Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 1/13/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Jan 27, 2020

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education


January 13, 2020


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
  • Providinga forum for thought and direction
  • Focusingon academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events


February 4-5
Three Circle Summit
Indianapolis, IN

February 26-28
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, 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 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.

Apply to be a 2020 Teach Ag Ambassador

The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 25-30 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Follow this link to apply by April 10th!

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

Friday Footnotes
A Bad New Year
What better way to start a new year than with a visit from our friend Joe Scatterscrew? If you remember from some past Friday Footnotes, Joe is a fictitious agriculture teacher invented by E. V. Walton, a faculty member at Texas A & M. These stories were used in preparing agriculture teachers back in the 1950s.   With the advent of a new year,… Read more here


Deadline: 2020 National FFA Scholarship Application
Could any of your students use money for college? The National FFA Scholarship Application is now available at FFA.org/Scholarships. 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.

$1,200 Living to Serve Grant Now Open
FFA chapters can apply for up to $1,200 to support semester-long service-learning projects that address community needs in one of four focus areas: community safety; hunger, health and nutrition; environmental responsibility; and community engagement. Apply at FFA.org/livingtoserve/grants by Feb. 3, 2020. Email the Living to Serve team, lts@ffa.org, with questions.

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

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 www.ffa.org/alumnibenefits or contact Agrotours for more information at 888-224-8687 or info@agrotours.com. Registration and deposit are due March 1, 2020! Reserve your spot today!


You could leave the 2020 CES tech fair with a futuristic tractor, a companion robot, and a communicative refrigerator.

*** Friday, Jan. 10, 2020:  The new year begins with tech and innovation; Australian bush fires affect humans, animals, and the environment; and we “drive thru” the top fast food stories of 2019--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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