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May 19, 2014

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

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
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT


June 8-12
NFRBMEA Conference
Salt Lake City, UT


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


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


September 25
National Teach Ag Day
Inver Grove Heights, MN


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

Past Issues


May 12
May 5
April 28
April 21
April 14

Quote for the Week


"It is vital that when educating our childrens' brains that we do not neglect to educate their hearts."
-Dalai Lama


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


Help Students Understand How the Farm Bill Works
The American Farm Bureau Federation has produced a new series of videos and launched a website to help farmers, landowners and other stakeholders better understand the provisions of the 2014 farm bill. Featured content includes videos on key commodity program and crop insurance provisions of the farm bill.


A Lesson in Farming, Classroom to Cafeteria (From the NY Times)
Agriculture classes in Hagerstown, In.  are using their cattle production program to help produce a supply of cheaper and healthier food to their school cafeteria program. To learn more click here.


Learn How to Fish Farm
A new set of how-to videos that teach beginning aquaculturists the ins and outs of fish farming is now available online. The free, five-part video series offers an in-depth look at key issues in fish farming in a short, succinct, easy-to-understand format. It was produced by the Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at Ohio State University South Centers as part of its yearlong Aquaculture Boot Camp program.


The videos available are:
Harvesting Freshwater Prawn
Harvesting Yellow Perch
Organic Pond Fertilization for Yellow Perch Fry ProductionSpawning Yellow Perch
Water Quality Testing for Fish Farmers


Is 8th Grade too early to pick a career? (From NationalJournal.com)
To take a look inside South Carolina's experiment to bring career counseling into the classroom from kindergarten through senior yearclick here.


National Farm Medicine Center Re-launches Tractor Safety Campaign (From The Wausau Daily Herald)
The group hopes their effort will save children's lives by limiting access to tractor operation for those younger than 14. To learn more about the campaign click here.

FFA


National Officer Nominating Committee
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committee representative? Submit them to FFA by August 1 for consideration.Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.


* The following states are not accepting nominations to prevent consecutive years of representation: FL, NV, MA, CO, NE, TX, SD, DE, and AR.


WLC
Due to cancellations, we have some openings for WLC. If your chapter has members interested in attending, please visit www.ffa.org, log into your AgCN account and click the WLC button on your homepage to see if the current openings meet the schedule of your available members.  Registrations are only available through the online system.  No arrangements over the phone or email will be accommodated.


Now it’s easier and faster to get what you want!
Start enjoying the new Shop FFA this summer! Spend less time shopping, searching  and waiting for delivery! Features include:


Single sign-on
Throughout FFA.org, you will be recognized anywhere on the site, and your contact information will be available while you shop, fill out an application, or register for an event.

Reduced shipping time
All shipments are now heading your way 1-2 days sooner!

Improved order tracking
Track every shipment associated with your order.

Search for exactly what you want
Search by style, size and color to find the perfect match.

Sing the National Anthem for a chance to win a scholarship
The 2014 FMC “Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest” is happening right now. FFA members who are 13-21 have the chance to win up to $10,000 in college scholarships, as well as a trip to Nashville, for singing the National Anthem. Learn more about the contest and enter your version of the National Anthem today. Don’t wait – the entry period ends June 20:www.FMCcrop.com/grower/Anthem-Singing-Contest.


The 2013 winner – Noelle Goodson, a former FFA member and freshman at Cornerstone University – had the opportunity to record in Nashville and to sing the National Anthem at the 2014 Commodity Classic for more than 7,000 attendees. Noelle credits her time with the National FFA Choir in helping prepare her for a bright future.


Videos from the four 2013 finalists can be viewed here on FMC’s YouTube channel.

If you attended the national convention and expo last fall and recorded your National Anthem entry at the FMC booth, make sure that you also submitted a parental consent form in order for your entry to be eligible. If you have questions, feel free to emailFMCcontest@swansonrussell.com.

NAAE


Teach Ag Internship
The National Teach Ag Campaign is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving as the 2014-2015 National Teach Ag Campaign intern.  The intern will be based out of the NAAE office in Lexington, KY and will be able to maintain a full time student course load.  The internship is made possible through support from our sponsors the CHS Foundation and DuPont Pioneer.  Click here for position details and application requirements.  Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, June 2nd.
Please direct questions to:

Ellen Thompson
National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator
605.350.3842
ethompson.naae@uky.edu


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.


2014 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshop Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2014 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, November 18-22, 2014, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education.Follow this link to submit your proposal TODAY!


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA Alumni

It is no surprise that several FFA Alumni members are out and about giving back to FFA and Agricultural Education. National FFA Alumni staff wants to share those stories with the rest of the membership. If you or someone you know has been going above and beyond to give back then tell us. Please email any story ideas to Jada Buchanan, National FFA Alumni Promotional Program Manager atjbuchanan@ffa.org

CAST

Friday, May 16, 2014:
Big Data is big news, ag in classrooms, and flying pigs--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).

