Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 3/16/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Mar 16, 2020

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education


March 16, 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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To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, emailOlivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

COVID-19 Updates From NAAE and FFA

Dear NAAE Colleagues:

In these extraordinary times, we are all facing many challenges. I wanted to reach out with a brief note about how NAAE is serving you in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak... click here to read more.

Dear Board Members, State Staff, Teachers and National FFA Staff,


The bulk of this week has been occupied by plans around COVID-19 and our response to the coronavirus. Our heart goes out to the individuals and families impacted by the virus. Despite everyone’s concerns over cancellations and postponements, I would ask that we keep the health and welfare of our neighbors and ourselves at the forefront. The list of school closings and state FFA convention cancellations/postponements is becoming quite long. The situation is very fluid, as you know, and things can change rapidly. As of now, we have taken the following actions in response to the pandemic:... click here to read more.


Amended Washington Leadership Conference Cancellation Policy
All plans for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) remain intact at this time. However, we have amended the previous 60-day cancellation policy. All registrants may now cancel for a full refund of WLC registration cost minus deposit up to 30 days in advance of their registered week. For WLC Week 1 that begins June 2, this means full refunds minus deposit are available until Tuesday, May 3. This amended 30-day timeline applies to all weeks of WLC and is based on each week’s check-in date.

Check Out This Sustainability in Agriculture Lesson Series
Sustainability in agriculture is a critical topic for youth today to understand. Use this exciting new lesson series, sponsored by Valent USA, to teach students about how sustainability in agriculture is infused within all parts of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Value Chain.

New Resource Now Available: AFNR Value Chain
Looking to make connections between careers, FFA, supervised agricultural experiences, and the industry throughout the entire AFNR Value Chain? Check out this new resourcethat highlights each step of the AFNR Value Chain and connects students with current content and careers.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants – Always Open
What needs in your community could your FFA chapter address with a $400 Day of Service Mini-Grant? Middle school, high school and alumni chapters can apply today atFFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants. Applications are reviewed on the first day of every month with award notification by the 15th.

Congrats to Our Chapter Challenge February Winners
Join these amazing FFA chapters in our challenge to complete 930,000 volunteer hours by this year’s National FFA Convention & Expo. Log your service hours, get recognized, and inspire others!

  • Mount Pleasant FFA members in North Carolina aided in clean-up efforts of several homes that were devastated by a recent tornado.
  • Riverdale FFA members in Tennessee made, baked, and delivered bags of treats to the local animal shelter to kick off National FFA Week.

SAE Video of the Week
FFA member Sam Mills from Chiefland FFA in Florida knows a thing or two about pine straw thanks to his family’s business and a successful supervised agricultural experience baling it.

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. VisitFFA.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.

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

FFA Educational Enrichment Program
Looking for online learning opportunities? Students and Alumni members can use the FFA Educational Enrichment Program for a free $300 value college planning session and access to discounted online courses transferrable to over 1,000 colleges and universities. To learn more, visit www.Pearson.com/FFA.


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.

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!

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
Cal Farley's Boys Ranch
You probably were not aware of an underlying theme in the last two Friday Footnotes. The Farm Boy Cavaliers, even though they were found in 30 states, got their start and was based in Minnesota. Last week we learned about the West Virginia FFA Ham, Bacon, and Egg Show and Sale. Today we are going to visit a unique agricultural education program… Read more here


Coronavirus ripple effects lead to a tidal wave of societal changes.

*** Friday, March 13, 2020:  Coronavirus shockwaves spread wide—including effects on science, agriculture, and education. Food safety links, ag research stories, and Pi Day gives us a chance to be irrational. 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.