Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 12/22/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Dec 22, 2014
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December 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 Events

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

December 15
December 8
December 1
November 24
November 17

Quote for the Week

"Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground."
-Theodore Roosevelt

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

National Ag Day Essay Contest Deadline is January 30, 2015
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) calls on ninth- to 12th-grade students to submit an original, 450-word essay or a two-minute video essay about the importance of agriculture. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations” and the deadline is January 30, 2015. The ACA asks teachers and parents to encourage student participation. The national written essay winner receives a $1,000 prize and round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C., for recognition during the Celebration of Ag Dinner held March 18 at Whitten Patio at the USDA. The video essay winner wins a $1,000 prize, and the winning video will play during the Celebration of Ag Dinner.

All written entries should be sent to: 2015 Ag Day Essay Contest, Agriculture Council of America, 11020 King Street, Suite 205, Overland Park, KS 66210, or submitted by e-mail to Students may upload video essays at and follow the directions on the page, or students may choose to mail video entries on a compact disc to the address above. Visit  to read official contest rules and for more details regarding entry applications.


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.

Visit for instructions, details and helpful tools.  Be sure to review additional eligibility requirements for America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (presented by the Monsanto Fund) and the Built Ford Tough dealer scholarship program.

Questions, comments or concerns?  Email

Watch Our Sneak Peek on the New
At FFA, we’re proud to say that when you talk, we listen. So thanks to you, we have made some exciting new changes to, which  launches Feb. 9. Until then, here’s a video sneak peek on some of the website’s new features.

2015 Youth Ag Summit
By 2050, it is estimated that our planet will be inhabited by more than 9 billion people. How can we feed this hungry planet? Sustainable solutions will depend on visionary thinking, courage and creativity from our youth.

On August 24 – 28, 2015, some 100 young leaders ages 18 – 25 will gather in Canberra, Australia at the 2015 Youth Ag Summit where they will have the opportunity to network, collaborate and act on solutions for a sustainable agriculture industry that will help feed a growing global population. Bayer CropScience will send four young people from the U.S. to the summit in Australia all expenses paid. The four individuals will be chosen via an essay contest. The deadline to submit an essay for judging is January 31, 2015. To be eligible, the individual must turn 18 prior to the summit in August. Complete contest details including guidelines for writing the essay and directions for submitting an entry can be found online

The 2015 Clean Tech Competition, a global research and design challenge for 15-18 year old students. This year’s challenge is to “Feed the World.”

This educational opportunity challenges students to develop an innovative, clean technology solution to real-world issues. Solutions may take on aspects of growing, harvesting, distributing, or any other aspect of food availability. Student participants will gain experience with focused research, critical thinking, and the scientific process – making it a great project based learning opportunity.

There is no entry fee, and students can participate through school, extracurricular programs, or on their own. Students will first submit a 5-10 page paper about what their solution is and the problem it is going to solve. These papers will be graded by judges with degrees in S.T.E.M and agricultural fields. The top 10 teams will be given the opportunity to attend the finalist event. They will be given a $200 stipend to create a prototype of their solution. The 1st Place Team will win $10,000 and Finalist Teams can win $1,000 for their school/organization. The Finalist Event will be held in Philadelphia, PA in May 2015, when Finalist Teams will meet to explore fun and educational activities, present to a live panel of judges, and network with industry professionals.

There is no limit to the number of Teams per organization – so spread the word! Each stage of the competition is designed to be a rewarding process, and more student participation means    inspiring more young scientists to help build a better future for our planet.

For more information visit our website at Registration is open!

Contact Clean Tech administrators at with any questions. Thank You.


Happy Holidays from CASE
CASE Staff appreciate all of the help and support given to the project this past year. The contributions and dedication from many have been important in the success of CASE. CASE Staff look forward to continuing the efforts of promoting the values of Agricultural Education and helping our teachers meet the challenges of the daily classroom.

Happy Holidays!
The CASE Team


News & Views -- December 2014
Take a look back at the 2014 NAAE Convention, get familiar with the new committee structure, and meet the new NAAE Board of Directors. All this & more in December's News & Views.

Deadlines Approaching -- Apply TODAY!
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 22, 2014.Follow this link for complete details.

Get Your Students Involved in the DuPont Challenge!
The DuPont Challenge is the nation's premier science writing competition. Students are invited to write a 700-1000 word essay that addresses one of the four categories of challenges as outlined by DuPont.

Top students and their sponsoring teachers win a wealth of awards, including an expenses-paid trip to the Walt Disney World Resort and Kennedy Space Center!

Also, DuPont has opened a K-5 division for this year's DuPont Challenge. This could be a great way activity to do with elementary school students in your area.

Entries are being accepted through January 31, 2015. Learn more.

Community of Practice Highlights


National Policy Seminar 2015
Registration is now open! Cultivate your advocacy skills and make a direct impact on Capitol Hill at the National Policy Seminar 2015! March 2-5 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Click here for more information.


Friday, December 19, 2014: Ag innovations, ag and the Cuba thaw, and plenty of announcements and news links—and a great video about dogs (with hands) at the dinner table.

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).