Sabrina Shaver

Monday Morning Monitor-- 11/18/2019

Blog Post created by Sabrina Shaver on Nov 25, 2019

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

November 18, 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.

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Indianapolis, IN

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2020 State Teach Ag Results (STAR)
2020 State Teach Ag Results (STAR) Grant enrollment open until November 26 for returning states and new states. More information about the program and requirements may be found here

NAAE Convention Crucial Conversations Workshop
Please take a moment and provide your input for the NAAE Convention Crucial Conversations workshop. All are encouraged to respond, even if you aren’t going to NAAE or the Crucial Conversations workshop. Take the survey here

National FFA Announces National Advisor and Executive Secretary
The National Council for Agricultural Education (The Council) today named Dr. James Woodard the Director of Agricultural Education, FFA Board Chair and National FFA Advisor. Amendments to the National FFA Constitution and Bylaws adopted by the delegates at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo stipulated that it is now the responsibility of The Council to appoint this leadership position. Dr. Woodard replaces Dr. Steve Brown, who has served as board chair and national advisor for the past 11 years. Dr. Brown recently retired from his position at the U.S. Department of Education after 39 years of service to the agricultural education profession. Read more here.

Natural Resources Systems
Natural Resources Systems is a comprehensive new text that features up-to-date coverage of today’s natural resources management, including a focus on sustainability, global environmental issues, and the science behind the solutions to natural resources issues. It provides students with a basic introduction to many areas included in natural resources studies, including soil, air, water, endangered species, fisheries, game management, and cartography. Activities and review materials provide teachers with additional resources to support and extend learning. Career Connection features highlight diverse jobs, including people involved in many different fields of conservation and resource management. Learn more here.

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, follow veterinarian Dr. Rob Farruggio of Wisconsin as heultrasounds cows and through his binoculars sees the fetus of a baby cow. As he tours the farm he explains that happy cows housed in comfortable barns produce more milk. Watch more here.

Friday Footnotes
Boys' Corn Clubs
W. B. Otwell was not happy! In 1898 he was the secretary for the Macoupin County (Illinois) Farmers’ Institute. The February meeting of the Institute had been advertised in 13 county newspapers but only the officers and the chaplain…Read more here


Accept the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge
Join National FFA in our challenge to complete 930,000 volunteer hours by the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo. It is as easy as 1,2,3: 

  1. See It- Empower yourself with knowledge
  2. Solve It- Lead your chapter into action
  3. Share It- Inspire others... share your story at

Report impacts after each service event and be entered in a drawing to receive exclusive Living to Serve Chapter Challenge T-shirts.

Now Open: 2020 National FFA Scholarship Application
Could any of your students use money for college? The National FFA Scholarship Application is now available at Access the application, view the timeline and identify resources that fit your needs. Just one application for multiple opportunities. The deadline to apply is Jan. 15, 2020.

Free FFA Week Resources Now Available
Looking for new ideas, resources and easy-to-implement templates for National FFA Week? Check out the new National FFA Week Implementation Guide as a Word doc or a PDF to help your chapter plan an exciting FFA Week in February 2020.

Visit Northern California with FFA
Join National FFA Alumni and Supporters for an Agriculture Travel Program in Northern California May 30-June 7, 2020. See San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, Muir Woods, the Napa Valley, Blue Diamond Growers, Sun-Maid Raisins, Harris Ranch and more. Visit or contact Agrotours, 888-224-8687 or, for more information. Registration and a deposit are due March 1.

Help Raise Money for FFA on Instagram
You can now use time spent on social media to do a world of good for a cause we all love! Here are two new ways to donate to and also to encourage others to support National FFA while on Instagram on your mobile device:

  • When you get ready to post a story on Instagram, tap the donation sticker after you’ve taken the photo or video. Then, select National FFA as the nonprofit. Others will see it and be encouraged to give.

  • When you are checking out National FFA on Instagram, use the donate button on our profile to make a quick and secure gift.

And here’s more good news: National FFA will receive 100 percent of the proceeds without any transaction fees.

FFA Alumni

Northern California Agriculture Travel Program
Join FFA Alumni and Supporters for an Agriculture Travel Program in Northern California May 30- June 7, 2020! See Fisherman’s Wharf, Muir Woods, Napa Valley, Blue Diamond Growers, Sun-Maid Raisins, Harris Ranch and more! Visit or contact Agrotours for more information at 888-224-8687 or Registration and deposit are due March 1, 2020! Reserve your spot today!



A pre-winter “polar coaster” chills the country and affects the harvest.

Friday, Nov. 15, 2019:  An early “polar coaster” affects the harvest; see what’s hidden in your refrigerator; and pig behavior studies use an “instaham” type of social network analysis--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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