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June 27, 2016

Council Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

  • 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

2016

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

Teacher Externships Focus on Career Readiness
Career and technical education and general-education teachers in Louisiana are getting first-hand industry experience through paid externships. The program is a component of the statewide Jump Start initiative, which allows students to earn career diplomas. Click here to read more.
Regional Partnerships Showing Promise for Students, Businesses, Local Economies
Though he just finished his sophomore year of high school earlier this month, Joshua Carreon is no stranger to college or the workplace beyond. Click here to read more.
Community Colleges Implement Programs to Improve Graduation Rates
Community colleges are overhauling their remedial programs, providing more counselors and implementing mandatory curricula to boost graduation rates. Currently, 45% of undergraduates attend community colleges and most are low-income, minority or older students, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. Click here to read more.

NAAE

June News & Views
Meet the NAAE summer interns, find out about an agriculture teacher who helped draft legislation for ag education in Wisconsin, and so much more in June's edition of News & Views!
XLR8 Applications Now Available
The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience (multiple sessions) during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools. All active NAAE members who are currently in their 7th to 15th year of teaching are eligible to apply. Click here for more information and to apply.
NAAE Professional State Association Award Applications Now Available
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession. Applications are due to your regional vice president by September 1st. Click here for more information and to apply.
2016 NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration
The deadline for Early Bird Registration is quickly approaching! This year convention is November 29th through December 3rd and will be held at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas. Remember, NAAE members pay one price to attend both the NAAE Convention and ACTE Career Tech VISION.

National Teach Ag Day Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium Applications Now Available
The National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting the fourth Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium (FAST) in conjunction with the live National Teach Ag Day celebration. Individuals selected to participate in the FAST symposium will engage in professional development, collegial networking and be part of the live webcast.  Applications are due to Ellen Thompson by 11:59pm EDT on Wednesday, July 6th. Click here for more information and to apply.
Teach Ag Research Requests
Nearly every week we get requests for data and research related to agriculture teacher recruitment and retention.  If you have research, poster abstracts or articles related to this topic please send the document, image or link to Tabitha.hudspeth@outlook.com.  Tabitha will be compiling all related materials and placing them on the Teach Ag website for people to access your hard work and contributions to the profession– and citing you of course.
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, meet Dr. Rick Leone as he shows how he uses technology to track treatment of beef cattle to ensure food integrity and safety. Click here to watch the video.

FFA Alumni

National FFA Alumni Association Awards
Don’t miss your opportunity to be rewarded for the amazing things your FFA Alumni Chapter has done this year. Submit award applications for Outstanding FFA Alumni Chapter, Outstanding Achievement, Website and Newsletter by July 1! Click here and log in to ffa.org to download the applications today.

Alumni Local Program Support Grants-Due July 1
Applications are due July 1 for Alumni Local Program Support Grants that are sponsored by Tractor Supply Company! This is a 2-page application for any project the FFA alumni and FFA chapter wish to partner on. The maximum grant amount is $1000. This is FREE money! Encourage your local chapter to apply today! Applications are due July 1! Click here and log in to ffa.org to download the application.

FFA

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.

DUE THIS WEEK - FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grants!
Does your FFA chapter have an idea to fight hunger? Apply for a $500 FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grant to make it happen. 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. States Associations can apply for up to $1,000 to host a state-level hunger service event.  Projects must take place in the 2016 calendar year to help FFA reach their goal of 3.5 million meals donated. The application is available at www.FFA.org/Heroes and due Thursday, June 30th.

It’s Test-Drive Time with AgExplorer!
National FFA and Discovery Education have partnered to create a robust, comprehensive career resource to help students and adults explore the broad range of careers within agriculture. AgExplorer looks and feels like an extension of FFA.org and reinforces our commitment to cultivating the agriculture workforce of tomorrow.

AgExplorer will also be available for educators to preview at summer agriculture educator conferences and will launch for student use this fall. We’d like to hear what you think. To complete a survey after you explore AgExplorer, click here. 

We look forward to guiding you through AgExplorer and receiving your feedback on this new career exploration tool. For more information, check out this FAQ.

