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January 29, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

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

2018

February 4
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Jacksonville, FL
March 5-7
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC

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.

 

NAAE

National Policy Seminar
March 5-7
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA
Learn how to craft your CTE message, engage with members of Congress, hear the lastest on Perkins reauthorization & more!Click here for more information and to register.
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.Click here for more information and to apply today!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Lindsey Peck of Marks Farms gives us a tour of her calf barn and explains how she cares for all the baby cows. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

FFA Scholarships Deadline Is Feb. 1!
The deadline to submit the 2018 National FFA Scholarship Application is rapidly approaching!
  • The online application must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m.* EST on Feb. 1, 2018.
  • The required Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2018.
Membership:
  • FFA student membership must be submitted to the National FFA Organization no later than March 1, 2018.
Instructions, details and helpful tools are available at FFA.org/scholarships. (FFA members – obtain Invite Code from FFA advisor before registering in FFA.org.)  Please review additional eligibility requirements for the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (presented by the Monsanto Fund) and the Built Ford Tough dealer scholarship program.Direct questions, comments or concerns via email to Scholarships@FFA.org.*No technical support after 5 p.m. EST
Apply Now: Grants for Growing
The successful Grants for Growing Chapter Grant Program is back, thanks to Tractor Supply Company (TSC). Advisors can complete a grant application on FFA.org now until Feb. 14. Eligibility is based on how the grant money will be used plus volunteer hours and promotional activities during the fundraising period. This is a competitive grant process; any volunteer hours or promotional activities during the fundraising period do not guarantee an award. The fundraising period in 2018 will be Feb. 16-25, incorporating National FFA Week, and includes paper emblems sold at TSC checkouts. Every dollar raised in a state stays in that state, and 10 percent of all funds raised go to the state FFA foundation. Last year, TSC and its customers raised $731,345 to award more than 300 FFA chapter and 48 state FFA foundation grants. Visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing for more information.
American Egg Board Launches FFA Chapter ContestThe American Egg Board kicked off its second Incredible! FFA Chapter Contest. The contest encourages FFA members to nominate their local chapters and the incredible work they’re doing for a chance to win one of three grants worth up to $2,000. Entries can be submitted via an online submission form with a description of what makes the nominated chapter incredible and how the grant funds would be used to impact the chapter. Submissions will be accepted until 11 p.m. ET on Feb. 15. You must live in one of the 50 states or Washington, D.C., to be eligible for entry. Winners will be announced on or after March 2, 2018. Nominated chapters will have a chance to win one of three grants – one for $2,000 and two for $1,500. For more information and official contest rules, visit AEB.org/FFA.
DUE THURSDAY! Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant
Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $1,200 to support semester-long service-learning projects that meet community needs in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application, in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Applications are due February 1, 2018. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school and alumni chapters to make a difference in your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Please note: For Day of Service Mini-Grants, when you should apply is determined by the date of your service event. Requirements for event dates have been updated. To learn more and see a full list of the Day of Service Mini-Grant dates, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.

CASE

2018 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the twenty-five CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register 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 Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin, regarding any additional questions.
2018 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 2, 2018.

ACTE

Amplify CTE with a Thunderclap on Feb. 1st
“Today is the first day of Career and Technical Education Month. Learn more and Join the celebration! #CTEMonth"
Show your support for CTE Month by participating in our Thunderclap Campaign through Twitter or Facebook and help us reach as many people as possible! Click here to learn more.
CTE Month
Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Follow this link for more information and to celebrate!

CAST

 

Catching a wave—extreme style.

Friday, January 26, 2018: Big changes in the brave new world of grocery buying. Farm bill proposals, cloned monkeys, and robotic grape pickers. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 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.

 

Owl Pellets – Tips for Ag Teachers

Tune in for Throwback Week!
Follow us on social media to find the most popular research-based tips we’ve posted over the past two years. From sub plans, to teaching FFA history, to helping administrators understand the benefits of CDEs, to challenging our beliefs about the three-circle model, the Owl Pellets team gives you tips you can incorporate into your program today!
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January 22, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

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

2018

February 4
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Jacksonville, FL
March 5-7
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C
.April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC

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.

