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May 22, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

Upcoming Events

2017

June 25-28
NAAE REGION VI Conference/ New England Ag Teachers (NEAT) Conference
Portsmouth, NH
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

NAAE

Podcast Series about Women Agribusiness Leaders
Sara Steever, the president of Paulsen, an ag marketing firm in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has an ongoing podcast series called Spark: Women in Agribusiness, where she interviews top females in a variety of agriculture-related positions. The interviews are short and interesting, and the women talk about how they got to where they are today, what drew them to agriculture and their careers, and more. Click here for more information and to watch the videos.
Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium Application Now Available
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors. There are two FAST symposium opportunities to choose from.  While not identical in nature, both include customized professional development, networking, and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country. You are only eligible to attend one of the experiences annually. Between 15-25 participants will be selected for each session. Applications are due May 29th. Click here for more information and to apply.
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
Register for the NAAE Virtual Book Club
This summer we will be immersing ourselves in a culture of excellence with Start. Right. Now., by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas. Click here to register by June 9th!
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.

CASE

2017 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.

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

FFA

$3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant
Grants up to $3,000 will be awarded to middle and high school chapters to help meet needs in the focus areas of: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.
Community engagement projects may include, but are not limited to:
  • Identifying historical buildings in need of repair and partnering with an organization to refurbish them for community use.
  • Hosting “Mix it up at Lunch” days to have students move outside of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. This could be part of a yearlong anti-bullying/teaching tolerance campaign.
  • Collecting the histories of local people and/or organizations to share with the community. This may include, but is not limited to, veterans, farmers, business men and women or FFA alumni.
To access the application, in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Grants are due June 15th, 2017. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.
Help Us Tell Our Story at the National Convention and Expo
The National FFA Organization is seeking college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications, or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 25-28, 2017, in Indianapolis. To learn more and apply, access the application now.
Need Help Promoting Advocacy in Your Classrooms?
The Habitudes student books and resources reinforce advocacy concepts through readings, videos, discussions and self-reflections. After participating in Habitudes activities, students will be better prepared to advocate for important causes and enter the workforce through improved skills in collaboration, communication and leadership.
What is included?
  • 25 student books
  • 1 teacher’s guide
  • PowerPoint slides and worksheets
  • 13 posters
  • 25 Paper Bookmarks
Learn more about habitudes via our website. Order yours today by visiting Shop FFA!
Apply Now: National FFA Convention & Expo Student and Teacher Workshops
Interested in presenting a 60-minute workshop to either students or teachers at the National FFA Convention and Expo? Applications are live now at FFA.org/events/convention/planning#workshops and are due July 1. Presenters will be notified within two weeks of the application deadline whether or not their workshops have been accepted.
Need ideas? Survey results show that students are interested in topics on leadership styles, teamwork, careers (animal science, agricultural business and engineering for specific careers), building an FFA chapter, parliamentary procedure, social media, advocacy, public speaking and bringing our FFA communities together. The more interactive, the better. Teachers would like to see topics on classroom resources, hydroponics, agricultural mechanics, judging workshops, STEM, small animal care, animal science, food science, food security, new teacher survival tips/tricks, and classroom lab activities.Questions? Contact Casey Zufelt (czufelt@ffa.org) about student workshops and Sarah Dickinson (sdickinson@ffa.org) about teacher workshops.
Cargill's Virtual Field Trip on Demand!
Watch past national officer Abrah Meyer and Cargill employees discuss exciting careers in agriculture during Cargill's live virtual field trip that took place earlier this month. See the full video by visiting the AgExplorer Virtual Field trip website, https://www.agexplorer.com/virtual-field-trip. #AgExplorerVFT.
Award-winning FFA Chapters Share Stories of Success 
The 2016 Chapter Success Guide is now available! Each chapter that was selected as a national finalist in the National Chapter Award Program is highlighted in this publication. This document can be accessed in PDF on the national chapter award program webpage.
Apply Now: National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you have an FFA member who excels in career development events and also has time to march in the school band? Or perhaps you know of a member who performs each year at your annual banquet? Encourage them to share their talents with other FFA members from across the country! National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent applications are now available atFFA.org/events/convention/planning#bct. Band, chorus and talent are three groups that offer a unique opportunity for members to exhibit their musical talents, in addition to their love for agriculture! Applications are due by Friday, July 7.
Sail Into Summer Using My Journey
As the school year ends, are you searching for engaging lesson plans or other resources? Check out the new content on My Journey! There are several FREE lesson plans, tips and open resources within My Journey. Discover a lesson about Land O’Lakes and their brands and resources from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association on the Explore page. Head over to the Build page for an employability skills lesson on networking and a service-learning focus area and measurable outcomes document. On the Connect page, you will find a current event article from The Progressive Farmer, “Ag Merger Mania,” and alumni promotional resources. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page as you discuss careers in agriculture, and be sure to look through past months’ resources in our Archive.
National Officer Nominating Committee: Nomination Form Now Open
Do you know someone who would make a good nominating committee representative? Then follow the below steps:

ACTE

Have You Seen ACTE’s Industry Connect Blog?
ACTE’s new Industry Connect Blog offers visitors the chance to learn about current connections between educators and employers within the CTE community. Blog topics to date have included accounts of specific education-industry partnerships, as well as the skills gaps and career opportunities in fields like advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology, and we welcome Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources topics from the Ag Ed Division. We are currently looking for blog writers for the summer and fall. If you are interested, please contact Kevin Oshinskie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST

 

 

 

Friday Notes
Friday, May 19, 2017: Food surveys reflect consumer confusion, the USDA reorganization raises questions, and gene editing deals with the “code of life.” Also check out a cyclopean goat, mini pigs, and plants with “ears.” These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 15, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

Upcoming Events

2017

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
June 25-28
NAAE REGION VI Conference/ New England Ag Teachers (NEAT) Conference
Portsmouth, NH
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications DUE TODAY!!
Your accomplishments deserve to be recognized! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due today, May 15th, so make sure to begin your application soon. Click here for more information and to apply today!
NAAE Position Announcement
NAAE is currently seeking qualified applicants for a Membership Coordinator/Program Assistant. For more details on the job description and to apply, please click here.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
Podcast Series about Women Agribusiness Leaders
Sara Steever, the president of Paulsen, an ag marketing firm in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has an ongoing podcast series called Spark: Women in Agribusiness, where she interviews top females in a variety of agriculture-related positions. The interviews are short and interesting, and the women talk about how they got to where they are today, what drew them to agriculture and their careers, and more. Click here for more information and to watch the videos.
May News & Views
Gear up for summer professional development! Check out what is happening at the upcoming regional meetings, register for the NAAE Virtual Book Club, and meet the newest flagship sponsor for Communities of Practice! All this & more in the May edition of News & Views!
Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium Application Now Available
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors. There are two FAST symposium opportunities to choose from.  While not identical in nature, both include customized professional development, networking, and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country. You are only eligible to attend one of the experiences annually. Between 15-25 participants will be selected for each session. Applications are due May 29th. Click here for more information and to apply.
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
2017-18 National Teach Ag Ambassadors Selected
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 preservice agriculture teachers to serve as ambassadors at National FFA Convention, and throughout the year at their respective universities and states. Click here to see who was selected and to read the full press release.
BASF Newest Sponsor of the National Teach Ag Campaign
BASF recently made the commitment to sponsor the National Teach Ag Campaign for 2017. Click here to watch our video announcement.
Register for the NAAE Virtual Book Club
This summer we will be immersing ourselves in a culture of excellence with Start. Right. Now., by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas. Click here to register by June 9th!
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. Legacy is an elderly mare due for a six-month checkup. Click here to view the video.

CASE

2017 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.

