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March 30, 2015

 

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


May 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX


September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR


September 24
National Teach Ag Day


October 1-3
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN

Past Issues


March 23
March 16
March 9
March 2
February 23


Quote for the Week


"Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going."
-Sam Levenson


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


Agricultural Education Represented Strongly Across the Country as Part of National Ag Day on March 18
Many agricultural education programs played a role in celebrating National Ag Day on March 18th through a variety of activities.  Organized by the Agricultural Council of America, events during Ag Day mark a nationwide effort to tell the story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is all around us. Those participating include producers, agricultural associations, corporations and student and government organizations involved in agriculture. Goals for the day include encouraging Americans to understand how food and fiber products are produced; to appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products; to value the role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy; and to encourage people to consider career opportunities in the industries of agriculture, food and fiber. If you did not participate this year please consider marking your calendar for next March to do something in your community. To see what student leaders from agricultural education were doing for Ag Day in DC click here. To learn more about the National Ag Day Contest winners click here.


Vertical farming Could be the Future of Agriculture for Your Students
As the world struggles with how to grow food for  growing population with less land and natural resources vertical farming is becoming a viable option for the future of food production. The concept is around making use of buildings, artificial lighting and hydroponics to grow food indoors and even right in the middle of major cities. For young people looking to get in to agricultural production they may one day find themselves in one of the settings and not outdoors in a rural community. To learn more the current research and business aspects of vertical farming click here. To learn about plans to build the world’s largest vertical farm in New York City click here.


AFBF Foundation for Agriculture Releases Curriculum to Teach about Energy and its Connection to Agriculture
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has launched new, free energy-based educational resources online for middle- and high-school educators and volunteers. Educators will discover the power of energy education and the unique connections to agricultural literacy with two units of curriculum. Each unit provides five comprehensive lesson plans and supporting resources. All lessons are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. To learn more click here.


Cultivate Safety Releases Guidelines Available for Youth Working in Gardening
In non-agricultural industries, there are regulations and work standards that indicate appropriate work for both adults and children. In agriculture, the standards and regulations are different, and may not apply on a farm or garden. Parents/supervisors often assign jobs based on their past practices, need for “extra hands” to get the job done, and preferences of the child and/or adult. The North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT) were developed at the request of parents to assist them with assigning safe and appropriate jobs to children and youth. These guidelines can also assist adults with teaching youth how to do a job safely. To access a booklet that represents select guidelines specific to gardening click here. Complete sets of guidelines for youth can be found atwww.nagcat.org.

CASE


CASE Institute Registration
It’s not too late to register for a CASE Institute! While several CASE Institutes are already full, many still have seats available. Secure your funding and register today for career changing professional development! For the complete schedule and to register for a CASE Institute, click here.

NAAE


Are you interested in serving on the 2015 NAAE Awards Judging Committee?
Once again this year, NAAE will judge a majority of their awards virtually through these national judging committees.  Sign up to serve our ag ed profession by May 10th.  Click HERE to sign up!


NAAE Award Applications -- Apply by May 15th!
Applications for the 2015 NAAE Awards are now available online. To apply for an award, you will need to log in to the NAAE website. You must be a current, dues-paying NAAE member to apply. Click here for more information and to begin your application TODAY! Applications are due by May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Monday, April 13th
4:00-4:45pm EST
Topic:  Work/Life Balance
Presenters: Shari Lighthall, NY and Alissa Smith, NAAE
In this fast paced world we live in it's hard to balance it all. Agriculture teachers have an especially hard time balancing work and life. This webinar will focus on work/life balance professional development ideas for agriculture teachers. Please send questions ahead of time toethompson.naae@uky.edu.
Click here to register for the webinar.


Hummert International Greenhouse Operations & Management Short Course
Hummert International is hosting its 20th Annual Greenhouse Operations & Management Short Course and is inviting YOU to attend. The short course will be held June 23-25, at their St. Louis, MO headquarters. Follow this link for more information and to register.


DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.  For 68 years, this award has been presented to FFA students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic.  To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, Ag Educators should visitDEKALB.com/awards from now until May 1, 2015.
Any questions should be sent toDEKALB.AgAccomplishment@monsanto.com.


CHS High School Scholarship Program -- Applications Due April 1st!
Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships.Click here for more information.


Community of Practice Highlights

CAST

Friday, Mar. 27, 2015: Farm drones with French accents, political ag news, the glyphosate debate, and “your brain on barbecue.” Check in for more than 70 links that provide insights, opinions, and oddities in the world of agriculture.

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 Alumni

Be Featured in the Next Issue of New Visions
Do you want to be featured in the next issue of New Visions? The official publication of the National FFA Alumni Association is looking for your examples of what your Alumni Affiliate is doing to help their local FFA Chapter they support. Submit your idea to National FFA staff member, Jada Buchanan at jbuchanan@ffa.org.

FFA

Register Now: FFA.org Webinar
You’ve visited the new FFA.org, even signed up for an account…now what? Let national FFA staff walk you through the new website so you can get the most out of your online experience and access ready-to-use classroom and educator resources, including the new tool My Journey, that will take some of the stress off of lesson planning. Two webinars will be offered on April 8. Register for the 3-4 p.m. (EDT) webinar here and the 6-7 p.m. (EDT) here. Can’t make it? Each webinar will be recorded and archived for easy access. And be sure to stick around for the informative Q and A session at the end of each webinar.

 

Applications Open for National  Collegiate Agriculture Ambassadors
College students interested in being advocates for agriculture should apply for the National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador program. Ambassadors will serve from June through December with the first training in North Carolina in June. Applications are due April 10 and can be found on the ambassador page on FFA.org. Questions about the program or application can be sent to Ryan Amaral,ramaral@ffa.org, or Lindsey Calhoun, lcalhoun@ffa.org.

 

National FFA Convention Workshop Applications Now Open
FFA is now seeking workshop presenters for the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo. Interested applicants can fill out the application here. Each workshop should fit into one of the following categories: premier leadership, personal growth, career success, hunger, service or advocacy. A three-to-five-minute video of the applicant presenting a workshop is required. Send electronic applications  toworkshop@ffa.org by  June 15.

New Free Resources on My Journey
With My Journey, you’ll receive turnkey resources to help you with everyday classroom planning. Need a literacy activity to accompany a current event or a career activity to guide students through Career Cruising? Look for these lessons and more on the Explore page. What about tips and guidelines to help students develop a plan for fighting community hunger or an interactive activity to help students become more punctual? Take a look at all these activities on theBuild page. How about an activity where you direct students’ attention to the growing opportunities within agriculture careers? Find this and more on the Connect page. And if you missed something last month, visit our Archive pages. Log in today.

2014 Proceedings Now Available
From news stories and retiring addresses to a listing of all award-winners, we’ve compiled the best of the 2014 national convention and expo into one easy-to-use online magazine. Flip through this year’s official record of the event here.

USDA

USDA Team Nutrition Grants Promote Healthier Meals for Our Nation’s Schoolchildren
Schools are successfully serving more nutritious meals to America’s students, and healthier meals mean healthier kids. USDA is constantly working to do everything we can to support school nutrition professionals as they work to provide kids the nutrition they need to learn and develop into healthy adults. To further assist schools, USDA announced the availability of up to $5.5 million in Team Nutrition training grants for states for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

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March 23, 2015

 

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


May 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX


September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR


September 24
National Teach Ag Day


October 1-3
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN

Past Issues


March 16
March 9
March 2
February 23
February 16

Quote for the Week


"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."
-Vince Lombardi


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


As Farmers Age More Operations Will be Guided by Female Management (from Bloomberg News)
The Longleys have been in the farming business for four generations in Aledo, Illinois. During that time -- 114 years in all -- they’ve never had a woman running their corn and soybean operation. Until now. John Longley is preparing to turn the reins over to his 26-year-old daughter, Kate Danner. At a time when a third of U.S. farmers are 65 or older and fewer young people are joining them, more women are stepping in to help fill the void, lured by surging agricultural profit and technological advances that have reduced the industry’s reliance on manual labor. In 2012, females accounted for 14 percent of the 2.1 million principal farm operators, up from 5 percent in 1978, government data show. To learn more click here.

