Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor --7/20/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jul 20, 2015

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July 20, 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

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Quote for the Week

"Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally."
-David Frost

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The Council

USDA Releases Report Highlighting New Innovations In Agriculture (from USDA)
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced a new report on discoveries by USDA researchers that have led to new patents and inventions with the potential for commercial application and potential economic growth. USDA innovations included in this annual report range from USDA supported research that could offer solutions for millions who suffer allergies from peanuts and wheat to safe mosquito control that can help halt the transmission of diseases they spread, and others. "USDA has a proven track record of performing research that has tangible benefits for the American public, and studies have found every dollar invested in agricultural research returns $20 to our economy," said Secretary Vilsack. To learn more click here .To access a full report on USDA’s technology transfer program click here.

New Federal Bill Seeks to Help Young Farmers Succeed  (from The Register-Star online)
New and Beginning Farmers looking to break into the agriculture industry could soon be getting some extra help courtesy of the Young Farmer Success Act of 2015.The bill would help new farmers with managing their student loan debt by adding them to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. The Young Farmer Success Act of 2015 would allow a farmer to see the balance of their student loans forgiven after making 10 years of income-based student loan payments. This would free up capital for farmers to acquire land and equipment. The bill requires a qualified farm to earn a minimum of $35,000 in revenue for the farmer in order to be eligible for loan forgiveness. To learn more click here.

Why We Need Apprenticeship Programs for High School Students(from Education Week and The Society for Human Resources Management)
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is planning to establish an apprenticeship program based on the Swiss vocational education model. The U.S. and Switzerland on July 9, 2015, signed a Joint Declaration of Intent to collaborate on this venture and to exchange policy information and best practices in vocational education and training. The Swiss model pays students as they learn, producing highly skilled employees for an expansive range of occupations, including those in the information technology, advanced manufacturing and health care fields, as well as in traditional trades and crafts. In Switzerland, students as young as 15 sign 3- or 4-year contracts with an employer’s apprenticeship program, which pays them as they learn skills, according to Martin Dahinden, Swiss ambassador to the U.S. Two-thirds of 16-year-olds in Switzerland choose to start their careers via an apprenticeship as they attend school. The average monthly pay during the first year of an apprenticeship is $800 and increases the following year; certain apprenticeships pay more than others.

To learn more click here.To read a blog by Heather Singmaster of The Asia Society about how such a program is imperative if the U.S. wants to truly close its skills gap and remain globally competitive click here.

National Council for Agricultural Education Announces Recent Board of Directors Changes
On July 1, 2015 Nancy Trivette, program leader for agricultural education in New Jersey, officially began a three year term on the Council Board representing ACTE. She replaces Dr. James Flowers, department head for agricultural and extension education at North Carolina State University, who had represented ACTE since 2012. The Council is very excited to have Nancy once again serving the organization and is extremely thankful for the outstanding leadership and service provided by Dr. Flowers during his three year term. A current list of Council board members can be found here.


Upper Division Scholarship Recipients Announced
Fifteen future agricultural educators have been selected to receive the NAAE Upper Division Scholarship. Selected recipients will receive a $750 award to be used for expenses while student teaching in agriculture. This scholarship is sponsored by Cengage Learning | National Geographic Learning. Click here to see this year's recipients and to view their news releases.

DuPont Ag Academy Selects 48 Outstanding Teachers
Through the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA), DuPont  invited 48 of the nation’s finest agricultural science teachers to the company’s Chesapeake Farms in Chestertown, Md. Invited teachers learned new teaching techniques in order to elevate their students’ agriscience educational experience in classrooms.Click here for the full press release.

2015 Professional State Association Award Applicatons -- Due September 1st
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession. Click here for more information and to apply.

Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Teach Ag VIP Campus Day
August 19, 2015
3:45-4:45pm EDT
Presenters: Dr. Amy Smith, University of Minnesota and Dr. Allen Talbert, Purdue University
Click here to register by August 18th.

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.


Indianapolis Selected as National FFA Convention & Expo Host Through 2024
The National FFA Organization announced recently that it will be moving its National FFA Convention & Expo to Indianapolis for 2016-2024. Read more here.

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


Friday, July 17, 2015: Water might be the biggest issue of the next decade, and agriculture is heavily affected. Pigs fly, party, and play in the Far Side stories. 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).