Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 3/2/2015

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Mar 2, 2015


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March 2, 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

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.


Now Live: Your New FFA Online Experience!
Visit 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 in order to access the registration link either on your dashboard links or on the WLC conference page.  Questions? or 317-802-6060.


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 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
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 from now until May 1, 2015.Any questions should be sent

Community of Practice Highlights


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!


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.