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
"Educating yourself does not mean that you were stupid in the first place; it means that you are intelligent enough to know that there is plenty left to learn."
To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.
CASE Institutes are filling fast!
Several CASE Institutes are already full, and others are very close. Please don’t wait to get registered for your CASE Institute of choice. Follow this CASE registration link and sign up now!
CASE would like to highlight those Host Sites who already have full CASE Institutes or only have a few seats left.
Congratulations to the following on their great numbers!Kansas State University: AFNR
South Central College (MN): AFNR
Beech Grove City Schools (IN): AFNR
Ohio State University (MVCTC), AFNR
Iowa FFA Enrichment Center: AFNR, ASA, ASP, APB
Pontiac Township High School (IL): AFNR
University of Missouri: ASA
University of Nebraska: ASA
Tennessee State University: ASP
Washington: ASPThere are still seats available in other great sites, so register now at www.case4learning.org!
Teach Ag Ambassadors
The National Teach Ag Campaign is pleased to once again announce that applications are now being accepted for the Teach Ag Ambassador Program. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 25th. Click here for more details and to apply!
DuPont Pioneer Newest Sponsor of the National Teach Ag Campaign
DuPont Pioneer is the latest company to add support to the growing National Teach Ag Campaign. The leading producer of hybrid seeds has committed $50,000 to the effort to stem the national shortage of agriculture teachers. Click here to read more.
April News & Views
Are you ready to advocate for agricultural education? Check out April's Edition of News & Views to learn what advocacy can do for your ag program!
Gothic Arch announces Greenhouse Construction/Enhancement Grant for NAAE Members
Gothic Arch is now accepting applications from NAAE members who would like to construct a new greenhouse or enhance an existing greenhouse for their middle school or high school agricultural education program.
This opportunity is open to all active and active life NAAE members who are currently teaching agriculture in a middle school or high school. Four $2,500 grants will be awarded in 2014.
NAAE is excited to partner once again with Gothic Arch Greenhouses, a long time supporter of agricultural education in public schools.
Applications are due May 1. Follow this link to learn more and apply for the grant.
2014 NAAE Award Applications Available
Apply for a 2014 NAAE Award. Most applications are due to the NAAE office by May 15. Click here for award information and applications.
Community of Practice Highlights
Registration is now open online for the 2014 FFA Alumni Development Conference. This year the conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan July 9-12. Anyone is welcome to join in on this fun and informative annual conference. Special tours, workshops, taste-of-states and much more are being set up now. It is sure to be anADC for the record books. Register today to take advantage of the early bird special!
“Food and Nutrition Service: Who We Are, What We Do &
How FFA Chapters Can Get Involved”
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is hosting a webinar for state and local FFA leaders to introduce FNS and specifically talk about two programs; the Summer Food Service Program and Farm to School. FFA has many ways that they can get involved in FNS’s programs, please register for the webinar to learn more!
Take a test drive for FFA
On April 26, take a test drive at a participating Ram dealer, and a $20 donation will be made to the National FFA Organization in support of local chapters. Visit ramtrucks.com/nextcrop for participating dealerships or to make a donation to FFA.
Listen to FFA Today
Haven’t been able to catch our new radio program FFA Today on RURAL RADIO? No worries…you can now access the great interviews and tributes involving current and former members, chapters, advisors and alumni on FFA.org. The website will be updated regularly, but you can listen to FFA Today live on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 80 every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST (schedule subject to change).
Nominate now for FFA honorary awards
Nominate your favorite FFA supporter for an Honorary American Degree, VIP, or DSC award. Forms can be found here. The deadline to submit your nomination forms is on or before June 15. Nomination forms and questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply now: Grants to meet local environmental issues
The Living to Serve: Environmental Grant online application is now open. Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects focused on meeting a local environmental need. Applications are due May 30. Visit the Environmental Grants webpage for additional information.
212°/360° host registration now open
Registration to host a 212° Virtues Conference (seventh - 10th grades) or 360° Vision Conference (11th - 12th grades) will be open online now through May 15. Conferences may be held at the chapter, regional or state level and only requires a 70-student minimum. Check out theNational FFA Conferences webpage for more information.
New requirements for Agriscience Fair
A state staff signature is now required on all applications being forwarded to national summer judging. There is a new application template available to help format the report for projects. Check it out onthe website. Did you know that the Agriscience Fair handbook has undergone some changes? Check it out here!
Friday, April 11, 2014: Sugar wars, GMO labeling debates, and goats show their intelligence--plus the usual links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news.
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).
USDA Announces Funding to Train and Educate Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).Click here to read more.
ACTE's online seminars are available to members as a professional development resource. These free seminars cover a variety of topics of interest to you. For more information about the online seminars currently offered, and to register, click here.