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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

November 23, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

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

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

The Agricultural Business Foundations course includes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFA

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

 

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

 

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

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

FFA Alumni

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

 

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

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

Just another Bloom effort to help drive your funding success!

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

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

Here's the Student Guide.

Here's the Teacher Guide.

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

Communities of Practice Highlights

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

CAST

Many Thanksgiving traditions could change this year.

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

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

November 16, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

FFA Alumni

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

NAAE

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

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

The Agricultural Business Foundations course includes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

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

CAST

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

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

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

November 9, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFA

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

FFA Alumni

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

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

CAST

Universities use innovation and science to cope with the pandemic.

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

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

November 2, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA

Catch up on the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo
You can still relive the highlights of the national convention and expo on FFA.org. Watch the sessions, read stories, applaud the award winners and more.

 

National Days of Service
It is not too late to be part of the National Days of Service! Join 280 chapters from 45 states and Puerto Rico that are serving their communities this month. If your FFA chapter hosted a service event during October, report your impact and be a part of this inaugural event. 

 

Post-Convention Reflection
Now that national convention is over, have your students reflect on their experiences using the reflection/post-convention section in the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Implementation Guide. (Word) (PDF) (Student Worksheets-Google Docs).

 

National FFA Scholarship Program
The National FFA Scholarship Program opens on Nov. 1, 2020.  Whether students plan to attend a specialized training program or seek a four-year degree, the National FFA Scholarship Program has opportunities for all. Access the application at FFA.org/Scholarships.

 

SAE Video of the Week
Learn the process of growing, harvesting and producing mushrooms through FFA member Nathan Gore’s supervised agricultural experience (SAE).

 

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

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

FFA Alumni

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

NAAE

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

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

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

Virtual ABF Available
This fall, teachers have other changes to become certified in ABF virtually! To participate in the event hosted in October by Iowa State, find more info here. To participate in the event hosted during NAAE Convention, find more info here.

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Agricultural Saints, Gods, and Goddesses
It is Halloween season. This is when mythical creatures such as werewolves, zombies, and witches prowl the land. If we go way back in time, several thousand years, there was an era when mythical entities and religious leaders were associated with agriculture. In this Friday Footnote, Dr. Jim Connors from the University of Idaho will educate us… Read more here

CAST

NASA discovered water on the light side of the moon, and it responded by staging a full moon, blue moon on Halloween night.

*** Friday, Oct. 30, 2020:  USDA officials and university scientists provide insights and opinions; food programs, nutrition, and hidden hunger are highlighted; and Halloween night features a rare full moon, blue moon--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

October 26, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

National FFA Convention: Oct. 27-29 

 

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

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

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

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

Meet with a NAAE National Teach Ag Ambassador!
Want to know more about becoming an ag teacher? Sign up to meet with a National Teach Ag Ambassador during National FFA Convention, October 28-30, 2020. Get to know more about the BEST.CAREER.EVER! and find out how you can begin your own journey today! 

Join the NAAE team!
NAAE is seeking applications for the position of NAAE Chief Financial Officer. Please review or download the position announcement with all details on our website.

Virtual ABF Available
This fall, teachers have other changes to become certified in ABF virtually! To participate in the event hosted in October by Iowa State, find more info here. To participate in the event hosted during NAAE Convention, find more info here.

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

FFA

Activate Your Registration Now
The 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo is just a day away! We want to ensure that everyone has the best experience, but we need your help. 

 

Everyone can watch the live broadcast of the general sessions at no cost—registration is not required. Catch it on RFD-TV, The Cowboy Channel or streamed through RFD-TV Now, The Cowboy Channel+ app, FFA.org, Facebook Live and YouTube. 

 

If you have registered to participate in the virtual convention and expo, make sure you and your members who will participate as individuals complete the activation steps in your registration confirmation email. Registration includes access to the expo and shopping mall, workshops, live Connection Rooms, teacher resources, the FFA Blue Room, Forever Blue Experience and more. We are thrilled that so many of you have registered and want to make sure that on Oct. 27, you have a great experience. Completing the activation now will help keep the pressure off a "virtual line" of attendees trying to complete the process all at once. If you have registration questions, email our customer service team, registrationsupport@ffa.org

Join Us for the National Days of Service
It's not too late to be a part of the National Days of Service! Join 182 chapters from 39 states that are serving their communities this month. Chapters can register a service event that will take place before Nov. 1 or report on a service event already completed in October.

 

40+ On-Demand Workshops Available During Convention
Be sure to check out the teacher and student workshops available on-demand during the National FFA Convention & Expo. A wide variety of topics are available, such as personal development workshops for students and workshops on various ready-made-materials for teachers.  

 

Think "Indiana" for 2021
We might not be gathering in Indiana this year, but you can still find great things to plan and do! The State of Indiana is a great supporter of FFA and the National FFA Convention & Expo and have shared some wonderful things to keep in mind as you plan your convention trip for 2021. 

 

FFA Scholarships Application Opens in November
The National FFA Scholarship Program opens on Nov. 1, 2020. Scholarships support FFA high school seniors and collegiate members as well as non-FFA students. Just one application is required for multiple scholarship opportunities totaling close to $2 million. Applications are due Jan. 14, 2021.

Check Out These Google Doc Convention Resources
Will you be using the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Implementation Guide? If you need student activity sheets in Google docs, we've got you covered. Access those here.

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

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

FFA Alumni

National FFA Convention & Expo Alumni and Supporter Registration
FFA Alumni and Supporters can register for the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo at convention.ffa.org! In addition to the rest of the convention experience, this $20 registration includes access to exclusive alumni and supporters' workshops, an awards session and a virtual meet & greet on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m.! 

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Another Contender for First Female Agriculture Teacher - E. M. Hill
The May 16, 1973 issue of The Cumberland News (Maryland) printed an article titled “Elsie Roland, Prominent Educator, Dies” The first sentence in the article reads “Mrs. Elsie Hill Roland, the first woman to teach vocational agriculture in the United States, and principal of Flintstone High School for 36 years, died last night. She was 76.” Is it… Read more here

CAST

A skateboarding bulldog shows canine balance and accomplished half-pipe moves.

*** Friday, Oct. 23, 2020:  Efforts to fight hunger take center stage, rural areas deal with increasing cases of COVID-19, and the week’s lighter side features giant pumpkins, cow huggers, and a skateboarding bulldog--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

October 19, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

National FFA Convention: Oct. 27-29 

 

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA

Activate Your Registration Now
The 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo is just 11 days away! We want to ensure that everyone has the best experience, but we need your help. 

 

Everyone can watch the live broadcast of the general sessions at no cost—registration is not required. Catch it on RFD-TV, The Cowboy Channel or streamed through RFD-TV Now, The Cowboy Channel+ app, FFA.org, Facebook Live and YouTube. 

