Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 2/24/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Mar 2, 2020

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education


February 24, 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
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

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State and University-level Teach Ag Ambassador Resources NOW AVAILABLE!
Looking to start your own Teach Ag Ambassador Program at the state or university level? The National Teach Ag Campaign has compiled a number of resources to help you get started, just
 click here. Contact Andrea Fristoe, Program Manager, for more information and to schedule a training for your program!

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 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.

Free Resource: On-demand Webinars From Realityworks
Looking to boost your knowledge on topics like teaching soft skills and increasing student engagement? Wondering what’s out there to help you update your agriculture program or teach new skills? Realityworks’ free, on-demand webinars could give you the information you need - at no cost, whenever you’re ready to watch. You can browse all of our archived webinars here: https://www.realityworks.com/webinars-agriculture/



FFA Week App Now Available
Get ready to celebrate National FFA Week with the official event app! Now available in the "FFA Events" app on iOS and Android, the FFA Week app includes schedules, an #FFAWeek social feed, planning resources and more to come. If you downloaded the app for the National FFA Convention & Expo, just tap the menu button and the home icon to select the FFA Week event.

Get Ready for Give FFA Day
We’re busy finalizing plans for Give FFA Day on Feb. 25. Mark your calendars and plan to join in the 24-hour celebration of support for FFA. Find tips and tools at FFA.org/GiveFFADay to help us spread the word. 

Three Circle Summit  Materials Available
Video recordings and PowerPoints from the Three Circle Summit in Indianapolis are now being published for all to view. Uploads of the content are ongoing and will be complete early next week.

New Safety Resources Available
Safety in Agriculture for Youth is a grant-funded resource through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop a sustainable and accessible national clearinghouse for agricultural safety and health curriculum. Use these resources to infuse safety within the classroom.

WLC Registration Opens March 3rd
Visit FFA.org/wlc to make plans to attend the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) this summer. Registration opens March 3 at 6 p.m. EST. To learn more about WLC, check out this recent online FFA New Horizon’s article and video.

Apply Now: National Teacher Ambassador for FFA
Want to become an expert on FFA educational resources and experiences? Now is the time to apply to be a National Teacher Ambassador for FFA!

“There are so many resources available through National FFA that I had no idea existed until I became a teacher ambassador…”

—Jillian Ford of North Carolina when asked about her experience as a first-year ambassador. 

The deadline to apply is March 3. To learn more about the ambassadors, check out this story on FFA.org.

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!

Regional Development Conferences
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 now through March 15 for an RDC to be held in Wallingford, Connecticut March 27-28.  To register, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

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: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Creed Associated with the Extension Service
In this Friday Footnote we conclude our series about various creeds associated with our profession. Today we will look at several of the creeds associated with the Cooperative Extension Service. In the first Footnote of this series we learned of “The Country Boy’s Creed” written by Charles Osgood Grover. This creed was used with corn clubs and was… Read more here


finally, a rock emoji—except, what kind is it?

*** Friday, Feb. 21, 2020:  A new USDA initiative plans to boost ag production by 40% and cut its environmental footprint by half. Bees use more than sight to remember objects. Plus, scientists love emojis, but it's complicated. 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.