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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

March 18, 2019

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2019

March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

NAAE 

NAAE 2017-2018 Annual Report Now Available
Take a look back at the past year in agricultural education. Hear from our Executive Director, see our award winners, and get a snapshot of the impact our current programs and initiatives have made. Click here to view the annual report.

NAAE Awards
The official submission links for the 2019 NAAE Awards are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process and make sure to submit your application by May 15th! 

NAAE Virtual Book Club
Are you looking for a new kind of professional development? Check out this summer's NAAE Virtual Book Club! Make sure to register by May 31st! Follow this link for more information. 

Jr. MANRRS Grant Opportunity
The National Teach Ag Campaign, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, is offering eight grants worth $1500 each to preservice agricultural education clubs or groups to develop and execute a collaborative and mentoring relationship with a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. If a Jr. MANRRS chapter does not exist, the preservice cohort may use the funds to start a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. These grants are part of a pilot program that aims to:

  • Establish positive relationships among preservice agricultural education majors and the Jr. MANRRS chapter members. 
  • Plan, create, and deliver agriculture-based content to Jr. MANRRS members through innovative and engaging formats. 
  • Practice teaching and lesson execution. 

Grant applications are due March 24. The grant application and more details may be found at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4792011/2019-2020-JR-MANRRS-Grant

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Join other agriculture teachers and professionals to learn more about creating an inclusive classroom environment for students on this webinar series. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism

*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

 

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For more information, please visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll or contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

Landscape Design, Installation, and Management, 1st Edition
Landscape Design, Installation, and Management engages students with practical information and a highly visual approach. Written by trusted educators who have hands-on experience in the field, the text methodically develops an understanding of Green Industry practices, safety, design principles, design processes, producing and selecting plants, the business side of landscaping, and landscape installation and maintenance. To help guide students toward satisfying career choices, diverse Green Industry jobs are highlighted in Career Connections. The text and its support package provide hands-on activities and worksheets to help students learn by doing. Special attention is given to the requirements of state and national landscape competitions and events. Learn more here.

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. This week, Dr. Lindsey Peck gives us a tour of her calf barn and explains how she cares for all the baby cows. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The Future Indian Farmers of America
Soon after the FFA was established there was a desire to establish FFA chapters in schools located on Indian reservations. Agriculture was taught in Indian reservations schools but there was no student organization. Follow this link to read more. 

FFA

Resource Spotlight: Pet Store Management SAE
Watch as FFA member Denisha Washington from Seneca FFA in Louisville, Ky., shows us her supervised agricultural experience working at a local pet store. She gives us a tour of the pet store, shows us the types of animals she works with, and explains her daily tasks. You can also catch other SAE videos and check out links to related lesson plans and student activity sheets.

WLC Registration Now Live
Registration for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is now live. Visit the WLC webpage and use your FFA login to see availability by week. For advisors and members only able to attend a week that is currently sold out, we do maintain a waitlist. To be added to the waitlist, email wlc@ffa.org and provide your contact information, as well as the number of registrations desired. To learn more about WLC, watch this video.

Newest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Online
Teachers: Check out the latest FFA New HorizonsTeaching Guide. The spring edition is now available and includes ready-to-print, standards-aligned activities, discussion questions as well as supervised agricultural experience (SAE) and FFA tips. You can also access past teaching guides. Be sure to visit our news webpage on FFA.org to flip through the spring issue of FFA New Horizons and catch up on the latest FFA stories.

ACTE

Join Us at NPS!
Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or a first-timer to Capitol Hill, now more than ever is an essential time to engage! With several new Members of Congress, there are significant opportunities to build on the momentum of recent CTE policy advancements at National Policy Seminar this March 25–27 in Arlington, Virginia, with focused, free pre-conference sessions on March 24

Learn more and register today!

CAST

Ag Day just passed, but we celebrate farmers and food production all year long.

Friday, March 15, 2019:  Ag Day celebrations continue all year long, data sharing enhances ag research, and gene-edited salmon hits the market. Drunk mosquitoes, territorial owls, 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 (CAST).

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

March 11, 2019

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2019

March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

NAAE 

Instructional Materials Now Available from Midwest Row Crop
The National FFA Foundation has partnered with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) to provide teachers with a week-long lesson focused on agriculture conservation practices with support from Midwest Row Crop Collaborative (MRCC) members. These agricultural education instructional materials and programmatic deployment comes after a larger marketing campaign in grocery stores focused on connecting consumer purchases to the support of farmers and agricultural education. Click here to access the free instructional materials. 

NAAE Awards
The application details, rubrics, and instructions for the 2019 NAAE awards are now updated and available on the NAAE website. You are welcome to access your application(s) and work on uploading your information. The official submission links are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process.

Farm Credit East Partial CASE Institute Scholarships
Are you in need of financial support to attend a CASE Institute this summer? Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institute scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire.

For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.

Jr. MANRRS Grant Opportunity
The National Teach Ag Campaign, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, is offering eight grants worth $1500 each to preservice agricultural education clubs or groups to develop and execute a collaborative and mentoring relationship with a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. If a Jr. MANRRS chapter does not exist, the preservice cohort may use the funds to start a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. These grants are part of a pilot program that aims to:

  • Establish positive relationships among preservice agricultural education majors and the Jr. MANRRS chapter members. 
  • Plan, create and deliver agriculture-based content to Jr. MANRRS members through innovative and engaging formats. 
  • Practice teaching and lesson execution. 

Grant applications are due March 24. The grant application and more details may be found at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4792011/2019-2020-JR-MANRRS-Grant

NAAE Co-Hosts Free Webinar!
Please join us for a FREE WEBINAR on March 13 or 14! The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), in partnership with The FOOD EVOLUTION Educational Outreach Coalition, invites you to an exclusive, free, online webinar. Together we hope to inspire teachers to use the Food Evolution film as a tool to engage their students in using scientific practices to guide their decision-making. Our hour-long webinar will introduce attendees to the film and its accompanying Educational Resource Guide. We will discuss the film and its classroom applications, model an activity from the guide, and allow time for Q&A with a member of the FOOD EVOLUTION film team. Teachers who attend the entire webinar will receive a FREE copy of the film and the Guide, and a certificate for 1 hour of professional development to submit to their district or administration. Click here for more information.

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Join other agriculture teachers and professionals to learn more about creating an inclusive classroom environment for students on this webinar series. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism

*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

 

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For more information, please visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll or contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

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. This week, Dr. Wilson, veterinarian at Rose Acre Farms in Indiana, examines the flocks in his care by handling some of the birds. Click here to view the video.

Friday Footnotes
The Final Act
The last act of the NFA-FFA merger occurred in Kansas City, Missouri on October 13, 1965. There was a dramatic and emotional ceremony during the opening session of the National FFA Convention to recognize the joining of the two groups. Click here to read more. 

FFA

Celebrate National Ag Week
National Ag Week is here! FFA chapters across the country will celebrate agriculture, food and natural resources by participating in activities and sharing their #AgDay19 stories. We want to know how you are celebrating. Submit your activity for a chance to win a pizza party with a national officer and be named Ag Week’s #GreatestAdvocate.

WLC Registration Now Live
Registration for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is now live. Visit the WLC webpage and use your FFA login to see availability by week. For advisors and members only able to attend a week that is currently sold out, we do maintain a waitlist. To be added to the waitlist, email wlc@ffa.org and provide your contact information as well as the number of registrations desired. To learn more about WLC, watch this video.

Newest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Online
Teachers: Check out the latest FFA New HorizonsTeaching Guide. The spring edition is now available and includes ready-to-print, standards-aligned activities, discussion questions as well as supervised agricultural experience (SAE) and FFA tips. You can also access past teaching guides. Be sure to visit our news webpage on FFA.org to flip through the spring issue of FFA New Horizons and catch up on the latest FFA stories.

 

Last Week to Register for Alumni and Supporters Travel Program 
Only one week remains to register for the alumni and supporters agricultural travel program to Germany and the Netherlands. The registration deadline is March 15, and tour dates are July 1-10, 2019. Contact Agrotours to reserve your seat at info@agrotours.com or 1-888-224-8687.

Attend a Regional Development Conference
Want to network while learning more about starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter? Attend one of our free regional development conferences. Find locations, agendas and more at FFA.org/gotordc. The next conference will be held in Prescott Valley, Ariz., on March 29-30 with registration closing on March 17.

Alumni Check IN
Are you one of our 8 million+ former FFA members? If so, please take a minute to Check IN and take the first step to further unite and strengthen our extensive online community! Imagine the tremendous impact of our collective voice, leadership and lifelong commitment. Let’s build our FFA community! #FFACheckIN

FFA Alumni

Alumni and Supporter Travel Program Registration Deadline: March 15
You’re in luck! If you missed the deadline to register for the FFA Alumni and Supporter agricultural travel program to Germany and The Netherlands, it has been extended to March 15! The tour dates are July 1-10, 2019, and highlights include Royal FloraHolland; an Amsterdam canal cruise and visit inside the Anne Frank House; a tour of the John Deere factory in Mannheim; and Kinderdijk, a world heritage site of Dutch windmills. Contact Agrotours to reserve your seat at info@agrotours.com or call 1-888-224-8687.

Regional Development Conferences
Want to learn more about starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter? Attend one of our free regional development conferences! Find locations, agendas and more at www.ffa.org/gotordc. The next conference will be held in Prescott Valley, Arizona on March 29-30 with registration closing on March 17.

ACTE

Join Us at NPS!
Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or a first-timer to Capitol Hill, now more than ever is an essential time to engage! With several new Members of Congress, there are significant opportunities to build on the momentum of recent CTE policy advancements at National Policy Seminar this March 25–27 in Arlington, Virginia, with focused, free pre-conference sessions on March 24

Learn more and register today!

CAST

A UK-based farmer created a forest made up of 500 edible plants.

Friday, March 8, 2019: Today, we celebrate #WomenInAg, examine college recruitment in rural schools, and learn about a new “bean-nut” butter. A twirling turtle, an edible forest, and a “lunar library”—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.

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

March 4, 2019

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2019

March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

NAAE 

NAAE Awards
The application details, rubrics, and instructions for the 2019 NAAE awards are now updated and available on the NAAE website. You are welcome to access your application(s) and work on uploading your information. The official submission links are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process.

Farm Credit East Partial CASE Institute Scholarships
Are you in need of financial support to attend a CASE Institute this summer? Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire.

For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.

Jr. MANRRS Grant Opportunity
The National Teach Ag Campaign, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, is offering eight grants worth $1500 each to preservice agricultural education clubs or groups to develop and execute a collaborative and mentoring relationship with a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. If a Jr. MANRRS chapter does not exist, the preservice cohort may use the funds to start a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. These grants are part of a pilot program that aims to:

  • Establish positive relationships among preservice agricultural education majors and the Jr. MANRRS chapter members. 
  • Plan, create and deliver agriculture-based content to Jr. MANRRS members through innovative and engaging formats. 
  • Practice teaching and lesson execution. 

Grant applications are due March 24. The grant application and more details may be found at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4792011/2019-2020-JR-MANRRS-Grant

NAAE Co-Hosts Free Webinar!
Please join us for a FREE WEBINAR on March 13 or 14! The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), in partnership with The FOOD EVOLUTION Educational Outreach Coalition, invites you to an exclusive, free, online webinar. Together we hope to inspire teachers to use the Food Evolution film as a tool to engage their students in using scientific practices to guide their decision-making. Our hour-long webinar will introduce attendees to the film and its accompanying Educational Resource Guide. We will discuss the film and its classroom applications, model an activity from the guide, and allow time for Q&A with a member of the FOOD EVOLUTION film team. Teachers who attend the entire webinar will receive a FREE copy of the film and the Guide, and a certificate for 1 hour of professional development to submit to their district or administration. Click here for more information.