 

If you have registered to participate in the virtual convention and expo, make sure you and your members who will participate as individuals complete the activation steps in your registration confirmation email. Registration includes access to the expo and shopping mall, workshops, live Connection Rooms, teacher resources, the FFA Blue Room, Forever Blue Experience and more. We are thrilled that so many of you have registered and want to make sure that on Oct. 27, you have a great experience. Completing the activation now will help keep the pressure off a "virtual line" of attendees trying to complete the process all at once. If you have registration questions, email our customer service team, registrationsupport@ffa.org

Hurricane Relief for Louisiana
Another hurricane has devasted Louisiana, and the Louisiana FFA Association still needs your help. The easiest way to lend a hand is to send pre-loaded debit cards of any amount; they can be mailed to the association's office. Visit http://www.la-ffa.org/disaster-relief to learn of specific needs for affected chapters.

Finalists Named in National Agriscience Fair
We are happy to share the top three finalists in each division of the National FFA Agriscience Fair. These finalists will be recognized during the live session broadcasts. Be sure to check the session schedule for details of each session. We will announce the placings live. 

Join Us in the FFA Blue Room at National Convention
In the FFA Blue Room, you will have the chance to explore innovations and new technologies, learn about careers you didn't even know existed, and envision a more sustainable future. Participate in the FFA Blue Room "live sessions" for a chance to win an Xbox One S and other prizes thanks to our presenting sponsors AgriNovus Indiana and Microsoft. Visit Convention.ffa.org/TheBlue-Room/ for more information, including the list of this year's presenters. You must be a registered convention attendee to access the FFA Blue Room.  

 

Check Out These Google Doc Convention Resources
Will you be using the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Implementation Guide? If you need student activity sheets in Google docs, we've got you covered. Access those here

 

Let the Career and Leadership Challenges Begin
We just kicked off new Career and Leadership Challenges! These challenges are designed for individual members to explore, create and have fun while competing in the areas of agriculture, food and natural resources. A series of advocacy and literacy challenges will run through April 2021 as a complement to our celebrations. The first challenge encourages students to #SpeakAg and tell their stories by recording a short video to share. To learn more, visit the challenges website.

Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers
National FFA invites you to join us for an Owl Chat session on the animal systems pathway on Monday, Oct 19, at 7 p.m. EDT. Master teachers will share their favorite strategies and lessons for implementing animal systems, school-based enterprises, managing animal health, bringing industry into your classroom, and coaching animal-related career development events. Register now.

 

FFA Alumni

National FFA Convention & Expo Alumni and Supporter Registration
FFA Alumni and Supporters can register for the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo at convention.ffa.org! In addition to the rest of the convention experience, this $20 registration includes access to exclusive alumni and supporters' workshops, an awards session and a virtual meet & greet on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m.! 

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

NAAE

Meet with a NAAE National Teach Ag Ambassador!
Want to know more about becoming an ag teacher? Sign up to meet with a National Teach Ag Ambassador during National FFA Convention, October 28-30, 2020. Get to know more about the BEST.CAREER.EVER! and find out how you can begin your own journey today! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49AAA62FA5F4C43-meet

Join the NAAE team!
NAAE is seeking applications for the position of NAAE Chief Financial Officer. Please review or download the position announcement with all details on our website.

Early Bird Registration for 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention is Open!
Register online from now until October 23rd for early bird pricing! To view the 2020 Schedule at a Glance, visit our website. Click here to visit our 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention website to sign up now! 

2020 FAST Symposium at NAAE Convention
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting a virtual Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium for all current NAAE Student Member preservice agricultural education students across the United States! This LIVE professional development event is held in conjunction with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Convention, November 30-December 4, 2020!

Click here for more information and to apply by OCTOBER 23rd!

Virtual ABF Available
This fall, teachers have other changes to become certified in ABF virtually! To participate in the event hosted in October by Iowa State, find more info here. To participate in the event hosted during NAAE Convention, find more info here.

 

Listen to Owl Pellets Podcast!
For discussion and tips for agriculture teachers! Experts in agricultural education from the University of Florida, University of Arkansas, and Oklahoma State University tackle useful topics weekly so you can be more effective in the classroom. Owl Pellets can be found here!

2020 Global Learning in Agriculture Week
All are invited to attend the 6th annual Global Learning in Agriculture Week being held February 8th-12th 2021! This occurs in an online environment with both On-Demand and Live Programming. The #GLAG21 theme is “Taking Action”. Last year, over 472 educators attended from 48 states and 20 nations. Don’t miss the chance to connect with great minds and tackle the issues of education and global food security today. Register here!

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: "The term ‘factory farm’ is used widely, most people think machines are making pigs,” says Tennessee veterinarian Dr. Seth Krantz of Tosh Farms. “We’re a family company and we depend on a network of other family farmers to raise these pigs." Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
It's a Beautiful Day in the Agrihood?
Typically, the Friday Footnote postings focus on the past. This one focuses on the present and future. While researching the “Subsistence Homesteads” for the Sept. 11, 2020 Footnote (Urban Agriculture, 1930s Style) , I ran across a new concept. At least it was new to me, and that was “Agrihoods.” Subsistence Homesteads vs. Agrihoods If you… Read more here

CAST

Dr. Alexa Lamm accepted the BCCA trophy and provided insights about ag/science communication.

*** Friday, Oct. 16, 2020:  BCCA prize-winner Alexa Lamm speaks of “effectively communicating in times of crises”; universities continue innovative programs and research; and a hiker shows how he kept an enraged cougar at bay--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

October 12, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

National FFA Convention: Oct. 27-29 

 

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE


Early Bird Registration for 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention is Open!
Register online from now until October 23rd for early bird pricing! To view the 2020 Schedule at a Glance, visit our website. Click here to visit our 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention website to sign up now! 

2020 FAST Symposium at NAAE Convention
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting a virtual Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium for all current NAAE Student Member preservice agricultural education students across the United States! This LIVE professional development event is held in conjunction with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Convention, November 30-December 4, 2020!

Click here for more information and to apply by OCTOBER 23rd!

CASE THRIVE - Ed Tech Summit
Share what you've learned through the transition into hybrid/virtual learning by presenting at Thrive, the CASE Educational Technology Summit coming January 2021. Visit https://www.case4learning.org/events/thrive/ for the Call for Presenters, application, and more information on attending. Deadline for applications is Oct. 16!

Virtual ABF Available
This fall, teachers have other changes to become certified in ABF virtually! To participate in the event hosted in October by Iowa State, find more info here. To participate in the event hosted during NAAE Convention, find more info here.

FFA


Live to Serve This Month
FFA is excited to launch the first National Days of Service (NDoS) nationwide! Our goal is to have at least one chapter from every state participate in this inaugural event. Right now, we have 34 states that have chapters signed up to serve their communities. Local FFA chapters can sign up to host a service event in October. All registered NDoS projects will be part of an interactive mapto inspire others to serve their communities. The FFA National Days of Service Toolkit has everything a chapter needs to make its service project successful. Email questions to lts@ffa.org.

Must-Have Convention Planning Resource Now Available
Don't forget to check out the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Implementation Guide for all of your preplanning needs. The guide features student handouts, choice boards, recommendations for joining convention virtually and more. Access here: (Word) (PDF).

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

 

Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers
National FFA invites you to join us for an Owl Chat session on the animal systems pathway on Monday, Oct 19, at 7 p.m. EDT. Master teachers will share their favorite strategies and lessons for implementing animal systems, school-based enterprises, managing animal health, bringing industry into your classroom, and coaching animal-related career development events. Register now.

Mark Your Calendars: Horizon Conference
Our first Horizon Conference on Jan. 9-10 will help prepare the next generation of leaders in production agriculture to face tomorrow's challenges and successes. Don't miss out on this weekend of career-focused growth and learning. For more about the conference and to sign up to be notified when registration opens, click here. Read more about the conference on FFA.org.

Western Wildfires Continue to Affect FFA Chapters
Many of you have reached out to ask how you can help FFA chapters devastated by the wildfires in Oregon, California and Washington. We've updated our Crisis Relief webpage with current needs and how to get involved. 

Agricultural Education for All Town Hall
If you missed our town hall featuring the National Organization's new Agricultural Education for All roadmap on Wednesday, you can catch the recording here. You can also visit  FFA.org/Ag-Ed-for-All for more details. 

Catch Some NASCAR Action 
NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer will debut the National FFA Organization and DEKALB brand corn car during the Oct. 18 race in Kansas. Focused on the future of agriculture, the partnership will offer a "Winning Has Roots" scholarship to help one qualified student fund their continued education. The number of laps completed with the No. 14 DEKALB Ford Mustang will determine the scholarship amount, which will be announced following the race. To learn more, visit DEKALB.com/Scholarship.

FFA Alumni

National FFA Convention & Expo Alumni and Supporter Registration
FFA Alumni and Supporters can register for the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo at convention.ffa.org! In addition to the rest of the convention experience, this $20 registration includes access to exclusive alumni and supporters' workshops, an awards session and a virtual meet & greet on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m.! 

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

 

New Curriculum Launch! 
Are you looking for new lessons to implement into your classroom – both in-person or virtually? The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence (USPCE) just launched a resource called DESTINATION PORK. DESTINATION PORK Pathway to the Industry is a comprehensive curriculum focused on pork production; designed to expose and interest high school students in pork industry opportunities. The curriculum was developed by subject matter experts, instructional designers, and piloted by a cohort of agriculture education instructors. Lessons can fill a complete unit in a semester or be used a la carte as desired by topic. These courses are formatted to easily integrate with the Google Classroom structure, giving you flexibility within your classroom. This curriculum is available at no cost to agriculture instructors. Download here!

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: "The term ‘factory farm’ is used widely, most people think machines are making pigs,” says Tennessee veterinarian Dr. Seth Krantz of Tosh Farms. “We’re a family company and we depend on a network of other family farmers to raise these pigs." Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Was Lillian Lamb the First Female Smith-Hughes Era Agriculture Teacher?
Questions! I get questions. During a typical week, I will respond to 1-3 questions about agricultural education or FFA. During the past week I answered an inquiry about a gold FFA sweetheart jacket and this question, “I have been trying to find a source that tells me when the first female agriculture teacher started teaching agriculture in the… Read more here

CAST

World Food Prize sessions look at global hunger and ag innovations.

*** Friday, Oct. 9, 2020:  The World Food Prize and CAST offer many online sessions next week, CRISPR gene-editing scientists win a Nobel Prize, and a sheep named Bacon goes baaaack to the trampoline---these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

October 5, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

National FFA Convention: Oct. 27-29 

 

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA


This Implementation Guide Can Help With Your Convention Planning
FFA is excited to introduce the National FFA Convention & Expo Implementation Guide (in Word and PDF) to help advisors preplan and engage students and stakeholders during the virtual national convention. This guide includes handouts, discussion activities, recommendations for activities and more. Learn how to navigate our virtual convention and provide an exciting experience for everyone.

Western Wildfires Continue to Affect FFA Chapters
Many of you have reached out to ask how you can help FFA chapters devastated by the wildfires in Oregon, California and Washington. We've updated our Crisis Relief webpage with current needs and how to get involved. 

Agricultural Education for All Town Hall
If you missed our town hall featuring the National Organization's new Agricultural Education for All roadmap on Wednesday, you can catch the recording here. You can also visit  FFA.org/Ag-Ed-for-All for more details. 

SAE Grants Application Opens
The SAE Grants application is now open and will close on Monday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. EST. Students can access the application through the application center on FFA.org and on the SAE Grants webpage. A how-to PDF on accessing and filling out the SAE Grants application, along with the 2020 SAE Grants Summary Table, are also available. Contact Jennifer Preston, jpreston@ffa.org or 317-452-6013, with questions.

Host an FFA National Days of Service Project
Show us how your chapter is Living to Serve by participating in the FFA National Days of Service! Register a service event to be hosted in October to be part of this nationwide event. If you host and report on your service event before Oct. 9, your chapter may be highlighted during national convention!

Try These Power, Structure and Technology Resources
Employees from Darling Ingredients and CSX sat down with #Speakag Ambassador Andrew Moore and Southern Region Vice President Yomar Roman to discuss how their companies impact agriculture. The discussion was part of our celebration of the power, structure and technology pathway in September. Read all about it on FFA.org.

FFA Alumni


National FFA Convention & Expo Alumni and Supporter Registration
FFA Alumni and Supporters can register for the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo at convention.ffa.org! In addition to the rest of the convention experience, this $20 registration includes access to exclusive alumni and supporters' workshops, an awards session and a virtual meet & greet on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m.! 

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

NAAE


2020 FAST Symposium at NAAE Convention
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting a virtual Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium for all current NAAE Student Member preservice agricultural education students across the United States! This LIVE professional development event is held in conjunction with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Convention, November 30-December 4, 2020!

The FAST Symposium will be held in THREE SESSIONS. Participants who ATTEND ALL THREE SESSIONS will be reimbursed for their NAAE Convention registration. 

The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors that provides customized professional development, networking, and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers and stakeholders from across the country. 

FAST participants must register for NAAE convention at the student member rate ($65). Participants who attend all three-session symposiums will have their $65 convention registration reimbursed. Those who are not able to attend all three sessions may still participate but will not be reimbursed. 

The FAST Symposium will take place in three sessions on the following dates/times:

Session I: November 19 6:30pm-8:30pm EST

Session II: November 30 12:00pm-5:00pm EST

Session III: December 3 4:30-5:45pm EST

Click here for more information and to apply by OCTOBER 23rd!

CASE THRIVE - Ed Tech Summit
Share what you've learned through the transition into hybrid/virtual learning by presenting at Thrive, the CASE Educational Technology Summit coming January 2021. Visit https://www.case4learning.org/events/thrive/ for the Call for Presenters, application, and more information on attending. Deadline for applications is Oct. 16!

Virtual ABF Available
This fall, teachers have other changes to become certified in ABF virtually! To participate in the event hosted in October by Iowa State, find more info here. To participate in the event hosted during NAAE Convention, find more info here.

Seeking Candidates to Fill Open NAAE Committee Positions
There are current openings on the following NAAE committees:

Finance: Region I, Region III and Region VI
Marketing: Region II and Region VI
Member Services: Region I, Region IV and Region VI
Policy and Bylaws: Region I, Region II, Region III and Region VI
Public Policy: Region II and Region VI
Strategic Planning: Region VI

 

Click here to learn more about NAAE committees, including how to apply to be a committee member.

