Amaris Ketcham

Monday Morning Monitor

Blog Post created by Amaris Ketcham on Feb 20, 2012

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


This week we cover more ag happenings in Washington, a new World Food Prize award, and an update on GE food. Students will find many other links in this edition with current information, educational opportunities, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.


The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.


Click here to access the February 17 edition of CASTFriday Notes.


Teach Ag
The National Teach Ag Campaign wishes everyone a Happy FFA Week! Agriculture Teachers are the power behind the agriculture program. Remember to take a moment this week and thank an agriculture teacher for all they do to provide opportunities for students and impact the community in a positive way. Being an agriculture teacher is a great career choice. To find out more check out the Teach Ag website.


Teachers Turn the Key
Been teaching ag less than five years? Apply for ourTeachers Turn the Key scholarship. This scholarship allows early career agricultural educators to attend the annual NAAE convention, giving them an opportunity to become involved with their professional association on a national level. TTTK participants take part in special programming geared toward agricultural educators in the early stages of their careers.

Communities of Practice


From FFA

The U.S. Department of Education has launched a National Education Startup Challenge
Are your students innovative? Are they problem solvers looking for a challenge? If yes, then the U.S. Department of Education has a project right up their alley: the National Education Startup Challenge. Students can submit a business plan and a video pitch for a for-profit or non-profit startup that includes an innovative strategy, product or service designed to address one of these four challenge topics: Middle Grades Matter; Skills, Skills, Skills; Education Pays; and Finish Faster. For information, visit Hurry! The challenge ends on May 1, 2012.


From USDA Helps Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Get Started
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Library, in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation, has created, an online database connecting beginning farmers and ranchers with available programs and resources. Read More>>


How is your Community Moving? Send us a Video!
First Lady Michelle Obama announced the Communities on the Move Video challenge and invited faith-based, community, and other non-profit organizations to create inspiring videos about their efforts to reverse the trend of childhood obesity. The challenge will recognize community efforts that promote healthy lifestyles for kids by encouraging nutritious eating through USDA’s MyPlate icon, increasing physical activity, and/or ensuring access to healthy, affordable foods. Read More>>



Registration is open for this summer’s CASE Institutes.  To obtain the CASE curriculum, teachers are required to attend an 80-hour concurrent session CASE Institute.  This professional development experience equips teachers to use the curriculum to its fullest potential by preparing them to lead students through a series of meaningful, sequential activities, problems and projects couched in agriculture subject matter.  For more information, and to register for an institute,



"Changing the way we eat" means a lot more than simply cutting fat and calories from our diets.

Sixteen speakers and approximately 360 people came together at the Times Center for TEDxManhattan to explore some of the issues affecting the food we eat and innovative approaches to addressing those challenges. In addition, 60 registered viewing parties took place around the world, with the largest having over 450 people. Read More>>