Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 5/8/17

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on May 8, 2017








May 8, 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


May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
June 25-28
NAAE REGION VI Conference/ New England Ag Teachers (NEAT) Conference
Portsmouth, NH
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
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.




NAAE Award Applications DUE NEXT MONDAY!!
Your accomplishments deserve to be recognized! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th, so make sure to begin your application soon. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals -- DUE FRIDAY!!
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 NAAE Awards Judging Committee -- APPLY BY FRIDAY, MAY 12TH!!
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. Each committee volunteer must be a NAAE member and will judge up to 10 award applications using the required NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
NAAE Position Announcement
NAAE is currently seeking qualified applicants for a Membership Coordinator/Program Assistant. For more details on the job description and to apply, please click here.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium Application Now Available
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors. There are two FAST symposium opportunities to choose from.  While not identical in nature, both include customized professional development, networking and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country. You are only eligible to attend one of the experiences annually. Between 15-25 participants will be selected for each session. Applications are due May 29th. Click here for more information and to apply.
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 teaches horse care to 4-H student Camille who wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. First Dr. Fuller shows how to perform a physical exam on a horse, then her associate Dr. Lindsey Peck demonstrates dental care to their local 4-H youth group in Northwestern New York State. Click hereto watch the video.


2017 CASE Institute Registration – Register Now
Register soon to attend a CASE Institute before time runs out! CASE Institute registration for the upcoming summer will close in the coming months! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Each site is 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.


Apply Now! Yearlong Living to Serve Grant
FFA is excited to announce that the 2017-2018 Yearlong Living to Serve grant application is now open and available in both English and Spanish! Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $3,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects that address community needs in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.
To access the application visit Grants are due June 15th, 2017. Please contact the Living to Serve Team with any questions.
Register Now: AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip at Cargill
During May’s virtual field trip at Cargill, AgExplorer will take students inside the world of agriculture to learn how careers in science and technology play a key role in getting food to your table in a safe and affordable way. Students will hear from numerous Cargill employees who represent a variety of interesting careers, from a food marketer to a food scientist and more. Registration for the event is free, and classrooms around the globe can participate by asking a question via or on social media with #AgExplorerVFT.
Apply Now: National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you have an FFA member who excels in career development events and also has time to march in the school band? Or perhaps you know of a member who performs each year at your annual banquet? Encourage them to share their talents with other FFA members from across the country! National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent applications are now available Band, chorus and talent are three groups that offer a unique opportunity for members to exhibit their musical talents, in addition to their love for agriculture! Applications are due by Friday, July 7.
Sail Into Summer Using My Journey
As the school year ends, are you searching for engaging lesson plans or other resources? Check out the new content on My Journey! There are several FREE lesson plans, tips and open resources within My Journey. Discover a lesson about Land O’Lakes and their brands and resources from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association on the Explore page. Head over to the Build page for an employability skills lesson on networking and a service-learning focus area and measurable outcomes document. On the Connect page, you will find a current event article from The Progressive Farmer, “Ag Merger Mania,” and alumni promotional resources. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page as you discuss careers in agriculture, and be sure to look through past months’ resources in our Archive.
National Officer Nominating Committee: Nomination Form Now Open
Do you know someone who would make a good nominating committee representative? Then follow the below steps:

90th National FFA Convention & Expo Website Now Live
Information for this year’s convention and expo is now live on Find out the annual convention theme, concert performers, opening session speaker, planning information and more to help with planning.

2017 Scholarship Results Are In!
In 2017, 115 businesses and individuals provided scholarships designed to fit a wide variety of student experiences, career goals and higher education plans. More than 8,300 students applied. The National FFA Organization awarded 1,883 scholarships valued at more than $2.7 million!

A list of recipients is now available on  Click Participate/Grants & Scholarships/Scholarships for a link to the scholarship results. Recipients are located first by their high school state then alphabetically by student last name. Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May. (Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1, 2017, should email

Information about the 2018 scholarship program will be available on Nov. 15, 2017.

New Official FFA Student Handbook Available
The 16th edition of the Official FFA Student Handbook is now available. The handbook features updated opening ceremonies, Official Dress guidelines, supervised agricultural experience descriptions, career development event/leadership development event information, tips, resource connections and stimulating thoughts designed to engage readers. In addition to the handbook, printed poster sets are available for purchase on Additional free resources are available


Have You Seen ACTE’s Industry Connect Blog?
ACTE’s new Industry Connect Blog offers visitors the chance to learn about current connections between educators and employers within the CTE community. Blog topics to date have included accounts of specific education-industry partnerships, as well as the skills gaps and career opportunities in fields like advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology, and we welcome Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources topics from the Ag Ed Division. We are currently looking for blog writers for the summer and fall. If you are interested, please contact Kevin Oshinskie.











Friday Notes
Friday, May 5, 2017: Temple Grandin will be honored, Ag Secretary Perdue announces directives, and late blizzards turn deadly for cattle in the Great Plains. Also, go to the horse races, enter a deadly English garden, and get bugged by a new snack at the ballpark. 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 Land O’Lakes.