 

Questions? Contact Jay Jackman.

 

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. In this episode of Vets On Call: "The term ‘factory farm’ is used widely, most people think machines are making pigs,” says Tennessee veterinarian Dr. Seth Krantz of Tosh Farms. “We’re a family company and we depend on a network of other family farmers to raise these pigs." Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Home Sweet FFA Home
During my first year of teaching high school agriculture in Medicine Lodge, Kansas (1969-70) I did exactly what my Tarleton Ag Ed teacher educators (Billy Irick, J. B. Morton) taught us to do. They said to become an integral part of the community. So, I joined the local Lions Club and coached a Pony League baseball team. The Lions Club sponsored… Read more here

CAST

Devastating California fires have moved into wine country.

*** Friday, Oct. 2, 2020:  Firefighting efforts involve responders, universities, and science groups. Community and USDA food programs, genetically modified plant research, and grass-stained overalls selling for $1,400---these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

September 28, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

National FFA Convention: Oct. 27-29 

 

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

NAAE's Connect Podcast:
Episode 3: Nutrition, Energy, and Ag Teacher Wellness (Part 1) and Episode 4: Nutrition, Energy, and Ag Teacher Wellness (Part 2) of the Connect Podcast are now available. Visit our website for more information!

 

2020 NAAE Virtual Convention Schedule
The Schedule-at-a-Glance for the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention is now available. Go visit the NAAE website now to view the most up-to-date schedule and to register of the 2020 virtual convention now. 

Become a CASE Pre-service Host!
Check out the Host Application and Planning Guide or schedule an appointment below to discuss how you can implement a pre-service CASE professional development program today! Learn More.

Introducing, Thrive: the CASE Educational Technology Summit!
Check out details and submit a proposal for a session. Let's adapt to the future of ag education together! Both CASE and non-CASE certified teachers are welcome to present and to attend. Learn more here!

Alissa Smith Named CEO of NAAE
Lexington, Ky. – The board of directors of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) is pleased to announce that Alissa F. Smith of Nicholasville, Ky. has been hired as NAAE Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Her assignment in this capacity will begin October 1, 2020.
Read More.

Seeking Candidates to Fill Open NAAE Committee Positions
There are current openings on the following NAAE committees:

Finance: Region I, Region III and Region VI
Marketing: Region II and Region VI
Member Services: Region I, Region IV and Region VI
Policy and Bylaws: Region I, Region II, Region III and Region VI
Public Policy: Region II and Region VI
Strategic Planning: Region VI

 

Click here to learn more about NAAE committees, including how to apply to be a committee member.

 

Questions? Contact Jay Jackman.

FFA

Agricultural Education for All Town Hall
Join us for an important virtual town hall featuring the National Organization’s new Agricultural Education for All roadmap on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. EDT. Click here to watch. Visit FFA.org to view the roadmap before the town hall. You can submit your questions in advance or during the town hall to AgEdforAll@ffa.org.

 

The National FFA Organization is committed to being a welcoming and safe place where students, educators, staff, alumni and stakeholders are celebrated as their authentic selves.

Register for Convention 
Visit Convention.ffa.org for the latest on the year’s biggest virtual celebration and to register. Check out the three-day schedule too.

 

Serve Locally This October 
FFA chapters are being asked to put their Leadership into Action and serve their local community by participating in the FFA National Days of Service. FFA chapters may sign up a service event to be hosted in October. If you host and report on your service event before Oct. 9, your chapter may be highlighted during national convention.

FFA Alumni

Leadership Scholarship Report Deadline
Any FFA Alumni and Supporters chapter or state association that received a leadership scholarship check from National FFA is required to submit a leadership scholarship report form to alumni@ffa.org by Oct. 1. Chapters and states that do not submit a grant report form will not receive 2020 funding. 

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: "The term ‘factory farm’ is used widely, most people think machines are making pigs,” says Tennessee veterinarian Dr. Seth Krantz of Tosh Farms. “We’re a family company and we depend on a network of other family farmers to raise these pigs." Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Aims and Purposes of the FFA
Aims & Purposes of the FFA Dr. Jim Connors, University of Idaho Most former FFA members can still answer the question posed during opening ceremonies of FFA members: FFA members why are we here?  To practice brotherhood, honor agricultural opportunities, yadda, yadda, yadda.  Many can also recite the Mission of the FFA: Premier leadership,… Read more here

CAST

It’s getting harder to find the road to credible information.

*** Friday, Sept. 25, 2020:  A lively webinar delves into ag/science communication, universities achieve various goals even in a pandemic, and somebody actually thinks pumpkin spice mac & cheese is a good idea. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

September 21, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

National FFA Convention: Oct. 27-29 

 

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA


Register for Convention Beginning This Tuesday
Visit Convention.ffa.org for the latest on the year’s biggest virtual celebration, including the ins and outs of registration that opens Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. EDT. Check out the three-day schedule too.

FFA New Horizons Is Here
The latest issue of FFA New Horizons is now hitting mailboxes and features even more exclusive content than ever before — including the new Shop FFA Look Book. You can also read the issue online, and teachers can access the teaching guide for classroom use. Be on the lookout for the magazine’s next printed issue early next year in time for National FFA Week. In the meantime, keep up with all things FFA on FFA.org/news

 

Serve Locally This October 
FFA chapters are being asked to put their Leadership into Action and serve their local community by participating in the FFA National Days of Service. FFA chapters may sign up a service event to be hosted in October. If you host and report on your service event before Oct. 9, your chapter may be highlighted during national convention. 

Official FFA Manuel in Spanish Now Available
The updated version of the Official FFA Manual in Spanish is now available on FFA.org. Based on your feedback, this version of the Spanish manual includes the use of the word “capítulos” instead of “secciones” to represent the English word “chapter.” 

 

SAE Video of the Week
See how Kami Harmon from McMinn County FFA in Tennessee gets her lambs show-ready for her supervised agricultural experience.

Culver’s Celebrates Scoops of Thanks Day
Mark your calendar for Thursday, Sept. 24! Visit your local Culver’s restaurant and get a scoop of fresh frozen custard in exchange for your $1 donation to support local FFA and agricultural education programs. Here are five reasons why you should go.

Get Your TSC Convention Shirts
Something big has arrived at Tractor Supply Company (TSC) stores and online: The TSC national convention T-shirt! For $12.99, you can pick up a great shirt, and all proceeds benefit Gift of Blue, FFA Alumni and Living to Serve.

FFA Alumni

Leadership Scholarship Report Deadline
Any FFA Alumni and Supporters chapter or state association that received a leadership scholarship check from National FFA is required to submit a leadership scholarship report form to alumni@ffa.org by Oct. 1. Chapters and states that do not submit a grant report form will not receive 2020 funding. 

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

NAAE

Alissa Smith Named CEO of NAAE
Lexington, Ky. – The board of directors of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) is pleased to announce that Alissa F. Smith of Nicholasville, Ky. has been hired as NAAE Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Her assignment in this capacity will begin October 1, 2020.
Read More.