 

NAAE

January News & Views
It's time to advocate for our programs and careers! Hear from our newly-elected president, find out what is going on with Perkins Reauthorization & so much more in the January edition of News & Views!
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Heather Weir mentors vet student Willy Brock through a complex surgery at Colorado State University Teaching Hospital. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

New Century Farmer Application Now Open
Know an FFA member who has experience in the field of production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member who’s currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! To be held July 8-14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa, this all-expense paid conference will be packed with interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application is now live and closes Feb. 15, 2018. Head here for more information.
Apply Now: Grants for Growing
The successful Grants for Growing Chapter Grant Program is back, thanks to Tractor Supply Company (TSC). Advisors can complete a grant application on FFA.org now until Feb. 14. Eligibility is based on how the grant money will be used plus volunteer hours and promotional activities during the fundraising period. This is a competitive grant process; any volunteer hours or promotional activities during the fundraising period do not guarantee an award. The fundraising period in 2018 will be Feb. 16-25, incorporating National FFA Week, and includes paper emblems sold at TSC checkouts. Every dollar raised in a state stays in that state, and 10 percent of all funds raised go to the state FFA foundation. Last year, TSC and its customers raised $731,345 to award more than 300 FFA chapter and 48 state FFA foundation grants. Visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing for more information.
American Egg Board Launches FFA Chapter Contest
The American Egg Board kicked off its second Incredible! FFA Chapter Contest. The contest encourages FFA members to nominate their local chapters and the incredible work they’re doing for a chance to win one of three grants worth up to $2,000. Entries can be submitted via an online submission form with a description of what makes the nominated chapter incredible and how the grant funds would be used to impact the chapter. Submissions will be accepted until 11 p.m. ET on Feb. 15. You must live in one of the 50 states or Washington, D.C., to be eligible for entry. Winners will be announced on or after March 2, 2018. Nominated chapters will have a chance to win one of three grants – one for $2,000 and two for $1,500. For more information and official contest rules, visit AEB.org/FFA.
Still Time to Apply! Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant
What community need can your agriculture students address this spring? Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $1,200 to support semester-long service-learning projects that meet community needs in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application, in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Applications are due February 1, 2018. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
This is a reminder that National FFA now has Day of Service Mini-Grants available to middle school, high school, and alumni chapters to make a difference in your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Please note: For Day of Service Mini-Grants, when you should apply is determined by the date of your service event. Requirements for event dates have been updated. To learn more and see a full list of the Day of Service Mini-Grant dates, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.

CASE

2018 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the twenty-five CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register 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 Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin, regarding any additional questions.
2018 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 2, 2018 and applications will be approved on a rolling basis.

#GLAG18

Global Learning in Agriculture! Opportunity January 22nd –26th
Interested in learning more about how to advance global learning in agriculture in your program? Engage with innovative professional development available both live and on-demand with the Global Learning in Agriculture (#GLAG18) Conference: Cultivating Global Learners, the week of January 22nd. There will be more than 12 on-demand presentations from educators for educators, three live presentations, a dynamic keynote on “Transforming Global Agriculture through Youth Engagement,” and an interactive workshop! Digital access is available for $25. Follow these links to see the Program or register now! Questions? Email teachag@psu.edu.

FFA Alumni

Meet the 2017-18 FFA Alumni Council
The National FFA Alumni Association is excited to share that they have filled their 2017-18 National FFA Alumni Council! New board members are listed in italics below. For contact information on each member, visit FFA.org/support/alumni/council.
  • President: Robert Schmidig of Scio, Ore.
  • President-Elect: Bill Carlson of Hotchkiss, Colo.
  • Past President: Ron Lynch of Cissna Park, Ill.
  • Region I Vice President: Sid Freeman of Caldwell, Idaho
  • Region II Vice President: Glenda Summers of Craig, Colo.
  • Region III Vice President: Zach Classen of West Bend, Iowa
  • Region IV Vice President: Ted Hughes Jr. of Cisne, Ill.
  • Region V Vice President: Doug Register of Glen St. Mary, Fla.
  • Region VI Vice President: Chandler Vaughan of Keysville, Va.
  • Past National Officer: David Townsend of Townsend, Del.
  • Past National Officer: Taylor McNeel of Vilonia, Ark.
  • AAAE Representative: Jon W. Ramsey, Ph.D., of Stillwater, Okla.
  • NAAE Representative: Bill Davenport of Litchfield, Conn.
  • NASAE Representative: Leon Busdieker of Jefferson City, Mo.

