Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 3/11/2019

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Mar 11, 2019


Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 11, 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.


Instructional Materials Now Available from Midwest Row Crop
The National FFA Foundation has partnered with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) to provide teachers with a week-long lesson focused on agriculture conservation practices with support from Midwest Row Crop Collaborative (MRCC) members. These agricultural education instructional materials and programmatic deployment comes after a larger marketing campaign in grocery stores focused on connecting consumer purchases to the support of farmers and agricultural education. Click here to access the free instructional materials. 

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 are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process.

Farm Credit East Partial CASE Institute Scholarships
Are you in need of financial support to attend a CASE Institute this summer? Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institute 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 March 15, 2019.

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

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. Wilson, veterinarian at Rose Acre Farms in Indiana, examines the flocks in his care by handling some of the birds. Click here to view the video.

Friday Footnotes
The Final Act
The last act of the NFA-FFA merger occurred in Kansas City, Missouri on October 13, 1965. There was a dramatic and emotional ceremony during the opening session of the National FFA Convention to recognize the joining of the two groups. Click here to read more. 


Celebrate National Ag Week
National Ag Week is here! FFA chapters across the country will celebrate agriculture, food and natural resources by participating in activities and sharing their #AgDay19 stories. We want to know how you are celebrating. Submit your activity for a chance to win a pizza party with a national officer and be named Ag Week’s #GreatestAdvocate.

WLC Registration Now Live
Registration for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is now live. Visit the WLC webpage and use your FFA login to see availability by week. For advisors and members only able to attend a week that is currently sold out, we do maintain a waitlist. To be added to the waitlist, email and provide your contact information as well as the number of registrations desired. To learn more about WLC, watch this video.

Newest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Online
Teachers: Check out the latest FFA New HorizonsTeaching Guide. The spring edition is now available and includes ready-to-print, standards-aligned activities, discussion questions as well as supervised agricultural experience (SAE) and FFA tips. You can also access past teaching guides. Be sure to visit our news webpage on to flip through the spring issue of FFA New Horizons and catch up on the latest FFA stories.


Last Week to Register for Alumni and Supporters Travel Program 
Only one week remains to register for the alumni and supporters agricultural travel program to Germany and the Netherlands. The registration deadline is March 15, and tour dates are July 1-10, 2019. Contact Agrotours to reserve your seat at or 1-888-224-8687.

Attend a Regional Development Conference
Want to network while learning more about starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter? Attend one of our free regional development conferences. Find locations, agendas and more at The next conference will be held in Prescott Valley, Ariz., on March 29-30 with registration closing on March 17.

Alumni Check IN
Are you one of our 8 million+ former FFA members? If so, please take a minute to Check IN and take the first step to further unite and strengthen our extensive online community! Imagine the tremendous impact of our collective voice, leadership and lifelong commitment. Let’s build our FFA community! #FFACheckIN

FFA Alumni

Alumni and Supporter Travel Program Registration Deadline: March 15
You’re in luck! If you missed the deadline to register for the FFA Alumni and Supporter agricultural travel program to Germany and The Netherlands, it has been extended to March 15! The tour dates are July 1-10, 2019, and highlights include Royal FloraHolland; an Amsterdam canal cruise and visit inside the Anne Frank House; a tour of the John Deere factory in Mannheim; and Kinderdijk, a world heritage site of Dutch windmills. Contact Agrotours to reserve your seat at or call 1-888-224-8687.

Regional Development Conferences
Want to learn more about starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter? Attend one of our free regional development conferences! Find locations, agendas and more at The next conference will be held in Prescott Valley, Arizona on March 29-30 with registration closing on March 17.


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

Learn more and register today!


A UK-based farmer created a forest made up of 500 edible plants.

Friday, March 8, 2019: Today, we celebrate #WomenInAg, examine college recruitment in rural schools, and learn about a new “bean-nut” butter. A twirling turtle, an edible forest, and a “lunar library”—these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.