Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 9/21/15

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September 21, 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 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

September 14
August 31
August 24
August 17
August 10

Quote for the Week

"The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life."
-Arthur Keith

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 Council

Teachers and Students Testify About Demand for Ag Educators(from Farm and Dairy)
A group of ag educators and students made suggestions to the Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee Aug. 26, about ways to help close the teacher shortage gap. Over the past few years, the demand for high school agriculture educators has increased, due to a multitude of factors that include changes to the state funding structure for technical education, re-assignment of existing high school ag teachers, retirement of ag teachers, and changes within ag curriculum itself, which now attracts a more diverse group of students. To learn more about what they shared with legislators click here.

Making Sense of the Complex World of Career-Training Programs(from Education Week)
For many of us, making sense of the postsecondary space between high school and a community college degree can be daunting. What's the difference between a certification and a certificate, for instance? Helping students navigate their way from a diploma to further training or education can get complicated very quickly. Most school counselors don't have deep training in college advising, and most have even less training in how to help students figure out career-training choices. Beyond the world of two- and four-year college options, however, lies a wide array of choices that can produce licenses, certificates, or certifications. Many of those pathways can open doors to jobs that pay well. To learn more about how to distinguish between all the terminology and better advise students click here.

Nebraska High School Offers Unique Ag Training Program (from Brownfield News)
York (Nebraska) High School, in partnership with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA), is offering a new dual credit agricultural training program to its students. In addition to their regular studies, YHS students can work on two-year job certification programming in the areas of chemical application, diversified agriculture, or irrigation technology. Upon completion, they will receive a two-year work certificate from NCTA. To learn more click here.

Student Loan Help as Valuable to Employees as a 401(k) Plan(from
Student loans competing with 401(k)s? They already do when it comes to saving, but now it could go a step further. It’s no surprise that people are leaving school and entering the workplace positively inundated with debt from all those student loans. A study from iontuition has shown that those loans are such a burden that many borrowers would rather work for a company that helps them manage those loans as part of its benefit package. This could be valuable as we look at the teacher crisis and how benefits packages could be changed to meet the needs of younger workers as opposed to the current system that was created to meet the needs of baby boomers. To read more click here.


National Teach Ag Day Celebration
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 about the live webcast and for ideas to help plan your own celebration.

National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Commerical Contest
Vote now for your favorite collegiate commerical contest as a part of the National Teach Ag Day celebration. The video with the most views by 11:59pm EDT on Friday, September 25th wins! The contest will run Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25. Follow this link to view the videos!

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.

US Ag Centers’ YouTube Channel Ready for National Farm Safety Week, Sept. 20-26
The 10 U.S. Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are uniquely positioned to promote safety solutions during National Farm Safety and Health Week (September 20-26), and year round. The centers have pooled their expertise on a YouTube channel,, featuring 80 videos. The videos can be used by extension agents, agricultural science teachers, producers, first responders, families and others interested in agricultural safety best-practices.

Ag Industry Group Celebrates National Farm Safety Week by Offering Safety Grants up to $10,000
The Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) announced it will make available approximately a dozen safety grants up to $10,000 to encourage ag safety interventions at the local and regional level. ASHCA, a not-for-profit coalition of agribusinesses, producer organizations and safety professionals, has set an application deadline of January 7, 2016. Information regarding eligibility, priorities, application instructions and frequently asked questions is available at

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 September 29th.

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.

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.

Communities 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.


Free Teaching Resources Available on My Journey
Since school and various FFA activities are back in full swing, check out the updated My Journey content on to help with your planning needs!  There are many great tips, tools, lesson plans and open resources available for free within My Journey.  Need a lesson to help students grow in their abilities to advocate for agriculture or activities to make your students aware of current issues in agriculture,like replacing pesticides with genetics?  Then look for these lessons and more on the Explore page. What about a core class integration strategy that can help students summarize their readingin an organized and concise way or a lesson to accompany the FFA Resume Generator? Take a look at these activities on the Build page. Want a lesson that sends your students on a career scavenger hunt or an activity to increase their skills as agriculture advocates? Check out these lessons and more on the Connect page. Did you miss content from past months?  No worries…it’s available on ourArchive pages. Log in today to make your planning a little easier and check back next each month for refreshed content.

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.

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.

Wildfires Devastate FFA Advisors and Members
Advisors and members in Washington and California have recently been affected by wildfires. Homes, SAE projects and land have been consumed. Washington FFA has come together to raise money through T-shirt sales. To support these members, chapters and communities today click here. California agriculture teacher Patsy Pachie lost her home in Northern California—her family has set up a GoFundMe account to help get her and the community get back on track. To contribute click here.


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. 18, 2015: Water quality and agriculture—what’s being done in the field? Veterinarians help pets in the California fires, and drones lose out in battles against animals. 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).