Plan Ahead with My Journey
School may have ended, but summer (and planning for the new school year) is just beginning! Remember My Journey has free, innovative and turn-key resources ready for you. Need a lesson plan to introduce SAE project ideas? Check out the lesson plan and videoon the Explore page. Curious how to incorporate writing thank you cards into the classroom? Look through theFFA Resume Generator lesson plan on the Build page. Searching for an interactive map to teach global agricultural literacy? Find Syngenta’s on the Connectpage. Content will be up through June and July, but remember you can always search through hundreds of lesson plans using the Document Library, use ourImplementation Guide to incorporate My Journey into the classroom and find past months’ ideas on theArchive pages.

Present a Workshop at National Convention and Expo
Are you great with flip charts and ah-ha moments? Present a student or teacher workshop at this year’s National FFA Convention & Expo! Fill out an applicationtoday!  Applications are due July 5. If you have questions on student workshops, contact Lindsey Calhoun,lcalhoun@ffa.org. Direct questions regarding teacher workshops to Sarah Dickinson, sdickinson@ffa.org.

Band, Chorus and Talent Applications Due July 8
National FFA Band and Chorus members have claimed some of the best seats at the National FFA Convention & Expo for more than 60 years – right on stage! National FFA Talent show off their skills and compete to be named best of the best. Click here to log in to FFA.org and apply.

FFA Experience Continuum – Collegiate/Alumni
Ensuring intentional growth, continued support and expanded opportunities for 18-24-year-old members.

Through the history of Collegiate FFA the focus of this membership as changed over the years and has included multiple task forces attempting to provide focus and direction for the continued engagement of FFA members immediately following high school graduation.Click here for more information.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, June 24, 2016: Fly the friendly sky with drones? GMO label law update. A teen survey shows skewed perceptions of farming; and a couple of bug links to make your skin crawl. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s edition.

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 20, 2016

Council Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

  • 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

2016

June 22-24
New England Agriculture Teachers Conference Norwich, VT
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

National Safety Month
Over the next few months, students from across the country will start or return to their summer jobs or extended hours in their Supervised Agriculture Experience Programs. In fact, in July of 2015, there were approximately 20.3 million young people entering the workforce; some for the first time. June is National Safety Month which focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities. Get Involved
Experience My American Farm
With school out, many students will be looking for a fun way to enjoy their time off and learn more. It's a great time to share the story of agriculture with MyAmericanFarm.org.
Parliamentary Education Opportunity - August - Colorado
With many teachers actively teaching parliamentary procedure for implementation in meeting efficiency and organizational effectiveness, here is an opportunity you may want to take a close look at.
To help U.S. agriculture teachers with this task, we work very hard to help cultivate meaningful, authentic industry relationships with the National FFA Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event and those engaged in Parliamentary Procedure. This includes the National Association of Parliamentarians, the largest and oldest association of parliamentarians in the U.S.The NAP is inviting secondary agriculture teachers/FFA advisors and their students to attend "Millennial/Gen Y Day," during the National Training Conference. Click here for more information.
Fields of the Future, Engaging the Next Generation and the Challenge to Feed 9 Billion by 2050
An important live broadcast from the WinField Crop Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana was recently held for the unveiling of "Fields of the Future." The webcast was a cooperative effort by Land O' Lakes and Fair Oaks Farms. Kelly Irvine, a National FFA Agriscience Fair finalist, took part in the webcast. Other participants included USDA Secretary Tom Vilsak, Chris Policinski and Mike Vande Logt from Land O' Lakes, and Dr. Michael McCloskey from Fair Oaks Farms. The video "Fields of the Future" is a powerful story to support the accurate picture for the challenge to feed 9 Billion by 2050. You can access information about the webcast and the effort here.      

NAAE

XLR8 Applications Now Available
The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience (multiple sessions) during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools. All active NAAE members who are currently in their 7th to 15th year of teaching are eligible to apply. Click here for more information and to apply.
NAAE Professional State Association Award Applications Now Available
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession. Applications are due to your regional vice president by September 1st. Click here for more information and to apply.
2016 NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration
The deadline for Early Bird Registration is quickly approaching! This year convention is November 29th through December 3rd and will be held at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas. Remember, NAAE members pay one price to attend both the NAAE Convention and ACTE Career Tech VISION.
National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Commercial Contest
One of the first things someone needs in order to teach agriculture is a degree in agricultural education. The National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Commercial Contest provides college students the opportunity to promote their respective college or university and agricultural education program through a 20-30 second commercial.Click here for more information.
National Teach Ag Day Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium Applications Now Available
The National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting the fourth Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium (FAST) in conjunction with the live National Teach Ag Day celebration. Individuals selected to participate in the FAST symposium will engage in professional development, collegial networking and be part of the live webcast.  Applications are due to Ellen Thompson by 11:59pm EDT on Wednesday, July 6th. Click here for more information and to apply.
Communities of Practice ANNOUNCEMENT
In preparation to upgrade your Communities of Practice experience, we will be performing maintenance on CoP June 20-24. The site may be temporarily unavailable at times. We appreciate your patience as we work to make CoP the best tool it can be for agricultural educators!
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, meet Dr. Rob Farruggio who works with Wisconsin dairy farmers to produce fresh milk, ice cream and cheese. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

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.

