Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 10/5/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Oct 5, 2015


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October 5, 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

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

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

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Quote for the Week

"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."
-Ronald Reagan

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

The Council

Smith-Hughes Act 100th Anniversary Logo Design Contest
In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Hughes Act, the National Council for Agricultural Education is announcing a logo design contest. This contest is open to students currently enrolled in K-12 and post-secondary agricultural education and related programs (e.g. agricultural communications, agricultural leadership) with cash prizes provided for the top three designs ($500, $300, & $200). Click here for full contest rules and guidelines.


Now Open! 2016 FFA: Food For All Grant Application
The 2016 FFA: Food For All grant application is available now Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects that address local hunger needs. Applications are due Monday, November 23, 2015.

Project topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing a community garden to supplement fresh fruits and/or vegetables to the school or food bank;
  • Raising broilers and/or laying hens to provide fresh meat and eggs to local families;
  • Growing tilapia and other protein sources to be donated to the community; or
  • Hosting community workshops on container and backyard gardening and other sustainable food practices.

Visit to apply today or register for an informational webinar. Contact Stefonie Sebastian at LTS@ffa.orgwith any questions.

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 reading in an organized and concise way or a lesson to accompany the FFA Resume Generator? Take a look at these activities on the Buildpage. 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 our Archive pages. Log in today to make your planning a little easier and check back next each month for refreshed content.

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.

CSX/FFA Growing Tomorrow Campaign
CSX is running a campaign from Oct. 5-31, 2015 called Growing Tomorrow. The theme is on the future of agriculture with a specific focus on youth and highlighting the CSX/FFA relationship. It will have a website dedicated to the campaign, featured video and shorter vignettes about a FFA member in North Carolina, include various facts and info and also ask people to submit their own stories. As part of this, CSX is making a donation to FFA in support of the ag literacy/advocacy platform.

Visit and CSX on social media for more information and to participate.


NAAE at National FFA Convention!
Teachers' World & NAAE Teachers' Internet Lounge- Choose from three days of professional development workshops to hone your ag teaching skills. Recharge your technology and yourself in the NAAE Teachers' Internet Lounge - a great place to sit down and network or catch your breath.
Workshops will be in East Hall - watch for a schedule.Teachers' Internet Lounge - East Hall Room 1

Ag Teachers Featured During General Session 5 - Thinking about which general session to attend? Consider General Session 5 at noon on Friday. Three special agricultural educators will be sharing why they teach agriculture, and why they think your students should, and later in the session, this year's NAAE Outstanding Teachers will be honored.

NAAE Booth - Visit the NAAE booth (#2009) to talk with association leaders about current programs and initiatives, learn how to maximize your membership, and pick up some bling for your advisor’s name badge (get your name badge in the NAAE Teachers’ Internet Café).

Teach Ag Booth
Discover all the places you can go with Teach Ag! This year, students will meet with a Teach Ag Ambassador and receive a passport to travel around the career fair and meet our partners and stakeholders.

2015 National FFA Swap, Sell, Buy Site
Looking to buy or sell tickets, parking passes, etc. for National FFA Convention? Visit the 2015 National FFA Convention Google Document for all your needs. Convention is only a few weeks away! Make sure to remove or strike out your post when the item is no longer available or needed.

University of Kentucky Livestock Judging Contest -- October 24th
Register today for the 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Invitational at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Click here for more information about the contest and click here to register for the event.

New Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Supports STEM Instruction and the National AFNR Career Cluster Content Standards
This comprehensive new text welcomes today’s learners to the diverse and exciting world of agriscience and prepares them for more advanced courses. Written by leaders in agricultural education, Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources provides a fresh, visual, and highly applied introduction to the systems and concepts that define modern agriculture, including food systems and natural resources. Reading, critical thinking, and STEM skills are developed throughout the lessons. Students can explore the various types of Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs) and the use of the Agricultural Experience Tracker (AET). In support of FFA's mission, the text provides practical information on building leadership and communication skills. To learn more, click here.

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.


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

Convention State Basket Contest
The National FFA Alumni Association is hosting a State Basket Contest at National FFA Convention again to anyone that is willing! The contest will award two prizes this year. Prize One: Top Selling Basket, which  will receive Washington Leadership Scholarship to go to a member of their choice. Prize Two: People’s Choice Award, which will receive a free registration to the 2016 National FFA Alumni Development Conference. Each state is encouraged to enter as many baskets as they want. Check out the rules, deadlines, and information at the following link. Entry Forms for the contest must be back to national FFA staff by October 19.

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, Oct. 2, 2015: Food labels, government regulations, and celebrities who were FFA members. A dog cloning service causes controversy, and your cow might need a Fitbit. 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).