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November 24, 2014

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

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


2015
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

November 17
November 10
November 3
October 27
October 20

Quote for the Week

"The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest."
-William Blake


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


American Humane Association Publishes the Results of their Survey on Consumer Attitudes toward Humanely Raised farm Animals
While the American Humane Association is probably best known for the “No animals were harmed” disclaimer at the end of movies and TV shows, the Association also has the American Humane Certified program for animal agriculture. In a recent survey of consumers, more than 5,900 respondents expressed their increasing support for humanely-raised livestock. The 2014 Humane Heartland Farm Animal Welfare Survey found nearly 95 percent of respondents were very concerned about farm animal welfare.  That compares to 89 percent in the 2013 survey.


For more information on the survey and the results click here.


Youth Service America and Sodexo Foundation Offer Grants to Youth Wanting to Fight Childhood Hunger
One in five children in America are at risk of hunger. This is a problem that can be solved, and kids are a part of the solution! YSA (Youth Service America) and Sodexo Foundation are looking for 100 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. $400 grants are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day - April 17-19, 2015 - and beyond. Applications are due by January 15th.


To learn more or access the application click here.


Participate in Bayer CropScience’s BeThankful4Ag Campaign
This holiday season Bayer CropScience has teamed with Feeding America on a way to educate people about food and agriculture while providing support for America’s Hungry. Both organizations invite people to the campaign website to build a digital representation their favorite holiday meal, learn something about the dishes they have chosen and then share their digital meal with their friends. For each meal shared 10 meals will be given to Feeding America.


To access the campaign website and join in the fun click here.


SAE Renewal Spotlight: Learn How One Agricultural Educator has Emphasized and Grown SAE in a Suburban Community
Ensuring that all agriculture students have a high-quality, valuable SAE experience should be a top priority for all agriculture instructors, but accomplishing this important objective can be a distinct challenge in many programs today. Craig Kohn, instructor at Waterford Union High School in Wisconsin, faced many of these same challenges in a community outside Milwaukee that quickly changed from a small farming town into a more suburban community. By using innovative strategies including on-campus internship positions, paid managerial and agriscience research positions, a cooperative-style structure for the FFA chapter, and an extensive in-class SAE curriculum, most Waterford agriculture students now have real-world SAE experiences related to specific career objectives. Kohn's strategies have played a prominent role for the SAE Renewal Committee and may provide options that agriculture instructors can use to reinvigorate their own students' SAE experiences. These resources can all be found byclicking here.

NAAE


NAAE Convention
The 2014 NAAE Convention was a success! We will be sending out news releases and photos very soon. If you would like access to any award winner news releases, please click here.
Thanks to all of our sponsors, members, and partners who made convention a success!


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.


Apply for the Teach Ag Internship
The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting applications for a 2015-2016 Teach Ag intern. Selected applicants will be based out of Lexington, Ky for the summer and based upon their performance, may be offered the position from their degree institution for the remainder of the position.  Therefore, all interested individuals are encouraged to apply not just those in the Kentucky area. Applications are due December 19th. Click here for more information and to apply.


National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academies. NATAA is a multifaceted program that includes a week-long academy designed to help participants develop inquiry-based teaching strategies and enhance existing science content in agricultural education. Two academies will be held in 2015. The deadline for applications is December 21, 2014. Follow this link for complete details.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA Alumni


FFA Alumni Affiliation Program
Have you heard about the FFA Alumni Affiliation Program? It is up and running! Get your FFA Alumni Affiliate signed up by sending your Affiliation Agreement Form signed and submitted to your state alumni membership contact. For $100 plus state dues, your FFA Alumni can have as many FFA Alumni members as they want for the year. Click here for more information on the program. Then click here to go straight to the form to sign up.


Vision of Innovation for November
This month we highlight Quality 2: FFA Alumni Member Development of the Growing Quality: National FFA Alumni Quality Program Guide with a tip from the Washington County FFA Alumni in Washington, Kan.: Students who achieve their State FFA Degree are eligible for the “Plus 50” program. Students pay $50 and the alumni pay the rest of the dues for a lifetime membership. Currently the affiliate has brought in 223 life members with this program.

