Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 11/13/2017

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Nov 13, 2017








November 13, 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.

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December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

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November News & Views
It's almost time for NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee! Get all the info you need about coming to convention, meet some outstanding ag teachers, see what is going on with the Teach Ag Campaign, and hear about the importance of professional development! All this and so much more in November's edition of News & Views!
NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator Position Available
We are looking for qualified applicants for the position of Communications/Marketing Coordinator. For more information and to apply, please follow this link.
Apply for the 2018 Teach Ag Intern Position!
The intern position will start in May 2018 and the end date will depend on performance, but may last until April 2019. The intern will be stationed out of the NAAE office, located on the University of Kentucky campus, in Lexington, KY for eight weeks during the summer. The remainder of the internship will be completed remotely. Applications are due by Sunday, January 7th, 2018. Click here for more information and to apply.
Apply to be a NAAE Intern!
We are currently seeking qualified applicants for our summer internships. Our available internships are in the areas of advocacy, communications, and professional development. Check out our website for more information and to apply by December 15th!
2018 State Teach Ag Results (STAR) Program Enrollment
The 2018 STAR program enrollment is open to all states who desire to create a recruitment and retention leadership team to address agriculture teacher supply and demand challenges in a meaningful and results-driven manner. Grant funds are available to all states who enroll and agree to the requirements of the program. Intent to participate forms are due by December 1 to be eligible for 2018 grant funds. Contact Ellen Thompson at for more information.
2017 NAAE Convention
The NAAE Convention app is now live! Make sure to download it in the App Store or Google Play to personalize your schedule, create your member profile, and keep up-to-date on what is happening at convention! If you downloaded the app last year, make sure to update it for this year's convention information. Thanks Merck for sponsoring the app!
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 and to register. See you in Nashville!!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Pete Ostrum and his fellow vets work with the Shultz family to help keep their dairy cows healthy and advise on managing the herd. Click here to watch the video.


Hurricanes Irma and Maria Relief for Puerto Rico
Many of you have reached out about helping our friends in Puerto Rico, after hurricanes Irma and Maria. The situation, as widely reported, is devastating. There is significant catastrophic damage, and lines for rationed food, gas, and water often stretch for days.Survival remains the top priority. The storms have especially impacted our FFA members and advisors, many of whom work and live on the outskirts of the heaviest-populated centers.
National FFA recently established limited contact with state staff in Puerto Rico, and we are working with them to see how we can help. We will pass along news about how to support our FFA members in Puerto Rico, when it becomes available. We ask that you direct any questions to our Local Program Success team.
If you would like to help with a financial contribution, please send a check or money order to:
PR FFA Association
Attn:  Noemi Ramirez – FFA Executive Secretary
P.O. Box 190759
San Juan, PR 00919-0759
Make checks payable to the Futuros Agricultores de America (the account name is registered in Spanish). Write “Hurricane Relief” in the memo section of the check or money order. Donations are tax-deductible.As soon as we have news from our chapters in the U.S. Virgin Islands, we will let you know.
Virtual Field Trip: STEM Careers Improving Animal Health - Zoetis
Take a sneak peek into the next AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip where we will look into careers found at Zoetis, a global animal health company. This company provides medicines, vaccines, and a wide-range of services to veterinarians, livestock producers, and others who care for farm and companion animals. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to expose your students to a variety of STEM careers that are crucial to solving real-world challenges to improve animal health. We hope you will tune in live on Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. ET. You can register for the event here.
Apply Now for an SAE Grant — Deadline is This Wednesday!
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. Some grants also offer a matching $1,000 grant to FFA chapters.
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 select SAE Grants from the drop-down menu.Applications are due online this Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET (phone and email assistance will not be available after 6 p.m. so don’t wait until the last minute). SAE Grant recipients will be announced in late December. Contact Brett Evans, SAE education specialist, at or 317-803-4233 for questions.
Watch FFA in Action
If you haven’t had a chance, take a few minutes to check out our FFA Video Center. We have videos on topics ranging from careers in agriculture and FFA history, to supervised agricultural experiences. Speaking of SAE's, we recently added a new video profile on FFA member Peyton Moore, from Bullard, Texas, and her SAE in agritourism. She works on her family’s pumpkin patch. On fall weekends, people can pick their own pumpkins while Peyton helps to educate them about how pumpkins are grown, as well as about agriculture in general.
More SAE videos from Texas and New Mexico will be added soon, so check back often.
Relive the National Convention and Expo
Catch up on the action from the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo on, FFA New Horizons and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #ICanWeWillFFA. If you weren’t able to join us, we captured all of the highlights in this quick video.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available For National FFA Week Service Events
Is your FFA chapter planning to host a service event during National FFA Week in February? Apply for a Day of Service Mini-Grant by December 31st to help with logistical costs. To learn more about the grant and access the application in English or Spanish, visit
FFA State Day of Service Grant Due Dec. 1
A reminder that the application for the FFA State Day of Service Grant is now available at and is due December 1. This is a competitive funding opportunity for all FFA state associations or foundations to help infuse service activities at the state-level. If you have any questions, please email

