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.
Quote for the Week
"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny."
To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.
Position Announcement: Program/Communications Assistant
NAAE is seeking to hire a program/communications assistant. The person in this position will be responsible for helping NAAE and the National Teach Ag Campaign (an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by NAAE) with programmatic tasks and message distribution. Applications are due by January 31, 2014.
Please follow this link for complete details.
Please forward this announcement to anyone you think might be interested.
Ford Offers Grants for Chapters That Participate in Scholarship Program
For the past 17 years, Ford has awarded $1,000 college scholarships to FFA members across the United States on behalf of participating Ford dealers. For the past four years, Ford has also given a $3,000 grant to one FFA chapter in each of NAAE’s six regions. The grants are related to chapter participation in the Ford scholarship program, so to have a chance to receive the grant, your local Ford dealer must offer a scholarship and you need to have students apply for the scholarship. The grants are to be used to allow FFA chapters to buy needed materials, offset travel expenses, and supplement resources in whatever way will best support the chapter’s leadership development activities.Ford is the largest corporate provider of scholarships through the National FFA program and looks forward to awarding the grants to FFA chapters. Ford is also the proud sponsor of NAAE’s Lifetime Achievement award. Both the grant program and the Lifetime Achievement award are special projects of the National FFA Foundation.The deadline for students to apply for FFA scholarships is February 1.
Follow this link for more information and to see if there is a participating Ford dealer in your area.
NAAE Advocacy Video Challenge – How is Your Agricultural Education Program Preparing You for a Bright Future?
Due to great success in 2013, NAAE is excited to launch the second annual Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge. This challenge is designed to give high school and middle school agriculture teachers a fun way to teach their students about advocacy by creating a video that showcases how their agriculture program is preparing students for bright futures! The 2014 theme is “How is your agricultural education program preparing you for a bright future?” The end result should be something you can show your school board, state representative, or a complete stranger to help them understand how your program prepares students for their future in any capacity. We're looking for an entertaining, accurate and compelling story, in 2 minutes or less.The entry deadline is Monday, February 24. Visit this post on Communities of Practice for complete details.
Award Winner Highlight
A long time FFA and agriculture supporter, Clifford Vrieze was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 for Region 3. Vrieze has dedicated over 40 years to a career in agriculture and was instrumental in creating the Nebraska Farm Management Education Program, serving on the Minnesota Agriculture Education Leadership Council, and the University of Minnesota Agricultural Education Centennial Fund Drive. To read more about Vrieze and other 2013 award winners, please visit this link.
Community of Practice Highlights
Collegiate FFA application news
Do you know any college students interested in pursuing a career in production agriculture? Want to know more about the latest trends and technology in agriculture? Apply today for the National Collegiate FFA New Century Farmer Conference. This week-long conference will equip students to be a cutting-edge farmer or rancher after they graduate from college. The 50 selected participants will do industry tours, commodity-specific sessions, learn about business planning, create a vision for their farm and more. The application can be found by clicking here.
For more information, visit the NCF homepage. Applications close Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. Eastern.
Also, the deadline for the I-CAL application has been extended to Jan. 15 due to application server issues. All interested students should have their competed application for the Japan program by next Wednesday Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. Eastern. The application is live on the Collegiate FFA website or by clicking here.
Any questions on either application can be sent to the collegiate team.
Friday, Jan. 10, 2014: A new year and some new, upbeat outlooks for ag in 2014—but plenty of the same challenges as well. Companies moved on GMOs, beef sustainability, and hog stalls, while we’re not sure who moved on the Farm Bill. Lots of other links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news.
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