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February 27, 2017

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

March 13-15
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Washington, D.C.
May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

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.

 

 

FFA

Washington Leadership Conference Online Registration Opens Wednesday, March 1 at 1 p.m. EST
Advisors and members must first log in to FFA.org then navigate to FFA.org/participate/conferences/washington-leadership-conference to access the registration link. This webpage also contains resources, such as 2017 pricing and dates, an FAQ, advisor and student program information, tentative schedules and student forms. Questions should be directed to WLC@ffa.org.
Don’t Miss Free My Journey Resources
My Journey content has been updated! Check out the free planning tips, tools and lesson plans available this month. Click on the Explore page to find the newly designed and updated SAE Idea Cards and a lesson based on former national vice president Abbey Gretsch’s retiring address. Need to make business cards? Looking for a lesson on employability skills? Head over to the Build page. In need of a current event article related to GMO crops or information on how to start or develop your FFA Alumni chapter? Learn about this year’s alumni Regional Development Conferences and more on the Connect page. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the implementation guide with lesson plans on the Explore page, and be sure to look through past months’ ideas on our Archive pages.
Safety First
Log in to FFA.org for a copy of the National FFA Youth Protection Guidelines, created to help keep youth safe during FFA events. 
Show Us Your FFA Spirit!
Earn cash for your chapter! 2017 Chapter Tee Contest entries are due Feb. 24, 2017. Winning chapters earn 50 percent of first-year profits! Check out our website for rules.

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act
A newly-designed website is now available to help provide you with resources and information about the Smith-Hughes Act. Click here for historical images, lesson plans, articles, and additional information about the legislation that helped transform agricultural education.
National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application Now Available
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 outstanding preservice agriculture teachers to represent us at the National FFA Convention, and throughout the year as ambassadors, promoting the profession and encouraging others to Teach Ag! Click here to apply TODAY!
CHS Foundation Scholarships Due by March 31st!
Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships. Visit this link for more information.
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
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. Amber Hazel of Worthington, Minnesota, drives to visit three farm clients and examine baby calf and piglet patients. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

Updated Criteria for Fast Track ASA CASE Institute Participation
Kansas State University will host the first ever Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) Fast Track CASE Institute June 19-24, 2017. Pre-institute homework will be required and teachers must apply to participate. Criteria for applicants was recently updated including at least one prior CASE certification, at least two years CASE teaching experience, and solid understanding of the CASE instructional model and classroom implementation. Applications are due at midnight March 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline of their acceptance status. We look forward to pioneering this fantastic new opportunity for CASE teachers to earn CASE certification. Click here to apply!

CASE Institute Scholarship Application Available
Generous contributions from the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation have provided partial CASE Institute scholarships for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director, at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

2017 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the 26 CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017 and applications will be approved on a rolling basis.

NFRBMEA

Early Career Program for NFRBMEA Conference Overview 2017
CHS donates up to $10,000 as scholarships for ag education students/instructors or possible career change individuals who may have an interest in becoming Farm/Ranch Management instructors in the future.

The 2017 conference is in Des Moines, Iowa June 11-15 2017.  Applicants participate in a pre-conference group meeting/educational program and then network throughout the ongoing conference with other conference attendees to learn about the profession(s) and professional organizations that make up NFRBMEA.

We will have a scholarship application available soon (mid-February 2017) and would ask that you share with any and all proper contacts that could get this in potential recipient’s hand.

Further information or questions can be directed to Tina LeBrun: tina.lebrun@southcentral.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, February 24, 2017: Food security, ag trade, and a look at the FFA organization under the surface. Some cities are taxing soft drinks, and a feline rescuer shows they don’t always fight like cats and dogs. 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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 20, 2017

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

March 13-15
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Washington, D.C.
May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

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

 

On February 8–9, 55 educators and industry representatives participated in the Midwest Agricultural Mechanics Instructors Conference, hosted by American Technical Publishers (ATP). Companies and organizations participating in the ATP conference included Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Decker Consulting and Investigations, Fluke Corporation, the Lincoln Electric Company, Milwaukee Tool, UA Local Union 597, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry, the National Council for Agricultural Education, and the National FFA Organization. Click here to read more.