Seeking Candidates to Fill Open NAAE Committee Positions
There are current openings on the following NAAE committees:

Finance: Region I, Region III and Region VI
Marketing: Region II and Region VI
Member Services: Region I, Region IV and Region VI
Policy and Bylaws: Region I, Region II, Region III and Region VI
Public Policy: Region II and Region VI
Strategic Planning: Region VI

 

Click here to learn more about NAAE committees, including how to apply to be a committee member.

 

Questions? Contact Jay Jackman.

Current Issue of The Agricultural Education Magazine
Volume 93, Issue 2 – September/October 2020 – Using Reading and Writing to Enhance Your Agriculture Classroom

The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all.

NAAE's Connect Podcast - Episode 3: Nutrition, Energy, and Ag Teacher Wellness (Part 1)
NAAE is excited to kick off Part One of a two part series related to nutrition, energy, and ag teacher wellness. Our host is joined by our guest co-host and current NAAE President, Mr. Parker Bane, as they explore how proper nutrition and living an active lifestyle can help boost our energy so that agricultural educators can be their best for themselves, their students, and their friends and family at home. Parker and Alan are joined by two agricultural educators, Mrs. Amanda Twenter of Missouri and Mr. Melvin Phelps of New York, who share personal experiences they've encountered along with tangible steps that you can take to help boost and maintain your energy throughout the day. 

For more information, visit our website!

 

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. In this episode of Vets On Call: Sadly, shortly after this video was filmed for Veterinarians On Call, Dr. Samantha Pohl passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. We hope her message will better inform people about poultry care in the US, and inspire more students to pursue a career in poultry science and veterinary health. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
The Farm Security Administration (FSA)! What do you think this USDA agency did? Let me guess. It was a federal police force that patrolled farms to make sure no cattle were being rustled or barns were broken into. Farmers would post signs like the one below to show that their farms were protected by the Farm Security Administration. Figure 1.… Read more here

CAST

A broadcaster chastises his dogs for lying on their online dating profiles.

*** Friday, Sept. 18, 2020:  Science and agriculture struggle with an “infodemic,” students and the public deal with a multitude of disasters, and a viral video looks at how online dating can go to the dogs. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

September 14, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

National Teach Ag Day: Sept. 17, 2020

 

National FFA Convention: Oct. 27-29 

 

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE


Make plans to join us on Thursday, September 17th as we celebrate National Teach Ag Day!
Watch the webcast by going to the Teach Ag website and/or the NAAE and Teach Ag Facebook pages. Use #TeachAg and #Tagged20 for your Teach Ag Day social media posts. 

 

10:00am-12:00pm EDT Pre-show live interviews and conversation facilitated by Teach Ag Ambassadors John Bazemore, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in GA and Madeleine Musick, Oklahoma State University in OK. 
(featuring current agriculture teachers, agricultural education leaders, sponsor partners, agriculture organizations like MANRRS, Cultivating Change Foundation and Agriculture Future of America, the 2020 Teach Ag Champions and more

12:00-1:00pm EDT Teach Ag Day program 
(featuring inspirational agriculture teachers, the 2020-2021 Teach Ag Ambassadors, the 43 Teach Ag Day celebration host sites and more than 100 tagged to #TeachAg individuals

4:00-8:00pm Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium - registration closed 
(featuring targeted professional development for preservice teachers including inquiry instructional methods, creating an inclusive classroom, Nearpod integration, My Local Cooperative, CASE, current teacher Q&A panel and job interview tips). 

 

Current Issue of The Agricultural Education Magazine
Volume 93, Issue 2 – September/October 2020 – Using Reading and Writing to Enhance Your Agriculture Classroom

The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all.

The Bloom Partnership: Providing Ag Ed Support at Every Level
In our continued effort to expand our commitment to FFA $1.00 out of every FFA Chapter Challenge sale will support Ag Teacher Associations in your State and NAAE.

Plus, the $14 (70%) going to your chapter means with every 100 memberships sold online or using our FFA “app” friendly card will return $1400 back to your chapter. Over the years our average chapter sale is 280 FFA Travel and Savings Membership sold or $3920 in chapter profit.

Let our team help your chapter implement the simplest consumer-friendly fundraiser in America. Not only does it deliver unprecedented profit to your chapter but a wonderful value to your supporters. Learn more bloomforgood.com/ffa.

NAAE's Connect Podcast - Episode 3: Nutrition, Energy, and Ag Teacher Wellness (Part 1)
NAAE is excited to kick off Part One of a two part series related to nutrition, energy, and ag teacher wellness. Our host is joined by our guest co-host and current NAAE President, Mr. Parker Bane, as they explore how proper nutrition and living an active lifestyle can help boost our energy so that agricultural educators can be their best for themselves, their students, and their friends and family at home. Parker and Alan are joined by two agricultural educators, Mrs. Amanda Twenter of Missouri and Mr. Melvin Phelps of New York, who share personal experiences they've encountered along with tangible steps that you can take to help boost and maintain your energy throughout the day. 

For more information, visit our website!

 

2020 NAAE Convention is Going Virtual-November 30-December 4th
Along with the ACTE CareerTech Vision, NAAE has made the decision to go virtual for the 2020 NAAE Convention.  This was a very difficult decision however the health and safety of our members is of the utmost importance to our association. As we continue to plan, more information will be released and we will update the ag ed community. Click here to learn more and register.

FFA


Credit Cards Required for 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Registration
Credit cards will be the only accepted payment type when registration opens for the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo on Sept. 22. This change applies to all registration types and tiers, including chapters and states. We are confident registering groups can handle this change in 2020 thanks to lower overall registration costs and continuing trends of our registration transaction history. Plus, registration for the 2020 virtual event does not include any time-sensitive or quantity-limited registration items, meaning registration as soon as the process opens will have no additional benefit. 

If a registering group has no access to a credit card for this purchase, we recommend purchasing a prepaid Visa or Mastercard gift card equal to the expected registration cost. Prepaid Visa or Mastercard gift cards may be used during the registration process. The prepaid gift card could be reimbursed from school funds, covered by an advance collection of funds from participants, or purchased by a chapter’s local alumni/supporter group. 

This information will soon be communicated broadly via email and the convention website

National Awards Judges Needed
The awards and recognition team is seeking interested individuals to serve as judges for National FFA Agriscience Fair, National Chapter Awards, and Agricultural Proficiency Awards. The virtual judging process will take place the week of Sept. 21. We hope you will consider helping out and encourage others to sign up and serve as a judge this year. 

 

Use These Video Lessons in Your Classroom
New supervised agricultural experience video lesson plans are now available!  Access them here

FFA Alumni


Leadership Scholarship Report Deadline
Any FFA Alumni and Supporters chapter or state association that received a leadership scholarship check from National FFA is required to submit a leadership scholarship report form to alumni@ffa.org by Oct. 1. Chapters and states that do not submit a grant report form will not receive 2020 funding. 

