Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 3/21/16

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Mar 21, 2016


March 21, 2016

Council Vision

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 at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


May 17-20
National AAAE Conference, Kansas City, MO
September 19-21
Western Region AAAE Conference, Tuscon, AZ

Past Issues

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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

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
The DEKALB® Agricultural Accomplishment Award nominations are being accepted. Nominations are being accepted February 1, 2016 through May 1, 2016. Nomination forms and the submission process can be found here.

SAY What? A New Source of Agriculture Safety Information for Youth
A new initiative provides one-stop shopping for agricultural educators who seek safety resources and training programs aimed toward youth.
The Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) project homepage is an umbrella compilation that includes many different curricula, programs, projects, and activities that have a common purpose of increasing safety and health knowledge and reducing hazard and risk exposure to youth on farms and ranches.

FFA Alumni

National FFA Alumni Association Awards
Updated award applications are now available on by simply logging into your account. All applications are due to the National FFA Alumni Association office by July 1, 2016. Your local FFA Alumni Chapter could be the 2016 winner of the National Outstanding Achievement Award, National Outstanding FFA Alumni Chapter, National FFA Alumni Website and/or National FFA Alumni Newsletter. Check out more information on each award, applications and past winners here.


Join us this Thursday, March 24th as we discuss advancing your professional development as a teacher candidate via #TeachAgChat. The live chat begins at 8pm EDT on Twitter. Questions? Contact Andrea Fristoefor more information.

2016 Award Online Submission Form Now Available
Get started on your NAAE awards application! The 2016 online submission form is now available, along with the application instructions and supporting information for all NAAE awards. Regional award winners will be honored at the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas,  November 29-December 3. Need help filling out the online application? Click here for detailed instructions.
Go to the 2016 NAAE Award Applications

My American Farm Outreach Program
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture just launched the My American Farm Grant Outreach program. They are looking for 10 schools to take part in the 2016 program. Upon completion of an agricultural outreach event, your school will receive $1,500 to further your efforts in sharing the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives. Click here for more information.

Hummert Greenhouse Operations and Hydroponics Short Courses
Hummert International cordially invites you to attend their 21st annual Greenhouse Operations and Management Short Course and / or the 2nd annual Hydroponics Short Course at our St. Louis, Missouri headquarters. Click here for more information.

NAAE Members Selected as Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives Honorees
Congratulations to the following NAAE Members for this outstanding honor:

  • Troy Buck, Alpine, Arkansas
  • Frank Gifford, Mt. Olivet, Kentucky
  • Roger King, Holmen, Wisconsin
  • Scott Stone, Centralia, Missouri

Click here to read more.

Highlight NAAE Membership Benefits with our New Videos
Under the direction of the NAAE marketing committee, NAAE has created a series of 1 to 2-minute videos, each of which highlights a different benefit of NAAE membership. These videos cover membership, advocacy, awards, NAAE Convention, professional development, liability insurance, and teacher recruitment and retention. They can be viewed directly from the NAAE Website, YouTube, or downloaded to your computer.
This week find out about NAAE Award and recognition programs. Click here to see how you can participate!

Teach Ag Ambassador Applications Due 3/31
Each year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of agricultural education majors to represent the profession and encourage others to teach agriculture. The application for the 2016-17 ambassador program is now available. Click here to apply.

Host a Location for 2016 National Teach Ag Day -- Applications DUE TODAY!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for up to four sites to serve as satellite locations for the 2016 National Teach Ag Day celebration (Thursday, September 22).  The satellite sites will be featured throughout the live event to showcase current and future agriculture teachers.  The satellite locations will be assigned a host facilitator (current or former Teach Ag ambassador) who will help coordinate on site discussions and technical logistics.
2016 National Teach Ag Day Satellite Location Criteria

National Teach Ag Day Live Celebration Host Site Selected
We are excited to announce that the 2016 National Teach Ag Day live celebration will be hosted by Growth Energy at one of its affiliate sites, POET LLC, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Thursday, September 22nd. Click here to read the press release.

Updated Supply and Demand Profiles Now Available
Our supply and demand profiles provide a snapshot of the current status of agriculture teacher supply and demand based on NAAE region. The data was collected from state agricultural education leaders in the fall of 2015 and is based on the 2015 calendar year. Click hereto view the updated profiles.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Tom Strause visits Merry Water Farms in Wisconsin, where the milk from their 1,300 cows is delivered to Grande Cheese, combined with milk from other local farms and made into mozzarella cheese for pizza stores all over the country. Click here to watch the video.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, March 18, 2016: GMO labeling enters the Twilight Zone, as Congress goes on recess. Animal viral videos show personalities?from a thieving fox to a loyal penguin. These and many more ag/science links. 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).


Chapter Tee Contest Results Are In!
We broke the record for chapter tee votes with more than 500,000 votes!  Now let?s break the sales record and support the winners.  These chapters will receive half the profits from the first year?s sales.  Buy the tee you voted for on  Winning designs were submitted by:

  • Central FFA, Virginia
  • Magna Vista FFA, Virginia
  • Stockbridge Valley FFA, New York                                         
  • Mountain View FFA, Arkansas
  • Southern Nash FFA, North Carolina
  • Madison Southern FFA, Kentucky

March into My Journey
As classes continue, state events approach and banquets draw near, remember there are free resources, ideas and activities available on My Journey! Ever used a lesson plan about banquet planning in class to help prepare? Take a look at one on the Explorepage. Wonder how to make a cover letter shine or need a lesson to introduce resumes using the FFA Resume Generator? Check out the Build page. Curious how to teach the use of blogging effectively for advocacy? Go to the Connect page. As always, theImplementation Guide assists in integrating My Journey into the classroom, and the Archive pageshouse content you can still use.

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grants Available
The Living to Serve Team is piloting a new grant program developed to support service opportunities at the local level for FFA chapters, alumni and collegiate members.

Share your #FFAstyle
Post your photos in FFA gear using #FFAstyle on Instagram and Twitter through March 30 for your chance to be in the 2016-17 Blue catalog.

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education

Scholarships Available for Oklahoma Educators
The Noble Foundation's Noble Academy, Oklahoma State University, and Express Employment Professionals are pleased to announce that 12 scholarships will be awarded to Oklahoma educators to defray the cost of the Oklahoma Principles of Agricultural Science ? Plant(ASP) CASE Institute.

The scholarship application deadline is March 31, 2016. Scholarship recipients will be contacted by April 15, 2016. Questions about this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director, The scholarship application can be found at this link.

2016 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the thirty-two CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes? registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.


Service Learning in Agricultural Education Proposals for Agricultural Education Magazine
We are seeking proposals for the July/August issue with the theme "Service Learning in Agricultural Education." We welcome anyone who represents the agricultural education profession to submit a 100-word abstract. If selected, you will be asked to provide a full manuscript (approximately 1,500 words) by April 1 at 5 p.m. (CST). Being in such a small profession, the Agricultural Education Magazine is a great way to share our ideas, innovation, and interests! Consider this as an opportunity to engage with peers and stakeholders by sharing! Contact Gaea Hock or Courtney Meyers for more information.



Scholarship Opportunity for CTE Students
ACTE is proud to support the Horatio Alger National Career and Technical Scholarship Program, offering 510 scholarships up to $2,500 each to students pursuing a career or technical certificate/degree at a community college. The scholarships are made possible through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Walter Scott, Jr., former chairman of the Horatio Alger Association and current president of the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund. The application is open March 15-June 1.