conference offers the unique balance of providing FFA members with a premier leadership experience while exposing them to the rich history Washington, D.C., has to offer. WLC has a participation maximum of 370 students per week, an increase from 2018, 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.

 

WLC registration opens at 6 p.m. ET on March 5. Advisors and students must register using their FFA login. It is recommended that students and advisors review the registration guidelines and information available at FFA.org/wlc before March 5 to prepare as some weeks sell out quickly. A registration how-to video will be published on the webpage a week before registration opens. Contact wlc@ffa.org or 317-802-6060 for questions about WLC. 

Resource Spotlight: Micro Algae SAE
Our SAE Video of the Week revisits the Sound School in New Haven, Conn., and the supervised agricultural experience of Abbigail Lozon. Abbigail grows four different types of micro algae, which is used to feed a variety of species in the school’s lab. Learn some of the beginning steps she had to take to have a successful SAE. You can also catch other SAE videos and check out links to related lesson plans and student activity sheets.

Apply Now: National FFA Teacher Ambassador Program
Are you a teacher interested in sharing educational resources and opportunities within your state while offering feedback and ideas to National FFA? Become a National FFA Teacher Ambassador. Ambassadors attend an intensive three-day training during the summer at the National FFA Center in Indianapolis, deliver workshops on National FFA resources and opportunities, promote resources on social media, and provide relevant feedback to National FFA. Go to the application for more information about the program (including responsibilities and expectations) and to apply. The deadline is March 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Honor an FFA Supporter
Applications for the Honorary American FFA Degree, VIP Citation and Distinguished Service Citation applications are now open. All nominations must be completed onlineby June 15.

A few reminders:

  • You must be logged in to FFA.org to make a nomination.
  • The state advisor/executive director must approve all nominations from your state.
  • To use the appropriate application, reference the application guidelines when making your nominations.
  • Recipients will be announced following the August board of directors meeting.

For questions, email honorary@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants
March 1
 is the first deadline for FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants! Tractor Supply Company sponsors $500 Legacy grants to help create and improve Alumni and Supporters chapters and $1,000 Legacy grants for alumni and student members to partner together on projects. NutrienAg Solutions sponsors $5,000 Give Back To Your Roots grants to help pay student FFA affiliation fees, plant science based projects and other classroom materials. Visit www.ffa.org/alumnigrants for the grant application and report form, and check out the awesome materials featuring FFA members and advisors at https://radiateroots.ag.   

ACTE

Join Us at NPS!
Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or a first-timer to Capitol Hill, now more than ever is an essential time to engage! With several new Members of Congress, there are significant opportunities to build on the momentum of recent CTE policy advancements at National Policy Seminar this March 25–27 in Arlington, Virginia, with focused, free pre-conference sessions on March 24. Don’t forget, early bird registration rates end Feb. 22.

Learn more and register today!

VISION 2019 Call for Presentations is Open
The premier event for career and technical education (CTE), CareerTech VISION will bring together educators, business leaders and industry experts, Dec. 4–7, in Anaheim, California. ACTE welcomes your session proposals that cover a wide array of secondary and postsecondary CTE topics and one or more of the 12 elements of the High-quality CTE Framework. VISION presenters will receive numerous professional development opportunities as well as a speaker discount on the VISION early bird registration rate.

Submit your proposals by Feb. 28

Best Practices 2019 Call for Presentations is Open
The call for presentation proposals is now open for ACTE’s and NCLA’s Best Practices and Innovations in CTE. Taking place Sept. 25-27 in Tucson, AZ, Best Practices is seeking content that advances the field for new and seasoned CTE administrators and leaders.

Submit your proposals by March 1

Show Your Support for CTE
CTE Month® is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Celebrate in your schools and communities by hosting an event and purchasing balloons, lanyards, mood products and more, and participating in the CTE Month-NASA HUNCH video contest.

