Sabrina Shaver

Monday Morning Monitor-- 8/19/2019

Blog Post created by Sabrina Shaver on Aug 19, 2019

August 19, 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


September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

October 10-12
North Central AAAE Conference
East Lansing, MI

October 30- Nov. 2
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN

December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Anaheim, CA

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To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Sabrina Shaver, NAAE Communications/Marketing Specialist.


Looking to reinvigorate your career?
The National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program (NAPTP) is committed to promoting inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation.  This fall, preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive hands-on agriscience training program at the 2019 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN.  Selected participants will be challenged to develop inquiry-based lessons to use during their student teaching experience as well as when they enter the teaching profession.Applications can be found online and are due Monday, September 23rd.

Looking to reinvigorate your career?
Apply for the 2019 NAAE XLR8 national cohort.  Applications are due Monday, September 2nd.  The NAAE XLR8 is a year-long professional development program that targets agriculture teachers in their 7th-15th year of teaching. The overall goals of this program are to develop experienced teacher leaders who will mentor other teachers in the profession, provide mid-career level specific professional development to participants as well as increase overall longevity and satisfaction of participants with their chosen career of teaching agriculture. To learn more and to apply, visit this link

Register for the Agricultural Business FoundationsBriefCASE during NAAE Convention
Agricultural Business Foundations (ABF) BriefCASE will be offered at NAAE Convention on Tuesday, December 3rd as a pre-conference professional development opportunity. Agricultural Business Foundations is a semester long course that introduces students to business management in agriculture. Throughout the course are practical and engaging activities, projects, and problems to develop and improve business and employability skills. Additionally, students investigate and develop viable business plans in order to solve local problems. Completing the professional development allows teachers to implement this CASE course. The registration fee is $250 and limited seats are available. Register now at this link.

Position Announcement:  Membership Coordinator/Program Assistant 
The NAAE Membership Coordinator/Program Assistant will be expected to have strong oral and written communications, leadership, management, and problem-solving skills; ability to work with diverse people and in teams; self-motivation, initiative, and ability to work with limited day-to-day supervision; meticulous attention to detail, organization, and punctuality; strong desire to complete work thoroughly and on time; ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines; knowledge and skill using personal computers, standard computer software, database software, and office machines. Follow this link for more information and to apply today. 

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.  

 Ninth Annual Teach Ag Day
The ninth annual National Teach Ag Day celebration will take place on Thursday, September 19, 2019. National Teach Ag Day is designed to encourage others to teach school based agriculture and recognize the important role that agriculture teachers play in our schools and communities.Every year the National Teach Ag Campaign hosts a live webcast event somewhere in the country in conjunction with National Teach Ag Day. This year's live webcast was hosted by BASF in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Follow this link to learn more about the 2019 National Teach Ag Day.  

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. At Merry Water Farms in Wisconsin, the milk from their 1,300 cows is delivered to Grande Cheese, combined with milk from other local farms and made into mozzarella cheese for pizza stores all over the country. Vets On Call follows Dr. Tom Strause on his weekly appointment at the farm, checking the health of animals in the herd and ultrasounding cows to check for pregnancies. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
School-Community Canneries 
What happened to all the vegetables that came from the Victory Gardens that we discussed last week? Some of the produce was eaten, sold, or canned at home. However, some of it was processed at a school-community cannery operated by the school’s agricultural department. It is hard to believe, but near the end of World War II there were 3,142…Read more here

Golden Owl Award Ag Educator of the Year Nominations Now Open
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, sponsor of the Golden Owl Award honoring agriculture educators in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Iowa and Ohio, is pleased to announce that nominations for the award are now open. Only educators in those four states can be nominated, 26 finalists will be selected to receive $500 in support of their programs. An Ag Educator of the Year will be selected from each of those states, receiving the Golden Owl Award trophy and $3000 to help fund future educational efforts. For more information, check out the Golden Owl Award website.


Fellowship Program Accepting Applications
The ACTE Fellowship program is accepting applications for the 2020 class of Fellows!  Please consider taking part in this opportunity for professional development, increased policy knowledge and leadership development!  The Fellowship Program is a one-year commitment from January December 2020.  More information is available  at Applications are due September 15.


Concerts, Speakers Revealed for National Convention
The 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo is just over two months away! We just announced who will play the exclusive convention concerts and speak on the convention stage. Read all about it on

Proficiency Award Finalists Orientation Packets Emailed
Agriculturalists Proficiency Award finalists and their FFA advisors should have received their orientation packets via email. You can also download the packet from the Agricultural Proficiency Awards webpage.

American FFA Degree Candidates Announced 
Congratulations to the 4,353 American FFA Degree recipients. The list of approved 2019 candidates by state is available on the American FFA Degree webpage. A congratulatory email has been sent to all candidates and their FFA advisor(s). You can also download the orientation packet from the American FFA Degree webpage

SAE Video of the Week 
Carlos Garcia, a member of the Clarke Central FFA in Athens, Ga., works with the local community group Young Urban Farmer’s Program for his supervised agricultural experience. Watch this video to see how he puts his new skills—from harvesting produce to marketing—into action.

New 2020 Next Generation Student Application Now Open 
Do you know of an FFA member interested in exploring the Animal Systems Career Pathway in a new and unique way? Look no further! Say hello to the FFA Next Generation Conferences- coming February 20202!

#FFANextGen Conferences are the first of their kind and focus on specific career pathways. These events are designed for high school juniors and seniors who want a hands-on, industry-relevant experiences. Apply and if selected, gain access to new ideas, trends and opportunities and connect directly with industry leaders in the animal systems sector. At the end of the week, leave equipped with a career readiness-plan. 

The application for students is now open and closes Oct. 1, 2019. Questions? Be sure to check out the FAQ on the website. 

Donor Continues to Makes a Difference in FFA Members' Lives
The The Washington Conference Endowment was recently established to provide funds to support and sustain the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) in perpetuity. Rev. Dr. Cathi Braasch made this donation in loving memory of both her husband Leroy "Red" Braasch and their daughter Sara Braasch Schmidt. Read the press release.

FFA Alumni

Regional Development Conferences
Don't miss a free, hands-on training opportunity for FFA Alumni members, state leaders, advisors or anyone interested in starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter! Registration for RDCs in Alabama, Oregon and Tennessee are now open at

Grant Application Deadline Approaching 
The last round of National FFA Alumni and Supporters 2019 grant applications are due Sept. 3! 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.

Be a Part of the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee 
The last round of National FFA Alumni and Supporters 2019 grant applications are due Sept. 3! 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.


Dogs—and maybe humans also—are at increasing risk from toxic blue-green algae in ponds and lakes. Two global reports focus on water, climate change and agriculture

Friday, August 16, 2019:  Crop reports, climate change research, student projects, and the therapeutic value of cuddling your cow. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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