Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 2/6/17

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Feb 6, 2017









February 6, 2017


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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action


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


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

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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.


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 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 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 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

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!











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).