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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 29, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

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

Mission

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


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


June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM


June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI


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


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 23 – 25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014


January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice
Indianapolis, IN

Past Issues


April 22
April 15
April 8
April 1
March 25
March 18

Quote for the Week

"Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything."
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch, NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

CASE


CASE Institute Registration Drawing to a Close

Teachers, time is running out to register for CASE Institute professional development sessions this summer. Institutes are held at over 20 different locations throughout the country, offering nearly 500 seats for this career changing opportunity. Please plan to register by April 30 to ensure open seats are available at the site you desire. Several sites are already full and several more are very close to capacity.Take advantage of this chance to enhance your teaching and elevate experiences for your students. For registration information and site availability, go to the CASE website at www.case4learning.org


.DuPont Pioneer Grant and Scholarship Recipients Announced

CASE is pleased to announce the recipients of DuPont Pioneer implementation grants and CASE Institute scholarships for 2013. Recipients will use these grants and scholarships to purchase equipment, end-of-course assessment accounts for students, or to attend a CASE Institute. For a complete list of recipients and awards,visit this link.CASE wants to thank all the sponsors who have helped teachers offset the costs of implementing CASE through scholarships and grants. All of these partnerships are special projects of the National FFA Foundation.

Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST)

Friday, April 26, 2013: The new Ag quickCAST publications should benefit teachers and students who need concise research coverage of ag issues.  These are available free, and this week’s edition includes many ag-related links on various topics. Read Friday Notes.Check out these and many ag-related links on The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) website.CAST's weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due to a grant from WinField (a Land O'Lakes company).

NAAE


NAAE Award Applications Due May 15!

You've only got about a month left to apply for a NAAE award. Categories from scholarships for students who are student teaching to Lifetime Achievement and supporter recognition. See awards applicationsState Leaders: Use this powerpoint to help promote and explain NAAE awards to your state association members


Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador

The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting Teach Ag Ambassador applications from current agricultural education majors.  For more details and application requirements visit this link.  Applications are due electronically by 11:59pm EST on April 30th.  Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions.


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April CTE Monthly Newsletter: Bipartisan Support for CTE, Senate Perkins Sign-On Letter

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In the April edition, read more about:

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U.S. Department of Education Releases Blueprint to Elevate and Transform the Teaching Profession, Calls Educators to Action

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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 22, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

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

Mission

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


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


June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM


June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, M
I


June 25-28, 2013

National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 23 – 25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014


January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice
Indianapolis, IN

Past Issues


April 15
April 8
April 1
March 25
March 18

Quote for the Week


"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see."
-Alexandra K. Trenfor

MMM Submissions


To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch, NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

CASE


Continued Funding from The Mosaic Company provides CASE Institute Scholarships


In recognition of National Environmental Education week April 14-20, The Curriculum for Agricultural Science EducationTM (CASETM) and National FFA Organization today announced new environmental and natural resource leadership opportunities for teachers and students, through continuing grant support from The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS).The Mosaic grant provides scholarships for 40 teachers from 15 states to attend CASE Institutes this summer, where they will receive intense professional development in preparation for implementing CASE curriculums in schools. Students studying the Natural Resources and Ecology Curriculum will learn conservation history, energy and waste, forestry, wildlife, sustainable agriculture and management. Read more

NAAE


NAAE Award Applications Due May 15!

You've only got about a month left to apply for a NAAE award. Categories from scholarships for students who are student teaching to Lifetime Achievement and supporter recognition. See awards applications


State Leaders: Use this powerpoint to help promote and explain NAAE awards to your state association members


Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador


The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting Teach Ag Ambassador applications from current agricultural education majors.  For more details and application requirements visit this link.  Applications are due electronically by 11:59pm EST on April 30th.  Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions.


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Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST)

Friday, April 19, 2013: This special Earth Day edition features a free publication offer and stories about the environment, ag controversies, some humor sites, and piece about a 105 year old bacon fanatic. ReadFriday Notes.