Earn Money For Your Community Through the “Relentless As You” Contest from Valent USA
Valent believes in the relentless spirit of the American farmer. That’s why we want you to share your story or the story of your neighbor, your family member or friend. What makes this person relentless? Tell us how their determination and drive has shaped who they are and how they farm. You could win up to $1,000 for your local community. That means that Valent will choose five winners after April 3, 2015 and notify them directly. Our winners will be presented with a grant for $1,000 that they can give to a local 501(c)3 charity. In addition, a $500 grant to a local 501(c)3 charity will be given in each winner’s respective local retailer’s name. Nominations are due by March 28th. To learn more or see how to submit a nomination click here.


Native Youth In Food And Agriculture: Summer Leadership Summit 2015
The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law was launched in 2013 to assist in issues related to tribal governance in food and agriculture, strategic business and community assessments, and youth education and professional development in food and agriculture. In furtherance of those goals they held the first ever “Native Youth in Food and Agriculture: Summer Leadership Summit” in July 2014. They welcomed 48 students from 22 tribes to the inaugural Summit for a week of classroom learning, field trips, culture sharing, and leadership opportunities. Students came from all across the country to attend. This year they are holding the 2nd annual Summit.

They are looking for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students with a passion and interest in food and agriculture who are willing to be our next generation of food and agriculture leaders. To learn more click here.

National PAS Conference Recently held in Boise, Idaho
The National Postsecondary Agriculture Student organization recently held its annual national convention in Boise, Idaho. The event attracted college students in agriculture from around the nation to further their learning through agricultural tours, competitive events, connections with business and industry as well as exciting speakers such as Amberley Snyder. The vision of PAS is to be the premier leadership and career development organization serving college agriculture students and I currently available to students in 550 institutions across the United States. To learn more about PAS as a n organization, their 2015 conference or to just see how you or your institution can become involved click here.

CASE


CASE Institute Registration
It’s not too late to register for a CASE Institute! While several CASE Institutes are already full, many still have seats available. Secure your funding and register today for career changing professional development! For the complete schedule and to register for a CASE Institute, click here.

NAAE


Are you interested in serving on the 2015 NAAE Awards Judging Committee?
Once again this year, NAAE will judge a majority of their awards virtually through these national judging committees.  Sign up to serve our ag ed profession by May 10th.  Click HERE to sign up!


NAAE Award Applications -- Apply by May 15th!
Applications for the 2015 NAAE Awards are now available online. To apply for an award, you will need to log in to the NAAE website. You must be a current, dues-paying NAAE member to apply. Click here for more information and to begin your application TODAY! Applications are due by May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Monday, April 13th
4:00-4:45pm EST
Topic:  Work/Life Balance
Presenters: Shari Lighthall, NY and Alissa Smith, NAAE
In this fast paced world we live in it's hard to balance it all. Agriculture teachers have an especially hard time balancing work and life. This webinar will focus on work/life balance professional development ideas for agriculture teachers. Please send questions ahead of time toethompson.naae@uky.edu.
Click here to register for the webinar.


DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.  For 68 years, this award has been presented to FFA students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic.  To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, Ag Educators should visitDEKALB.com/awards from now until May 1, 2015.
Any questions should be sent toDEKALB.AgAccomplishment@monsanto.com.


CHS High School Scholarship Program -- Applications Due April 1st!
Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships.Click here for more information.


Community of Practice Highlights

CAST

Friday, Mar. 20, 2015: A focus on family farms and a look at political news influencing agriculture—along with an article discussing your brain on fast food. Check in for more than 70 links that provide insights, opinions, and oddities in the world of agriculture.

