Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 1/12/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jan 12, 2015

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January 12, 2015


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

January 5
December 22
December 15
December 8
December 1

Quote for the Week

"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow."
-Anthony J. D'Angelo

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

Michigan college creates lab school with Ag-STEM focus ( from The Lansing State Journal)
St. Johns Public Schools and Central Michigan University have signed an agreement to create a university lab school with an agricultural focus. Known as an Ag-STEM school, it will be the first of its kind in Michigan.  Gateway Elementary School will be the Ag-STEM school in St. Johns – a school where science, technology, engineering and math concepts will be introduced with a decidedly agricultural focus. But more than that, Gateway will also be a professional development school for Central Michigan’s teacher preparation program. To read the full article click here.

USDA Observes Kick Off of the International Year of Soils
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today begins its celebration of the International Year of Soils to highlight the importance of healthy soils for food security, ecosystem functions and resilient farms and ranches.

With an increasing global population, a shrinking agricultural land base, climate change and extreme weather events, the nations of the world are focusing their collective attention to the primary resource essential to food production-the soil. To learn more about the plans for the year click here.

Ultimate Middle School Science Competition Opens for the New Year
The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge has opened for this year's entries. The competition invites students in grades 5-8 to come up with a new innovation or solution to an ordinary problem and explain their idea in a short video. The winner will receive $25,000 and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist." Ten finalists have the opportunity to be mentored by a 3M scientist and receive a trip to the company's world headquarters in St. Paul. For more information click here.

8 Reasons Why Ag Careers are Needed More than Ever (by Alyssa Schwarck,
While agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry that directly affects everyone in the world each day, employers still struggle to find qualified candidates that are enthusiastic about the industry and need. According to the USDA, “between 2010 and 2015 there will be more jobs available in ag and food systems, renewable energy, and the environment than qualified graduates to fill them.” With the industry booming but college students being left uninformed about the importance of agricultural careers, the numbers need to increase. To see the 8 reasons your students should choose an ag career click here.


FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge
Start your year off right with a service activity and help us reach 2.5 Million meals by the 2015 convention! Submit your chapter’s hunger fighting activities to the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge and your meals will be added to the count as well as your chapter being put in that month’s drawing for $250. Think about how you can incorporate this into upcoming FFA Week activities!

National FFA Constitution Revisions Now in Effect
The revised National FFA Constitution took effect on Jan. 1. “Article VI. Degrees and Privileges of Active Membership” was amended at the 84th National FFA Convention in October 2011 and ratified by the National FFA Board of Directors on Feb. 23, 2012.

Effective now, the following sections will change:
Chapter FFA Degree - Section D Item 4
State FFA Degree - Section E Item 4
American FFA Degree - Section F Item 5h

To view the revised constitution, click here.

New Launches Feb. 9
We’ve made some exciting new changes to that will help improve your experience, including:

• A personalized experience: Log in to for a personalized experience each time you return. will know who you are and what news and information you may be looking for.

• My FFA Dashboard: Once you log in to, a new personalized dashboard will pop up, allowing you quick access to tools specific to your FFA role. Personalized links make it easy to edit your profile, manage your FFA applications and accomplishments and more.

• A website designed for any device: Access  on desktop, mobile or tablet to experience the great things our members, advisors, alumni, sponsors and community members are doing.

• Refreshed FFA emblem: With the new website also comes the new look and feel of the FFA brand that includes a refreshed FFA emblem.

To learn more, visit

Apply Now: New Century Farmer
Do you know any college students interested in pursuing a career in production agriculture? Want to know more about the latest trends and technology in agriculture? Applications are now being accepted for the New Century Farmer conference. This week-long conference will equip students to be a cutting-edge farmer or rancher after they graduate from college. The 50 selected participants will do industry tours, commodity-specific sessions, learn about business planning, create a vision statement and network with industry professionals and peers alike.

Applications can be found on the New Century Farmer website and will remain open until Sunday, Feb. 15. If you have any questions about the application or program, email

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni Apparel
Exciting news from Barefoot Athletics! They now have several FFA Alumni apparel options! Barefoot has put together several different options to fit the taste and style of FFA Alumni members. Check out all the different designs today by viewing their website. Check out the link below to see all the great designs. Click here.


Friday, Jan. 9, 2015: Ag communication continues to be the theme for 2015. Links include items from Capitol Hill, lists of key stories from the past year, and a piece about a cantankerous kangaroo. 

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).


CASE Institutes are filling fast!
Several CASE Institutes are already full, and others are very close. Please don’t wait to get registered for your CASE Institute of choice. Secure your funding for registration as soon as possible. Follow this CASE registration link to reserve your spot for career changing professional development!


Serve on a NAAE Committee!
The newly adopted committee process gives even more NAAE members the opportunity to participate in driving the direction of our organization. If you are interested in becoming involved in a NAAE Committee, submit your credentials by Friday, January 16th. Click here for more information.

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.

America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders
America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, a new scholarship program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is designed to build the future of ag! This new program is working to keep young adults in agriculture by giving them the opportunity to earn a $1,500 scholarship to further their education. In rural communities across the nation, high school seniors and college students can apply for this scholarship through the National FFA Scholarship Program. Students must seek endorsements from at least three local farmers. Now through February 1, students can apply online at Farmers can endorse applicants through February 8. Recipients will be notified in the spring of 2015.

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.

National Agriculture in the Classroom

2015 National AITC Conference
Register for the "Unbridled Possibilities" at the 2015 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference to take advantage of the early registration pricing and secure your spot. The conference will be held June 16-20 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY. Click herefor more information.