Check out these and many ag-related links on The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) website.

CAST's weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due to a grant from WinField (a Land O'Lakes company).

 

 

 

Julie Fritsch

CAST Friday Notes

Posted by Julie Fritsch Apr 16, 2013

If you haven?t already discovered CAST Friday Notes through the Monday Morning Monitor, take a minute to read last week?s edition below. It focuses on students as some prepare to graduate and all benefit from learning more about agriculture and communication. There is one particularly interesting story about two teenage daughters who lifted a tractor off their trapped father.

 

Friday Notes is a weekly e-newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology that is a fantastic clearinghouse of agricultural stories from all over. It usually includes several stories that would make great conversation starters or illustrations to use with students.  The previous Friday?s edition is linked in each Monday Morning Monitor for free, thanks to a grant from WinField (a Land O?Lakes company.)

 

 

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The objective of Friday Notes is to enhance communication among various agricultural sectors, educators, students, and the public who are interested in a variety of plant, animal, food, and environmental issues. Friday Notes advocates the pursuit of credible, unbiased, science-based information. Material contained in linked articles is from the original authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of the CAST organization.

In This Issue...... Click to Read
CAST and Education--on p.2
Animal Agriculture News
Food Science and Safety News
Plant and Environmental News
International News
General Interest News
Meyers & Associates Report
Events and Opportunities

 

 

bonner award apr 2013

 

Ag Award for Bonner 

John Bonner received the Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture Award from the Iowa State University Gamma Sigma Delta Organization on April 11. Dr. Bonner was CAST's EVP/CEO from 2005 until January of 2013. He is pictured above with, left to right, Linda Chimenti (CAST EVP), Don Beitz (ISU professor and CAST Past President), Bonner, Wendy Wintersteen (ISU Dean of CALS and CAST Trustee), and Sandee Bonner.

 

Honor for Young Researchers

world food prizeNominate an individual under 40 years old for the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application organized by the World Food Prize Foundation--nominations due June 30.Information HERE.

 

 

Biotech Food, Feed, and Safety Webinar 

This webinar will review the scientific literature regarding the composition and safety of food and feed from genetically engineered plants and animals. It features two experts who have been Task Force chairs for CAST publications--Dr. Bruce Chassy of the University of Illinois and Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam of the University of California-Davis.


    Animal Ag Summit   

 

The Animal Agriculture Alliance's 12th annual Stakeholders Summit will gather leaders from the food and farm sectors May 1-2 in Virginia to discuss ways to protect and grow the animal agriculture industry. Topics center around this theme:

 

Activists at the Door--Protecting Animals, Farms, Food & Consumer Confidence.
 
Ag in the H.S. Classroom

  This site offers a curriculum for high school students--Toward a Sustainable Agriculture.

 

4-H Video Contest

four H symbol, ces.ca.uky.eduThis site provides information about a 4-Hvideo challenge--with $1,000 for the winner.

 

Ag Journalism Award

 

The Golden ARC de Excellence Award--recognizing the best all-around entry in the campaign division--went to the American Farm Bureau Federation for the public affairs entry "Estate Tax Campaign."

 

April 12, 2013

 

For Graduates, Maybe the Key Word is "Agriculture" Not "Plastics"

 

  

graduation caps, 123rf.comAs the school year closes, many students will be entering the job market for the long haul. When receiving advice about the future, a young person nowadays might hear the word "agriculture" in place of the iconic "plastics" statement made famous in the classic movieThe Graduate. As has been reported repeatedly in Friday Notes, the outlook for ag-related employment is positive, but that still does not make it easy.

 

Knowledge and communication skills are key factors in getting jobs, and CAST has been working to link up more efficiently with students. As explained on page two below, CAST offers resources and information through various outlets. These are a few of the many "youth-oriented" stories running across the digital wires this week:

 

** What will ag look like in 2043? This writer gives us an overview.

 

** Calling All Young Farmers: The 2007 Census of Agriculture shows a 21% drop in the number of farmers younger than 45, while the over-65 group grew by 18%.