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Join other agriculture teachers and professionals to learn more about creating an inclusive classroom environment for students on this webinar series. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism

*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

 

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For more information, please visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll or contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

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. This week, Dr. Randall examines pet cat Mickey for chronic pneumonia, which if not treated promptly can be fatal. Click here to watch the video.

Friday Footnotes
Through the Looking Glass
The 1871 Lewis Carroll book Through the Looking Glasswas a sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In Through the Looking Glass, Alice again enters a fairy tale world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond the mirror. Follow this link to read more. 

FFA

WLC Registration Opens Tuesday 
As a reminder, Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) registration opens Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m. ET. Advisors and members are required to register using their FFA logins. For details on the program—including availability, pricing and a registration webinar—visit the WLC webpage. Email questions to wlc@ffa.org.

 

Advocate for Agriculture During National Ag Week
National Ag Week is just around the corner! Every year, FFA celebrates the abundance provided by American agriculture. This year on March 10-16, chapters across the country will raise awareness about food and agriculture within their schools and communities. Are you ready to join the fun? Check out our new Ag Week Program and Activities webpage for ideas on how to get your chapter involved. And, don’t forget to tell us all about your activities—one chapter will be named the Greatest Advocate and win a pizza party with a National FFA Officer. Visit the Ag Week webpage for more details. 

 

New SAE Videos Now Available on FFA.org
Check out the newest supervised agricultural experience (SAE) videos featuring FFA members from Seneca FFA in Louisville, Ky. Highlighted SAEs range from working at the Louisville Zoo to tending to animals in a vet clinic to learning about sports turf management at the Louisville Bats stadium. 

Alumni Check IN
Are you one of our 8 million+ former FFA members? If so, please take a minute to Check IN and take the first step to further unite and strengthen our extensive online community! Imagine the tremendous impact of our collective voice, leadership and lifelong commitment. Let’s build our FFA community! #FFACheckIN

FFA Alumni

Alumni and Supporter Travel Program Registration Deadline: March 15
You’re in luck! If you missed the deadline to register for the FFA Alumni and Supporter agricultural travel program to Germany and The Netherlands, it has been extended to March 15! The tour dates are July 1-10, 2019, and highlights include Royal FloraHolland; an Amsterdam canal cruise and visit inside the Anne Frank House; a tour of the John Deere factory in Mannheim; and Kinderdijk, a world heritage site of Dutch windmills. Contact Agrotours to reserve your seat at info@agrotours.com or call 1-888-224-8687.

Regional Development Conferences
Want to learn more about starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter? Attend one of our free regional development conferences! Find locations, agendas and more at www.ffa.org/gotordc. The next conference will be held in Prescott Valley, Arizona on March 29-30 with registration closing on March 17.

ACTE

Join Us at NPS!
Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or a first-timer to Capitol Hill, now more than ever is an essential time to engage! With several new Members of Congress, there are significant opportunities to build on the momentum of recent CTE policy advancements at National Policy Seminar this March 25–27 in Arlington, Virginia, with focused, free pre-conference sessions on March 24

Learn more and register today!

CAST

To read about college students coping with high textbook costs and multiple jobs, check out the final two links in this week’s newsletter. 

Friday, March 1, 2019:  Water issues are center stage, the WTO makes a trade ruling about ag, and science students get a project accepted by the International Space Station. A clever octopus, a huge bee, and a snake on a plane—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.

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

February 25, 2019

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2019

March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

NAAE 

National Teach Ag Campaign Annual Report Now Available
Take a look at the impact the National Teach Ag Campaign made in 2018 for agricultural education recruitment and retention. The PDF is a downloadable and printable calendar with all the important dates and events in ag education you need to know about, so make sure to check it out!

News & Views
It's almost time for the 2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar! Find out why it is so important to advocate for agricultural education and learn some helpful tips to help you along the way. All this & more in the February edition of News & Views!

NAAE Awards
The application details, rubrics, and instructions for the 2019 NAAE awards are now updated and available on the NAAE website. You are welcome to access your application(s) and work on uploading your information. The official submission links are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process.

Apply for a CASE Institute Scholarship
Generous contributions from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and theFarm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA),as well as Cargill and the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation, are providing partial CASE Institute scholarships.

Available partial scholarships include:

  • $2,000 to attend Agricultural Power and Technology(APT) or Mechanical Systems in Agriculture(MSA) CASE Institutes provided by the Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA)
  • $2,000 to attend any CASE Institute provided by Cargill, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation
  • $1,500 to attend any CASE Institute provided by the CHS Foundation, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation

The deadline to apply is February 28th. Scholarship winners will be contacted in April. To view or complete the 2019 CASE Institute Scholarship Application, visit our website. For the complete CASE Institute schedule, click this link. Please direct questions regarding this scholarship opportunity to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director.

Farm Credit East Partial CASE Institute Scholarships
Are you in need of financial support to attend a CASE Institute this summer? Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire.

For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.

Jr. MANRRS Grant Opportunity
The National Teach Ag Campaign, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, is offering eight grants worth $1500 each to preservice agricultural education clubs or groups to develop and execute a collaborative and mentoring relationship with a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. If a Jr. MANRRS chapter does not exist, the preservice cohort may use the funds to start a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. These grants are part of a pilot program that aims to:

  • Establish positive relationships among preservice agricultural education majors and the Jr. MANRRS chapter members. 
  • Plan, create and deliver agriculture-based content to Jr. MANRRS members through innovative and engaging formats. 
  • Practice teaching and lesson execution. 

Grant applications are due March 24. The grant application and more details may be found at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4792011/2019-2020-JR-MANRRS-Grant

NAAE Co-Hosts Free Webinar!
Please join us for a FREE WEBINAR on March 13 or 14! The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), in partnership with The FOOD EVOLUTION Educational Outreach Coalition, invites you to an exclusive, free, online webinar. Together we hope to inspire teachers to use the Food Evolution film as a tool to engage their students in using scientific practices to guide their decision-making. Our hour-long webinar will introduce attendees to the film and its accompanying Educational Resource Guide. We will discuss the film and its classroom applications, model an activity from the guide, and allow time for Q&A with a member of the FOOD EVOLUTION film team. Teachers who attend the entire webinar will receive a FREE copy of the film and the Guide, and a certificate for 1 hour of professional development to submit to their district or administration. Click here for more information.

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Join other agriculture teachers and professionals to learn more about creating an inclusive classroom environment for students on this webinar series. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism

*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

 

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For more information, please visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll or contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

Free webinar: The Ins and Outs: Using Simulation to Teach Bovine Artificial Insemination
Agriculture instructors have told us how difficult it can be to teach key concepts about reproduction and large animal breeding in the classroom. Realityworks, Inc. created a unique learning aid to give them a realistic, engaging way to teach proper AI techniques without leaving the classroom: the Bovine Breeder TM artificial insemination simulator. Join us for a free webinar at 2pm CST on Thursday, February 28, during which we’ll discuss the basic principles of teaching Artificial Insemination and how simulation training tools can enhance A.I. learning. Reserve your spot: https://www.realityworks.com/webinars

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. This week, meet Dr. Bramlage, a renowned equine orthopedic surgeon who regularly practices on site at major races including the Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
Forty Long Years
A well-known phrase, attributed to various Native American tribes, is that a person should “walk a mile in his moccasins” in order to better understand the other person’s situation and point of view (this phrase actually comes from a poem titled “Judge Softly” written in 1895 by Mary T. Lathrap). We might have a better understanding of the merger of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the New Farmers of America (NFA) if we could actually walk a mile in the moccasins of the NFA leadership. Follow this link to read more.

FFA

Alumni Check IN
Are you one of our 8 million+ former FFA members? If so, please take a minute to Check IN and take the first step to further unite and strengthen our extensive online community! Imagine the tremendous impact of our collective voice, leadership and lifelong commitment. Let’s build our FFA community! #FFACheckIN

WLC Registration Opens March 5 
Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is the pinnacle leadership conference National FFA offers to any members able to attend. The WLC curriculum uses the tenants of ME, WE, DO, SERVE to get students to achieve the overall objective of the conference, which is becoming engaged citizens who can make a measurable and positive difference in their communities. This five-day conference offers the unique balance of providing FFA members with a premier leadership experience while exposing them to the rich history Washington, D.C., has to offer. WLC has a participation maximum of 370 students per week, an increase from 2018, and has such a high demand that several weeks will sell out within a few days of registration opening. WLC dates, pricing, FAQs, and registration information can be found on the WLC webpage.

 

WLC registration opens at 6 p.m. ET on March 5. Advisors and students must register using their FFA login. It is recommended that students and advisors review the registration guidelines and information available at FFA.org/wlc before March 5 to prepare as some weeks sell out quickly. A registration how-to video will be published on the webpage a week before registration opens. Contact wlc@ffa.org or 317-802-6060 for questions about WLC. 

Resource Spotlight: New Retiring Address Lesson Now Available
Teachers: Check out the lesson, "Keep Climbing and Aiming High," centered on 2017-18 National FFA Southern Region Vice President Ian Bennett’s retiring address. Ian discusses how persistence and focus are the keys to success during life’s challenges. After students watch Ian’s address, they can complete a worksheet and answer questions that dig deeper into the topic.

Apply Now: National FFA Teacher Ambassador Program
Are you a teacher interested in sharing educational resources and opportunities within your state while offering feedback and ideas to National FFA? Become a National FFA Teacher Ambassador. Ambassadors attend an intensive three-day training during the summer at the National FFA Center in Indianapolis, deliver workshops on National FFA resources and opportunities, promote resources on social media, and provide relevant feedback to National FFA. Go to the application for more information about the program (including responsibilities and expectations) and to apply. The deadline is March 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants
March 1
 is the first deadline for FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants! Tractor Supply Company sponsors $500 Legacy grants to help create and improve Alumni and Supporters chapters and $1,000 Legacy grants for alumni and student members to partner together on projects. NutrienAg Solutions sponsors $5,000 Give Back To Your Roots grants to help pay student FFA affiliation fees, plant science based projects and other classroom materials. Visit www.ffa.org/alumnigrants for the grant application and report form, and check out the awesome materials featuring FFA members and advisors at https://radiateroots.ag.   

ACTE

Join Us at NPS!
Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or a first-timer to Capitol Hill, now more than ever is an essential time to engage! With several new Members of Congress, there are significant opportunities to build on the momentum of recent CTE policy advancements at National Policy Seminar this March 25–27 in Arlington, Virginia, with focused, free pre-conference sessions on March 24

Learn more and register today!

VISION 2019 Call for Presentations is Open
The premier event for career and technical education (CTE), CareerTech VISION will bring together educators, business leaders and industry experts, Dec. 4–7, in Anaheim, California. ACTE welcomes your session proposals that cover a wide array of secondary and postsecondary CTE topics and one or more of the 12 elements of the High-quality CTE Framework. VISION presenters will receive numerous professional development opportunities as well as a speaker discount on the VISION early bird registration rate.

Submit your proposals by Feb. 28

Best Practices 2019 Call for Presentations is Open
The call for presentation proposals is now open for ACTE’s and NCLA’s Best Practices and Innovations in CTE. Taking place Sept. 25-27 in Tucson, AZ, Best Practices is seeking content that advances the field for new and seasoned CTE administrators and leaders.

