Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 8/11/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Aug 11, 2014

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August 11, 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

August 4
July 28
July 21
July 14
July 7

Quote for the Week

"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see."
-Alexandra K. Trenfor

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

Data and Info Graphics on Food Spending around the World(from
Sharing data with students about how much of individual income is devoted to food spending in various nations around the world is great way to engage them in discussions about global agriculture.  It can also help them understand how production, infrastructure, natural resources, culture and politics all play a role to make some radical discrepancies from one nation to another. To learn more click here.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities supports nonprofits across America
Farmers now have the opportunity to contribute $3.3 million to organizations in their communities. To honor and support the tradition of service organizations in rural America, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is partnering with farmers to direct $2,500 donations to individual nonprofit organizations. The program, which kicks off its fifth year on August 1, benefits 1,324 counties across 40 states. To learn more about this opportunity and to share it with farmers in your area click here.

Engaging students on understanding the current issues with the ‘Waters of the US Rule’ from the EPA and its Impact on Agriculture
Helping students understand complex and controversial issues in agriculture is very difficult considering most information that can easily be found looks at the issue from only one viewpoint. One such issue that is grabbing headlines this summer is the debate over the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ‘Waters’ of the US’ rule which they say is to provide clarity over what areas are covered by the Clean Water Act while some view it as a major threat to agribusiness. For deeper information about this debate and a little information concerning both sides of the debate click here.


National Teach Ag Day is September 25th
Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching. There are many ways that you can get involved from the classroom, to the university level! Check out how you can be involved:

For more general information about National Teach Ag Day, follow this link.

August News & Views -- Teach Ag Edition
Get Involved in National Teach Ag Day, meet the 2014-15 Teach Ag Ambassadors, check out STAR State updates & much more! Follow this link for News & Views.

NAAE Professional State Association Award Applications Due September 1st!
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession.
Professional State Association award winners will be recognized at the 2014 NAAE Convention. Click here for more information and to apply.

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.

Community of Practice Highlights


Team orientation information for this year’s CDEs is posted at each CDE. We encourage advisors with teams to visit the website and read through the page corresponding with the event they are competing in. If you have any questions please

New Shop FFA now online
We value our customers, so we listened to their suggestions and have now made some exciting changes. A new Shop FFA has been rolled out to make your experience even better! You can now use your Agricultural Career Network (AgCN) username and password to sign in and access both and Shop FFA. Once you are logged in, the system will recognize you wherever you are on the site and provide easy access to your contact information.
In addition, the new site will also provide you with:

  • Reduced shipping time – you will receive shipments one - two days sooner.
  • Improved order tracking – you will be able to track every shipment associated with your order.
  • Inventory updates – you will know in real-time if a product is available.
  • Online navigation – you will experience more typical online store navigation.
  • Search functionality – you will be able to search by style, size and color.
  • Continue shopping – you will be able to continue shopping where you left off.
  • More promotions/coupons – you will receive promotions and coupons tailored to your needs when you sign in.
Visit to learn more.


AlumniFREE Yamaha Viking!
The National FFA Alumni Association is thrilled to announce the Yamaha Viking Giveaway! Yamaha has donated a brand new Viking 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!

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 Volunteer tab
  2. Top of the page click on “Click Here” to get to the registration site


Friday, August 8, 2014: Water issues still prime the pump of news outlets, and researchers still try to find what music best primes the pump for milk cows—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).


USDA Partners with Community, Farmers Market in Eastern Kentucky: To Feed Kids and Help Farmers
This week marks the 15th annual National Farmers Market Week and USDA is celebrating the achievements of the more than 8,700 markets across the county. In rural eastern Kentucky, over the summer, a remarkable thing happened in the small community of Whitesburg. Local, state and federal officials all worked together to create the first-ever USDA “Summer Feeding Site” for children to be held at a local farmers market in Kentucky. Click here to read more.