Hilary Parker

Monday Morning Monitor 5/6/13

Blog Post created by Hilary Parker on May 6, 2013

May 6, 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

May 21-24
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
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


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

Past Issues

April 29
April 22
April 15
April 8
April 1
March 25

Quote for the Week

"Education is not filling a pail, but lighting a fire."-William Butler Yeats

MMM Submissions

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


Animal Production and Environmental Stewardship
Looking for research-based curriculum materials to teach environmental and natural resource concepts? These free teaching packages provide materials developed by university specialists based on current events and pressing issues in agriculture today. For your convenience, they are all cross-referenced to AFNR Career Content Cluster Standards. The materials include editable Power Points, videos, discussion questions, student worksheets, lesson plans, evaluations, references and hands-on activities to teach about manure management, environmental policy statements, water quality regulations, greenhouse gases and managing manure nutrients.  Please click the following links to learn more:

Call for Proposals – 2013 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops
NAAE is accepting proposals for workshops to be presented at the 2013 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, December 3-7, 2013, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Submissions are due June 3. See requested topics and download the proposal form.

NAAE Award Applications Due Next Wednesday 5/15
The deadline is fast approaching to submit your 2013 NAAE award application. We have categories ranging from scholarships to lifetime achievement and everything in between. Go to applications.

Standout Program: Blue Mountain Community College
Nestled at the base of the Blue Mountains in eastern Oregon, Blue Mountain Community College has one of only three postsecondary two-year agriculture programs in the state. BMCC's three agriculture instructors have built a well-rounded program with first-class instruction, a focus on hands-on, practical education and strong community support. The result is one of the top postsecondary agricultural education programs in the United States. Read more and see a slideshow here.

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It Pays to Go Green!

The Living to Serve: Environmental Grant is available now (click here for more information). Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing projects that address local environmental needs. Applications are due June 12, 2013. Project topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Wildlife conservation
  • Land preservation
  • Environmental education and stewardship
  • Recycling and composting

Informational webinars will be held every Thursday until the grant is due! To register for a webinar or view additional information, visit this website.

176 more days…
…until the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo begins in Louisville, Ky! Now’s a good time to start (or continue) planning for the biggest annual student gathering in the world. Visit this website to learn the latest, including band, chorus and talent applications, housing details and more. This just in: The convention and expo has been named one of the fastest-growing expo events in the country. Click here to read more.

Now available online: The Official FFA Manual
Learn everything you need to know about FFA — its history, bylaws, constitution and more — with the revised Official FFA Manual. Click here to access the manual in both English and Spanish for free.

Deadline reminder
The postmark deadline for Honorary American FFA Degree, VIP Award and the Distinguished Service Citation nominations is June 15. Contact Crystal Hart, 317-802-4319 or via email for details.

FFA Alumni

National FFA Alumni, don't miss tomorrow evening's webinar with Dr. Jeff Magee!
With graduation just around the corner, now is the perfect time to talk about retention not only of those graduating members but their parents, grandparents, etc. How can we retain members effectively? Click here to register for On-boarding New Members for Maximum Value Proposition & Ensuring You Evolve to be Relevant 24/7/Retention, held at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

FFA Alumni Development Conference
Attention Teachers: Looking for summer continuing education credits? Attend the 2013 FFA Alumni Development Conference in Green Bay, Wis., July 17-21 to gain training on volunteer management, advocacy, personal growth and leadership! The conference 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. At the conclusion of the conference, FFA Alumni will provide participating teachers a certificate of the number hours of workshops completed. This certificate can be provided with the conference agenda and workshop materials to your school district with request for continuing education credit. EARLY BIRD Registration closes May 15!

FFA Alumni Membership Deadlines are fast approaching!
Get your membership questions answered and members submitted by May 15!


Women farmers are becoming more numerous, and snow hinders spring planting. Check updates on current ag topics plus the Peterson Brothers' new video via Friday Notes from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, which now is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).