Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 10/27/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Oct 27, 2014


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October 27, 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

October 29- November 1
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY

November 18-22
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

January 31-February 3
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Atlanta, GA

May 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX

September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR

October 1-3
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN

Past Issues

October 20
October 13
October 6
September 29
September 22

Quote for the Week

"Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future."
-Steve Jobs

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

Women are the Past, Present and Future of American Agriculture
Click here to read a message and see a short video from Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden about the vital role women have played in our nation’s agriculture and how their engagement and involvement will be key to the future of American Agriculture.

Ebola destroying agriculture in West Africa (from
The news about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the fight to contain its spread has dominated world headlines. At a recent UN International Fund for Agricultural Development press conference it was stated that the Ebola epidemic is ruining the agricultural industry across West Africa and could cause a major food crisis across the region. To learn more and help your students understand how this health crisis has the potential to turn in to a greater humanitarian crisis for even those who are not infected click here.

Winners of 2014 Google International Science Fair concentrated Research on Fighting Hunger and Agriculture (from
Did a trio of Irish teenagers just solve the global hunger crisis? Not exactly, but they just might have introduced a game-changer. Last month three high school friends won the Google Science Fair for a project on rhizobia, a soil bacteria that fixes nitrogen while hanging out inside the nodules of legume roots. Their finding was that rhizobia could be the silver bullet that increases the output of staple crops around the world. To learn more about their research and for inspiration on how encouraging and fostering young people’s passion for research could have a great impact on our future click here.

Learning STEM Through Agriculture on a Nebraska Farm (from Edutopia)
Members of the Loseke family use STEM skills each day to run their ranching business. See how Elisabeth, Erika, and Cort apply these skills in everything from veterinary science and nutrition, to agriculture and meteorology in a video from To view the video click here.


Download the 2014 Convention and Expo Guidebook App
Keep the convention and expo at your fingertips with the guidebook app, which features up–to–date information on what’s happening every minute. Click here to learn more.

See Gavel-to-Gavel Coverage of the Convention and Expo on RFD-TV and iHigh
Not going to the convention and expo this year? Catch all the action from your home or classroom on RFD-TV and The event will broadcast live on RFD-TV, FamilyNet and simulcast RURAL RADIO 80. All RFD-TV broadcasts will also be streamed online Visit to learn more.

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,

National FFA Marketing Plan CDE Workshop
The National FFA Marketing Plan CDE committee will host a workshop at the National  FFA Convention and Expo this year. The workshop will take place  at 1 p.m., on  Friday, Oct. 31 pm at the Kentucky Exposition Center in West Hall W3. This one hour seminar covers ways to develop, prep and direct a marketing plan team in your school.
Subjects include:

A) Recruiting team members
B) Big schools versus small ... do either have an edge?
C) Keeping your team members engaged and excited
D) What's in it for the team and the school?
E) Selecting a client for the marketing plan
F) Marketing plan basics
G) Tips on writing a plan
H) Tips on presenting the plan
I) What judges are looking for

FFA Alumni

Alumni Auction at Convention
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

Alumni Schedule of Events at Convention
You will not want to miss any of the official FFA Alumni events taking place at Convention. From the booth hours in the expo to the General Business Session, there is something for everyone. Check out the tentative schedule today by clicking here.


Friday, October 24, 2014: World Food Prize follow-up, student ag programs at universities, and a spider big enough to play with your puppy—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).


Visit NAAE at National FFA Convention

  • Discover new ideas and activities, receive free instructional materials, and learn strategies to increase student engagement atTeacher's World.
  • Bring your students to the Teach Ag booth to help us develop a cohort of current and future agriculture teachers who are Tagged to Teach Ag!
  • Stop by the NAAE booth to find out what opportunities we have for our members and write a note of encouragement to a current or future ag teacher.
  • Join us at noon on Friday for General Session 5, to hear from three very special agricultural educators as they share their stories and inspire students to pursue careers as agriculture teachers.

For more information about NAAE at National FFA Convention, click here!

NAAE Convention
Nashville is just around the corner! We have many professional learning sessions to make your convention experience great. Follow this link to view this year's workshops.
Still need to register? Click here for all the information regarding convention registration.

Apply for a NAAE Internship
We are offering summer internships in communications, professional development and advocacy. Applications are due December 19. Click here to apply.

Community of Practice Highlights


US Labor Secretary Perez to Speak at ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2014's Awards Banquet
Wednesday, November 19, 7:00pm-9:00pm
The Gaylord Convention Center, Nashville

To honor award-winning career and technical eduation leaders across the country, US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will deliver keynote remarks at ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2014's Awards Banquet to discuss the importance of CTE providing students with the spectrum of skills essential to be work-ready in today's global economy. The Awards Banquet features recipients of the ACTE Excellence Awards and an elegant three-course dinner.
Click here to purchase tickets.