Julie Fritsch

Monday Morning Monitor 5/16/16

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on May 16, 2016

Your weekly overview of agricultural education

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May 16, 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

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

The Council

Lincoln Electric Awards Through the James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation
The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation awards program supports arc welding education, design and innovation at every educational level. They also recognize welding excellence of welding instructors and professional welders who work hard to further the scientific interest and advancement of arc welding.
Division 1 is for high school students 18 and younger that are enrolled in any school or training program.  Students may submit written reports about the welding projects they have completed. The welding project may be a structure, a repair, or item made for home, farm, shop or recreational use. The project may be by an individual or a team of fellow students (five students maximum).Details on the awards program can be found here. The national recipients benefit both the student and the instructors. The link provides the rules, guidelines and tips, as well as how to submit the project.Divisions I and II postmark and submission deadline- June 30, 2016.

Fence 101 -- The New Curriculum is Now Available
Red Brand Fence, manufactured by Keystone Steel & Wire in Peoria, Illinois has been a long-time supporter of FFA. As the leading manufacturer of agricultural fencing in the country, the relationship is a natural fit. When Red Brand joined forces with the National FFA in 1947, they saw an opportunity to support the country's future ag leaders in a variety of ways. Almost 70 years later, the enduring relationship has fostered many unique programs that encourage and support FFA at all levels. One of the most exciting new programs introduced recently is intended for the classroom. Red Brand has developed a curriculum called Fence 101. This 'Curriculum in a Box' was created to give advisors a simple, unique way to educate students on the importance of correct selection, calculation and installation of agricultural fencing for the wide variety of needs they may encounter as future farmers, property owners and ag business leaders.
This exclusive program has been carefully and thoughtfully developed to engage a high school audience. Each of the five lessons is approximately 50 minutes in length, making the program manageable for most classroom situations. And, no matter the background or level of expertise in the area of fencing, advisors and chapter leaders find this program easy and fun to teach. The Fence 101 Curriculum Kit includes everything needed to present the program, including a comprehensive instructor's manual, PowerPoint presentations with videos, actual fence samples and files for printable student notes and quizzes. For students, the kit contains Quick Reference Guides, Fence Wrapping Tools, Fence 101 Stickers and Completion Certificates.Fence 101 can be in your classroom today! To learn more or to order your kit, go to:RedBrand.com/Fence101 or contact:Dain Rakestraw                                       
Red Brand Marketing Department
c/o Keystone Steel & Wire
7000 S.W. Adams St., Peoria, IL 61641
800.441.0308 | general@keystonesteel.com
Click here for a video about Red Brand and Fence 101.

Ohio Students Study High-tech Agriculture
Agriculture students at an Ohio high school explore precision agriculture, mechanics, and business agriculture as part of their preparation for in-demand jobs. They have access to equipment, such as GPS units and drones, to learn how to tackle modern agricultural challenges, such as monitoring crop health across multiple acres. Click here to read the article.


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.

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!

NAAE Convention Workshop Proposals
NAAE is now accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 29-December 3, 2016, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education.


Purpose: To present, in workshop format, information appropriate for agricultural educators. Workshops should relate directly to enhancing classroom/laboratory instruction, student work-based learning and/or leadership development, teacher professional development, program marketing/communications and partnership/collaborations.


Suggested Topics: Workshops may be presented on, but are not limited to, the following areas: Classroom instruction techniques, agriscience, technology in the classroom, technical agricultural information, integration of academics, exceptional instructional materials, research pertinent and applicable to the classroom, specific topical areas, etc.


Proposals can be submitted online athttp://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2774543/2016-NAAE-Convention-PDWorkshopRFP by Friday, June 10, 2016.

Communities of Practice Highlights
New Space - Urban Agriculture!

The Urban Agriculture Space in NAAE's Communities of Practice is public and ready for use. The space currently has lesson plans and related materials with an urban focus. These are in categories of Careers, Ag Business, Natural Resources, and Plant/Soil Science. Although the lessons are written on an introductory level, they can be adapted for other courses. The Space will grow with links to Urban Agriculture in the News, hints for Adapting Lesson Plans, and additional lesson plans. Please add your links, upload lessons and resources, and participate in discussions.

These materials were created as part of a National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grant through the SPECA Challenge Grant Program. Dr. B. Allen Talbert, Professor, and Alli Lee, Graduate Assistant, of Purdue University developed the materials for the urban agriculture program at Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. They can be modified for use as needed, but should retain a citation giving NIFA, Purdue University, and Arsenal Tech High School credit for the original creation. Go to the Urban Agriculture space on Communities of Practice

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, meet Dr. Linda Randall, an African-American veterinarian who, despite naysayers, successfully established her own veterinary practice to care for pets in northern Ohio. Click here to watch the video.