 

** For those of you still working on research papers, check this out. A Ph.D. candidate in entomology at the University of California-Davis shows us how to turn stick bug research into a lively, animated video.

 

** Although agriculture has traditionally been defined by the production of plants and animals, today science and technology have added new areas of research and investigation to the agriculture field. The 4-H AgriScience curriculum demonstrates that shift. tractor accident, abcnews.com

 

** And in a realdemonstration of Youth Power, a farmer was saved by his two teenage daughters after they somehow lifted a 3,000-pound tractor off of him--video included.

 

 

Surfin' the News and Opinions

 

 

Food Aid: Respected experts Catherine Bertini and Dan Glickman write about the opportunities the United States has to provide even more food to the hungry while spending fewer taxpayer dollars in the years ahead.

Meaty Issues:
  A report from the Cleveland Clinic suggests a link between the consumption of red meat and heart disease due to a nutrient call carnitine--video included. However, the American Meat Institute says an attempt to link cardiovascular disease to a single compound that is found at safe levels in red meat oversimplifies this complex disease, and consumers who enjoy red meatshould continue to do so with confidence.

 

GMO Follow-up:  In Canada, a group is organizing opposition to genetically modified alfalfa--video included. However, many are promoting pro-GMO anglesalso, as this blog demonstrates.

 


News from the Far Side of the Barn

 

 

pig pet apphotoPigs in a High-rise Poke:  New York City's health code forbids keeping pigs as pets, forcing owners to operate in secret, hoping that unhappy neighbors won't squeal.

 

Going Baaaack to the Eiffel Tower:  The Paris City Council launches a pilot project toreplace lawnmowers with sheepin the French capital's public spaces.

 

Ten Terrifying Plants:  Previous lists have addressed some rather potent plant poisons, but this list looks at killer plantson an entirely new level of lethality.     
   

 

 

Class of 2013 Nears Finale
But CAST's Involvement with Education Doesn't Take a Holiday 

 

 

ferris, www.sgclark.com
We have not been able to confirm that Ferris Bueller is now a grain commodities trader at the Chicago Board of Trade--but you never know.

For more than four decades, CAST has been gathering and distributing credible, science-based agricultural information. In the past few years, the organization has made thousands of students a part of the audience, and with the future of agriculture in their digitally savvy hands, young people need to know all they can about food production. The following segments provide a brief look at some of the participants and opportunities:

 

*** Through the National Association of Agricultural Educators and the excellent Monday Morning Monitor e-publication, CAST reaches high school educators, students, FFA officials, and others involved with education. Check their site for information, videos, and resources.

 

***  CAST goes collegiate through its Education Program, a membership option that makes it easy for universities to benefit from CAST material. Eight respected universities--all with agricultural roots and expertise--belong to the program: Arkansas, California-Davis, Florida, Iowa State, Kansas State, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Texas A&M. Ag-related information and research from these schools regularly appears inFriday Notes links.

 

Digital Sources--for the young, and maybe even the not-quite-so-young:

 

CAST's Pinterest page offers a variety of agriculturally based categories such as food and food safety, animals, plants and gardens, flowers, ag humor, agriculture for kids, all of our CAST blogs, and a miscellaneous category where you can find all kinds of ag-related facts. Since joining Pinterest during the summer of 2012, CAST's page has more than 550 pins and a little more than 300 followers.

 

CAST's Facebook page features the popular "CAST Catch of the Day," with articles ranging from young farmer programs to biotech crops to adorable animal pictures. The site offers free downloads of CAST research publications as well as entertaining stories and links.

 

CAST's website provides many resources, and its nearly 40,000 hits include visitors from around the world. Two of CAST's recent publications have been translated into Spanish, and they are available on the website, along with four earlier Spanish translations.