FFA

2017 Give FFA Day
Tomorrow is Give FFA Day! Help us spread the word by encouraging your chapter and community to get involved. Change your profile picture, share on social and GIVE at FFA.org/giveffaday.
Happy National FFA Week!
National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It's a time to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. Visit FFA.org for everything you’ll need to have a successful week.
Washington Leadership Conference Online Registration Opens Wednesday, March 1 at 1 p.m. EST
Advisors and members must first log in to FFA.org, then navigate to FFA.org/participate/conferences/washington-leadership-conference to access the registration link. This webpage also contains resources, such as 2017 pricing and dates, an FAQ, advisor and student program information, tentative schedules and student forms. Questions should be directed to WLC@ffa.org.
Don’t Miss Free My Journey Resources
My Journey content has been updated! Check out the free planning tips, tools and lesson plans available this month. Click on the Explore page to find the newly designed and updated SAE Idea Cards and a lesson based on former national vice president Abbey Gretsch’s retiring address. Need to make business cards?  Looking for a lesson on employability skills?  Head over to the Build page.  In need of a current event article related to GMO crops or information on how to start or develop your FFA Alumni chapter?  Learn about this year’s alumni Regional Development Conferences and more on the Connect page. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the implementation guide with lesson plans on the Explore page, and be sure to look through past months’ ideas on our Archive pages.
Safety First
Log in to FFA.org for a copy of the National FFA Youth Protection Guidelines, created to help keep youth safe during FFA events. 
Show Us Your FFA Spirit!
Earn cash for your chapter! 2017 Chapter Tee Contest entries are due Feb. 24, 2017. Winning chapters earn 50 percent of first-year profits! Check out our website for rules.

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act
A newly-designed website is now available to help provide you with resources and information about the Smith-Hughes Act. Click here for historical images, lesson plans, articles, and additional information about the legislation that helped transform agricultural education.
National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application Now Available
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 outstanding preservice agriculture teachers to represent us at the National FFA Convention, and throughout the year as ambassadors, promoting the profession and encouraging others to Teach Ag! Click here to apply TODAY!
CHS Foundation Scholarships Due by March 31st!
Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships. Visit this linkfor more information.
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. Bramlage, the official vet on call at the Kentucky Derby, Triple Crown, and Breeder's Cup races briefs the world's sports networks and billions of viewers on the health of race contenders. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

Updated Criteria for Fast Track ASA CASE Institute Participation
Kansas State University will host the first ever Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) Fast Track CASE Institute June 19-24, 2017. Pre-institute homework will be required and teachers must apply to participate. Criteria for applicants was recently updated including at least one prior CASE certification, at least two years CASE teaching experience, and solid understanding of the CASE instructional model and classroom implementation. Applications are due at midnight March 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline of their acceptance status. We look forward to pioneering this fantastic new opportunity for CASE teachers to earn CASE certification. Click here to apply!

CASE Institute Scholarship Application Available
Generous contributions from the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation have provided partial CASE Institute scholarships for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director, at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

2017 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the 26 CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017 and applications will be approved on a rolling basis.

NFRBMEA

Early Career Program for NFRBMEA Conference Overview 2017
CHS donates up to $10,000 as scholarships for ag education students/instructors or possible career change individuals who may have an interest in becoming Farm/Ranch Management instructors in the future.

The 2017 conference is in Des Moines, Iowa June 11-15 2017.  Applicants participate in a pre-conference group meeting/educational program and then network throughout the ongoing conference with other conference attendees to learn about the profession(s) and professional organizations that make up NFRBMEA.

We will have a scholarship application available soon (mid-February 2017) and would ask that you share with any and all proper contacts that could get this in potential recipient’s hand.

Further information or questions can be directed to Tina LeBrun: tina.lebrun@southcentral.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, February 17, 2017:  Sell By, Use By, Bye Bye? Food label laws might get clarified. CRISPR in court, student college debt, and snow skiing with real horse power. 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).