FFA


2015 FFA: Food For All Grant Applications due this week!
What would your chapter do with $2,500 to help fight hunger? In 2014, 121 FFA chapters donated over 122,000 pounds of produce, 20,400 pounds of meat and 47,000 eggs to local communities. The application and resources are available at www.FFA.org/foodforall. Grants are due Wednesday, Nov. 26th.


The 2015 National FFA Scholarship Application Now Live
Application deadlines for 2015:

  • The online application must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2015.
  • The required Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2015.
  • Same as last year:
  • Membership must be submitted by state to national by March 1, 2015.

Instructions, details and helpful tools are available onwww.FFA.org/scholarships. Be sure to review eligibility requirements for the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships presented by the Monsanto Fund and the Built Ford Tough dealer scholarship program.

Direct questions, comments or concerns via email toScholarships@FFA.org.

CAST

Friday, November 21, 2014: Pesticide research, information from universities, and several controversial issues from Washington, D.C.--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).

USDA

Healthy and Happy Students in D.C. Public Schools
The need to serve healthy meals to the 47,000 students in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is not just a requirement but an opportunity. Eight out of 10 students in our schools are eligible to receive free and reduced priced meals through the National School Lunch, and all of our students receive free breakfast through the School Breakfast Programs thanks to the D.C. Healthy Schools Act of 2010. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

 

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November 17, 2014

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

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


2014
November 18-22
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN


2015
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


November 10
November 3
October 27
October 20
October 13

Quote for the Week


"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
-Henry Ford


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


Long Term Degrees, Certificates, and Credentials from Community Colleges Increase Employment and Earnings Opportunities; Short Term Certificates Do not return the Same Value   (from Us News & World Report & The Chronicle of Higher Education)
It turns out that getting a degree or certificate from a community college in most cases can significantly increase your future earnings, according to new research published in the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Overall, students who received associate's degrees or long-term certificates – programs that take at least one year to complete – had a better chance of seeing increased wages, of being employed and of working more hours, which the researchers say is an indication of advancement in one's occupational trajectory. But short-term certificates – those that can be completed in under one year – resulted in small economic returns.


Short-term community-college certificates, which have been growing rapidly in popularity as a way to get students quickly and cheaply into jobs, do not, in fact, help most recipients land employment or earn more money, according to the study. The study is based on data from Washington state, but it reflects similar findings in three other states, according to researchers at the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College and the Career Ladders Project, an initiative of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. Some community-college leaders who reviewed a report on the study are challenging its conclusions. They insist that short-term certificates help students who can’t afford to pursue a college degree get back into the work force, and that even if the payoff isn’t immediately obvious, students benefit in the long run.


To read the full article from US News and World Report click here.
To read the full article from The Chronicle of Higher Education click here.
To read a full report on the study click here.


Why Farmers Aren't Cheering This Year's Monster Harvest (from National Public Radio)
U.S. farmers are bringing in what's expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But for many farmers, that may be too much of a good thing. Farmers will haul in 4 billion bushels of soybeans and 14.5 billion bushels of corn, according to USDA estimates. The problem? Demand can't keep up with that monster harvest. Corn and soybean prices have been falling for months. A bushel of corn is now worth under $4 — about half what it was two years ago. That means a glut of corn and soybeans and the lowest prices in at least five years. To make matters worse, the oil boom in North Dakota is tying up the railways used to ship grain. Trains for things like coal or imports are also running behind.


To learn more and either listen to the story or read the full transcriptclick here.


Agriculture Workforce Demands Young Job Candidates, STEM Education (from FarmFutures)
A report from the STEM Food & Ag Council has found that there's a growing gap between the number of graduates in agriculture-related science, technology, engineering and math fields and the number of available employment opportunities. Released at the World Food Price Borlaug Dialogue last month, the report analyzes employment and enrollment in six fields: Agricultural business and management; Agriculture mechanization and engineering; Animal sciences; Plant and soil science; Food science and technology; and other life sciences.