 

CAST's Twitter account has recently been listed as one of the Twenty Must Follow Twitter Accounts of Agriculture. It's a good way to keep up with ag if your life is just too busy to handle 141 characters at a time.

 

CAST's blog site offers a different look at agriculture "now, then, and maybe never." The current entry looks at "Guns, Farms, and Bugs Bunny," and it mentions the Keanu Reeves Matrix System for Bullet Avoidance.

 

Globe (TopLatestNews)

Friday Notes News Categories

Photos courtesy of the Agricultural Research Service (top masthead); TopLatest News (globe at right); newyorknewsgiro.com (Animal Agriculture News); northrup.org (General Interest News).

P.1 Graduation caps pic from 123rf.com, tractor pic from abcnews.com, pet pig pic from apphotos. P.2 Bueller pic from sgclark.com. Child pic in Food Sec. from businessinsider.com. Capitol photo in Meyers Section from J. Bonner. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

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  Animal Agriculture and Environmental News 


Dairy Power (video):  This site provides many items about dairy farming. Scroll down on their page to watch how one Indiana dairy farmer saves money and helps the farm be more sustainable and eco-friendly.

 

Genetic Links and Cattle Diseases:  Detecting the costly, contagious Johne's diseasein cattle is now easier, thanks to USDA scientists.

 

Cameras, Livestock, and Laws:  A legal twist has developed in the effort to ban camerasfrom livestock operations.

 

The Other White Meat--Filet Mignon? The National Pork Board and Beef Checkoff Program propose the new names to make it easier for consumers to identify meat cuts.

 

Specialized Beef--Challenges and Opportunities: The majority of U.S. beef comes from conventional systems, but some consumers prefer beefwith claims of organic, grass-finished, or local production.

 

Brazil Beef Bump:  Brazil's beef exports jumped25% in the first quarter of 2013 compared with the same period a year earlier.

 

Sheep (ARS)Hello Dolly: At least a dozen different species have been clonedsince Dolly the sheep--everything from the common cow to the endangered guar, a type of wild ox. This article examines the science behind cloning.

 

Long-lived Animals:  This photo collection includes animals with incredibly long life spans--from a 200-year-old whale to an even older tortoise.

 

Road Kill:  The Montana state senate has passed a bill that would allow residents to help clear carnage from roads by salvaging the meatof deer, elk, and moose killed by vehicles.

 

Buckeye Sheep Expertise:  A series of educational workshops held online by Ohio State University Extension experts geared toward sheep and goat farmers draws a wide audience. 

Salmonella (FSIS)

   Food Science and Safety News

 

Rotted Tea Leaves and Prison (video):  Only an off-beat travel writer could interview an ex-convict in Myanmar and explain why a salad of fermented tea leavesis delicious.

 

happy meal businessinsider.jpgHealthy Fast Food (video):  This Massachusetts food outlet claims to be able to serve six to ten customers a minute and make a healthy meal in three-and-a-half minutesflat.

 

Obesity on the Menu (opinion):  According to this report, 97% of nearly 3,500 kids' meals analyzeddon't meet basic nutritional standards.

 

Heat Kills--Freezing Slows:  As evidenced by a recent E. coli outbreak, freezing fooddoesn't necessarily kill nasty microbes--it just slows them down.

 

Baby Food in Court:  The country's largest baby food makers face a California lawsuit by an environmental group aimed at forcing them to alert consumers about low amounts of lead in some products.

 

Ranger Danger:  A new food concession at the Texas Rangers' ballpark serves only food that is 2 feet longor weighs 24 ounces.

 

Hunger Pangs: These students will live for a week on the daily allotment given to food stamp recipients.

 

Waste Control:  According to this Kansas State University expert, in many developing countries up to half of the food harvested from farmers' fields is lost before reaching consumers.                                   

 

 

  Plant Agriculture and Environmental News


Natural Planting: Replanting northwest Nebraska after last year's wildfires just got a little easier, as the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to feed seeds to animals.