Submit your proposals by March 1

Show Your Support for CTE
CTE Month® is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Celebrate in your schools and communities by hosting an event and purchasing balloons, lanyards, mood products and more, and participating in the CTE Month-NASA HUNCH video contest.

Celebrate CTE Month

CAST

Can we learn how to enjoy food that disgusts us?

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019: The new face of farming might be robotic, CAST will present major research about water use, and tips for overcoming picky eating habits. Pink squirrels, mad bulls, and nematodes in space--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.   

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

February 18, 2019

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2019

March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

NAAE 

NAAE Awards
The application details, rubrics, and instructions for the 2019 NAAE awards are now updated and available on the NAAE website. You are welcome to access your application(s) and work on uploading your information. The official submission links will be available soon. Click here to begin your award application process.

2019 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) has over 15 years of successfully cultivating agriscience and inquiry-based learning in agricultural education. The Academy serves to train agriculture teachers on how to enhance the science that is already present in agriculture, as well as develop students as problem solvers and thinkers through the inquiry-based teaching method.

Follow this link for more information about the 2019 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy and to apply by February 18.

Jr. MANRRS Grant Opportunity
The National Teach Ag Campaign, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, is offering eight grants worth $1500 each to preservice agricultural education clubs or groups to develop and execute a collaborative and mentoring relationship with a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. If a Jr. MANRRS chapter does not exist, the preservice cohort may use the funds to start a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. These grants are part of a pilot program that aims to:

  • Establish positive relationships among preservice agricultural education majors and the Jr. MANRRS chapter members. 
  • Plan, create and deliver agriculture-based content to Jr. MANRRS members through innovative and engaging formats. 
  • Practice teaching and lesson execution. 

Grant applications are due March 24. The grant application and more details may be found at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4792011/2019-2020-JR-MANRRS-Grant

NAAE Co-Hosts Free Webinar!
Please join us for a FREE WEBINAR on March 13 or 14! The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), in partnership with The FOOD EVOLUTION Educational Outreach Coalition, invites you to an exclusive, free, online webinar. Together we hope to inspire teachers to use the Food Evolution film as a tool to engage their students in using scientific practices to guide their decision-making. Our hour-long webinar will introduce attendees to the film and its accompanying Educational Resource Guide. We will discuss the film and its classroom applications, model an activity from the guide, and allow time for Q&A with a member of the FOOD EVOLUTION film team. Teachers who attend the entire webinar will receive a FREE copy of the film and the Guide, and a certificate for 1 hour of professional development to submit to their district or administration. Click here for more information.

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Join other agriculture teachers and professionals to learn more about creating an inclusive classroom environment for students on this webinar series. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism

*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

 

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For more information, please visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll or contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

Free webinar: The Ins and Outs: Using Simulation to Teach Bovine Artificial Insemination
Agriculture instructors have told us how difficult it can be to teach key concepts about reproduction and large animal breeding in the classroom. Realityworks, Inc. created a unique learning aid to give them a realistic, engaging way to teach proper AI techniques without leaving the classroom: the Bovine Breeder TM artificial insemination simulator. Join us for a free webinar at 2pm CST on Thursday, February 21, during which we’ll discuss the basic principles of teaching Artificial Insemination and how simulation training tools can enhance A.I. learning. Reserve your spot: https://www.realityworks.com/webinars

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. This week, Dr. Paul Ruen of Minnesota, past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, visits a nursery barn to examine a herd of pigs with a coughing condition, to prevent the cough from spreading in this "daycare"-like setting. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The "Merger" of the FFA and NFA
The New Farmers of American (NFA) and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) were merged in 1965. That is a well-known fact. What is not as well-known is why? What led to the merger of these two organizations? The answer is rather simple – pressure from the Federal government. In this Friday Footnote, we will examine the events leading to the merger of the NFA and FFA. Click here to read more. 

FFA

Happy National FFA Week!
Welcome to National FFA Week, a time to share what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. What better way to show your support of FFA than to get involved? Whether it’s in person, on the phone or via social media, be sure to share your FFA stories during #FFAweek! View a sample of our National FFA Week Activity Calendar and other valuable resources, and change your FFA profile to show your support for FFA Week.

Reasons to Give Back
Don’t forget: Tomorrow, Feb. 19, is Give FFA Day. It’s a daylong campaign for supporting FFA and we hope you’ll join us! Read about Seven Reasons to Give Back to FFA.

Grants for Growing Fundraising with Tractor Supply Company – Now Open
Grants for Growing is a competitive grant program sponsored by Tractor Supply Company (TSC) that provides funding to middle school and high school FFA chapters to support the development or improvement of agricultural projects that enhance classroom experiences for students. Funding for this grant program is provided through consumer donations made during checkout at TSC stores, or online at TractorSupply.com, by purchasing $1 FFA paper emblems. The fundraising period runs Feb 13 - 24. Help support FFA and agricultural education by visiting your local TSC store or shopping online. Every dollar counts!

WLC Registration Opens March 5 
Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is the pinnacle leadership conference National FFA offers to any members able to attend. The WLC curriculum uses the tenants of ME, WE, DO, SERVE to get students to achieve the overall objective of the conference, which is becoming engaged citizens who can make a measurable and positive difference in their communities. This five-day conference offers the unique balance of providing FFA members with a premier leadership experience while exposing them to the rich history Washington, D.C., has to offer. WLC has a participation maximum of 370 students per week, an increase from 2018, and has such a high demand that several weeks will sell out within a few days of registration opening. WLC dates, pricing, FAQs, and registration information can be found on the WLC webpage.

 

WLC registration opens at 6 p.m. ET on March 5. Advisors and students must register using their FFA login. It is recommended that students and advisors review the registration guidelines and information available at FFA.org/wlc before March 5 to prepare as some weeks sell out quickly. A registration how-to video will be published on the webpage a week before registration opens. Contact wlc@ffa.org or 317-802-6060 for questions about WLC. 

Resource Spotlight: Micro Algae SAE
Our SAE Video of the Week revisits the Sound School in New Haven, Conn., and the supervised agricultural experience of Abbigail Lozon. Abbigail grows four different types of micro algae, which is used to feed a variety of species in the school’s lab. Learn some of the beginning steps she had to take to have a successful SAE. You can also catch other SAE videos and check out links to related lesson plans and student activity sheets.

Apply Now: National FFA Teacher Ambassador Program
Are you a teacher interested in sharing educational resources and opportunities within your state while offering feedback and ideas to National FFA? Become a National FFA Teacher Ambassador. Ambassadors attend an intensive three-day training during the summer at the National FFA Center in Indianapolis, deliver workshops on National FFA resources and opportunities, promote resources on social media, and provide relevant feedback to National FFA. Go to the application for more information about the program (including responsibilities and expectations) and to apply. The deadline is March 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Honor an FFA Supporter
Applications for the Honorary American FFA Degree, VIP Citation and Distinguished Service Citation applications are now open. All nominations must be completed onlineby June 15.

A few reminders:

  • You must be logged in to FFA.org to make a nomination.
  • The state advisor/executive director must approve all nominations from your state.
  • To use the appropriate application, reference the application guidelines when making your nominations.
  • Recipients will be announced following the August board of directors meeting.

For questions, email honorary@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants
March 1
 is the first deadline for FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants! Tractor Supply Company sponsors $500 Legacy grants to help create and improve Alumni and Supporters chapters and $1,000 Legacy grants for alumni and student members to partner together on projects. NutrienAg Solutions sponsors $5,000 Give Back To Your Roots grants to help pay student FFA affiliation fees, plant science based projects and other classroom materials. Visit www.ffa.org/alumnigrants for the grant application and report form, and check out the awesome materials featuring FFA members and advisors at https://radiateroots.ag.   

ACTE

Join Us at NPS!
Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or a first-timer to Capitol Hill, now more than ever is an essential time to engage! With several new Members of Congress, there are significant opportunities to build on the momentum of recent CTE policy advancements at National Policy Seminar this March 25–27 in Arlington, Virginia, with focused, free pre-conference sessions on March 24. Don’t forget, early bird registration rates end Feb. 22.

Learn more and register today!

VISION 2019 Call for Presentations is Open
The premier event for career and technical education (CTE), CareerTech VISION will bring together educators, business leaders and industry experts, Dec. 4–7, in Anaheim, California. ACTE welcomes your session proposals that cover a wide array of secondary and postsecondary CTE topics and one or more of the 12 elements of the High-quality CTE Framework. VISION presenters will receive numerous professional development opportunities as well as a speaker discount on the VISION early bird registration rate.

Submit your proposals by Feb. 28

Best Practices 2019 Call for Presentations is Open
The call for presentation proposals is now open for ACTE’s and NCLA’s Best Practices and Innovations in CTE. Taking place Sept. 25-27 in Tucson, AZ, Best Practices is seeking content that advances the field for new and seasoned CTE administrators and leaders.

Submit your proposals by March 1

Show Your Support for CTE
CTE Month® is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Celebrate in your schools and communities by hosting an event and purchasing balloons, lanyards, mood products and more, and participating in the CTE Month-NASA HUNCH video contest.

Celebrate CTE Month

CASE

Apply for a CASE Institute Scholarship
Generous contributions from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and theFarm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA),as well as Cargill and the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation, are providing partial CASE Institute scholarships.

Available partial scholarships include:

  • $2,000 to attend Agricultural Power and Technology(APT) or Mechanical Systems in Agriculture(MSA) CASE Institutes provided by the Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA)
  • $2,000 to attend any CASE Institute provided by Cargill, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation
  • $1,500 to attend any CASE Institute provided by the CHS Foundation, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation

The deadline to apply is February 28th. Scholarship winners will be contacted in April. To view or complete the 2019 CASE Institute Scholarship Application, visit our website. For the complete CASE Institute schedule, click this link. Please direct questions regarding this scholarship opportunity to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director.

CAST

Can you say “gynandromorphy?” This cardinal is half male, half female.

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019: Experts look at the various techniques that will facilitate future food production. Trade issues, a gynandromorph cardinal, and several amazing animal stories about “where the wild things are.” These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

February 11, 2019

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2019

March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

NAAE 

NAAE Awards
The application details, rubrics, and instructions for the 2019 NAAE awards are now updated and available on the NAAE website. You are welcome to access your application(s) and work on uploading your information. The official submission links will be available soon. Click here to begin your award application process.

2019 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) has over 15 years of successfully cultivating agriscience and inquiry-based learning in agricultural education. The Academy serves to train agriculture teachers on how to enhance the science that is already present in agriculture, as well as develop students as problem solvers and thinkers through the inquiry-based teaching method.

Follow this link for more information about the 2019 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy and to apply by February 18.

Jr. MANRRS Grant Opportunity
The National Teach Ag Campaign, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, is offering eight grants worth $1500 each to preservice agricultural education clubs or groups to develop and execute a collaborative and mentoring relationship with a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. If a Jr. MANRRS chapter does not exist, the preservice cohort may use the funds to start a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. These grants are part of a pilot program that aims to:

  • Establish positive relationships among preservice agricultural education majors and the Jr. MANRRS chapter members. 
  • Plan, create and deliver agriculture-based content to Jr. MANRRS members through innovative and engaging formats. 
  • Practice teaching and lesson execution. 