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director,Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

FFA

$3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant
How will your chapter serve your community? Clifton Ridge Middle School FFA (GA) created a school-wide composting program to help reduce the amount of waste headed to landfills.
Middle and high school chapters may submit a Yearlong Living to Serve application with a plan to tackle a community need during the 2017-2018 school year. Grants up to $3,000 will be awarded in the focus areas of: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application, in English or Spanish, visitwww.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.  Grants are due June 15th, 2017. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.
Award-winning FFA Chapters Share Stories of Success 
The 2016 Chapter Success Guide is now available! Each chapter that was selected as a national finalist in the National Chapter Award Program is highlighted in this publication. This document can be accessed in PDF on the national chapter award program webpage.
Apply Now: National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you have an FFA member who excels in career development events and also has time to march in the school band? Or perhaps you know of a member who performs each year at your annual banquet? Encourage them to share their talents with other FFA members from across the country! National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent applications are now available atFFA.org/events/convention/planning#bct. Band, chorus and talent are three groups that offer a unique opportunity for members to exhibit their musical talents, in addition to their love for agriculture! Applications are due by Friday, July 7.
Sail Into Summer Using My Journey
As the school year ends, are you searching for engaging lesson plans or other resources? Check out the new content on My Journey! There are several FREE lesson plans, tips and open resources within My Journey. Discover a lesson about Land O’Lakes and their brands and resources from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association on the Explore page. Head over to the Build page for an employability skills lesson on networking and a service-learning focus area and measurable outcomes document. On the Connect page, you will find a current event article from The Progressive Farmer, “Ag Merger Mania,” and alumni promotional resources. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page as you discuss careers in agriculture, and be sure to look through past months’ resources in our Archive.
National Officer Nominating Committee: Nomination Form Now Open
Do you know someone who would make a good nominating committee representative? Then follow the below steps:

New Official FFA Student Handbook Available
The 16th edition of the Official FFA Student Handbook is now available. The handbook features updated opening ceremonies, Official Dress guidelines, supervised agricultural experience descriptions, career development event/leadership development event information, tips, resource connections and stimulating thoughts designed to engage readers. In addition to the handbook, printed poster sets are available for purchase on ShopFFA.org. Additional, free resources are available atFFA.org/student-handbook-advisors-guide.

ACTE

Have You Seen ACTE’s Industry Connect Blog?
ACTE’s new Industry Connect Blog offers visitors the chance to learn about current connections between educators and employers within the CTE community. Blog topics to date have included accounts of specific education-industry partnerships, as well as the skills gaps and career opportunities in fields like advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology, and we welcome Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources topics from the Ag Ed Division. We are currently looking for blog writers for the summer and fall. If you are interested, please contact Kevin Oshinskie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST

 

 

 

Friday Notes
Friday, May 12, 2017: The importance of ag innovation and research; changes at the UDSA; and musicians like Ed Sheeran focus on childhood diseases. Also check out sheep on bikes, goats at work, and dogs on the farm. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 8, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

Upcoming Events

2017

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
June 25-28
NAAE REGION VI Conference/ New England Ag Teachers (NEAT) Conference
Portsmouth, NH
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications DUE NEXT MONDAY!!
Your accomplishments deserve to be recognized! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th, so make sure to begin your application soon. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals -- DUE FRIDAY!!
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 NAAE Awards Judging Committee -- APPLY BY FRIDAY, MAY 12TH!!
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. 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. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
NAAE Position Announcement
NAAE is currently seeking qualified applicants for a Membership Coordinator/Program Assistant. For more details on the job description and to apply, please click here.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium Application Now Available
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors. There are two FAST symposium opportunities to choose from.  While not identical in nature, both include customized professional development, networking and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country. You are only eligible to attend one of the experiences annually. Between 15-25 participants will be selected for each session. Applications are due May 29th. Click here for more information and to apply.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Deanna Fuller teaches horse care to 4-H student Camille who wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. First Dr. Fuller shows how to perform a physical exam on a horse, then her associate Dr. Lindsey Peck demonstrates dental care to their local 4-H youth group in Northwestern New York State. Click hereto watch the video.

CASE

2017 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.

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

FFA

Apply Now! Yearlong Living to Serve Grant
FFA is excited to announce that the 2017-2018 Yearlong Living to Serve grant application is now open and available in both English and Spanish! Middle and high school chapters may 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.
To access the application visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Grants are due June 15th, 2017. Please contact the Living to Serve Team atLTS@FFA.org with any questions.
Register Now: AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip at Cargill
During May’s virtual field trip at Cargill, AgExplorer will take students inside the world of agriculture to learn how careers in science and technology play a key role in getting food to your table in a safe and affordable way. Students will hear from numerous Cargill employees who represent a variety of interesting careers, from a food marketer to a food scientist and more. Registration for the event is free, and classrooms around the globe can participate by asking a question via AgExplorer.com or on social media with #AgExplorerVFT.
Apply Now: National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you have an FFA member who excels in career development events and also has time to march in the school band? Or perhaps you know of a member who performs each year at your annual banquet? Encourage them to share their talents with other FFA members from across the country! National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent applications are now available atFFA.org/events/convention/planning#bct. Band, chorus and talent are three groups that offer a unique opportunity for members to exhibit their musical talents, in addition to their love for agriculture! Applications are due by Friday, July 7.
Sail Into Summer Using My Journey
As the school year ends, are you searching for engaging lesson plans or other resources? Check out the new content on My Journey! There are several FREE lesson plans, tips and open resources within My Journey. Discover a lesson about Land O’Lakes and their brands and resources from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association on the Explore page. Head over to the Build page for an employability skills lesson on networking and a service-learning focus area and measurable outcomes document. On the Connect page, you will find a current event article from The Progressive Farmer, “Ag Merger Mania,” and alumni promotional resources. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page as you discuss careers in agriculture, and be sure to look through past months’ resources in our Archive.
National Officer Nominating Committee: Nomination Form Now Open
Do you know someone who would make a good nominating committee representative? Then follow the below steps:

90th National FFA Convention & Expo Website Now Live
Information for this year’s convention and expo is now live on FFA.org/convention. Find out the annual convention theme, concert performers, opening session speaker, planning information and more to help with planning.

2017 Scholarship Results Are In!
In 2017, 115 businesses and individuals provided scholarships designed to fit a wide variety of student experiences, career goals and higher education plans. More than 8,300 students applied. The National FFA Organization awarded 1,883 scholarships valued at more than $2.7 million!

A list of recipients is now available on FFA.org.  Click Participate/Grants & Scholarships/Scholarships for a link to the scholarship results. Recipients are located first by their high school state then alphabetically by student last name. Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May. (Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1, 2017, should email scholarships@ffa.org.)

Information about the 2018 scholarship program will be available on FFA.org Nov. 15, 2017.

New Official FFA Student Handbook Available
The 16th edition of the Official FFA Student Handbook is now available. The handbook features updated opening ceremonies, Official Dress guidelines, supervised agricultural experience descriptions, career development event/leadership development event information, tips, resource connections and stimulating thoughts designed to engage readers. In addition to the handbook, printed poster sets are available for purchase on ShopFFA.org. Additional free resources are available atFFA.org/student-handbook-advisors-guide.

ACTE

Have You Seen ACTE’s Industry Connect Blog?
ACTE’s new Industry Connect Blog offers visitors the chance to learn about current connections between educators and employers within the CTE community. Blog topics to date have included accounts of specific education-industry partnerships, as well as the skills gaps and career opportunities in fields like advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology, and we welcome Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources topics from the Ag Ed Division. We are currently looking for blog writers for the summer and fall. If you are interested, please contact Kevin Oshinskie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST

 

 

 

Friday Notes
Friday, May 5, 2017: Temple Grandin will be honored, Ag Secretary Perdue announces directives, and late blizzards turn deadly for cattle in the Great Plains. Also, go to the horse races, enter a deadly English garden, and get bugged by a new snack at the ballpark. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

May 1, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

Upcoming Events

2017

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
June 25-28
NAAE REGION VI Conference/ New England Ag Teachers (NEAT) Conference
Portsmouth, NH
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

The Council

National Program Quality Standards Update
Work is being finalized by FFA IT staff on the online component of the National Quality Program Standards. Once this system becomes live in early summer, teachers will be able to record their NQPS data into their FFA.org accounts. This will then enable the teacher to build a growth plan that targets specific quality indicators which were identified by the NQPS survey process. Having this on the chapter account in FFA.org provides the ability for teachers to update the status of the growth plan as it progresses. It also attaches to the chapter account so if a teacher changes programs, the NQPS work is available to the next teacher and would not have to be repeated. This also allows multiple teacher programs to work with the same growth plan and survey data. The system will provide state level access to review average scores on each of the NQPS quality indicators in addition to reviewing the data submitted from individual programs. The greatest value to the program from NQPS is the engagement of the advisory committee, administration and instructors in the process of taking a serious look at the current program structure and status compared to the standards and quality indicators provided in the NQPS survey. It provides a purpose for the advisory committee, greatly enhances the administrator’s understanding of the total program concept and allows for focused effort in program improvement for the instructor.
The LPS and state staff will be providing additional training on the online system at teacher conferences summer.Follow this link for more information on the NPQS.SAE Renewal
Resources and teaching materials on the SAE revisions and expansion are in development. The SAE Guide for All will provide a student version and a teacher version for classroom instruction on all aspects of the SAE program. This guide is built on the Council’s SAE Philosophy and Guiding Principles and will assist the teacher in getting every student started in the Foundational SAE components in the classroom and support those students moving into an immersion SAE for greater learning and career opportunities. Completion of the SAE for All Guides will be late summer to enable states the opportunity to roll out the materials early fall.

