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.
January 31-February 3
Southern Region AAAE Conference
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX
Western Region AAAE Conference
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN
Quote for the Week
"The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest."
To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.