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Monday Morning Monitor -- 3/23/15

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March 23, 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

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 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.


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
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

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


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).


Register Now: Webinar
You’ve visited the new, 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 Questions about the program or application can be sent to Ryan Amaral,, or Lindsey Calhoun,


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 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


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.