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications DUE MAY 15TH!!
Your accomplishments deserve to be recognized! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th, so make sure to begin your application soon. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 NAAE Awards Judging Committee
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. 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. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award -- DUE TODAY!
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium Application Now Available
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors. There are two FAST symposium opportunities to choose from.  While not identical in nature, both include customized professional development, networking and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country. You are only eligible to attend one of the experiences annually. Between 15-25 participants will be selected for each session. Applications are due May 29th. Click here for more information and to apply.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Lora Wittenberg encounters her first diagnosis of “blocked tom,” a potentially fatal disease of male cats. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

2017 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.

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

FFA

2017 Scholarship Results Are In!
In 2017, 115 businesses and individuals provided scholarships designed to fit a wide variety of student experiences, career goals and higher education plans. More than 8,300 students applied. The National FFA Organization awarded 1,883 scholarships valued at more than $2.7 million!
A list of recipients is now available on FFA.org. Click Participate/Grants & Scholarships/Scholarships for a link to the scholarship results. Recipients are located first by their high school state then alphabetically by student last name.Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May. (Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1, 2017, should emailscholarships@ffa.org.)Information about the 2018 scholarship program will be available on FFA.org Nov. 15, 2017.Apply Now for a $3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant!
Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $3,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects that address community needs in one of the below focus areas:
  • Community Safety
  • Hunger, Health and Nutrition
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Community Engagement

To access the application, visit the Learning to Serve Grants webpage. Applications are due Thursday, June 15, 2017. If you have questions, contact the Living to Serve Team, LTS@FFA.org.

Mark Your Calendars: #TeachAgChat
Calling all agricultural educators! You are invited to join the National FFA Organization’s Educational Development and Assessment Team for the #TeachAgChat Thursday, May 4 from 8 – 9 p.m. EDT/5 – 6 p.m. PDT. We’ll dive into supervised agricultural experience (SAE) educational resources, where to find great resources, SAE grant/funding opportunities and the latest SAE resources provided by National FFA.  Be sure to join us for a great discussion!

90th National FFA Convention & Expo Website to Go Live Wednesday
Information for this year’s convention and expo will be live on FFA.org/convention as of Wednesday, May 3. Announcements of the annual convention theme, concert performers, opening session speakers, planning information and more will be available to help attendees with their planning.

ACTE

Have You Seen ACTE’s Industry Connect Blog?
ACTE’s new Industry Connect Blog offers visitors the chance to learn about current connections between educators and employers within the CTE community. Blog topics to date have included accounts of specific education-industry partnerships, as well as the skills gaps and career opportunities in fields like advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology, and we welcome Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources topics from the Ag Ed Division. We are currently looking for blog writers for the summer and fall. If you are interested, please contact Kevin Oshinskie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, April 28, 2017: Jayson Lusk is announced as the Borlaug CAST Communication Award winner, Sonny Perdue gets confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture, and presidential executive orders include agriculture issues. Also a look at the fascinating naked mole rat and the plastic-eating “very hungry caterpillar.” These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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.

 

 

 

 

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April 24, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

Upcoming Events

2017

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
June 25-28
NAAE REGION VI Conference/ New England Ag Teachers (NEAT) Conference
Portsmouth, NH
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications Now Available
Your accomplishments deserve to be recognized! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 NAAE Awards Judging Committee
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. 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. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
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, a horse, and takes x-rays, which show the fractured, decayed, infected tooth and abscess. The tooth needs to be removed before the infection spreads to Wellington’s sinus. Follow this link to watch the video.

CASE

2017 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.

 

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East – Deadline Approaching
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017.

FFA

Visit My Journey for Free Resources
As banquet season and the end of the semester nears, be sure to check out My Journey for free resources, ideas and activities! Explore the latest lesson plan on the retiring address of national vice president Abrah Meyer and peruse various resources from Lincoln Electric and Caterpillar on the Explore page. Need a resource for planning your banquet menu? In search of a job interview lesson on body language mistakes? Check out the Build page for these resources and more. Looking for information on how to engage young professionals with volunteerism? Head over to the Connect page for this and a new Day in the Life video!  Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page and be sure to look through past months’ ideas in our Archive pages.

Register Now for 212? and 360?
Registration for the 2017-18 212? and 360? conference season is now available. Please read our newconference planning guide. This will help ensure an easy registration and conference experience. The deadline for 2017-18 conference registration is Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. We have changed several items related to hosting a 212? and/or 360? conference. Our aim is to improve efficiencies in shipping and invoicing and to bring more clarity to the hosting process. These changes may result in some increased costs for hosts; however, these changes make processes more straightforward and timely. Find more information on the 212?/360? leadership conference webpages. Click here to begin registration.

ACTE

Have You Seen ACTE’s Industry Connect Blog?
ACTE’s new Industry Connect Blog offers visitors the chance to learn about current connections between educators and employers within the CTE community. Blog topics to date have included accounts of specific education-industry partnerships, as well as the skills gaps and career opportunities in fields like advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology, and we welcome Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources topics from the Ag Ed Division. We are currently looking for blog writers for the summer and fall. If you are interested, please contact Kevin Oshinskie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, April 21, 2017: While food production is up, waste is widespread. How can we deal with this key part of food security? Climate change, biotech food, and skydiving daredevils--these and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 17, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

Upcoming Events

2017

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
June 25-28
New England Ag Teachers (NEAT) Conference
Portsmouth, NH
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

NAAE

April Edition of News & Views
It's awards season! Make sure to submit your application by May 15th. Hear from our members and leaders about how being an award winner in ag education has changed their programs and lives. All this & more in the April edition of News & Views!
NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE wants to recognize you for your vast accomplishments! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 NAAE Awards Judging Committee
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. 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. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
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 -- vaccines that not only protect the birds’ lives and health, but also aim to prevent birds from getting salmonella infection they could pass to humans through the eggs. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

2017 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.

 

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East – Deadline Approaching
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017.

Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat
Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat on Thursday, April 20th from 8-9pm EDT/5-6pm PDT. Discussion will focus on questioning in the agriscience classroom. Questions for the chat include but are not limited to: What question strategies have you found useful in your classroom? How will you encourage more and better questions from your students? What indicators illustrate you have achieved high-level #inquiry in your classroom? CASE looks forward to thoughtful discussion during the #TeachAgChat as teachers, CASE staff, and special guests discuss inquiry-based learning and questioning techniques!

Follow us on Twitter @case4learning and join the conversation by using #TeachAgChat!

FFA

New Official FFA Student Handbook Ready
The 16th edition of the Official FFA Student Handbook is now available. The handbook features updated opening ceremonies, Official Dress guidelines, supervised agricultural experience descriptions, career development event/leadership development event information, tips, resource connections and stimulating thoughts designed to engage readers. In addition to the handbook, printed poster sets are available for purchase on ShopFFA.org. Additional free resources are available atFFA.org/student-handbook-advisors-guide.

