Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 3/9/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Mar 13, 2020

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education


March 9, 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.

Upcoming Events


March 30 - April 1
ACTE National Policy Seminar

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Bloom for Good Wants to Work with Your Local FFA Chapter!

Bloom for Good is partnering with the National FFA to support ag programs. This is a great opportunity for local chapters, as 70 percent of the proceeds will go directly back into your local chapter. Your chapter can buy the cards for $3, sell them for $10 and with 30 days before the the money is due back to Bloom, you would not have to pay any up front fees!

The cards will have access to over 370,000 vendors across the country, a $100 travel voucher through the travel program and if your local area doesn’t have many options available, the local restaurants and vendors can be added at no cost.

“Bloom believes in the future of agriculture and in the future of our local agriculture departments and developed this program to help provide financial stability to chapters across the country.”

If you would like to learn more, please click this link to watch a video!

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please click this link!


Now Open: STEM-t Up 2.0
STEM-it Up 2.0: Everything you need to know to get your Floriculture Curriculum in Bloom is looking for outstanding horticulture, floriculture, and plant science agriscience teachers!

STEM-it Up 2.0 is a three-day professional development seminar which includes content focused on STEM laboratory investigations in floriculture, curriculum on STEM in the plant science industries and careers, floral design techniques, plant and environmental science research laboratory visits, and industry tours. Teachers will learn from experienced teacher educators and scientists in the field of plant and environmental science, interact with industry experts, and spend time touring companies to gain a deeper understanding of the floral industry. Apply here!

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 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.


Register for WLC
Registration for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is now open. Several weeks in June are sold out, but there are still spots available in July for this life-changing experience. We do maintain a waitlist for this conference if the week you want to attend is full. Visit FFA.org/wlc to register and learn more about the conference. Direct questions to wlc@ffa.org

Sign Up to Be a Judge
Are you interested in serving as a judge for National FFA competitive events, awards, or supervised agricultural experience grants? Fill out this form to express your interest in online and on-site opportunities.

Grants for Growing Applications Now Open
What could your FFA chapter do with $5,000? Grants for Growing, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, is a competitive grant program for middle and high school FFA chapters that are developing and improving project-based or experiential learning opportunities for students. Visit FFA.org/GrantsforGrowing to access the application and to find resources. The application closes May 1. Email questions to GFG@FFA.org

Log Your Hours for the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge
Did your FFA chapter host a service event during National FFA Week? Visit FFA.org/ChallengeAccepted and log your chapter’s service hours, share some photos, and tell us about the activity. Help FFA reach 930,000 service hours by this national convention. Also, check out the interactive map to see what state is leading in service hours. Nevada, Louisiana and Illinois are looking good.

Watch These New SAE Videos
Check out the newest SAE videos! New videos feature Tennessee FFA members showcasing their SAEs, ranging from agricultural mechanics to grapevine wreath-making.

Get Free Chapter Medals
The Free Chapter Medals Program officially ended in 2018-19, but free chapter medals and certificates are still available while supplies last. Visit here to learn more.

FFA Alumni

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
The West Virginia FFA Ham, Bacon, and Egg Show and Sale
There are two major events that occur every year in March. Most of us are familiar with the March Madness basketball tournament. If you teach agriculture in West Virginia you would also associate the month of March with the State FFA Ham, Bacon and Egg Show. This event has been occurring every March since 1941 (with the exception of a couple of… Read more here


Young farmers use blogs, videos, and social media to explain “real life down on the far.

*** Friday, March 6, 2020:  Farmers and ranchers communicate about agriculture, the coronavirus affects universities, and the “world’s worst cat” almost shows a friendly side. 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.