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June 30, 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


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


June 23
June 16
June 9
June 2
May 19

Quote for the Week


"Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but aslo capable of succeeding."
-Robert John Meehan

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


News from SAE Renewal Taskforce
Assist the SAE Renewal Taskforce in gathering information to help redefine SAE in agricultural education by providing your input on the SAE Renewal Question for the Profession. Each Monday, we will post a question for the profession to respond to.  The SAE Renewal Taskforce will use these questions as a way to gather information so they can work to strengthen SAEs.  This week?s question is ?How do you brand SAE to parents and students?? Go to this link to leave your comments.


Learn How the US Dairy Industry is Working to Become More Sustainable
The Innovation Center for US Dairy recently released its third annual report to update stakeholders on their progress toward reaching their Sustainability Commitment. Through this shared commitment, the U.S. dairy industry works together pre-competitively to provide consumers with the nutritious dairy products they want, in a way that makes the industry, people and planet economically, environmentally and socially better. - See more here.


Facts About Beef
The Beef Checkoff has funded a website called Facts About Beef, which was created to help educate people about beef production and provide a source of information for the general public to explore answers to questions they may have about the industry. To learn more and use this as a resource for your students click here.


Small farms making big impact in US agriculture (from Yahoo News)
In the land of industrial-scale agriculture, "truck farming" -- small-scale fresh fruit and vegetable production -- is booming, encouraged by the rising consumer interest in food grown locally, an industry worth $7 billion. The country has 8,100 farmers' markets, and nearly 150,000 farmers and ranchers sell their products directly to consumers. Some 44 percent of schools have links to local farms for student meals. This rise in potential for small farms creates new opportunities for agricultural education students who are interested in entrepreneurial farming pursuits but may not have access to large land holdings. To see the full article click here.
Another answer for some with a strong interest in farming and agribusiness but not access to large amounts of land or capital may be hobby farming. These farmers use agricultural production as a supplement to their incomes and a way to sustain an agricultural and rural lifestyle for their families. The rise of new and unique local markets has made this a possibility for many families as well. To see how this has impacted one area of Idaho click here.


U.S. agriculture saw double-digit growth in 2013 (from The Columbus Dispatch)
Agriculture is a small part of the U.S. economy, but last year, it was the best part. The output of the agriculture sector grew 16.4 percent after inflation last year, the fastest rise for the sector since at least 1998 and far faster than any other part of the economy. To see the full article 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.


FFA.org down for maintenance July 1 ? 7
From the morning of Tuesday, July 1, until Monday, July 7, FFA.org will be unavailable in order to move the website?s servers from Virginia to Indianapolis. To learn more, visit here.


National FFA Talent Competition ? It?s Back!
In 2014, National FFA Talent will again host the National FFA Talent Competition! Can you sing, dance, play an instrument or throw around a mean yo-yo? We want your talent! Not only will talent members provide entertainment and musical skills on the talent stage during sessions and at banquets and events, they will also compete to be named the 2014 National FFA Talent Competition Winner. Apply today! More details about National FFA Talent can be found here.


Be a part of the 2014 National FFA Band and Chorus!
National FFA Band and Chorus members have claimed some of the best seats in sessions 1- 9 at the National FFA Convention & Expo for more than 60 years. Submit your application to audition and perhaps claim your seat on stage! Applications are now available for members interested in sharing their musical gifts along with 150+ other FFA members from across the country. More details about National FFA Band  and Chorus are available in the following links: BAND orCHORUS.

FFA Alumni


The National FFA Alumni Association is thrilled to announce the Yamaha Viking Giveaway! Yamaha has donated a brand new Viking ATV to be given away to a lucky FFA alumni member. Members and?or new members just need to make sure they are entered by Oct. 1. It is simple to enter: Make sure your FFA Alumni membership is current and then complete your AgCN profile. To be eligible for this drawing you must fill out the complete AgCN profile, which is name, mailing address, email address, date of birth and year graduated from high school. Good luck!

CAST


Friday, June 27, 2014: Ag Innovation as a key to feeding the world, legislative proposals that affect ag, and chocolate fried chicken--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).