Visit My Journey for Free Resources
As banquet season and the end of the semester nears, be sure to check out My Journey for free resources, ideas and activities! Explore the latest lesson plan on the retiring address of national vice president Abrah Meyer and peruse various resources from Lincoln Electric and Caterpillar on the Explore page. Need a resource for planning your banquet menu? In search of a job interview lesson on body language mistakes? Check out the Build page for these resources and more. Looking for information on how to engage young professionals with volunteerism? Head over to the Connect page for this and a new Day in the Life video! Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page and be sure to look through past months’ ideas in our Archive pages.

Register Now for 212? and 360?
Registration for the 2017-18 212? and 360? conference season is now available. Please read our newconference planning guide. This will help ensure an easy registration and conference experience. The deadline for 2017-18 conference registration is Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. We have changed several items related to hosting a 212? and/or 360? conference. Our aim is to improve efficiencies in shipping and invoicing and to bring more clarity to the hosting process. These changes may result in some increased costs for hosts; however, these changes make processes more straightforward and timely. Find more information on the 212?/360? leadership conference webpages. Click here to begin registration.

ACTE

Have You Seen ACTE’s Industry Connect Blog
ACTE’s new Industry Connect Blog offers visitors the chance to learn about current connections between educators and employers within the CTE community. Blog topics to date have included accounts of specific education-industry partnerships, as well as the skills gaps and career opportunities in fields like advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology, and we welcome Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources topics from the Ag Ed Division. We are currently looking for blog writers for the summer and fall. If you are interested, please contact Kevin Oshinskie.

NFRBMEA

Early Career Program for NFRBMEA Conference Overview 2017
CHS donates up to $10,000 as scholarships for ag education students/instructors or possible career change individuals who may have an interest in becoming Farm/Ranch Management instructors in the future.

The 2017 conference is in Des Moines, Iowa June 11-15 2017. Applicants participate in a pre-conference group meeting/educational program and then network throughout the ongoing conference with other conference attendees to learn about the profession(s) and professional organizations that make up NFRBMEA.

The scholarship application is now available and we ask that you share with any and all proper contacts that could get this in potential recipient’s hand. Applications are due April 21st.

Further information or questions can be directed to Tina LeBrun: tina.lebrun@southcentral.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST

 

 

 

Friday Notes
Friday, April 14, 2017: Experts recommend a bit of skepticism and a search for science-based sources to counter fake news and slanted reports. Pampered pets and a sheep-goat bromance also make an appearance. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 10, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

Upcoming Events

2017

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
June 25-28
New England Ag Teachers (NEAT) Conference
Portsmouth, NH
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

NAAE

National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Applications DUE TODAY, APRIL 10TH
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 outstanding preservice agriculture teachers to represent us at the National FFA Convention, and throughout the year as ambassadors, promoting the profession and encouraging others to Teach Ag! Click here to apply TODAY!
NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE wants to recognize you for your vast accomplishments! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 NAAE Awards Judging Committee
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. 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. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
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. Kiehne explains the design of the farrowing barn where mom sows live for about three weeks while delivering and nursing their piglets, protected from the elements and from territorial barn-mates. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

2017 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.

 

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East – Deadline Approaching
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017.

Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat
Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat on Thursday, April 20th from 8-9pm EDT/5-6pm PDT. Discussion will focus on questioning in the agriscience classroom. Questions for the chat include but are not limited to: What question strategies have you found useful in your classroom? How will you encourage more and better questions from your students? What indicators illustrate you have achieved high-level #inquiry in your classroom? CASE looks forward to thoughtful discussion during the #TeachAgChat as teachers, CASE staff, and special guests discuss inquiry-based learning and questioning techniques!

Follow us on Twitter @case4learning and join the conversation by using #TeachAgChat!

FFA

New Official FFA Student Handbook Ready
The 16th edition of the Official FFA Student Handbook is now available. The handbook features updated opening ceremonies, Official Dress guidelines, supervised agricultural experience descriptions, career development event/leadership development event information, tips, resource connections, and stimulating thoughts designed to engage readers. In addition to the handbook, printed poster sets are available for purchase on ShopFFA.org. Additional free resources are available at FFA.org/student-handbook-advisors-guide.

Visit My Journey for Free Resources
As banquet season and the end of the semester nears, be sure to check out My Journey for free resources, ideas and activities! Explore the latest lesson plan on the retiring address of national vice president Abrah Meyer and peruse various resources from Lincoln Electric on the Explore page. Need a resource for planning your banquet menu? In search of a job interview lesson on body language mistakes? Check out the Build page for these resources and more. Looking for information on how to engage young professionals with volunteerism? Head over to the Connect page for this and a new Day in the Life video! Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page and be sure to look through past months’ ideas in our Archive pages.

Register Now for 212? and 360?
Registration for the 2017-18 212? and 360? conference season is now available. Please read our newconference planning guide. This will help ensure an easy registration and conference experience. The deadline for 2017-18 conference registration is Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. We have changed several items related to hosting a 212? and/or 360? conference. Our aim is to improve efficiencies in shipping and invoicing and to bring more clarity to the hosting process. These changes may result in some increased costs for hosts; however, these changes make the processes more straightforward and timely. Find more information on the 212?/360? leadership conference webpages. Click here to begin registration.

2017 National FFA Convention & Expo Housing
We have made improvements to the housing process for the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. Based on feedback received from the post-convention survey and FFA In Service, we are implementing an online reservation process for all convention attendees who want to reserve a room within the National FFA Housing block. For detailed information, log in to FFA.org and select the housing document in the “What’s New” section of the Toolbox. If you have questions, email us,convention@ffa.org.

ACTE

Virtual CTE Discussions
Brought to you by ACTE's Educators in Action, this online discussion series is designed to empower educators and reinforce their professional skills. Led by career and technical educators, these regular discussions provide a platform for peer-sharing with professionals across the country. Discussions explore hot topics in CTE and tools and tips for strengthening CTE programs. Join fellow ACTE members for these informative and engaging discussions and lend your voice, expertise and ideas to your peers on these important topics. Click here for the Virtual CTE Discussion Calendar.

NFRBMEA

Early Career Program for NFRBMEA Conference Overview 2017
CHS donates up to $10,000 as scholarships for ag education students/instructors or possible career change individuals who may have an interest in becoming Farm/Ranch Management instructors in the future.

The 2017 conference is in Des Moines, Iowa June 11-15 2017. Applicants participate in a pre-conference group meeting/educational program and then network throughout the ongoing conference with other conference attendees to learn about the profession(s) and professional organizations that make up NFRBMEA.

The scholarship application is now available and we ask that you share with any and all proper contacts that could get this in potential recipient’s hand. Applications are due April 21st.

Further information or questions can be directed to Tina LeBrun: tina.lebrun@southcentral.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST

 

 

 

Friday Notes
Friday, April 7, 2017: Crop protection is key to food security, and CAST’s new publication covers the innovation and technology involved with fighting pests, weeds, and disease. Ag news from Capitol Hill, university ag programs honored, and a look at the fake news that used to be called “April Fools.” Sharks lurking off St. Louis, anyone? These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 3, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

Upcoming Events

2017

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
June 25-28
New England Ag Teachers (NEAT) Conference
Portsmouth, NH
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

NAAE

National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Applications DUE NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 10TH
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 outstanding preservice agriculture teachers to represent us at the National FFA Convention, and throughout the year as ambassadors, promoting the profession and encouraging others to Teach Ag! Click here to apply TODAY!
NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE wants to recognize you for your vast accomplishments! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 NAAE Awards Judging Committee
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. 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. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
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. Lynn Locatelli helps re-design a ranch facility where calves are herded to be vaccinated and cows are checked for pregnancy and other health procedures. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

2017 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.

 

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director,Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East – Deadline Approaching
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017.

Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat
Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat on Thursday, April 20th from 8-9pm EDT/5-6pm PDT. Discussion will focus on questioning in the agriscience classroom. Questions for the chat include but are not limited to: What question strategies have you found useful in your classroom? How will you encourage more and better questions from your students? What indicators illustrate you have achieved high-level #inquiry in your classroom? CASE looks forward to thoughtful discussion during the #TeachAgChat as teachers, CASE staff, and special guests discuss inquiry-based learning and questioning techniques!

Follow us on Twitter @case4learning and join the conversation by using #TeachAgChat!