Key findings indicated that from January to August 2014, the food and agriculture industries hired nearly 34,000 people per month. Additionally, a quarter of current food and agriculture professionals are age 55 or older, meaning workforce attrition will create additional opportunities for young professionals to advance in their careers. The report also found 4.9% aggregate growth in STEM employment opportunities in advanced agriculture fields is projected over the next five years, adding 33,100 new positions.


To read the full article from FarmFutures click here.
To access the 2014 STEM Food & Ag Council Report click here.


U.S.D.A. Approves Modified Potato (from The New York Times)
A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting by the Department of Agriculture. The potato’s DNA has been altered so that less of a chemical called acrylamide, which is suspected of causing cancer in people, is produced when the potato is fried. The new potato also resists bruising, a characteristic long sought by potato growers and processors for financial reasons. Potatoes bruised during harvesting, shipping or storage can lose value or become unusable.


The biotech tubers were developed by the J. R. Simplot Company, a privately held company based in Boise, Idaho, which was the initial supplier of frozen French fries to McDonald’s in the 1960s and is still a major supplier. To read the full article click here.

NAAE


NAAE Convention
Convention officially begins tomorrow! Be sure to participate in the awesome professional development opportunities available to you.


Check out our new NAAE Convention scheduler! Now you can create your own customized schedule, print it and sync it with your mobile device!


Don't forget to register for the Host State Social -- "Tonkin Time in Tennessee." It's sure to be a great time at the Nashville Palace (easy walking distance from the hotel) with live music, line dancing, and an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet. The cost is $35 per person. Click here for more information and to register TODAY to lock in your spot.


Also, grab a $50 honorarium for participating in the National Geographic Learning|Cengage Learning Focus Group. Click here for details.


The 2015-16 Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship
The SOY Scholarship is a $5,000 one-time scholarship award presented to a high school senior who is going to pursue agriculture as an area of study at any accredited college or university. The scholarship is managed by the American Soybean Association and is made possible through a grant by BASF corporation.
Candidates may apply online Sept. 20 through Nov. 20, 2014.  Final selection will be made the first week of December during the ASA Board meeting. The student will be notified prior to an official announcement made during Commodity Classic in Phoenix on Feb. 27, 2015.For more information and to apply click here.


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.


Apply for the Teach Ag Internship
The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting applications for a 2015-2016 Teach Ag intern. Selected applicants will be based out of Lexington, Ky for the summer and based upon their performance, may be offered the position from their degree institution for the remainder of the position.  Therefore, all interested individuals are encouraged to apply not just those in the Kentucky area. Applications are due December 19th. Click here for more information and to apply.


National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academies. NATAA is a multifaceted program that includes a week-long academy designed to help participants develop inquiry-based teaching strategies and enhance existing science content in agricultural education. Two academies will be held in 2015. The deadline for applications is December 21, 2014. Follow this link for complete details.


Community of Practice Highlights

ACTE


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.

FFA Alumni


Have you heard about the FFA Alumni Affiliation Program?
It is up and running! Get your FFA Alumni Affiliate signed up by sending your Affiliation Agreement Form signed and submitted to your state alumni membership contact. For $100 plus state dues, your FFA Alumni can have as many FFA Alumni members as they want for the year. Click here for more information on the program. Then click hereto go straight to the form to sign up.

FFA


Excellence in Action Award
The Excellence in Action award recognizes superior Career and Technical Education pgrograms of study from around the nation. Selected programs of study exemplify excellence in the implementation of the Career Clusters, and have a meaningful impact on student achievement and success. Award recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony on April 8, 2015 in Washington, D.C., featured in our communications, marketing and advocacy materials, and used during Congressional visits, with members of the media and other CTE stakeholders to support a more positive image of CTE. All applications are due by 5:00 ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2014. Click here for more information and to apply.


The 2015 National FFA Scholarship Application is Now Live
Application deadlines for 2015:

  • The online application must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2015
  • The required Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2015
  • Same as last year:
    Membership must be submitted by state to national by March 1, 2015

Instructions, details and helpful tools are available onwww.FFA.org/scholarships.  Be sure to review eligibility requirements for the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships presented by the Monsanto Fund and the Built Ford Tough dealer scholarship program.

Direct questions, comments or concerns via email toScholarships@FFA.org.