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 13, 2017

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

March 13-15
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Washington, D.C.
May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

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

Midwest Agricultural Mechanics Instructors Conference
This past week, agricultural education instructors from across the midwest gathered in the Chicago land area to take part in a pilot conference project hosted by American Technical Publishers. The objectives of the conference were to provide an opportunity for agricultural mechanics instructors to network with key industry representatives and peer professionals and to learn trends and career pathways in agricultural mechanics. Click here to read more.

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
February News & Views
Travel the globe with ag education! Learn about our Farmer to Farmer program, hear from Region V Vice President, Jason Kemp about his travels for professional development, and read about an ag teacher who is renovating her facilities to meet her students' needs. All this & more in February's News & Views!
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act
A newly-designed website is now available to help provide you with resources and information about the Smith-Hughes Act. Click here for historical images, lesson plans, articles, and additional information about the legislation that helped transform agricultural education.
National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application Now Available
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 outstanding preservice agriculture teachers to represent us at the National FFA Convention, and throughout the year as ambassadors, promoting the profession and encouraging others to Teach Ag! Click here to apply TODAY!
2016 National Agricultural Education Supply & Demand Executive Summary Now Available
For the third year in a row, Drs. Daniel Foster (Pennsylvania State University), Rebecca G. Lawver (Utah State University), and Amy R. Smith (University of Minnesota) have collected the national agriculture teachers' supply and demand data on behalf of AAAE. Their executive summary can be found here.
CHS Foundation Scholarships Due by March 31st!
Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships. Visit this link for more information.
Take a Survey for a Chance to Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!
The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor is interested in getting feedback from agriculture teachers about the materials that are available for them to use in their classroom, and find out what types of content would be helpful in supporting career decisions for their students.
The survey will take between 5 and 7 minutes to complete, and as a thank you for your time, you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon e-gift card. Your feedback will shape the content and development of materials we will make available to support your education efforts. Click here to take the survey.
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. Matthew Turner of North Carolina prepares a herd of three-week-old piglets to be weaned from their mothers and transitioned to dry feed and water. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Don’t Miss Free My Journey Resources
My Journey content has been updated! Check out the free planning tips, tools and lesson plans available this month. Click on the Explore page to find the newly designed and updated SAE Idea Cards and a lesson based on former national vice president Abbey Gretsch’s retiring address. Need to make business cards? Looking for a lesson on employability skills? Head over to the Build page. In need of a current event article related to GMO crops or information on how to start or develop your FFA Alumni chapter? Learn about this year’s alumni Regional Development Conferences and more on the Connect page. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the implementation guide with lesson plans on the Explore page, and be sure to look through past months’ ideas on our Archive pages.

Safety First
Log in to FFA.org for a copy of the National FFA Youth Protection Guidelines, created to help keep youth safe during FFA events. 

Show Us Your FFA Spirit!
Earn cash for your chapter! 2017 Chapter Tee Contest entries are due Feb. 24, 2017. Winning chapters earn 50 percent of first-year profits! Check out our website for rules.

Apply Now: New Century Farmer
The application deadline for New Century Farmer is this week! Know an FFA member who has experience in production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training, or other activities? Are they a former FFA member currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! Held July 16-22, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa, this all-expenses paid conference will be packed with interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application closes Feb. 15, 2017. Visit the New Century Farmer webpage for more information.

Tell Your Story
Help us tell the story of FFA on Rural Radio! The latest and greatest of FFA is featured on the weekly radio program FFA Today, found on SiriusXM Channel 147, sister station of RFD-TV. We need your help telling the world about the wonderful things FFA members, advisors and chapters are doing. If you have a unique story to share, send us a note at ffatoday@ffa.org. Your story may appear on the show, which airs on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET. If you miss a show, you can find previously aired interviews on theNational FFA Podbean page.

National FFA Week Materials Online
National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It's a time to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. Visit FFA.org for everything you’ll need to have a successful week.

CASE

Updated Criteria for Fast Track ASA CASE Institute Participation
Kansas State University will host the first ever Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) Fast Track CASE Institute June 19-24, 2017. Pre-institute homework will be required and teachers must apply to participate. Criteria for applicants was recently updated including at least one prior CASE certification, at least two years CASE teaching experience, and solid understanding of the CASE instructional model and classroom implementation. Applications are due at midnight March 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline of their acceptance status. We look forward to pioneering this fantastic new opportunity for CASE teachers to earn CASE certification. Click here to apply!

