Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 3/9/2015

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March 9, 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

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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
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 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.


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 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
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 from now until May 1, 2015.

Any questions should be sent

Community of Practice Highlights


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).


My Journey—Your “Go To” Place!
Log into 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


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.