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Monday Morning Monitor 1/14/13

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January 14, 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 agriculturaleducation 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

January 7
December 17
December 10
December 3
November 19

Quote for the Week

"When you can't change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails."

- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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.


2013 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Strand

Visit Washington D.C. and advocate for agricultural education in March. NAAE pays the registration for one representative from each state to attend. Registration is due to NAAE by February 1. Click here for more information.


2013 NAAE Award Applications Now Available

Apply for a NAAE award! Categories from scholarships for students who are student teaching to Lifetime Achievement and supporter recognition. See awards applications

2013 CCFF Agriscience Awards - Call for Nominations

$5,000 for an outstanding agriscience educator, plus student and scientist awards. Learn more


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


Practice - Check out some recent posts:

- Modern Marvels Worksheet

- Using iPads in Ag Class

- Lab Question Stars

- Classroom Management


Dwight Armstrong, National FFA CEO, has appointed Julie Tesch (Executive Director of the National FFA Alumni Association) to serve on National FFA's Executive Management Committee. Julie will join other senior leaders at FFA in providing strategic and operational leadership for the organization. Julie serves as Team Leader of the National FFA Alumni staff, her leadership and experiences will be an asset and much needed contribution to the committee.  The appointment provides FFA Alumni with a stronger voice within National FFA to ensure the continued growth and value that FFA Alumni provides for agricultural education.


Collegiate FFA

2013 New Century Farmer Conference

Applications are now available for the 2013 New Century Farmer program! 50 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 so much more! Please review the FAQ prior to beginning the application process. Applications are due on Friday, March 15th at 5p.m. EST. If you have any questions please contact Lindsey Calhoun at or 317-802-4263.

I-CAL 2013

Applications are now available for the 2013 International Collegiate Agriculture Leadership (I-CAL) 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 about the program please view the program FAQ. Applications are due January 30, 2013 by 5p.m. EST.

If you have any additional questions on the programs please feel free to contact myself or turn to the collegiate website.


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


From Friday, January, 11 - Find articles onOur Drive Thru Diets, Flu Season, New Interns Added to the Cast Staff 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