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Monday Morning Monitor -- 11/9/15

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November 9, 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.

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"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
-Helen Keller

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The Council

New Report: Global Agricultural Productivity Stagnating (from AgriMarketing)
For the second year in a row, the rate of global agricultural productivity growth continues to stagnate, says a report by the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI). GHI's 6th annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report (2015 GAP Report): Building Sustainable Breadbaskets warns that unless this trend is reversed, the world may not be able to sustainably provide the food, feed, fiber and biofuels needed for a booming global population. Global agricultural productivity must increase by 1.75 percent annually in order to meet the demands of an estimated 9.7 billion people in 2050. According to GHI's annual assessment of productivity growth - the GAP Index™ - the current rate of growth is only 1.72 percent. To learn more click here.

CTE Students Show off Horticulture Skills (from WXXV-TV)
George County High School has one of the top career and technical education programs in the state. Recently a number of students showed off an amazing pumpkin patch that they created. Horticulture students have turned a rundown barn into a pumpkin patch, growing the orange fruits we all love. Over 500 preschool and elementary students visited the pumpkin patch, where they not only got to pick the pumpkins but take part in outdoor learning activities as well. To see more click here.

Congress Begins Work on Perkins Reauthorization
In the past few weeks Congress has started activity toward reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Program the largest federal program impacting high schools, which last got a facelift in 2006. To learn more about the conversation read the following: Congress Set to Begin Work on Career and Technical Education Programs from Education Week, Senate Kicks Off Its Perkins Reauthorization Efforts from ACTE, and House Hosts Hearing on Perkins Act from ACTE.


NAAE Convention -- November 17-21
Planning to join us for NAAE Convention in New Orleans? Check out all the details about registration, view our draft schedule, and find committee information, to help you finalize your trip when you click here.

Our full professional development schedule is now available. Click here to plan out your professional development experience!

Growth Energy Makes Major Gift to Agricultural Education Scholarship Fund
Students majoring in agricultural education will have more and larger scholarships available starting in 2016, thanks to a commitment from Growth Energy to provide $90,000 in funds over the next three years.Click here to read more.

America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders College Scholarships
America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is launching on November 15 and will again be awarding more than $500,000 in college scholarships. High school seniors and college students pursing ag-related degrees can apply from November 15 through February 1. Farmers also play an important role in the program, as students must obtain endorsements from three local farmers. Farmers have until February 8 to endorse applications. With nearly 60,000 annual job openings in ag, there has never been a better time for students to join our industry so help us spread the word about the program to students and farmers in rural communities. Learn more at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

#TeachAgGenius Hour
You are invited to “geek out” about awesome innovations or ideas in education with the #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 -- TOMORROW
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.

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.


Relive the FFA Convention and Expo Online
Visit to catch the highlights of the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo. Award-winners, stories and more. You can also visit to see videos of the FFA Creed, keynote speeches, the American Star Awards finalists, national officer retiring addresses and more.

New My Journey Teaching Resources Now Available
As the final exams, end of course assessments and holidays quickly approach, there might be even less time for planning. So, check out the FREE planning tips, tools and lesson plans available within My Journey.  Want an activity based on relevant data about milk? How about a lesson that creates awareness of an agricultural companyas a future job opportunity? Or, a lesson that helps students hone in on headlines as a means for sharpening their advocacy skills?  Take a look at the Explore page! What about an activity that allows students to design a community service project? Or a lesson that aids students in utilizing the FFA Resume Generator with turn-key instructions? Check out the Build page! Want a lesson that helps students truly understand food availability on a global scale or an activity to help students understand opportunities to fight hunger? Go to the Connect page! Miss content from past months?  Visit ourArchive pages! Also, new to My Journey is the Implementation Guide that will help integrate My Journey into classroom activities through differentiated instruction.

What Would Your FFA Chapter do with $2,500 to Help Fight Hunger?
Fromberg FFA, in Montana, packs and distributes 23 food backpacks to families in need every week that school is in session.

For more information on the 2016 FFA: Food For All grant, the Living to Serve Team will host 2 webinars on Wednesday, November 11. Register for one today at Applications are due Monday, November 23, 2015. Contact Stefonie Sebastian with any questions.

National FFA Seeking SAE Grant Reviewers
The 2015 SAE Grant application period is open and closes on Nov. 15.  We are anticipating a record number of submissions. Therefore, we are recruiting application reviewers for the SAE Grant Program and would like to invite you to participate. As a reviewer, we are asking that you read and score 8-12 applications online, with an estimated time commitment of eight hours over the course of three weeks. To assist you in the review process, we will be hosting an orientation meeting online for all reviewers the week of Nov. 10. If you are unable to attend the orientation meeting and would still like to participate as a reviewer, the orientation will be posted for your reference. To volunteer and sign up to review click here.


The 2016 CASE Institute Schedule is Now Available!
Click here for the 2016 CASE Institute Schedule.

Registration for 2016 CASE Institutes opens December 1st. Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registration up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes' registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding.

Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, with any questions regarding the 2016 CASE Institutes.


Friday, Nov. 6, 2015: Today’s youth are tomorrow’s “generation agriculture” as food needs will grow in the coming decades. Ag careers, legislative news, and a variety of stories in this edition. 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).