NAAE


NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration Ends July 7th!
The 2014 NAAE Convention schedule and the ACTE CareerTech VISION 2014 schedule are being planned so NAAE members may attend sessions at both meetings. NAAE members will pay one registration fee and have full access to both conferences. Click here for more information and to register.


Farmer to Farmer Program
Volunteer to work in east Africa through the Farmer-to-Farmer project ? a new NAAE partnership with CRS. Choose from one of their available assignments or register and indicate your strengths to be contacted for an assignment.


This new five-year program promoting sustainable economic growth, food security and agricultural development in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania sends U.S. volunteers with agricultural expertise to share skills and help build capacity for African farmers through short-term training and technical assistance projects. Agricultural educators are needed. Click here to learn how you can help!


Join the OAR Northwest Mississippi River Adventure
OAR Northwest, a team of scientists, adventurers, and educators, will row down the Mississippi River, from its beginnings in Minnesota to the mouth in the Louisiana delta. Along the way, they'll document their journey through the largest watershed in our country. The crew will work with students and teachers to deliver real time data and information through social media and webcasts.


OAR Northwest would like to invite your school to join the adventure.  Their online program is free to anyone with an internet connection, and will include access to the rowers via emails and twice monthly webinars, for the duration of the expedition. For 30 schools (3 in each state close to the Mississippi River) OAR Northwest would like to supplement the journey with an in-person visit to your school, at no added cost. Lessons will be provided for teachers by their staff of educators.  Students from elementary to high school are invited to be part of the journey. What a great opportunity for our students to interact with the adventurers/scientists! Click here to learn how you can participate!


Community of Practice Highlights

US Department of Education

Social Media Tips for Educators: Building Capacity Among Your Staff
Our latest tip sheet goes into detail about how some state and local districts are solving their capacity challenges. Sharing content creation, sharing duties across offices, and creating brand ambassadors are just some of the innovative ways different districts are working to reach out to constituents via social media. Click here to read more.

 

 

 


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June 23, 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


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


June 16
June 9
June 2
May 19
May 12

Quote for the Week


"Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles away from a cornfield."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

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


News from SAE Renewal Taskforce
Assist the SAE Renewal Task Force in gathering information to help redefine SAE in agricultural education by providing your input on the following question: "Is SAE a part of your grade for your ag ed class?" If yes, please share your rubric or criteria for the SAE portion of the grade. Post your comments so that we can work together as a profession to strengthen SAEs at the local level. Go to NAAE Communities of Practice to post your response. Check back next Monday for a new question.


The Stress We Feel at Home and Work Just May be Programmed In to Our Brain…..But we Have the Power To Change That! (from US News and World Report)
Stress among educators is a common phenomenon that leads to poor quality of life, strained relationships and burn out. However, some research shows that much of this stress does not come as much from external sources as it does our internal processing and physical reactions to stressful situations. The root cause of this self-induced stress stems from programming that dates back to our ancestors need to survive in a dangerous world. Unfortunately, the way we view life and work sometimes causes our bodies to be in a constant state of fight or flight the same way our ancestors would have reacted to sudden confrontation with a predator. To learn more click here.


Pork Industry Poised to Meet a 50% Increase in Demand by 2050
Pork is the most widely consumed meat in the world and pork demand continues to grow. A new report from Elanco indicates that global demand for pork will increase by 50 percent by 2050. The president of U.S. Operations for Elanco, Rob Aukerman, is confident the industry can meet that future demand through a combination of increased hog numbers and greater production efficiency. But he says it will require acceptance of innovation and the ability to bring new technologies and practices to the market. To see the full press release click here. To see a visual info graphic you can share with students to outline the issue click here.


Innovative Alabama Program Promotes Welding and Wiring Skills to Increase Girls’ Interest in STEM Fields (fromwww.al.com)
The “Girls Can” camp at Bryant Career and Technical School in Irvington, AL annually brings together 8th and 9th grade girls to learn skills in welding, wiring, engineering, carpentry and pipefitting. One goal of the program is to interest more young girls in STEM careers. To learn more click here.