$2,500 Hunger Grants from National FFA – Still Time To Apply!
Vista FFA (CA) raised pigs, lambs and other animals to donate fresh meat to the school backpack program with an FFA: Food For All grant. What would your chapter do with $2,500 to help fight hunger? The application and resources are available at www.FFA.org/foodforall. Grants are due Wednesday, Nov. 26th.

CAST

Friday, November 14, 2014: Trade talks and Washington politics affect agriculture, GMO research continues to come in, and a corn maze becomes a “field of no exit”—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).

 

 

 

 

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November 10, 2014

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

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


2014
November 18-22
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN


2015
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


November 3
October 27
October 20
October 13
October 6

Quote for the Week


"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
-Thomas A. Edison


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


Georgia Career Academy Adding Famer’s Market and Orchard to Program (from gainesvilletimes.com)
Lanier Career Academy was built on land that was once a farm, and if Shay Grant has any say, the land will be farmed once again — this time by students learning the skills to work in agriculture. Grant is the horticulture teacher at the academy overseeing a number of expansions to the program. Those expansions include a farmers market and orchard that will be open to the public, a large fruit and vegetable garden, a barn with chickens and goats and about an acre of deer fencing to keep the critters from tearing into the new crops. There will also be a new class in landscape and nursery management. To read the full article click here.


Deadline Approaching for Ag Programs to Participate in the Nutrients for Life Helping Communities Grow Program
The Nutrients for Life Foundation is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Helping Communities Grow program!  The Foundation wants to partner with FFA chapters to educate the local community about the importance of fertilizer and crop nutrients in food production.  Fertilizer is responsible for 40-50% of the world's food production. It is a key ingredient to reducing and even eliminating famine.


To participate in the Helping Communities Grow program download and read the entire application, including the judging rubric.(http://bit.ly/11XkwXw). Next, log in and complete Step 1 of the Helping Communities Grow application by the November 14 deadline.(http://bit.ly/1vCwmBo). Monetary awards of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 will be awarded to the first, second and third place chapter programs, respectively. Up to twelve chapters will receive a participation award for $250. This is an award program, not a grant.


Key Dates and Deadlines for the program beyond step 1 are as follows:
Step 1: Due November 14, 2014 - register and briefly tell us how you will educate your community
Step 2: Due January 30, 2015 - checking in: tell us your progress
Step 3: report all impact numbers, upload pictures, tell about your program, etc. Those deadlines by state are:
Nebraska - Due February 2
Iowa, Idaho, Ohio - Due March 27
Kansas, Washington - Due April 24
At-Large (all other states not listed) - Due May 8


West Virginia Schools Build Job Skills through Simulated Workplace (from heraild-dispatch.com and West Virginia Department of Education)
Students in West Virginia schools are being exposed to more career-development programs to better prepare them for finding a job in today’s changing economy. In fact, the program is structured just like a job. Called Simulated Workplace, the approach holds students as closely as possible to conventional workplace standards. The West Virginia Department of Education has worked with committee experts from numerous businesses and industries throughout West Virginia to design Simulated Workplace. This new educational initiative has been created to assist schools in implementing workplace environmental protocols that align with West Virginia workforce requirements, including random drug testing, professionalism, attendance and safety. Simulated Workplace has not only enhanced instructional delivery of career education, but has created a more engaged career and technical student. The simulated workplace environment permits students the opportunity to take ownership of their individual performance as it impacts the overall success of their education, while thriving in an authentic workplace culture. Simulated Workplace also encourages local business and industry experts to join onsite review teams to assist schools in meeting their workforce needs and expectations.


To read an article on how the program is being  deployed in Wayne County, WV click here.


To learn more about the program at the state level  click here.


Key Education Measures on State Ballots (from Education Week)
The big questions for election night were control of the U.S. Senate, and just how many governorships, state education agencies, and state legislatures would end up in GOP hands. But voters in at least eleven states also got to decide on ballot measures with major implications for education funding and policy. To see how these measures faredclick here.

NAAE


NAAE Convention
Nashville is only a week away! Be sure to register for NAAE Convention, book your room, and check out the awesomeprofessional development opportunities available for you.


