Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 4/1/2019

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Apr 1, 2019


Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 1, 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


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 official submission links for the 2019 NAAE Awards are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process and make sure to submit your application by May 15th! 

NAAE Virtual Book Club
Are you looking for a new kind of professional development? Check out this summer's NAAE Virtual Book Club! Make sure to register by May 31st! Follow this link 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.

CASE AFNR Courses -- Seats Available!
Interested in adding CASE to your agricultural education program? The Introduction of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) course is a great place to start! Seats are available in Alaska, Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Check out the complete CASE Institute schedule or register for a CASE Institute today!

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. CDT / 4 p.m. EDT and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • 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. Bents is keeping pigs free from disease, starting with requiring everyone who enters a barn to swap their clothes and boots at the door for clean ones, and shower in and out. Follow this link to view the video. 

Friday Footnotes
George Washington and the FFA
About a month ago, many FFA chapters were celebrating National FFA Week which is celebrated during the week of George Washington’s birthday. So, what is the relationship between George Washington and the FFA? Our guest columnist for this week, Dr. Jim Connors of the University of Idaho, explores that connection. Click hereto read more. 


212°/360° Facilitators 
Looking for ways to interact with students, work with dynamic teammates, give back to a great organization and learn life-long career skills? Consider working as a National FFA Conference Facilitator. Applications for positions on the 2019-20 212°/360° Chapter Leadership Conference staff are open now and close May 5. More than 8,000 students attend 212°/360° conferences each year from all over the country. If you're interested, take a look at our job post.


Note: If hired for this position, you will be ineligible to run for National FFA Office. Should you have questions, contact

Incorporating SAEs Into Your Program
Calling all teachers! Jillian Gordon, the agriculture teacher at Clarke Central High School in Athens, Ga., has the scoop on getting students started in an SAE—touching on topics from record keeping to finding non-traditional SAE opportunities. Watch how she incorporates SAEs into her program.

FFA Blue 365 Videos With Activity Sheet 
Why is Amazon involved in agriculture? How can milkweed help save Monarch butterflies? What is a digital farmer? How does a molecule become a farmer’s solution? The FFA Blue 365 video library features more than a dozen industry leaders and ag tech entrepreneurs sharing how innovations and cutting-edge technologies are transforming agriculture and creating new career opportunities. The video library also includes an activity sheet that students can use with these videos. Learn more at

National FFA Seeking Committee Members
The National FFA is seeking applicants to serve on the Agriscience Fair, National Chapter, Supervised Agricultural Experience Award and Grant, and the various Career and Leadership Development Events committees. These committees work under the direction of the National FFA staff member and the committee superintendent to assist in the development and implementation of competitive events and award programs. Please reference the appropriate link for more information.


FFA Alumni

Regional Development Conference
Registration is now open for the next National FFA Alumni and Supporters Regional Development Conference which will be held in Dover, New Hampshire May 17-18, 2019. This is a free, hands-on training for FFA Alumni members, advisors, or anyone interested in starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter. For more information about this and other RDC’s, visit


Emotional porkers? Scientists work on facial recognition and mood analysis for pigs.

Friday, March 29, 2019:  Midwest floods will have lasting effects, North Carolina A&T joins the CAST Education Program, and scientists use facial recognition analysis on pigs. Pythons in Florida, snakes in carry-on luggage, 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 (CAST).