FFA Alumni


Attention all FFA Alumni members! There is exciting news just for you! Yamaha has donated a new Viking to be given away to a lucky FFA Alumni member. You have until September 27 to enter and it is easy as can be to do so. All you need to do is be a current FFA Alumni member, complete your AgCN profile and then wait to hear if your name is called. Good Luck!

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.

“We Are FFA” video catching fire on YouTube
Watch this video that gives powerful voice to the collective spirit of FFA members.


Summer teaching guide now available

The Summer 2014 FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide allows teachers a way to keep students focused on their education as the school year comes to a close. Included in the teaching guide are eight activities for students to develop their skills by using the articles in the recent issue of the magazine. Activities include a scavenger hunt about animal careers, an application on advocating agriculture and a virtual farm field trip. The guide includes appendices, vocabulary words and discussion questions as well as CDE and SAE tips.


FFA.org down for maintenance July 1 – 7
From the morning of Tuesday, July 1, until Monday, July 7, FFA.orgwill be unavailable in order to move the website’s servers from Virginia to Indianapolis. To learn more, visit here.


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.


Summer hours for the National FFA Merchandise Center
The National FFA Merchandise Center will observe summer hours now through Friday, Aug. 8.


June 2 - Aug. 8, 2014 Merchandise Center summer schedule:

Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

• Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Now it’s easier and faster to get what you want on Shop FFA
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 one to two 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.

NAAE


NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration Ends July 7th!
The 2014 NAAE Convention schedule and the ACTE CareerTech VISION 2014 schedule are being planned so NAAE members may attend sessions at both meetings. NAAE members will pay one registration fee and have full access to both conferences. Click here for more information and to register.


Farmer to Farmer Program
NAAE is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which is the lead organization, on a Farmer to Farmer (F2F) Program supporting East Africa.
This new five-year program promoting sustainable economic growth, food security and agricultural development in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania sends U.S. volunteers with agricultural expertise to share skills and help build capacity for African farmers through short-term training and technical assistance projects. Click here to learn how you can help!


Agriculture Teachers in Short Supply, High Demand
(from Brownfield -- Ag News for America)
Agricultural education is a job market in need of employees.  In fact, there’s a great need for people to teach agriculture. The problem exists in many states. Click here to read more.


Join the OAR Northwest Mississippi River Adventure
OAR Northwest, a team of scientists, adventurers, and educators, will row down the Mississippi River, from its beginnings in Minnesota to the mouth in the Louisiana delta. Along the way, they'll document their journey through the largest watershed in our country. The crew will work with students and teachers to deliver real time data and information through social media and webcasts.


OAR Northwest would like to invite your school to join the adventure.  Their online program is free to anyone with an internet connection, and will include access to the rowers via emails and twice monthly webinars, for the duration of the expedition. For 30 schools (3 in each state close to the Mississippi River) OAR Northwest would like to supplement the journey with an in-person visit to your school, at no added cost. Lessons will be provided for teachers by their staff of educators.  Students from elementary to high school are invited to be part of the journey. What a great opportunity for our students to interact with the adventurers/scientists! Click here to learn how you can participate!


Community of Practice Highlights

CAST

Friday, June 20, 2014: Almost summer time, but the livin’ ain’t necessarily easy with ag debates in D.C. and wild weather in the Midwest--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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June 16, 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


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


June 9
June 2
May 19
May 12
May 5

Quote for the Week


"Know what sparks the light in you. Then use that light to illuminate the world."
-Oprah Winfrey


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


News from SAE Renewal Taskforce
Assist the SAE Renewal Taskforce in gathering information to help redefine SAE in agricultural education by providing your input on the SAE Renewal Question for the Profession. Each Monday, we will post a question for the profession to respond to.  The SAE Renewal Taskforce will use these questions as a way to gather information so they can work to strengthen SAEs.  This week’s question is ”How do you engage students in SAE who are not in your program for a full year?"  Go to this link to leave your comments.


