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January 7, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education


To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.


The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.


Upcoming Events


January 30-31, 2013
National Ag Ed Summit
Indianapolis, IN

February 2-5, 2013
Southern Region AAAE Meeting (SAAS)
Orlando, FL

March 4-6, 2013
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.

May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH

June 25-28, 2013
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN

September (dates TBA), 2013
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

Past Issues

December 17
December 10
December 3
November 19
November 12
November 5

Quote for the Week

“An enlightened citizen is an indispensable ingredient of the infrastructure of democracy.”

Barbara Jordon

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, emailSabrina Hounshell.

The Council

2013 National Agricultural Education Summit

Registration is open and costs $269.

The National Council for Agricultural Education will host the 2013 Agricultural Education Summit, January 30 -31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The theme of the 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit,“Recruitment and Retention of Teachers for School Based Agriculture Education” will be the focus of the summit for local, state and national Team Ag Ed participants.

Summit Delivery Formats: (New options utilizing available technology)

The 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit will be offered both live in Indianapolis and provided virtually utilizing a live Internet feed. The new alternative provides the opportunity for states to organize state or regional meetings and participate in the summit main sessions with the opportunity to engage all key members of their Team Ag Ed community to receive the information from the Summit live and in person. Main sessions will be streamed live and off site participants will be provided the opportunity to submit questions to presenters. All general sessions and Breakout sessions will be recorded and posted providing access to a wide variety of agricultural education program topics and resources. The recorded sessions will be available throughout the year as references by those needing access to consistent accurate information on a wide variety of programs.

The agenda is now available online here.For more information please visit the National Council for Agricultural Education website.


The DuPont Challenge

The DuPont challenge calls on students to research, think critically, and write a science essay that provides innovative ideas on our most pressing global challenges, or demonstrates the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematices (STEM) to our daily lives.

Help reach ag students and share this wonderful opportunity. Forward the e-blast to your list-serv, post on your website and Facebook page and anything else you can do promote the DuPont Challenge.

Please visit the DuPont website for additional information. The dedline for essay submissions is January 31, 2013.


The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a Federal government agency, is now
accepting Nominations for the 2013 Agriscience Awards. The awards are presented by the
Foundation in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The mission of this partnership is to present the Fourth Annual Agriscience Awards to
recognize, through four monetary awards, one scientist; one current high school educator; and
two current high school students who are judged to exemplify excellence in the field of
agriscience and to highlight the importance of agriculture in the 21st century.

$10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award

One $10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award will be presented to a
scientist who is making or has recently made significant and positive contributions in
the field of agriscience.

$5,000 Agriscience Educator Award

One $5,000 Agriscience Educator Award will be presented to a current high school
educator, with at least five years of teaching experience, and who emphasizes
concepts, principles and applications in their curriculum to promote the study of
agriscience to students.

$1,000 Agriscience Student Awards

Two $1,000 Agriscience Student Awards will be presented to current high school
students who are making or have recently made significant and positive contributions
related to the study of agriscience.

All Nominations are accepted online only here. Please
visit this website for information on the Competition Rules and Regulations.

The deadline for 2013 Nominations is Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Any questions related to the competition
may be directed to Judi Shellenberger, Executive Director of the Foundation at:

Agriculture In The Classroom National Conference

Join us in beautiful and vibrant downtown Minneapolis for the 2013 National Agriculture In The Classroom conference!

Agriculture in the Classroom 2013 National Conference
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - Friday, June 28, 2013.

Watch the the welcome video for the 2013 National conference featuring Andrew Zimmern!

For more information about the National Agriculture In The Classrom Conference, please click here.

Practice - Check out some recent posts:

- Speech Writing Manual

- Glogster

- CASE 4 Learning on Flickr

- As a Future Agricultural Educator, What is the Most Important Issue Facing Agriculture Teachers?



2013 ACTE National Policy Seminar
March 4-6
Climbing the Hill

Registration is now open!

Our community faces a mountain of federal policy challenges ahead. Don't let Congress forget the steps we have climbed to increase awareness about the value of career and technical education! Help new policymakers understand CTE and develop supportive CTE policies.

We need you to climb the Hill with us to ensure that CTE makes it to the top of policymakers' priority lists in the coming year. Be proud of your profession—join us in Washington to make the climb to Capitol Hill and show policymakers how important CTE is to the future of our country!


2013 New Century Farmer Conference
Applications are now available for the 2013 New Century Farmer program! Fifty selected students will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Des Moines, Iowa, have the opportunity to network with industry experts, attend workshops and session, participate in industry tours, and more. Review the FAQ prior to beginning the application process. Applications are due on Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m. EST. If you have any questions, contact Lindsey Calhoun, or 317-802-4263. Visit the FFA Collegiate Website for details.


Apply now for FFA Scholarships!
More than 1,000 scholarships sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation are available! The selection process takes into account the whole student - FFA involvement, work experience, Supervised Agricultural Experience, community service, leadership skills and academics. The deadline to submit an online application (via AgCN only) is 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 15. Signature Pages must be postmarked no later than Feb. 22 to complete eligibility.


Additional information and instructions are available here.


I-CAL 2013 applications are now available
Applications are now available for the 2013 International Collegiate Agriculture Leadership program. Twelve selected participants will travel to South America to learn about international grain marketing and trade, global agriculture, and acquire a unique cultural experience. To learn more, view the program FAQ or visit the website here. Applications are due Jan. 30 by 5 p.m. EST.


Joshua Bledsoe named COO of National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization announced Friday that Joshua Bledsoe will become the organization’s chief operating officer on Feb. 18. Bledsoe, currently the state FFA advisor and state agricultural education leader for North Carolina will manage major FFA operations and the lead the overall execution of the 557,318-member organization’s strategic plan. Bledsoe holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from North Carolina State University, and will relocate from Raleigh, N.C., to the Indianapolis headquarters.


CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the twenty-three CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute for Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR), Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA), Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP), or Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB), please click here.

To register for the Field Test CASE Institute for Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE), please click here.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many sites’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding.

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, January, 4 - Find articles on the The Farm Bill Saga Continues, the Grain Forecast, looking back on the Biggest Biotech Trends in 2012 and more in this week’s newsletter.

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

Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes