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November 28, 2016

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2017

January 31 - February 2
National Ag Ed Inservice
Indianapolis, 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

Connecting With Our Teacher Leaders
Many of the National Council members and staff will be attending the National ACTE and NAAE conferences in Vegas this week. We look forward to celebrating the successes of our teachers both secondary and post-secondary. We look forward to networking with teachers and state leaders and sharing the new resources the Council is developing to support students and teachers in agricultural education across the country.
As we develop and share resources being created and supported by Council sponsors (John Deere and CSX), we are also thankful to the agricultural education-related organizations and state ag teacher organizations across the country for their support and contributions to grow and strengthen agricultural education. Everyone’s assistance to support the Council initiatives will assist teachers in saving time, increasing efficiency, and assisting students in academic and career success for the future. We look forward, this week, to sharing information on the National Quality Program Standards survey tools and new Supervised Agriculture Experience tools being developed. Along with those tools, we will be sharing many of our new projects, including the focus on a culture of safety, agricultural mechanics instruction, and resources to improve the public’s perception of agriculture and education.The meetings this week at NAAE and ACTE will continue to foster connections with partners and agricultural education leaders. The conversations and meetings will provide a forum for thought and direction and continue to identify opportunities and resources. Hope to see you at the conference this week.

NAAE

2016 NAAE Convention
Convention is just around the corner! Join us November 29th through December 3rd! Check out our online scheduler to plan out your convention experience today! Watch our membership video about convention & get ready for an exciting week of networking, professional development, business meetings, and so much more!
IMPORTANT HOUSING INFORMATION!! The NAAE block at the Westgate is full. If you need a room for the 2016 NAAE convention, please check the ACTE housing blocks at this link.
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, Dr. Wilson oversees vaccinations of birds raised by the second largest egg producer in the United States -- vaccines that not only protect the birds’ lives and health, but also aim to prevent birds from getting salmonella infection they could pass to humans through the eggs. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

2017 Scholarship Application Now Available
The 2017 National FFA online scholarship application is live until 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2017.  The Signature Page – required to complete eligibility – must be postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2017.  Be sure to review eligibility requirements for the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (presented by the Monsanto Fund) and the Built Ford Tough dealer scholarship program. Questions, comments or concerns? Email scholarships@ffa.org.

Grants for Growing
The National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply Company are excited to announce the return of the successful Grants for Growing Chapter Grant Program in early 2017.  In 2016, more than $500,000 in grants were awarded to over 370 chapters and 44 state FFA foundations.

In 2017, advisors will be required to complete a grant application online on FFA.org/grantsforgrowing Jan. 15 – Feb. 16. Eligibility will be based on how the money will be used, volunteer hours and promotional activities during the fundraising period, which in 2017 will be over National FFA Week, Feb. 17-26. Also, $1 paper emblems will be sold at Tractor Supply stores. Every dollar raised in your state stays in your state to help fund the grant project.

My Journey Content Now Updated!
Visit My Journey for free tips, lesson plans and resources!  Need a lesson on ag knowledge? Learn how Tyson Foods seeks to eliminate human antibiotics from its chickens. Questions about the new award program revisions? Find information about this and more on the Explore page. Looking for a guide to help plan your chapter’s service project? Check out the National FFA Service Planning Guide on the Build page. Click to the Connect page for a current event article about pop-up wetland habitats and for the link to apply for an alumni legacy grant. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the implementation guide on the Explore page and be sure to look through past months’ ideas on our Archive pages.

ACTE

Get Ready for the 2016 ACTE CareerTech VISION!
Plan your schedule, browse sessions and speaker lists all with the convention app, now available on the App Store and Play Store. Get ready for a great time of networking and professional development in Las Vegas! Click here for all the details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 21, 2016

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2017

January 31 - February 2
National Ag Ed Inservice
Indianapolis, 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

Council to Focus on a Culture of Safety
The National Council for Agricultural Education has committed to focusing attention in all areas of agricultural education to a culture of safety. Council President, Ken Allen who represents business and industry on the Council and Mark Poeschl, CEO of FFA and Council representative both have extensive industry experience in supporting a culture of safety. During recent Council meetings, in discussions of strategic priorities, the concern for increased safety education continued to be raised. Safety is important to all areas of agricultural education, including the classroom and laboratory, SAE and experiential learning, FFA activities and functions, and in general everyday work/life interactions.
The Council has entered into partnership with Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) as a supporting organization to uphold and foster the guiding principles for practice and belief statements. You can get involved and stay current with the SAY project and objectives by subscribing to SAY-L-subscribe-request@lists.psu.edu or find out more about SAY by going to their website.As the Council continues to develop new materials for SAE and other areas of agricultural education, you will see a safety component added to ensure there is a culture of safety around all areas of agricultural education.
2016 National Young Worker Ag Safety Day
The first annual National Young Worker Ag Safety Day (NYWASD) celebrated the achievements of agriculture students and educators while raising awareness of ag-specific injuries in the workplace. Thousands of career and technical education students and educators participated in the NYWASD (#Yes2AgSafety) celebration at the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo this year. Click here to read more.

NAAE

2016 NAAE Convention
Convention is just around the corner! Join us November 29th through December 3rd! Check out our online scheduler to plan out your convention experience today! Watch our membership video about convention & get ready for an exciting week of networking, professional development, business meetings, and so much more!
IMPORTANT HOUSING INFORMATION!! The NAAE block at the Westgate is full. If you need a room for the 2016 NAAE convention, please check the ACTE housing blocks at this link.
CHS Foundation Makes Significant Investment in State Teach Ag Results (STAR) Program
On Thursday, September 22nd, during the National Teach Ag Day live webcast, the CHS Foundation, funded by charitable contributions from CHS Inc., announced an additional $280,000 commitment to the State Teach Ag Results (STAR) program through the National FFA Foundation. Click here for the full press release.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Peck oversees a calf delivery on her family farm in Northern New York state. Click here to watch the video.

FFA Alumni

Alumni Legacy Grants Awarded
The-first ever Alumni Legacy Grants recipients have been selected by the 2015-2016 National FFA Officers. The recipients can use these grants to grow the number of local FFA Alumni chapters, improve the quality of existing FFA Alumni chapters, and provide more opportunities for partnership between FFA chapters and Alumni chapters.
Here are the winners for Creating a FFA Alumni Chapter:
  • Grand Canyon FFA/Tioga County FFA Alumni of Wellsboro, PA
  • Franklin County FFA/Emmanuel College Collegiate FFA of Carnesville, GA
  • Sharon Springs FFA of Sharon Springs, NY
  • Kennewick FFA/Kennewick FFA Alumni of Kennewick, WA
Here are the winners for Improving a FFA Alumni Chapter:
  • Georgia FFA Alumni Association
  • Ashton Franklin Center FFA Alumni in Illinois
  • Hawkins FFA Alumni in Texas
  • Bay Port FFA Alumni in Wisconsin

FFA

2017 Scholarship Application Now Available
It’s here!  The 2017 National FFA online scholarship application is live until 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2017.  The Signature Page – required to complete eligibility – must be postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2017.  Be sure to review eligibility requirements for the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (presented by the Monsanto Fund) and the Built Ford Tough dealer scholarship program. Questions, comments or concerns? Email scholarships@ffa.org.

Grants for Growing
The National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply Company are excited to announce the return of the successful Grants for Growing Chapter Grant Program in early 2017. In 2016, more than $500,000 in grants were awarded to over 370 chapters and 44 state FFA foundations.

In 2017, advisors will be required to complete a grant application online on FFA.org/grantsforgrowing Jan. 15 – Feb. 16. Eligibility will be based on how the money will be used, volunteer hours, and promotional activities during the fundraising period, which in 2017 will be over National FFA Week, Feb. 17-26. Also, $1 paper emblems will be sold at Tractor Supply stores. Every dollar raised in your state stays in your state to help fund the grant project.

My Journey Content Now Updated!
Visit My Journey for free tips, lesson plans and resources!  Need a lesson on ag knowledge? Learn how Tyson Foods seeks to eliminate human antibiotics from its chickens. Questions about the new award program revisions? Find information about this and more on the Explore page. Looking for a guide to help plan your chapter’s service project? Check out the National FFA Service Planning Guide on the Build page. Click to the Connect page for a current event article about pop-up wetland habitats and for the link to apply for an alumni legacy grant. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the implementation guide on the Explore page and be sure to look through past months’ ideas on our Archive pages.

ACTE

Get Ready for the 2016 ACTE CareerTech VISION!
Plan your schedule, browse sessions and speaker lists all with the convention app, now available on the App Store and Play Store. Get ready for a great time of networking and professional development in Las Vegas! Click here for all the details.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, November 18, 2016: Genes and machines lead the way with ag innovation. Nothing runs over a cross country participant like a deer. And plenty of turkey talk in this pre-Thanksgiving edition. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 14, 2016

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2017

January 31 - February 2
National Ag Ed Inservice
Indianapolis, 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

 

Plans Continue for SAE Renewal
This past week, during the November meeting of the National Council for Agricultural Education, SAE committee members reported to the Council on the progress and plans for moving forward the initial documents to provide direction for SAE development and implementation. Recent progress developed from the SAE Summit in September has clarified the philosophy and guiding principles for execution of the supervised agricultural experience for school-based agricultural education programs. To guide the development of experiential learning, a specific definition of SAE and clear definitions all designated areas and terms will be released soon. There will also be resources to assist teachers with clarification of SAE progression to include an overview of the theory of exploratory SAE’s. SAE communication tools to assist teachers to work with parents, as well as the inclusion of how to work with mentors, volunteers and employers to ensure students have a successful experience. The new resources will include recommendations for the age old question, What qualifies as a SAE? You can expect to see new resources to include personal finance management, features to include grading SAE into the total program, and integrated components to develop a culture of safety. To find out more look for updates in the MMM and on the National Council for Agricultural Education web site. Tony Small, Managing Director of the Council and SAE committee leaders will be making presentations during the upcoming NAAE Convention and the 2017 National Agricultural Education Inservice in January.

NAAE

2016 NAAE Convention
Convention is just around the corner! Join us November 29th through December 3rd! Check out our online scheduler to plan out your convention experience today! Watch our membership video about convention & get ready for an exciting week of networking, professional development, business meetings, and so much more!
IMPORTANT HOUSING INFORMATION!! The NAAE block at the Westgate is full. If you need a room for the 2016 NAAE convention, please check the ACTE housing blocks at this link.STAR Program Webinars
Two Informational webinars will be offered for those interested in learning more about the State Teach Ag Results (STAR) program administered by the National Teach Ag Campaign.
Friday, November 18th
9:30-10:15am Eastern
Register here
Monday, November 21st
3:00-3:45pm Eastern
Register here
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Deanna Fuller volunteers her time to care for abandoned cats and dogs. Click here to watch the video.

FFA Alumni

Alumni Legacy Grants Awarded
The-first ever Alumni Legacy Grant recipients have been selected by the 2015-2016 National FFA Officers. The recipients can use these grants to grow the number of local FFA Alumni chapters, improve the quality of existing FFA Alumni chapters, and provide more opportunities for partnerships between FFA chapters and Alumni chapters. Here are the winners for “Creating an FFA Alumni Chapter:"
  • Grand Canyon FFA/Tioga County FFA Alumni of Wellsboro, PA
  • Franklin County FFA/Emmanuel College Collegiate FFA of Carnesville, GA
  • Sharon Springs FFA of Sharon Springs, NY
  • Kennewick FFA/Kennewick FFA Alumni of Kennewick, WA

FFA

DUE WEDNESDAY - 2017 FFA Week Grant
Want to host a service event during FFA Week? Apply for a 2017 FFA Week Living to Serve Grant from National FFA. Find example project ideas below. Applications are due November 16, 2016. Additional information on the FFA Week Grant is available on the Living to Serve website.
Project Ideas
  • Help local veterans with house and yard maintenance
  • Pack and hand out food at a food bank
  • Create New Student Survival Kits for your school
  • Collect items (food, clothing, etc.) to deliver to local food banks, homeless shelters or other organizations in the community
  • Build a ramp to make a home or building handicap accessible
  • Learn about pet therapy and take pets to a nursing home

2017 Scholarship Application Available Nov. 15
It’s here!  The 2017 National FFA online scholarship application is live from Nov. 15, 2016, until 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2017.  The Signature Page – required to complete eligibility – must be postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2017.  Be sure to review eligibility requirements for the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (presented by the Monsanto Fund) and the Built Ford Tough dealer scholarship program. Questions, comments or concerns? Email scholarships@ffa.org.

My Journey Content Now Updated!
Check out My Journey for free tips, lesson plans and resources.  Need a lesson on ag knowledge? Check out the lesson on how Tyson Foods seeks to eliminate human antibiotics from its chickens. Questions about the new award program revisions? Find information about this and more on the Explore page. In need of a guide to help plan your chapter’s service project? Check out the National FFA Service Planning Guide on the Buildpage. Look through the Connect page for a current event article about pop-up wetland habitats and for the link to apply for an alumni legacy grant. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the AgExplorer implementation guide with lesson plans on the Explorepage and be sure to look through past months’ ideas in our Archive pages.

ACTE

ACTE Announces National Award Finalists
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced the regional winners of seven different awards in ACTE’s five regions. The regional winners now move on as national finalists to be named as national winners and will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, November 30, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, November 11, 2016: Several perspectives on the election results and agriculture. A university study looks at interesting GMO effects. And in animal news, an iguana plays Indiana Jones while a sheep dog gives birth to 17 balls of fluff. These and many more ag/science links in this 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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 7, 2016

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2017

January 31 - February 2
National Ag Ed Inservice
Indianapolis, 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

National Quality Program Standards Update
Just a quick update on the new National Quality Program Standards Survey tool. We are currently aligned for a successful launch date of March 1, 2017. The development team will be providing an update and highlighting the system during the National Ag Ed Inservice at the end of January to all attending.
A few milestones we will be looking to meet will be the test environment launch the first of February. We will soon be sending out invitations for state staff to nominate teachers to volunteer and agree to work through the system to not only test it, but to track the time it takes for them to complete the process.
Please find an example of the Home page instructionsrecently developed to assist those completing the survey. This introductory piece provides you with a clear understanding of the purpose and process of the survey tool and its intended use and tips for using the process to be successful.
Again, just a short update and examples of the quality we can expect from the final product. We look forward to providing those attending with a complete overview during the National Ag Ed Inservice at the end of January.

NAAE

2016 NAAE Convention
Convention is just around the corner! Join us November 29th through December 3rd for networking, professional development, business meetings, and so much more! Check out our online scheduler to plan out your convention experience today!
IMPORTANT HOUSING INFORMATION!! The NAAE block at the Westgate is full. If you need a room for the 2016 NAAE convention, please check the ACTE housing blocks at this link.
STAR Program Webinars
Two Informational webinars will be offered for those interested in learning more about the State Teach Ag Results (STAR) program administered by the National Teach Ag Campaign.
Friday, November 18th
9:30-10:15am Eastern
Register here
Monday, November 21st
3:00-3:45pm Eastern
Register here
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, Dr. Kiehne explains the design of the farrowing barn where mom sows live for about three weeks while delivering and nursing their piglets, protected from the elements and from territorial barn-mates. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

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 a SAE. Applications are due Nov. 15, 2016, by 11:59 p.m. EST. Visit  the SAE Grant webpage to learn more.

CASE

DuPont Pioneer Commits $175,000 to Food and Agricultural Education Grants
DuPont Pioneer will award $175,000 in grants to agriscience educators to fund training and classroom resources that will help them implement advanced agriculture curriculum. Grant recipients are teachers who are implementing Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) in their classrooms. Click here for a link to the application. The deadline to apply is November 11th.

ACTE

ACTE Announces National Award Finalists
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced the regional winners of seven different awards in ACTE’s five regions. The regional winners now move on as national finalists to be named as national winners and will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, November 30, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, November 4, 2016: Debates about the benefits of GMO crops, gene editing goes Hollywood, and Millennials affect buying trends—including a big coffee buzz. These and many more ag/science links in this 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).