Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 9/14/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Sep 14, 2015


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September 14, 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

February 5 - 9, 2016
Southern Region AAAE Conference
San Antonio, TX

May 17-20, 2016
National AAAE Conference
Kansas City, MO

Past Issues

August 31
August 24
August 17
August 10
August 3

Quote for the Week

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
-Henry Adams

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Andrea Fristoe , NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

The CouncilStates Active in CTE Policy in 2015 (from ACTE and National Skills Coalition)
Middle-skill jobs that require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree make up the largest part of the skilled labor market. Yet employers in key industries can’t always find enough trained workers to fill these jobs. In 2015, numerous states enacted legislation to address the needs of workers and employers and close this middle-skill gap. States increased access to career pathways and set policies to support job-driven training. Others took steps to implement the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which became effective on July 1, 2015. To view a quick brief of state policy efforts in CTE click here, or to view a detailed round up of efforts from the National Skills Coalition click here.

The Next Generation of Women in Agriculture (from Brownfield News)
A network for women in agriculture is empowering females in a male-dominated industry to lead. USDA Deputy Secretary Kyrsta Harden has been meeting with women across the country. “Sometimes women can feel isolated,” she said. “Frankly, in their own communities there might not be someone just like them farming or ranching and they would like to know how somebody else is coping.” Harden says more women are starting careers in agriculture and will be inheriting land. She says those women need to be valued and have their voices heard. Harden has created a network to connect women and women leaders to serve as mentors.  Those interested in the network can email to get connected. To hear moreclick here.

Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators to Host SAE Symposium October-9-10; Event Open to All States Who Can Attend
The Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators and The Penn State University Center for Professional Personnel Development will host a symposium on SAE record keeping & FFA award applications entitled, "Growing SAE Participation Through Education," October 9-10, 2015 in Harrisburg, PA. The event is open to educators from outside Pennsylvania who would like to make the trip.The symposium will be led by Dr. Roger D. Hanagriff, The Agricultural Experience Tracker and Continuing Education Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. Participants completing all case studies, successful reporting and passing an assessment score will become certified AET records professionals. Each participant will be provided with class lessons for students, educational curriculum and SAE grading rubrics. Registration is due by September 15th. For more information email PSU/PAAE SAE Specialist Carole Fay,


National Teach Ag Day
Join us on Thursday, September 24th, as we celebrate National Teach Ag Day. Our live webcast will stream from the American Farm Bureau Building in Washington, D.C. from 1:45-4:00pm EDT. Click here for more information and for ideas to help plan your own celebration.

National Corn Growers Association William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship
Five $1,000 scholarships are available to students entering at least their second undergraduate year (or any year of graduate school) pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an agricultural, agribusiness, or an ag vocation field. Applications must be postmarked on or before December 11, 2015. Click here to apply.

National FFA Officer Candidate Webinar -- Date Change
Tuesday, September 29
7:00pm-7:45pm EDT
College students running for National FFA Office are encouraged to attend this webinar, which will focus on the agriculture teacher shortage. Find out what the National Teach Ag Campaign is doing to address the shortage.
Click here to join the meeting on October 1st.

National Teach Ag Day Media Kit -- Now Available
Are you getting ready for your National Teach Ag Day celebration? Visit the Teach Ag website for information and media releases to use in your program to promote National Teach Ag Day.

Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Teach Ag Ambassadors (Avengers)
November 16, 2015
4:00-4:45pm EST
Presenters: Dr. Daniel Foster, Penn State University and Pam Rowland, Missouri STAR Program Coordinator
Click here to register by 2pm EST on November 16th.

Syngenta Grant Offers Free Vegetable Seed to All Eligible Applicants - Due Tomorrow!
Syngenta's Grow More Vegetables Seed Grant Program is intended to encourage the establishment of gardens by schools and organizations across the United States. All eligible grant applicants will receive vegetable seed, while grant recipients receive seed plus supplies and a monetary award. Follow this link for more information.

Fulbright Distinguised Awards in Teaching Program
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program provides funding for highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level educators to take part in an intensive professional development program for three to six months abroad. The application deadline is November 4, 2015. For more information, please follow this link.

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.


Culver’s Essay Contest Winner Announced
Hailey Hampton of the Mackay, Idaho FFA chapter has won the Culver’s Essay contest winning $10,000 for her chapter to use for traveling to the National FFA Convention. The announcement was made earlier this month in a surprise award ceremony at her high school. Culver’s and the National FFA Foundation wish to thank all students that participated by submitting an essay.

National FFA Officer Team Launches #SpeakAg Challenge
Recently, the National FFA Officer Team launched the #SpeakAg Challenge, which aims to bring the importance of agricultural advocacy and literacy to the forefront. All FFA members have an opportunity to take part in the eight-week #SpeakAg Challenge. Students will be encouraged to share their agricultural advocacy efforts by posting videos, photos, experiences and stories on social media, and they’ll have an opportunity to win #SpeakAg gear. The national officers also hope consumers, the agriculture community and others will embrace the #SpeakAg message to be a catalyst for healthy dialogues around food production. Be watching for more information about #SpeakAg to help everyone tell our agriculture and FFA story.

Updated Official FFA Manual Now Available
The latest editions of the English and Spanish Official FFA Manuals are now available on Visit here to access them. The print edition of the English version is available for purchase on Shop FFA.

Judges needed for National FFA Convention & Expo
If you or someone you know will be in Louisville, Ky., Oct 29-31 and are interested in volunteering on Wednesday, Oct. 28 and/or Thursday, Oct. 29 during the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo, click here.

FFA History at the Click of a Mouse
Sept. 19 marks the ten-year anniversary of when the National FFA Organization officially opened its archives at the Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Library. You don't have to travel to Indianapolis to take advantage of this gem. Visit the archives onlineto see historical FFA images, documents, searchable records and more.


Apply for a CASE Grant from DuPont Pioneer
For the third year in a row, DuPont Pioneer is offering grants to public and private schools and universities to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2015-2016 school year. Teachers can apply for grants up to $5,000 for implementing the CASE program in their schools, including teacher training and classroom resources. Applications must include a brief description of the agriscience program at the school, other CASE certified teachers, and how this grant will impact agriscience education. A letter of support from the district superintendent is also required.

To apply for a DuPont Pioneer Grant, complete the application here.

The deadline to apply for the DuPont Pioneer Grant is October 30, 2015. To request more information or if you have questions, please contact

FFA Alumni

Register for Convention
Registration is now open for National FFA Alumni. All FFA Alumni need to register for the National FFA Convention and Expo to access FFA Alumni events. No additional tickets are required for FFA Alumni events. Click here to register today!


Friday, Sept. 11, 2015: Economic clouds gather in many sectors of U.S. agriculture. Congress faces several key ag issues, farm germs might be good for you, and see what happens in a dog versus Roomba tussle. 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).


Farm to School Grants New Report
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of a new report that shows that USDA's Farm to School Grant Program, established and funded through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, has helped 12,300 schools improve nutritious meal options made with local ingredients for 6.9 million students, while expanding market opportunities for family farmers and ranchers in their communities.Read more.