Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 8/4/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Aug 4, 2014


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August 4, 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

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Quote for the Week

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working."
-Pablo Picasso

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 "Do you incorporate student reflection into your planning and evaluation of SAEs?  If so, what does it look like in your classroom?"  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.

Incubator farms sprout up across U.S. (from the Portland Press Herald)
The next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs grows from a Tufts University initiative. Incubator farms are springing up around the country to nurture the next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs. The projects help would-be farmers get started by providing a plot of land, shared equipment, mentoring and the opportunity to build a track record that will help them qualify for startup loans when they?re ready to launch their own farms. For students who would like to be engaged in entrepreneurial farming pursuits this could be a concept for them to learn more about and become aware of opportunities that exist. To learn more click here.

Mobile slaughter on rise in U.S (from The StarPhoenix)
Mobile slaughter units are growing around the country due to demand from small holder farmers who have difficulty transporting their animals to a slaughter facility or do not have one in their local area. With the rise of local based food production this presents a great opportunity for future cooperative or entrepreneurial based agricultural pursuits. To learn more about this growing industry that could have great impact on agricultural education students click here.

This Week is National Farmer?s Market Week
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared August 3rd through August 9th as National Farmer?s Market Week to celebrate the impact the growth of these local markets are having for local communities and agribusiness opportunities. For more information on how to help in this celebration or for basic information and statistics about the impact and operation of such local markets you could use in the classroom click here.

African Small Farmers Could Be Key to Ending Food Insecurity(from Voice of America)
Agricultural experts say that small-scale farmers in Africa can play a key role in ending food insecurity in the region - if they are included in the value chain. Small-scale farmers produce an estimated 80 percent of the continent?s food each year, but most lack the capacities to sell their crops in commercial markets. When helping agricultural education students understand the issue of global food security it is important to help them understand that the issue is not just increasing production in the United States but helping increase production in underperforming regions of the world. To see the full article click here.


2014 NAAE Award Winners have been Announced!
Congratulations to this year's regional winners. Click here to see who won, and get ready to celebrate their achievements at NAAE convention in Nashville!

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. While you?re there you can also get registered and reserve your room.

National Teach Ag Day is September 25th
Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching. Go to this link to see how you can participate!

Community of Practice Highlights
Welcome Syngenta, the newest sponsor of Communities of Practice! Check out the Biotechnology Community TODAY!


National FFA Organization Names 2014 American Star Finalists
The National FFA Organization has selected 16 students from throughout the United States as finalists for its 2014 top achievement awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience.

Smithsonian Welcomes Famous Former FFA Jackets
Through thousands of stories and testimonials, the Smithsonian was officially able to welcome five important FFA jackets to its collection. The list of donated jackets includes the former FFA jacket worn by former FFA member and U.S. President Jimmy Carter, the FFA jacket of Corey Flournoy (1994-1995 National FFA President), the FFA jacket of Karlene Krueger (named 2002 FFA American Star Farmer) and others.

FFA Alumni

We need YOU and our members need YOU!!!!
We have created opportunities for you to help our members and advisors make this National FFA Convention one that they will never forget. Follow these steps to volunteer TODAY!

  1.   Go to and click on the Volunteers tab.
  2.   Top of the page click on ?Click Here? to get to the registration site.


Friday, August 1, 2014: Congress is heading home for the August break, but plenty of political ag news, livestock show news, and even a funny bit about a hitchhiking robot?these 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).


Wach the interview videos of the 2014 ACTE Excellence Award Winners
The National 2014 ACTE Excellence Award winners were recognized at the ACTE Awards Banquet during ACTE's CareerTech VISION in December 2013. Click here to learn more about the winners and watch their interview video with ACTE, including our very own Tara Berescik, agriculture teacher at Tri-Valley Central School in Grahamsville, NY!


Studies Find Widespread Student Acceptance of New Healthier School Lunches
With nearly 31 million students now participating in the National School Lunch Program each day, sound nutrition at school plays an essential role in supporting a healthier next generation.  But when the new standards were developed by pediatricians and other child nutrition experts, USDA was also looking for students to enjoy the healthier offerings they receive. Read more.