Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 1/22/2018

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jan 22, 2018








January 22, 2018


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


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

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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.


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 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 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
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 Applications are due February 1, 2018. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at 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


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.


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

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
  • 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 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.



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

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