Hilary Parker

Monday Morning Monitor 5/13/13

Blog Post created by Hilary Parker on May 13, 2013

May 13, 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 EventsMay 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 IssuesMay 6
April 29
April 22
April 15
April 8
April 1
Quote for the Week“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
— Ralph Waldo Emmerson
MMM SubmissionsTo have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Hilary Parker, NAAE Communications/Marketing Assistant.

FFA Alumni

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!


NAAE Professional State Association Award Application Now Available
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession.
Professional State Association award winners will be recognized at the 2013 NAAE Convention. For application details, click here.

State applications should be sent to their respective NAAE Regional Vice President postmarked no later than September 1, 2013.

International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health Conference Announced

The International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH), an organization dedicated to the professional development of individuals interested in agricultural safety and health, providing national and international leadership in preventing agricultural injuries and illnesses to our agricultural community, will hold its annual conference June 23-27 in Sandusky, Ohio.Topics of discussion will include perceptions of ag-related injury risks to youth, a population-based study of ATV exposure in rural Iowa, lessons learned from a blogging (social media) project, Canadian national farm safety strategy and more.For more information or to register for the conference, please visit this link. Early bird registration ends May 15th!

Pork Plant Video Tour with Temple Grandin: Watch Online or Request Free DVD Copy
The American Meat Institute has released a second video as part of its Glass Walls Project, an effort to show anyone who is interested what happens in meat processing plants. It's a video tour of what happens at a pork processing plant, narrated by Dr. Temple Grandin. You can watch the video and download the companion brochure for printing at on AMI’s website. AMI will also provide a complimentary DVD copy of the video to any ag teacher who requests it. To obtain a DVD copy, email Janet Riley, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Member Services, American Meat Institute.
You can also visit AMI’s website to watch the first Glass Walls video with Dr. Grandin (a video tour of a beef packing plant).

Communities of Practice

The winner of the Borlaug CAST Communication Award is announced, and the Farm Bill might come out of hibernation in D.C. soon. Check updates on current ag topics plus the Peterson Brothers have yet another video — makes you wonder how they get any farming done. Click here to read Friday Notes, the weekly online newsletter from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST); now available for free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

2013 Scholarship Results Are In
In 2013, 125 businesses and individuals provided approximately $2.1 million in scholarship dollars. The National FFA Organization had 6,116 students apply and awarded 1,645 scholarships.

Results are now available here. A link to the 2013 scholarship results is located under “What’s New.” Results are listed first by the state in which the high school is located, then alphabetically by the student’s last name.

Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May. Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1, 2013 should email this account.


Information for the 2014 scholarship program will be available on the FFA website beginning November 15, 2013.


DEKALB Announces Return of its Agricultural Accomplishment Award for 2014
After receiving much encouraging feedback, DEKALB is pleased to announce the longstanding DEKALB® Agricultural Accomplishment Award will be returning in 2014. This award has honored high school seniors across the United States who have shown outstanding performance in scholarship, leadership and agricultural work experience. DEKALB is truly humbled by the strong desire that has been expressed to preserve this highly-respected award.

The program will be fully reinstated beginning in 2014 and details about the nomination process will be communicated at a later time.

Through this award, they look forward to the opportunity to continue working with the FFA to recognize America’s ag leaders of the future.

FFA Teams with Agricultural Experience Tracker to Enhance AgCN for FFA Members
FFA has partnered with a nationwide system to help FFA members document their classroom achievements, pursue experiential learning opportunities and compile their individual accomplishments in pursuit of national awards. To learn more, click here.


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.

National Career Clusters Institute to be Held in Fort Worth June 10-12
Registration is now open for the National Career Clusters Institute, an annual summer event that offers a range of seminars and workshops highlighting model CTE programs across the country that are aligned to the National Career Clusters Framework. This is an ideal conference for instructors — both Career Technical Educators and Academic Educators — as well as administrators, superintendents, leaders and counselors to improve strategies and programs to help students succeed.

Sessions and hands-on workshops cover timely subjects ranging from programs of study to cross-curricular collaboration and other important leading-edge approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. More than 70 breakouts sessions are held throughout the event, including Mapping Pathways to Career Success, Criteria for High Quality CTE Programs, Building Strategic Alliances with Business/Industry, Career Guidance and Success, Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) and Secondary and Postsecondary Best Practices.

Click here for more information, and please pass this along to any interested personnel in your programs. CEU credits are also available for institute attendance.

ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2013 Set for December
Registration is now open for ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2013, scheduled for Dec. 4-7 in Las Vegas. Click here for details about the event or to register.

Early Bird Registration Extended Through May 16
The NFRBMEA's National Farm Business Management Conference will be held near Kansas City, Mo., June 9-13. Early bird registration has been extended through May 16, and the reduced hotel rate is good through today only. Click here for more details.