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: Sadly, shortly after this video was filmed for Veterinarians On Call, Dr. Samantha Pohl passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. We hope her message will better inform people about poultry care in the US, and inspire more students to pursue a career in poultry science and veterinary health. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Urban Agriculture: 1930s Style
During the past several decades there has been an emphasis on urban agriculture. It is now common to hear such words as community gardens, community-supported agriculture, rooftop farming, container gardening, vertical farming, square-foot gardens, and the list goes on. Even the Cooperative Extension Service has allocated resources to serving the… Read more here

CAST

State fairs have been canceled but venders use methods to keep the corn dogs, deep-fried Oreos, and chickens-on-a-stick flowing.

*** Friday, Sept. 11, 2020:  Weather extremes include fires, snow, and derechos; rural areas suffer from increased COVID-19 cases and slower postal service; and most state fairs were canceled but food vendors still offer deep-fried everything on-a-stick. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

August 24, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

National Teach Ag Day: Sept. 17, 2020

 

National FFA Convention: Oct. 27-29 

 

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE


Running A Successful Online Fundraiser-Free Webinar
Bloom is passionate about impacting your chapter and is giving back 80% of every sale to FFA with 70% remaining with your chapter. With $.50 of every sale now going to your state ag teachers’ association and another $.50 to NAAE for grants and scholarships. Plus $1 to The FFA National Foundation. Everyone wins!!

Bloom is offering a free webinar to walk you through “Running a Successful Online FFA Fundraiser.” During these webinars, you will learn how chapters can not only raise funds but also make this a leadership team-building event.

Bloom is giving a free membership to everyone that registers for the webinar ($20 value).

Register below:

Aug. 24 | 4 p.m. (EST)| https://bit.ly/3jCz9Z4

www.bloomforgood.com

XLR8 Registration is Closing Soon!
XLR8 is a year-long professional development program for agriculture teachers in their 7th-15th year of teaching. Applications for the 2020 XLR8 professional development program are due September 2, 2020Click here to learn more and register.

2020 National Teach Ag Day Future Agriculture Teacher Photo Submission
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting photos and information of future agriculture teachers to include in the 2020 National Teach Ag Day Webcast. In order to be included, future agriculture teachers must submit a high resolution, appropriate headshot photo, name, city and state, current school, high school agriculture teacher, and their email address. We encourage you to share this information with any future agriculture teachers who may be interested. Click here to learn more and to submit information.

 

2020 NAAE Convention is Going Virtual-November 30-December 4th
Along with the ACTE CareerTech Vision, NAAE has made the decision to go virtual for the 2020 NAAE Convention.  This was a very difficult decision however the health and safety of our members is of the utmost importance to our association. As we continue to plan, more information will be released and we will update the ag ed community. Click here to learn more and register.

 

Agricultural Education For All Learning Sessions:
Join NAAE and the National FFA Organization on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 3:00pm EDT for the session is entitled “Culturally Responsive Teaching” and will be presented by Dr. Erica Gray.

As instructional leaders, making the shift toward embedding culturally responsive teaching practice with fidelity requires us to recognize and share powerful practices in action. It requires us to look at our practices both from the teacher standpoint and student receptiveness. It also requires us to create an environment in which coaching both becomes the vehicle to replicate those practices building-wide and to empower teachers to make adjustments that embed equity in their current teaching practices. Click here to register in advance for this session.

Click here to see the rest of the schedule for August.

FFA

RFD-TV Partners With FFA for Live Broadcast of National Convention 
Thanks to the generosity of RFD-TV, production of the convention general sessions, award recognitions, national officer retiring addresses and celebration of FFA members and partners will occur at the RFD-TV studio in Ft. Worth, Texas, Stockyards. Learn more on FFA.org

 

FFA Blue Room Returns to National Convention
Want to introduce your students to the future careers, innovations and technology in agriculture at this year’s first-ever virtual national convention? Check out the FFA Blue Room! National FFA is bringing the future of sustainability in agriculture directly to students and classrooms through engaging activities with cutting-edge ag tech companies and live presentations from industry leaders. The FFA Blue Room is a unique experience that has made an impact over the last two years. Stay tuned for more to come.

 

A Fair Time to Advocate
We wrapped up our July advocacy celebration on the importance of fairs in agriculture by discussing animal biosecurity with Merck Animal Health. Check out fair impact numbers, the importance of advocating at fairs and more resources here.

 

Living to Serve Fall Semester-Long Grants Now Open
Apply now! This grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with up to $1,200 to implement a service-learning project in their community for one semester. The application closes Sept. 1. Email lts@ffa.org with questions. #LivingToServe

 

Living to Serve Chapter Challenge Open to Chapters and Individuals
Whether you are attending school in person or virtually, you can still serve your community. Share with FFA how you are serving individually or as a chapter. Find resources to inspire you to take action and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted #LivingToServe

Teachers: Try These Worksheets
Check out the FFA Fundamentals and FFA.org Scavenger Hunt Choice Boards. The FFA Fundamentals choice board is designed to help students quickly learn FFA basics while exploring FFA.org. This is the perfect activity for an FFA unit or Discovery and Greenhand FFA Degree candidates. The FFA choice boards facilitate student exploration across all facets of FFA.org, as well as AgExplorer. Choice boards cover a variety of periods (six-weeks, nine-weeks, one semester and a year). Choose the time that works best with your curriculum.

Program to Help Students in Indian Country
Do you know of an FFA member who was unable to sell their market animal this year due to a canceled or altered fair or livestock sale? FFA members in Indian Country are encouraged to check out the Intertribal Agriculture Council’s Food 4 Families program. This program helps pay the processing fees for finished market livestock to ensure an appropriate and economically viable end to the project. The program is open to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian FFA and 4-H members.  Learn more and apply at https://www.indianag.org/4h.

FFA Alumni

Final 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporters Grant Deadline Approaching 
September 1st is the final deadline to apply for 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporter grants! Thanks to Tractor Supply Company, $500 legacy grants are available for starting and improving alumni and supporter chapters and $1,000 grants are available for alumni and student members to partner together on projects or events!  Nutrien Ag Solutions is sponsoring $5,000 Give Back to Your Roots grants that can help pay for student affiliation fees, plant-science based projects or other agriculture program materials. Grant applications can be found at www.ffa.org/alumnigrants and submitted to alumni@ffa.org

FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee
Interested in helping shape FFA Alumni and Supporters for the future? Apply to be a part of the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee!  Positions are open for a representative from the Eastern region and for a representative from a corporate alumni and supporters chapter. Applications are due by Sept. 1. To submit your application, or if you have questions, email alumni@ffa.org.

 

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. In this episode of Vets On Call: Poultry vets like Dr. Dan Wilson of Rose Acre Farms in Indiana are working to keep eggs safe. 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. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Its Alive! The Agriculture Adjustment Act Rises from the Grave!
In the previous Friday Footnote, we learned about the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933. We ended the Footnote with a Supreme Court ruling in 1936 that invalidated the Act. The Court ruled that a special tax paid by food processors to fund the Act was unconstitutional.   Figure 1: Agricultural Adjustment Act ruled unconstitutional.   So, what… Read more here

CAST

This Michigan corn maze says it all---COVID, Go Away!

