Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 9/21/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Sep 25, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

September 21, 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 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.


Register for Convention Beginning This Tuesday
Visit Convention.ffa.org for the latest on the year’s biggest virtual celebration, including the ins and outs of registration that opens Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. EDT. Check out the three-day schedule too.

FFA New Horizons Is Here
The latest issue of FFA New Horizons is now hitting mailboxes and features even more exclusive content than ever before — including the new Shop FFA Look Book. You can also read the issue online, and teachers can access the teaching guide for classroom use. Be on the lookout for the magazine’s next printed issue early next year in time for National FFA Week. In the meantime, keep up with all things FFA on FFA.org/news


Serve Locally This October 
FFA chapters are being asked to put their Leadership into Action and serve their local community by participating in the FFA National Days of Service. FFA chapters may sign up a service event to be hosted in October. If you host and report on your service event before Oct. 9, your chapter may be highlighted during national convention. 

Official FFA Manuel in Spanish Now Available
The updated version of the Official FFA Manual in Spanish is now available on FFA.org. Based on your feedback, this version of the Spanish manual includes the use of the word “capítulos” instead of “secciones” to represent the English word “chapter.” 


SAE Video of the Week
See how Kami Harmon from McMinn County FFA in Tennessee gets her lambs show-ready for her supervised agricultural experience.

Culver’s Celebrates Scoops of Thanks Day
Mark your calendar for Thursday, Sept. 24! Visit your local Culver’s restaurant and get a scoop of fresh frozen custard in exchange for your $1 donation to support local FFA and agricultural education programs. Here are five reasons why you should go.

Get Your TSC Convention Shirts
Something big has arrived at Tractor Supply Company (TSC) stores and online: The TSC national convention T-shirt! For $12.99, you can pick up a great shirt, and all proceeds benefit Gift of Blue, FFA Alumni and Living to Serve.

FFA Alumni

Leadership Scholarship Report Deadline
Any FFA Alumni and Supporters chapter or state association that received a leadership scholarship check from National FFA is required to submit a leadership scholarship report form to alumni@ffa.org by Oct. 1. Chapters and states that do not submit a grant report form will not receive 2020 funding. 

Forever Blue Network App
Resources and networking at your fingertips! National FFA is excited to announce that the Forever Blue Network is now available as an app on iOS and android devices! From the Apple Store, download the Graduway Community app and type “National FFA Organization” as your institution. From the Google Play Store, download the Forever Blue Network app. Be sure to check out groups and resources specifically for agriculture education teachers!


Alissa Smith Named CEO of NAAE
Lexington, Ky. – The board of directors of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) is pleased to announce that Alissa F. Smith of Nicholasville, Ky. has been hired as NAAE Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Her assignment in this capacity will begin October 1, 2020.
Read More.

Seeking Candidates to Fill Open NAAE Committee Positions
There are current openings on the following NAAE committees:

Finance: Region I, Region III and Region VI
Marketing: Region II and Region VI
Member Services: Region I, Region IV and Region VI
Policy and Bylaws: Region I, Region II, Region III and Region VI
Public Policy: Region II and Region VI
Strategic Planning: Region VI


Click here to learn more about NAAE committees, including how to apply to be a committee member.


Questions? Contact Jay Jackman.

Current Issue of The Agricultural Education Magazine
Volume 93, Issue 2 – September/October 2020 – Using Reading and Writing to Enhance Your Agriculture Classroom

The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all.

NAAE's Connect Podcast - Episode 3: Nutrition, Energy, and Ag Teacher Wellness (Part 1)
NAAE is excited to kick off Part One of a two part series related to nutrition, energy, and ag teacher wellness. Our host is joined by our guest co-host and current NAAE President, Mr. Parker Bane, as they explore how proper nutrition and living an active lifestyle can help boost our energy so that agricultural educators can be their best for themselves, their students, and their friends and family at home. Parker and Alan are joined by two agricultural educators, Mrs. Amanda Twenter of Missouri and Mr. Melvin Phelps of New York, who share personal experiences they've encountered along with tangible steps that you can take to help boost and maintain your energy throughout the day. 

For more information, visit our website!


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: Sadly, shortly after this video was filmed for Veterinarians On Call, Dr. Samantha Pohl passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. We hope her message will better inform people about poultry care in the US, and inspire more students to pursue a career in poultry science and veterinary health. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
The Farm Security Administration (FSA)! What do you think this USDA agency did? Let me guess. It was a federal police force that patrolled farms to make sure no cattle were being rustled or barns were broken into. Farmers would post signs like the one below to show that their farms were protected by the Farm Security Administration. Figure 1.… Read more here


A broadcaster chastises his dogs for lying on their online dating profiles.

*** Friday, Sept. 18, 2020:  Science and agriculture struggle with an “infodemic,” students and the public deal with a multitude of disasters, and a viral video looks at how online dating can go to the dogs. 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.