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February 26, 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

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

 

My Local Cooperative
With funding support from the CHS Foundation, NAAE is excited to announce the launch of My Local Cooperative, a program that will educate the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs about the benefits and opportunities of agriculture cooperatives. The project is focused on advancing agriculture cooperatives by raising awareness of the business model, showcasing career opportunities, and highlighting the critical roles that cooperatives play in strengthening agriculture and our local communities. A website will debut in the weeks to come, but for now you can join the conversation by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

2018 NAAE Award Application Changes
The 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. Please make note of the new award application requirements by clicking here. The new scoring rubrics and online applications will be available soon.

 

Special Teach Ag Session at MANRRS
Join us for a special session at this year's MANRRS conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.The session will take place Thursday, April 5th from 3-5pm EST and will include a teacher panel, post-secondary tips, preservice teacher opportunities, teaching resources, and a Q&A session throughout. Click here for more information and to register.

 

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!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. 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

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
Monsanto has been a long-time supporter of the National FFA Organization and we are proud to continue sponsorship of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award in 2018. The DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.
DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1st at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
How will your FFA chapter make a difference in your community? Siegel FFA hosted a Community Clean-Up at a local historical hydroelectric station known as the Walter Hill Dam. They worked with a local Boy Scout Troop and parents to remove 20 pounds of trash and 60 pounds of recycling during the day of service event.
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. To learn more about the Day of Service Mini-Grant, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.
Be a National FFA Conference Facilitator
Looking for ways to interact with students, work with dynamic teammates, give back to a great organization and learn life-long career skills? Consider working as a National FFA Conference Facilitator! Applications for positions on the 2018-19 212°/360° Chapter Leadership Conference staff are open now and close April 2, 2018. More than 8,000 students attend 212°/360° conferences each year from all over the country. If you're interested, apply at FFA.org/careers-at-ffa. Please note that if hired for this position, trainers would be ineligible to run for National FFA Office. Should you have questions, contact Casey Zufelt, czufelt@ffa.org.
Tap Into These Free Resources on My Journey
Need free resources to help with planning, weather delay/cancellations or upcoming FFA contests? We’ve got something for everyone on My Journey. This month’s featured lessons and resources include:
WLC Registration Opens March 1 at 1 p.m. ET
Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is the pinnacle leadership conference National FFA offers to any and all members able to attend. The WLC curriculum uses the tenets ME, WE, DO, SERVE to get students to achieve the overall objective of the conference, which is becoming engaged citizens who can make a measurable and positive difference in their communities. This five-day conference offers the unique balance of providing FFA members with a premier leadership experience while exposing them to D.C.’s rich history. WLC has a participation maximum of 340 students per week and has such a high demand that several weeks will sell out within a few days of registration opening.
WLC dates, pricing, FAQs, and registration information can be found on the WLC webpage, FFA.org/wlc. Registration opens at 1 p.m. ET on March 1. Advisors and students must register using their FFA logins. It is recommended that students and advisors review the registration guidelines and information available at FFA.org/wlc before March 1 to prepare, as some weeks sell out quickly. Contact wlc@ffa.org or 317-802-6060 for questions.
Red Brand Announces New Home Grown Challenge
Since 2010, Red Brand has partnered with agriculture dealers to help generate funds for local FFA chapters through the Home Grown program. In 2018, a new component has been added to the program to help create even more earnings potential for local FFA chapters. It's called The Home Grown Challenge. The top five teams will win $1,000 for their chapters.
Here's how it works:
  • Help your Red Brand dealer promote Home Grown in your community to increase the potential to make more money for your chapter.
  • The more Red Brand fence your dealer sells in 2018, the greater your chances of winning.
  • The $1,000 prize is in addition to your annual Home Grown check.
  • All dealers who participated in Home Grown in 2017 are eligible.
  • Winners will be determined by the percentage of growth over 2017, not overall volume, making the challenge an equal opportunity for all dealer/chapter* teams nationwide.

*Multiple chapters designated by a winning Dealer will share the prize equally.

For more information, go to redbrand.com/homegrown or contact the Red Brand marketing department, 309-697-7690 or trey.tennell@keystonesteel.com.

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.