FFA

2017 National FFA Convention & Expo Housing
We have made improvements to the housing process for the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. Based on feedback received from the post-convention survey and FFA In-Service, we are implementing an online reservation process for all convention attendees who want to reserve a room within the National FFA Housing block. For detailed information, log in to FFA.org and select the housing document in the “What’s New” section of the Toolbox. If you have questions, email us, convention@ffa.org.

Take Advantage of the Free Resources on My Journey
As the spring semester continues and state events and banquets approach, remember to peruse My Journey for free resources, ideas and activities! Need award medals for your chapter banquet or lessons to go with the latest issue of FFA New Horizons? Check out the Explore page. Looking for a banquet planning guide to help with the details? What about a lesson on communication skills? Head over to the Build page. Searching for ways to improve or start an FFA Alumni chapter? Is your class ready to learn about global agriculture? Check out the Connect page for information on how to apply for a FFA Alumni Legacy Grant and for a lesson on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the Explore page and be sure to look through past months’ ideas on our Archive pages.

New Website for FFA New Horizons Launched
We recently launched a newly-designed FFA New Horizons magazine. The magazine's website has also been redesigned and is now live! The website has all the content that our printed magazine does, plus videos, interactive features and breaking news.

National Officer Leader to Leader
This month, National FFA President David Townsend hosts our Leader to Leader video segment. David's subject: "Learn. Always."

ACTE

Virtual CTE Discussions
Brought to you by ACTE's Educators in Action, this online discussion series is designed to empower educators and reinforce their professional skills. Led by career and technical educators, these regular discussions provide a platform for peer-sharing with professionals across the country. Discussions explore hot topics in CTE and tools and tips for strengthening CTE programs. Join fellow ACTE members for these informative and engaging discussions and lend your voice, expertise and ideas to your peers on these important topics. Click here for the Virtual CTE Discussion Calendar.

NFRBMEA

Early Career Program for NFRBMEA Conference Overview 2017
CHS donates up to $10,000 as scholarships for ag education students/instructors or possible career change individuals who may have an interest in becoming Farm/Ranch Management instructors in the future.

The 2017 conference is in Des Moines, Iowa June 11-15 2017. Applicants participate in a pre-conference group meeting/educational program and then network throughout the ongoing conference with other conference attendees to learn about the profession(s) and professional organizations that make up NFRBMEA.

The scholarship application is now available and we ask that you share with any and all proper contacts that could get this in potential recipient’s hand. Applications are due April 21st.

Further information or questions can be directed to Tina LeBrun: tina.lebrun@southcentral.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, March 31, 2017: Ag innovation comes from many sources; famine strikes South Sudan; and Capitol Hill continues to buzz with ag-related news. Catch the Cucumba Man rapping, a dare devil flying, a robot delivering food, and a story that will feed your arachnophobia. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 27, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

Upcoming Events

2017

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

NAAE

Apply for the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy by THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 30TH!
Each summer, specially selected teachers spend a week participating in an interactive, hands-on, application-based agriscience training program. The training includes agriculture-related labs with a high amount of science content using inquiry-based approaches to student learning. The 2017 session is tentatively scheduled to be held the week of July 17-21. Click here for more information and to apply!
NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE wants to recognize you for your vast accomplishments! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 NAAE Awards Judging Committee
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. 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. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Applications DUE APRIL 10TH
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 outstanding preservice agriculture teachers to represent us at the National FFA Convention, and throughout the year as ambassadors, promoting the profession and encouraging others to Teach Ag! Click here to apply TODAY!
CHS Foundation Scholarships Due by March 31st!
Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships. Visit this link for more information.
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
Jacob Ball Named 2017 ACTE New Teacher of the Year
Agriculture teacher, Jacob Ball has been named the 2017 ACTE New Teacher of the Year. Click here to watch a video about his accomplishments.
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. Rick Leone makes his weekly trip to a small rural town and works at discounted rates performing pet vaccines, spaying and neutering. Click here to view the video.

CASE

Updated Criteria for Fast Track ASA CASE Institute Participation
Kansas State University will host the first ever Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) Fast Track CASE Institute June 19-24, 2017. Pre-institute homework will be required and teachers must apply to participate. Criteria for applicants was recently updated including at least one prior CASE certification, at least two years CASE teaching experience, and solid understanding of the CASE instructional model and classroom implementation. Applications are due at midnight March 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline of their acceptance status. We look forward to pioneering this fantastic new opportunity for CASE teachers to earn CASE certification. Click here to apply!

2017 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.

 

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East – Deadline Approaching
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017.

Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat
Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat on Thursday, April 20th from 8-9pm EDT/5-6pm PDT. Discussion will focus on questioning in the agriscience classroom. Questions for the chat include but are not limited to: What question strategies have you found useful in your classroom? How will you encourage more and better questions from your students? What indicators illustrate you have achieved high-level #inquiry in your classroom? CASE looks forward to thoughtful discussion during the #TeachAgChat as teachers, CASE staff, and special guests discuss inquiry-based learning and questioning techniques!

Follow us on Twitter @case4learning and join the conversation by using #TeachAgChat!

FFA

Culver's Essay Contest -- Apply by March 31st!
Do you struggle with the cost of getting your chapter to convention? Would you like to bring more members to convention? Here is your chapter’s opportunity to win funding specifically for travel to convention. Ask your students to help your chapter get to National FFA Convention by writing an essay. Prizes include $7,500 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $2,500 for third place.  For details click this link.

To enter, visit the FFA Essay Contest page. Submit an essay of 1,000 words or less about the specified prompt by March 31, 2017.

2017 National FFA Convention & Expo Housing
We have made improvements to the housing process for the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. Based on feedback received from the post-convention survey and FFA In Service, we are implementing an online reservation process for all convention attendees who want to reserve a room within the National FFA Housing block. For detailed information, log in to FFA.org and select the housing document in the “What’s New” section of the Toolbox. If you have questions, email us, convention@ffa.org.

Take Advantage of the Free Resources on My Journey
As the spring semester continues and state events and banquets approach, remember to peruse My Journey for free resources, ideas and activities! Need award medals for your chapter banquet or lessons to go with the latest issue of FFA New Horizons? Check out the Explore page. Looking for a banquet planning guide to help with the details? What about a lesson on communication skills? Head over to the Build page. Searching for ways to improve or start an FFA Alumni chapter? Is your class ready to learn about global agriculture? Check out the Connect page for information on how to apply for a FFA Alumni Legacy Grant and for a lesson on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the Explore page and be sure to look through past months’ ideas on our Archive pages.

New Website for FFA New Horizons Launched
We recently launched a newly designed FFA New Horizons magazine. The magazine's website has also been redesigned and is now live! The website has all the content that our printed magazine does, plus videos, interactive features and breaking news.

National Officer Leader to Leader
This month, National FFA President David Townsend hosts our Leader to Leader video segment. David's subject: "Learn. Always."

NFRBMEA

Early Career Program for NFRBMEA Conference Overview 2017
CHS donates up to $10,000 as scholarships for ag education students/instructors or possible career change individuals who may have an interest in becoming Farm/Ranch Management instructors in the future.

The 2017 conference is in Des Moines, Iowa June 11-15 2017. Applicants participate in a pre-conference group meeting/educational program and then network throughout the ongoing conference with other conference attendees to learn about the profession(s) and professional organizations that make up NFRBMEA.

The scholarship application is now available and we ask that you share with any and all proper contacts that could get this in potential recipient’s hand.