Grant applications are due March 24. The grant application and more details may be found at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4792011/2019-2020-JR-MANRRS-Grant

NAAE Co-Hosts Free Webinar!
Please join us for a FREE WEBINAR on March 13 or 14! The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), in partnership with The FOOD EVOLUTION Educational Outreach Coalition, invites you to an exclusive, free, online webinar. Together we hope to inspire teachers to use the Food Evolution film as a tool to engage their students in using scientific practices to guide their decision-making. Our hour-long webinar will introduce attendees to the film and its accompanying Educational Resource Guide. We will discuss the film and its classroom applications, model an activity from the guide, and allow time for Q&A with a member of the FOOD EVOLUTION film team. Teachers who attend the entire webinar will receive a FREE copy of the film and the Guide, and a certificate for 1 hour of professional development to submit to their district or administration. Click here for more information.

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Join other agriculture teachers and professionals to learn more about creating an inclusive classroom environment for students on this webinar series. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • February 13 -- Race, Racism and Privilege
  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism

*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

 

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For more information, please visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll or contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

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. This week, swine veterinarian Dr. Noel Garbes of Illinois checks the herd at Ness Farms. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The New Farmers of America
February is Black History Month. So, the Friday Footnotes for this month will acknowledge that fact. Last week’s Footnote from Breanna Holbert was the perfect kick-off. This week we will test your knowledge of the NFA. In future Footnotes this month we will thoroughly examine the “merger” of the FFA and NFA, learn about the “The Forty Long Years” monograph (a must read) and learn more about Booker T. Washington and his connection to agricultural and extension education. Click here to read more. 

FFA

Sign Up Now for the Greatest Advocate Challenge
Calling all state officer teams and FFA chapters! Join the Greatest Advocate Challenge today. National Ag Week is March 10-16, and we know our members are planning some amazing celebrations. Send us your idea for your National Ag Week event or activity by Feb. 15, and you could earn up to $300 to help with costs. To learn more, visit the challenge webpage on FFA.org.

Apply Now: National FFA Teacher Ambassador Program
Are you a teacher interested in sharing educational resources and opportunities within your state while offering feedback and ideas to National FFA? Become a National FFA Teacher Ambassador. Ambassadors attend an intensive three-day training during the summer at the National FFA Center in Indianapolis, deliver workshops on National FFA resources and opportunities, promote resources on social media, and provide relevant feedback to National FFA. Go to the application for more information about the program (including responsibilities and expectations) and to apply. The deadline is March 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Honor an FFA Supporter
Applications for the Honorary American FFA Degree, VIP Citation and Distinguished Service Citation applications are now open. All nominations must be completed onlineby June 15.

A few reminders:

  • You must be logged in to FFA.org to make a nomination.
  • The state advisor/executive director must approve all nominations from your state.
  • To use the appropriate application, reference the application guidelines when making your nominations.
  • Recipients will be announced following the August board of directors meeting.

For questions, email honorary@ffa.org.

Grants for Growing Application Now Open
FFA chapters can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 through the Grants for Growing program, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company (TSC). The application closes Feb. 11. FFA advisors can log in to FFA.org and apply for a competitive grant. The program provides funding to support local FFA projects that have the potential to be sustainable and benefit future FFA members. Applications must outline a new or existing school agricultural project. 

Funding is provided through consumer donations made by purchasing $1 paper emblems at TSC locations during checkout. The fundraising period will take place Feb. 13 – 24, during National FFA week. Chapters are encouraged to work with their local TSC retailers to schedule times and activities at the store to engage customers and increase donations during the fundraising period.

2019 New Century Farmer Moving to Indy; Application Now Live
Know an FFA member who has experience in the field of production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member who is currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! To be held July 7-13, 2019, in Indianapolis, Ind., this all-expenses-paid conference will be packed full of interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application closes Friday, Feb. 15. Head here for more information.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants
March 1
 is the first deadline for FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants! Tractor Supply Company sponsors $500 Legacy grants to help create and improve Alumni and Supporters chapters and $1,000 Legacy grants for alumni and student members to partner together on projects. NutrienAg Solutions sponsors $5,000 Give Back To Your Roots grants to help pay student FFA affiliation fees, plant science based projects and other classroom materials. Visit www.ffa.org/alumnigrants for the grant application and report form, and check out the awesome materials featuring FFA members and advisors at https://radiateroots.ag.   

ACTE

Join Us at NPS!
Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or a first-timer to Capitol Hill, now more than ever is an essential time to engage! With several new Members of Congress, there are significant opportunities to build on the momentum of recent CTE policy advancements at National Policy Seminar this March 25–27 in Arlington, Virginia, with focused, free pre-conference sessions on March 24. Don’t forget, early bird registration rates end Feb. 22.

Learn more and register today!

VISION 2019 Call for Presentations is Open
The premier event for career and technical education (CTE), CareerTech VISION will bring together educators, business leaders and industry experts, Dec. 4–7, in Anaheim, California. ACTE welcomes your session proposals that cover a wide array of secondary and postsecondary CTE topics and one or more of the 12 elements of the High-quality CTE Framework. VISION presenters will receive numerous professional development opportunities as well as a speaker discount on the VISION early bird registration rate.

Submit your proposals by Feb. 28

Best Practices 2019 Call for Presentations is Open
The call for presentation proposals is now open for ACTE’s and NCLA’s Best Practices and Innovations in CTE. Taking place Sept. 25-27 in Tucson, AZ, Best Practices is seeking content that advances the field for new and seasoned CTE administrators and leaders.

Submit your proposals by March 1

Show Your Support for CTE
CTE Month® is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Celebrate in your schools and communities by hosting an event and purchasing balloons, lanyards, mood products and more, and participating in the CTE Month-NASA HUNCH video contest.

Celebrate CTE Month

CASE

Apply for a CASE Institute Scholarship
Generous contributions from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and theFarm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA),as well as Cargill and the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation, are providing partial CASE Institute scholarships.

Available partial scholarships include:

  • $2,000 to attend Agricultural Power and Technology(APT) or Mechanical Systems in Agriculture(MSA) CASE Institutes provided by the Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA)
  • $2,000 to attend any CASE Institute provided by Cargill, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation
  • $1,500 to attend any CASE Institute provided by the CHS Foundation, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation

The deadline to apply is February 28th. Scholarship winners will be contacted in April. To view or complete the 2019 CASE Institute Scholarship Application, visit our website. For the complete CASE Institute schedule, click this link. Please direct questions regarding this scholarship opportunity to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director.

CAST

Beauty and the beast—hummingbirds can be warriors.

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019: Agriculture benefits from tech innovations, the Farm Bill gets rolling, a beer ad gets corny, and hummingbirds join the fight club. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

February 4, 2019

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2019

March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

NAAE 

NAAE Awards
The application details, rubrics, and instructions for the 2019 NAAE awards are now updated and available on the NAAE website. You are welcome to access your application(s) and work on uploading your information. The official submission links will be available soon. Click here to begin your award application process.

2019 FAST Symposium Application NOW LIVE
The 2019 Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium application is now available online at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4776018/2019-FAST-Application and open to all current NAAE student members who are pursuing an agricultural education degree. Applications are due Sunday, February 10. Details and application information may be found using the link.

2019 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) has over 15 years of successfully cultivating agriscience and inquiry-based learning in agricultural education. The Academy serves to train agriculture teachers on how to enhance the science that is already present in agriculture, as well as develop students as problem solvers and thinkers through the inquiry-based teaching method.

Follow this link for more information about the 2019 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy and to apply by February 18.

Jr. MANRRS Grant Opportunity
The National Teach Ag Campaign, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, is offering eight grants worth $1500 each to preservice agricultural education clubs or groups to develop and execute a collaborative and mentoring relationship with a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. If a Jr. MANRRS chapter does not exist the preservice cohort may use the funds to start a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. These grants are part of a pilot program that aims to:

  • Establish positive relationships among preservice agricultural education majors and the Jr. MANRRS chapter members. 
  • Plan, create and deliver agriculture-based content to Jr. MANRRS members through innovative and engaging formats. 
  • Practice teaching and lesson execution. 

Grant applications are due March 24. Grant application and more details may be found at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4792011/2019-2020-JR-MANRRS-Grant

NAAE Co-Hosts Free Webinar!
Please join us for a FREE WEBINAR on March 13 or 14! The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), in partnership with The FOOD EVOLUTION Educational Outreach Coalition, invites you to an exclusive, free, online webinar. Together we hope to inspire teachers to use the Food Evolution film as a tool to engage their students in using scientific practices to guide their decision-making. Our hour-long webinar will introduce attendees to the film and its accompanying Educational Resource Guide. We will discuss the film and its classroom applications, model an activity from the guide, and allow time for Q&A with a member of the FOOD EVOLUTION film team. Teachers who attend the entire webinar will receive a FREE copy of the film and the Guide, and a certificate for 1 hour of professional development to submit to their district or administration. Click here for more information.

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Whether it’s during your prep hour or after school, for 15 minutes or the entire webinar -- join Penn State and the University of Minnesota to learn more about creating an inclusive environment for agricultural education students.

During the time of the webinar, visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll to take you to the Zoom video link. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and will last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • February 13 -- Race, Racism and Privilege
  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism
    *Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

We are seeking to include the voices of these identities in the planning process. If you would like to share your voice or any feedback, we invite you to fill out a Google Form at z.umn.edu/AgEdForAllVoices

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For questions, please contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

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. This week, Dr. Pete Ostrum and his fellow vets work with the Shultz family to help keep the cows healthy and advise on managing their herd. Follow this link to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
Don't You Just Want Me For Me?
We have a guest editorial this week. Breanna Holbert was the National FFA President for 2017-2018. The fact that she was the first Female African-American FFA president is historically significant. However, that is not what Bre wants to be known for. As you read this Footnote, you will understand. Click here to read more.

 

FFA

Sign Up Now for the Greatest Advocate Challenge
Calling all state officer teams and FFA chapters! Join the Greatest Advocate Challenge today. National Ag Week is March 10-16, and we know our members are planning some amazing celebrations. Send us your idea for your National Ag Week event or activity by Feb. 15, and you could earn up to $300 to help with costs. To learn more, visit the challenge webpage on FFA.org.

Apply Now: National FFA Teacher Ambassador Program
Are you a teacher interested in sharing educational resources and opportunities within your state while offering feedback and ideas to National FFA? Become a National FFA Teacher Ambassador. Ambassadors attend an intensive three-day training during the summer at the National FFA Center in Indianapolis, deliver workshops on National FFA resources and opportunities, promote resources on social media, and provide relevant feedback to National FFA. Go to the application for more information about the program (including responsibilities and expectations) and to apply. The deadline is March 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Honor an FFA Supporter
Applications for the Honorary American FFA Degree, VIP Citation and Distinguished Service Citation applications are now open. All nominations must be completed onlineby June 15.

A few reminders:

  • You must be logged in to FFA.org to make a nomination.
  • The state advisor/executive director must approve all nominations from your state.
  • To use the appropriate application, reference the application guidelines when making your nominations.
  • Recipients will be announced following the August board of directors meeting.

For questions, email honorary@ffa.org.

Grants for Growing Application Now Open
FFA chapters can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 through the Grants for Growing program, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company (TSC).  The application closes Feb. 11. FFA advisors can log in to FFA.org and apply for a competitive grant. The program provides funding to support local FFA projects that have the potential to be sustainable and benefit future FFA members. Applications must outline a new or existing school agricultural project. 

