Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor--6/2/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jun 2, 2014


June 2, 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

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 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.


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

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:


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).


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. 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 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, 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 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 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!