Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 2/10/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Feb 10, 2020

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education


February 10, 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


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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 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.

Realityworks Expands Its Agriculture Product Line
We’re excited to announce the release of several brand-new learning aids for teaching key ag skills! New tools include a Calf Simulator, a Swine Breeder™ artificial insemination simulator, a Greenhouse Insect Models Kit and Hydroponics Educational Systems. Each learning aid was created to help instructors teach key skills, manage their classrooms and budget, and prepare students for growing careers in the agriculture industry.

You can learn more about Realityworks’ expanded product line by clicking here.

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.


Regional Development Confrences
Ten free Regional Development Conferences will be held across the country in 2020 for teachers, alumni members or anyone interested in starting or developing an FFA Alumni and Supporters chapter. Registration is open through Feb. 23 for the first RDC of the year which will be held in Loveland, Colorado March 6-7. Registration is also open through March 15 for an RDC to be held in Wallingford, Connecticut March 27-28.  Find out more at www.ffa.org/gotordc.

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.


WLC Registration Opens March 3rd
Washington Leadership Conference registration opens at 6 p.m. EST on March 3.  Visit the resources tab at the bottom of the WLC webpage to see the WLC schedule and other important information. Weeks 1 through 4 sell out quickly. Direct questions to wlc@ffa.org.

Updated Constitution and Bylaws Now on FFA.org
We’ve posted the updated National FFA Constitution and National FFA Bylaws on FFA.org. This webpage also features the updated FFA Federal Charter. Be on the lookout in May for the 2020-21 Official FFA Manual in both English and Spanish. 

SAE Video of the Week
Watch as Nathan Gore from Chiefland FFA in Florida explains how to grow, harvest and produce mushrooms.

Join the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge
Is your FFA chapter planning to host a service day during National FFA Week? Be sure to log your service hours in the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge to help FFA reach 930,000 hours before the next convention and help your state move up the ranks. Right now, Alabama, Michigan and Nevada are leading the way! Visit FFA.org/ChallengeAccepted to participate.

Grants for Growing News
FFA Week is coming up, which means the FFA Paper Emblem Program will be in full force at Tractor Supply Company (TSC). FFA chapters can partner with their local TSC to help with the fundraising efforts that provide the funding for the Grants for Growing program. Find out more at FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing.

National Teacher Ambassador for FFA Application
Are you interested in training other teachers on FFA educational resources and experiences? Now is the time to apply to be a
 National Teacher Ambassador for FFA. The deadline to apply is March 3.

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!

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
Follow the Leader
When you were younger did you play "Follow the Leader"? If the leader jumped, you jumped. If the leader skipped, you skipped. And so forth. Would it surprise you to learn that most Vocational Student Organizations (VSOs, now known as CTSOs – Career and Technical Student Organizations) followed the leadership of the FFA in creating creeds.   The… Read more here


Some think cell cultivated tissue could soon be the meat in your sandwich.

*** Friday, Feb. 7, 2020:  Cultured tissue could lead to meat from a lab; the coronavirus spreads; an NC-State graduate sets space flight records; and Americans consume 1.4 billion Super Bowl chicken wings--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