Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 8/18/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Aug 18, 2014


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August 18, 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 11
August 4
July 28
July 21
July 14

Quote for the Week

"To be interested in food, but not food production is clearly absurd."
--Wendell Berry

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 "With the new school year beginning, how do you introduce SAE in your classroom?" Please share resources if you have any.  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.

Research Based Careers Attract Young Professionals to Agriculture
With the current emphasis on the growth of STEM careers many young people are looking at scientific research as an attractive career option. Unfortunately, some public views on agriculture do not highlight the tremendous role of scientific research in agriculture and the power these scientists have to make a great impact on the world around them.  In truth, we are facing a critical shortage of agricultural research scientists just as we are in many other jobs across the industry. Based on the current push for more STEM training among youth and the potential for more youth looking to research as a part of their future, agricultural education has an opportunity to grow programs and relevance by adding more research based activities to the curriculum content and student activity programs. To read an article about a young professional trained in health sciences who chose an internship in agriculture because of the research focus click here.
Creating Global Awareness and Perspective is Key to Understanding both American and World Agriculture
Students in agricultural education need to understand not just the agriculture needs out their back door but the role agriculture plays across the globe impacting critical issues such as conflict, trade, poverty and hunger. There are many newsletters and resources that provide quick snap shots that can help students think about and debate agriculture from a global perspective and better appreciate how American agriculture is connected with the rest of the world. Here are a couple of examples for this week:

To learn more about how improving agricultural productivity in the world?s 48 least developed countries can make large impacts on food security click here.

To see a report of the top 10 current importers of major US commodities click here.

To read an article providing an international perspective on our system of secondary school based agricultural education and FFA based on the writer?s recent experiences visiting with agricultural education professionals and FFA members in Oklahoma click here.

Indoor Farming: Future Takes Root In Abandoned Buildings, Warehouses, Empty Lots & High Rises (from the International Business Times)
As the demand for fresh, locally grown food has increased among urban consumers, businesses like FarmedHere, which runs a Chicago warehouse practicing indoor vertical farming, have stepped in to compete with conventional farms. Using advanced hydroponic and aquaponic methods, they?re growing fruits and vegetables year-round in facilities that are often in the same neighborhood as the restaurants and retailers they supply. Proponents like to call it ultra-local farming. To read the full article click here.

My American Farm Resources available from the American Farm Bureau Federation for Engaging Elementary Students in Agriculture
My American Farm is an educational game platform launched in 2011 to engage pre-K through fifth-grade learners in the discovery of relevant agricultural issues. The free site offers 19 agriculturally themed games and more than 100 free educator resources such as lesson plans, activity sheets and comics. To learn more 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.

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.

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


Iowa Farm Bureau Federation teams up with S.T.E.M.
The Iowa FFA Foundation is proud to announce the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) as an Official partner in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) with their contribution of $250,000 to the S.T.E.M. effort.  Through this exciting and generous gift, the IFBF will enable the Iowa FFA Foundation to continue to award grants to agricultural educators to implement the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education? (CASE?) program. Click here to read more.


87th National FFA Convention & Expo registration now open
It?s time to Go All Out for the National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 29 - Nov. 1 in Louisville, Ky! Register now.

Get the Official FFA Manual for free
The newly revised Official FFA Manual is now available on everything you need to know about FFA ? its history, bylaws, constitution and more ? now online for free. The printed manual is also available for purchase on Shop FFA.

FFA Alumni

Registration is now open for The 43rd National FFA Alumni Convention & The 87th National FFA Convention & Expo!
Register today to make sure you don?t miss any of the action. The full schedule of events for FFA Alumni will be online soon. Register today! Click here for all your FFA Alumni Convention information.


Friday, August 15, 2014: Supermoons, GMO discussions, and inside information about Congress and ag research?these plus the usual news links, opinions, student happenings, oddities (a surfing pig?), 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).