Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 2/27/17

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Feb 27, 2017






February 27, 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:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events


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

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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.




Washington Leadership Conference Online Registration Opens Wednesday, March 1 at 1 p.m. EST
Advisors and members must first log in to then navigate to 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
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 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 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 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.


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

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.


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:











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).