Further information or questions can be directed to Tina LeBrun: tina.lebrun@southcentral.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, March 24, 2017: Access research about plants and genetics, information about the hearings for the Ag Secretary, and results from National Ag Day student contests. A $10,000 burger and that mysterious giant chicken also show up. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 20, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

Upcoming Events

2017

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

NAAE

Apply for the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy by March 30th!
Each summer, specially selected teachers spend a week participating in an interactive, hands-on, application-based agriscience training program. The training includes agriculture-related labs with a high amount of science content using inquiry-based approaches to student learning. The 2017 session is tentatively scheduled to be held the week of July 17-21. Click here for more information and to apply!
March Edition of News & Views
Embrace the science of agriculture! Hear from Glenda Crook, your Region III Vice President about the benefits of agriscience, read about an ag teacher who makes the most of his students' test scores & apply for the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy! All this & more in the March edition of News & Views!
NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE wants to recognize you for your vast accomplishments! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 National NAAE Awards Judging Committee
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. 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. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
Agricultural Education Supply and Demand Profiles Now Available
Our supply and demand profiles provide a snapshot of the current status of agriculture teacher supply and demand based on NAAE region. The data was collected from state agricultural education leaders in the fall of 2016 and is based on the 2016 calendar year. Click here to view the profiles.
National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application Now Available
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 outstanding preservice agriculture teachers to represent us at the National FFA Convention, and throughout the year as ambassadors, promoting the profession and encouraging others to Teach Ag! Click here to apply TODAY!
CHS Foundation Scholarships Due by March 31st!
Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships. Visit this link for more information.
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
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. Don Goodman of Texas shows the use of artificial insemination to improve cattle herds for customers who don't own a bull, and teaches a vet student how to perform the procedure. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

Updated Criteria for Fast Track ASA CASE Institute Participation
Kansas State University will host the first ever Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) Fast Track CASE Institute June 19-24, 2017. Pre-institute homework will be required and teachers must apply to participate. Criteria for applicants was recently updated including at least one prior CASE certification, at least two years CASE teaching experience, and solid understanding of the CASE instructional model and classroom implementation. Applications are due at midnight March 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline of their acceptance status. We look forward to pioneering this fantastic new opportunity for CASE teachers to earn CASE certification. Click here to apply!

2017 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the 26 CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017 and applications will be approved on a rolling basis.

FFA

2017 National FFA Convention & Expo Housing
We have made improvements to the housing process for the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. Based on feedback received from the post-convention survey and FFA In Service, we are implementing an online reservation process for all convention attendees who want to reserve a room within the National FFA Housing block. For detailed information, log in to FFA.org and select the housing document in the “What’s New” section of the Toolbox. If you have questions, email us, convention@ffa.org.

Take Advantage of the Free Resources on My Journey this Month
As the spring semester continues and state events and banquets approach, remember to peruse My Journey for free resources, ideas and activities! Need award medals for your chapter banquet or lessons to go with the latest issue of FFA New Horizons? Check out the Explore page. Looking for a banquet planning guide to help with the details? What about a lesson on communication skills? Head over to the Build page. Searching for ways to improve or start an FFA Alumni chapter? Is your class ready to learn about global agriculture? Check out the Connect page for information on how to apply for a FFA Alumni Legacy Grant and for a lesson on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the Explore page and be sure to look through past months’ ideas on our Archive pages.

Apply Now to Be a National FFA Teacher Ambassador!
Interested in serving as a National FFA Teacher Ambassador?  Applications are now available for the 2017-18 term! Click here to apply. The application period closes March 24, 2017, at midnight (EST).

NFRBMEA

Early Career Program for NFRBMEA Conference Overview 2017
CHS donates up to $10,000 as scholarships for ag education students/instructors or possible career change individuals who may have an interest in becoming Farm/Ranch Management instructors in the future.

The 2017 conference is in Des Moines, Iowa June 11-15 2017. Applicants participate in a pre-conference group meeting/educational program and then network throughout the ongoing conference with other conference attendees to learn about the profession(s) and professional organizations that make up NFRBMEA.

The scholarship application is now available and we ask that you share with any and all proper contacts that could get this in potential recipient’s hand.

Further information or questions can be directed to Tina LeBrun: tina.lebrun@southcentral.edu.

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Friday Notes
Friday, March 17, 2017: Food security challenges and debates, budget cuts will affect agriculture, and a new book provides “letters to young farmers.” Linked stories also look at cherry blossoms, a hyper show dog, and chickens with diapers. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 13, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

Upcoming Events

2017

March 13-15
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Washington, D.C.
May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

FFA

Apply Now to Be a National FFA Teacher Ambassador!
Interested in serving as a National FFA Teacher Ambassador? Applications are now available for the 2017-18 term! Click here to apply. The application period closes March 24, 2017, at midnight (EDT).
Take Advantage of the Free Resources on My Journey this Month
As the spring semester continues and state events and banquets approach, remember to peruse My Journey for free resources, ideas and activities! Need award medals for your chapter banquet or lessons to go with the latest issue of FFA New Horizons? Check out the Explore page. Looking for a banquet planning guide to help with the details? What about a lesson on communication skills? Head over to the Build page. Searching for ways to improve or start an FFA Alumni chapter? Is your class ready to learn about global agriculture? Check out the Connect page for information on how to apply for a FFA Alumni Legacy Grant and for a lesson on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the Explore page and be sure to look through past months’ ideas on our Archive pages.

NAAE

Apply for the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy by March 30th!
Each summer, specially selected teachers spend a week participating in an interactive, hands-on, application-based agriscience training program. The training includes agriculture-related labs with a high amount of science content using inquiry-based approaches to student learning. The 2017 session is tentatively scheduled to be held the week of July 17-21. Click here for more information and to apply!
NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE wants to recognize you for your vast accomplishments! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 National NAAE Awards Judging Committee
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. 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. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act
It has been 100 years since career and technical education was transformed, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Hughes Act into law. Celebrate this profound accomplishment with us! Click here for historical images, lesson plans, articles, and additional information about the legislation that helped shape agricultural education.
Agricultural Education Supply and Demand Profiles Now Available
Our supply and demand profiles provide a snapshot of the current status of agriculture teacher supply and demand based on NAAE region. The data was collected from state agricultural education leaders in the fall of 2016 and is based on the 2016 calendar year. Click here to view the profiles.
National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application Now Available
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 outstanding preservice agriculture teachers to represent us at the National FFA Convention, and throughout the year as ambassadors, promoting the profession and encouraging others to Teach Ag! Click here to apply TODAY!
CHS Foundation Scholarships Due by March 31st!
Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships. Visit this link for more information.
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
Communities of Practice Highlights

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

CASE

Updated Criteria for Fast Track ASA CASE Institute Participation
Kansas State University will host the first ever Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) Fast Track CASE Institute June 19-24, 2017. Pre-institute homework will be required and teachers must apply to participate. Criteria for applicants was recently updated including at least one prior CASE certification, at least two years CASE teaching experience, and solid understanding of the CASE instructional model and classroom implementation. Applications are due at midnight March 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline of their acceptance status. We look forward to pioneering this fantastic new opportunity for CASE teachers to earn CASE certification. Click here to apply!

2017 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the 26 CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017 and applications will be approved on a rolling basis.

NFRBMEA

Early Career Program for NFRBMEA Conference Overview 2017
CHS donates up to $10,000 as scholarships for ag education students/instructors or possible career change individuals who may have an interest in becoming Farm/Ranch Management instructors in the future.

The 2017 conference is in Des Moines, Iowa June 11-15 2017. Applicants participate in a pre-conference group meeting/educational program and then network throughout the ongoing conference with other conference attendees to learn about the profession(s) and professional organizations that make up NFRBMEA.

We will have a scholarship application available soon and would ask that you share with any and all proper contacts that could get this in potential recipient’s hand.

Further information or questions can be directed to Tina LeBrun: tina.lebrun@southcentral.edu.

FFA Alumni

Alumni Regional Development Conferences Underway for 2017
The first Alumni Regional Development Conference of 2017 was held Feb. 3-4 at Orem High School in Orem, Utah. For this conference, staff had an opportunity to speak also with the Utah Association of Agricultural Educators about how Alumni can help teachers achieve a better work/life balance. Representatives from Colorado, Idaho and Utah worked together to develop annual and strategic plans for their state Alumni associations and joined local Alumni members to learn more about how to start Alumni chapters. One participant joined as a life member before the conference was over. These conferences are designed to engage individual members, local FFA alumni leaders, state FFA alumni leaders, agricultural educators and others involved with agricultural education. The event format allows for networking and socializing with fellow FFA alumni, idea sharing and collecting feedback to address obstacles, learning and training in areas of advocacy, leadership, affiliate business operations and more. To learn about the other ten 2017 RDCs, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, March 10, 2017:  Water issues; pesticides, fruits, and veggies; and a biotech tidal wave. Comments from the new EPA head, and tragedy strikes during Texas wildfires. Hannah’s new blog is a slam dunk as it compares farming to March Madness. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 6, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

Upcoming Events

2017

March 13-15
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Washington, D.C.
May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

FFA

Washington Leadership Conference Online Registration Now Open
Advisors and members must first log in to FFA.org then navigate to FFA.org/participate/conferences/washington-leadership-conference to access the registration link. This webpage also contains resources, such as 2017 pricing and dates, an FAQ, advisor and student program information, tentative schedules and student forms. Questions should be directed to WLC@ffa.org.