 

Nitrogen Sources: Scientists in Brazil find that nitrous-oxide emissions from sugarcane fields vary depending on the nitrogen source employed as a fertilizer.

 

Nutrient Producing Corn? (also see above):  Researchers at Aarhus University are involved in the efforts to develop maize that can create its own fertilizer.

 

Related Publication (above):  The recently released CAST Issue Paper, Food, Fuel, and Plant Nutrient Use in the Future, has been retweeted and downloaded often.

 

Plants on the March:  The face of the Arctic is changing as plant growth flourishes further north than before.

 

Bean-Boosting Ideas:  While the U.S. soybean yield averages 45 bushels per acre, research shows results could be much higher. This seed company encourages row spacing to reach greater yields.

 

Weed Whacking:  An Iowa State University expert recommends seven steps for managing resistant weeds in corn and soybeans. 
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Related CAST Publication (above):  Herbicide-resistant Weeds Threaten Soil Conservation Gains: Finding a Balance for Soil and Farm Sustainability.

 

Plant Water Use:  A new study indicates the immense amount of freshwater used by plants and its movement during their life cycle has significant implications for predictions about climate change.

 

Micromanaged Planting:  This farmer recommends strip-till practices--preparing narrow seedbeds and applying seed and fertilizer precisely usingsatellite-based technology accurate to less than an inch.

 

Safety Planning for Planting: This expert provides safety tips for plantingseason.                

  World and Plug (SFGate)

  International News  


Infrastructure Challenges (video):  Brazil's prospects of surpassing the United States as the world's top soybean exporter are being frustrated by congestion at the country's ports.

 

Lucky Charms: In India, fraudsters are conning people by selling them animals or charms, promising that the animals will bring them luck and money.

cherry blossoms, usda
Spring may be late in parts of the United States, but blossoms are out in much of the Northern Hemisphere.

Food Labels:  The New Zealand Minister for Food Safety has signed off on abill requiring new food labelingregulations in New Zealand and Australia.

 

Ag in the Land of the Springboks: This South African agriculture expert provides his top ten challenges of agriculture in South Africa.

 

Angolan Ag: Agriculture in Angola, once the world's fourth-biggest coffee producer, is being held back by limited competition, poor facilities, and a lack of cooperation among small-scale farmers.

 

Bird Flu Transparency:  Some see a new openness in Chinaafter a novel and lethal strain of bird flu emerged several weeks ago--the reporting is different from a decade ago, when Chinese officials dealt with SARS.

 

Grain Export Boom?  A Ukraine ag expert thinks the country could possibly export grainto the amount of 100 million tons.

 

Climate-resilient Wheat: India and the United States will launch a multimillion dollar joint research collaboration to develop wheat varietiesthat can tolerate high temperatures.

 

Cruel Paradox:  While more than 870 million people around the world  suffer from hunger, more than a half-billion others are obese, according to the United Nations. 


  General Interest News


Invasion of the Cicadas (two videos):  This entomologist says cicadas move nutrients about and cause little long-term harm. He also points out that the males make all the noise.

 

All Aboard:  The United Soybean Board says investment in the U.S. rail system is necessary to meetTrain Tracks S. Ohlsenagriculture's needs.

 

Related Article (above):  The Train Has Left the Station--a blog commentary about rural train systems.

 

Bed Bug Remedy:  Researchers say that bed bugs could one day be captured using artificial surfaces that mimic bean leaves.

 

Play Ball (short video):  Baseball wouldn't be the same without the contributions of America's farmers and ranchers. A cow will be happy to know it produces enough leather to make 12 baseball gloves!

 

Ag in the Nation's Capital (opinion):  This site provides its summary of farm policy news, including the Farm Bill and immigration.

 

Ag Budget Analysis (opinion):  AgProfessional.com provides a look at the USDA's 2014 Proposed Budget.  