Funding is provided through consumer donations made by purchasing $1 paper emblems at TSC locations during checkout. The fundraising period will take place Feb. 13 – 24, during National FFA week.  Chapters are encouraged to work with their local TSC retailers to schedule times and activities at the store to engage customers and increase donations during the fundraising period.

2019 New Century Farmer Moving to Indy; Application Now Live
Know an FFA member who has experience in the field of production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member who is currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! To be held July 7-13, 2019, in Indianapolis, Ind., this all-expenses-paid conference will be packed full of interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application closes Friday, Feb. 15. Head here for more information.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants
March 1
 is the first deadline for FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants! Tractor Supply Company sponsors $500 Legacy grants to help create and improve Alumni and Supporters chapters and $1,000 Legacy grants for alumni and student members to partner together on projects. NutrienAg Solutions sponsors $5,000 Give Back To Your Roots grants to help pay student FFA affiliation fees, plant science based projects and other classroom materials. Visit www.ffa.org/alumnigrants for the grant application and report form, and check out the awesome materials featuring FFA members and advisors at https://radiateroots.ag.   

ACTE

Join Us at NPS!
Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or a first-timer to Capitol Hill, now more than ever is an essential time to engage! With several new Members of Congress, there are significant opportunities to build on the momentum of recent CTE policy advancements at National Policy Seminar this March 25–27 in Arlington, Virginia, with focused, free pre-conference sessions on March 24. Don’t forget, early bird registration rates end Feb. 22.

Learn more and register today!

VISION 2019 Call for Presentations is Open
The premier event for career and technical education (CTE), CareerTech VISION will bring together educators, business leaders and industry experts, Dec. 4–7, in Anaheim, California. ACTE welcomes your session proposals that cover a wide array of secondary and postsecondary CTE topics and one or more of the 12 elements of the High-quality CTE Framework. VISION presenters will receive numerous professional development opportunities as well as a speaker discount on the VISION early bird registration rate.

Submit your proposals by Feb. 28

Best Practices 2019 Call for Presentations is Open
The call for presentation proposals is now open for ACTE’s and NCLA’s Best Practices and Innovations in CTE. Taking place Sept. 25-27 in Tucson, AZ, Best Practices is seeking content that advances the field for new and seasoned CTE administrators and leaders.

Submit your proposals by March 1

Show Your Support for CTE
CTE Month® is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Celebrate in your schools and communities by hosting an event and purchasing balloons, lanyards, mood products and more, and participating in the CTE Month-NASA HUNCH video contest.

Celebrate CTE Month

CASE

Apply for a CASE Institute Scholarship
Generous contributions from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA),as well as Cargill and the CHS Foundation through the National FFA Foundation, are providing partial CASE Institute scholarships.

Available partial scholarships include:

  • $2,000 to attend Agricultural Power and Technology(APT) or Mechanical Systems in Agriculture(MSA) CASE Institutes provided by the Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA)
  • $2,000 to attend any CASE Institute provided by Cargill, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation
  • $1,500 to attend any CASE Institute provided by the CHS Foundation, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation

The deadline to apply is February 28th. Scholarship winners will be contacted in April. To view or complete the 2019 CASE Institute Scholarship Application, visit our website. For the complete CASE Institute schedule, click this link. Please direct questions regarding this scholarship opportunity to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director.

CAST

Some California cities find that goats have an appetite to fight fires.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019: The Big Chill affects agriculture, and trade talks get a boost. Super Bowl food on the menu, alligators on ice, and goats on the fire-fighting squad. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

January 28, 2019

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2019

February 2
AAAE Southern Region Conference
Birmingham, AL

March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

NAAE 

January News & Views
Share your 19 goals for 2019! We are looking forward to another great year in agricultural education. Find out what is coming up next in the January edition of News & Views!

2019 FAST Symposium Application NOW LIVE
The 2019 Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium application is now available online at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4776018/2019-FAST-Application and open to all current NAAE student members who are pursuing an agricultural education degree. Applications are due Sunday, February 10. Details and application information may be found using the link.

2019 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) has over 15 years of successfully cultivating agriscience and inquiry-based learning in agricultural education. The Academy serves to train agriculture teachers on how to enhance the science that is already present in agriculture, as well as develop students as problem solvers and thinkers through the inquiry-based teaching method.

Follow this link for more information about the 2019 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy and to apply by February 18.

Jr. MANRRS Grant Opportunity
The National Teach Ag Campaign, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, is offering eight grants worth $1500 each to preservice agricultural education clubs or groups to develop and execute a collaborative and mentoring relationship with a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. If a Jr. MANRRS chapter does not exist the preservice cohort may use the funds to start a Jr. MANRRS chapter in the area. These grants are part of a pilot program that aims to:

  • Establish positive relationships among preservice agricultural education majors and the Jr. MANRRS chapter members. 
  • Plan, create and deliver agriculture-based content to Jr. MANRRS members through innovative and engaging formats. 
  • Practice teaching and lesson execution. 

Grant applications are due March 24. Grant application and more details may be found at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4792011/2019-2020-JR-MANRRS-Grant

NAAE Co-Hosts Free Webinar!
Please join us for a FREE WEBINAR on March 13 or 14! The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), in partnership with The FOOD EVOLUTION Educational Outreach Coalition, invites you to an exclusive, free, online webinar. Together we hope to inspire teachers to use the Food Evolution film as a tool to engage their students in using scientific practices to guide their decision-making. Our hour-long webinar will introduce attendees to the film and its accompanying Educational Resource Guide. We will discuss the film and its classroom applications, model an activity from the guide, and allow time for Q&A with a member of the FOOD EVOLUTION film team. Teachers who attend the entire webinar will receive a FREE copy of the film and the Guide, and a certificate for 1 hour of professional development to submit to their district or administration. Click here for more information.

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

Online Professional Development: Global Learning (#GLAG19)
The Global Teach Ag! Initiative is conducting the 5th annual global learning in agriculture conference! #GLAG19: Cultivating Empathy in a Global World will provide “on-demand” and “live” opportunities to advance your capacity as a global agricultural educator, helping to prepare your students for the interconnected world of food, fiber, and natural resources. During the week of January 26th, with only a digital pass ($25), you have access to resources and best practices to help advance global learning in your program. While supplies last, there are also 100 “All-Access” Passes ($50) that include the Conference-in-A-Box. Fun fact: In 2018, we had an impression on 1,121,917 twitter accounts with the conversation about #GLAG18 – over 1 million accounts seeing school-based agricultural education talk about global issues. Here is a link to check out the conference program from last year. The keynote is Mr. Roger Thurow, Pulitzer Prize Finalist who is the author of Enough; The Last Hunger Season; and The First 1,000 days. GLAG can only occur with the support of our Global Learning Partners including: Penn State Extension; Penn State Center for Professional Personal Learning; Hawkeye Global Agriculture Learning Center; Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University; Iowa State University, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Purdue, CELA-Belize, Explorations by Thor, Murphy-Carpenter Design, The National FFA Organization, Nutrients for Life Foundation, and The World Food Prize.

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Whether it’s during your prep hour or after school, for 15 minutes or the entire webinar -- join Penn State and the University of Minnesota to learn more about creating an inclusive environment for agricultural education students.

During the time of the webinar, visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll to take you to the Zoom video link. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and will last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • February 13 -- Race, Racism and Privilege
  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism
    *Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

We are seeking to include the voices of these identities in the planning process. If you would like to share your voice or any feedback, we invite you to fill out a Google Form at z.umn.edu/AgEdForAllVoices

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For questions, please contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

Realityworks Product Development Survey
We need your help! The product development managers at Realityworks, Inc., are seeking input from agriculture and welding instructors on potential skills training tools. Would you consider taking 5 minutes or less to answer 8 quick questions? To thank you for your time, we'll enter you to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Click here to take the survey.

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. This week, Dr. Lynn Locatelli helps re-design a ranch facility where calves are herded to be vaccinated and cows are checked for pregnancy and other health procedures. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The Age of Aquarius: The 1960s and Girls in the FFA
That is the way many agriculture teachers cover this fact when they teach the FFA unit. It is sort of like flipping on a light switch. In 1969 it was decided to have girls in the FFA, so we flip the switch on. But there is really more to the story than a single fact that is covered in 15 seconds; it took years to get to this point. This Footnote will examine the girl membership issue in the context of the 1960s. Follow this link to read more.

FFA

Grants for Growing Application Now Open
FFA chapters can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 through the Grants for Growing program, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company (TSC).  The application closes Feb. 11. FFA advisors can log in to FFA.org and apply for a competitive grant. The program provides funding to support local FFA projects that have the potential to be sustainable and benefit future FFA members. Applications must outline a new or existing school agricultural project. 

Funding is provided through consumer donations made by purchasing $1 paper emblems at TSC locations during checkout. The fundraising period will take place Feb. 13 – 24, during National FFA week.  Chapters are encouraged to work with their local TSC retailers to schedule times and activities at the store to engage customers and increase donations during the fundraising period.

2019 New Century Farmer Moving to Indy; Application Now Live
Know an FFA member who has experience in the field of production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member who is currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! To be held July 7-13, 2019, in Indianapolis, Ind., this all-expenses-paid conference will be packed full of interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application closes Friday, Feb. 15. Head here for more information.

DUE FRIDAY - $1,200 Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant 
There is still time to apply for a Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant. Apply for up to $1,200 to support a semester-long service-learning project that addresses a community need in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.  Need ideas for semester-long service-learning projects? Check out the interactive map at FFA.org/livingtoserve to review projects funded last school year. Additional information on the grant can also be found on the website. Applications are due February 1, 2019. Email questions to LTS@ffa.org .

DUE FRIDAY - FFA WEEK Day of Service Mini-Grants
National FFA Week is right around the corner (Feb. 16-23), so now is the time to plan for your chapter’s service event. Chapters can receive a reimbursable grant of up to $400 with a Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant to support their FFA Week service activities. To access the application and see ideas on our interactive project map, visit FFA.org/livingtoserve.  Email questions to LTS@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

 

FFA Alumni and Supporters Grant Report Deadline
If your chapter received a 2018 FFA Alumni and Supporters Grant, you must submit a grant report form by Feb. 1 to be eligible for 2019 grant funding. The first 2019 grant application deadline is March 1. Learn more about the alumni and supporters grants.

Inaugural FFA Alumni and Supporters Travel Program 
February 1 is the deadline to register and make a deposit for the inaugural FFA Alumni and Supporters Travel Program to Germany and the Netherlands July 1-10, 2019! For more information, visit www.ffa.org/alumnibenefits or contact Agrotours at 888-2AGTOUR or info@agrotours.com.

ACTE

ACTE Welcomes its New Board Members
ACTE is pleased to announce the results of the recent election for several spots on its Board of Directors and to give special thanks to all of the candidates for their willingness to serve and their hard work, dedication and commitment to the Association. ACTE also thanks all of its members who had their voices heard by voting in the election. Read more.

