Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 5/15/17

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on May 15, 2017





May 15, 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 TODAY!!
Your accomplishments deserve to be recognized! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due today, May 15th, so make sure to begin your application soon. Click here for more information and to apply today!
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!
Podcast Series about Women Agribusiness Leaders
Sara Steever, the president of Paulsen, an ag marketing firm in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has an ongoing podcast series called Spark: Women in Agribusiness, where she interviews top females in a variety of agriculture-related positions. The interviews are short and interesting, and the women talk about how they got to where they are today, what drew them to agriculture and their careers, and more. Click here for more information and to watch the videos.
May News & Views
Gear up for summer professional development! Check out what is happening at the upcoming regional meetings, register for the NAAE Virtual Book Club, and meet the newest flagship sponsor for Communities of Practice! All this & more in the May edition of News & Views!
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.
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
2017-18 National Teach Ag Ambassadors Selected
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 preservice agriculture teachers to serve as ambassadors at National FFA Convention, and throughout the year at their respective universities and states. Click here to see who was selected and to read the full press release.
BASF Newest Sponsor of the National Teach Ag Campaign
BASF recently made the commitment to sponsor the National Teach Ag Campaign for 2017. Click here to watch our video announcement.
Register for the NAAE Virtual Book Club
This summer we will be immersing ourselves in a culture of excellence with Start. Right. Now., by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas. Click here to register by June 9th!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Travis Henry and Dr. Molly Rice transport their ambulatory equine dental trailer from their clinic in Wisconsin to CJ's ranch in Illinois. Legacy is an elderly mare due for a six-month checkup. Click here to view 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.


$3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant
How will your chapter serve your community? Clifton Ridge Middle School FFA (GA) created a school-wide composting program to help reduce the amount of waste headed to landfills.
Middle and high school chapters may submit a Yearlong Living to Serve application with a plan to tackle a community need during the 2017-2018 school year. Grants up to $3,000 will be awarded in the focus areas of: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application, in English or Spanish,  Grants are due June 15th, 2017. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at with any questions.
Award-winning FFA Chapters Share Stories of Success 
The 2016 Chapter Success Guide is now available! Each chapter that was selected as a national finalist in the National Chapter Award Program is highlighted in this publication. This document can be accessed in PDF on the national chapter award program webpage.
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:

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 12, 2017: The importance of ag innovation and research; changes at the UDSA; and musicians like Ed Sheeran focus on childhood diseases. Also check out sheep on bikes, goats at work, and dogs on the farm. 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.