Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 1/7/2019

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jan 7, 2019


Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

January 7, 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 2
AAAE Southern Region Conference
Birmingham, AL

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

Past Issues

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To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.


2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
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 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

Online Professional Development: Global Learning (#GLAG19)
The Global Teach Ag! Initiative is conducting the 5th annual global learning in agriculture conference! #GLAG19: Cultivating Empathy in a Global World will provide “on-demand” and “live” opportunities to advance your capacity as a global agricultural educator, helping to prepare your students for the interconnected world of food, fiber, and natural resources. During the week of January 26th, with only a digital pass ($25), you have access to resources and best practices to help advance global learning in your program. While supplies last, there are also 100 “All-Access” Passes ($50) that include the Conference-in-A-Box. Fun fact: In 2018, we had an impression on 1,121,917 twitter accounts with the conversation about #GLAG18 – over 1 million accounts seeing school-based agricultural education talk about global issues. Here is a link to check out the conference program from last year. The keynote is Mr. Roger Thurow, Pulitzer Prize Finalist who is the author of Enough; The Last Hunger Season; and The First 1,000 days. GLAG can only occur with the support of our Global Learning Partners including: Penn State Extension; Penn State Center for Professional Personal Learning; Hawkeye Global Agriculture Learning Center; Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University; Iowa State University, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Purdue, CELA-Belize, Explorations by Thor, Murphy-Carpenter Design, The National FFA Organization, Nutrients for Life Foundation, and The World Food Prize.

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Whether it’s during your prep hour or after school, for 15 minutes or the entire webinar -- join Penn State and the University of Minnesota to learn more about creating an inclusive environment for agricultural education students.

During the time of the webinar, visit to take you to the Zoom video link. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and will last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • January 9 -- Ableism and Disability Justice
  • February 13 -- Race, Racism and Privilege
  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism
    *Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

We are seeking to include the voices of these identities in the planning process. If you would like to share your voice or any feedback, we invite you to fill out a Google Form at
The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For questions, please contact Brandon Roiger at or Jonathan Seaman at

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, Susan brings her seven-year-old dog to see vet Dr. Brittney Barton, whose exam reveals injuries to both hind legs. Click here to watch the video.

Friday Footnotes
The Massachusetts Situation: The Fight to Allow Girls in the FFA Begins
Happy New Year! This year, 2019, is a momentous year in the history of the FFA – it marks the 50th anniversary of the decision to allow girls to be members of the FFA. But it also marks the 89th anniversary of the decision to EXCLUDE girls from becoming members of the FFA. Click here to read more.


Join Us for the January Teacher Town Hall 
You won’t want to miss our Teacher Town Hall next week. FFA CEO Mark Poeschl will update you on FFA Blue 365, the charter, ILSSO, the Merchandise Center move, and our January planning sessions. You’ll also hear from Senior Team Leader Michele Sullivan on our scholarship program and Education Specialist Matt Nance, who has details on the New Century Farmer conference. Click here to join the Webex meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. Use password cU48wCy$ to connect. To join by phone, call 240-454-0879 and use access code 739 076 458.

SAE Video: Turning Pallets Into Planters
Sound School-New Haven FFA member Giancarlo Lomanto knows a thing or two about wooden pallets and agriculture, enough to turn his piqued interest during a summer job into a profitable supervised agricultural experience (SAE). Watch how he did it and other SAE videos now. You can also check out links to related lesson plans and student activity sheets.

Earn Money for Your FFA Week Projects
Is your FFA chapter planning a service project for National FFA Week, Feb. 16-23? Chapters can receive up to $400 with a Living to Serve Day of Service Mini Grant to help fund projects. Apply today at

Alumni and Supporters Travel Program News
You have less than a month to register and make a deposit for the inaugural FFA Alumni and Supporters Travel Program to Germany and the Netherlands July 1-10, 2019. Contact Agrotours, 888-2AGTOUR or, for more information.

$1,200 Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant
Want to engage your students in project-based learning to meet a community need? The 2018 Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve grant application is now open. Apply for up to $1,200 to support a semester-long service-learning project that addresses a community need in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Need ideas for semester-long service-learning projects? Check out the interactive map at to review projects funded last school year. Additional information on the grant can also be found on the website. Applications are due February 1, 2019. Email questions to .

DEADLINE EXTENDED for FFA WEEK Day of Service Mini-Grants
National FFA Week is right around the corner (Feb. 16-23), so now is the time to plan for your chapter’s service event. Chapters can receive a reimbursable grant of up to $400 with a Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant to support their FFA Week service activities. To access the application and see ideas on our interactive project map, visit  Email questions to

FFA Alumni

Inaugural FFA Alumni and Supporters Travel Program 
February 1 is the deadline to register and make a deposit for the inaugural FFA Alumni and Supporters Travel Program to Germany and the Netherlands July 1-10, 2019! For more information, visit or contact Agrotours at 888-2AGTOUR or



2019 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the 2019 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 Professional Development Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.


University veterinarians help “Lil’ Bill,” the tiny calf.

Friday, Jan. 4, 2019:  The government partial shutdown affects agriculture, experts predict ag trends for 2019, and university researchers promote food production, environmental programs, and the health of a calf born prematurely—these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 

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