Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 11/3/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Nov 3, 2014


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November 3, 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

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 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
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 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


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).


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.