Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor--5/19/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on May 19, 2014


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May 19, 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 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
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.


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.

Due to cancellations, we have some openings for WLC. If your chapter has members interested in attending, please visit, 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, 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

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


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

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


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).