ACT examination to begin addressing STEM and Career Readiness
The ACT recently announced changes it plans to make in the next year to add new scores in areas such as STEM and career readiness to help students find weak areas for improvement or discover aptitudes they were unaware of to consider for potential college majors and career paths. To learn more click here.

Current College Students Expect Higher Education To Be Much More Accessible, Flexible and Career Oriented in the Future
A recent study of more than 20,000 college students has discovered some very interesting attitudes about their views and attitudes for the future of college education. To learn more about the results of the study and how that could impact current K-12 student expectations of higher education click here. A summary of the survey's findings is available at laureate.net.

Interesting and Timely Topic to Help Educate Agricultural Education Students About Impact of Consumers on Future Production Practices
Cargill Pork, one of the nation’s largest pork producers, announced this week that they plan to have 100% of their production moved to group housing by the end of 2015. This was a major announcement for the pork industry and the company expressed that continued demand from their customers for Pork produced using group housing for gestating sows as the reason for seeking these changes. This topic can be used as a great classroom tool to help students better understand the issue and how customer demands are shaping the production methods used across all agricultural commodities. For more information click here.

Project Based Learning (PBL) Continues to grow as a Method of Choice in All Education Disciplines
Those of us in school based agricultural education have long used PBL concepts as a cornerstone of the educational program we use to impact students. In fact, it has been embedded over a long history as one of the three components of a total agricultural education program. Within the general education community there has been a rise in the use of PBL to help meet economic and societal demands for the educational institutions to provide relevant experiential learning and career readiness skills across all disciplines. To see how one teacher is using entrepreneurship based PBL to work with their students click here.

NAAE


NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration Ends July 7th!
The 2014 NAAE Convention schedule and the ACTE CareerTech VISION 2014 schedule are being planned so NAAE members may attend sessions at both meetings. NAAE members will pay one registration fee and have full access to both conferences. Click here for more information and to register.


Farmer to Farmer Program
NAAE is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which is the lead organization, on a Farmer to Farmer (F2F) Program supporting East Africa.


This new five-year program promoting sustainable economic growth, food security and agricultural development in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania sends U.S. volunteers with agricultural expertise to share skills and help build capacity for African farmers through short-term training and technical assistance projects. Click here to learn how you can help!


Join the OAR Northwest Mississippi River Adventure
OAR Northwest, a team of scientists, adventurers, and educators, will row down the Mississippi River, from its beginnings in Minnesota to the mouth in the Louisiana delta. Along the way, they'll document their journey through the largest watershed in our country. The crew will work with students and teachers to deliver real time data and information through social media and webcasts.


OAR Northwest would like to invite your school to join the adventure.  Their online program is free to anyone with an internet connection, and will include access to the rowers via emails and twice monthly webinars, for the duration of the expedition. For 30 schools (3 in each state close to the Mississippi River) OAR Northwest would like to supplement the journey with an in-person visit to your school, at no added cost. Lessons will be provided for teachers by their staff of educators.  Students from elementary to high school are invited to be part of the journey. What a great opportunity for our students to interact with the adventurers/scientists! Click here to learn how you can participate!


Community of Practice Highlights

CAST

Friday, June 13, 2014: Water fights, full moons on the farm, and some praise for young people--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).

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.

FFA.org down for maintenance July 1 - 7
From the morning of Tuesday, July 1, until Monday, July 7, FFA.orgwill be unavailable in order to move the website’s servers from Virginia to Indianapolis. Access to the Agricultural Career Network (AgCN) as well as award applications, rosters and other state and advisor membership tools will also be unavailable during this time. All online applications submitted and data updates made in AgCN before the maintenance window begins will still be there on July 7. The National FFA Foundation donation site and Shop FFA will be available during the outage. If you need to reach a member of our web team during this time, please email webmaster@ffa.org. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

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.

Shop FFA to close for week in July
In an effort to bring you a new and improved Shop FFA experience, the Shop FFA website will be closed from July 7 - 13. For any questions, contact orders@ffa.org or call 888-332-2668.

Now it’s easier and faster to get what you want on Shop FFA
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 one to two 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.