ACTE

ACTE Announces Board of Directors 2018 Election Results  
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce the results of the recent election for several spots on its Board of Directors. The election was open to ACTE’s membership of 25,000 educators, administrators and other CTE professionals. The following members were elected:
  • Nancy Trivette, President-Elect
  • Scott Stone, Agriculture Education Division Vice President
  • Linda Romano, Health Science Education Division Vice President
  • Mark Branger, Region V Vice President
  • Lisa Stange, Region III Vice President-Elect
  • Nicole Cobb, Guidance and Career Development Division Vice President (appointed)
Click here to read more.

CAST

 

It ain’t easy getting an armadillo to say “ahh.”

Friday, January 19, 2018: Climate-smart agriculture, student career and study information, many links to university stories, and a look at pet vet procedures—from dogs to tarantulas to armadillos. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 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.

 

Owl Pellets – Tips for Ag Teachers

Tune in for Throwback Week!
Follow us on social media to find the most popular research-based tips we’ve posted over the past two years. From sub plans, to teaching FFA history, to helping administrators understand the benefits of CDEs, to challenging our beliefs about the three-circle model, the Owl Pellets team gives you tips you can incorporate into your program today!
Find us on:

 

 

 

 

 

 


Friday Notes is designed to enhance communication among various agricultural sectors, educators, students, and the public who are interested in a variety of plant, animal, food, and environmental issues. Friday Notes advocates the pursuit of credible, unbiased, science-based information. Material contained in linked articles is from the original authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of CAST.

In This Issue...... Click to Read
CAST, Social Media, and Communication--P. 2
Animal Agriculture News
Food Science and Safety News
Plant and Environment News
International News
General Interest News
Stars Collide

 

 

Astronomers predict that colliding stars will light up the night sky in 2022. Check here next week for information about the "super blue blood moon" coming on January 31.

 

 

Sunday with a Scientist

A University of Nebraska State Museum's program for children and families will focus on snakes, nanotechnology, and protein

 

 

    Branding Yourself    

The 2018 AMSA Student Leadership Conference will be held in Oklahoma on March 23-24. Registration is now open.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

mlk day of service_ flossmoor.org

 

Organizations around the country (including agricultural groups) will participate in service activities.

 

  Death-defying Dives 

When you picture a university professor doing research, it probably involved test tubes and beakers, not cave diving on the coast.  

 

   Calling All Vet Students   This program supports promising veterinarian students interested in food animal medicine.

 

    Farmer Voices  

Check out these animal agriculture social media sites produced by farmers.

 

 

  CAST Social Media

 

CAST social media circle, preziClick here for links to CAST sites: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest,videos, and blogs. 
January 12, 2018

 

     Raw Water and Raw Milk    

 

 

Nutritious options or raw deals?

 

 

 

 

cat and milking_ pbs.twimg.com

 

Apparently these consumers are raw milk fans.
Some of us grew up on farms long ago when everything seemed raw. We'd play in creeks, drink from bubbling springs, and squirt milk from our Guernsey's udder straight at an unsuspecting brother's face. 

But times have changed. Water quality is a major issue, and the types sold in plastic bottles range from Aqua Fina to Zephyrhills--and now "Live Water." And while milk might still come in long-recognized cartons, other products are now available, including "raw milk" purchased directly from farms.  

 

Debates about nutrition, labeling, cost, and safety have heated up also, and if you are like many of us, it is sometimes hard to figure it all out. The links here might give you some insights regarding raw water and raw milk, but many more opinions and news releases are available. As always, we recommend that you look to science and the most credible sources possible.

News and Views

 

 

The President Speaks at Ag Meeting: In an appearance before the American Farm Bureau Federation, President Trump spoke about the administration's moves to help farmers. He also expressed his support for crop insurance and made brief references to the controversial NAFTA negotiations. Another report points out that a majority of presidential appointments for the USDA are still unfilled.    

 

A Tech Push for Farmers? Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue focused on integrating technological innovation into American farms. Perdue also submitted the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.

 

Reflections on Farm Policy: Former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack responded to the comments from President Trump and Secretary Perdue. 

 

Credible or Not?  The ACSH organization wrote a guide to identify whether or not a scientific paper has been published in a legitimate scientific journal or a so-called predatory journal. They recommend that researchers, institutions, funders, regulators, and others work to assure credible science.  

  

 

News from the Far Side of the Barn

 

 

                    

 

 

frozen iguana_ independent.co.uk

 

Winter made an unwelcome visit to Florida, and in some places it was raining frozen iguanas. Most of them warmed up and survived.

A Snow No Go:  Horses are released to play in the snow, and they say, "Neigh."