Student Video Contest
ACTE has teamed up with NASA HUNCH for the CTE Month® video challenge! This year’s theme, Working Out of This World, will allow students to produce short videos (two minutes or less in length) featuring careers, products or services that could be used in future space missions. This is a great opportunity to celebrate CTE and project-based learning programs. The deadline for students to submit their videos is Feb. 1Learn more

New Postsecondary Leadership Opportunity
ACTE is now accepting applications for the new Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE — Sponsored by ECMC Foundation. This is a new yearlong professional development experience for postsecondary career and technical education professionals and includes a variety of opportunities and benefits, including a $4,000 stipend, access to focused workshops and online seminars, and much more! Apply by Feb. 3

CASE

Nancy Trivette Welcomed as the CASE Project Director
It is a pleasure to announce the hiring of Nancy Trivette as the CASE Project Director. Nancy is a longtime supporter and stakeholder for CASE. She has been a CASE State Leader since CASE’s inception in 2007, has served on the CASE Advisory Committee, and chaired the CASE Executive Committee. Nancy brings a wealth of experience to the CASE team after her 35-year career as the Program Leader for Agricultural Education at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. Nancy is a familiar face to many after serving on and/or chairing several national agricultural education and FFA boards over the years. In addition, she is President-Elect of the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

Nancy’s focus is on staff development, strategic direction, and continued development of CASE.  Her extensive experience as a state leader, strong connections to career and technical education, and relationship with industry partners is an asset to CASE.

To learn more about Nancy, check out the NAAE News & Views interview at this link. Nancy can be reached at nancy.trivette@case4learning.org.

CASE is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education and is managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).

2019 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the 2019 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 Professional Development Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

CAST

There’s real money in virtual farming as the Farming Simulator League takes shape.

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019:  A look at world hunger issues and various shutdown effects. An online farming game goes big league, Instagram recipes get popular, and crop circles evoke awe and skepticism. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

January 14, 2019

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2019

February 2
AAAE Southern Region Conference
Birmingham, AL

March 25-27
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Arlington, VA

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

NAAE 

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
March 25-27
NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Click here for more information and to register. 

Online Professional Development: Global Learning (#GLAG19)
The Global Teach Ag! Initiative is conducting the 5th annual global learning in agriculture conference! #GLAG19: Cultivating Empathy in a Global World will provide “on-demand” and “live” opportunities to advance your capacity as a global agricultural educator, helping to prepare your students for the interconnected world of food, fiber, and natural resources. During the week of January 26th, with only a digital pass ($25), you have access to resources and best practices to help advance global learning in your program. While supplies last, there are also 100 “All-Access” Passes ($50) that include the Conference-in-A-Box. Fun fact: In 2018, we had an impression on 1,121,917 twitter accounts with the conversation about #GLAG18 – over 1 million accounts seeing school-based agricultural education talk about global issues. Here is a link to check out the conference program from last year. The keynote is Mr. Roger Thurow, Pulitzer Prize Finalist who is the author of Enough; The Last Hunger Season; and The First 1,000 days. GLAG can only occur with the support of our Global Learning Partners including: Penn State Extension; Penn State Center for Professional Personal Learning; Hawkeye Global Agriculture Learning Center; Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University; Iowa State University, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Purdue, CELA-Belize, Explorations by Thor, Murphy-Carpenter Design, The National FFA Organization, Nutrients for Life Foundation, and The World Food Prize.

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Whether it’s during your prep hour or after school, for 15 minutes or the entire webinar -- join Penn State and the University of Minnesota to learn more about creating an inclusive environment for agricultural education students.

During the time of the webinar, visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll to take you to the Zoom video link. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and will last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • February 13 -- Race, Racism and Privilege
  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism
    *Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

We are seeking to include the voices of these identities in the planning process. If you would like to share your voice or any feedback, we invite you to fill out a Google Form at z.umn.edu/AgEdForAllVoices
The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For questions, please contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

FREE Webinars from Realityworks
Looking for new ways to engage your ag students and help them discover careers they’re passionate about? Realityworks, Inc. is kicking off 2019 with a host of free webinar presentations that feature new and expanded offerings for agricultural education. Hosted by the very individuals who’ve spent years in the field getting feedback from instructors like you, these presentations are great opportunities to learn how our tools and resources can help you give your students hands-on experience and training. See the full schedule here: https://www.realityworks.com/webinars

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. This week, Dr. Groves works with family farmers in central Missouri to vaccinate their calves and cows, demonstrating how they herd their animals gently with low stress. Click here to watch the video.

Friday Footnotes
The Massachusetts Situation: A Profile in Courage
Last week we looked at the “public” material (FFA Convention Proceedings and FFA Board Minutes) about the controversy regarding the inclusion of girls in the FFA during the 1930s. My plan was to next reveal the “private” material (primarily letters) to see what was going on behind the scenes. Click here to read more.

FFA

Grants for Growing Application Now Open
FFA chapters can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 through the Grants for Growing (G4G) program, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company (TSC). The application closes Feb. 11. FFA advisors can log in to FFA.org and apply for a competitive grant. The G4G program provides funding to support local FFA projects that have the potential to be sustainable and benefit future FFA members. Applications must outline a new or existing school agricultural project. 

Funding is provided through consumer donations made by purchasing $1 paper emblems at TSC locations during checkout. The fundraising period will take place Feb. 13 – 24, during National FFA week. Chapters are encouraged to work with their local TSC retailers to schedule times and activities at the store to engage customers and increase donations during the fundraising period.

2019 New Century Farmer Moving to Indy; Application Now Live
Know an FFA member who has experience in the field of production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member who is currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! To be held July 7-13, 2019, in Indianapolis, Ind., this all-expenses-paid conference will be packed full of interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities, and financial planning. The application closes Friday, Feb. 15. Head here for more information.

Earn Money for Your FFA Week Projects
Is your FFA chapter planning a service project for National FFA Week, Feb. 16-23? Chapters can receive up to $400 with a Living to Serve Day of Service Mini Grant to help fund projects. Apply today at FFA.org/livingtoserve/grants.

Alumni and Supporters Travel Program News
You have less than a month to register and make a deposit for the inaugural FFA Alumni and Supporters Travel Program to Germany and the Netherlands July 1-10, 2019. Contact Agrotours, 888-2AGTOUR or info@agrotours.com, for more information.

FFA Alumni

Inaugural FFA Alumni and Supporters Travel Program 
February 1 is the deadline to register and make a deposit for the inaugural FFA Alumni and Supporters Travel Program to Germany and the Netherlands July 1-10, 2019! For more information, visit www.ffa.org/alumnibenefits or contact Agrotours at 888-2AGTOUR or info@agrotours.com.

 

CASE

2019 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the 2019 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 Professional Development Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

CAST

As breeding techniques make bucking bulls fiercer, cowboys face a rough ride. 

Friday, Jan. 11, 2019:  Technology down on the farm, the shutdown affects agriculture, and diverse university programs benefit many. A mighty elephant, bucking bulls, and a totally chilled out dog—these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

January 7, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2019

February 2
AAAE Southern Region Conference
Birmingham, AL

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

NAAE 

2019 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application NOW AVAILABLE
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27 to November 1 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here for more information and to apply.

Online Professional Development: Global Learning (#GLAG19)
The Global Teach Ag! Initiative is conducting the 5th annual global learning in agriculture conference! #GLAG19: Cultivating Empathy in a Global World will provide “on-demand” and “live” opportunities to advance your capacity as a global agricultural educator, helping to prepare your students for the interconnected world of food, fiber, and natural resources. During the week of January 26th, with only a digital pass ($25), you have access to resources and best practices to help advance global learning in your program. While supplies last, there are also 100 “All-Access” Passes ($50) that include the Conference-in-A-Box. Fun fact: In 2018, we had an impression on 1,121,917 twitter accounts with the conversation about #GLAG18 – over 1 million accounts seeing school-based agricultural education talk about global issues. Here is a link to check out the conference program from last year. The keynote is Mr. Roger Thurow, Pulitzer Prize Finalist who is the author of Enough; The Last Hunger Season; and The First 1,000 days. GLAG can only occur with the support of our Global Learning Partners including: Penn State Extension; Penn State Center for Professional Personal Learning; Hawkeye Global Agriculture Learning Center; Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University; Iowa State University, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Purdue, CELA-Belize, Explorations by Thor, Murphy-Carpenter Design, The National FFA Organization, Nutrients for Life Foundation, and The World Food Prize.

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Whether it’s during your prep hour or after school, for 15 minutes or the entire webinar -- join Penn State and the University of Minnesota to learn more about creating an inclusive environment for agricultural education students.

During the time of the webinar, visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll to take you to the Zoom video link. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and will last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • January 9 -- Ableism and Disability Justice
  • February 13 -- Race, Racism and Privilege
  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism
    *Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

We are seeking to include the voices of these identities in the planning process. If you would like to share your voice or any feedback, we invite you to fill out a Google Form at z.umn.edu/AgEdForAllVoices
The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For questions, please contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

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. This week, Susan brings her seven-year-old dog to see vet Dr. Brittney Barton, whose exam reveals injuries to both hind legs. Click here to watch the video.

Friday Footnotes
The Massachusetts Situation: The Fight to Allow Girls in the FFA Begins
Happy New Year! This year, 2019, is a momentous year in the history of the FFA – it marks the 50th anniversary of the decision to allow girls to be members of the FFA. But it also marks the 89th anniversary of the decision to EXCLUDE girls from becoming members of the FFA. Click here to read more.

FFA

Join Us for the January Teacher Town Hall 
You won’t want to miss our Teacher Town Hall next week. FFA CEO Mark Poeschl will update you on FFA Blue 365, the charter, ILSSO, the Merchandise Center move, and our January planning sessions. You’ll also hear from Senior Team Leader Michele Sullivan on our scholarship program and Education Specialist Matt Nance, who has details on the New Century Farmer conference. Click here to join the Webex meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. Use password cU48wCy$ to connect. To join by phone, call 240-454-0879 and use access code 739 076 458.

SAE Video: Turning Pallets Into Planters
Sound School-New Haven FFA member Giancarlo Lomanto knows a thing or two about wooden pallets and agriculture, enough to turn his piqued interest during a summer job into a profitable supervised agricultural experience (SAE). Watch how he did it and other SAE videos now. You can also check out links to related lesson plans and student activity sheets.

Earn Money for Your FFA Week Projects
Is your FFA chapter planning a service project for National FFA Week, Feb. 16-23? Chapters can receive up to $400 with a Living to Serve Day of Service Mini Grant to help fund projects. Apply today at FFA.org/livingtoserve/grants.

Alumni and Supporters Travel Program News
You have less than a month to register and make a deposit for the inaugural FFA Alumni and Supporters Travel Program to Germany and the Netherlands July 1-10, 2019. Contact Agrotours, 888-2AGTOUR or info@agrotours.com, for more information.

$1,200 Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant
Want to engage your students in project-based learning to meet a community need? The 2018 Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve grant application is now open. Apply for up to $1,200 to support a semester-long service-learning project that addresses a community need in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Need ideas for semester-long service-learning projects? Check out the interactive map at FFA.org/livingtoserve to review projects funded last school year. Additional information on the grant can also be found on the website. Applications are due February 1, 2019. Email questions to LTS@ffa.org .

DEADLINE EXTENDED for FFA WEEK Day of Service Mini-Grants
National FFA Week is right around the corner (Feb. 16-23), so now is the time to plan for your chapter’s service event. Chapters can receive a reimbursable grant of up to $400 with a Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant to support their FFA Week service activities. To access the application and see ideas on our interactive project map, visit FFA.org/livingtoserve.  Email questions to LTS@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

Inaugural FFA Alumni and Supporters Travel Program 
February 1 is the deadline to register and make a deposit for the inaugural FFA Alumni and Supporters Travel Program to Germany and the Netherlands July 1-10, 2019! For more information, visit www.ffa.org/alumnibenefits or contact Agrotours at 888-2AGTOUR or info@agrotours.com.

 

CASE

2019 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the 2019 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 Professional Development Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

CAST

University veterinarians help “Lil’ Bill,” the tiny calf.