CASE Institute Scholarship Application Available
Generous contributions from the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation have provided partial CASE Institute scholarships for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director, at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

2017 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the 26 CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017 and applications will be approved on a rolling basis.

FFA Alumni

Alumni Regional Development Conferences Underway for 2017
The first Alumni Regional Development Conference of 2017 was held Feb. 3-4 at Orem High School in Orem, Utah. For this conference, staff had an opportunity to speak also with the Utah Association of Agricultural Educators about how FFA Alumni can help teachers achieve a better work/life balance. Representatives from Colorado, Idaho and Utah worked together to develop annual and strategic plans for their state alumni associations and joined local alumni members to learn more about how to start alumni chapters. One participant joined as a life member before the conference was over. These conferences are designed to engage individual members, local FFA alumni leaders, state FFA alumni leaders, agricultural educators and others involved with agricultural education. The event format allows for networking and socializing with fellow FFA alumni, idea sharing and collecting feedback to address obstacles, learning and training in areas of advocacy, leadership, chapter business operations and more. A photo from the Utah conference is attached. To learn about the other ten 2017 RDCs, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, February 10, 2017: Biotech info battle, government policy affecting ag, and a moose on thin ice. Check out Hannah’s blog and art—and consider sending in your own “Ag Story.” 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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 6, 2017

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:
  • Identifyingopportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2017

February 5- 7
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Mobile, AL
March 13-15
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Washington, D.C.

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.

 

 

NAAE

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act
A newly-designed website is now available to help provide you with resources and information about the Smith-Hughes Act. Click here for historical images, lesson plans, articles, and additional information about the legislation that helped transform agricultural education.
National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application Now Available
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 outstanding preservice agriculture teachers to represent us at the National FFA Convention, and throughout the year as ambassadors, promoting the profession and encouraging others to Teach Ag! Click here to apply TODAY!
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. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Show Us Your FFA Spirit!
Earn cash for your chapter! 2017 Chapter Tee Contest entries are due Feb. 24, 2017. Winning chapters earn 50 percent of first-year profits! Check out our website for rules.

Apply Now: New Century Farmer
The application deadline for New Century Farmer is quickly approaching! Know an FFA member who has experience in production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training, or other activities? Are they a former FFA member currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! Held July 16-22, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa, this all-expenses paid conference will be packed with interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application closes Feb. 15, 2017. Visit the New Century Farmer webpage for more information.

Tell Your Story
Help us tell the story of FFA on Rural Radio! The latest and greatest of FFA is featured on the weekly radio program FFA Today, found on SiriusXM Channel 147, sister station of RFD-TV. We need your help telling the world about the wonderful things FFA members, advisors and chapters are doing. If you have a unique story to share, send us a note at ffatoday@ffa.org. Your story may appear on the show, which airs on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET. If you miss a show, you can find previously aired interviews on theNational FFA Podbean page.

National FFA Week Materials Online
National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It's a time to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. Visit FFA.org for everything you’ll need to have a successful week.

Grow Your Chapter Funds
The Tractor Supply Company Grants for Growing application is now live through Feb. 13 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The fundraising period will take place during National FFA Week, Feb., 17-26, with $1 paper emblems for sale at the checkout of Tractor Supply stores. Every dollar raised in your state stays in your state to help fund grant projects.

CASE

CASE Institute Scholarship Application Available
Generous contributions from the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation have provided partial CASE Institute scholarships for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director, at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

2017 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the 26 CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017 and applications will be approved on a rolling basis.

FFA Alumni

Alumni Regional Development Conferences
The National FFA Alumni Association is bringing professional, personal and FFA alumni development to the masses. The calendar is set for the 2017 Regional Development Conferences! Check out where and when all 11 RDCs will be this coming year! These conferences are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about FFA Alumni! Follow this link to find out more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, February 3, 2017: A bacon rumor sizzled for its 15 minutes of fame on social media, trade and other ag issues stay hot on Capitol Hill, and Dutch zookeepers encourage orangutans to date on social media. 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).