Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor-5/5/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on May 5, 2014

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May 5, 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

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
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April 14
April 7
March 31

Quote for the Week

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

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.


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 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!

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 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

Information for the 2015 scholarship program will be available on 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.


New NAAE website online 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 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

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!


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).


The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) and 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

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