Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 9/11/2017

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Sep 11, 2017





September 11, 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


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

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.




Running for NAAE Office? Submit Your MOU by September 15th!
If you're planning to run for NAAE Regional Vice President, Secretary, or President-elect, you must submit a Memorandum of Understanding to NAAE. Click here to download the MOU.
National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program Application Now Available
This fall, preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive, hands-on agriscience training program at the 2017 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Selected participants will be challenged to develop inquiry-based lessons to use during their student-teaching experience, as well as when they enter the teaching profession. Applications are due by Friday, September 22nd. Click here for more information and to apply today! 
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! Also, check out these graphic organizers to help you follow along with the live webcast!
National Officer Candidate Webinar
Monday, October 2nd
4:00-4:45pm EDT
Please mark your calendars for the annual agriculture teacher recruitment and retention update for FFA National Officer candidates and stakeholders. Questions are encouraged and may be sent ahead of time to The session will not be recorded. Click here to register for the webinar.
2017 NAAE Convention
The NAAE room block at the Gaylord Opryland is full for Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights, December 4,5 and 8. You can check the ACTE housing block here to see if they have availability for those nights. Make sure to follow this link for all other NAAE Convention details. See you in Nashville!!
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. Krantz explains every antibiotic for pigs has a strict withdrawal time which farmers must adhere to, per federal regulations, to ensure the antibiotic is cleared from the pig’s system before the pig is sent to market. Click here to watch the video.


Blue Buffalo to Support the National FFA Organization in Partnership with Tractor Supply Co.
From now until Oct.1, for each 30-lb. bag of Blue Buffalo Adult Chicken & Brown Rice, Adult Lamb & Brown Rice or Adult Large Breed Chicken & Brown Rice purchased at Tractor Supply Stores nationwide, Blue Buffalo will make a donation to the National FFA Organization. Click herefor more information.

Apply Now: SAE Grants
The 2017 SAE Grant application is now open. Supervised agricultural experiences (SAE) are a core part of agricultural education. Thanks to our sponsors, 152 SAE Grants worth $1,000 each are available this year to help FFA members start or expand an SAE.

To apply, members must log in to their account. The application can be accessed through the Application Center; click Open Your FFA Dashboard on the top right of the website and select SAE Grant in the Apply Now toolbox. This link will take you to the Application Center where you can access and complete the grant application. You can also access the application from the SAE Grants webpage (or from the homepage, select Participate then Grants & Scholarships then SAE Grants). If you are an AET user, you can access the application from the AET website by clicking on Reports, then Degree/Application Manager, then selecting SAE Grants from the drop-down menu.

Applications are due online by Nov. 15, 2017, at 5 p.m. PT. SAE Grant recipients will be announced in late December, this year. Contact Brett Evans, SAE education specialist, at or 317-803-4233 for questions.

Volunteer to Help at Convention
The educational development and evaluation team is seeking collegiate volunteers to assist with various expo booths and teacher workshops during the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. Volunteers help with setup, facilitation/discussion with students, and teardown. Each volunteer will be assigned to one of the following areas: FFA educational resources booth, We Are FFA booth, AgExplorer booth, or teacher workshops. Click here to access the application and to find out more information on the responsibilities and duties of a volunteer. The deadline to apply is midnight EDT on Sept. 15, 2017.

Register Now for the New AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip
Join us live on Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. ET to meet the professionals working to solve one of the greatest challenges this century: feeding the globe’s growing population. On this virtual field trip, we will transport your students to Syngenta’s Research and Development Center at Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, N.C., to discover how agriculture is using innovative science, research and technology to revolutionize the way crops are grown. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to expose your students to a variety of potential career paths that are critical to solving today’s real-world challenges. Register today and submit your student questions ahead of time for the chance to have them answered live. Visit to learn more and register.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
Does your chapter have an idea to help with hurricane or wildfire relief? Apply for an FFA Day of Service Mini-Grant. The mini-grants are available to middle school, high school, and collegiate/alumni chapters to serve communities in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.

Applications submitted by the last day of each month are reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. Therefore, applications submitted by September 30th will be awarded by October 15th. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit  


Best Practices and Innovations Conference 2017
Join ACTE in Albuquerque, NM for the 2017 Best Practices and Innovations Conference, September 27-29. The annual Best Practices and Innovations in Career and Technical Education conference showcases the trending issues and best practices for CTE Administrators. Presented by NCLA and ACTE, Best Practices is co-hosted by Central New Mexico Community College and the New Mexico Association for Career and Technical Education. Click here for more information and to register today!


Fiona the hippo knows how to play to the camera.


Friday Notes
Friday, Sept. 8, 2017:  Dealing with chronic hunger, living with massive storms, and putting out wildfires. USDA nominations continue, artificial intelligence affects food production, and Fiona the hippo becomes a star -- check out these and many more ag/science stories.

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.