Apply for a Living To Serve: Environmental and Emergency Preparedness Grant Today!
Chapters may apply for up to $1,200 to support fall semester-long projects that address local environmental needs. Potential projects include: wildlife conservation, land preservation, bee health, recycling, composting, emergency preparedness plans, and assembling emergency first aid kits. Go to www.ffa.org/envirograntsto apply today. Applications are due June 8th, 2016. You may contact Jordan Henry at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.

National Officer Nominating Committee Nominations Are Open!
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committee representative?

Submit them to FFA by July 15 for consideration.  Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.

National FFA Seeking Nominations for Hall of States Cultural Stage
This program is non-competitive and focused on sharing unique cultural aspects of all 52 of our state associations. Past participants have included Native American dance/drumming from Montana, a string band from Alabama, hula dancing from Hawaii, and Cajun performances from Louisiana. All ideas (music, dance, education, speaking, etc.) are welcome and states can submit multiple nominees. To nominate a group/chapter, send an email with a simple description of the cultural performance to lps@ffa.org.

Culver’s Essay Contest
The Culver’s essay contest is open. This year Culver’s is going to help three chapters attend convention. First place will receive $7,500. Second and third place will receive $2,500.

To enter, submit an essay of 1,000 words or less answering – How do you see modern technology impacting the agriculture industry and your ag career?

Only students may submit essays. Rules and guidelines are available at Culvers.com/essaycontest.

Plan Your Summer With My Journey
As the school year wraps up and prep for summer begins, be sure to check out the free, innovative and turnkey resources, ideas and activities available on My Journey. Want to remind your students about careers in agriculture before they leave for the summer? Check out our lesson plan about Cargill and Zoetis on theExplore page. Are you encouraging students to find references for resumes created on the FFA Resume Generator? Take a look at the Build page. Teach students to advocate using pizza and cheese by going to the Connect page. Search hundreds of lesson plans using our new Document Library. Incorporate our resources using the Implementation Guide, and don’t forget you can still find lots of ideas on our Archive pages.

We’ve Got Talent, Yes We Do! We’ve Got Talent, How About You?
Encourage your members to come and share their talents at the National FFA Convention & Expo! Each year, the National FFA Organization hosts FFA members from across the nation and provides performance opportunities to share their skills with fellow FFA members and convention and expo attendees. Play the fiddle? Throw a mean yoyo? Sing along with your guitar? National FFA Talent is the next performance for you. Apply today. Visit the FFA.org/convention and scroll down to the Band, Chorus and Talent section to apply.

2015 FFA Annual Report Now Available
Relive the milestones of 2015 with stories, infographics, photos and more.

Officer 2 Officer: How to Better Engage with Your Audience
National FFA President Taylor McNeel explains how to craft a winning chapter speech. Watch now.

Honor a Special Friend of FFA
Nominate an exceptional teacher, individual or company for one of the organization’s highest honorary awards.

We Are FFA: 2016 Annual FFA Tee Is Here
Count down to our 100-year anniversary of FFA in 2028 with this year’s FFA tee.

We’re Sirius About FFA Today
Good news for FFA Today listeners. If you have a SiriusXM radio, you can listen to Rural Radio channel 147 on SiriusXM free May 18 - 31. Until then, catch up on the latest FFA Today episodes now on Podbean.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, May 13, 2016: Food “science headlines” might be factual, informative, or false. Various insights from experts and a John Oliver video look at the issues. These and many more ag/science links, including label laws, university news, and even a grub-pub solution for garden pests.

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).

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

FREE! Alumni Regional Development ConferencesThere will be six Alumni Regional Development Conferences in 2016. The two day conference is broken up into two different sections. Friday evening will be state-level training focusing on state-level administration and activity building. Saturday will be a full day conference focusing on local level training targeting individual members, agriculture educators and other members of Team Ag Ed. Check out all the locations, dates, agendas, hotel information and much more atffa.org/GoToRDC. The Region One RDC registration is now open and will close on June 12. All RDCs are free to attend but please make sure to register to guarantee you have a seat. Anyone is welcome to attend and is welcome to attend any RDC. Check outffa.org/GoToRDC.


2016 NFRBMEA Conference Early Bird Registration
The 2016 NFRBMEA conference will be held June 12-16th, 2016 in Sioux Falls, SD in cooperation with the NAFBAS and North Central Farm Management Extension! Early bird registration is now open through May 20th for a cheaper conference rate. Any individual interested in farm management education is welcome to attend, as well as bring your families for the conference to enjoy the family outing and events.  Information can be found at: http://www.nfbm-conference.org/2016/index.html