Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 2/18/2019

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Feb 18, 2019


Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

February 18, 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

MMM Submissions

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 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. The 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
Join other agriculture teachers and professionals to learn more about creating an inclusive classroom environment for students on this webinar series. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism

*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.


The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For more information, please visit or contact Brandon Roiger at or Jonathan Seaman at

Free webinar: The Ins and Outs: Using Simulation to Teach Bovine Artificial Insemination
Agriculture instructors have told us how difficult it can be to teach key concepts about reproduction and large animal breeding in the classroom. Realityworks, Inc. created a unique learning aid to give them a realistic, engaging way to teach proper AI techniques without leaving the classroom: the Bovine Breeder TM artificial insemination simulator. Join us for a free webinar at 2pm CST on Thursday, February 21, during which we’ll discuss the basic principles of teaching Artificial Insemination and how simulation training tools can enhance A.I. learning. Reserve your spot:

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. Paul Ruen of Minnesota, past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, visits a nursery barn to examine a herd of pigs with a coughing condition, to prevent the cough from spreading in this "daycare"-like setting. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The "Merger" of the FFA and NFA
The New Farmers of American (NFA) and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) were merged in 1965. That is a well-known fact. What is not as well-known is why? What led to the merger of these two organizations? The answer is rather simple – pressure from the Federal government. In this Friday Footnote, we will examine the events leading to the merger of the NFA and FFA. Click here to read more. 


Happy National FFA Week!
Welcome to National FFA Week, a time to share what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. What better way to show your support of FFA than to get involved? Whether it’s in person, on the phone or via social media, be sure to share your FFA stories during #FFAweek! View a sample of our National FFA Week Activity Calendar and other valuable resources, and change your FFA profile to show your support for FFA Week.

Reasons to Give Back
Don’t forget: Tomorrow, Feb. 19, is Give FFA Day. It’s a daylong campaign for supporting FFA and we hope you’ll join us! Read about Seven Reasons to Give Back to FFA.

Grants for Growing Fundraising with Tractor Supply Company – Now Open
Grants for Growing is a competitive grant program sponsored by Tractor Supply Company (TSC) that provides funding to middle school and high school FFA chapters to support the development or improvement of agricultural projects that enhance classroom experiences for students. Funding for this grant program is provided through consumer donations made during checkout at TSC stores, or online at, by purchasing $1 FFA paper emblems. The fundraising period runs Feb 13 - 24. Help support FFA and agricultural education by visiting your local TSC store or shopping online. Every dollar counts!

WLC Registration Opens March 5 
Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is the pinnacle leadership conference National FFA offers to any 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 Washington, D.C., has to offer. WLC has a participation maximum of 370 students per week, an increase from 2018, 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.


WLC registration opens at 6 p.m. ET on March 5. Advisors and students must register using their FFA login. It is recommended that students and advisors review the registration guidelines and information available at before March 5 to prepare as some weeks sell out quickly. A registration how-to video will be published on the webpage a week before registration opens. Contact or 317-802-6060 for questions about WLC. 

Resource Spotlight: Micro Algae SAE
Our SAE Video of the Week revisits the Sound School in New Haven, Conn., and the supervised agricultural experience of Abbigail Lozon. Abbigail grows four different types of micro algae, which is used to feed a variety of species in the school’s lab. Learn some of the beginning steps she had to take to have a successful SAE. You can also catch other SAE videos and check out links to related lesson plans and student activity sheets.

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

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 theFarm 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.


Can you say “gynandromorphy?” This cardinal is half male, half female.

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019: Experts look at the various techniques that will facilitate future food production. Trade issues, a gynandromorph cardinal, and several amazing animal stories about “where the wild things are.” 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.