Smithsonian: Tell us your story of agricultural education
If you were a member of FFA, 4-H, or other agricultural education program as a kid, you know just how powerful these experiences can be. Now you can share it with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History! The museum is embarking on a project to fill its Agricultural Innovation and Heritage Archive. The online repository is geared to collect and preserve the history of modern agriculture.

US Department of Education

Making sure our high school students are college and career-ready is major focus of President Obama’s jobs-driven training agenda, and is also central his goal for the United States to lead the world in college completion by 2020.

That’s why, as we prepare for the upcoming school year, the departments of Education, Health and Human Services and Labor are working together to help local school systems around the country makes use of federal resources to help ensure our young people are the best-prepared workers in the world.Click here to read more.

 

 

 


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June 9, 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


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


June 2
May 19
May 12
May 5
April 28

Quote for the Week


"It is vital that when educating our children's 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


News from SAE Renewal Taskforce
Assist the SAE Renewal Taskforce in gathering information to help redefine SAE in agricultural education, by providing your input on theSAE Renewal Question for the Profession. Each Monday, we will post a question for the profession to respond to. The SAE Renewal Taskforce will use these questions as a way to gather information, so they can work to strengthen SAEs.  This week’s question is ”How do you define “agricultural” in your local SAE programs?”  Go to this link to leave your comments.


Looking for Information to share about the fight to end global hunger, then visit Elanco’s sensible table website
Many in agricultural education are interested in the issue of both local and global hunger. There is a lot of information out there that educators can access to help their students better understand the complexities of this problem. One such resource is sensibletable.com. This website contains statistics, reports and suggested solutions regarding one of the greatest challenges facing us in the 21st century. To learn more click here.


There is also a great deal of information available to help students understand that factors other than population play a critical role in our food security issues. For more information on how rising incomes, climate change, and available technology play an important role click here.


Studies of STEM-Focused Schools Yield Mixed Results (from Education Week)
STEM focused schools are becoming a popular solution for the nation’s dearth of students choosing career paths in the STEM related fields. However, research on the effectiveness of these schools has yielded very mixed results as to their ability to show results greater than those who do not attend STEM focused schools. To see the full article and learn more click here.


Moving Beyond Dependence On Tests, the case for Performance Based Assessment Testing
Recently, a Kentucky middle school was highlighted on National Public Radio for their novel approach to student assessment. The school has moved away from the traditional testing methods involved with evaluating student performance on state and national standards in favor of performance based assessment testing. The results for this particular school, once considered a failing school based on the traditional testing methods, has been phenomenal. To learn more about their success with performance based assessments click here.

NASAE


NASAE Members
We need your help.  This year, we will be electing a new Agricultural Education Division Vice President for ACTE.  The Agricultural Education Division has established a rotation for the Vice President’s office among the three professional organizations, and this year it is NASAE’s turn to provide the candidates.  We need a minimum of two candidates from NASAE.   At this point, we have only one candidate. The responsibilities include attending three ACTE Board meetings each year, typically in early March, early July, and immediately prior to the ACTE annual conference. 


In addition to the ACTE responsibilities, the office also includes membership to the National Council for Agricultural Education.  This is an important responsibility for our profession, and I hope that we will have at least two outstanding candidates.  NASAE members should consider serving the profession in this way.  The term of office is three years, beginning July 1, 2015.In addition to being a member of NASAE and ACTE, candidates should have been active in their professional organizations.  Candidates must submit an application by June 15.  You can complete the nomination by going to: http://www.acteonline.org/board_election/#.U5Cs-U1OWUk and click on the submit an application link.


If you have questions, please contact Jim Flowers atjim_flowers@ncsu.edu.

NAAE


2014-2015 National Teach Ag Ambassadors Announced
Twelve future agriculture teachers will spend the next year promoting the agricultural education profession as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign ambassador program. The students were selected from a nationwide pool of agricultural education college students, through an application and interview process.  Click here to see who was selected!


