Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 8/24/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Aug 31, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

August 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.

Upcoming Virtual Events


National Teach Ag Day: Sept. 17, 2020


National FFA Convention: Oct. 27-29 


2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

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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.


Running A Successful Online Fundraiser-Free Webinar
Bloom is passionate about impacting your chapter and is giving back 80% of every sale to FFA with 70% remaining with your chapter. With $.50 of every sale now going to your state ag teachers’ association and another $.50 to NAAE for grants and scholarships. Plus $1 to The FFA National Foundation. Everyone wins!!

Bloom is offering a free webinar to walk you through “Running a Successful Online FFA Fundraiser.” During these webinars, you will learn how chapters can not only raise funds but also make this a leadership team-building event.

Bloom is giving a free membership to everyone that registers for the webinar ($20 value).

Register below:

Aug. 24 | 4 p.m. (EST)| https://bit.ly/3jCz9Z4


XLR8 Registration is Closing Soon!
XLR8 is a year-long professional development program for agriculture teachers in their 7th-15th year of teaching. Applications for the 2020 XLR8 professional development program are due September 2, 2020Click here to learn more and register.

2020 National Teach Ag Day Future Agriculture Teacher Photo Submission
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting photos and information of future agriculture teachers to include in the 2020 National Teach Ag Day Webcast. In order to be included, future agriculture teachers must submit a high resolution, appropriate headshot photo, name, city and state, current school, high school agriculture teacher, and their email address. We encourage you to share this information with any future agriculture teachers who may be interested. Click here to learn more and to submit information.


2020 NAAE Convention is Going Virtual-November 30-December 4th
Along with the ACTE CareerTech Vision, NAAE has made the decision to go virtual for the 2020 NAAE Convention.  This was a very difficult decision however the health and safety of our members is of the utmost importance to our association. As we continue to plan, more information will be released and we will update the ag ed community. Click here to learn more and register.


Agricultural Education For All Learning Sessions:
Join NAAE and the National FFA Organization on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 3:00pm EDT for the session is entitled “Culturally Responsive Teaching” and will be presented by Dr. Erica Gray.

As instructional leaders, making the shift toward embedding culturally responsive teaching practice with fidelity requires us to recognize and share powerful practices in action. It requires us to look at our practices both from the teacher standpoint and student receptiveness. It also requires us to create an environment in which coaching both becomes the vehicle to replicate those practices building-wide and to empower teachers to make adjustments that embed equity in their current teaching practices. Click here to register in advance for this session.

Click here to see the rest of the schedule for August.


RFD-TV Partners With FFA for Live Broadcast of National Convention 
Thanks to the generosity of RFD-TV, production of the convention general sessions, award recognitions, national officer retiring addresses and celebration of FFA members and partners will occur at the RFD-TV studio in Ft. Worth, Texas, Stockyards. Learn more on FFA.org


FFA Blue Room Returns to National Convention
Want to introduce your students to the future careers, innovations and technology in agriculture at this year’s first-ever virtual national convention? Check out the FFA Blue Room! National FFA is bringing the future of sustainability in agriculture directly to students and classrooms through engaging activities with cutting-edge ag tech companies and live presentations from industry leaders. The FFA Blue Room is a unique experience that has made an impact over the last two years. Stay tuned for more to come.


A Fair Time to Advocate
We wrapped up our July advocacy celebration on the importance of fairs in agriculture by discussing animal biosecurity with Merck Animal Health. Check out fair impact numbers, the importance of advocating at fairs and more resources here.


Living to Serve Fall Semester-Long Grants Now Open
Apply now! This grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with up to $1,200 to implement a service-learning project in their community for one semester. The application closes Sept. 1. Email lts@ffa.org with questions. #LivingToServe


Living to Serve Chapter Challenge Open to Chapters and Individuals
Whether you are attending school in person or virtually, you can still serve your community. Share with FFA how you are serving individually or as a chapter. Find resources to inspire you to take action and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted #LivingToServe

Teachers: Try These Worksheets
Check out the FFA Fundamentals and FFA.org Scavenger Hunt Choice Boards. The FFA Fundamentals choice board is designed to help students quickly learn FFA basics while exploring FFA.org. This is the perfect activity for an FFA unit or Discovery and Greenhand FFA Degree candidates. The FFA choice boards facilitate student exploration across all facets of FFA.org, as well as AgExplorer. Choice boards cover a variety of periods (six-weeks, nine-weeks, one semester and a year). Choose the time that works best with your curriculum.

Program to Help Students in Indian Country
Do you know of an FFA member who was unable to sell their market animal this year due to a canceled or altered fair or livestock sale? FFA members in Indian Country are encouraged to check out the Intertribal Agriculture Council’s Food 4 Families program. This program helps pay the processing fees for finished market livestock to ensure an appropriate and economically viable end to the project. The program is open to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian FFA and 4-H members.  Learn more and apply at https://www.indianag.org/4h.

FFA Alumni

Final 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporters Grant Deadline Approaching 
September 1st is the final deadline to apply for 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporter grants! Thanks to Tractor Supply Company, $500 legacy grants are available for starting and improving alumni and supporter chapters and $1,000 grants are available for alumni and student members to partner together on projects or events!  Nutrien Ag Solutions is sponsoring $5,000 Give Back to Your Roots grants that can help pay for student affiliation fees, plant-science based projects or other agriculture program materials. Grant applications can be found at www.ffa.org/alumnigrants and submitted to alumni@ffa.org

FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee
Interested in helping shape FFA Alumni and Supporters for the future? Apply to be a part of the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee!  Positions are open for a representative from the Eastern region and for a representative from a corporate alumni and supporters chapter. Applications are due by Sept. 1. To submit your application, or if you have questions, email alumni@ffa.org.


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: Poultry vets like Dr. Dan Wilson of Rose Acre Farms in Indiana are working to keep eggs safe. Dr. Wilson oversees vaccinations of birds raised by the second largest egg producer in the United States -- vaccines that not only protect the birds’ lives and health, but also aim to prevent birds from getting salmonella infection they could pass to humans through the eggs. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Its Alive! The Agriculture Adjustment Act Rises from the Grave!
In the previous Friday Footnote, we learned about the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933. We ended the Footnote with a Supreme Court ruling in 1936 that invalidated the Act. The Court ruled that a special tax paid by food processors to fund the Act was unconstitutional.   Figure 1: Agricultural Adjustment Act ruled unconstitutional.   So, what… Read more here


This Michigan corn maze says it all---COVID, Go Away!

*** Friday, August 21, 2020:  This weird summer includes a Midwest hurricane, western wildfires, a COVID corn maze, and a surfer punching out a shark--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.