 

Talk to Your Toilet and Cuddle with a Robot:  The annual consumer technology confabfeatures innovative products--some catch on, some don't.  

 

 

Hitchcock Was Right about "The Birds":  Researchers say certain Aussie Outback birds spread fire so they can feed on animals as they flee.           

 

         CAST Challenges YOU in 2018         

 

 

Announcements, links, and items keeping you tuned into

 

some of the happenings and opportunities at CAST

 

 

Contact Kylie Peterson (kpeterson@cast-science.org) for questions, comments, and input about CAST social media.
You may have noticed an increased focus on social media and effective science communication at CAST in 2017. It's been said many times and in many ways that more than two-thirds of Americans use social media as a source for their daily news. Since CAST's mission is to serve as a source for unbiased scientific information, it is crucial for us to be a part of the discussion on science, technology, and all things agriculture.

 

Did you know that you can play a huge role in making CAST's voice heard? As a board member, volunteer, donor, or friend of CAST, you can help us achieve our vision--a world where decision making related to agriculture and natural resources is based on credible information developed through reason, science, and consensus building instead of fake news and fear.

 

It's as simple as following CAST on social media--engage with our posts through likes, re-tweets, shares, comments, or even simply leaving a review. Let's make bringing awareness to CAST and actively advocating for science a part of your New Year's resolution!

 

To access CAST's social media accounts, click on the icons below.

 

                                   

                                                  

 

 

 

 

Note: Nominations are open for the 2018 Borlaug CAST Communication Award,

 

an honor that recognizes professionals actively working in agricultural, environmental, 

or food sectors while also promoting agricultural science in the public policy arena.

Due date--February 5.  

 

Globe (TopLatestNews)

Friday Notes News Categories

Photos courtesy of the Agricultural Research Service (top masthead); TopLatest News (globe at right). P. 1 MLK announcement from flossmoor.org, stars colliding pic from sciencemag.org, cat pic from pbs.twimg.com, internet symbol from extremetech.jpg, and iguana pic from independent.co.uk. Animal Sec. chicken pic from pinterest.com. Food Sec. cartoon from moonbattery.jpg. Plant Sec. tomato pic from dailymoss.com. Inter. Sec. market pic from nationalgeographic.com. Gen. Sec. Wonka photo from wonka.jpg. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the USDA Agricultural Research Service.    

   Baby Chicks

    Animal Agriculture and Environmental News

 

chickens chatting_ pinterest.com

 

"I don't know. You tell me first. Why did you cross the road?" This researcher says chickens have "patterns of speech" that reveal a lot about their well-being.
Facial Recognition (video):  Veterinarians and computer scientists from UC-Davis are developing a way to use facial recognition to identify pain in animals.
Chicken Check-in (Video): Baby chicks arrive at the farm within 24 hours of hatching. See what their first days on the farm are like.       

 

 

Terminator Cattle: Gene editing can determine an animal's sex, and the techniques are being used to produce male cattle for better meat marketing.

  

 

Young Inventor:  A young man with a "shocking product" was named Entrepreneur of the Year for his device designed to save baby pigsfrom being accidentally crushed by sows. 

  

Biotech Bugs:  A Cornell professor says that with the flick of a genetic switch, agriculture could turn the sex drive of an insect against itself.

 

 

Dairy Trends: This report examines three dairy management trendsto watch in 2018.           

 

 

Dog Flu:  Veterinarians and pet owners across the country are warning dog lovers to get their pooch vaccinated with a newly released drug after an outbreak of canine influenza.

 

Pork Exports:  According to this report, U.S. pork exports broke another record

 

Poultry Feed Efficiency:  University of Arkansas scientists are out to discover the impact mitochondrial activity in chicken cells has on a bird's ability to convert food into muscle.

 


Salmonella (FSIS)

   Food Science and Safety News

 

 

Homer's diet plan did not work well. This writer gives five reasons to opt out of the obsessed diet culture this year.
Kids and Diets Around The World:  This photographer traveled around the world and photographed kids alongside what they ate in one week's time.

 

Mislabeled? (opinion):  This article looks at why it is no surprise that consumers do not trust food labels

 

Beneficial Fiber: Some research supports the concept that dietary fiber can be a valuable part of a healthful diet.  

 

Naked Bacon:  This Northern Irish food manufacturer is looking to make "healthier" bacon.  

 

Brain-boosting Bacon?  This report says that mothers who consume eggs and bacon during the last three months of their term tend to have smarter babies.         

