Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 2/4/2019

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Feb 4, 2019


Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

February 4, 2019


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


March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

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.


NAAE Awards
The application details, rubrics, and instructions for the 2019 NAAE awards are now updated and available on the NAAE website. You are welcome to access your application(s) and work on uploading your information. The official submission links will be available soon. Click here to begin your award application process.

2019 FAST Symposium Application NOW LIVE
The 2019 Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium application is now available online at and open to all current NAAE student members who are pursuing an agricultural education degree. Applications are due Sunday, February 10. Details and application information may be found using the link.

2019 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) has over 15 years of successfully cultivating agriscience and inquiry-based learning in agricultural education. The Academy serves to train agriculture teachers on how to enhance the science that is already present in agriculture, as well as develop students as problem solvers and thinkers through the inquiry-based teaching method.

Follow this link for more information about the 2019 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy and to apply by February 18.

Jr. MANRRS Grant Opportunity
The National Teach Ag Campaign, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, is offering eight grants worth $1500 each to preservice agricultural education clubs or groups to develop and execute a collaborative and mentoring relationship with a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. If a Jr. MANRRS chapter does not exist the preservice cohort may use the funds to start a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. These grants are part of a pilot program that aims to:

  • Establish positive relationships among preservice agricultural education majors and the Jr. MANRRS chapter members. 
  • Plan, create and deliver agriculture-based content to Jr. MANRRS members through innovative and engaging formats. 
  • Practice teaching and lesson execution. 

Grant applications are due March 24. Grant application and more details may be found at:

NAAE Co-Hosts Free Webinar!
Please join us for a FREE WEBINAR on March 13 or 14! The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), in partnership with The FOOD EVOLUTION Educational Outreach Coalition, invites you to an exclusive, free, online webinar. Together we hope to inspire teachers to use the Food Evolution film as a tool to engage their students in using scientific practices to guide their decision-making. Our hour-long webinar will introduce attendees to the film and its accompanying Educational Resource Guide. We will discuss the film and its classroom applications, model an activity from the guide, and allow time for Q&A with a member of the FOOD EVOLUTION film team. Teachers who attend the entire webinar will receive a FREE copy of the film and the Guide, and a certificate for 1 hour of professional development to submit to their district or administration. Click here for more information.

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.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

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:

  • 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, Dr. Pete Ostrum and his fellow vets work with the Shultz family to help keep the cows healthy and advise on managing their herd. Follow this link to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
Don't You Just Want Me For Me?
We have a guest editorial this week. Breanna Holbert was the National FFA President for 2017-2018. The fact that she was the first Female African-American FFA president is historically significant. However, that is not what Bre wants to be known for. As you read this Footnote, you will understand. Click here to read more.



Sign Up Now for the Greatest Advocate Challenge
Calling all state officer teams and FFA chapters! Join the Greatest Advocate Challenge today. National Ag Week is March 10-16, and we know our members are planning some amazing celebrations. Send us your idea for your National Ag Week event or activity by Feb. 15, and you could earn up to $300 to help with costs. To learn more, visit the challenge webpage on

Apply Now: National FFA Teacher Ambassador Program
Are you a teacher interested in sharing educational resources and opportunities within your state while offering feedback and ideas to National FFA? Become a National FFA Teacher Ambassador. Ambassadors attend an intensive three-day training during the summer at the National FFA Center in Indianapolis, deliver workshops on National FFA resources and opportunities, promote resources on social media, and provide relevant feedback to National FFA. Go to the application for more information about the program (including responsibilities and expectations) and to apply. The deadline is March 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Honor an FFA Supporter
Applications for the Honorary American FFA Degree, VIP Citation and Distinguished Service Citation applications are now open. All nominations must be completed onlineby June 15.

A few reminders:

  • You must be logged in to to make a nomination.
  • The state advisor/executive director must approve all nominations from your state.
  • To use the appropriate application, reference the application guidelines when making your nominations.
  • Recipients will be announced following the August board of directors meeting.

For questions, email

Grants for Growing Application Now Open
FFA chapters can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 through the Grants for Growing program, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company (TSC).  The application closes Feb. 11. FFA advisors can log in to and apply for a competitive grant. The program provides funding to support local FFA projects that have the potential to be sustainable and benefit future FFA members. Applications must outline a new or existing school agricultural project. 

Funding is provided through consumer donations made by purchasing $1 paper emblems at TSC locations during checkout. The fundraising period will take place Feb. 13 – 24, during National FFA week.  Chapters are encouraged to work with their local TSC retailers to schedule times and activities at the store to engage customers and increase donations during the fundraising period.

2019 New Century Farmer Moving to Indy; Application Now Live
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 is 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 7-13, 2019, in Indianapolis, Ind., this all-expenses-paid conference will be packed full of interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application closes Friday, Feb. 15. Head here for more information.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants
March 1
 is the first deadline for FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants! Tractor Supply Company sponsors $500 Legacy grants to help create and improve Alumni and Supporters chapters and $1,000 Legacy grants for alumni and student members to partner together on projects. NutrienAg Solutions sponsors $5,000 Give Back To Your Roots grants to help pay student FFA affiliation fees, plant science based projects and other classroom materials. Visit for the grant application and report form, and check out the awesome materials featuring FFA members and advisors at   


Join Us at NPS!
Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or a first-timer to Capitol Hill, now more than ever is an essential time to engage! With several new Members of Congress, there are significant opportunities to build on the momentum of recent CTE policy advancements at National Policy Seminar this March 25–27 in Arlington, Virginia, with focused, free pre-conference sessions on March 24. Don’t forget, early bird registration rates end Feb. 22.

Learn more and register today!

VISION 2019 Call for Presentations is Open
The premier event for career and technical education (CTE), CareerTech VISION will bring together educators, business leaders and industry experts, Dec. 4–7, in Anaheim, California. ACTE welcomes your session proposals that cover a wide array of secondary and postsecondary CTE topics and one or more of the 12 elements of the High-quality CTE Framework. VISION presenters will receive numerous professional development opportunities as well as a speaker discount on the VISION early bird registration rate.

Submit your proposals by Feb. 28

Best Practices 2019 Call for Presentations is Open
The call for presentation proposals is now open for ACTE’s and NCLA’s Best Practices and Innovations in CTE. Taking place Sept. 25-27 in Tucson, AZ, Best Practices is seeking content that advances the field for new and seasoned CTE administrators and leaders.

Submit your proposals by March 1

Show Your Support for CTE
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. Celebrate in your schools and communities by hosting an event and purchasing balloons, lanyards, mood products and more, and participating in the CTE Month-NASA HUNCH video contest.

Celebrate CTE Month


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 Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA),as well as Cargill 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) and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA)
  • $2,000 to attend any CASE Institute provided by Cargill, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation
  • $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 2019 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.


Some California cities find that goats have an appetite to fight fires.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019: The Big Chill affects agriculture, and trade talks get a boost. Super Bowl food on the menu, alligators on ice, and goats on the fire-fighting squad. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 

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