Julie Fritsch

Monday Morning Monitor 4/18/2016

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Apr 18, 2016


April 18, 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
September 22
National Teach Ag Day
October 6 – 8
North Central Region AAAE Conference
Lafayette, IN

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The Council

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

Legislation Intended to Encourage New Generation of Agriculture Producers
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) this week introduced theAgriculture Students Encourage, Acknowledge, Reward, Nurture (EARN) Act (S. 2774). The legislation amends the tax code to exclude from gross income the first $5,000 earned by students who are 18 years old or younger on agricultural projects completed under the supervision of 4-H or FFA. Read more

FFA CEO Dwight Armstrong Name NAMA's Agribusiness Leader of the YearThe National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has named W. Dwight Armstrong, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of the National FFA Organization, the 2016 Agribusiness Leader of the Year. Read more


2016 NAAE Awards Judging
Are you interested in helping judge the 2016 NAAE award applications? The deadline to sign up is May 10th.Click here for more information and to volunteer.

2016 NAAE Award Applications -- Due May 15th!
Have you started your NAAE award application yet? Visit our website to apply. Application instructions and supporting information for all NAAE awards are available online, as well. Regional award winners will be honored at the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, November 29-December 3. Go to the 2016 NAAE Award Applications
2016 NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration
Get ready for the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, NV! This year convention is November 29th through December 3rd and will be held at the Westgate Hotel. Early bird registration is now open through July 15th & we have a special early bird housing deal for you as well! Remember, NAAE members pay one price to attend both the NAAE Convention and ACTE Career Tech VISION.

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.

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.Did you know your NAAE membership includes professional liability insurance? Click here to watch the video and find out more!NAAE Summer Virtual Book Club
Register for FREE by June 3rd & Earn up to 12 hours of Professional Development Credit!
Get ready for an exciting summer of professional development with our Virtual Book Club! We will read and engage with the book The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros.  Just click here to register for the book club, then pick up a copy of the book & join the NAAE Virtual Book Club group on Communities of Practice to get started! Click here to find out more!
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. Lora Wittenberg encounters her first diagnosis of “blocked tom,” a potentially fatal disease of male cats. Click here to view the video.

FFA Alumni

National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Registration is now open for the 2016 National FFA Alumni Development Conference! The 2016 ADC will challenge you to engage your local community, administrators, business leaders and everyone you meet. ADC will take place July 14-16, 2016 at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Checkout all the workshops, optional tours, registration, hotel information and much more atwww.ffa.org/GoToADC. Registration closes June 19. #FFAadc

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, April 15, 2016: Does this nutrition debate make me look fat? Dietary recommendations and the sugar war. University ag programs are featured, and Inky the octopus makes a Shawshank escape from a New Zealand aquarium. 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).


One Week Left to Apply for an FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grant!
Does your chapter have an idea to fight hunger? There is still time to apply for the second quarter FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grant due April 25. Any middle school, high school, collegiate or Alumni FFA chapter who are NOT currently funded through the FFA: Food For All program may apply for up to $500 to support a local hunger service project. In addition, states may apply for funds up to $1,000 to support a state-level hunger service event. Additional information and the application can be found at www.FFA.org/Heroes.  

Free Resources on My Journey Just a Click Away
In the midst of state events, banquet planning and the ever-looming classroom preparations, remember the free, innovative and turnkey resources, ideas, and activities available on My Journey! Have you seen theCDE Question and Answer document that will help with contest prep? Check it out on the Explore page. Want a lesson to teach students best practices for submitting a resume created on the FFA Resume Generator or information on applying for an environmental grant? Take a look at the Build page. Teach students the global effect of an FFA jacket by going to the Connect page. Want an easy search tool for all of the past lessons? Check out our new Document Library. Don’t forget theArchive pages house content from the past year, and theImplementation Guide can help integrate My Journey resources.

Announcing the 2016 Chapter Tee Winning DesignsWe broke the record for chapter tee votes! Now let’s break the sales record and support the winners. Buy the tee you voted for on ShopFFA.org.

Officer 2 Officer: How to Manage Team Conflicts
2015-16 National FFA Secretary Nick Baker lets you in on a few tips to jumpstart crucial conversations between state officers.

FFA Featured in USA Today/USDA Special Edition
Catch the latest on farming’s new environment. Informative infographics, stories on the latest news in agriculture and more make this a great classroom resource.

Find Grant Money Now
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is providing over $26 million in competitive grants.

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education

Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat!
Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat on Thursday, April 21st from 8-9pm EDT/5-6pm PDT. Discussion will be focused on using inquiry-based learning to elevate learning in your classroom. Questions for the chat include but are not limited to: How does inquiry-based learning specifically engage students and promote learning? What challenges are faced in an inquiry-based classroom? What one goal do you have for yourself to elevate inquiry in your classroom next year? CASE looks forward to thoughtful discussion during the #TeachAgChat as teachers, CASE staff, and special guests discuss these and other important questions regarding inquiry-based learning!

Follow us on Twitter @case4learning and join the conversation by using #TeachAgChat!

2016 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE Institute registration is wrapping up, get your seat reserved soon to guarantee your attendance in one of 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 are filling quickly 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.


National Farm Business Management Conference Scholarships
A contribution from CHS Inc. allows the NFRBMEA and NAFBAS to offer scholarships to several individuals who are considering a career in Farm Business Management to attend our National Farm Business Management Conference Sunday, June 12th through Thursday, June 16th in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We are offering a limited number of scholarships which will cover expenses for travel, rooms, and conference registration (includes most of the meals).

College students or recent graduates who may consider a career in Farm Business Management, as well as people already working in an agricultural field who might consider a career move to teaching Farm Business Management are encouraged to apply for the scholarship. For more information, contactmailto:mark.holkup@bismarckstate.edu, or call Mark at 701-224-5417.

Attending the conference gives the participant an opportunity to learn about working with farmers in Farm Business Management and network with those already in the field. It is a great opportunity to gain understanding, learn about an exciting field and build a resumé all at the same time.

CHS and our members recognize there will continue to be a strong need for new professionals pursuing careers in Farm Business Management in the years to come. To apply, fill out the attached 2016 CHS Conference Scholarship Application. This application will also be available soon on our conference website at www.nfbm-conference.org/2016/16chs-scholarship.html.

The application due date is April 22, 2016.