Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 6/13/16

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jun 13, 2016







June 13, 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


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

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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


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: 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:


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.


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

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.

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

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 #FFAadc









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