Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 9/8/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Sep 8, 2014
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September 8, 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 25
August 18
August 11
August 4
July 28

Quote for the Week

"You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens."
-Mandy Hale

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 "What do you need to be more successful with SAE's in your ag program?  How can the  national SAE Renewal Taskforce assist your program to increase the number of SAE's and the rigor of your SAE program?" 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.

Md. student breaks Guinness agricultural record (from The Washington Times)
Earlier this year, one Salisbury, Md. junior set out to break one unorthodox world record in the field of agriculture, an industry that typically promotes patience and a steady hand. But for 51 minutes and 20 seconds, Dayquan Williams was only worried about bedding as many plants as he could with the help of his fellow Parkside High School Horticulture Club members.. To see the full article and learn more about Dayquan’s achievement click here.

OP-ED By Monsanto’s Rob Fraley: Feed The World With Organic AND GMO (from
Many educators are trying to help their students understand the debate about organic, natural and genetically modified foods and the science and/or emotions around the issue. What can be even more complicated is understanding these issues in the context of concerns about global food insecurity and famine which still exist in many parts of the world. Recently Dr. Rob Fraley of Monsanto, who happens to be a leading thinker on global food security and one of the scientists who helped develop and bring GMO crops to the market place, spoke out in a short editorial about his thoughts on the subject. To read his editorialclick here.

Women With Chainsaws: Confessions of a Lumberjane (from Modern Farmer)
Everywhere in agriculture women are entering fields that were once dominated by or were solely the domain of males. One of these areas in particular has been forestry and logging. In a recent article K.T. Sheer of New Mexico shared her experiences as a female working in this challenging and rewarding career field.  To learn more about her experiences click here.

CME Group smartphone game lets students "beef up" on agriculture economics (from
The CME Group futures exchange has launched an app called Risk Ranch for tablets and smartphones as an electronic version of a board game called Commodity Carnival — first bought to state fairs in 2013 by CME and the 4-H youth organization.  This year, as fair season winds down, the app offers a way for children, and parents and teachers, to take the single-player game with them and play all year.

The goal of the game is to bring a cartoon steer to market at the best price, with a maximum score of US $2,200— roughly in line with current cash prices, which are near historic highs.  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.

Apply for the 2014 National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program -- Deadline September 19th
The National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program is committed to promoting inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation.
Preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive, hands-on agriscience training program at the 2014 National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Selected participants will be challenged to develop inquiry-based lessons to use during their student teaching experience as well as when they enter the teaching profession.The program will take place during the National FFA Convention, on Wednesday, October 29 from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Click here for more information and to apply.

XLR8 — Applications for the 2014 Cohort Due September 26th!
Retaining quality experienced teachers is important to the future of agricultural education. In 2013, NAAE developed XLR8 — the eXcellence in Leadership for Retention professional development program — to meet the needs of mid-career agriculture teachers.
The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience (multiple sessions) during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools. Follow this link for more information about XLR8 and to apply!

Join the OAR Northwest Mississippi River Adventure
OAR Northwest, a team of scientists, adventurers, and educators, is currently rolling down the Mississippi River, from its beginnings in Minnesota to the mouth in the Louisiana delta. They are documenting their journey through the largest watershed in our country as they work with students and teachers to deliver real time data and information through social media and webcasts. To follow their expedition or to make a donation, follow this link.

Community of Practice Highlights


ACTE Receives a Grant to Support CTE Teachers with Common Core Implementation
Many states have adopted the Common Core Standards as their state standards for education.  Because of this, Career and Technical Educators, including Agricultural Educators, have put a lot of effort into helping  CTE teachers incorporate Common Core Standards into their programs.  The Association for Career and Technical Education has received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to assist CTE teachers with this effort.  More about this effort can be found at the ACTE web site.

Look for more about this project as information becomes available from ACTE.

FFA Alumni

Register for Convention
Registration is now open for National FFA Alumni. All FFA Alumni need to register for the National FFA Convention and Expo to access FFA Alumni events. No additional tickets are required for FFA Alumni events.