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

Register Now: FFA.org Webinar
You’ve visited the new FFA.org, even signed up for an account…now what? Let national FFA staff walk you through the new website so you can get the most out of your online experience and access ready-to-use classroom and educator resources, including the new tool My Journey, that will take some of the stress off of lesson planning. Two webinars will be offered on April 8. Register for the 3-4 p.m. (EDT) webinar here and the 6-7 p.m. (EDT) here. Can’t make it? Each webinar will be recorded and archived for easy access. And be sure to stick around for the informative Q and A session at the end of each webinar.

 

Applications Open for National  Collegiate Agriculture Ambassadors
College students interested in being advocates for agriculture should apply for the National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador program. Ambassadors will serve from June through December with the first training in North Carolina in June. Applications are due April 10 and can be found on the ambassador page on FFA.org. Questions about the program or application can be sent to Ryan Amaral,ramaral@ffa.org, or Lindsey Calhoun, lcalhoun@ffa.org.

 

National FFA Convention Workshop Applications Now Open
FFA is now seeking workshop presenters for the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo. Interested applicants can fill out the application here. Each workshop should fit into one of the following categories: premier leadership, personal growth, career success, hunger, service or advocacy. A three-to-five-minute video of the applicant presenting a workshop is required. Send electronic applications  toworkshop@ffa.org by  June 15.

New Free Resources on My Journey
With My Journey, you’ll receive turnkey resources to help you with everyday classroom planning. Need a literacy activity to accompany a current event or a career activity to guide students through Career Cruising? Look for these lessons and more on the Explore page. What about tips and guidelines to help students develop a plan for fighting community hunger or an interactive activity to help students become more punctual? Take a look at all these activities on theBuild page. How about an activity where you direct students’ attention to the growing opportunities within agriculture careers? Find this and more on the Connect page. And if you missed something last month, visit our Archive pages. Log in today.

2014 Proceedings Now Available
From news stories and retiring addresses to a listing of all award-winners, we’ve compiled the best of the 2014 national convention and expo into one easy-to-use online magazine. Flip through this year’s official record of the event here.

FFA Alumni

Be Featured in the Next Issue of New Visions
Do you want to be featured in the next issue of New Visions? The official publication of the National FFA Alumni Association is looking for your examples of what your Alumni Affiliate is doing to help their local FFA Chapter they support. Submit your idea to National FFA staff member, Jada Buchanan at jbuchanan@ffa.org.

ACTE

Call for Proposals -- Deadline Extended
ACTE invites you to submit a program session proposal
for ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2015, November 19-22, 2015
at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM EST, on Friday, March 27, 2015.Follow this link for more information.

 

 

 

 

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March 16, 2015

 

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


May 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX


September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR


September 24
National Teach Ag Day


October 1-3
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN

Past Issues


March 9
March 2
February 23
February 16
February 9

Quote for the Week


"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."
-Eleanor 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


Schools Chief Taps Industry to Bring Rich Career Experiences to Students (from Education Week)
Education Week has announced their ‘Leaders to Learn From’ for 2015. One of those leaders, Tom Trigg, is the superintendent of Kansas’ Blue Valley school system—and an ambassador between two worlds. The first world is his 22,000-student system located in the suburbs southwest of Kansas City, Mo. The other is the surrounding business community, which Mr. Trigg and other district officials have courted and counted on to support a program he helped found that introduces students to careers that is now being replicated in districts around the country. To learn more about how they are using business and industry partnerships to help students gain access to skills and technology needed to compete for today’s jobs click here.


Missouri District to Offer Teaching Careers Course Next Year To Help ‘Grow’ Teachers Locally (from eMissourian.com)
It is well known that we have experienced recruitment issues in getting young people to pursue a career in agricultural education. This is part of a larger problem as the nation faces a major shortage of teachers in all disciplines in the coming years. To see how one Missouri district is trying to deal with this issue through creating a “CTE” program around K-12 education click here.