Check out our new NAAE Convention scheduler! Now you can create your own customized schedule, print it and sync it with your mobile device!


Don't forget to register for the Host State Social -- "Tonkin Time in Tennessee." It's sure to be a great time at the Nashville Palace (easy walking distance from the hotel) with live music, line dancing, and an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet. The cost is $35 per person. Click here for more information and to register TODAY to lock in your spot.


Also, grab a $50 honorarium for participating in the National Geographic Learning|Cengage Learning Focus Group. Click here for details.


NAAE Fall Virtual Committee Meetings
The new NAAE committee structure and processes call for virtual committee meetings between the summer NAAE board meeting and the NAAE convention.  Given the newness of the process and given that the major topic for discussion in our committees is the NAAE board restructuring proposal, we are going to conduct joint virtual committee meetings this fall prior to the NAAE convention.  If you are a committee member, we hope most of you will be able to participate in one of two joint virtual committee meetings.  The agenda for the two meetings will be the same.  So, it does not matter which of the two meetings you join.  These will be information sharing meetings; no votes will be taken during these meetings.  We anticipate the meetings to last no more than 45 minutes.


Charlie Sappington, NAAE President Elect, will conduct the meetings.  Committee chairs do not need to prepare agendas for these web-based meetings.


Please plan to participate in one of the following web-based meetings:


• Tuesday, November 11 – 5:00 pm Eastern (4:00 pm Central, 3:00 pm Mountain, 2:00 pm Pacific). Click here to register for the NAAE Joint Committee Meeting on November 11, 2014 5:00 pm Eastern.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


• Wednesday, November 12 – 4:00 pm Eastern (3:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Pacific). Click here to register for the NAAE Joint Committee Meeting on November 12, 2014 4:00 pm Eastern.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


If you have any questions about these meetings or NAAE committees, please contact Dr. Wm. Jay Jackman.


USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program Farm Business Planning Instructional Materials
Click here to check out these instructional materials developed under a project funded by a USDA BFRDP grant, in partnership with Mississippi State University, Oklahoma State University, and NAAE.


The 2015-16 Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship
The SOY Scholarship is a $5,000 one-time scholarship award presented to a high school senior who is going to pursue agriculture as an area of study at any accredited college or university. The scholarship is managed by the American Soybean Association and is made possible through a grant by BASF corporation.


Candidates may apply online Sept. 20 through Nov. 20, 2014.  Final selection will be made the first week of December during the ASA Board meeting. The student will be notified prior to an official announcement made during Commodity Classic in Phoenix on Feb. 27, 2015.


For more information and to apply click here.


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.


Apply for the Teach Ag Internship
The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting applications for a 2015-2016 Teach Ag intern. Selected applicants will be based out of Lexington, Ky for the summer and based upon their performance, may be offered the position from their degree institution for the remainder of the position.  Therefore, all interested individuals are encouraged to apply not just those in the Kentucky area. Applications are due December 19th. Click here for more information and to apply.


National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academies. NATAA is a multifaceted program that includes a week-long academy designed to help participants develop inquiry-based teaching strategies and enhance existing science content in agricultural education. Two academies will be held in 2015. The deadline for applications is December 21, 2014. Follow this link for complete details.


Community of Practice Highlights

CAST


Friday, November 7, 2014: Links to articles about agricultural trade issues, voting results about biotech ag, and what a GoPro does inside a blob of water in zero gravity—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).

FFA


Relive the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo
The National FFA Convention & Expo has come and gone, but you can still relive the highlights from this record-breaking event by checking out FFA.org. Watch the general sessions, read amazing stories, learn more about the 2014-15 new National FFA Officer team and more.


The 2015 National FFA Scholarship Application Goes Live Nov. 15
Application deadlines for 2015:

  • The online application must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2015
  • The required Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2015
  • Same as last year:
  • Membership must be submitted by state to national by March 1, 2015

Instructions, details and helpful tools will be available onwww.FFA.org/scholarships starting Nov. 15.  Be sure to review eligibility requirements for the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships presented by the Monsanto Fund and the Built Ford Tough dealer scholarship program.