 

Beyond Burger:  The Beyond Burger will be added to the menuat more than 450 TGI Fridays U.S. locations nationwide.      

            

 

    Plant Agriculture and Environmental News

 

 

Facial recognition technology may allow farmers to identify plant diseases from the field--researchers hope to train computers to recognize crop diseases from photos. 
Neonic Freeze in California:  Pesticide manufacturers and applicators are examining the impacts of a California decision to "freeze" uses for neonicotinoids while the state re-evaluates their effects on pollinators.

 

Glyphosate Debate (opinion):  Kevin Folta of the University of Florida says the attack on glyphosate is not science based and farmers need to be part of the conversation surrounding the weed killer. 

 

 

Peanut Power: According to the Southern Crop Production Association, a five-year research project gives scientists a map to unlock some of the genetic potential of the peanut plant.               

      

Soybean Color:  A study shows that lightening the color of soybean leaves may increase the growth and yield of this major world food crop.

 

Online Game about Ecosystems:  Students learning to balance agricultural production with environmental impacts have a new resource developed by Iowa State University.

 

Grants for Organic Research:  The USDA announced the availability of $17.6 million in grants focused on organic agriculture research, education, and extension activities.

  World and Plug (SFGate)

  International News  

 

thailand market_ nationalgeographic.com

 

This night market in Bangkok, Thailand, offers food stands and discounted goods for tourists and locals alike.
Dairy in the Emerald Isle:  Record Irish exports were led by dairy products in 2017.     

 

From Seed to Seat:  This British gardener doesn't build furniture, he grows it.
  

 

Bird Flu in the Middle East: Iraq has culled tens of thousands of chickens amid a serious bird flu outbreak.

            

 

Hidden Hunger:  HarvestPlus announced it has been awarded $15 million as one of the finalists in a challenge to work on a global problem--hidden hunger.

 

 

The Heat Is On Down Under: Australia had its third-hottest year on record in 2017, and farmers warn that unpredictable seasons are hurting the $47 billion agricultural sector.

 

Bat Disaster (related to above): Hundreds of bats had their "brains fried" as Sydney experienced temperatures of 117 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Sizing Up South American Crops:  This is the time of year when South American weather is critically important for impacting potential crop yields.         


  General Interest News

 

willy wonka

 

Willy Wonka Approves: Scientists are using gene-editing techniques to help the threatened cacao plant--the source of chocolate.
Urban Ag Going Global:  Researchers have assessed the value of urban agriculture and quantified its benefits on a global scale.

 

Driverless Tractors: This system allows a farmer to set staging and unloading locations in a field, adjust speed, monitor location, and command the grain cart to sync precisely to the speed and direction of the combine.

 

Top Ten Ag Deals: During the past year, farm technology negotiationsincluded a few high-profile venture capital exits and some of the largest deals on record.

 

Gut Reaction:  This edible sensor could reveal what our gut microbes are up to--science-based information about our food and medicines and their abilities to act in harmony with our resident microbes.   

 

From Ice Cream to Ag:  Dippin' Dots Company--with its flash-frozen process and 30 years of cryogenic experience--offers patented technology and equipment to other industries, such as ag and animal feed.

CAST Information

 

YouTubeCheck out CAST's page at the YouTube site to view highly regarded ag-science videos about probiotics, food safety, and water issues--or the latest video dealing with proposed mandatory labeling of GMO food items.

 

fishing ideas kgtohbuIf you have a good idea for a CAST publication, contact us by clicking HERE for the "Proposal Format and Background Information Form."

 

 

CAST provides Friday Notes as a benefit to its members.  Please do not forward, edit, copy, or distribute the Notes in any form to nonmembers without the express permission of the CAST Executive Vice President Kent Schescke (kschescke@cast-science.org). Instead, please encourage your colleagues to join CAST and thereby become eligible for all membership benefits. Contact Colleen Hamilton at 515-292-2125, ext. 224 or chamilton@cast-science.org, or CLICK HERE for CAST membership information.