It's Test-Drive Time with AgExplorer!
National FFA and Discovery Education have partnered to create a robust, comprehensive career resource to help students and adults explore the broad range of careers within agriculture. AgExplorer looks and feels like an extension of FFA.org and reinforces our commitment to cultivating the agriculture workforce of tomorrow.

AgExplorer will also be available for educators to preview at summer agriculture educator conferences and will launch for student use this fall. We?d like to hear what you think. To complete a survey after you explore AgExplorer, click here.

We look forward to guiding you through AgExplorer and receiving your feedback on this new career exploration tool. For more information, check out this FAQ.

Plan Ahead with My Journey
School may have ended, but summer (and planning for the new school year) is just beginning! Remember My Journey has free, innovative and turn-key resources ready for you. Need a lesson plan to introduce SAE project ideas? Check out the lesson plan and video on the Explore page. Curious how to incorporate writing thank you cards into the classroom? Look through the FFA Resume Generator lesson plan on the Build page. Searching for an interactive map to teach global agricultural literacy? Find Syngenta's on the Connect page. Content will be up through June and July, but remember you can always search through hundreds of lesson plans using the Document Library, use our Implementation Guide to incorporate My Journey into the classroom and find past months? ideas on the Archive pages.

Present a Workshop at National Convention and Expo
Are you great with flip charts and ah-ha moments? Present a student or teacher workshop at this year's National FFA Convention & Expo! Fill out an application today!  Applications are due July 5. If you have questions on student workshops, contact Lindsey Calhoun, lcalhoun@ffa.org. Direct questions regarding teacher workshops to Sarah Dickinson, sdickinson@ffa.org.

Got a Nose for News?
Join our National Convention & Expo Newsroom Crew to help tell the story of FFA! College students or recent college graduates pursing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field are encouraged to apply.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, June 17, 2016: Science is? amazing, wonderful, scary? Labeling laws, votes in Congress, and a Spanish translation for research information?plus a look at how to keep your lion happy. These and many more ag/science links in this week's edition.

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 13, 2016

Council Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

  • 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

2016

June 22-24
New England Agriculture Teachers Conference Norwich, VT
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

 

Was it Agricultural Education Day at the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture???
At the June 2 meeting of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture (PSPA) one might have assumed it was a special day to recognize the FFA and agricultural educators but it wasn’t. It was just the monthly meeting of the PSPA, but agricultural education was well represented.The speaker for the meeting was Gary Moore, an agricultural teacher educator from North Carolina State University. His presentation was “From Moon Farming to Satellite Farming: The Evolution and Future of Agriculture in America.” He discussed the 10 most significant events, technologies or discoveries in agriculture during the past 100 years and then predicted the 10 most significant trends for the next 100 years. He identified the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 and the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 as major events that lead to increased productivity of agriculture in America.Twenty-two agriculture students from W. B. Saul High School along with teacher Jessica McAtameny, student teacher Olivia Murphy-Sweet and the Saul Home and School President, Jennie Radford were in attendance. Mike Brammer, the Pennsylvania FFA Executive Director and the entire Pennsylvania state FFA officer team attended, as did Nancy Trivette, the New Jersey Program Leader for Agricultural Education, and two New Jersey State FFA officers. MeeCee Baker, former NAAE president and current President/CEO of Versant Strategies, Pennsylvania's leading public affairs firm specializing in agriculture, rural affairs, education and environmental issues, helped coordinate this event.Prior to the meeting of the society, Dr. Moore met with the FFA members in attendance and conducted a pre-session for them about the New Farmers of America (NFA). The students learned about the NFA and were able to see historical artifacts from the NFA.The Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture is the oldest agricultural organization in America, having been founded in 1785. Many prominent Americans have been members, including George Washington and Ben Franklin. The Society has been a leader in promoting the development of agriculture in America. They meet monthly to discuss agricultural issues. As early as 1794, they were advocating for education in agriculture for the young people, so it was rewarding for them to see their vision from over 200 years ago embodied in the agricultural education students in attendance at the meeting. The members of the society enjoyed interacting with the students.
Safety in Agriculture for Youth
If you have been looking for a great source to access resources for agriculture safety and safety education, this is it. The National Council for Agricultural Education is a supporting organization, fully committed to supporting measures that improve safety and health for youth living and working in agriculture. As a supporting organization, The Council is connected and serves on the SAY National Steering Committee where it works with ag organizations and constituent groups to support the guiding principles for agriculture safety practices and unified belief statements.
Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) is a grant project funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture to develop a sustainable and accessible national clearinghouse for agricultural safety and health curriculum for youth. To access the Safety in Agriculture for youth website, click on the following link:http://articles.extension.org/pages/70004/safety-in-agriculture-for-youth.The SAY National Clearinghouse consists of two different types of educational products: formal curricula and other supporting resources and provides their alignment to the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) Career Cluster Content Standards related to agricultural safety and health. Click on the link below to access the SAY National Clearinghouse:http://extension.psu.edu/business/ag-safety/youth-safety/say-project.