Apply for a CASE Institute Scholarship
Generous contributions from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA), and the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation, are providing partial CASE Institute scholarships.

Available partial scholarships include $2,000 to attend Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) or Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) CASE Institutes provided by the Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) or $1,500 to attend any CASE Institute provided by the CHS Foundation, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The deadline to apply is February 28th. Scholarship winners will be contacted in April. To view or complete the 2018 CASE Institute Scholarship Application, visit our website. For the complete CASE Institute schedule, click this link. Please direct questions regarding this scholarship opportunity to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director.

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

CTE Learn
CTE Learn provides targeted online professional development with “easy to use” self-paced courses which can be completed at home or at school.

Whether you are looking for engaging professional development or a more convenient way to obtain continuing education credits and advance your career, CTE Learn courses are designed for you. CTE Learn offers an array of topics that focus on effective and proven teaching and leading strategies. Click here for more information about this great resource.

 

 

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Biotech innovations are changing agriculture.

 

 

Friday, February 23, 2018: Scientists weigh in on biotech regulations, young agriculturalists are encouraged by innovation, and blockchain starts influencing the food industry. Also find out about a “foul fowl” shortage for KFC in Britain, and see why you don’t mess with a mongoose. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 19, 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

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

2018 NAAE Award Application Changes
The 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. Please make note of the new award application requirements by clicking here. The new scoring rubrics and online applications will be available soon.
Special Teach Ag Session at MANRRS
Join us for a special session at this year's MANRRS conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.The session will take place Thursday, April 5th from 3-5pm EST and will include a teacher panel, post-secondary tips, preservice teacher opportunities, teaching resources, and a Q&A session throughout. Click here for more information and to register.
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. Krantz examines piglets at Petrie Farm suffering from a case of diarrhea, which can be life threatening. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Happy National FFA Week!
National FFA Week has finally arrived. We can’t wait to see and hear all the great things our members and chapters have planned during the week. Be sure to Follow the #FFAweek hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and don’t miss @NationalFFA Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat posts, including posts from the National FFA Officer Team while on the road. To learn more, read our National FFA Week press releaseand visit FFA New Horizons online. And don’t forget about our third annual
Give FFA Day on Tuesday, Feb. 20, a daylong campaign encouraging the public to support various needs impacting FFA members. As always, you can visit Donate.FFA.org 24/7 to make a secure online donation. Every gift counts toward achieving the FFA mission! Learn more at FFA.org/giveFFAday.
Tap Into These Free Resources on My Journey
Need free resources to help with planning, weather delay/cancellations or upcoming FFA contests? We’ve got something for everyone on My Journey. This month’s featured lessons and resources include:Teacher Ambassadors Needed
Interested in becoming a National FFA Teacher Ambassador? The application period is Feb. 12 - 26, 2018 (by midnight, EST). Click here for more information and the application.
WLC Registration Opens March 1 at 1 p.m. ET
Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is the pinnacle leadership conference National FFA offers to any and all members able to attend. The WLC curriculum uses the tenets ME, WE, DO, SERVE to get students to achieve the overall objective of the conference, which is becoming engaged citizens who can make a measurable and positive difference in their communities. This five-day conference offers the unique balance of providing FFA members with a premier leadership experience while exposing them to D.C.’s rich history. WLC has a participation maximum of 340 students per week and has such a high demand that several weeks will sell out within a few days of registration opening.
WLC dates, pricing, FAQs, and registration information can be found on the WLC webpage, FFA.org/wlc. Registration opens at 1 p.m. ET on March 1. Advisors and students must register using their FFA logins. It is recommended that students and advisors review the registration guidelines and information available at FFA.org/wlc before March 1 to prepare, as some weeks sell out quickly. Contact wlc@ffa.org or 317-802-6060 for questions.
Red Brand Announces New Home Grown Challenge
Since 2010, Red Brand has partnered with agriculture dealers to help generate funds for local FFA chapters through the Home Grown program. In 2018, a new component has been added to the program to help create even more earnings potential for local FFA chapters. It's called The Home Grown Challenge. The top five teams will win $1,000 for their chapters.
Here's how it works:
  • Help your Red Brand dealer promote Home Grown in your community to increase the potential to make more money for your chapter.
  • The more Red Brand fence your dealer sells in 2018, the greater your chances of winning.
  • The $1,000 prize is in addition to your annual Home Grown check.
  • All dealers who participated in Home Grown in 2017 are eligible.
  • Winners will be determined by the percentage of growth over 2017, not overall volume, making the challenge an equal opportunity for all dealer/chapter* teams nationwide.
*Multiple chapters designated by a winning Dealer will share the prize equally.For more information, go to redbrand.com/homegrown or contact the Red Brand marketing department, 309-697-7690 or trey.tennell@keystonesteel.com.
Be a National FFA Conference Facilitator
Looking for ways to interact with students, work with dynamic teammates, give back to a great organization and learn life-long career skills? Consider working as a National FFA Conference Facilitator! Applications for positions on the 2018-19 212°/360° Chapter Leadership Conference staff are open now and close April 2, 2018. More than 8,000 students attend 212°/360° conferences each year from all over the country. If you're interested, apply at FFA.org/careers-at-ffa. Please note that if hired for this position, trainers would be ineligible to run for National FFA Office. Should you have questions, contact Casey Zufelt, czufelt@ffa.org.

