Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor--5/12/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on May 12, 2014

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May 12, 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

May 5
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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 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,, NBC News, and National Public Radio.


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! 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!

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 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.


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

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!


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).


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.