FFA Alumni

Mobilizing Legions of Volunteers
The National FFA Alumni Association is proud to announce that growth in the association has hit another record! In 2009, there were 50,307 alumni members; today, there are 344,239 alumni members! Each day, the national staff works with the goal in mind to have more people at the local level helping our FFA chapters. More information on alumni membership can be found at


DuPont Pioneer Commits $175,000 to Food and Agricultural Education Grants
DuPont Pioneer will award $175,000 in grants to agriscience educators to fund training and classroom resources that will help them implement advanced agricultural curriculum. Grant recipients are teachers who are implementing Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) in their classrooms. Click here for a link to the application. The deadline to apply is November 13th.
The 2018 CASE Institute Schedule is Now Available!
Click here for the 2018 CASE Institute Schedule.
Registration for 2018 CASE Institutes opens December 1st. Each site can accommodate approximately 20 participants. This year’s offerings include several fast track institutes. Fast track institutes are for teachers with at least one prior CASE certification or the Pedagogical Theory and Implementation (PTI) training. Pre-Institute homework is required. PTI training must be completed prior to the kickoff of the fast track institute and will have online coursework and an additional fee. The hours to complete PTI training and a fast track institute will be similar to hours at a standard institute.Many CASE Institutes' registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they secure the appropriate funding.


Fall Line-Up for #TeachAgChat
#TeachAgChats this Fall are on Thursday nights from 8pm EST to 9pm EST. They move quick! All are welcome, including: agriscience teachers, agriscience pre-service teachers, agriculture students, faculty concerned with advancing agricultural education, extension, leadership and communication strategies, and ANYONE who believes in agricultural education!!
  • November 16 -- Informal Science Education, Communication, and Extension for Increasing Public Science Literacy
  • December 14 -- Cultivating Digital Citizenship Through Agricultural Youth Organizations

Advance CTE

Excellence in Action Award
Applications to the 2018 Excellence in Action award are open! Advance CTE's annual Excellence in Action award recognizes and honors superior Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study from across the nation. Applications are due November 15th. Click herefor more information and to apply.


Your Vote, Your Voice
2018 is an ACTE Ag Ed Division election year -- make sure you vote! From December 8, 2017 through January 8, 2018, current ACTE members will have the opportunity to vote for the following Board of Directors positions:
  • ACTE President-Elect
  • Region V Vice President
  • Health Science Education Division Vice President
  • Agricultural Education Division Vice President
  • Region III Vice President-Elect

Click here for more information about the election process and to see who this year's candidates are.





The salmon farming debate in Norway gets heated.




Friday Notes
Friday, November 10, 2017: The evolution of a science movie, several links about agricultural research, Norwegians debate salmon farming, and you too can order a CRISPR gene-editing kit. Check out these and many more ag/science stories.

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