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Monday Morning Monitor -- 10/26/15

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October 26, 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

"Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going."
-Sam Levenson

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The Council

Students Go on Field Trip with a Purpose (from Morning Ag Clips)
For the past seven years the State Fair of Texas has made a significant step in improving the agricultural education of young people across the state. On Oct. 6, the State Fair of Texas welcomed 7,707 students to Ag Awareness Day. Students involved in FFA, 4-H and FCCLA travel from every corner of the state to participate in the many events brought to them by the fair. Some of which include an Agri-Quest Scavenger Hunt and a canned food drive. To read more click here.

Despite Changes, FFA Still Thriving in Maine (from Bangor Daily News)
Fifty years ago, every school in Aroostook County had a bustling Future Farmers of America Club, but as potato farming grew more mechanized, fewer children picked potatoes, the number of farmers dwindled, and participation in the clubs waned. Today, there are only 17 FFA chapters in the state, nine of which are in The County. While the name of the club has changed, educators say that the nature of the program has expanded and participation is growing. To read moreclick here.

"Bringing Biotechnology to Life" Resource (from Morning Ag Clips)
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the International Food Information Council Foundation announced the global launch of “Bringing Biotechnology to Life,” a free educational resource that aims to facilitate learning about agricultural biotechnology and its role in food production. The new curriculum was unveiled at the World Food Prize 2015 Borlaug Dialogue international symposium. To learn more click here.


Download the National FFA Convention & Expo App
Make planning your convention and expo experience easier. Go to download the app, which features schedules, maps and more.

88th National FFA Convention & Expo Broadcast Live on RFD-TV
General sessions of the upcoming National FFA Convention & Expo will be carried live, once again, on RFD-TV. They will also be streamed online at

#SpeakAg Challenge Teacher Incentive
Agriculture teachers/FFA advisors play an integral role in empowering students to advocate for agriculture and FFA. The #SpeakAg Challenge is often promoted in the classroom, and we want to provide incentive for agriculture teachers/FFA advisors to use #SpeakAg as a catalyst to teach skills in agricultural advocacy. One teacher and FFA advisor from each national FFA region will be awarded a $1,000 unrestricted grant upon completion of the #SpeakAg Challenge in October. To find out more about how you can enter, visit

Habitudes: Telling Our Story to be Released at 2015 National FFA Convention & Expo
The National FFA Organization has partnered with Dr. Tim Elmore and the Growing Leaders Organization to develop a custom resource for agricultural education and FFA focusing on agricultural advocacy.Habitudes: Telling Our Story will focus on building skills in advocacy including communication, relationship building and credibility. This resource will make its debut at the 2015 National FFA Convention & Expo in the FFA Educational Resources Expo Booth #1913 in Teachers' World. Advisors will be able to interact with some of the online content and learn more about the future availability of this resource. Five hundred teachers will go home with a FREE copy of the student workbook and an opportunity to be a part of the pilot project administered by the National FFA Organization.


October News & Views
Get ready for National FFA Convention, learn about some outstanding agriculture teachers, and see who is running for NAAE President-Elect with this month's edition of News & Views. Click here to check it out!

Visit NAAE this Week 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 - schedule now available!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. Make sure to remove or strike out your post when the item is no longer available or needed.

#TeachAgGenius Hour
You are invited to “geek out” with us about awesome innovations or ideas in education with our #TeachAg Genius Hour on Wednesday, December 9th. You will be able to engage via Twitter on that day or that week! If you are a current agriscience teacher, a current agriculture teacher candidate, an agricultural teacher educator, a current FFA member, a university professor, a member of the support team for agricultural education, or just a concerned citizen, mark your calendars to “Inspire, Collaborate, and Create.”

Teach Ag Student Teacher Success Webinar
November 10, 2015
5:00-5:45pm EST
Presenters: Matt Eddy, Southeast Polk High School and Rachel Sauvola, New Richmond High School
Click here to register before November 10th.

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


Friday, Oct. 23, 2015: The World Food Prize winner is dedicated to helping the poor by improving food production. Drones, antibiotics, and biotech are in the halls of Congress, and the naked mole rat makes another fascinating appearance. 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).