Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor-4/21/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Apr 21, 2014

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April 21, 2014


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

May 20-23
Salt Lake City, UT

July 9-12
National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Grand Rapids, MI

September 23-25, 2014
Western Region AAAE
Kona, Hawaii

October 9-11, 2014
Central Region AAAE
Morgantown, WV

Past Issues

April 14
April 7
March 31
March 24
March 17

Quote for the Week

"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel."

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

The Movie Farmland Debuts in New York
The movie Farmland, which tells the story of 6 young farmers, made its debut in New York City last week. The movie, produced in cooperation with the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, has been shown to farmer audiences around the nation over the past few months, but just made its New York city debut at the Tribeca Film Festival Thursday evening. Director James Moll said the film gives the public a firsthand look at life on a farm without preaching, “There are lots of hot button issues in agriculture and there is a good deal of back and forth discussion by groups with different agendas; but I decided I did not want to make an agenda film, I wanted to make a film about people.” He said the documentary focuses on the characters, what they do, and how they live.

For more information and locations to see the move visit

New Tool for Talking about Agricultural Biotech
The International Food Information Council has created a handy guide for talking about food biotechnology. You can download the entire guide as a pdf, or you can view individual sections on the IFIC website. If you only have a few minutes to look, we recommend checking out Words to Use & Words to Lose and the presentation section, which includes how to respond to frequently asked questions.


Farmer to Farmer Program in East Africa
NAAE is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which is the lead organization, on a Farmer to Farmer (F2F) Program supporting East Africa. Click here for more information and to register today!

NAAE Virtual Book Club
Personalize your professional development this summer by participating in NAAE’s first virtual ag ed book club.  Register by June 1st to earn up to 5 hours of professional development credit or CEUs for participating.  To learn more and register, go to NAAE Virtual Book Club.

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!

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 DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award

The DEKALB® Agricultural Accomplishment Award is annually presented to one FFA student per chapter because they exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic.   In 2014, DEKALB is celebrating our 67th year of sponsorship of this award.

Teachers must nominate a student.  All nominations should be directed to the award email
All nominations should include:
a. Recipient (Nominee) Name
b. Banquet or Presentation Date
c. FFA Chapter / Name of School
d. Name/Address for Shipping
-assumes awards will not be shipped directly to recipients
-please allow lead time of 15 business days.

Winners receive a commemorative award certificate, a lapel pin, and a congratulatory letter from the DEKALB Brand Lead.

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


Thinking about a CASE Institute this summer but don’t know where to go?
Check out the link to see the many dates and locations for CASE Institutes, then register now! Sites are filling fast, so don’t wait! The following sites still have seats available:

Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR)
South Central College
Texas Tech University
Ohio State
University of FL

Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA)
South Dakota State University
Texas Tech University
University of Maryland
Penn State University
McNeese State University, LA

Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP)
Texas A&M University
University of Kentucky
Beech Grove City Schools, IN
Penn State University

Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE)
Ohio State University
Oregon State University

Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB)
Iowa FFA Enrichment Center

Food Science and Safety – Field Test (FSS)
Texas A&M University
South Central College, MN
Rutgers University, NJ


2013 Chapter Innovators’ Guide now available
Read how 45 FFA chapters developed a well-planned and well-executed Program of Activities in the 2013 Chapter Innovators’ Guide, which profiles the Model of Excellence, Model of Innovation and Outstanding Middle School winning chapters. The guide is available in PDF and on ISSUU, which now features a new app for Android.

“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 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 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).


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.


Free personalization through May 1
Recognize your FFA members at graduation with the FFA graduation sash and make it personal with free embroidery from FFA. Graduation is special, as is the years in FFA. Commemorate both with a personalized graduation sash. Also included are our moisture management Official Casual Dress polo shirts.

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge
We have 31 states who are Hunger Heroes so far…is your state one of them? Go to  to check and see! Don’t let your state be left out, report your hunger fighting impacts today at Become an FFA Hunger Hero today!

FFA Alumni

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!


USDA Awards Grants for New School Food Service Equipment to Help Schools Dish Up Healthy Meals
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $25 million in grants to help schools purchase needed kitchen equipment as they continue to provide school lunches and breakfasts that give children the nutrition they need to learn and grow. Read more>>


USA Science & Engineering Festival
ACTE is proud to be an Official Partner of the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, to be held April 24-27, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
Follow this link for more information.