Sabrina Shaver

Monday Morning Monitor-- 12/16/2019

Blog Post created by Sabrina Shaver on Jan 6, 2020

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

December 16, 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


Febraury 4-5
Three Circle Summit
Indianapolis, IN

Febraury 26-28
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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


2020 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Digital Learning/Certification Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

2020 National MANRRS Conference FAST Symposium Application Now Available 
The National Teach Ag Campaign pleased to announce it is offering 12 scholarships in 2020 for preservice agricultural education majors to attend our Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) symposium, which is held in conjunction with the National MANRRS Conference, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 1-4, 2020. Applications are due by 11:59pm EST on Monday, January 6, 2020 at this link.  

2020 Teach Ag Kit Host 
Teachers and teacher educators interested in being one of the many Teach Ag Day kit host sites for the 2020 National Teach Ag Day celebration are encouraged to submit their interest at this link no later than April 5, 2020. Selected sites will receive a celebration kit, valued at $100, to use on September 17 to engage directly with the National Teach Ag Day live webcast. Go to the interest link for more details. We are looking for at least 100 secondary and post-secondary sites, preferably one in every state.

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

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, wine veterinarian Dr. Noel Garbes of Illinois checks the ice cream rinse-eating pigs at Ness Farms. Watch the video here.  

Friday Footnotes
Presidents and National FFA Conventions
Just about every time you turn on the television there is news about the President of the United States. Dr. Jim Connors at the University of Idaho has researched the…Read more here


FFA Scholarships Update
It is scholarship season, and you can now reach out to the FFA/ISTS Scholarships Program Support team via text message. If you have a question about your application, send a text to 615-777-3750 along with your name, the words "FFA Scholarship Program" and your question. A team member will get back to you in two business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT. Note: Standard text and data rates may apply. Visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Ready-Made Lessons for Your Classroom
The winter FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide is now available. Check it out for ready-to-go activities that accompany some of the articles found in the magazine

Free Chapter Certificates and Award Pins Available 
WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Chapters can receive a packet of award certificates and chapter-level award pins to present to chapter winners at no charge thanks to the sponsorship of CNH Industrial Capital.  Read the instructions on how to order here or click on the Free Chapter Medals Program button on the Agricultural Proficiency Awards webpage on 

50 Years of Women in FFA Celebrations Moves Into Year Two
We’re excited to move into the second year of our two-year celebration of female membership in FFA! Be sure to visit year-round for videos, stories and more in honor of the women who have shaped the organization, agricultural education, and agriculture. We’ve even added a new toolkit you can use to plan your celebration. Also new, you can now order a commemorative anniversary lapel pin in recognition of the date.

Now Open! Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant
FFA Is excited to announce that the Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve grant application is now open and available in both English and Spanish! Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $1,200 to support a semester-long service-learning project that address community needs in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.

To access the application visit Applications are due February 3, 2020. Please contact the Local Engagement Team at with any questions.

FFA Living to Serve Chapter Challenge
Did your FFA chapter complete a service project over Thanksgiving? Be sure to share your impacts as part of the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge to help FFA complete 930,000 volunteer hours by next year’s 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo! 

Visit to log service hours, impacts and upload a few photos.  The first Monday of each month National FFA will host a Facebook Live event and draw two (2) chapters to receive exclusive Living to Serve Chapter Challenge t-shirts as well as highlighting projects to inspire others to serve.

Apply Now: Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants

Is your chapter planning a service event during National FFA Week? Apply now for the Living to Serve Day of Service Grant for up to $400 to support your service efforts. Visit to apply and review resources. Email questions to

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!

Holiday Shop With the Forever Blue Benefits
FFA Alumni can take advantage of additional savings for holiday shopping through the Forever Blue Benefits program. Access your discounts via the My Deals mobile app or go to and begin saving today. To set up your account, enter 201057 – your FFA ID.


The Peterson Brothers ride the crazy train with their latest farm parody.

Friday, Dec. 13, 2019: Trade negotiations, crop reports, and the implications of climate change on food production. The Peterson Brothers jump on the crazy train with their new farm parody, and a honey badger shows it doesn’t play well with others--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