*** Friday, August 21, 2020:  This weird summer includes a Midwest hurricane, western wildfires, a COVID corn maze, and a surfer punching out a shark--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

August 17, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

National Teach Ag Day: Sept. 17, 2020

 

National FFA Convention: Oct. 27-29 

 

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA


Get the latest on National Convention 
Mark your calendars now to join us virtually Oct. 27-29 for the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo. Watch a special message from the National FFA Officers, know what to expect during your virtual national convention and expo, and learn how to register for this year’s event at Convention.FFA.org

SAE for All
Looking for information on supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs)? Check out the SAE for All website, which provides information on SAEs based on exploring passions and career interests. Students start with a foundational SAE and then expand to include one or more immersion SAEs. Find activity guides and more to make it easy for all students to have an SAE.

 

E-learning modules are available on the educator and student pages.
Also, the SAE Resources Guide (Word)(PDF) can help teachers and advisors incorporate SAEs into their courses in the classroom and at a distance.

FFA Alumni

Final 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporters Grant Deadline Approaching 
September 1st is the final deadline to apply for 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporter grants! Thanks to Tractor Supply Company, $500 legacy grants are available for starting and improving alumni and supporter chapters and $1,000 grants are available for alumni and student members to partner together on projects or events!  Nutrien Ag Solutions is sponsoring $5,000 Give Back to Your Roots grants that can help pay for student affiliation fees, plant-science based projects or other agriculture program materials. Grant applications can be found at www.ffa.org/alumnigrants and submitted to alumni@ffa.org

FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee
Interested in helping shape FFA Alumni and Supporters for the future? Apply to be a part of the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee!  Positions are open for a representative from the Eastern region and for a representative from a corporate alumni and supporters chapter. Applications are due by Sept. 1. To submit your application, or if you have questions, email alumni@ffa.org.

NAAE

XLR8 Registration is Closing Soon!
XLR8 is a year-long professional development program for agriculture teachers in their 7th-15th year of teaching. Applications for the 2020 XLR8 professional development program are due September 2, 2020Click here to learn more and register.

National Teach Ag Day FAST Symposium
The National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting a virtual Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium for all current NAAE Student Member preservice agricultural education students across the United States for FREE! This LIVE professional development event is held in conjunction with National Teach Ag Day, September 17th, 2020! Follow this link to apply by SEPTEMBER 2ND!

CASE Curriculum is now available via MyCASE!
CASE teachers, don't forget that case4learning.org has a new look! To access your curriculum, log into MyCASE. PLEASE NOTE, if you've paid NAAE dues or been CASE-certified, you most likely already have an account. Before creating one, please try some of your current or previous emails as your username.

2020 NAAE Convention is Going Virtual-November 30-December 4th
Along with the ACTE CareerTech Vision, NAAE has made the decision to go virtual for the 2020 NAAE Convention.  This was a very difficult decision however the health and safety of our members is of the utmost importance to our association. As we continue to plan, more information will be released and we will update the ag ed community.  As of Monday, August 10, here are a few things to know about this year’s convention:

  • Live general sessions and over 50 live and on-demand workshops will be available to convention registrants.
  • All live sessions will be recorded and available on-demand for 365 days after the last date of convention so you can catch every session and continue your professional development all year.
  • Networking lounges and opportunities to engage with other participants as well as the Organizational Members & Business Partners will be available during the convention.
  • Special NAAE Member Rate of $225 and special NAAE Student Member Rate of $65 will get you access to everything!  To register go to our website and make sure you click the “Agricultural Education” in the Field of Specialization area.
  • For those that have already registered at the ACTE Early-Bird Rate, you will automatically be refunded the difference between early-bird rate and the new NAAE Member Rate by ACTE.  All questions related to registration refunds need to be directed to ACTE at registration@acteonline.org.  
  • The NAAE website is in the process of being updated to reflect the new virtual convention. 

We are excited about this new venture and look forward to engaging with our members virtually this year!

Agricultural Education For All Learning Sessions:
Join NAAE and the National FFA Organization on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 3:00pm EDT for the session is entitled “Micro-aggression & Micro-messaging” and will be presented by Dr. Roger Cleveland.

This session will help participants understand the concepts of micro-aggressions, micro-inequities and stereotype threat, how these can manifest, and how they impact learning environments. The participants will be introduced to ways of challenging unconscious biases. We will also explore and share out strategies to effectively respond to micro-aggressions. Click here to register in advance for this session.

Click here to see the rest of the schedule for August.

 

ACTE Ag Ed Division Update from Scott Stone
We in education have been dealt a very poor hand these past few months but you have played that hand to the best of your ability and I thank you. I want to ensure you that the staff at ACTE and NAAE have worked tirelessly on our behalf to help provide the support and resources we need in the trenches each day. I want to thank them for all their hard work and dedication to our profession... Read More.

FREE Webinar on Funding Solutions for your Chapter: Bloom is passionate about impacting your chapter and is giving back 80% of every sale to FFA with 70% remaining with your chapter. With $.50 of every sale now going to your state ag teachers’ association and another $.50 to NAAE for grants and scholarships. Plus $1 to The FFA National Foundation. Everyone wins!!

Bloom is offering a free webinar to walk you through “Running a Successful Online FFA Fundraiser.” During these webinars, you will learn how chapters can not only raise funds but also make this a leadership team-building event.

Bloom is giving a free membership to everyone that registers for the webinar ($20 value).

Register below:

Aug. 24 | 4 p.m. (EST)| https://bit.ly/3jCz9Z4

www.bloomforgood.com

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. In this episode of Vets On Call: Poultry vets like Dr. Dan Wilson of Rose Acre Farms in Indiana are working to keep eggs safe. 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. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Plowing Under Cotton and Killing Pigs
During the Great Depression/Dust Bowl era the creation of the Soil Conservation Service, running electricity and building sanitary privies in rural America, and establishing a system of farm credit all made sense.  However, the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) of 1933 was controversial. In this Friday Footnote we will explore the Agricultural… Read more here

CAST

Some breakfast items might be “endangered foods".

*** Friday, August 14, 2020:  Food assistance programs, the WASDE report, and a crop-destroying storm, along with a look at your breakfast items that could be on the endangered list--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

August 10, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

National Teach Ag Day: Sept. 17, 2020

 

National FFA Convention: Oct. 28 - 30 

 

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE


2020 NAAE Convention is Going Virtual-November 30-December 4th
Along with the ACTE CareerTech Vision, NAAE has made the decision to go virtual for the 2020 NAAE Convention.  This was a very difficult decision however the health and safety of our members is of the utmost importance to our association. As we continue to plan, more information will be released and we will update the ag ed community.  As of Monday, August 10, here are a few things to know about this year’s convention:

  • Live general sessions and over 50 live and on-demand workshops will be available to convention registrants.
  • All live sessions will be recorded and available on-demand for 365 days after the last date of convention so you can catch every session and continue your professional development all year.
  • Networking lounges and opportunities to engage with other participants as well as the Organizational Members & Business Partners will be available during the convention.
  • Special NAAE Member Rate of $225 and special NAAE Student Member Rate of $65 will get you access to everything!  To register go to our website and make sure you click the “Agricultural Education” in the Field of Specialization area.
  • For those that have already registered at the ACTE Early-Bird Rate, you will automatically be refunded the difference between early-bird rate and the new NAAE Member Rate by ACTE.  All questions related to registration refunds need to be directed to ACTE at registration@acteonline.org.  
  • The NAAE website is in the process of being updated to reflect the new virtual convention. 

