Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 6/1/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jun 1, 2015


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June 1, 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

June 21-24
NAAE Region II Leadership Conference
Rogers, AR

June 22-26
NAAE Region VI Leadership Conference
Rehoboth Beach, DE

June 22-24
NAAE Region V Leadership Conference
Orlando, FL

June 23-25
NAAE Region IV Leadership Conference
Moline, IL

June 29-July 2
NAAE Region III Leadership Conference
Scottsbluff, NE

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

May 18
May 11
May 4
April 27
April 20

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

The Classrooms Where Students Are In Charge (from
West Virginia's Simulated Workplace initiative lets students create businesses, and is transforming career and technical education. Employers in West Virginia don't just want workers with technical skills. They want workers who'll show up on time, work in teams, and pass a drug test. So to teach both technical and so-called 'soft' skills, the state has redesigned career and technical education classes. By the 2016-2017 academic year, every CTE class in the state will operate as a student-run, simulated business. To read more click here.

Feature Length Film Showing How Modern Ag Practices Can Fight Hunger Released (from Hoosier Ag Today)
A new feature film, The Ivy League Farmer, tells the story of a father and son in conflict over the use of modern technology and the future of the family dairy farm. It’s also a love story that explores a small town’s concern about local kids not getting enough to eat. Diamond V is using The Ivy League Farmer in a non-profit initiative to raise funds to help feed local kids in need. The company is sponsoring the film’s premiere showings, June 5-7, at Theatre Cedar Rapids in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Diamond V believes that family entertainment like The Ivy League Farmer can raise public awareness about hunger, modern technology, and the farmers who devote their lives to meeting the growing need for food. To learn more and see a preview click here.

Skills based Hiring is Gaining Traction (from
Most employers face challenges when seeking workers trained in science, technology, engineering and math, but a  program in Albuquerque, NM to assess worker job qualifications based on their skills rather than educational achievement may help alleviate the problem. The strategy’s novel focus on “skills-based hiring” rather than formal education represents a radical break from traditional hiring practices, but it could help to at least partially crack the local and national bottleneck in graduating a STEM-trained workforce, which has created major challenges for employers in New Mexico and other states to fill degree-qualified jobs. To read more click here.


Culver’s Announces New FFA Essay Contest
From FFA Share Nights to painted Blue Barns, Culver’s Thank You Farmers program has raised over half a million dollars in support of agricultural education. Because without America’s farm families providing the fresh ingredients Culver's so proudly serves, the restaurants would not be where they are today. To share their gratitude Culver’s is giving away $10,000 to send an FFA chapter on a dream trip to the National FFA Convention & Expo. To enter the Culver’s FFA Essay Contest, visit Contest ends July 31, 2015 at 5 p.m. CT and the chapter selected to receive the prize will be notified by August 31, 2015.

Apply Now: Convention and Expo Newsroom Crew
The National FFA Organization is looking for college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 28 - 31, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. Visitthis link to apply.

Watch Now: National FFA Convention & Expo Educational Video
Need a good resource that shows the educational importance of the National FFA Convention & Expo? Visit to watch a video that showcases the activities that reinforce the FFA mission. The video is also hosted here.

National FFA Convention & Expo 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.

Apply Now: National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you have an FFA member who excels in career development events and also has time to march in the school band? Or perhaps you know of a member who performs each year at your annual banquet? Encourage them to share their talents with other FFA members from across the country! National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent applications are now available on Band, chorus and talent are three groups that offer a unique opportunity for members to exhibit their musical talents in addition to their love for agriculture! Applications are due by Friday, July 10. Click here for more details.

2015 Scholarship Results Are In!
In 2015, 127 businesses and individuals provided scholarships designed to fit a wide variety of student experiences, career goals and higher education plans.  More than 7,100 students applied.  The National FFA Organization awarded a record 2,152 scholarships valued at over $2.7 million dollars!

A list of recipients is now available on  Click Participate then Grants & Scholarships for a link to the current year Scholarship Results.  Recipients are located first by their high school state, then alphabetically by student last name.

Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May.  Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1 should email

Information for the 2016 scholarship program will be available Nov. 15, 2015.

Reminder: Important Shop FFA Invoice Change Coming Soon
Effective Aug. 1, Shop FFA customer invoices will be sent as merchandise is shipped as opposed to a single invoice being sent once all shipments for an order have been shipped.  If an order is shipped from multiple locations, an invoice will be sent for each shipment once that portion of the order has shipped and a shipment confirmation has been sent. In addition, if an order includes a backordered item, an invoice will also be sent once the backordered item is shipped. We do understand that some schools may not be able to issue payment until all invoices for the order have been received.  If you have any questions, contact


NAAE Workshop Proposals -- DUE FRIDAY, JUNE 5TH
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2015 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 17-21, 2015, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education.  Request for Proposals are due June 5, 2015.  To find out more and to submit your proposal, click HERE.

NAAE Virtual Book Club -- SIGN UP BY JUNE 3RD!
The NAAE Virtual Book Club is a fun new way for agricultural educators to personalize their professional development. NAAE members can participate in the Virtual Book Club and earn up to 5 hours of professional development credit or CEU's. This summer, the NAAE Virtual Book Club will read Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. Click here for more information and to register.

2014 National Teach Ag Campaign Annual Report Now Available
The 2014 Teach Ag Annual Report is now available on the Teach Ag website.  Teach Ag had another productive year in 2014, from the implementation of the STAR program to the very successful fifth annual National Teach Ag Day celebration.

National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Opportunities -- Start NOW so YOU can be Featured on Teach Ag Day!
The sixth annual National Teach Ag Day celebration will take place on Thursday, September 24. There are several opportunities for preservice teachers to participate and celebrate, including a Collegiate Video Contest. Follow this link for more information and get started planning your celebration today!

Community of Practice Highlights

And don't forget to check out the Vets on Call antibiotics playlist on the front page of Communities of Practice! Stay updated on current antibiotic issues in animal science.


Friday, May 29, 2015: EPA water rules get mixed reactions; the dietary guidelines cause a stir; and the Peterson family has a new parody—“Takin’ Care of Livestock.” 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

Big Data Needed to Move Forward
The National FFA Alumni identified an increased need for data collection to more effectively provide factual information. The outcomes of the data will increase advocacy at local, state and national levels. It will provide a broader look at the volunteers and total dollars provided a broader look at volunteers and total dollars provided to sustain and grow local programs and students. For more information on how you make data collection a success, visit