Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 2/12/2018

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Feb 12, 2018








February 12, 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.

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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.


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, 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 before March 1 to prepare, as some weeks sell out quickly. Contact 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 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.


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.


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!








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.

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