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE wants to recognize you for your vast accomplishments! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act
It has been 100 years since career and technical education was transformed, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Hughes Act into law. Celebrate this profound accomplishment with us! Click here for historical images, lesson plans, articles, and additional information about the legislation that helped shape agricultural education.
National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application Now Available
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 outstanding preservice agriculture teachers to represent us at the National FFA Convention, and throughout the year as ambassadors, promoting the profession and encouraging others to Teach Ag! Click here to apply TODAY!
CHS Foundation Scholarships Due by March 31st!
Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships. Visit this link for more information.
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
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 visits Riverdale Farms for a routine herd inspection when he finds a mother pig delivering her first litter. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

Updated Criteria for Fast Track ASA CASE Institute Participation
Kansas State University will host the first ever Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) Fast Track CASE Institute June 19-24, 2017. Pre-institute homework will be required and teachers must apply to participate. Criteria for applicants was recently updated including at least one prior CASE certification, at least two years CASE teaching experience, and solid understanding of the CASE instructional model and classroom implementation. Applications are due at midnight March 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline of their acceptance status. We look forward to pioneering this fantastic new opportunity for CASE teachers to earn CASE certification. Click here to apply!

2017 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the 26 CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017 and applications will be approved on a rolling basis.

NFRBMEA

Early Career Program for NFRBMEA Conference Overview 2017
CHS donates up to $10,000 as scholarships for ag education students/instructors or possible career change individuals who may have an interest in becoming Farm/Ranch Management instructors in the future.

The 2017 conference is in Des Moines, Iowa June 11-15 2017. Applicants participate in a pre-conference group meeting/educational program and then network throughout the ongoing conference with other conference attendees to learn about the profession(s) and professional organizations that make up NFRBMEA.

We will have a scholarship application available soon and would ask that you share with any and all proper contacts that could get this in potential recipient’s hand.

Further information or questions can be directed to Tina LeBrun: tina.lebrun@southcentral.edu.

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Friday Notes
Friday, March 3, 2017:  Pocket drones, WOTUS rules, and ag teaching awards. Commentaries about a science march and millennial ag advocacy—and a look at some ag Guinness records. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 27, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

Upcoming Events

2017

March 13-15
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Washington, D.C.
May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

FFA

Washington Leadership Conference Online Registration Opens Wednesday, March 1 at 1 p.m. EST
Advisors and members must first log in to FFA.org then navigate to FFA.org/participate/conferences/washington-leadership-conference to access the registration link. This webpage also contains resources, such as 2017 pricing and dates, an FAQ, advisor and student program information, tentative schedules and student forms. Questions should be directed to WLC@ffa.org.
Don’t Miss Free My Journey Resources
My Journey content has been updated! Check out the free planning tips, tools and lesson plans available this month. Click on the Explore page to find the newly designed and updated SAE Idea Cards and a lesson based on former national vice president Abbey Gretsch’s retiring address. Need to make business cards? Looking for a lesson on employability skills? Head over to the Build page. In need of a current event article related to GMO crops or information on how to start or develop your FFA Alumni chapter? Learn about this year’s alumni Regional Development Conferences and more on the Connect page. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the implementation guide with lesson plans on the Explore page, and be sure to look through past months’ ideas on our Archive pages.
Safety First
Log in to FFA.org for a copy of the National FFA Youth Protection Guidelines, created to help keep youth safe during FFA events. 
Show Us Your FFA Spirit!
Earn cash for your chapter! 2017 Chapter Tee Contest entries are due Feb. 24, 2017. Winning chapters earn 50 percent of first-year profits! Check out our website for rules.

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act
A newly-designed website is now available to help provide you with resources and information about the Smith-Hughes Act. Click here for historical images, lesson plans, articles, and additional information about the legislation that helped transform agricultural education.
National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application Now Available
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 outstanding preservice agriculture teachers to represent us at the National FFA Convention, and throughout the year as ambassadors, promoting the profession and encouraging others to Teach Ag! Click here to apply TODAY!
CHS Foundation Scholarships Due by March 31st!
Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships. Visit this link for more information.
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
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. Amber Hazel of Worthington, Minnesota, drives to visit three farm clients and examine baby calf and piglet patients. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

Updated Criteria for Fast Track ASA CASE Institute Participation
Kansas State University will host the first ever Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) Fast Track CASE Institute June 19-24, 2017. Pre-institute homework will be required and teachers must apply to participate. Criteria for applicants was recently updated including at least one prior CASE certification, at least two years CASE teaching experience, and solid understanding of the CASE instructional model and classroom implementation. Applications are due at midnight March 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline of their acceptance status. We look forward to pioneering this fantastic new opportunity for CASE teachers to earn CASE certification. Click here to apply!

CASE Institute Scholarship Application Available
Generous contributions from the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation have provided partial CASE Institute scholarships for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director, at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

2017 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the 26 CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017 and applications will be approved on a rolling basis.

NFRBMEA

Early Career Program for NFRBMEA Conference Overview 2017
CHS donates up to $10,000 as scholarships for ag education students/instructors or possible career change individuals who may have an interest in becoming Farm/Ranch Management instructors in the future.

The 2017 conference is in Des Moines, Iowa June 11-15 2017.  Applicants participate in a pre-conference group meeting/educational program and then network throughout the ongoing conference with other conference attendees to learn about the profession(s) and professional organizations that make up NFRBMEA.

We will have a scholarship application available soon (mid-February 2017) and would ask that you share with any and all proper contacts that could get this in potential recipient’s hand.

Further information or questions can be directed to Tina LeBrun: tina.lebrun@southcentral.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, February 24, 2017: Food security, ag trade, and a look at the FFA organization under the surface. Some cities are taxing soft drinks, and a feline rescuer shows they don’t always fight like cats and dogs. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 20, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

Upcoming Events

2017

March 13-15
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Washington, D.C.
May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

The Council

 

On February 8–9, 55 educators and industry representatives participated in the Midwest Agricultural Mechanics Instructors Conference, hosted by American Technical Publishers (ATP). Companies and organizations participating in the ATP conference included Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Decker Consulting and Investigations, Fluke Corporation, the Lincoln Electric Company, Milwaukee Tool, UA Local Union 597, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry, the National Council for Agricultural Education, and the National FFA Organization. Click here to read more.

FFA

2017 Give FFA Day
Tomorrow is Give FFA Day! Help us spread the word by encouraging your chapter and community to get involved. Change your profile picture, share on social and GIVE at FFA.org/giveffaday.
Happy National FFA Week!
National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It's a time to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. Visit FFA.org for everything you’ll need to have a successful week.
Washington Leadership Conference Online Registration Opens Wednesday, March 1 at 1 p.m. EST
Advisors and members must first log in to FFA.org, then navigate to FFA.org/participate/conferences/washington-leadership-conference to access the registration link. This webpage also contains resources, such as 2017 pricing and dates, an FAQ, advisor and student program information, tentative schedules and student forms. Questions should be directed to WLC@ffa.org.
Don’t Miss Free My Journey Resources
My Journey content has been updated! Check out the free planning tips, tools and lesson plans available this month. Click on the Explore page to find the newly designed and updated SAE Idea Cards and a lesson based on former national vice president Abbey Gretsch’s retiring address. Need to make business cards?  Looking for a lesson on employability skills?  Head over to the Build page.  In need of a current event article related to GMO crops or information on how to start or develop your FFA Alumni chapter?  Learn about this year’s alumni Regional Development Conferences and more on the Connect page. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the implementation guide with lesson plans on the Explore page, and be sure to look through past months’ ideas on our Archive pages.
Safety First
Log in to FFA.org for a copy of the National FFA Youth Protection Guidelines, created to help keep youth safe during FFA events. 
Show Us Your FFA Spirit!
Earn cash for your chapter! 2017 Chapter Tee Contest entries are due Feb. 24, 2017. Winning chapters earn 50 percent of first-year profits! Check out our website for rules.