June News & Views
Are you looking for inspiration this summer as you begin to plan for the upcoming school year? Check out June's Edition of News & Viewsfor stories about what your awesome colleagues are accomplishing in their ag ed programs!


Join the OAR Northwest Mississippi River Adventure
OAR Northwest, a team of scientists, adventurers, and educators, will row down the Mississippi River, from its beginnings in Minnesota to the mouth in the Louisiana delta. Along the way, they'll document their journey through the largest watershed in our country. The crew will work with students and teachers to deliver real time data and information through social media and webcasts.


OAR Northwest would like to invite your school to join the adventure.  Their online program is free to anyone with an internet connection, and will include access to the rowers via emails and twice monthly webinars, for the duration of the expedition. For 30 schools (3 in each state close to the Mississippi River) OAR Northwest would like to supplement the journey with an in-person visit to your school, at no added cost. Lessons will be provided for teachers by their staff of educators.  Students from elementary to high school are invited to be part of the journey. What a great opportunity for our students to interact with the adventurers/scientists! Click here to learn how you can participate!


Community of Practice Highlights

CAST

Friday, June 6, 2014: Ag “asteroids” and the need for research, the World Pork Expo, and ag students visiting hog facilities in Denmark--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).

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.

FFA.org down for maintenance July 1 - 7
From the morning of Tuesday, July 1, until Monday, July 7, FFA.orgwill be unavailable in order to move the website’s servers from Virginia to Indianapolis. Access to the Agricultural Career Network (AgCN) as well as award applications, rosters and other state and advisor membership tools will also be unavailable during this time. All online applications submitted and data updates made in AgCN before the maintenance window begins will still be there on July 7. The National FFA Foundation donation site and Shop FFA will be available during the outage. If you need to reach a member of our web team during this time, please email webmaster@ffa.org. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

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.

Shop FFA to close for week in July
In an effort to bring you a new and improved Shop FFA experience, the Shop FFA website will be closed from July 7 - 13. For any questions, contact orders@ffa.org or call 888-332-2668.

Now it’s easier and faster to get what you want on Shop FFA
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 one to two 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.


Smithsonian: Tell us your story of agricultural education
If you were a member of FFA, 4-H, or other agricultural education program as a kid, you know just how powerful these experiences can be. Now you can share it with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History! The museum is embarking on a project to fill its Agricultural Innovation and Heritage Archive. The online repository is geared to collect and preserve the history of modern agriculture.

Thank you, farmers
June is Dairy Month, which brings the efforts of America’s farm families front and center. And now, FFA sponsor Culver’s is strengthening that spotlight through the second year of its “Thank You Farmers” campaign. In partnership with participating restaurants, great guests, the National FFA Foundation, local FFA chapters and other agricultural groups, Culver’s turns gratitude into full-fledged support of today’s farm families.

New this year is Culver’s “Sign of Thanks” social promotion. From now until June 13, guests are invited to share a photo of themselves posing with a thank-you note to farmers on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #culverssignofthanks. For every thank-you shared, Culver’s will donate $1 to the National FFA Foundation, up to $50,000. To participate, visit http://www.culvers.com/signofthanks/.

FFA Alumni

Registration for the 2014 FFA Alumni Development Conference will be closing June 15! Register today online to make sure you don’t miss anything!  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 an ADCfor the record books. Register today!

 

 

 

 

June 2, 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


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 19
May 12
May 5
April 28
April 21

Quote for the Week


"If you get, give. If you learn, teach."
-Maya Angelou

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


Urban Agriculture On the Rise (from National Geographic)
In backyards and on once-barren city lots, local growers produce crops and livestock. A new wave of urban agriculture is flourishing because it benefits consumers concerned about sustainably grown food as well as cities with land to spare. It started in 2008, fueled both by economic stress and concerns about nutrition, childhood obesity, and diabetes highlighted by First Lady Michelle Obama. To learn more click here.

Bayer CropScience LP Initiates Program to Promote Science to Youth, Critical Shortage of Agricultural Scientists Cited as Major Problem Facing the Industry
Bayer has started a program called “Making Science Make Sense” to help students find and develop an interest in science programs while at school. The program has been created out of the need to create more scientists in the field of agriculture to meet the future demand for jobs in this area. To learn more about the program click here. Click here  for even more “buzz” related to the critical shortage of agricultural scientists.