NAAE

XLR8 Applications Now Available
The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience (multiple sessions) during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools. All active NAAE members who are currently in their 7th to 15th year of teaching are eligible to apply. Click here for more information and to apply.
2016 NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration
The deadline for Early Bird Registration is quickly approaching! This year convention is November 29th through December 3rd and will be held at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas. Remember, NAAE members pay one price to attend both the NAAE Convention and ACTE Career Tech VISION.

National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Commercial Contest
One of the first things someone needs in order to teach agriculture is a degree in agricultural education. The National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Commercial Contest provides college students the opportunity to promote their respective college or university and agricultural education program through a 20-30 second commercial.Click here for more information.
National Teach Ag Day Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium Applications Now Available
The National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting the fourth Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium (FAST) in conjunction with the live National Teach Ag Day celebration. Individuals selected to participate in the FAST symposium will engage in professional development, collegial networking and be part of the live webcast.  Applications are due to Ellen Thompson by 11:59pm EDT on Wednesday, July 6th. Click here for more information and to apply.
Showcase Your Ag Ed Institution with Teach Ag!
Are you looking to recruit new students in your postsecondary agricultural education degree program? Contact Tabitha Hudspeth, Teach Ag Intern, about spotlighting your institution on Teach Ag's social media.
Member Survey Results: Animal Science Resources on Communities of Practice
Thanks to the hundreds of members who participated in our survey about which animal science resources you would find most useful. We'll be working with Zoetis to develop virtual classrooms around the topics & tools in which you were most interested! Click here to see the results.
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, meet Dr. Linda Randall as she examines Mickey, a  pet cat, for chronic pneumonia. Click here to view the video.

FFA

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.

New CDE Resources Available
Get a leg up on the competition with the 2015 National CDE Questions and Answers, now available on FFA.org.

Got a Nose for News?
Join our National Convention & Expo Newsroom Crew to help tell the story of FFA! College students or recent college graduates pursing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field are encouraged to apply.

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.

Third Round of FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grants Due Thursday, June 30th!
Does your FFA chapter have an idea to fight hunger? Apply for a $500 FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grant to make it happen. 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. States Associations can apply for up to $1,000 to host a state-level hunger service event. Projects must take place in the 2016 calendar year to help FFA reach their goal of 3.5 million meals donated. The application is available at www.FFA.org/Heroes

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, June 10, 2016: Defining water pollution—What’s the “point”? Ag social media and when to “unplug.” A real hobbit in Indonesia, and a look at a killer dinner date for arachnids. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s edition.

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 closes June 19 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. Check out all the workshops, optional tours, registration, hotel information and much more atwww.ffa.org/GoToADC. #FFAadc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 23, 2016

Council Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

  • 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

2016

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

Agriculture Programs Reflect Industry Innovation
Several postsecondary agriculture programs across the country have tweaked their course and degree offerings to reflect the industry's increasing interdisciplinary demands. Some programs also aim to capture young students' interest, such as the global health certificate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and master's program in animal genetics at the University of California at Davis. Click here to read more.