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act
A newly-designed website is now available to help provide you with resources and information about the Smith-Hughes Act. Click here for historical images, lesson plans, articles, and additional information about the legislation that helped transform agricultural education.
National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application Now Available
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 outstanding preservice agriculture teachers to represent us at the National FFA Convention, and throughout the year as ambassadors, promoting the profession and encouraging others to Teach Ag! Click here to apply TODAY!
CHS Foundation Scholarships Due by March 31st!
Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships. Visit this linkfor 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. Bramlage, the official vet on call at the Kentucky Derby, Triple Crown, and Breeder's Cup races briefs the world's sports networks and billions of viewers on the health of race contenders. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

Updated Criteria for Fast Track ASA CASE Institute Participation
Kansas State University will host the first ever Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) Fast Track CASE Institute June 19-24, 2017. Pre-institute homework will be required and teachers must apply to participate. Criteria for applicants was recently updated including at least one prior CASE certification, at least two years CASE teaching experience, and solid understanding of the CASE instructional model and classroom implementation. Applications are due at midnight March 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline of their acceptance status. We look forward to pioneering this fantastic new opportunity for CASE teachers to earn CASE certification. Click here to apply!

CASE Institute Scholarship Application Available
Generous contributions from the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation have provided partial CASE Institute scholarships for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director, at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

2017 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the 26 CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017 and applications will be approved on a rolling basis.

NFRBMEA

Early Career Program for NFRBMEA Conference Overview 2017
CHS donates up to $10,000 as scholarships for ag education students/instructors or possible career change individuals who may have an interest in becoming Farm/Ranch Management instructors in the future.

The 2017 conference is in Des Moines, Iowa June 11-15 2017.  Applicants participate in a pre-conference group meeting/educational program and then network throughout the ongoing conference with other conference attendees to learn about the profession(s) and professional organizations that make up NFRBMEA.

We will have a scholarship application available soon (mid-February 2017) and would ask that you share with any and all proper contacts that could get this in potential recipient’s hand.

Further information or questions can be directed to Tina LeBrun: tina.lebrun@southcentral.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

CAST

 

 

 

Friday Notes
Friday, February 17, 2017:  Sell By, Use By, Bye Bye? Food label laws might get clarified. CRISPR in court, student college debt, and snow skiing with real horse power. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 13, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

Upcoming Events

2017

March 13-15
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Washington, D.C.
May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

The Council

Midwest Agricultural Mechanics Instructors Conference
This past week, agricultural education instructors from across the midwest gathered in the Chicago land area to take part in a pilot conference project hosted by American Technical Publishers. The objectives of the conference were to provide an opportunity for agricultural mechanics instructors to network with key industry representatives and peer professionals and to learn trends and career pathways in agricultural mechanics. Click here to read more.

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
February News & Views
Travel the globe with ag education! Learn about our Farmer to Farmer program, hear from Region V Vice President, Jason Kemp about his travels for professional development, and read about an ag teacher who is renovating her facilities to meet her students' needs. All this & more in February's News & Views!
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act
A newly-designed website is now available to help provide you with resources and information about the Smith-Hughes Act. Click here for historical images, lesson plans, articles, and additional information about the legislation that helped transform agricultural education.
National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application Now Available
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 outstanding preservice agriculture teachers to represent us at the National FFA Convention, and throughout the year as ambassadors, promoting the profession and encouraging others to Teach Ag! Click here to apply TODAY!
2016 National Agricultural Education Supply & Demand Executive Summary Now Available
For the third year in a row, Drs. Daniel Foster (Pennsylvania State University), Rebecca G. Lawver (Utah State University), and Amy R. Smith (University of Minnesota) have collected the national agriculture teachers' supply and demand data on behalf of AAAE. Their executive summary can be found here.
CHS Foundation Scholarships Due by March 31st!
Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships. Visit this link for more information.
Take a Survey for a Chance to Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!
The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor is interested in getting feedback from agriculture teachers about the materials that are available for them to use in their classroom, and find out what types of content would be helpful in supporting career decisions for their students.
The survey will take between 5 and 7 minutes to complete, and as a thank you for your time, you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon e-gift card. Your feedback will shape the content and development of materials we will make available to support your education efforts. Click here to take the survey.
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. Matthew Turner of North Carolina prepares a herd of three-week-old piglets to be weaned from their mothers and transitioned to dry feed and water. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Don’t Miss Free My Journey Resources
My Journey content has been updated! Check out the free planning tips, tools and lesson plans available this month. Click on the Explore page to find the newly designed and updated SAE Idea Cards and a lesson based on former national vice president Abbey Gretsch’s retiring address. Need to make business cards? Looking for a lesson on employability skills? Head over to the Build page. In need of a current event article related to GMO crops or information on how to start or develop your FFA Alumni chapter? Learn about this year’s alumni Regional Development Conferences and more on the Connect page. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the implementation guide with lesson plans on the Explore page, and be sure to look through past months’ ideas on our Archive pages.

Safety First
Log in to FFA.org for a copy of the National FFA Youth Protection Guidelines, created to help keep youth safe during FFA events. 

Show Us Your FFA Spirit!
Earn cash for your chapter! 2017 Chapter Tee Contest entries are due Feb. 24, 2017. Winning chapters earn 50 percent of first-year profits! Check out our website for rules.

Apply Now: New Century Farmer
The application deadline for New Century Farmer is this week! Know an FFA member who has experience in 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 currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! Held July 16-22, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa, this all-expenses paid conference will be packed with interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application closes Feb. 15, 2017. Visit the New Century Farmer webpage for more information.

Tell Your Story
Help us tell the story of FFA on Rural Radio! The latest and greatest of FFA is featured on the weekly radio program FFA Today, found on SiriusXM Channel 147, sister station of RFD-TV. We need your help telling the world about the wonderful things FFA members, advisors and chapters are doing. If you have a unique story to share, send us a note at ffatoday@ffa.org. Your story may appear on the show, which airs on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET. If you miss a show, you can find previously aired interviews on theNational FFA Podbean page.

National FFA Week Materials Online
National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It's a time to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. Visit FFA.org for everything you’ll need to have a successful week.

CASE

Updated Criteria for Fast Track ASA CASE Institute Participation
Kansas State University will host the first ever Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) Fast Track CASE Institute June 19-24, 2017. Pre-institute homework will be required and teachers must apply to participate. Criteria for applicants was recently updated including at least one prior CASE certification, at least two years CASE teaching experience, and solid understanding of the CASE instructional model and classroom implementation. Applications are due at midnight March 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline of their acceptance status. We look forward to pioneering this fantastic new opportunity for CASE teachers to earn CASE certification. Click here to apply!

CASE Institute Scholarship Application Available
Generous contributions from the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation have provided partial CASE Institute scholarships for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director, at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

2017 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the 26 CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017 and applications will be approved on a rolling basis.

FFA Alumni

Alumni Regional Development Conferences Underway for 2017
The first Alumni Regional Development Conference of 2017 was held Feb. 3-4 at Orem High School in Orem, Utah. For this conference, staff had an opportunity to speak also with the Utah Association of Agricultural Educators about how FFA Alumni can help teachers achieve a better work/life balance. Representatives from Colorado, Idaho and Utah worked together to develop annual and strategic plans for their state alumni associations and joined local alumni members to learn more about how to start alumni chapters. One participant joined as a life member before the conference was over. These conferences are designed to engage individual members, local FFA alumni leaders, state FFA alumni leaders, agricultural educators and others involved with agricultural education. The event format allows for networking and socializing with fellow FFA alumni, idea sharing and collecting feedback to address obstacles, learning and training in areas of advocacy, leadership, chapter business operations and more. A photo from the Utah conference is attached. To learn about the other ten 2017 RDCs, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, February 10, 2017: Biotech info battle, government policy affecting ag, and a moose on thin ice. Check out Hannah’s blog and art—and consider sending in your own “Ag Story.” These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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