Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 6/6/16

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jun 6, 2016


May 23, 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


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

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.


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 at 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.


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 apply today. Applications are due June 8th, 2016. You may contact Jordan Henry at 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
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 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 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 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