Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 7/27/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jul 27, 2015


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July 27, 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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"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning."
-Brad Henry

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To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council

Boosting K-12 Agriculture Education & Its Relation to STEM (from Education World)
Agriculture isn?t always at the top of the list when it comes to talking about STEM education for grades K-12 but a recent paper published by the AGree Food and Agriculture policy center, directly links the two in perfect harmony. ?While applauding renewed interest in attracting young people to careers in science and technology, known as STEM disciplines, the paper also suggests that U.S. competitiveness would be well-served by linking food and Ag education to STEM programs,? according to Farm Futures. To read the full article click here. To access a the paper ?Food and Agriculture Education in the United States? click here.

A recent report details 15 innovations in agriculture that could have significant impact on the world and when we may see them in the commercial marketplace. These innovations will play a major role for all those about to enter the world of agricultural production and the associated industry.  To learn more click here.

Career Pathways: An Imperative for States (from CTE Policy Watch)
Eight actions for building rigorous, relevant career pathways and increasing young adults? educational attainment are recommended by the Southern Regional Education Board?s (SREB?s) Commission on CTE in a new publication. The SREB Commission on CTE is composed of a variety of state education leaders and state lawmakers. To see a listing of their recommended actions and connect to their full report click here.

1890s Land Grant Schools Celebrate 125th  (from Brownfield Ag News)
This is the 125th anniversary of the founding of the nation?s historically black colleges and universities and celebrations were held recently in Washington, DC. These Land-Grant institutions were established with the signing of the second Morrill Act in 1890 and they have a commitment to agriculture. Several leaders of these schools testified before the House Ag Committee this week, including Dr. George C. Wright of Prairie View A & M University in Texas, who says students and faculty are actively engaged in agriculture research. ?That includes but is not limited to increasing the shelf life of dairy products, protecting fruits against sun rays, advancing knowledge in the use of medicinal plants to improve health, securing water resources and developing strategies to enhance watershed functions in a sustainable way.? A celebration was also held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. For more information and to share with your students the history and work of 1890?s Land Grant Institutions click here.


Announcing the 2015-16 National FFA Theme: Amplify
FFA members amplify their voice when it comes to speaking about agriculture and letting others know the importance of agriculture in today?s world. This is the perfect time to show your community how FFA members live the FFA motto: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.

The new theme will be used this fall at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo and during 2016 National FFA Week. Together, FFA members amplify their voice in educating others on the importance of agriculture and the importance of growing our resources in the food, fiber and natural resources industry as it impacts our quality of life. Click here to watch the #AMPLIFYFFA reveal.

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


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.


Friday, July 24, 2015: The House passes a GMO labeling bill, water issues loom large, and a surfer has a close encounter with a shark. 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

National FFA Alumni Council Applications 
Do you have an FFA Alumni member in your area that you think could make a difference at the National level? Then make sure you encourage them to apply for an open position on the National FFA Alumni Council. To read more about the FFA Alumni Council and to download the application click here. Applications are due to National FFA by August 1, 2015.

Regional FFA Alumni Development Conference-Irving, Texas
Registration is now open for this RDC. This conference will take place on Saturday, September 12. This all day conference is great way to get the important information you need to make your local affiliate the best FFA Alumni it can be. Agenda for the conference as well as the link to registration can be found by clicking here. For more information on the conference contact Joshua Rusk at


#WomeninAg: Want a Chance to Go to the White House?
In September, the White House will recognize young women who are leading and inspiring their communities as advocates, peer-mentors, artists, innovators, and entrepreneurs as Champions of Change. Nominations for the Champion of Change for Young Women Empowering Communities are due by Wednesday, July 29 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Click here for more information.