 

Ag Footprint: USDA scientists and their partners provide guidance to growers in Montana and the Dakotas on how they can use agricultural practices to reduce their climate change footprint.

    

 

Meyers & Associates Report

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April 12, 2013

 

No report this week.

 

 

Fran Boyd

Meyers & Associates

Washington, D.C.

CAST Information

 

Check out CAST videos at the SchoolTube site. Click HERESchool tube logo to view highly regarded ag-science videos about probiotics, food safety, and water issues--or the latest video, The Direct Relationship between Animal Health and Food Safety Outcomes.

 

fishing ideas kgtohbuIf you have a good idea for a CAST publication, contact us by clicking HERE for the "Proposal Format and Background Information Form."

 

 

CAST provides Friday Notes as a benefit to its members.  Please do not forward, edit, copy, or distribute the Notes in any form to nonmembers without the express permission of the CAST Executive Vice President Linda Chimenti (lchimenti@cast-science.org). Instead, please encourage your colleagues to join CAST and thereby become eligible for all membership benefits. Contact Colleen Hamilton at 515-292-2125, ext. 224 or chamilton@cast-science.org, or CLICK HERE for CAST membership information.

 

Societies, Companies, and Nonprofit Organizations

Serving on the CAST Board of Representatives

        

 

* American Association of Avian Pathologists

* American Association of Bovine Practitioners

* American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, & Resources-Agricultural Management   

* American Dairy Science Association

* American Farm Bureau Federation

* American Meat Science Association

* American Meteorological Society, Committee on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

* American Society for Nutrition 

* American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

* American Society of Animal Science 

* American Society of Plant Biologists                                      world supported by plants and animals

* American Veterinary Medical Association

* Aquatic Plant Management Society                                      

* Council of Entomology Department Administrators 

* Croplife America                                                                      

* DuPont Pioneer

* Elanco Animal Health                                                              

* Iowa Soybean Association

* Monsanto                                                                                   

* National Pork Board

* North Central Weed Science Society    

* Northeastern Weed Science Society                                   

* Novus International, Inc.                           

* Poultry Science Association                                                  

* Society for In Vitro Biology                       

* Syngenta Crop Protection

* The Fertilizer Institute

* United Soybean Board

* Weed Science Society of America

* Western Society of Weed Science

* WinField, a Land O'Lakes Company

 

 

CAST assembles, interprets, and communicates credible, science-based information regionally, nationally, and internationally to legislators, regulators, policymakers, the media, the private sector, and the public.  

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Dan Gogerty (Managing Communications Editor)

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology

4420 West Lincoln Way

Ames, Iowa  50014-3347

Phone: 515-292-2125, ext. 222;

Fax: 515-292-4512; E-mail: dgogerty@cast-science.org

** With assistance from: Carol Gostele (Managing Scientific Editor) and Teresa Decker (Administrative Assistant) 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 15, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

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

Mission

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


2013


April 17-20
NAAE Region I Conference
Pendleton, Oregon


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


June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM


June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI


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


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 23 – 25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014


January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice
Indianapolis, IN

Past Issues

April 8
April 1
March 25
March 18
March 11

Quote for the Week

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
-Mother Teresa

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch, NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

NAAE

Read April News & Views

  • An Ag Teacher in Washington: A First Timer's Perspective on National Policy Seminar
  • Standout Program: Blue Mountain Community College
  • Ideas Unlimited: FFA Big/Little program
  • ...and more

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CSX Supports Nationwide Initiative to Recruit and Retain Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resouce Sciences Teachers

CSX is supporting the recruitment and retention of agriculture, food and natural resource sciences teachers by sponsoring the National Teach Ag Campaign. This sponsorship is part of their more than $1,000,000 commitment to a variety of agricultural education and FFA programs through the National FFA Foundation. Read more


Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador

The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting Teach Ag Ambassador applications from current agricultural education majors.  For more details and application requirements visit this link.  Applications are due electronically by 11:59pm EST on April 30th.  Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions.


