Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 9/19/16

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Sep 19, 2016







September 19, 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


February 5- 7
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Mobile, AL

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

Fall National Council Meeting Focusing on New Strategic Plan
On September 13-15, 2016 the National Council for Agricultural Education met for their fall face-to-face meeting in Indianapolis. One main item of focus for the meeting was work of the Strategic Planning committee of The Council. Click here to read more.


National Teach Ag Day -- September 22nd!
The 2016 National Teach Ag Day live celebration will be hosted by Growth Energy at one of its affiliate sites, POET LLC, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Thursday, September 22nd. Make plans now to celebrate with us & visit the Teach Ag website to view the live webcast from 1-3pm EDT!
Join Teach Ag for Biofuels 101!
Join us before the National Teach Ag Day live webcast for an interactive, live learning session about biofuels.Biofuels 101 will stream live on Thursday, September 22nd from 11:00-11:45am EDT. You will have the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in the biofuels industry, as well as engage with industry professionals.
Bring questions to the live learning session & learn more about biofuels! #BioFuels101
National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Commercial Contest
The National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Contest voting will begin Monday, September 19th at 12am EDT on the Teach Ag website! The video with the most views wins the traveling trophy, a prize package & bragging rights for the year! Views will be counted from 9/19 until the end of the live webcast on 9/22!
2016 Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium -- NAAE Track
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development opportunity for preservice agricultural education majors held in conjunction with the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention. The FAST Symposium - NAAE Convention Track will include opportunities for attendees to engage in customized professional development, networking and mentoring with current agriculture teachers from across the country. Only 18 applicants will be selected to attend the FAST Symposium - NAAE Convention Track in Las Vegas, NV.
Click here for more information and to apply.If you have questions, contact Ellen Thompson at 605.350.3842 or by email at  All applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, October 2nd - no exceptions.  
2016 NAAE Convention
Join us in Las Vegas this year for NAAE Convention, November 29th through December 3rd. Book your room by September 30th to receive the early bird housing discount at the Westgate Hotel. View our online scheduler to see professional development workshops, general sessions, and more!
New Agricultural Mechanics and Technology Systems Supports the National AFNR Career Cluster Content Standards
A team of experts has written a new Agricultural Mechanics and Technology Systems text that provides instructors and students with focused coverage of all major skilled trade disciplines in agricultural contexts, including construction, electricity, welding, and power systems. Teachers will find information and resources on supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs), FFA Career Development Events, safe work habits, and careers in agricultural mechanics. Published by Goodheart-Willcox,Agricultural Mechanics and Technology Systems supports the Power, Structural, and Technical Systems Career Pathway. Click here to learn 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, meet Dr. Brittney Barton, whose examination of senior dog, Mabel, reveals injuries to both hind legs.Click here to watch the video.


ACTE’s Video PSA Contest for Career and Technical Education Month® 2017 is Now Open!
Before Career and Technical Education Month each year, ACTE offers schools from all over the country the chance to submit 30-second public service announcement videos informing viewers of the value of CTE and providing a glimpse of their school’s excellent CTE students and programs. ACTE is now accepting submissions for this year’s contest!

The deadline for entry is November 4th, 2016. Winners will be selected by ACTE’s Board of Directors, announced at our VISION conference in November 2016, and have their videos posted on ACTE’s website and promoted during CTE Month in February 2017. The winning school will receive $500 and the second place school will receive $250. The full rules are here. We encourage you to visit our PSA Contest page and CTE Month page to find more information about the contest and learn about other ways to get involved during CTE Month 2017!”

FFA Alumni

National FFA Alumni New Visions Fall Issue Available
The fall issue of New Visions is now online. Past issues are always available online to reread at any time. As we shared, 2016 will be the last year for the magazine form of New Visions. Alumni content and information will be merged into the FFA New Horizons magazine. If you are a life member or an annual member, you will still receive a hard copy of the magazine, but it will only be FFA New Horizons. The new issues start in 2017 and there will be four of them. Alumni members through the Affiliation Program will still receive the magazine by email, but they also will have an opportunity to purchase hard copies through a subscription. Information and issues will be available on


#TeachAgChat – How Is Your Local Program Successful?
Join the FFA Local Program Success (LPS) team for another great #TeachAgChat! Thursday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. on Twitter. With over 200 years of collective experience working in agricultural education, the LPS team will be sharing great tips and information to use in your classrooms and FFA chapters.

New Official FFA Manual Now Online
The 2016-17 Official FFA Manual is now available

Now Live: September My Journey Content!
Check out My Journey for free tips, lesson plans and resources! Need a quick video to help introducesupervised agricultural experiences or a lesson about sustainability (see how Ford is using products from the farm in their cars)?  Then check out the Explore page.  In need of a lesson on interview tips and tricks or anadvocacy plan builder? Take a look at these activities and lessons on the Build page.  Look through the Connect page for a current event article about howfarmers are trying to reduce greenhouse gasses and Elanco’s Enough curriculum and teaching guide that focuses on how to feed our growing population. Incorporate AgExplorer using theAgExplorer implementation guide with lesson plans on the Explore page, and be sure to look through past ideas in our Archive pages.

Apply Now: SAE Grants
The 2016 SAE grant application process is open. Thanks to our sponsors, this year 149 supervised agricultural experience (SAE) grants of $1,000 are available to help FFA members start or expand an SAE.  Applications are due Nov. 15, 2016, by 11:59 p.m. EST. Visit  the SAE Grant webpage to learn more.

Judges and Hosts Needed for the 2016 National FFA Convention & Expo
FFA is working to acquire volunteers for a variety of events at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo. If you or someone you know will already be in Indianapolis and are interested in volunteering on Wednesday, Oct. 19 and/or Thursday, Oct. 20, encourage them to sign up via the links below. We cannot reimburse any travel or parking accommodations. Additionally, in an effort to maintain the integrity of the process, we try to avoid placing judges in areas where their states/schools are represented. Additional details are available upon request. We appreciate your assistance in advance to help secure these volunteers who are critical to the success of the programs.

Agriscience Fair Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 19
Noon – 6 p.m.
Contact: Jenna Genson
Register here

National Chapter Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 19
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Contact: Jenna Genson
Register here

Proficiency Judges
Thursday, Oct. 20
Noon – 5 p.m.
Contact: Brett Evans
Register here

Proficiency Room Hosts
Thursday, Oct. 20
10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Contact: Brett Evans
Please email with nominations. Include first and last name and email address.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016: Merger Fever, as ag groups move to match up; trade news, pipeline disputes, and info about National Teach Ag Day. And research shows the “5-second rule” is suspect—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).