Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 6/29/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jun 29, 2015


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June 29, 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 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

June 22
June 15
June 8
June 1
May 18

Quote for the Week

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand."
-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

Idaho Board of Education Considers New College Admission Proposal (from
Idaho education officials want to flip the traditional college admission process around in order to boost the state's dismal college attendance rates. The State Board of Education listened to a new proposal that recommended alerting qualified high school seniors that they have been accepted to all eight of Idaho's colleges and universities rather than wait for application results. The students would still need to fill out paperwork and a pay a fee to secure a spot at their school of choice, but the money would eventually be credited back on their tuition bill. Pre-qualification for acceptance would be based on grade point average, total school credits and SAT scores. However, officials are still working with college provosts to determine the minimum standards as well as how to avoid capacity issues in the event too many students select primarily just one university. To read more click here.

When It Comes to Getting a Job, Americans Believe Skills Trump College (from The Atlantic)
Earn a college degree, and you’ll set yourself up for life: a stable job, salary, and mortgage. That was the old adage for generation after generation, following World War II. Yet, both young and old workers no longer hold the same abiding faith in the power of four-year degree, according to the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll. Instead, understanding computer technology, working well with different types of people, keeping your skills current, and having good family connections trump the importance of college—at least, when it comes to people’s notions of what it takes to succeed in the modern workplace. Just 55 percent of those 18-24 years old in the poll thought that a four-year degree was “very important” for a good career. Among older respondents, 53 percent agreed. To learn more click here.

Agriculture Industry Looks to Recruit Students: A Perspective from Minnesota (from
Each year between 2015-20, agriculture and its related industries expect about 60,000 new jobs to open to bachelor's degree graduates, according to a joint study between Purdue University and USDA. However, the study found college students graduating with a relevant degree each year would fill just more than half of those jobs, about 35,000. As a result, agriculture students at the university level are finding internships and jobs more easily than the average college students. To learn more about how stakeholders in Minnesota are coming together to meet the need of the state’s dynamic agriculture industry click here.


New Guide Highlights Award-winning FFA Chapters
Read how 46 FFA chapters developed a well-planned and well-executed Program of Activities in the new FFA Chapter Success Guide (formerly known as the Chapter Innovators’ Guide). The guide features stories from Model of Excellence, Model of Innovation and Outstanding Middle School Chapter finalists and winners.

FFA Names New Board Members
Three new members have been named to the National FFA Organization Board of Directors. Read more about them by clicking on their names: Jason Hughes from West Virginia, Buddy Deimler from Utah and Jonathan Ulmer from Texas.

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. To apply, visit, scroll to the bottom of the webpage and click on Careers at FFA. Click on Available Jobs and look for the Newsroom Crew Interns – 2015 National Convention & Expo link.

Reminder: Important Shop FFA Invoice Change Coming Soon
If you order with purchase orders within Shop FFA (most state FFA associations and FFA chapters), then this important message is for you.
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

Cool Summer Savings from La Quinta
La Quinta Inns & Suites is offering 10 percent off your stay! FFA friends, families, sponsors - anyone can use the code NAFFA for the discount, and a portion of the proceeds goes to support FFA. The code can be used at participating La Quinta locations. Book now

FFA Alumni

National Award Applications Due July 1
Has your FFA Alumni Affiliate been very busy this year doing great things at the local level? Then make sure to apply for the national awards by July 1st. These awards are a great way to reward your volunteers and give others the inspiration to do more. All applications can be found online by logging into Click here to get started.


USDA New and Beginning Farmer and Rancher Conference Call -- July 6th
The USDA New and Beginning Farmer and Rancher program is interested in growing the number of people who choose farming or ranching as a career. As part of an upcoming website update, they are preparing to add a section oriented to reach youth who are interested in becoming farmers and ranchers.

There will be a brainstorming conference call on Monday, July 6th from 4-4:45pm EDT. If you would like to participate, click here for the call-in information. If you are unable to participate in the conference call, but would still like to give your input, email your ideas to Julie Fritsch.

NAAE Convention -- Early Bird Registration through July 10th
Make sure to mark you calendar November 17-21 for NAAE Convention in New Orleans! Book your registration now to take advantage of the early bird rate!

Community of Practice Highlights

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


Friday, June 26, 2015: Ag debates include “facts” from opposing sides—the result can be Schizoid Syndrome. This week’s stories include government rulings, student programs, and Klingenberg’s parody honoring dogs and mimicking Taylor Swift. 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).


President Obama Authorizes National CTE Scholars Program
President Obama and his administration will now recognize up to 20 students who have achieved excellence in their education and at the same time build greater prestige and public support for CTE programs. The first group of U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE will be nominated in spring 2016. Click here to read more.