Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 4/15/19

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Apr 15, 2019


Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 15, 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

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To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.


Volunteers Needed to Judge 2019 NAAE Awards
The following awards will be judge virtually: Outstanding Early Career Teacher, Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher, Outstanding Middle/Secondary Ag Ed Program, Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program, and Teacher Mentor. Each committee volunteer must be a NAAE member and will judge up to 10 award applications using the required NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided to you. NAAE Judging Committee members must submit their scores to the NAAE office by June 15th. Click here for more information and to volunteer!

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. 

Seats Available for Natural Resources and Ecology CASE Institutes!
Looking to add diversity to the courses offered in your agriculture program? Check out the Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE) course offered by CASE. Seats are still available at CASE Institutes in Indiana, Minnesota, and Oregon. Check out the complete CASE Institute schedule or register for a CASE Institute today!

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. Lindsey Peck of Marks Farms says she wants to make sure her son is exposed to farming because that's how she and her brother were raised. She gives us a tour of her calf barn and explains how she cares for all the baby cows. Follow this link to view the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The FFA Pilgrimage to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Last week we celebrated the birthday of Booker T. Washington by featuring him in the Friday Footnote. This week we are celebrating the birthday of another prominent American with strong ties to agriculture. That person is Thomas Jefferson; his birthday is tomorrow, April 13. And we are welcoming back a guest columnist, Dr. Jim Connors from the Univesity of Idaho. Click here to read more.


Got Talent? Show Off Your Musical Skills at Convention
Know of a member in your FFA chapter who loves to perform? The National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent may be their ticket to stardom. Applications are now available. Read more about the programs and application process here. Email questions to

FFA Blue 365 Video: Using Cutting-edge Technology on Farms
In this video, Jorge Heraud, CEO and co-founder of Blue River Technology, explains how machine learning and robotics can make farmers more profitable while reducing environmental impact. An activity sheet for this video and additional videos about agricultural technology and innovations can be found at

Life’s a Zoo for This FFA Member 
If you love animals and visiting zoos, then check out FFA member Nicole Ford’s supervised agricultural experienceworking at the Louisville Zoo. A member of Seneca FFA in Kentucky, Nicole works in the MetaZoo, an educational center, and performs a variety of duties—from cleaning cages and caring for the animals to educating visitors about the zoo’s different species of wildlife. To see even more SAE ideas, visit our SAE Video Library, which also features accompanying lesson plans and activity sheets. Is Your Stories Headquarters
Visit every week to catch up on all the great FFA stories happening across the country. Don’t forget that we’re always looking for stories to include on the website, our social accounts, in FFA New Horizons Magazine and on FFA Today on RFD-TV.  Make sure your chapter gets its share of the national FFA spotlight! Share your ideas 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:

Now Open! Yearlong Living to Serve Grants 
The 2019-2020 Yearlong Living to Serve grant application is available now for FFA chapters to apply for up to $3,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects that address community needs in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Need ideas for yearlong service-learning projects? Check out the interactive map at to review funded projects. Additional information on the grant can also be found on the website. Applications are due June 17th, 2019.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
How is your FFA chapter making a difference in your community? Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school, and alumni chapters to make a difference in your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis on the first of each month. To learn more about the Day of Service Mini-Grant, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at

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


The image may look like a cyclopean happy face, but the black hole photo brought cheers from scientists and awe from the public.

Friday, April 12, 2019:  The Ag Census Report is out, CAST holds events in D.C. next week, and an amazing photo of a black hole captures the world’s attention. 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).