DuPont Announces Winner of AgriSCIENCE Award for Teaching Excellence
DuPont announced that Jessica M. Jones, agriscience teacher at Chatham Middle School in Chatham, Va., has been selected to receive the George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher’s Award in recognition of teaching excellence. The award recognizes the top-ranking member of the DuPont National AgriScience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) who demonstrates and advocates inquiry-based science teaching and inspires students to pursue science excellence. Jones received the award at the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) national conference in Chicago, Ill. To see the full press release click here.


Career and Technical Education Should Be the Rule, Not the Exception (From Gallup and the Deseret News)
Tim Hodges, Director of Research for Gallup's Education Practice, recently wrote a blog calling for CTE to be experienced by all students, even those on a college bound track. In his blog he cites powerful statistics that students who have experienced rigorous CTE perform better academically than their counterparts who do not. To read his full blog click here.


Student Michaela Dutson of Utah recently wrote a published piece on why proposed changes in scheduling for her school would make it more difficult for students to experience CTE and that these courses are critical to help her and her classmates prepare for future careers. To see a very interesting student perspective click here.

NAAE


2015 Teach Ag Ambassador Applications -- DUE TODAY!
The application for the National Teach Ag Ambassador program is now available on the Teach Ag website. Click here for more information and to apply.


NAAE Award Applications -- Apply by May 15th!
Applications for the 2015 NAAE Awards are now available online. To apply for an award, you will need to log in to the NAAE website. You must be a current, dues-paying NAAE member to apply. Click here for more information and to begin your application TODAY! Applications are due by May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.
Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) Newsletter -- February 2015
The SAY February newsletter is now available. Catch up on the National Youth Farm and Ranch Safety Symposium, upcoming SAY projects and updates, and much more! Click here for the link.


Equipment & Engine Training Council's Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship
The 2015 Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship Program is for individuals pursuing a certificate or degree in power equipment technology at an EETC accredited school. Applicants can apply online through the EETC website through March 22nd. Click here for more information and to apply.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Monday, March 16th
4:00-4:45pm EST
Topic:  Loan Forgiveness
Presenters: Dr. Steve Brown, USDE and Mr. Matt Kreifels, Nebraska
This webinar is for anyone who wants to know more about state and federal state loan forgiveness programs. Mr. Matt Kreifels from Nebraska will share information on the new privately funded loan forgiveness program just started in Nebraska through a partnership with Nebraska Farm Bureau. Dr. Steve Brown will share information on current Federal loan forgiveness programs. Feel free to send questions ahead of time to ethompson.naae@uky.edu. http://nationalassociationofagriculturaleducators.createsend1.com/t/y-l-ikjhkhy-jrihhkldq-jk/
Click here to register for the webinar.


DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.  For 68 years, this award has been presented to FFA students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic.  To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, Ag Educators should visitDEKALB.com/awards from now until May 1, 2015.


Any questions should be sent toDEKALB.AgAccomplishment@monsanto.com.


CHS High School Scholarship Program -- Applications Due April 1st!
Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships.Click here for more information.


Community of Practice Highlights

CAST


Friday, Mar. 13, 2015: Ag News and Views galore. Readers can also link to a few quirky items, and get a start on a pretty extensive list of important women in livestock development.


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


Register Now: FFA.org Webinar
You’ve visited the new FFA.org, even signed up for an account…now what? Let national FFA staff walk you through the new website so you can get the most out of your online experience and access ready-to-use classroom and educator resources, including the new tool My Journey, that will take some of the stress off of lesson planning. Two webinars will be offered on April 8. Register for the 3-4 p.m. (EDT) webinar here and the 6-7 p.m. (EDT) here. Can’t make it? Each webinar will be recorded and archived for easy access. And be sure to stick around for the informative Q and A session at the end of each webinar.


FFA Chapter Tee Contest: Vote for Your Faves
Vote now for your favorite T-shirt designs in the annual FFA Chapter Tee Contest.  These designs were created by chapters across the country.  The six designs with the most votes will be for sale onshopffa.org beginning in April, with 50 percent of the profits going to the winning chapters. To vote, visit www.ffa.org/chapter-tee-contest.