Friday, Jan. 4, 2019:  The government partial shutdown affects agriculture, experts predict ag trends for 2019, and university researchers promote food production, environmental programs, and the health of a calf born prematurely—these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

December 17, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2019

February 2
AAAE Southern Region Conference
Birmingham, AL

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

The Council

Ag Ed Summit Report
The National Council for Agricultural Education is a partnership that convenes representatives from each of the AERO groups (Agricultural Education Related Organizations) to identify opportunities and resources, provide a forum for thought and direction, and focus on academic and career success for all students. Click hereto read more.

NAAE 

NAAE Internships
We are now accepting applications for the 2019 NAAE interns. We have positions available in advocacy, communications, and professional development. Follow this link for more information and to apply by December 21st. 

Online Professional Development: Global Learning (#GLAG19)
The Global Teach Ag! Initiative is conducting the 5th annual global learning in agriculture conference! #GLAG19: Cultivating Empathy in a Global World will provide “on-demand” and “live” opportunities to advance your capacity as a global agricultural educator, helping to prepare your students for the interconnected world of food, fiber, and natural resources. During the week of January 26th, with only a digital pass ($25), you have access to resources and best practices to help advance global learning in your program. While supplies last, there are also 100 “All-Access” Passes ($50) that include the Conference-in-A-Box. Fun fact: In 2018, we had an impression on 1,121,917 twitter accounts with the conversation about #GLAG18 – over 1 million accounts seeing school-based agricultural education talk about global issues. Here is a link to check out the conference program from last year. The keynote is Mr. Roger Thurow, Pulitzer Prize Finalist who is the author of Enough; The Last Hunger Season; and The First 1,000 days. GLAG can only occur with the support of our Global Learning Partners including: Penn State Extension; Penn State Center for Professional Personal Learning; Hawkeye Global Agriculture Learning Center; Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University; Iowa State University, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Purdue, CELA-Belize, Explorations by Thor, Murphy-Carpenter Design, The National FFA Organization, Nutrients for Life Foundation, and The World Food Prize.

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Whether it’s during your prep hour or after school, for 15 minutes or the entire webinar -- join Penn State and the University of Minnesota to learn more about creating an inclusive environment for agricultural education students.

During the time of the webinar, visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll to take you to the Zoom video link. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and will last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • January 9 -- Ableism and Disability Justice
  • February 13 -- Race, Racism and Privilege
  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism
    *Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

We are seeking to include the voices of these identities in the planning process. If you would like to share your voice or any feedback, we invite you to fill out a Google Form at z.umn.edu/AgEdForAllVoices
The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For questions, please contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

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. This week, Dr. Heather Weir mentors vet student Willy Brock through a complex surgery at Colorado State University Teaching Hospital. Follow this link to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
Joe Writes Santa
Joe Scatterscrew is a fictitious agriculture teacher. He was a created in the 1950s by the Head of Agricultural Education at Texas A&M University,  E. V. Walton. Professor Walton wrote the stories to use in preparing future teachers. Click here to read more.

FFA

Earn Money for Your FFA Week Projects
Is your FFA chapter planning a service project for National FFA Week, Feb. 16-23? Chapters can receive up to $400 with a Living to Serve Day of Service Mini Grant to help fund projects. Apply today at FFA.org/livingtoserve/grants.

2019 New Century Farmer Moving to Indy; Application Now Live
Know an FFA member who has experience in the field of production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member who is currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! To be held July 7-13, 2019, in Indianapolis, Ind., this all-expenses-paid conference will be packed full of interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application is now live and closes Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Head here for more information.

NOW OPEN!  $1,200 Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant 
Want to engage your students in project-based learning to meet a community need? The 2018 Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve grant application is now open. Apply for up to $1,200 to support a semester-long service-learning project that addresses a community need in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. 

Need ideas for semester-long service-learning projects? Check out the interactive map at FFA.org/livingtoserve to review projects funded last school year. Additional information on the grant can also be found on the website. Applications are due February 1, 2019. Email questions to LTS@FFA.org.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
National FFA Week is right around the corner (Feb. 16-23), so now is the time to plan for your chapter’s service event. Chapters can receive a grant of up to $400 with a Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant to support their FFA Week service activities. To access the application and see ideas on our interactive project map, visit FFA.org/livingtoserve.  Applications should be submitted by Tuesday, Jan. 1, to be considered for support during FFA Week. Email questions to LTS@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni Membership Benefits
Check out the growing list of benefits that every National FFA Alumni and Supporter receives as part of their membership, just in time for the holiday season. And, don’t forget that the registration and deposit for the first agricultural travel program are due Friday, Feb. 1. The group will be traveling to Germany and The Netherlands July 1-10, 2019! Click Here to see the tentative itinerary and registration form.

 

CASE

2019 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 Professional Development Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

CAST

The 2018 Farm Bill Nears Completion.

Friday, Dec. 14, 2018:  The massive 2018 Farm Bill needs only a presidential signature, the EPA reworks some clean water rulings, a bacon vending machine enters college, and a chocolate spill in Germany would have Willy Wonka drooling—these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

December 10, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2019

February 2
AAAE Southern Region Conference
Birmingham, AL

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

The Council

Ag Ed Summit Report
The National Council for Agricultural Education is a partnership that convenes representatives from each of the AERO groups (Agricultural Education Related Organizations) to identify opportunities and resources, provide a forum for thought and direction, and focus on academic and career success for all students. Click hereto read more.

NAAE 

2018 NAAE Convention
We want to say thank you and congratulations to all of our 2018 award winners and members who made our national convention such a success. Award winner press releases and convention photos are now available on the website. Click here to learn more about all of our award winners! 

Become an AgCultures Ambassador
The LT Media Lab at the University of Minnesota, in collaboration with the CHS Foundation, is seeking one passionate educator from each of the 50 states to serve as AgCultures ambassadors in spring 2019. Applications are due December 15th. Click here for more information and to apply!

NAAE Internships
We are now accepting applications for the 2019 NAAE interns. We have positions available in advocacy, communications, and professional development. Follow this link for more information and to apply by December 21st. 

Online Professional Development: Global Learning (#GLAG19)
The Global Teach Ag! Initiative is conducting the 5th annual global learning in agriculture conference! #GLAG19: Cultivating Empathy in a Global World will provide “on-demand” and “live” opportunities to advance your capacity as a global agricultural educator, helping to prepare your students for the interconnected world of food, fiber, and natural resources. During the week of January 26th, with only a digital pass ($25), you have access to resources and best practices to help advance global learning in your program. While supplies last, there are also 100 “All-Access” Passes ($50) that include the Conference-in-A-Box. Fun fact: In 2018, we had an impression on 1,121,917 twitter accounts with the conversation about #GLAG18 – over 1 million accounts seeing school-based agricultural education talk about global issues. Here is a link to check out the conference program from last year. The keynote is Mr. Roger Thurow, Pulitzer Prize Finalist who is the author of Enough; The Last Hunger Season; and The First 1,000 days. GLAG can only occur with the support of our Global Learning Partners including: Penn State Extension; Penn State Center for Professional Personal Learning; Hawkeye Global Agriculture Learning Center; Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University; Iowa State University, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Purdue, CELA-Belize, Explorations by Thor, Murphy-Carpenter Design, The National FFA Organization, Nutrients for Life Foundation, and The World Food Prize.

Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Whether it’s during your prep hour or after school, for 15 minutes or the entire webinar -- join Penn State and the University of Minnesota to learn more about creating an inclusive environment for agricultural education students.

During the time of the webinar, visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll to take you to the Zoom video link. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and will last 60-90 minutes.

Topics include:

  • January 9 -- Ableism and Disability Justice
  • February 13 -- Race, Racism and Privilege
  • March 13 -- Gender Equity
  • April 10 -- Challenging Classism
    *Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

We are seeking to include the voices of these identities in the planning process. If you would like to share your voice or any feedback, we invite you to fill out a Google Form at z.umn.edu/AgEdForAllVoices
The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For questions, please contact Brandon Roiger at broiger@umn.edu or Jonathan Seaman at jts250@psu.edu.

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. This week, Dr. Noel Garbes of Illinois checks the herd at Ness Farms. "Today, animal welfare is huge," says Dr. Garbes, who grew up on his family hog farm in Iowa and has always loved working with animals. Click here to watch the video.

Friday Footnotes
The Answer is NOT Amazon
Assume it is December 7, 1946. You are planning for next year and need to order some FFA supplies. You have developed the following list of items to order. For each item, see if you can identify the supplier! Follow this link to read more. 

FFA

2019 New Century Farmer Moving to Indy; Application Goes Live Saturday
Know an FFA member who has experience in the field of production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member who is currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! To be held July 7-13, 2019, in Indianapolis, Ind., this all-expenses-paid conference will be packed full of interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application goes live Saturday, Dec. 15 and closes Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Head here for more information.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
National FFA Week is right around the corner (Feb. 16-23), so now is the time to plan for your chapter’s service event. Chapters can receive a grant of up to $400 with a Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant to support their FFA Week service activities. To access the application and see ideas on our interactive project map, visit FFA.org/livingtoserve.  Applications should be submitted by Tuesday, Jan. 1, to be considered for support during FFA Week. Email questions to lts@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni Membership Benefits
Check out the growing list of benefits that every National FFA Alumni and Supporter receives as part of their membership, just in time for the holiday season. And, don’t forget that the registration and deposit for the first agricultural travel program are due Friday, Feb. 1. The group will be traveling to Germany and The Netherlands July 1-10, 2019! Click Here to see the tentative itinerary and registration form.

 

CASE

2019 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 Professional Development Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

CAST

Top agriculture universities produce science-based research and exciting student programs.

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018:  The country’s best universities promote ag and science, the Farm Bill takes shape, and food recalls show the need for new solutions. Zombie cockroaches, a desperate lion, and backlash to a French fry study gets supersized—these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

December 3, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2019

February 2
AAAE Southern Region Conference
Birmingham, AL

May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

The Council

Ag Ed Summit Report
The National Council for Agricultural Education is a partnership that convenes representatives from each of the AERO groups (Agricultural Education Related Organizations) to identify opportunities and resources, provide a forum for thought and direction, and focus on academic and career success for all students. Click hereto read more.

NAAE 

2018 NAAE Convention
We want to say thank you and congratulations to all of our 2018 award winners and members who made our national convention such a success. Award winner press releases and convention photos will be available on the website soon. Thanks again & see you next year in Anaheim, CA!

NAAE Internships
We are now accepting applications for the 2019 NAAE interns. We have positions available in advocacy, communications, and professional development. Follow this link for more information and to apply by December 21st. 

Online Professional Development: Global Learning (#GLAG19)
The Global Teach Ag! Initiative is conducting the 5th annual global learning in agriculture conference! #GLAG19: Cultivating Empathy in a Global World will provide “on-demand” and “live” opportunities to advance your capacity as a global agricultural educator, helping to prepare your students for the interconnected world of food, fiber, and natural resources. During the week of January 26th, with only a digital pass ($25), you have access to resources and best practices to help advance global learning in your program. While supplies last, there are also 100 “All-Access” Passes ($50) that include the Conference-in-A-Box. Fun fact: In 2018, we had an impression on 1,121,917 twitter accounts with the conversation about #GLAG18 – over 1 million accounts seeing school-based agricultural education talk about global issues. Here is a link to check out the conference program from last year. The keynote is Mr. Roger Thurow, Pulitzer Prize Finalist who is the author of Enough; The Last Hunger Season; and The First 1,000 days. GLAG can only occur with the support of our Global Learning Partners including: Penn State Extension; Penn State Center for Professional Personal Learning; Hawkeye Global Agriculture Learning Center; Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University; Iowa State University, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Purdue, CELA-Belize, Explorations by Thor, Murphy-Carpenter Design, The National FFA Organization, Nutrients for Life Foundation, and The World Food Prize.

