Rheba Howard

Monday Morning Monitor 8/19/2013

Blog Post created by Rheba Howard on Aug 19, 2013

August 19, 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

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

August 12
August 5
July 29
July 22
July 15
July 8

Quote for the Week

"Play is the highest form of research."
-Albert Einstein

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

Council Member Spotlight: National Farm and Ranch Business Management Education Association (NFRBMEA)
The NFRBMEA are a group of educators whose students are primarily over the age of 21 and actively involved in the financial and production responsibilities of a farm or ranch business.  In most cases they are at least the partial owner, but we also have some managers and employees enrolled as students as well.  We truly believe in the Team AgEd concept and believe we are the link that completes the chain for producers after their high school, post-secondary and FFA careers (other than Alumni).  Most of us are employed through a community or technical college, and producer students enroll in specific classes and pay tuition to the school.  A few of us are self-employed and work on a fee for service basis.  NFRBMEA is proud of its continuous membership in the National Council for over 20 years.

Our mission is to promote and support farm and ranch management education.  We accomplish our mission by providing in-service education to our members and cooperating with others.  We have over 100 active members and 22 affiliate members.  We meet annually including an educational conference each June ongoing since 1973.  Our conferences always include top notch speakers, as well as workshops and tours.  The main professional development opportunities include new trends in education, instructional technology, management principles, agriculture policy and leadership.  Members also appreciate the networking opportunities with colleagues. 

Our 2013 conference was in Overland Park, Kansas, and our 2014 conference will be in Salt Lake City, Utah. NFRBMEA also helps establish guidelines and standards for quality farm and ranch business management education. For more information please visit here.


National FFA Convention & Expo registration now open
Register to attend the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 30-Nov. 2! Visit MyAgCN to register and here to learn more.

Can't make it to the convention and expo?
NEW for 2013, the National FFA Virtual Convention & Expo will be available for those back home to experience a part of the action. Visit exhibitors within the virtual expo; participate in student workshops and interact with others online; watch general sessions; and purchase memorabilia in the virtual shopping mall. Teachers and advisors will be able to download resources to use in the classroom in Teacher's Corner. Registration for the virtual convention and expo is now available through MyAgCN .


XLR8 Institute, For Agriculture Teachers in Their 7-15th Year
XLR8 is a year-long sequence of professional development for 7-15 year agricultural educators that revolves around 8 areas with which mid-career teachers commonly struggle.  The cohort will kick-off at the NAAE convention and will continue throughout the next year with virtual professional development experiences and online collaboration.  XLR8 participants will also develop state-level workshops to help colleagues address burnout.

Applications are due September 1. Follow this link for details and application.

NAAE Awards Scholarships for Student Teachers
Congratulations to the recipients of this year's NAAE Upper Division Scholarship! NAAE awarded 15 scholarships to agricultural education majors who will be student teaching this fall or next spring. See the recipients.

National Teach Ag Day is September 26th!

  • We'll be broadcasting live from the campus of North Carolina A&T from 1-3 eastern. Details.
  • Got a future teacher in your class? Submit their photo, win a prize for the whole class. Details.
  • Need celebration ideas? We've got ideas and resources to help you celebrate National Teach Ag Day wherever you are. Details.

On Communities of Practice:


Friday, August 16, 2013:  "Meals from the Heartland campaign at the Iowa State Fair". News headlines, beta-agonists, and quirky ag stories join with the usual weekly information.

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).


The Costs of Raising a Child
How much will that little bundle of joy cost? According to USDA's Cost of Raising a Child report, the answer for a child born in 2012 is $241,080 for food, shelter and other necessities over the next 17 years, which translates to about $301,970 when adjusted for inflation! With the rising cost of food prices and the concern over childhood obesity, it is more important than ever that children receive healthy wholesome food. Read more here.


Infograhic Shows Need for Funding CTE
With Congress on their month-long August recess, the clock is ticking on important Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding decisions for CTE. Connecting with lawmakers during August through Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets is a quick and easy way to spread the message of CTE and the importance of Perkins funding. See the inforgraphic here.


2013 San Antonio NYFEA Institute
The 2013 NYFEA Institute is December 4-8 in San Antonio, Texas. In San Antonio participants will go on industry tours, network with fellow members and learn more about Texas agriculture. See the schedule of events here. For registration directions visit here. The National Young Farmer Educational Association is dedicated to educating ag leaders and securing the next generation of agribusiness professionals and producers.