Direct questions, comments or concerns via email toScholarships@FFA.org.

FFA Alumni

Have you heard about the FFA Alumni Affiliation Program?
It is up and running! Get your FFA Alumni Affiliate signed up by sending your Affiliation Agreement Form signed and submitted to your state alumni membership contact. For $100 plus state dues, your FFA Alumni can have as many FFA Alumni members as they want for the year. Click here for more information on the program. Then click hereto go straight to the form to sign up.

ACTE

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.

 

 

 

 

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November 3, 2014

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

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


2014
November 18-22
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN


2015
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 27
October 20
October 13
October 6
September 29

Quote for the Week


"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my direction."
-Jimmy Dean

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


Deadline Approaching for Ag Programs to Participate in the Nutrients for Life Helping Communities Grow Program
The Nutrients for Life Foundation is accepting application for the 2014-2015 Helping Communities Grow program!  The Foundation wants to partner with FFA chapters to educate the local community about the importance of fertilizer and crop nutrients in food production.  Fertilizer is responsible for 40-50% of the world's food production. It is a key ingredient to reducing and even eliminating famine.


To participate in the Helping Communities Grow program download and read the entire application, including the judging rubric. Next, log in and complete Step 1 of the Helping Communities Grow application by the November 14 deadline. Monetary awards of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 will be awarded to the first, second and third place chapter programs, respectively. Up to twelve chapters will receive a participation award for $250. This is an award program, not a grant.

  Key dates and deadlines for the program beyond step 1 are as follows:
Step 1: Due November 14, 2014 - register and briefly tell us how you will educate your community
Step 2: Due January 30, 2015 - checking in: tell us your progress
Step 3: report all impact numbers, upload pictures, tell about your program, etc. Those deadlines by state are:
Nebraska - Due February 2
Iowa, Idaho, Ohio - Due March 27
Kansas, Washington - Due April 24
At-Large (all other states not listed) - Due May 8


Vilsack: Ag at center of strengthening world economy (from AgriNews)
Strengthening the global economy and reducing global poverty will have an impact on global food security. “The world has changed. It is no longer simply about military might,” said Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack.  “If we’re going to address global challenges, it is going to require leadership,” said Vilsack during a presentation at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs meeting. “There’s only one country that has the capacity, credentials and capability to lead this effort globally, whether it is food security, climate change or response to terrorists, and that’s the United States of America.” To read the full article on his address click here.


Old Old Old MacDonald had a Farm (from marketplace.org)
The average age of a farmer was 58 in 2012, continuing a 30-year pattern of aging farmers, according to the Census of Agriculture. Organizations such as the National Young Farmers' Coalition and National FFA Organization are aiming to increase pathways to the agricultural sector by offering grants, internships, scholarships and mentorships to middle- and high-school students. To see more click here.

NAAE


NAAE Convention
Nashville is only a couple of weeks away! Be sure to register for NAAE Convention, book your room, and check out the awesome professional development opportunities available for you.


Don't forget to register for the Host State Social -- "Tonkin Time in Tennessee." It's sure to be a great time at the Nashville Palace (easy walking distance from the hotel) with live music, line dancing, and an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet. The cost is $35 per person. Click here for more information and to register by November 10th to lock in your spot.


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.


Apply for the Teach Ag Internship
The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting applications for a 2015-2016 Teach Ag intern. Selected applicants will be based out of Lexington, Ky for the summer and based upon their performance, may be offered the position from their degree institution for the remainder of the position.  Therefore, all interested individuals are encouraged to apply not just those in the Kentucky area. Applications are due December 19th. Click here for more information and to apply.


OAR Northwest Mississippi River Adventure
Last week we - notably - saw the team travel through the last lock for the rest of the expedition! Highlights included meeting administrators from the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, local river legend "Big Muddy" Mike Clark, and visiting St. Louis region schools. Click here to connect with the crew, check out next week's learning opportunities and more!


Community of Practice Highlights

CAST

Friday, October 31, 2014: Drones and agriculture might be a good mix, but some see downsides. The FFA Convention is on and the Peterson Brothers have a new parody—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).

ACTE

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.