Pennsylvania Agricultural Education Programs Highlighted for Connection to STEM
A recent article from lancasteronline.com cites how local agricultural education programs are doing a tremendous job of helping teach STEM concepts in an applied learning environment. For more details on what these programs are doing click here.

CTE Monthly Newsletter Highlights the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Clusters
CTE Monthly is a publication produced jointly by the Association of Career and Technical Educators and the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium. The May edition of the newsletter highlights the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster and the importance education in this area will play to our future workforce and economic development needs. To view the newsletter and see more specific details click here.

NAAE


Teach Ag Internship--Applications Due Today
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 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshop Request for Proposals--Due Today
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!


Gothic Arch Greenhouse Grant Recipients Announced
Congratulations to the following agriculture programs which were selected to receive the 2014 Gothic Arch Greenhouse Construction Enhancement Grant. This is the first year for the initiative, which granted four school-based agriculture programs from across the United States $2,500 to help construct a teaching greenhouse or enhance an existing school greenhouse.

  • The Highland Jr./Sr. High School--Craigmont, Idaho
  • St. Regis School--St. Regis, Montana
  • Genessee Valley Educational Partnership-Mt. Morris Campus--Mt. Morris, New York
  • Oxford Academy & Central School--Oxford, New York


Join the OAR Northwest Mississippi River Adventure
OAR Northwest, a team of scientists, adventurers, and educators, will row down the Mississippi River, from its beginnings in Minnesota to the mouth in the Louisiana delta. Along the way, they'll document their journey through the largest watershed in our country. The crew will work with students and teachers to deliver real time data and information through social media and webcasts.


OAR Northwest would like to invite your school to join the adventure.  Their online program is free to anyone with an internet connection, and will include access to the rowers via emails and twice monthly webinars, for the duration of the expedition. For 30 schools (3 in each state close to the Mississippi River) OAR Northwest would like to supplement the journey with an in-person visit to your school, at no added cost. Lessons will be provided for teachers by their staff of educators.  Students from elementary to high school are invited to be part of the journey. What a great opportunity for our students to interact with the adventurers/scientists! Click here to learn how you can participate!


Community of Practice Highlights
Special thanks to Lincoln Electric as our newest Communities of Practice sponsor! (as a special project of the National FFA Foundation) In honor of their support, here are some popular posts from their community – Ag Mechanics:

CAST

Friday, May 30, 2014:
Food waste programs in schools and globally; food fight in school cafeterias; and outdoor grills that “talk” to you--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).

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.

FFA.org down for maintenance July 1 - 7
From the morning of Tuesday, July 1, until Monday, July 7, FFA.orgwill be unavailable in order to move the website’s servers from Virginia to Indianapolis. Access to the Agricultural Career Network (AgCN) as well as award applications, rosters and other state and advisor membership tools will also be unavailable during this time. All online applications submitted and data updates made in AgCN before the maintenance window begins will still be there on July 7. The National FFA Foundation donation site and Shop FFA will be available during the outage. If you need to reach a member of our web team during this time, please email webmaster@ffa.org. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

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.

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.

FFA Alumni

Registration is 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 an ADCfor the record books. Register today to take advantage of the early bird special!

ACTE

ACTE Voices Enthusiastic Support for Creation of Presidential Career and Technical Scholars Award
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) expressed its strong support for a letter sent to U.S. President Barack Obama by U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), encouraging him to issue an Executive Order creating a new award in the Presidential Scholars program for career and technical education (CTE) students. Click here to read more!

USDA

USDA Relies on Feedback to Help Schools, Children Adapt to New Meal Standards
As many schools wind down for the year, USDA is gearing up for exciting new improvements designed to make the 2014-2015 school year even healthier for our nation’s future leaders.  It’s a commitment rooted in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  In that legislation, USDA is directed to update the school meals to reflect the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Click here to find out more!