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FFA

Apply now for FFA:GO Africa
Junior-level and above collegiate FFA members (as of fall 2013) are eligible to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime experience in Burkina Faso.Follow this link

Ag Ambassador - One Month Left To Apply
If you're a college student studying agriculture who has a passion for spreading the good word about the industry apply to be an ag ambassador! More

 

WLC Registration
Don't miss it! WLC only has one available week left. Go

ACTE

Cliff Weiss Memorial Essay Contest

The Association for Career and Technical Education sponsors an essay contest in the memory of former ACTE Senior Director of Communications Cliff Weiss (1951-2004). Cliff Weiss had a passion for career and technical education. He believed very strongly in the value of CTE and always felt privileged to be involved in bringing the message of this value to the public. Cliff shared his gift for communicating and with it enhanced everything that was done at ACTE. The purpose of this contest is to recognize CTE students who share the same passion and talents. One entry in each category, video essay and open multimedia essay, will be selected to receive an award of $150. Entries will also be used to advance and promote CTE in the United States. We anticipate that the winning entries will be distributed widely to media, policymakers and other important audiences. Learn more

President’s Proposed Budget Restores CTE Funding But Still Falls Short of Need

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) are encouraged that the Administration's proposed $1.1 billion level of funding of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) restores cuts made in FY 2013 as a result of sequestration. However, we are concerned that Washington has not prioritized investments in career and technical education (CTE) to meet the growing demand for education and skills in today's economy. Read more

NASDCTEc

Legislative Update: Obama FY14 Budget Proposal: More Details Regarding CTE – New Updates

As we shared earlier last week, President Obama released his budget for FY14. As we have had more time to analyze the budget documents, we wanted to share with you a few more details: Read more

U.S. Department of Education

2014 Education Budget: What’s the Bottom Line?

As Education Secretary Arne Duncan often says, budgets aren’t just numbers in a ledger – they are a reflection of our values. President Obama’s 2014 budget proposal, released today, demonstrates his belief in education as the engine that will keep America competitive in a global innovation economy and grow a thriving middle class. Read more

 

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 8, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

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

Mission

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


2013


April 17-20
NAAE Region I Conference
Pendleton, Oregon


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


June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM


June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI


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


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 23 – 25, 2013
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014


January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice
Indianapolis, IN

Past Issues

April 1
March 25
March 18
March 11
March 4

Quote for the Week"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
-Nelson Mandela


MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch, NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

CASE

More CASE Institute Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to the 2013 recipients of CASE Institute scholarships, and thank you to the fantastic sponsors who made it possbile for so many teachers to receive CASE training for free or at little cost. All these scholarships were made possible through special projects with the National FFA Foundation.Follow this link for the list of recipients of the Dow AgroSciences, Mosaic, Impact FFA and Red Brand sponsored scholarships. We will announce the DuPont scholarship and grant recipients soon.

NAAE

2013 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Contest:
And the Winner is...


Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village Connecticut!


Way to go, guys! Housatonic's video was chosen because our judges thought it did the best job of showcasing what agricultural education is all about - college and career readiness - in a creative and succinct way.


There were so many amazing entries that the judges couldn't stop at one. We also had two honorable mention winners, from Lake Gibson Middle School in Lake Gibson, Florida and Williamstown Independent Schools in Wiliamstown, Kentucky.Follow this link to view all three videos.Thanks to everyone who participated and sent in so many amazing entries!


Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador

The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting Teach Ag Ambassador applications from current agricultural education majors.  For more details and application requirements visit this link.  Applications are due electronically by 11:59pm EST on April 30th.  Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions.


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CAST

From Friday, April 5 - Genetically modified news, or so it seems with all the GMO buzz. Also a look at the H7N9 bird flu and several good videos of young people and agriculture..Check out these and many ag-related links on Friday Notes.

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).