 

 

 


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May 12, 2014

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

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
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT


June 8-12
NFRBMEA Conference
Salt Lake City, UT


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


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


September 25
National Teach Ag Day
Inver Grove Heights, MN


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

Past Issues


May 5
April 28
April 21
April 14
April 7

Quote for the Week


"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."
-Ignacio Estrada

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


Business Leaders Increasingly Unimpressed with College Grads Skills
Business leaders are increasingly pessimistic about whether college students are being adequately prepared for careers, according to an annual survey. Nearly nine out of 10 of 500 executives polled said graduates lack the necessary skills to succeed. And more than half said the United States is lagging behind its economic rivals in this measure. The executives rank communication, interpersonal skills, and adaptability among the most important things they think graduates should know according to a survey commissioned by Northeastern University. However, it is believed that less than 30% of college graduates possess such skills at a high level. For more information on the survey click here.


Food and Agriculture Companies Pledge to Boost Sustainability
More than a dozen major food and agricultural companies met recently to discuss how they could work together to sustainably meet the demands of a growing population and changing diets around the world. For more information click here.


Informational Webinars Added  for the Living To Serve: Environmental Grant

There are many resources available regarding the debate over whether GMO crops are safe for society or not. One website available that contains answers to some of the most prevalent consumer questions is called gmoanswers.com. Check out this website for current information to help your students better understand this critical issue for the future of agriculture and food production.


US Census of Agriculture Released
Recently the full results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture were released to the public. For more information to share with students on the Census from different perspectives visit PR Newswire,AgriMarketing.com, NBC News, and National Public Radio.

FFA


National Officer Nominating Committee
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committee representative? Submit them to FFA by August 1 for consideration.Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.


* The following states are not accepting nominations to prevent consecutive years of representation: FL, NV, MA, CO, NE, TX, SD, DE, and AR.

Informational Webinars Added  for the Living To Serve: Environmental Grant
Are you interested in applying for a $2,000 Living to Serve: Environmental grant, but don?t know if your idea meets requirements or need some guidance working through the application?  Register for an informational webinar hosted by Living to Serve team members atwww.FFA.org/envirogrants! Webinars will be held twice on Wednesday, May 14 (3:30pm & 6:30pm EST) and twice on Wednesday, May 28 (3:30pm & 6:30pm EST). Applications are due May 30, 2014.


Fight Hunger, Report Impacts, Win $500
Submit your service results to participate in the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge and help National FFA donate ONE MILLION meals to communities by the 2014 convention. Your chapter will be entered to win a $500 cash prize that is announced monthly. Become an FFA Hunger Hero today! www.FFA.org/HEROES


Relief efforts underway for FFA/ag ed programs and communities hit by storms
FFA has set up a webpage with information on how to you can help areas of the country hit hard by the recent storms. Follow this link to get the latest on what we know.


2014 scholarship results are in
In 2014, 126 businesses and individuals provided $2.2 million in scholarships designed to fit the wide variety of student experiences, career goals and higher education plans.  More than 6,300 students applied.  The National FFA Organization awarded 1,786 scholarships.


A list of recipients is available now.  Visit www.FFA.org and look under ?What?s New? for a link to the 2014 Scholarship Results.  Recipients are located first by their high school state, then alphabetically by student last name.


Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May.  Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1 should email scholarships@ffa.org.


Information for the 2015 scholarship program will be available on www.FFA.org Nov. 15, 2014.

Apply now: National FFA Convention & Expo Newsroom Crew
The National FFA Organization is seeking college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. Apply here.

NAAE


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.


Teach Ag Internship
The National Teach Ag Campaign is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving as the 2014-2015 National Teach Ag Campaign intern.  The intern will be based out of the NAAE office in Lexington, KY and will be able to maintain a full time student course load.  The internship is made possible through support from our sponsors the CHS Foundation and DuPont Pioneer.  Click here for position details and application requirements.  Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, June 2nd
.


Please direct questions to:


Ellen Thompson
National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator
605.350.3842
ethompson.naae@uky.edu


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.


2014 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshop Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2014 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, November 18-22, 2014, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education.Follow this link to submit your proposal TODAY!


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA Alumni

Have you read the Spring Alumni New Visions Newsletter yet? All FFA Alumni Members receive this great newsletter by mail but you can also read it online! Check out the latest issue now and catch up on past issues as well. This is your publication to stay in the know with everything to do with FFA Alumni!

CAST

Friday, May 9, 2014: The turbulent political climate of the government climate report, the world?s worst research paper, and the impact of the gmo labeling paper--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).

ACTE

The 2014 Best Practices and Innovations Conference is an excellent opportunity for CTE educators to showcase programs and to share your expertise with colleagues. A best practice is one that has empirical data documenting the best practice. An innovation is defined as a teacher, school and/or administrative practice that demonstrates innovations in career and technical education, but has not yet validated the practice through empirical data. Click here to learn more and to register.

