Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 2/3/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Feb 4, 2020

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education


February 3, 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

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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



How to Use SAE for All in the Classroom
In need of resources to incorporate SAE for All in your curriculum?  Check out this link for teacher and student guides/activities.

Listen to FFA Today on Sirius
National FFA has a national radio show called "FFA Today," which airs Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. ET, and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET. You can listen to the show on Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM, SiriusXM Canada and the SiriusXM app. You can also catch individual segments on

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!


National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Award Applications Due Today
Apply to be a 2020 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador.  Applications due February 3rd.  To find out more go to the NAAE website https://www.naae.org/profdevelopment/nataa.cfm. Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience™

Deposits for the NAAE Tour of Scotland and Northern England are Due February 15th
Travel Internationally with NAAE, June 18-27, 2020, and earn professional development credit while networking with other ag educators from across the nation and globe.

To find out more and to plan your trip click this link!

The deadline is coming up for our Scotland and northern England tour. Deposits must be submitted by February 15, 2020.

  • February 15, 2020- $750 Non-Refundable deposit due
  • April 15, 2020- $2,000 remaining balance due

If you have any questions please contact Alex Thor at info@explorationsbythor.com or by calling 859.459.0500.

External Communications Contractor
The contractor will be responsible for developing high quality and innovative communications that contribute to the NAAE brand and NAAE programs. The contractor will be responsible for providing whatever office space, equipment and software is needed to render the required services.

Click here to apply!

2020 CASE Institute Scholarships
Generous contributions from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA), as well as Cargill and the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation, are providing partial CASE Institute scholarships.

The deadline to apply is February 29th. Scholarship winners will be contacted in April. Click this link to view the complete CASE Institute schedule. To complete the 2020 CASE Institute Scholarship Application, visit this link. Please direct questions regarding this scholarship opportunity to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director.

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.

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, Arndt Farms is a family farm still operating more than 50 years after it was founded in Illinois by Ed Arndt, Sr. Now Ed's teenaged granddaughter Katie is stepping up to learn livestock farming and help the farm succeed, making her the fifth generation Arndt to practice farming. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
In The Room Where it Happened
In the hit Broadway play “Hamilton” there is a scene where Aaron Burr wonders what transpired “in the room where it happened“ referring to a secret meeting between Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. This Friday Footnote attempts to replicate that scene but instead looks at who was in the room where it happened (and what… Read more here


A company CEO bought a $6 million Super Bowl ad to thank the veterinarians who saved his dog’s life.

*** Friday, Jan. 31, 2020:  Food safety has changed since the “poison squad” days, the coronavirus causes a global alert, and “wicked smaht” Super Bowl ads include a tribute to veterinarians--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