Celebrate CTE Month

CASE

Apply for a CASE Institute Scholarship
Generous contributions from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and theFarm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA),as well as Cargill 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) and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA)
  • $2,000 to attend any CASE Institute provided by Cargill, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation
  • $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 2019 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.

CAST

Can you say “gynandromorphy?” This cardinal is half male, half female.

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019: Experts look at the various techniques that will facilitate future food production. Trade issues, a gynandromorph cardinal, and several amazing animal stories about “where the wild things are.” 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.

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

February 11, 2019

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

2019

March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

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 

NAAE Awards
The application details, rubrics, and instructions for the 2019 NAAE awards are now updated and available on the NAAE website. You are welcome to access your application(s) and work on uploading your information. The official submission links will be available soon. Click here to begin your award application process.

2019 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) has over 15 years of successfully cultivating agriscience and inquiry-based learning in agricultural education. The Academy serves to train agriculture teachers on how to enhance the science that is already present in agriculture, as well as develop students as problem solvers and thinkers through the inquiry-based teaching method.

Follow this link for more information about the 2019 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy and to apply by February 18.

Jr. MANRRS Grant Opportunity
The National Teach Ag Campaign, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, is offering eight grants worth $1500 each to preservice agricultural education clubs or groups to develop and execute a collaborative and mentoring relationship with a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. If a Jr. MANRRS chapter does not exist, the preservice cohort may use the funds to start a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. These grants are part of a pilot program that aims to:

  • Establish positive relationships among preservice agricultural education majors and the Jr. MANRRS chapter members. 
  • Plan, create and deliver agriculture-based content to Jr. MANRRS members through innovative and engaging formats. 
  • Practice teaching and lesson execution. 

Grant applications are due March 24. The grant application and more details may be found at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4792011/2019-2020-JR-MANRRS-Grant

NAAE Co-Hosts Free Webinar!
Please join us for a FREE WEBINAR on March 13 or 14! The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), in partnership with The FOOD EVOLUTION Educational Outreach Coalition, invites you to an exclusive, free, online webinar. Together we hope to inspire teachers to use the Food Evolution film as a tool to engage their students in using scientific practices to guide their decision-making. Our hour-long webinar will introduce attendees to the film and its accompanying Educational Resource Guide. We will discuss the film and its classroom applications, model an activity from the guide, and allow time for Q&A with a member of the FOOD EVOLUTION film team. Teachers who attend the entire webinar will receive a FREE copy of the film and the Guide, and a certificate for 1 hour of professional development to submit to their district or administration. Click here for more information.

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
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 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Join other agriculture teachers and professionals to learn more about creating an inclusive classroom environment for students on this webinar series. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • February 13 -- Race, Racism and Privilege
  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism

*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

 

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For more information, please visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll or contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

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, swine veterinarian Dr. Noel Garbes of Illinois checks the herd at Ness Farms. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The New Farmers of America
February is Black History Month. So, the Friday Footnotes for this month will acknowledge that fact. Last week’s Footnote from Breanna Holbert was the perfect kick-off. This week we will test your knowledge of the NFA. In future Footnotes this month we will thoroughly examine the “merger” of the FFA and NFA, learn about the “The Forty Long Years” monograph (a must read) and learn more about Booker T. Washington and his connection to agricultural and extension education. Click here to read more. 

FFA

Sign Up Now for the Greatest Advocate Challenge
Calling all state officer teams and FFA chapters! Join the Greatest Advocate Challenge today. National Ag Week is March 10-16, and we know our members are planning some amazing celebrations. Send us your idea for your National Ag Week event or activity by Feb. 15, and you could earn up to $300 to help with costs. To learn more, visit the challenge webpage on FFA.org.

