Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor--6/23/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jun 23, 2014

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June 23, 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

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 (
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!


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. 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, 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 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


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).