Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 7/6/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jul 6, 2015

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July 6, 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

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 29
June 22
June 15
June 8
June 1

Quote for the Week

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
-Frederick Douglass

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

Infographic Available from ACTE: College and Career Ready Through CTE
CTE benefits high school students by teaching skills to help them build careers, offering real-world examples that bring academics to life and providing the chance to work as part of a team, among other benefits, according to results from the latest ACTE-My College Options® nationwide survey of CTE students and educators.  To see the infographic and use it to tell the story of CTE and its benefits to your community and school leaders click here.

Superwheat Kernza Could Save Our Soil and Feed Us Well (from Civil Eats)
The new grain variety from the Land Institute is derived from an ancient form of intermediate wheatgrass, a perennial that is actually a distant relative of wheat. And there’s a widespread team of researchers hoping their work will pave the way for an entirely new form of food. In development for well over a decade, Kernza is now being grown in test plots around the world, and a host of scientists, food retailers, bakers, and distillers are collaborating to help bring it to consumers. Kernza is perennial, meaning it can be grown year-round, with roots that live on in the ground through winter. Researchers hope that the grain can provide an abundant food source that aids in sustainability by reducing carbon emissions and reducing soil erosion among other potential benefits. To learn more click here.

Millions Available to Help Connect Retiring Landowners with New Farmers (from NSAC)
Access to farmland remains one of the most difficult challenges that new farmers face when looking to start farming. Fortunately, since 2008, there has been a federal incentive program that encourages retiring landowners to sell or lease long term to new and underserved farmers. The Transition Incentives Program (TIP) is an option for farmers and landowners enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) who both have land expiring from CRP and who intend to retire from farming that particular land. To learn more click here.


Join us TODAY for the USDA New and Beginning Farmer and Rancher Conference Call
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!

Ag Teacher Positions Go Begging (from Agri-View)
Hundreds of agriculture-teacher positions are going unfilled across the United States because not enough students are choosing to be agricultural educators. Click here to read more.

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.


National Officer Nominating Committee Nominations Are Open!
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committeerepresentative? Submit them to FFA by July 15 for consideration.  Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.

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

Presidential Scholars Program Expands to include Career and Technical Education
As part of an executive order by President Barack Obama, career and technical education students will now be able to be designated as U.S. Presidential Scholars. To read more, click here.


The Morrill Act: 153 Years of Innovations for American Agriculture
July in America.  It is summer time and school’s out. It is about vacations and maybe a trip to the beach. It is Independence Day—the 4th of July—and parades and fireworks.  It is about barbecues, hotdogs, and burgers. 2015 marks America’s 239th birthday. July is also the month for another important birthday in America—passage of the Morrill Act on July 2, 1862, which established the land-grant university system, ensuring access to education for all people. Click here to read more.

USDA Program Helps High School Students Realize Ag Jobs are Everywhere
Here at the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), one of the many benefits of creating marketing opportunities for ag businesses is seeing first-hand how the industry supports 1 in 12 jobs all over the country. In addition to feeding the world, the ag industry continues to be the strong backbone in our nation’s economy – in both rural and urban areas. To help continue this trend, we set out to groom the next generation of ag leaders. To read more, click here.