Apply Now: National FFA Teacher Ambassador Program
Are you a teacher interested in sharing educational resources and opportunities within your state while offering feedback and ideas to National FFA? Become a National FFA Teacher Ambassador. Ambassadors attend an intensive three-day training during the summer at the National FFA Center in Indianapolis, deliver workshops on National FFA resources and opportunities, promote resources on social media, and provide relevant feedback to National FFA. Go to the application for more information about the program (including responsibilities and expectations) and to apply. The deadline is March 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Honor an FFA Supporter
Applications for the Honorary American FFA Degree, VIP Citation and Distinguished Service Citation applications are now open. All nominations must be completed onlineby June 15.

A few reminders:

  • You must be logged in to FFA.org to make a nomination.
  • The state advisor/executive director must approve all nominations from your state.
  • To use the appropriate application, reference the application guidelines when making your nominations.
  • Recipients will be announced following the August board of directors meeting.

For questions, email honorary@ffa.org.

Grants for Growing Application Now Open
FFA chapters can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 through the Grants for Growing program, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company (TSC). The application closes Feb. 11. FFA advisors can log in to FFA.org and apply for a competitive grant. The program provides funding to support local FFA projects that have the potential to be sustainable and benefit future FFA members. Applications must outline a new or existing school agricultural project. 

Funding is provided through consumer donations made by purchasing $1 paper emblems at TSC locations during checkout. The fundraising period will take place Feb. 13 – 24, during National FFA week. Chapters are encouraged to work with their local TSC retailers to schedule times and activities at the store to engage customers and increase donations during the fundraising period.

2019 New Century Farmer Moving to Indy; Application Now Live
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 is currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! To be held July 7-13, 2019, in Indianapolis, Ind., this all-expenses-paid conference will be packed full of interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application closes Friday, Feb. 15. Head here for more information.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants
March 1
 is the first deadline for FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants! Tractor Supply Company sponsors $500 Legacy grants to help create and improve Alumni and Supporters chapters and $1,000 Legacy grants for alumni and student members to partner together on projects. NutrienAg Solutions sponsors $5,000 Give Back To Your Roots grants to help pay student FFA affiliation fees, plant science based projects and other classroom materials. Visit www.ffa.org/alumnigrants for the grant application and report form, and check out the awesome materials featuring FFA members and advisors at https://radiateroots.ag.   

ACTE

Join Us at NPS!
Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or a first-timer to Capitol Hill, now more than ever is an essential time to engage! With several new Members of Congress, there are significant opportunities to build on the momentum of recent CTE policy advancements at National Policy Seminar this March 25–27 in Arlington, Virginia, with focused, free pre-conference sessions on March 24. Don’t forget, early bird registration rates end Feb. 22.

Learn more and register today!

VISION 2019 Call for Presentations is Open
The premier event for career and technical education (CTE), CareerTech VISION will bring together educators, business leaders and industry experts, Dec. 4–7, in Anaheim, California. ACTE welcomes your session proposals that cover a wide array of secondary and postsecondary CTE topics and one or more of the 12 elements of the High-quality CTE Framework. VISION presenters will receive numerous professional development opportunities as well as a speaker discount on the VISION early bird registration rate.

Submit your proposals by Feb. 28

Best Practices 2019 Call for Presentations is Open
The call for presentation proposals is now open for ACTE’s and NCLA’s Best Practices and Innovations in CTE. Taking place Sept. 25-27 in Tucson, AZ, Best Practices is seeking content that advances the field for new and seasoned CTE administrators and leaders.

Submit your proposals by March 1

Show Your Support for CTE
CTE Month® is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Celebrate in your schools and communities by hosting an event and purchasing balloons, lanyards, mood products and more, and participating in the CTE Month-NASA HUNCH video contest.

Celebrate CTE Month

CASE

Apply for a CASE Institute Scholarship
Generous contributions from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and theFarm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA),as well as Cargill 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) and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA)
  • $2,000 to attend any CASE Institute provided by Cargill, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation
  • $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 2019 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.

CAST

Beauty and the beast—hummingbirds can be warriors.

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019: Agriculture benefits from tech innovations, the Farm Bill gets rolling, a beer ad gets corny, and hummingbirds join the fight club. 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.