Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 7/28/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jul 28, 2014

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July 28, 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 21
July 14
July 7
June 30
June 23

Quote for the Week

"Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow."

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 "How are you supervising SAEs other than conducting traditional on-site visits?"  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.

‘Ag in a Growing World’ winners honored (from
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture today announced the winners of its Agriculture in a Growing World Essay contest. This national essay competition for grades 9-12 is hosted by the Foundation in partnership with the Nutrients for Life Foundation. The 2014 essay contest winner is Alexandria Schut, a student at Caledonia High School in Caledonia, Michigan. To learn more click here.

American Farm Bureau Federation awards eleven $500 mini-grants for ag literacy (from
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded 11 $500 mini-grants to communities across the nation. The grants are awarded through the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program. The grants are allocated through county and state Farm Bureaus and are used to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand on existing agricultural literacy efforts. To learn more click here.

U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education (from Education Week)

U.S. schools and classrooms rank near the bottom among the countries studied in a first-ever report on education innovation by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD. To see the full article click here.

New online business training available for rural entrepreneurs (from
The American Farm Bureau Federation, together with the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative, today announced a new online business training resource for rural entrepreneurs and Farm Bureau members. The series, launching with five webinars in 2014, is a key component of the Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative, a joint effort between AFBF and GSEI. To see the full release click here.


Friday, July 25, 2014: Summer is smooth but ag controversies keep popping up. Farm Show and other gatherings are coming—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.

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.


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!

Community of Practice Highlights
Welcome Tractory Supply Company, the newest sponsor of Communities of Practice! Check out the FFA Community TODAY!

US Department of Education

Secretary Duncan Praises Sustainable Schools and Announces Tour
For the third consecutive year, a cohort of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) and District Sustainability Awardees received accolades at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., for their sustainable, healthy facilities, wellness practices, and sustainability learning. Click here to learn more!


Order Your "STEM is CTE" Poster Today!
CTE programs offer students a deeper understanding of STEM career pathways, build interest in STEM-related careers and help grow the STEM workforce pipeline by encouraging more students from underrepresented populations to enter these career fields. Click here to order your poster today!