 

Societies, Companies, and Nonprofit Organizations

Serving on the CAST Board of Representatives

         

 

* American Association of Avian Pathologists

 

* American Association of Bovine Practitioners 

* American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, & Resources-Agricultural Management   

* American Dairy Science Association 

* American Farm Bureau Federation 

* American Meat Science Association 

* American Meteorological Society, Committee on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
* American Seed Trade Association

* American Society for Nutrition Nutritional Sciences Council   

* American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
* American Society of Agronomy 

* American Society of Animal Science  

* American Society of Plant Biologists                                      world supported by plants and animals

* American Veterinary Medical Association

* Aquatic Plant Management Society
* BASF Corporation 

* Croplife America 

* Crop Science Society of America                                                                      

* DuPont   

* Elanco Animal Health
* Entomological Society of America

* Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
* Land O'Lakes                                  

* Monsanto
* National Corn Growers Association/Iowa Corn Promotion Board
* National Milk Producers Federation                                                                                       

* National Pork Board

* North Carolina Biotechnology Center      

* North Central Weed Science Society

* Northeastern Weed Science Society                             

* Poultry Science Association                                                   

 

* Society for In Vitro Biology
* Soil Science Society of America                         

 

* Syngenta Crop Protection
* The Fertilizer Institute
* Tyson Foods   

* United Soybean Board 

* Weed Science Society of America 

* Western Society of Weed Science

 

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Members of CAST's Education Program

 

 

* Cal Poly
* Cornell University
* Iowa State University 

* Kansas State University
* Mississippi State University     

* North Carolina State University  

* Texas A&M University College of Ag & Life Sciences  

* The Ohio State University  

* University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

* University of California-Davis   

* University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

* University of Kentucky  

* University of Nebraska Agricultural Research Division                                     

* University of Nevada

 

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January 8, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

 

Mission

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

2018

February 4
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Jacksonville, FL
March 5-7
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC

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.

 

NAAE

December News & Views
What a fantastic time we had in Nashville! Take a look at all of our award winners, meet our newly-elected board of directors & so much more in the December edition of News & Views!
Agricultural Education Inclusion Feedback Requested
The National Association of Agricultural Educators, the National FFA Organization and the National Teach Ag Campaign are seeking input from agricultural educators, agricultural education state staff, teacher educators, and stakeholders who are willing to contribute to a meaningful and solutions-based conversation taking place regarding diversity and inclusion in agricultural education. Information provided through the survey and from focus group sessions held during National FFA Convention will be used to develop meaningful and purposeful diversity and inclusion strategies aimed at achieving the goal of ensuring agriculture classrooms reflect the school and community in which they reside. Responses may also be used in the area of academic research. Click here to access the survey.
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.
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!
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. Lora Wittenberg encounters her first diagnosis of “blocked tom,” a potentially fatal disease of male cats. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

New Century Farmer Application Now Open
Know an FFA member who has experience in the field of production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member who’s currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! To be held July 8-14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa, this all-expense paid conference will be packed with interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application is now live and closes Feb. 15, 2018. Head here for more information.

Apply Now! Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant
Does your FFA chapter want to start or expand a community garden? Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $1,200 to support semester-long 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, in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.  Applications are due February 1, 2018. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
This is a reminder that National FFA now has Day of Service Mini-Grants available to middle school, high school and alumni chapters to make a difference in your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Please note: for Day of Service Mini-Grants, when you should apply is determined by the date of your service event. Requirements for event dates have been updated. To learn more and see a full list of the Day of Service Mini-Grant dates, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.

CASE

2018 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the twenty-five CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register 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 Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin, regarding any additional questions.

#GLAG18

Global Learning in Agriculture! Opportunity January 22nd –26th
Interested in learning more about how to advance global learning in agriculture in your program? Engage with innovative professional development available both live and on-demand with the Global Learning in Agriculture (#GLAG18) Conference: Cultivating Global Learners, the week of January 22nd. There will be more than 12 on-demand presentations from educators for educators, three live presentations, a dynamic keynote on “Transforming Global Agriculture through Youth Engagement,” and an interactive workshop! Digital access is available for $25. Follow these links to see the Program or register now! Questions? Email teachag@psu.edu.

ACTE

Your Vote, Your Voice
Voting for ACTE elections ends on January 8th. ACTE members who have not voted or have not received the link to vote can access their voting info at: 

https://directvote.net/acte/sendID.aspx

If you experience problems voting, please contact:

Lauren Lessels
Governance and Leadership Administrator
Leadership Department
Association for Career and Technical Education®
Phone: 703-683-9315

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

 

 

 

 

Esther hogs the limelight with her social media following.

 

 

Friday, January 5, 2018: New Year, New Tech—gene editing advances affect agriculture. Education scholarship news, science info about food production, a social media hog, and the most famous farmer in the galaxy. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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