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.
Apply for a CASE Institute Scholarship
Generous contributions from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA), and the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation, are providing partial CASE Institute scholarships.
Available partial scholarships include $2,000 to attend Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) or Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) CASE Institutes provided by the Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) or $1,500 to attend any CASE Institute provided by the CHS Foundation, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.The deadline to apply is February 28th. Scholarship winners will be contacted in April. To view or complete the 2018 CASE Institute Scholarship Application, visit our website. For the complete CASE Institute schedule, click this link. Please direct questions regarding this scholarship opportunity to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director.
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

ACTE National Leadership Fellowship Program
The ACTE National Leadership Fellowship Program began in 2009 as an Opportunity Fund project initiated by the ACTE Board of Directors. It is an instrument to provide professional development, policy knowledge, and leadership development. Click here for more information and to see how you can become involved.

CAST

 

You lookin’ at me? Facial recognition tech goes bovine.

Friday, February 16, 2018: Ideas for feeding a hungry world, student ag projects, government ag proposals, bovine facial recognition, and ag Valentine puns to make you groan. 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

New Facebook Group
We’ve got a new Facebook Group up and running! Join today for some awesome upcoming giveaways, as well as daily tips to use in your classroom!
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February 12, 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

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

February News & Views
Find out all about the benefits of your NAAE membership! From professional liability insurance to professional development, there are so many great opportunities available to you! All this & more in the February edition of News & Views!
2018 NAAE Award Application Changes
The 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. Please make note of the new award application requirements by clicking here. The new scoring rubrics and online applications will be available soon.
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!
Communities of Practice HighlightsVets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Wilson, veterinarian at Rose Acre Farms in Indiana, examines the flocks in his care by handling some of the birds. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Apply Today – New Century Farmer!
The New Century Farmer application deadline is quickly approaching!
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 are between the ages of 18-24?Try New Century Farmer!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 closes Feb. 15, 2018. Apply now.
Tap Into These Free Resources on My Journey
Need free resources to help with planning, weather delay/cancellations or upcoming FFA contests? We’ve got something for everyone on My Journey.
This month’s featured lessons and resources:

Teacher Ambassadors Needed
Interested in becoming a National FFA Teacher Ambassador? The application period is Feb. 12 - 26, 2018 (by midnight, EST). Click here for more information and to view the application.

WLC Registration Opens March 1 at 1 p.m. ET
Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is the pinnacle leadership conference National FFA offers to any and all members able to attend. The WLC curriculum uses the tenets ME, WE, DO, SERVE to get students to achieve the overall objective of the conference, which is becoming engaged citizens who can make a measurable and positive difference in their communities. This five-day conference offers the unique balance of providing FFA members with a premier leadership experience while exposing them to D.C.’s rich history. WLC has a participation maximum of 340 students per week and has such a high demand that several weeks will sell out within a few days of registration opening.

