Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 10/5/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Oct 12, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

October 5, 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

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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


This Implementation Guide Can Help With Your Convention Planning
FFA is excited to introduce the National FFA Convention & Expo Implementation Guide (in Word and PDF) to help advisors preplan and engage students and stakeholders during the virtual national convention. This guide includes handouts, discussion activities, recommendations for activities and more. Learn how to navigate our virtual convention and provide an exciting experience for everyone.

Western Wildfires Continue to Affect FFA Chapters
Many of you have reached out to ask how you can help FFA chapters devastated by the wildfires in Oregon, California and Washington. We've updated our Crisis Relief webpage with current needs and how to get involved. 

Agricultural Education for All Town Hall
If you missed our town hall featuring the National Organization's new Agricultural Education for All roadmap on Wednesday, you can catch the recording here. You can also visit  FFA.org/Ag-Ed-for-All for more details. 

SAE Grants Application Opens
The SAE Grants application is now open and will close on Monday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. EST. Students can access the application through the application center on FFA.org and on the SAE Grants webpage. A how-to PDF on accessing and filling out the SAE Grants application, along with the 2020 SAE Grants Summary Table, are also available. Contact Jennifer Preston, jpreston@ffa.org or 317-452-6013, with questions.

Host an FFA National Days of Service Project
Show us how your chapter is Living to Serve by participating in the FFA National Days of Service! Register a service event to be hosted in October to be part of this nationwide event. If you host and report on your service event before Oct. 9, your chapter may be highlighted during national convention!

Try These Power, Structure and Technology Resources
Employees from Darling Ingredients and CSX sat down with #Speakag Ambassador Andrew Moore and Southern Region Vice President Yomar Roman to discuss how their companies impact agriculture. The discussion was part of our celebration of the power, structure and technology pathway in September. Read all about it on FFA.org.

FFA Alumni

National FFA Convention & Expo Alumni and Supporter Registration
FFA Alumni and Supporters can register for the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo at convention.ffa.org! In addition to the rest of the convention experience, this $20 registration includes access to exclusive alumni and supporters' workshops, an awards session and a virtual meet & greet on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m.! 

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!


2020 FAST Symposium at NAAE Convention
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting a virtual Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium for all current NAAE Student Member preservice agricultural education students across the United States! This LIVE professional development event is held in conjunction with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Convention, November 30-December 4, 2020!

The FAST Symposium will be held in THREE SESSIONS. Participants who ATTEND ALL THREE SESSIONS will be reimbursed for their NAAE Convention registration. 

The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors that provides customized professional development, networking, and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers and stakeholders from across the country. 

FAST participants must register for NAAE convention at the student member rate ($65). Participants who attend all three-session symposiums will have their $65 convention registration reimbursed. Those who are not able to attend all three sessions may still participate but will not be reimbursed. 

The FAST Symposium will take place in three sessions on the following dates/times:

Session I: November 19 6:30pm-8:30pm EST

Session II: November 30 12:00pm-5:00pm EST

Session III: December 3 4:30-5:45pm EST

Click here for more information and to apply by OCTOBER 23rd!

CASE THRIVE - Ed Tech Summit
Share what you've learned through the transition into hybrid/virtual learning by presenting at Thrive, the CASE Educational Technology Summit coming January 2021. Visit https://www.case4learning.org/events/thrive/ for the Call for Presenters, application, and more information on attending. Deadline for applications is Oct. 16!

Virtual ABF Available
This fall, teachers have other changes to become certified in ABF virtually! To participate in the event hosted in October by Iowa State, find more info here. To participate in the event hosted during NAAE Convention, find more info here.

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.


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: "The term ‘factory farm’ is used widely, most people think machines are making pigs,” says Tennessee veterinarian Dr. Seth Krantz of Tosh Farms. “We’re a family company and we depend on a network of other family farmers to raise these pigs." Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Home Sweet FFA Home
During my first year of teaching high school agriculture in Medicine Lodge, Kansas (1969-70) I did exactly what my Tarleton Ag Ed teacher educators (Billy Irick, J. B. Morton) taught us to do. They said to become an integral part of the community. So, I joined the local Lions Club and coached a Pony League baseball team. The Lions Club sponsored… Read more here


Devastating California fires have moved into wine country.

*** Friday, Oct. 2, 2020:  Firefighting efforts involve responders, universities, and science groups. Community and USDA food programs, genetically modified plant research, and grass-stained overalls selling for $1,400---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.