 

 

 


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May 5, 2014

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

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
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT


June 8-12
NFRBMEA Conference
Salt Lake City, UT


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


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


September 25
National Teach Ag Day
Inver Grove Heights, MN


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

Past Issues


April 28
April 21
April 14
April 7
March 31

Quote for the Week


"Educating the mind without educating the heart is like no education at all."
-Aristotle

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


PTA Teacher Appreciation Week
This week, May 5-9, has been declared as teacher appreciation week by the National PTA. The National Council for Agricultural Education wishes to convey thanks and appreciation to all the professional educators engaged in agricultural education in schools across the country. Without their tireless daily effort no amount of programming and strategic planning would ever be successful in making agricultural education stronger. If you wish to no more about National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week click here.


Grants Available for School Gardens
For those interested in starting a school garden grants and other funding options are available through Annie?s Homegrown brand of food products. Annie's offers Grants for Gardens donations to schools and other educational programs that help build school gardens. Since 2008, they have helped fund more than 270 gardens, because they believe that gardens help connect kids to real food.


The spring 2014 grant application is now open through June 2, 2014 at 5 PM PST. Click here for more information on the grant application and other available fundraising options.


Top 3 Concerns About Food Safety
For farmers and agriculturalists, getting the correct information to consumers about safety in food production could be a matter of simply taking two hours a month to educate those who have questions about their food. Recent U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance research found what consumers' top three concerns are about agriculture. Click here.

FFA


National Officer Nominating Committee
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committeerepresentative? Submit them to FFA by August 1 for consideration. Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.


* The following states are not accepting nominations to prevent consecutive years of representation: FL, NV, MA, CO, NE, TX, SD, DE, and AR.


The Living To Serve: Environmental Grant is Open!
It pays to go green! Flippin FFA (AR) developed a school-wide program to recycle paper, plastic, and aluminum waste. What could your chapter do with $2,000 to help the environment? Apply today atwww.FFA.org/envirogrants. Applications due May 30, 2014.


Fight Hunger, Report Impacts, Win $500
Submit your service results to participate in the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge and help National FFA donate ONE MILLION meals to communities by the 2014 convention. Your chapter will be entered to win a $500 cash prize that is announced monthly. Become an FFA Hunger Hero today! www.FFA.org/HEROES


2014 scholarship results are in
In 2014, 126 businesses and individuals provided $2.2 million in scholarships designed to fit the wide variety of student experiences, career goals and higher education plans.  More than 6,300 students applied.  The National FFA Organization awarded 1,786 scholarships.


A list of recipients is available now.  Visit www.FFA.org and look under ?What?s New? for a link to the 2014 Scholarship Results.  Recipients are located first by their high school state, then alphabetically by student last name.


Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May.  Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1 should email scholarships@ffa.org.


Information for the 2015 scholarship program will be available on www.FFA.org Nov. 15, 2014.


Apply now: National FFA Convention & Expo Newsroom Crew
The National FFA Organization is seeking college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 29 ? Nov. 1, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. Apply here.

NAAE


New NAAE website online
Naae.org has gotten an overhaul, including added functionality that will allow members to more easily interact with NAAE and manage their membership. On an individual basis, members can log in and update their contact information, renew their membership and print a membership card. At the state level, dues remitters will begin submitting dues rosters online for the upcoming 2014-15 membership year, and merchandise can also be ordered online and purchased with a credit card. Coming in 2015, members will be able to apply for awards online, which will streamline the process for them and us.


Visit naae.org to see the changes, and watch this 2-minute video to learn about the updates and how to create your log-in account.


Teach Ag Internship
The National Teach Ag Campaign is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving as the 2014-2015 National Teach Ag Campaign intern.  The intern will be based out of the NAAE office in Lexington, KY and will be able to maintain a full time student course load.  The internship is made possible through support from our sponsors the CHS Foundation and DuPont Pioneer.  Click here for position details and application requirements.  Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, June 2nd.

Please direct questions to:

Ellen Thompson
National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator
605.350.3842
ethompson.naae@uky.edu


2014 Hummert International Greenhouse Management and OperationsShort Course
Hummert International is now accepting applications for their Greenhouse Management and Operations Short Course. Applications are due May 30th. Click here for more information.


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.


Are you interested in serving on the 2014 NAAE Awards Judging Committee?
This year, NAAE will judge a majority of their awards virtually through these national judging committees.  Sign up to serve our ag ed profession by May 10th.  Sign Up Here


2014 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshop Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2014 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, November 18-22, 2014, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education.Follow this link to submit your proposal TODAY!


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

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!

CAST

Friday, May 2, 2014: The winner of the Borlaug CAST Communication Award and plenty of feedback regarding the GMO labeling issue--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).

USDE

The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) and FindYouthInfo.gov launched a contest for youth between 16 and 24 years of age. Youth can submit original posters and photos (with captions) responding to the question, ?How Can Youth Make a Difference.? Submissions will be judged by a panel of IWGYP participants (and voting through Facebook will be taken into consideration). The first, second, and third place winners will receive prizes and their entries will be showcased on FindYouthInfo.gov.

The deadline has been extended to May 11th at 11:59PM EST. Additional information and a link are below.