Sabrina Shaver

Monday Morning Monitor-- 9/9/2019

Blog Post created by Sabrina Shaver on Sep 13, 2019

September 9, 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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Applications Open! 
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.

Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ Grant Application Available
Corteva Agriscience (TM), Agriculture Division of DowDuPont (TM), is generously sponsoring CASE Implementation Grants for agriculture teachers and university programs offering pre-service CASE certifications. The application is available at this link and the deadline to apply is October 31, 2019.

This is the seventh year in a row this program, formally known as the DuPont Pioneer CASE Implementation Grant Program, has offered grants to public and private schools and universities to assist with the implementation of CASE. Teachers may apply for grants up to $5,000 for implementing the CASE program in their schools, including teacher professional development at a CASE Institute, and purchasing classroom equipment and resources. Pre-service programs may apply for up to $7,500 for hosting a CASE Institute for pre-service teachers. Grant awardees will be announced in December. For questions regarding this opportunity contact CASE Operations/Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin.

Register for the Agricultural Business Foundations BriefCASE 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.

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. This year's live webcast was hosted by BASF in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Join the live webcast from across the nation, and hear from five ag teachers about why teaching agriculture is the best career ever from 2-2:45. 

Are you or someone you know planning to become an agriculture teacher? Check out the Teach Ag kits now available to purchase. Kits are $25.00.Email Andrea Fristoe at for more information and to order your kit 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. In this episode of Vets On Call, Dr. Pete Ostrum pregnancy-checks on a large dairy farm. Watch the video here.  

Friday Footnotes
Alfred C. True
The Director of the USDA Office of Experiment Stations, A. C. True, was able to use the Hatch Act of 1887 to established agricultural education in public schools. Our guest columnist for this week, Dr. Jim Connors from the University of Idaho, will tell us more about this unsung hero of agricultural education.   Alfred C. True Agricultural…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.


We're Looking for Member-Made Products
Know an FFA member who makes small products as part of their supervised agricultural experience (SAE) project? National FFA would like to give these products as gifts at our events. From pens, cutting boards and backpacks to T-shirts, mugs and lanyards—we’re open to unique ideas (nonperishable, nonfood products only). Email Stephanie Kappus,, to learn more.

SAE Video of the Week
For his SAE, Ja’Kolbie Jones from Clarke Central FFA in Athens, Ga., raises chickens in his backyard. See how his modified chicken coop has set him up for success. 

Last Call for Volunteers to Help at the National FFA Convention & Expo
The National FFA Educational Development and Evaluation Team is looking for collegiate volunteers to help at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo. Access the application to learn more. The deadline to apply is midnight EDT on Sept. 15. 

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! The next Regional Development Conference will be held in Martin, Tennessee on September 27-28. Registration is open at through Sept. 15! 


Top groceries in each region of the country- did your favorite store make the list?

 Friday, August 30, 2019:  Farmers hope innovation will help with climate change, trade issues still dominate the headlines, and university programs help students with ag careers. Animal cafés, a snakebuster, and a rhino with an attitude--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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