 

Smith-Hughes 100th Anniversary Celebration Logo Design Selected
Congratulations to Leeah Luepke winner of the Smith-Hughes 100th anniversary Logo design competition. Leeah is an agricultural education undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Leeah has a rich experience with agricultural education and FFA being very active before graduating from Spencer High School in Spencer, WI with the class of 2014. Leeah was a chapter officer for three years and then went on to serve as one of the 2014-2015 Wisconsin FFA State Vice President. Leeah says her goal is to graduate from UWRF and go right into teaching secondary agriculture. Look for Leeah?s winning logo design to be used throughout the celebration of the 100th anniversary. Again congratulations Leeah Luepke!Runner up for the logo competition was Ashley Cromer, a graduating senior at The Ohio State University studying agriscience education. Ashley plans to teach in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. Ashley says, ?growing up I was heavily involved in agriculture, 4-H and eventually the FFA. These made me the person that I am today. No doubt, thanks to the Smith-HughesAact I had numerous opportunities and experiences that have prepared me for my future endeavors.?The third place design was entered by Hunter Howard, from Krum, Texas. Hunter is a junior in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University. Hunter, like many others, submitted a logo because he wanted to be a part of celebrating this great event and piece of agricultural education history. Thank you to all those who participated for using your skills and unique ideas to develop and submit your logo entry.
Information about the Anniversary and the Act: The Smith-Hughes National Vocational Education Act of 1917 (signed February 23, 1917) was an act of the United States Congress that promoted vocational agriculture to train people "who have entered upon or who are preparing to enter upon the work of the farm," and provided federal funds for this purpose. The Smith-Hughes Act was successful in expanding vocational education throughout the country. Subsequent federal laws extended and expanded aid for vocational education as national interest in economic development and youth training intensified during the Great Depression, World War II, and beyond.
How the Logo will be used:
  • Recognition materials in print and digital formats (including web and social media)
  • Potential commemorative items, videos, posters, etc.
  • Logo may be used by partnering organizations at the national, state, and local levels including customizing the logo to reflect unique celebration activities.

4-H Program Aims to Grow Next Generation of Ag Scientists
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - One team is developing GPS ear tags so cattle farmers can track herds from afar. Another thinks drones can protect livestock from predators. Yet another is developing a rechargeable portable warmer to prevent vaccines from freezing when dairy producers inoculate their herds in the winter.
These aren't corporate or university researchers, but teenagers in Minnesota's 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge, which aims to nurture the next generation of agricultural scientists for a country facing a critical shortage. A study last year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Purdue University found that nearly 60,000 high-skilled agriculture-related jobs open up annually, but there are only about 35,000 college graduates available to fill them. Read more.

NAAE

XLR8 Applications Now Available
The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience (multiple sessions) during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools. All active NAAE members who are currently in their 7th to 15th year of teaching are eligible to apply. Click here for more information and to apply.
2016 NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration
Coming to convention? Check out the Early Bird Registration & Housing deals we have for you! This year convention is November 29th through December 3rd and will be held at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas. Remember, NAAE members pay one price to attend both the NAAE Convention and ACTE Career Tech VISION.

NAAE Convention Workshop Proposals -- DUE FRIDAY
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.
National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Commercial Contest
One of the first things someone needs in order to teach agriculture is a degree in agricultural education. The National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Commercial Contest provides college students the opportunity to promote their respective college or university and agricultural education program through a 20-30 second commercial.Click here for more information.
National Teach Ag Day Satellite Sites Announced
Congratulations to the five satellite locations who have been selected to participate in this year's National Teach Ag Day live webcast on September 22nd. 
  • Clemson Universtiy, South Carolina
  • Greenwood High School, Pennsylvania
  • Holden High School, Missouri
  • Kansas State University
  • North Carolina State University

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, follow Dr. Tom Strause on his weekly appointment at the Merry Water Farms in Wisconsin, where the milk from their 1,300 cows is used to make mozzarella cheese for pizza stores all over the country.Click here to watch the video.

FFA

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.
New CDE Resources Available
Get a leg up on the competition with the 2015 National CDE Questions and Answers, now available on FFA.org.
Need Help Promoting SAEs and FFA?
Check out this brand new video collection to hear students and advisors share their experiences with supervised agricultural experiences! Click on the links below:

Got a Nose for News?
Join our National Convention & Expo Newsroom Crew to help tell the story of FFA! College students or recent college graduates pursing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field are encouraged to apply.

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.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday, June 3, 2016: Water controversies, gene-editing snips, and a few lions at your tent flap. These and many more ag/science links in this week?s edition.

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. Check out 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, agricultural 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.