Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 4/8/2019

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Apr 8, 2019


Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 8, 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.


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 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 Applications DUE FRIDAY!
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 by April 12th.

CASE APB  AND FSS Courses -- Seats Available!
Want to raise the rigor in your agricultural education program? Consider becoming CASE certified in the Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) or Food Science and Safety (FSS) courses. Seats are still available at CASE Institutes in Iowa, Nebraska, and Washington. 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, Lynda brings in one of her five dogs, ChiChi, a 13-year-old Papillon whom she adopted recently, and Dr. Vitulli conducts a full exam. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
Booker T. Washington and the NFA
April 5, is the birthday of Booker T. Washington. If the New Farmers of America (NFA) still existed, we would be celebrating National NFA week. Just as the FFA celebrated National FFA week during George Washington’s birthday, the NFA celebrated National NFA week during Booker T. Washington’s birthday. Follow this link to read more. 


Save the date! 
On Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m., National FFA and NAAE will host our quarterly Townhall for Agricultural Educators and FFA Advisors. We hope you will join us.


Townhall for Agricultural Educators and FFA Advisors
Hosted by FFA and NAAE


Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019, 6 p.m. | 1 hour | (UTC-05:00) Indiana (East)
Meeting number: 736 308 020
Password: 2sQkjmD?


Join by phone
1-240-454-0879 USA Toll
Access code: 736 308 020

National FFA Officer Retiring Address Lesson
In need of a great leadership lesson plan with worksheets? Try this lesson that guides students through 2017-18 National FFA Eastern Region Vice President Gracie Furnish’s retiring address. In her address, Gracie discusses how valuable each person is and why we need to see ourselves as valuable too.

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

Committee Members Needed
National FFA is seeking applicants to serve on various committees that work under the direction of a National FFA staff member and the committee superintendent to assist in the development and implementation of competitive events and award programs. Reference the appropriate link for more information:

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

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


Tulip time in Holland brings tourists—and a fun parody video of scientists talking with flowers.

Friday, April 5, 2019:  Government agencies, organizations, and universities are trying to solve the food waste problem. Flood effects, women in rodeos, amorous frogs, and tulips that “communicate.” 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 (CAST).