Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 5/13/2019

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on May 13, 2019


Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

May 13, 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.


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! 

Position Announcement:  Communications/Marketing Specialist
The NAAE communications/marketing specialist will be expected to have appropriate credentials and experience in communications and marketing, including a working knowledge of writing for the media, preparing computer generated presentations, developing and maintaining websites, marketing membership and merchandise, and using computer software typical in office environments (word processing, desktop publishing, web design and maintenance, database, and spreadsheet). Follow this link for more information and to apply today.

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 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. 

Present a Workshop at the 2019 NAAE Convention
Each year, agricultural educators from across the country gather at the NAAE Convention for networking, business sessions, and most importantly the opportunity to engage in high-quality professional development related to ag education. A great way to share with the profession is to present a workshop. The call for proposals is now open and the deadline to apply to present is June 3, 2019. Click here to apply online.

Instructional Materials Now Available from Growth Energy
Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, is providing teachers with 15 days of instruction focused on ethanol and renewable fuels. To access these free instructional materials, including the lesson plan, six activities, PowerPoint, and assessment visit NAAE’s Communities of Practice website at this link

State and University-Level Teach Ag Ambassador Resources NOW AVAILABLE!
Looking to start your own Teach Ag Ambassador Program at the state or university level? The National Teach Ag Campaign has compiled a number of resources to help you get started, just click here. Contact Andrea Fristoe, Program Manager, for more information and to schedule a training for your program!

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. Farruggio vaccinates calves against brucellosis which can cause a serious disease in humans called undulant fever. Click here to watch the video.

Friday Footnotes
The FFA Slogan???
Does the FFA have an official slogan? We know there is an official pledge and an official motto but is there an official slogan? This Friday Footnote will attempt to answer that question. Follow this link to read more. 


Work Behind-the-Scenes at National FFA Convention & Expo
Spread the news—we’re looking for interns to work at the national convention and expo this October:

CDE/LDE Convention Schedules Now Available
To help you plan for the national convention and expo, we posted the tentative schedules for each of the 25 career and leadership development events on (click on the specific CDE or LDE to access its schedule). Orientation information will be posted online in early August, along with other awards and recognition program details.

SAE Video of the Week: Pet Grooming
Watch as FFA member Katelynn Merrifield turns her job at Hounds Tooth & Cats Meow in Louisville, Ky., into the purr-fect supervised agricultural experience.

Call for Delegate Coordinators
National FFA is looking for adult consultants to help with the National FFA Delegate Experience. These appointed positions begin in July 2019. Nominations for delegate coordinators will be accepted from all interested parties; however, no state may be represented more than once—current coordinators are from Louisiana, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington. The delegate handbook outlines the criteria for selecting delegate coordinators and the structure in which the coordinators operate. Those who are interested in serving the organization in this capacity may nominate themselves by completing this application. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 13. Contact delegates@ffa.orgfor questions.


Nominate an FFA Member for National Officer Nominating Committee
Nominations are now open for students interested in serving on the National Officer Nominating Committee. Nominations close July 15. Anyone can nominate a current FFA member for this position, and FFA members can nominate themselves as well through this nomination form.


Present a Workshop at the Convention and Expo
We are looking for presenters to deliver workshops the week of the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. The deadline is June 1. Apply now.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni and Supporters Grant Deadline Approaching 
The next round of National FFA Alumni and Supporters grant applications are due June 1! Grant applications are available at Legacy grants, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, give groups up to $500 to start or improve FFA Alumni and Supporters chapters and up to $1,000 to work with students on a partnering project. Give Back to Your Roots grants, sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions, give chapters up to $5,000 to help fund student affiliation fees, plant science based projects and other classroom materials.


“Old Town Road” down on the farm. The Peterson brothers put out another clever farm parody.

Friday, May 10, 2019:  A UN report looks at “the degradation of our planet,” trade and tariff talks could affect agriculture, and the Peterson brothers stop farming long enough to sing about it--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).