Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 8/25/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Aug 25, 2014


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August 25, 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 18
August 11
August 4
July 28
July 21

Quote for the Week

"If things start happening, don't worry, don't stew. Just go right along and you'll start happening too."
-Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You'll Go!

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 have agriscience research SAE's?  If so, how do you manage those and what type of framework do you use to engage students?" 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.

Agriculturalists Need to Take Precautions Against Skin Cancer
Marshfield Clinic says they found an estimated 12 cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, among 607 people screened at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days last week. National Farm Medicine Center director Dr. Matthew Keifer says, “Of all the cancers farmers are at risk for, skin cancer is the No. 1 cancer that can be diagnosed quickly and cured.”  The problem is farmers often don’t take the needed precautions and don’t take the time to be screened. Nationwide, an estimated 76,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year and an estimated 9,700 people will die from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute.

To address this threat agricultural educators should be sure to address the risk of skin cancer as part of their curriculum  on agricultural health and safety and consider adding skin cancer awareness for farmers and outdoor workers as part of their community service activities.  For more information and resources click here.

These folks feed their family with a garden in their swimming pool — and you can, too (from
When Dennis and Danielle McClung bought a foreclosed home in Mesa, Ariz., in 2009, their new yard featured a broken, empty swimming pool. Instead of spending a small fortune to repair and fill it, Dennis had a far more prescient idea: He built a plastic cap over it and started growing things inside.

To learn more about this innovative agricultural practice click here.

Regional Food Hubs Help Small and Mid-Size Producers Gain Access to Local Markets
Many farmers and ranchers, especially smaller operations, are challenged by the lack of distribution and processing infrastructure of appropriate scale that would give them wider access to retail, institutional, and commercial foodservice markets, where demand for local and regional foods continues to rise. Food hubs can help. By offering a combination of production, aggregation, distribution, and marketing services, food hubs make it possible for producers to gain entry into new and additional markets that would be difficult or impossible to access on their own.

To help find resources for your students who are interested in building agricultural businesses to serve their local or regional market click here.

Global Perspective: Ebola Outbreak Disrupts Agriculture in Liberia
It is often overlooked how something like the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa can affect everyday activities and processes, even for those who are not infected. The outbreak of the virus has struck at a critical time for Liberian agriculture and due to restrictions that have put in place on activities such as travel and gathering together of groups of people in one location is challenging Liberian farmers in their ability to harvest their crops. If the food is not harvested it has the potential to compound the issues already faced by the nation through food shortages and even localized famine. To learn more about this issue 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.

Community of Practice Highlights


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

2014 Convention
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 is now online. Register today! Click here for all your FFA Alumni Convention information.


FREE Yamaha Viking!
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!


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 22, 2014: Which state has the best State Fair, what is the latest regarding algae in water supplies, and is shark week more frightening for sharks than for humans?—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).