Amaris Ketcham

Monday Morning Monitor Welcomes You Back to CoP

Blog Post created by Amaris Ketcham on Mar 26, 2012
Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


Communities of Practice is OPEN! Thanks for your patience during the upgrade. We have made some awesome improvements, and are now happy to announce you can access the site. Check out the site right now.

IMPORTANT: The site address has changed to to  Please update your bookmarks accordingly.Help with new features

There have been some great updates to the way Communities of Practice works, and new tools you can use to find information, share resources and collaborate. Visit the Communities of Practice Help & FAQ's section for help documents or to ask a question if you get stuck.

Webinar Tour
We will be holding a webinar tour of the new Communities of Practice site tomorrow, March 27 at 3:30 pm eastern time. You will be able to ask questions and see some of the site's new features. If you would like to attend, please click this link to register.
If you have any questions, email or call Julie Fritsch or 859-257-2224.

Communities of Practice

National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Contest
You celebrated, now enter! Entry deadline is April 2. Click here for contest details and entry form.


This issue contains more student/FFA info, and the meat trimmings/pink slime issue somehow combines “Shakespeare, Slant, Slime, and Science.” Students will find other links to current information, controversies, 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 March 23 edition of CASTFriday Notes.

From FFA

Washington Leadership Conference
This is no ordinary leadership experience. Students will spend a week putting these skills into practice as they make new friends from across the United States and tour our nation's capital. This action-packed week will help students gain self-confidence and leadership skills to take back to their FFA chapters and share with other members. Register>>

Follow State FFA Conventions on the FFA blog>>



Spots are filling up fast at this summer’s CASE Institutes.  Make CASE a part of your agriculture program next fall by attending an institute this summer.  For locations and dates, visit for more information.


From Hummert

17th Annual Hummert’s Greenhouse Operation and Management  Short Course.
This year our greenhouse tour will focus on tomato grafting and vegetable production.  Hands-on sessions include tomato grafting (Tom Goeke), plant propagation (Dr. Svenson), drip irrigation and misting (Keith Templin), and water analysis (Dr. Millett).  Other topics include greenhouse maintenance, water quality, veggie production for the classroom, plant nutrition, hydroponics, spring crops, poinsettias, IPM, plants & cuttings, substrates, and environmental controls. See the agenda and registration packet.



Tools for Supporting a Sustainable Agricultural Workforce

As a coalition, CSAW is focused on creating new and novel partnerships among universities, scientific societies, USDA, and the agribusiness interests they serve to better prepare the next generation of employees. Serving as a clearinghouse of information for these various interests is one valuable method for achieving this goal. In this section, a comprehensive listing of job opportunities  available through nonprofit, government, and industry is brought together for those considering a career in agricultural science. Additionally, links to related organizations and reports  are provided to help facilitate CSAW’s vision with its stakeholders. As development of this effort continues, further resources will be made available.



Get a glimpse of the exciting future ahead for career and technical education at CareerTech VISION 2012—the only international summit on excellence in CTE! This dynamic event features a new format that is focused on what you need to succeed in your program, your institution and your community. You can’t afford to miss the crucial networking, vital business and industry connections, and hands-on learning unprecedented in our profession! Learn more! The call for presentations is now open!Submissions will be accepted through March 30.