We are excited about this new venture and look forward to engaging with our members virtually this year!

Agricultural Education For All Learning Sessions:
Join NAAE and the National FFA Organization on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 3:00pm EDT for the session is entitled “Blind Spots: Implicit Bias in the Classroom” and will be presented by Ms. Jaime Nebbitt.

Implicit Bias or Unconscious bias is the stereotyping and prejudice that guides our preference for a social group that is often automatic. Implicit bias is ubiquitous in society, and shaped by individual’s experiences, perceptions, and upbringing, everyone has some form of unconscious bias. Recent studies have shown that this bias also exist in educators, and that can have significant impact on student’s achievement and success. This session will introduce participants to case studies, challenge participants to explore their own unconscious bias, and then we will have discussion around approaches that may assist educators to become conscious of their biases, and how they may be able to remedy them for the benefit of the students.  Click here to register in advance for this session.

Click here to see the rest of the schedule for August.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 2 Now Streaming! For the second episode of Connect, a podcast by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, we're digging deep into Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). CASE is one of the most powerful tools available for the advancements of agricultural education and the enhancement of student learning in our profession. Our host is joined by two CASE Master Teachers, Ms. Karen Van De Walle of Iowa and Mr. Carroll Mercer of Arkansas, who share their passion for CASE and how it's transformed not only their classroom but their personal and professional lives as well. 

You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Play. Visit our podcast webpage to stream now!

FFA

Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning
Check out these tips and tricks to make National FFA educator resources more usable at a distance. Pick and choose the resources that match your distance-learning needs.

New Virtual Conference Focused on Production Agriculture
If you’re a junior, senior or an FFA member who has recently graduated and is passionate about production agriculture, mark your calendar for the Horizon Conference, Jan. 9-10, 2021. This new virtual conference will cultivate the next generation of leaders in production agriculture. More information about this conference, including a schedule and registration information, is coming soon. Visit FFA.org to learn more about this conference and sign up to receive email updates.

Accept the Challenge 
We know that chapters across the country are serving their communities over the summer months. Share with us what you are doing individually or as a chapter. Find resources to inspire you to act and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted

FFA Alumni

Final 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporters Grant Deadline Approaching 
September 1st is the final deadline to apply for 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporter grants! Thanks to Tractor Supply Company, $500 legacy grants are available for starting and improving alumni and supporter chapters and $1,000 grants are available for alumni and student members to partner together on projects or events!  Nutrien Ag Solutions is sponsoring $5,000 Give Back to Your Roots grants that can help pay for student affiliation fees, plant-science based projects or other agriculture program materials. Grant applications can be found at www.ffa.org/alumnigrants and submitted to alumni@ffa.org

FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee
Interested in helping shape FFA Alumni and Supporters for the future? Apply to be a part of the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee!  Positions are open for a representative from the Eastern region and for a representative from a corporate alumni and supporters chapter. Applications are due by Sept. 1. To submit your application, or if you have questions, email alumni@ffa.org.

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for professional development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters is offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom. The next online event will be held on Saturday, August 15. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

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. In this episode of Vets On Call: Poultry vets like Dr. Dan Wilson of Rose Acre Farms in Indiana are working to keep eggs safe. 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. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Show Me the Money
When I was 16 years old, I visited the Production Credit Association (PCA) office in Lampasas, Texas to ask for a loan to buy 5 cows. This was to expand my SAE program. As a freshman, I had two Angora goats. During my sophomore year, I added more goats and had a flock of 20 sheep thanks to the FFA chapter livestock chain.  In my junior year, I… Read more here

CAST

Experiencing the “nostalgic smell of the ring” at revamped livestock shows.

*** Friday, August 7, 2020:  It’s a “No Fair” summer, but youth livestock shows continue. Updates for virus research, mystery seeds, and car-hop food trends--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

August 3, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

Agricultural Education For All Learning Sessions:
Join NAAE and the National FFA Organization on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 3:00pm EDT for the session is entitled “Cultural Humility: What’s it all about?” and will be presented by Dr. Erica Gray.

 

This session will explore how an organization or school can become inclusive and understanding of a variety of cultures, races, abilities, and differences, and identify changes that can be made by organizations and by individuals to transform the climate. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of cultural competence and cultural humility. Participants will be more aware of their own cultural perceptions and how those perceptions influence policies, practices and personnel. Participants will have an increased knowledge of cultural competence, cultural humility, and be better prepared to interact more comfortably in a multi-cultural work environment. Click here to register in advance for this session.

Click here to see the rest of the schedule for August.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 2 Now Streaming! For the second episode of Connect, a podcast by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, we're digging deep into Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). CASE is one of the most powerful tools available for the advancements of agricultural education and the enhancement of student learning in our profession. Our host is joined by two CASE Master Teachers, Ms. Karen Van De Walle of Iowa and Mr. Carroll Mercer of Arkansas, who share their passion for CASE and how it's transformed not only their classroom but their personal and professional lives as well. 

You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Play. Visit our podcast webpage to stream now!

FFA


New Virtual Conference Focused on Production Agriculture
If you’re a junior, senior or an FFA member who has recently graduated and is passionate about production agriculture, mark your calendar for the Horizon Conference, Jan. 9-10, 2021. This new virtual conference will cultivate the next generation of leaders in production agriculture. More information about this conference, including a schedule and registration information, is coming soon. Visit FFA.org to learn more about this conference and sign up to receive email updates.

 

SAE Video of the Week
Watch Chloe Jones from McMinn County FFA in Tennessee weave her magic as she makes grapevine wreaths and learns about grape production. 

Accept the Challenge 
We know that chapters across the country are serving their communities over the summer months. Share with us what you are doing individually or as a chapter. Find resources to inspire you to act and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted

Judges Needed
Are you interested in serving as a judge for the National Chapter Awards? Sign up now to be a national finalist selection judge. You will score state winning applications online and have a five- to 14-day period to score the applications. Expect to spend six to 10 hours scoring the applications at your convenience during the judging period. Instructions and details, including a video tutorial, will be provided. National finalist selection begins on Aug. 5. Learn more about how to sign up. Email questions to judges@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for professional development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters is offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom. The next online event will be held on Saturday, August 15. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: Dr. Wilson, veterinarian at Rose Acre Farms in Indiana, examines the flocks in his care by handling some of the birds. “A bird lays an egg every day, we have to maintain their health,” he says. At the farm, he examines the birds’ body condition, bone condition, and fat condition – this at the farm that is second largest egg producer in the U.S. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
One Hundred and Counting
Historians often celebrate milestone events such as the 50th or 100th anniversary of an important happening. In 2014 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act that provided for a national system of Extension. In 2017 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act which provided federal support for the teaching of… Read more here

CAST

Universities and organizations continue science and tech research in challenging times. 

*** Friday, July 31, 2020:  Crucial research continues during the pandemic, chocolate gets high marks from some health experts, and NASA sends a spacecraft to Mars—without Matt Damon or potatoes! These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

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