FFA Alumni


Mark Your Calendars! 2015 FFA Alumni Regional Development Conferences

  • Twin Cities, Minnesota (July 25, 2015)                                 
  • Kansas City, Missouri (November 14, 2015)
  • Dallas, Texas (September 2015)                                                                               
  • Blackfoot, Idaho (December 5, 2015)
  • Killingly, Connecticut (September 26, 2015)

    For more information visit ffa.org. #FFA

ACTE

National Policy Seminar Recap
The 2015 National Policy Seminar was a great success! This year's conference was focused on helping CTE stakeholders gain the skills needed to effectively make the case for CTE with federal policymakers, and to collectively show Congress that CTE is all about building the skills students need for successful futures. Click here for more!

Call for Proposals -- Deadline Extended
ACTE invites you to submit a program session proposal
for ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2015, November 19-22, 2015
at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. All proposals
must be submitted by 5:00 PM EST, on Friday, March 27, 2015.Follow this link for more information.

 

 

 

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March 9, 2015

 

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


May 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX


September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR


September 24
National Teach Ag Day


October 1-3
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN

Past Issues


March 2
February 23
February 16
February 9
February 2

Quote for the Week


"Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own."
-Samuel Johnson


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


Students Grow Veggies for Community Gardens (from Federal Way Mirror)
On an unseasonably warm February day at Decatur High School, agricultural sciences teacher Dan Tedor’s class roams the expansive greenhouse watering the flowers and also the different varieties of vegetables that will soon be transplanted to the Federal Way Community Gardens. Tedor said students have started more than 200 varieties of vegetables from tomatoes, to lettuce, to Swiss chard, to Walla Walla sweet onions. Tedor said students will receive community service credits to go toward their high school graduation requirements for participating in this project.


Projects like these show how service learning can be used to help students apply real world work skills and academic learning. For many, activities like these serve as part of the student’s supervised agricultural experience program when they would not have other options through placement or entrepreneurship. To read the full article about the great work happening at Decatur click here.


5 Places to Look For Farm Grants (from HobbyFarms.com)
Many agricultural educators and their students struggle with how to develop and grow agricultural business ideas in to a reality. If they are like many small-scale beginning farmers, they have stared at a certain piece of their property longing to build a greenhouse, pond or a commercial kitchen, but haven't had the funds to make it happen. One solution to this problem is to seek out grants that will give them the access to capital needed to further the farm operation. State and federal governments, along with colleges and other institutions, set aside funding to help farmers afford the things they need. To learn more and see other information on staring a small agricultural business farm HobbyFarms.com click here.


A New Generation of Dairy Farmers (from Modern Farmer)
In third grade, Sarah Chase was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her answer: a dairy farmer and the president. While the second quest has yet to come to fruition, she did indeed grow up to be a dairy farmer. And she isn’t alone. She is one of several young, female dairy farmers featured in a recently released video series by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC). The videos give a glimpse into the lives of these first-career dairy farmers as they persevere in a business not known for being easy.


They serve as an inspiration to all those who want to be involved in production agriculture but may not have been born on a farm, or think because they are part of an underrepresented population in production agriculture that they cannot find a way to become involved. To read the full story and see the videos click here.

NAAE


Jessica Jones Selected as George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher Award Recipient
Jessica M. Jones, agriscience teacher at Chatham Middle School in Chatham, Va., has been selected to receive the George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher's Award in recognition of teaching excellence! Click here to view her press release.


NAAE Award Applications -- Apply by May 15th!
Applications for the 2015 NAAE Awards are now available online. To apply for an award, you will need to log in to the NAAE website. You must be a current, dues-paying NAAE member to apply. Click here for more information and to begin your application TODAY! Applications are due by May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.


Nominate a Student for the Kohls Cares Scholarship Program
Visit Kohlskids.com and nominate a young volunteer, ages 6-18, who has made a difference in your community. Nominations are being accepted January 30-March 13, 2015. Click here for more information.


