Hilary Parker

Monday Morning Monitor 6/3/13

Blog Post created by Hilary Parker on Jun 3, 2013

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June 3, 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

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 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI

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


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE

May 20-23
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues
May 20
May 13
May 6
April 29
April 22
April 15
Quote for the Week
"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop." — Ovid

MMM Submissions
To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Hilary Parker, NAAE Communications/Marketing Assistant.

It Pays to Go Green! Applications Due June 12
The Living to Serve: Environmental Grant application is available now.Middle school, high school and collegiate FFA chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects that address local environmental needs. Applications are due June 12, 2013.

Project examples from FFA Chapters funded during the 2012-2013 cycle include:
  • Revitalizing local nature trails to serve as outdoor classrooms
  • Reintroducing trout into the local streams
  • Converting abandoned land into usable greenspace
  • Surveying, reporting and helping to remove the Asian Longhorned Beetle from local trees
  • Removal of invasive plant species and reintroduction of local flora
  • Partnering with environmental organizations to help further their work (example: working with Wildlife Sanctuary)
  • Creation of a school district wide recycling and/or composting program

For a complete listing of FFA Chapters funded during the 2012-2013 cycle and their project abstracts, visit our interactive map.

2013 National FFA Convention & Expo Registration News
The pre-registration fee for the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky., has been set at $60 per person. If you are using the official Louisville housing block, the pre-registration fee is $45 per person. The $60 pre-registration fee will also apply to those who drive in locally to the convention and expo, unless they are driving from within a 100-mile radius, in which case the pre-registration fee is $45. If you choose to register on site, the registration fee is $70 per person.
This three-tiered fee structure will ensure that the cost of the convention and expo facilities, which include the Kentucky Exposition Center, Kentucky International Convention Center and the KFC YUM! Center, is shared equally by all convention and expo participants, regardless of their housing plans.

2013 National FFA Convention Chapter Housing is Open
Advisors, please log into your MyAgCN to find the chapter housing information. Housing closes Sept. 11.

Important tax exemption details for FFA advisors
You may be asking the question: Will I be eligible for tax exemption at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville?
The answer: yes and no.

If you are tax exempt in your home state and are staying in a hotel located in Kentucky, you can be eligible for tax exemption.

There are 24 states covered under a streamline agreement. Those states are:  Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming. You’ll need to complete this form and take it to your hotel located in Kentucky.

Those states not listed above should fill out form 51A125 (Application for Purchase Exemption Sales and Use Tax) and send it in with a copy of your state tax form to get exemption.

If you have any questions, contact Roy Smallwood, Kentucky Department of Revenue, 502-564-9098.

If you are staying in a property located in Indiana, you will not be tax exempt. Negotiated rates with Indiana hotels already reflect a savings to absorb the percentage of taxes being paid.

Honor FFA Supporters
The application period for Honorary American FFA Degree, VIP and Distinguished Service Citation Awards is now open. The applications are due postmarked by June 15. For more information, contact Crystal Hart, 317-802-4319.

NAAE Convention
Professional Development Workshop Proposals Due TODAY

Early Bird Registration Open Now through July 12 – register for NAAE Convention at a discounted rate
Room Block Now Open – The NAAE Convention hotel is the Riviera. Book through NAAE for $49/nigh Mon-Thurs and $72/night Fri-Sat

NAAE Regional Conferences
Attend a regional conference this summer for professional development, networking and the opportunity to get involved in leading the profession of agricultural education. Visit this link and click on your region for dates and agendas.

Communities of Practice

Check out these recent posts, questions and resources!


NAAE Membership Benefit
Did you know that NAAE individual members can get group rates on many types of insurance, including pet insurance, through the organization? June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, so that's nothing to sneeze at (unless you're allergic). Click here for details.

National Teach Ag Campaign
New Teach Ag Ambassadors Named
Congratulations to the newly-selected 2013-2014 Teach Ag Ambassador team. They represent 7 universities and 7 states. 

Teach Ag Interns Wanted for 2013-2014 Academic Year
The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting internship applications for the 2013-2014 academic year. The internship will be based out of the NAAE office in Lexington, KY. Click here for more information. Applications are due electronically to Ellen Thompson no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, July 15th.

Friday, May 31, 2013: GMO wheat causes a stir; CAST names new president-elect; and a Russian bear out-wrestles a Russian car. Plenty of ag news and links also. Click here to read Friday Notes, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST)'s weekly online newsletter, which is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

Poll: Give Congress Your Input on Higher Education
Congress has begun requesting comments on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and ACTE needs your input into our priorities! Specifically, the House Education and the Workforce Committee has asked for input that will enable them to empower students as consumers in higher education; simplify and improve the student aid and loan programs; increase college accessibility, affordability and completion; encourage institutions to reduce costs; promote innovation to improve access to and delivery of higher education; and balance the need for accountability with the burden of federal requirements. Issues related to student financial aid and data collection requirements are of particular importance to postsecondary CTE programs.

ACTE has developed a short, 13-question survey for those of you who are involved in postsecondary CTE. Please click here to provide your input.

Still time to register, get scholarship for CASE Institutes!
CASE Institutes are starting very soon across the country. There is still time to register for several of the sites. Usually a site will accept registration up until a week prior to the start date. Contact the site host for specific details.

CASE has a couple of scholarships remaining for this summer. If you are interested in a scholarship, please contact your CASE State Leader or CASE staff to find out more details.

FFA Alumni
FFA Alumni FREE Advocacy webinar featuring Dr. Jeff Magee, Tuesday, June 4 @ 7:30 p.m. Register today while space is available!


FFA Link Helps Keeps Your Young Graduates Forever Blue
FFA Link is a new exclusive group of college students and young professionals ready to connect their love of agriculture with real world career skills. FFA Link will continue developing the leadership skills learned as FFA members and prepare members to apply them to their future career.

FFA Link Membership grants members five years of free membership to the National FFA Alumni Association, electronic communication, access to the Agriculture Career Network, FFA Alumni discounts, and opportunities to attend the National FFA Alumni Convention and annual FFA Alumni Development Conference.

Keep your graduating seniors connected, keep them engaged and keep them Forever Blue.


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. Registration closes June 15!