Volunteer for Convention
There will be plenty of ways for FFA Alumni members to volunteer and serve during convention. National FFA Alumni holds various activities throughout the week to interact and engage with students, teachers, FFA Alumni and other supporters and we need volunteers to assist! If you have some free time while in Louisville, please review and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

Yamaha Viking Sign Up
Yamaha has donated a new Viking ATV to be given to a lucky FFA Alumni member. It is simple to enter: By Oct. 1 make sure your FFA Alumni membership is current then complete your AgCN profile(name, mailing address, email address, date of birth and year graduated from high school.)

2014 Regional Development Conferences
These events are meant to engage individual members, local FFA Alumni leaders, State FFA Alumni leaders, agricultural educators and others involved with agricultural education. Event format allows for networking and socializing with fellow FFA Alumni, idea sharing and collecting feedback to address obstacles, learning and training in areas of advocacy, leadership, affiliate business operations and more! Check out the website for all registration information, schedules, hotels andmuch more.


Convention Standards Alignment documents now available
The National FFA Organization has created Convention Standards Alignment documents to help advisors with their post-convention and expo wrap-ups and work.  Suggested standards for each session, workshop and/or Career Success Tour are based on the central theme, objectives and projected content and activities of each event.  While every standard listed may not be covered during the actual event, these lists should serve as a guideline to validate and actualize educational relevancy for the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo.

Standards can be found on the National FFA Convention & Expo website:

Judges needed for the convention and expo
If you or someone you know will be in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 29 - Nov. 1 and are interested in volunteering on Wednesday Oct. 29 and/or Thursday, Oct. 30 during the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo, please contact Jenna Genson or Dan Chabot. We will need each individual’s first and last name as well  as an email address to send the appropriate invitation based on the preferred award area. Please know that we cannot reimburse for any travel or parking accommodations. Additionally, in an effort to maintain the integrity of the process, we try to avoid placing judges in areas where their state/school is represented.  Additional details are available upon request.

Agriscience Fair Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 29 Noon - 6 p.m.
Jenna Genson,

National Chapter Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 29 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Jenna Genson,

Proficiency Judges
Thursday, Oct. 30 Noon - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot,

Proficiency Room Hosts
Thursday, Oct. 30 10:30a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot,

Star Judges
Thursday, Oct. 30 Noon - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot,

The National FFA Organization is pleased to announce that the 2014 SAE grant round is now open! The SAE grants use sponsor and foundation funding to provide direct grants to students that allow them to facilitate inventive supervised agricultural experience programs and meet the need of quality based SAE program and learning experience throughout the nation.

There are 141 grant opportunities available; which equates to $141,000 dollars available to students.   Returning grants include Chore Time Brock, Keystone Steel & Wire-Red Brand, Monsanto Company, Novartis Animal Health US, Inc., Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, Rabo AgriFinance and Trouw Nutrition USA, LLC.  New sponsors to the SAE grant program this year are: American Beekeeping Federation, Bush Brothers & Company, Caterpillar, CCOF Foundation, CF Industries, Country Meats, The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc., Fur Takers of America, Krone and The AET.  We are also pleased to offer grant opportunities to students through the funding of the National FFA Foundation.

For the 2014 grant year, we are very interested in receiving innovative, well-written, needs-based grant applications for student SAE development that could serve as models for future statewide programs.

To start the grant process, applicants should log on to AgCN.  Locate “FFA Application Center”.  From there you will find a link that states “SAE Application Center”.  This link will redirect you to AET. From this page you will be able to access and complete the grant applications.  If you are currently an AET user; you will be able to access the grant from the system as well under Reports.  Applications are due Nov. 15, 2014 by 5:00 PM EST. Awards made for this round will be announced in Dec. 2014.  If you have any questions, or concerns please feel free to contact Dan Chabot at


Friday, September 5, 2014: Ag communication relies on new digital trends as well as good old face-to-face methods—this plus the usual news links, opinions, student happenings, and oddities (animal photobombs are fun).

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).