Equipment & Engine Training Council's Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship
The 2015 Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship Program is for individuals pursuing a certificate or degree in power equipment technology at an EETC accredited school. Applicants can apply online through the EETC website through March 22nd. Click here for more information and to apply.


2015 Teach Ag Ambassador Applications -- Due March 16th!
The application for the National Teach Ag Ambassador program is now available on the Teach Ag website. Click here for more information and to apply.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Monday, March 16th
4:00-4:45pm EST
Topic:  Loan Forgiveness
Presenters: Dr. Steve Brown, USDE and Mr. Matt Kreifels, Nebraska
This webinar is for anyone who wants to know more about state and federal state loan forgiveness programs. Mr. Matt Kreifels from Nebraska will share information on the new privately funded loan forgiveness program just started in Nebraska through a partnership with Nebraska Farm Bureau. Dr. Steve Brown will share information on current Federal loan forgiveness programs. Feel free to send questions ahead of time to ethompson.naae@uky.edu. http://nationalassociationofagriculturaleducators.createsend1.com/t/y-l-iksild-jrihhkldq-jh/
Click here to register for the webinar.


DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.  For 68 years, this award has been presented to FFA students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic.  To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, Ag Educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards from now until May 1, 2015.


Any questions should be sent toDEKALB.AgAccomplishment@monsanto.com.


Community of Practice Highlights

CAST


Friday, Mar. 6, 2015:  USDA Dietary guidelines are tasty for some, a stomach ache for others. Readers also get the usual mix of ag policy, ag information, and ag oddities—including a fun look at skiing behind horses.


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


My Journey—Your “Go To” Place!
Log into FFA.org and visit My Journey from your dashboard  for turnkey lessons and timely resources for instructor use in the classroom, FFA chapter and supervised agricultural experience program.  Students are provided with resources to learn and grow as an individual while preparing for the future.  Check it out today!

FFA Alumni


Mark Your Calendars! 2015 FFA Alumni Regional Development Conferences

  • Twin Cities, Minnesota (July 25, 2015)                                 
  • Kansas City, Missouri (November 14, 2015)
  • Dallas, Texas (September 2015)                                                                               
  • Blackfoot, Idaho (December 5, 2015)
  • Killingly, Connecticut (September 26, 2015)

    For more information visit ffa.org. #FFA

ACTE

Call for Proposals
ACTE invites you to submit a program session proposal
for ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2015, November 19-22, 2015
at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. All proposals
must be submitted by 5:00 PM EST, on Friday, March 13, 2015.Follow this link for more information.

 

 

 

 

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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


May 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX


September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR


September 24
National Teach Ag Day


October 1-3
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN

Past Issues


February 23
February 16
February 9
February 2
January 26

Quote for the Week


"The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale and pays the freight both ways."
-John F. Kennedy


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


A New Network for Women in Agriculture
Recently Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary for USDA, announced through her blog an effort to start a community for women leaders in agriculture. As a part of this effort she has announced the creation of the Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network. This newly established network is designed to support and engage women across all areas of agriculture and to foster professional partnerships between women with shared backgrounds, interests, and professional goals. This network is also meant to support a new generation of female leadership for agriculture. Agricultural educators should consider engaging with this network and encouraging the young women in their programs to begin building professional relationships now. To learn more click here.


Best College Majors If You Want a Job After Graduation, Agriculture and Education Among the Top 3 (from The Washington Post)
Wondering what to major in? If you're a college student wondering what you'll do after you graduate, it might be good to know that young workers with degrees in agriculture, mining, teaching and medicine are in high demand. So are those who studied physics or chemistry. But if you major in architecture or a social science, you might find it hard to get a job when you graduate. That's all according to a new report from researchers at Georgetown University. Especially noteworthy for agricultural education audiences is that careers in agriculture and education are at the top of the list for lowest unemployment rates among recent college graduates. The next time a parent or colleague laments students making a choice to major in these fields this report provides good statistics to help the young person stay confident in their decision. To read the full article click here. To see the full report of the study click here.


