Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 7/21/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jul 21, 2014


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July 21, 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

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

July 14
July 7
June 30
June 23
June 16

Quote for the Week

"I am enough of a realist to understand that I can't reach every child, but I am more of an optimist to get up every morning and try."
-Preston Morgan

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

SAE Renewal Taskforce Weekly Question
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 to which we would like members of the ag ed profession to respond. The Taskforce will use these questions as a way to gather information so they can work to strengthen SAE's.

This week’s question is ”What type of SAE recordkeeping system works best for you and your students?  How do you introduce this in your ag classes?”  Go to this link to leave your comments.

The SAE Renewal Taskforce will be meeting in early October and will be using the responses from each of these questions to continue the process of "renewing" SAE's.  Thanks in advance for your responses.  Each and every one will be useful for the Taskforce.

Bringing the Farm to Your Backyard ( from The Smithsonian)
A new buzz phrase is catching on thanks to desire of many to be closer to their food production and that phrase is Development Supported Agriculture. Americans have been attracted to the schools, parks, yards and square footage of suburbia for decades. Then, there are the added perks of some housing developments such as community pools, fitness centers, playgrounds and tennis courts, to name a few. But the biggest draw in the future might be a communal farm. To learn more click here.

New Farmers Cultivate a Greener Future (from Al-Jazeera America)
The Ag Census is taken every five years, and asks farmers about their crops, their income, Internet use and their use of alternative power, like solar panels. Although fewer Americans are farming nowadays, more newbies are likely to be women or minorities than in previous years. To learn more click here.


Friday, July 18, 2014: The lazy days of summer are actually filled with farm work, and a new Peterson Brothers’ parody tunes us in—this plus the usual news 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 Alumni

Convention State Baskets
Once again state baskets will be coming to convention. Make plans now to have the most popular and interesting basket to represent your state and all it has to offer. The baskets will be sold during the Thursday evening alumni auction during convention. The state basket bringing the combination of the most money and highest price will receive a registration to Washington Leadership Conference for summer of 2015. Make sure your state is well represented as the competition is always at a high level. Please contact the Alumni association before October 1 to insure your spot in the contest. Email Jada Buchanan at

Volunteer for Convention
Don’t miss the opportunity to help make sure this is the best National FFA Convention & Expo. Several volunteers are needed each year for Convention to help is several different areas. Contact the National FFA Alumni Association to learn how Alumni can help at this year’s Convention. Contact by emailing Alumni Staff today

Win a New Yamaha Viking ATV
The National FFA Alumni Association is thrilled to announce theYamaha Viking Giveaway! Yamaha has donated a brand newViking 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!


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.

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.

Be on the lookout for the new 2014-2015 FFA catalogs: Blue, Gold and Core
Our 2014-2015 Blue catalog features our latest collection of sweatshirts, T-shirts and hats.  The Gold and Core catalog will also be delivered in August, featuring new products and awards.  Included with the August catalog shipment will be the FFA Week flyer, featuring FFA Week-themed merchandise.  All products are available online at Shop FFA.

National FFA Foundation receives $600,000 donation from CF Industries
A unique agreement between two major companies has resulted in a significant donation to FFA members. The partnership between CF Industries and Chevrolet involved the sale of carbon reduction credits to the automaker, a deal made possible by CF Industries’ commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in 2008. Chevrolet purchased the credits through its voluntary Carbon Reduction Initiative that retires the credits’ use. The proceeds of the sale were donated to FFA.

CF Industries, a longtime FFA supporter, announced with the National FFA Officer Team Wednesday in Washington, D.C.,  a $600,000 donation to the National FFA Foundation to support agricultural education.

“Our products help farmers feed the world and this unique transaction will benefit a great organization teaching the next generation of farmers how to succeed,” said Tony Will, CF Industries’ president and chief executive officer. “This is a first-of-its-kind undertaking for our industry, and we are pleased to partner with Chevrolet in support of America’s future farmers.”

Read more…


NAAE Convention - Organizational Members & Business Partners Reception
Are you a business or organization who wants to get your products and information in front of agricultural educators? Register now for the Partners Reception at the 2014 NAAE Convention. Details.

NAAE Convention
Planning on coming to convention? The schedule for the 2014 NAAE Convention is now available. To see what we have planned, follow this link.

National Teach Ag Day
Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching. Go to this link to see how you can participate!

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

Bringing the Promise of Healthy School Meals to More Children This Fall
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 enabled the U.S Department of Agriculture to make historic changes to the meals served in our nation’s schools. Breakfasts, lunches, and snacks sold during the school day are now more nutritious than ever, with less fat and sodium and more whole-grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and low-fat dairy. Click here to read more.