Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 9/22/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Sep 22, 2014


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September 22, 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 EventsSeptember 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 IssuesSeptember 15
September 8
August 25
August 18
August 11
Quote for the Week"Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
-Carl Bard
MMM SubmissionsTo 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.

National Council for Agricultural Education Fall Board of Directors Meeting

The Council Board of Directors met in Indianapolis on Sep. 15-17. The board received progress reports from various strategic committees such as SAE Renewal working group and the committee working on revision of the National AFNR Content Standards. Also included in the agenda was a detailed report from Ellen Thompson regarding the actions and progress of the National Teach Ag Campaign. The Board also began discussion for their next strategic planning process which will begin in 2015. Part of this discussion included a look back at past national strategic planning efforts for agricultural education and a look at what several other groups are currently doing to determine the future needs that should be met by agricultural education organizations. Another major milestone of last week’s meeting was a facilitated conversation focused on identifying the key priorities for data collection and research needed to support the relevance or improvement of school based agricultural education. More details about these priorities will be shared with the profession in the near future.

If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact your professional representative on the Council Board or contact the Council office directly.

Study shows differences in understanding sustainable agriculture(from
Across the globe, consumers (81%) and farmers (78%) say they care a lot about sustainability in agriculture. However, the two groups have a very different understanding of what sustainability means. While farmers see it as a detailed, multi-dimensional issue, consumers tend to define it mainly in the context of environmental aspects. This is one of the main findings revealed in the latest BASF Farm Perspectives Study. Carried out for the second time since 2011, the study analyzed answers from 2,100 farmers and 7,000 consumers in seven different countries regarding their perceptions on a range of topics related to food production. Compared to results from previous years, the study revealed how attitudes regarding agriculture differ greatly not only between farmers and consumers, but also from country to country. To read the full article click here.

CTE sheds its stigma (from
Career and technical education (CTE) or vocational education: either term used to stir up negative images of students without ambition. But those misplaced reputations are disappearing. CTE has established itself as a path that many high-achieving students choose in pursuit of industry certifications and hands-on skills they can use right out of high school, in training programs, or in college. In fact, 94 percent of high school students are part of CTE—and this doesn’t include the millions of postsecondary students who also are enrolled in CTE programs, according to the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). To read the full article click here.

Working in High School Doesn't Pay Off the Way It Used To (from Bloomberg Business Week)
The high school job is almost as dated as the mix tape. In 2010 just 16 percent of teenagers worked during their senior year of high school, down from over 30 percent throughout the 1990s. Even the once ubiquitous summer job is out of fashion. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the summer of 2000 almost 52 percent of teenagers worked; in 2009 just 33 percent did.

The fall in teenage employment has inspired the obvious handwringing. At the same time, a new study suggests that the benefits to teenage work have fallen with teen employment rates. Kids who decline to work aren’t suffering ill effects—yet. To see the full article click here.


National Teach Ag Day is Thursday!!
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.

XLR8 — Applications for the 2014 Cohort Due Friday!
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!

Community of Practice Highlights

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.

Alumni Auction
The great items that are up for grabs are now posted online. Check out all the items that will be up for auction at the 2014 Alumni Benefit Auction at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo. Click here for full list. The auction will take place Thursday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m.  in KEC, South Wing C, C203-204

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.)


Promoting Horticulture Initiative
Longwood Gardens, the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), FleishmanHillard, and Scholastic have teamed up to launch a groundbreaking effort  - a national Promoting Horticulture Initiative,endorsed by AmericanHort, American Horticultural Society, American Public Gardens Association, National Junior Horticultural Association, and over 150 additional partners. The campaign is designed to raise awareness around the critical importance, relevance and impact of horticulture.

The team is currently conducting research to determine awareness levels of horticulture, to understand the motivations and barriers to pursuing a career in horticulture, and to determine career motivations. Your help is needed to accomplish the initiative’s important goals. Please, take this survey to join the movement and to give your ideas and suggestions.

The Latest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Available
FFA advisors: Want to use articles from the Fall 2014 issue of FFA New Horizons in your classroom? Visit to access the latest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide now.

Are you able to give service with a smile? Courtesy Corps needs you in Louisville!
Hosting a convention and expo for 62,500+ people is not a walk–in–the–park event to plan and execute – our national FFA staff needs your help! Sign up for a courtesy corps shift today. The National FFA Convention & Expo Courtesy Corps is a great way for FFA members to get involved and help ensure our annual convention and expo is a success. Members will assist convention and expo program staff in fulfilling responsibilities in many areas including career development events, proficiency awards, the rodeo and more. Click here to see what shifts are available and to sign up.

Validate Educational Relevancy for the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo
How, you ask? By checking out our newly created Convention Standards Alignment documents. Advisors can use these while planning and implementing post–trip work. Standards for each session, workshop and Career Success Tour are suggested based on central themes and projected activities. Visit here to learn more. Or access the documents below:

2015 FFA: Food For All Grant Application Opens Oct. 1
What would your FFA chapter do with $2,500 to help fight hunger? Through the FFA: Food For All Grant program, middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year–long service–learning projects that address local hunger needs. Visit the Food For All website for additional information.

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.

Educational Resources on Crop Protection
CropLife America’s Tell Me More website offers a wealth of resources for teachers and students who are looking for information about crop protection products and modern agriculture. Downloadable resources like posters, infographics and newsletters are perfect to share in the classroom and on social media. The Masters in Modern Agriculture (MMA) honorary degree encourages students to share their personal connection to agriculture while they learn about different aspects of modern crop production.

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,


Friday, September 19, 2014: Ag issues in Congress, water issues worldwide, and a skydiving dog—these stories plus the usual news links, opinions, student happenings, and oddities.

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).