WLC dates, pricing, FAQs, and registration information can be found on the WLC webpage, FFA.org/wlc. Registration opens at 1 p.m. ET on March 1. Advisors and students must register using their FFA logins. It is recommended that students and advisors review the registration guidelines and information available at FFA.org/wlc before March 1 to prepare, as some weeks sell out quickly. Contact wlc@ffa.org or 317-802-6060 for questions.

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.

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.

Apply for a CASE Institute Scholarship
Generous contributions from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA), and the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation, are providing partial CASE Institute scholarships.

Available partial scholarships include $2,000 to attend Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) or Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) CASE Institutes provided by the Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) or $1,500 to attend any CASE Institute provided by the CHS Foundation, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The deadline to apply is February 28th. Scholarship winners will be contacted in April. To view or complete the 2018 CASE Institute Scholarship Application, visit our website. For the complete CASE Institute schedule, click this link. Please direct questions regarding this scholarship opportunity to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director.

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

Educators in Action Blog
The Educators in Action blog is a forum for educators to share their experiences, insights and best practices with their peers across the country. The posts in Educators in Action are written by ACTE members and published on the blog by ACTE staff. The individual thoughts expressed on the blog do not necessarily reflect the official position of ACTE. Interested in writing for the blog? Contact Kate Dowdy for more information!

 

 

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Pink ice cream with a hot pepper kick—Valentine’s Day spice.

 

 

Friday, February 9, 2018: Various reports crack open the egg for some scientific studies. A cold economic forecast, a hot car in space, and a spicy flavor in ice cream. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 5, 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

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.

 

The Council

National Quality Program Standards Online System
The NQPS online system is fully operational again. Minor issues occurred at the beginning of the calendar year that restricted access to the system. These have been resolved and the site is available for both local program use and state staff access.
The online tool allows programs to input their NQPS survey scores into the site. which enables them to build a growth plan around the high-priority areas they select. By submitting the completed form, the state then has access to accumulate scores across all programs to have a view of the current status for each quality indicator in the standards tool.
Working though the survey tool with advisory committees, administrators and stakeholders is the critical first step to program improvement and growth though NQPS. It is not the final step though. Evaluating the overall scores and building a growth plan takes the survey results and puts it into action to truly drive improvement. Submitting the data to the state level allows state ag ed teams to determine areas where professional development, additional resources, or attention needs to be delivered.
The NQPS tool is found on the teacher's or state staff’s toolbox page in FFA.org. The link is titled NQPS Survey Tool.

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. Deb Spike-Pierce travels to an appointment to modify the cast of a thoroughbred racehorse recovering from surgery after a bone fracture. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Scholarship News
The deadline to submit the 2018 National FFA Scholarship Application has already passed, but don’t forget that the required Signature Pages must be postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2018. Direct questions, comments or concerns via email to scholarships@FFA.org.
WLC Registration Opens March 1 at 1 p.m. E
Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is the pinnacle leadership conference National FFA offers to any and all members able to attend. The WLC curriculum uses the tenants of ME, WE, DO, SERVE to get students to achieve the overall objective of the conference, which is becoming engaged citizens who can make a measurable and positive difference in their communities. This five-day conference offers the unique balance of providing FFA members with a premier leadership experience while exposing them to the rich history D.C. has to offer. WLC has a participation maximum of 340 students per week and has such a high demand that several weeks will sell out within a few days of registration opening. WLC dates, pricing, FAQs, and registration information can be found on the WLC webpage, FFA.org/wlc.
WLC registration opens at 1 p.m. ET on March 1. Advisors and students must register using their FFA logins. It is recommended that students and advisors review the registration guidelines and information available at FFA.org/wlc before March 1 to prepare as some weeks sell out quickly. Contact wlc@ffa.org or 317-802-6060 for questions about WLC.
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.

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

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!

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Fiona the famous hippo turns one.

Friday, February 2, 2018: Biotech foods generate debates and science-based information. Dairy Month news, soil science articles, Super Bowl food safety tips, and Fiona the hippo. 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

AAAE Southern Region Conference
Tune in to Owl Pellets for great tips straight from the researchers’ mouths! This week, we will be bringing you the best of the best from the American Association of Agricultural Education’s Southern Region Conference. Check out our live videos and interviews with researchers to get tips you can put to use in your classroom today!
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