Modernizing today’s CTE classroom (from Smart Blog on Education)
In a recent blog from Walter Taylor, an agricultural educator at Plymouth High School, he relates how CTE has captured the attention of major education advocates, media organizations and our nation’s legislators by showing a growing understanding that our workforce is hungry for the next generation of highly-trained workers. He also shares how if CTE is going to deliver on the promise of creating a trained workforce for current and future jobs it is time to invest in the resources and facilities we utilize in these programs so that the skills and technology our students are exposed to are relevant. To read the full blog and see more of his ideas click here.

FFA


Now Live: Your New FFA Online Experience!
Visit FFA.org today to see the National FFA Organization’s new and improved website, including the new FFA Brand Center, which provides the tools and information you need to promote FFA. To learn more about the refreshed FFA emblem that’s featured on the site, visit here.


Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) Registration
Advisors – you will be able to register a quantity of students during the registration process for 2015!  You will then have three (3) days to complete the individual information for each student.  This change will allow for faster registration times and give you longer to collect and complete information.


Registration will go live the afternoon (Eastern Time), Tuesday, March 3.  You will need to log-in at www.ffa.org in order to access the registration link either on your dashboard links or on the WLC conference page.  Questions?  wlc@ffa.org or 317-802-6060.

NAAE


NAAE Award Applications are Now Available
Applications for the 2015 NAAE Awards are now available online. To apply for an award, you will need to log in to the NAAE website. You must be a current, dues-paying NAAE member to apply. Click here for more information and to begin your application TODAY! Applicaitons are due by May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.


Nominate a Student for the Kohls Cares Scholarship Program
Visit Kohlskids.com and nominate a young volunteer, ages 6-18, who has made a difference in your community. Nominations are being accepted January 30-March 13, 2015. Click here for more information.


Equipment & Engine Training Council's Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship
The 2015 Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship Program is for individuals pursuing a certificate or degree in power equipment technology at an EETC accredited school. Applicants can apply online through the EETC website through March 22nd. Click here for more information and to apply.


2015 Teach Ag Ambassador Applications Now Live
The application for the National Teach Ag Ambassador program is now available on the Teach Ag website. Click here for more information and to apply. Applications are due March 16th.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Monday, March 16th
4:00-4:45pm EST
Topic:  Loan Forgiveness
Presenters: Dr. Steve Brown, USDE and Mr. Matt Kreifels, Nebraska
This webinar is for anyone who wants to know more about state and federal state loan forgiveness programs. Mr. Matt Kreifels from Nebraska will share information on the new privately funded loan forgiveness program just started in Nebraska through a partnership with Nebraska Farm Bureau. Dr. Steve Brown will share information on current Federal loan forgiveness programs. Feel free to send questions ahead of time to ethompson.naae@uky.edu. http://nationalassociationofagriculturaleducators.createsend1.com/t/y-l-ihuihlt-jrihhkldq-ju/
Click here to register for the webinar.


DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.  For 68 years, this award has been presented to FFA students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. 


To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, Ag Educators should visitDEKALB.com/awards from now until May 1, 2015.Any questions should be sent toDEKALB.AgAccomplishment@monsanto.com.


Community of Practice Highlights

CAST

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015: Nobody seems neutral about Net Neutrality, as the FCC adopts new rules. Readers also get the usual mix of ag policy, ag information, and ag oddities—including several stories about the big chill this winter and its affect on animals.

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 Alumni

Modified Hours Business Hours
Beginning Feb. 2, national alumni staff will be available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST on the first and third Mondays of every month (holidays and the weeks of the National FFA Alumni Development Conference and the National FFA Convention & Expo excluded).

Call 317-802-4204 with your questions on membership, rosters, chartering, reactivating, conferences, tax exempt status, awards applications and more and someone will be happy to assist you. We look forward to hearing from you, FFA alumni!

ACTE

Call for Proposals
ACTE invites you to submit a program session proposal
for ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2015, November 19-22, 2015
at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. All proposals
must be submitted by 5:00 PM EST, on Friday, March 13, 2015.Follow this link for more information.