Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 3/30/15

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March 30, 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 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


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.

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 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. 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


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.


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.