FFA

Apply now for FFA:GO Africa
Junior-level and above collegiate FFA members (as of fall 2013) are eligible to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime experience in Burkina Faso.Follow this link

USDA

Mobile Apps Help Dairy Farmers Compute Costs and be Environmentally Friendly
It’s a digital world – and agriculture is no exception. More and more, farmers and ranchers are moving away from traditional methods of getting their news and information. Mobile devices are convenient, budget-friendly ways for farmers and ranchers to stay up-to-date on a variety of agricultural issues. Read more

 

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 1, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

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

Mission

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

2013

April 17-20
NAAE Region I Conference
Pendleton, Oregon


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


June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM


June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI


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


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 23 – 25, 2013
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014

January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice
Indianapolis, IN

Past Issues

March 25

March 18
March 11
March 4
February 25

Quote for the Week

"By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn."
-Latin proverb

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch, NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


Save the Date! 2014 National Ag Ed Summit

The 2014 National Ag Ed Summit/National FFA Inservice will be January 28-30 in Indianapolis. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28 and end at 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 30.

CASE


Food Science and Safety Writer Applications Due TODAY

Today is the last day to submit an application to be the writer for the new CASE Food Science and Safety course. This is a one-year contract with annual renewal based on performance.For a complete list of requirements and job specifics, please review the application at this link. The anticipated starting date for the contract is June 1, 2013 (variable based on the availability of the successful applicant).


CASE Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to Darla Romberger of The Pennsylvania State University and Chelsea Arensdorf of Northwest Missouri State University. Darla and Chelsea were selected for the NAAE Student Member CASE Scholarship provided by “Impact FFA,” a group of women who support school-based agricultural education. The Impact FFA sponsorship is a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Stay tuned for more scholarship announcements in the coming week!

FFA Alumni


Green Bay goes Blue for the FFA Alumni Development Conference, July 17-20!

Registration is LIVE but remember, the early bird gets the worm… Early bird registration is available now through May 15.
The 2013 FFA Alumni Development Conference (ADC) will challenge you to “engage” your local community, administrators, businesses leaders and everyone you meet. At the 2013 ADC, workshops will lead you through the growth and leadership continuum and help you to find, develop, and use your voice in advocating for agricultural education and FFA. Register

CAST


From Friday, March 29 - A new farm parody gives good vibrations from the milking crew, and a pig farmer goes hog wild on the Colbert Report.  Antibiotics, GMOs, and horse slaughterhouses are also in the news.Check out these and many ag-related links on Friday Notes.


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).

NAAE


Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador

The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting Teach Ag Ambassador applications from current agricultural education majors.  For more details and application requirements visit this link.  Applications are due electronically by 11:59pm EST on April 30th.  Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions.


What Does Agricultural Education Look Like in Your State?
NAAE is in the process of creating profiles of agricultural education for each of the 50 states. They're a great tool to show people the value of agricultural education programs.
We currently have profiles for Georgia, Montana, New Mexico and Oklahoma, and are working on more.We also have a national agricultural education profile, as well as templates for you to take and make a profile for your own ag program.To download profiles and learn more, visit this link.


Discounted NASTA Membership

Did you know that NAAE members can get discounted membership in the National Science Teachers' Association? Get $10 off the regular membership fee of $75 when you join NSTA as a NAAE member.Follow this link for details on how to join.Right now, NSTA is offering Professional Development Fellowships to second through fifth-year teachers, so join and take advantage of this unique opportunity! Details about fellowships.


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ACTE

Your Vote, Your Voice
ACTE is now accepting nominations for the 2014 ACTE Board of Directors Election. If you're interested in serving your Association in the next generation of its leadership, or you know of a great candidate, follow this link. Applications are due June 15.

National Ag In the Classroom

Growing a Nation - The History of American Agriculture
Check out this multimedia resource that encompasses the history of American agriculture. Aligned with National History standards, Growing a Nation has lessons and narratives that could be easily incorporated into agriculture curriculum. Go to website