Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 3/8/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Mar 14, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 8, 2021


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.

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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.


Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

Be a 2021 Teach Ag Day Celebration Kit Host!
The National Association of Agricultural Educators through the National Teach Ag Campaign are looking for agricultural educators who are willing and able to host 2021 National Teach Ag Day celebrations using a kit full of activities, promotional materials and more in secondary and post-secondary programs across the country on Thursday, September 16, 2021. National Teach Ag Day is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.  Learn more about the kit contents, how to use it and how to get one through the online interest form. Selected programs receive the kit at no charge. Interest forms must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, May 3. 

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 4 is Available Now!
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. Click here to read about Maintaining the Fence: Establishing and Reclaiming Your Boundaries.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 8 - What to Expect from the 2021 Virtual CASE Institutes
The 2021 NAAE Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Institutes are going virtual! With this new transition comes a lot of questions. What will institutes look and feel like this summer? What will be expected from participants? What is the time commitment? For this episode, we’re joined by two of this year’s course lead teachers, John Hammond, agricultural educator at Thomas Nelson High School in Kentucky, and Brianne McCauley, agricultural educator at Liberty High School in West Virginia, who share more about what participants can expect from the 2021 CASE Institutes. Learn more here.


Stay in the Know for the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo
As we continue to monitor the environment around COVID-19 and the return to in-person meetings and events, a great source of information for the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo is Convention.FFA.org. Make sure to click on Sign Up and be on the email list to receive all the latest information and notifications to assist with planning.

FFA Grants for Growing Application Open
Grants for Growing provides middle/high school FFA chapters up to $5,000 to support the development or improvement of project-based or experiential learning opportunities for students. Funding is provided by consumers who purchased an FFA paper emblem at Tractor Supply Company stores at checkout during National FFA Week. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant
Just a reminder that the Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant is open year-round and is available to middle/high school and alumni and supporters' chapters. Funding of up to $400 may be used to support a day of service event. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/LivingToServe. If you have questions, email lts@ffa.org.

FFA Week National Days of Service Update
To date, 103 FFA chapters representing 29 states registered their service projects to be a part of the first FFA Week National Days of Service. If your chapter hosted a service event in February, please report the event so it can be included on the interactive map of all registered service sites.

Join Us for Monthly Advocacy Celebrations
Each month, National FFA chooses an ag topic to celebrate throughout the month. Along with these celebrations are educational resources, FFA New Horizons blog posts, informational graphics, sponsor and industry expert Q&A videos with worksheets, and documents highlighting competitive events and other related activities. For January 2021, we covered Agribusiness with RaboAgriFinance, with worksheets to go along with the topic.

Agricultural Issues Forum LDE News
The 2021 Agricultural Issues Forum has an exemption, allowing all five qualifying forums to be virtual. Documentation will remain the same for the forums. A copy of the announcement is located here. Reference the handbook for additional information regarding the guidelines for forums and portfolios. 

Give Us Your Feedback
All agriculture teachers and FFA advisors should have received the 2021 National FFA Organization Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor Needs Assessment survey on March 2. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of 10 $50 Amazon gift cards. Note: The survey is personalized to your email address, so you cannot share your link with others.

We're Looking for Our Next National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA
Are you curious about the National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA program?  Click here to watch a short video from a few current ambassadors on why they applied to the program. To apply, click here.

National Chapter Committee Positions Available
National FFA is seeking applicants to serve as committee members for the National Chapter Award Program Committee. We are looking for two representatives from education (secondary or postsecondary) or industry. Committee members will work with the committee superintendent and National FFA staff to coordinate the national event's direction and implementation. Refer to the committee position description for more information. Applicants must complete the NCA Committee Member Nomination Form. The nomination deadline is Monday, March 15. For more on the National Chapter Award program, contact Madeline Young, myoung@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

2021 Remote Development Conferences
The second 2021 Remote Development Conference will be held April 5-8 from 1-2 p.m. EDT. These conferences are great opportunities for FFA advisors, alumni and supporters to share ideas, ask questions and learn more about how volunteers can help students and teachers at the local and state levels. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.


ACTE Virtual Fundraising Webinar
ACTE is working to place career and technical education at the forefront of innovation including activities that improve the conditions for student learning, teacher practice and other facets of the CTE experience. Prior to COVID-19, many students participated in in-person fundraising opportunities to support student-led activities. With a worldwide pandemic underway, student-supported activities are a challenge to maintain. NAAE members, Jesse Faber, Annette Weeks, and Audrey Lent, along with FFA Alumni Member Dakota Cowger lead a webinar discussing successful tools and strategies to implement new virtual fundraising efforts. The recorded webinar can be found here.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Future Farmers of America v. Romack: The Legal Storm Arrives
In the previous Friday Footnote (Is a Legal Storm Brewing on the Horizon?) we learned that in 1951 the Chapter Supply Company of Danville, Illinois struck a “deal” with the Texas FFA to sell FFA jackets and other merchandise in Texas. The Texas FFA received 10% royalties from the sales and published advertisements for the company in the Texas… Read more here


Cole the Cornstar stayed on the farm, but he travels vicariously through his millions of online followers.

*** Friday, March 5, 2021:  The newest cash crop could be carbon; universities get folks to roll up their sleeves for the vaccine; and Cole the Cornstar has an online following twice the size of his home state. 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.