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. This week, Dr. Krantz and Dr. Fleming demonstrate the company’s commitment to the well-being of their animals. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
Tom of Peace Valley
In the song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” there is a line that says “He’s making a list and checking it twice.” At this time of year, many folks are making Christmas lists. I often put books on my Christmas list. If I did not already own a signed copy of Tom of Peace Valley, it would be at the top of my list. This is an exciting juvenile novel about vocational agriculture written in 1925 during the early days of agricultural education. Click here to read more.

FFA

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
Host a service event during National FFA Week to show your community that FFA members live to serve! Apply for a $400 Day of Service Mini-Grant to help offset costs. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis on the first of each month. To learn more about the Day of Service Mini-Grant, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Want to see what other chapters have done? Check out the interactive map at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve to review funded projects.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni Membership Benefits
Check out the growing list of benefits that every National FFA Alumni and Supporter receives as part of their membership, just in time for the holiday season. And, don’t forget that the registration and deposit for the first agricultural travel program are due Friday, Feb. 1. The group will be traveling to Germany and The Netherlands July 1-10, 2019! Click Here to see the tentative itinerary and registration form.

 

CASE

2019 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 Professional Development Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

CAST

Knickers, the big Aussie steer, escaped the market, went viral, and raised some controversy.

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018:  A government climate report gets attention, genetic editing on humans raises concerns, university students promote communication, and a giant steer avoids becoming a big beef whopper—these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

November 26, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2018

November 27
National Agricultural Education Summit
San Antonio, TX

November 27-
December 1
NAAE Convention
San Antonio, TX

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

The Council

2018 National Agricultural Education Summit
The 2018 National Agricultural Education Summit will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 just prior to the 2018 NAAE Convention and ACTE CareerTech VISION 2018. Click here for more information.

NAAE 

Position Announcement: CASE Project Director
The CASE Project Director will partner with all NAAE staff toward the success of CASE and other NAAE initiatives. Qualified applicants should have experience in the delivery of high-quality agricultural education programming and demonstrated experience with CASE. Click here for more information and to apply. 

2019 National Teach Ag Campaign Intern Position Announcement
The intern position will start in May 2019 and the end date will depend on performance, but may last until May 2020. The intern will be stationed out of the NAAE office, located on the campus of the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, KY for eight weeks during the 2019 summer. The remainder of the internship will be done remotely at a site mutually agreed upon by the intern and the NTAC. Click here for more information and to apply by December 2nd. 

NAAE Internships
We are now accepting applications for the 2019 NAAE interns. We have positions available in advocacy, communications, and professional development. Follow this link for more information and to apply by December 21st. 

2018 NAAE Convention App
Personalize your schedule, stay up-to-date on workshop changes while at convention, meet other attendees, and create your own profile with our online convention app. Search “NAAE Conv” and download it in the App Store or Google Play for your convenience. Thanks Merck for sponsoring our convention app!

Online Professional Development: Global Learning (#GLAG19)
The Global Teach Ag! Initiative is conducting the 5th annual global learning in agriculture conference! #GLAG19: Cultivating Empathy in a Global World will provide “on-demand” and “live” opportunities to advance your capacity as a global agricultural educator, helping to prepare your students for the interconnected world of food, fiber, and natural resources. During the week of January 26th, with only a digital pass ($25), you have access to resources and best practices to help advance global learning in your program. While supplies last, there are also 100 “All-Access” Passes ($50) that include the Conference-in-A-Box. Fun fact: In 2018, we had an impression on 1,121,917 twitter accounts with the conversation about #GLAG18 – over 1 million accounts seeing school-based agricultural education talk about global issues. Here is a link to check out the conference program from last year. The keynote is Mr. Roger Thurow, Pulitzer Prize Finalist who is the author of Enough; The Last Hunger Season; and The First 1,000 days. GLAG can only occur with the support of our Global Learning Partners including: Penn State Extension; Penn State Center for Professional Personal Learning; Hawkeye Global Agriculture Learning Center; Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University; Iowa State University, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Purdue, CELA-Belize, Explorations by Thor, Murphy-Carpenter Design, The National FFA Organization, Nutrients for Life Foundation and The World Food Prize.

PEDIGREE -- The Animal Breeding Board Game
PEDIGREE blends management decisions with the luck of genetic selection. The opportunity for backers to pledge expires November 30th with the end of the Kickstarter campaign. Click here for more information. 

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. This week, Susan thinks her dog Mabel may be injured. Mabel has been weary lately, less "crazy and hyper" than normal. So Susan brings her seven-year-old dog to see vet Dr. Brittney Barton, whose exam reveals injuries to both hind legs. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
When an Old Man Gets to Thinking
Research shows agriculture teachers work 55+ hours a week. We really do need to spend more time with our loved ones. Children only grow up once. We never know how much time we have with our loved ones. Click hereto read more.

FFA

Apply Now for a National FFA Scholarship 
Do you have students who could use some money for college? Tell them about the National FFA Scholarship online application, which opened on Thursday, Nov. 15. 

Students can:

  • Create, edit and submit an application using any web platform, including a smartphone.
  • Check the status of their application from their personalized homepage.
  • Save/edit an in-progress application at any time before the application deadline.
  • Upload any required materials directly to their application.
  • Opt-in for text notifications, in addition to email notifications and reminders. 
  • Take advantage of a longer application period, Nov. 15 - Feb. 6.
  • Use the easy one-click advisor validation.
  • Learn of your scholarship acceptance online—NO MORE MAIL.

Check out the extensive FAQ and other resources found at FFA.org/scholarships.

Join in the Blue 365 Challenge
Blue 365 is the latest catalyst to the National FFA Organization’s commitment to the future of agriculture. Bringing innovative technology, science, research and entrepreneurship to the classrooms of nearly 670,000 FFA members nationwide, Blue 365 provides videos, podcasts, lesson plans, and countless resources to FFA advisors and student members.

To help launch Blue 365 and highlight the innovations and technologies that are transforming agriculture, we are excited to announce the Blue 365 Challenge! In partnership with Microsoft, the National FFA Organization will award 50 FFA chapters with two Microsoft FarmBeats Student Kits designed to help students learn about precision agriculture and Internet of Things technologies. Each kit includes preconfigured Microsoft Azure cloud services and a Raspberry Pi with soil moisture, light, ambient temperature, and humidity sensors to collect data, which can help students understand how to help improve productivity, increase yield, and save resources. Microsoft will provide additional resources to showcase how FFA advisors can put these kits to use in the classroom. Submit your application before the Jan. 2 deadline!

Grow Ag Leaders Scholarships
Every year, Grow Ag Leaders awards more than $500,000 in scholarships to students studying in ag-related fields. Grow Ag Leaders asks farmers to endorse high school seniors or college students for a chance to win a $1,500 scholarship to support their higher education studies in ag-related fields.

Applications for 2019 Grow Ag Leaders are open now. To apply for this scholarship, students must meet the below criteria:

  • Must be a high school senior to college junior enrolled full time.
  • Must be planning to attend a vocational, two-year or four-year qualifying agriculture-related study program after high school.
  • Must meet a minimum 2.5 GPA requirement.
  • Must obtain two electronic endorsements from qualifying farmers.

For more information, visit FFA.org/scholarships.

FFA Alumni

Alumni Educational Enrichment Program
Do you or your students want a way to earn online college credits at a discounted price? Check out the Alumni Educational Enrichment program at Pearson.com/FFAwhich includes a FREE personalized college plan valued at $300.  

Raise Money for Your Chapter 
Looking for a simple and effective chapter fundraiser? We Fund Them is a quick and easy online donation platform that provides a thank-you gift to supporters of the largest discount network in the nation. This gift encourages donations and the sharing of your fundraiser with other possible donors. You simply customize the site with your picture, video and messaging and share it through email, text and social media. We Fund Them will support FFA and provide detailed tracking of participant and group participation and fundraising results. Click here to see an example of an active donation site for a college baseball team. Click here to get your We Fund Them page started.

 

CASE

The 2019 CASE Institute Schedule is Now Available!
Click here for the 2019 CASE Institute Schedule.

Registration for 2019 CASE Institutes opens December 1st. Each site can accommodate approximately 20 participants. This year’s offerings once again include several fast track institutes. Fast track institutes are for teachers with at least one prior CASE certification. Pre-Institute homework is required for fast track participation.

Many CASE Institutes' registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they secure the appropriate funding.

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

November 19, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2018

November 27
National Agricultural Education Summit
San Antonio, TX

November 27-
December 1
NAAE Convention
San Antonio, TX

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

The Council

2018 National Agricultural Education Summit
The 2018 National Agricultural Education Summit will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 just prior to the 2018 NAAE Convention and ACTE CareerTech VISION 2018. Click here for more information.

NAAE 

Position Announcement: CASE Project Director
The CASE Project Director will partner with all NAAE staff toward the success of CASE and other NAAE initiatives. Qualified applicants should have experience in the delivery of high-quality agricultural education programming and demonstrated experience with CASE. Click here for more information and to apply. 

2019 National Teach Ag Campaign Intern Position Announcement
The intern position will start in May 2019 and the end date will depend on performance, but may last until May 2020. The intern will be stationed out of the NAAE office, located on the campus of the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, KY for eight weeks during the 2019 summer. The remainder of the internship will be done remotely at a site mutually agreed upon by the intern and the NTAC. Click here for more information and to apply by December 2nd. 

NAAE Internships
We are now accepting applications for the 2019 NAAE interns. We have positions available in advocacy, communications, and professional development. Follow this link for more information and to apply by December 21st. 

2018 NAAE Convention App
Personalize your schedule, stay up-to-date on workshop changes while at convention, meet other attendees, and create your own profile with our online convention app. Search “NAAE Conv” and download it in the App Store or Google Play for your convenience. Thanks Merck for sponsoring our convention app!

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. This week, Dr. Krantz examines piglets at Petrie Farm suffering from a case of diarrhea, which can be life threatening. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The FFA Sweetheart
Prior to 1969, about the only way a female could be involved with the FFA was to be a chapter sweetheart. In the early days of the FFA, it was common for a chapter to have an FFA Sweetheart. The Sweetheart was typically voted on by the members and the selection of the sweetheart more often than not was a popularity/beauty contest. Follow this link to read more. 

FFA

Apply Now for a National FFA Scholarship 
Do you have students who could use some money for college? Tell them about the National FFA Scholarship online application, which opened on Thursday, Nov. 15. 

Students can:

  • Create, edit and submit an application using any web platform, including a smartphone.
  • Check the status of their application from their personalized homepage.
  • Save/edit an in-progress application at any time before the application deadline.
  • Upload any required materials directly to their application.
  • Opt-in for text notifications, in addition to email notifications and reminders. 
  • Take advantage of a longer application period, Nov. 15 - Feb. 6.
  • Use the easy one-click advisor validation.
  • Learn of your scholarship acceptance online—NO MORE MAIL.

Check out the extensive FAQ and other resources found at FFA.org/scholarships.

Join in the Blue 365 Challenge
Blue 365 is the latest catalyst to the National FFA Organization’s commitment to the future of agriculture. Bringing innovative technology, science, research and entrepreneurship to the classrooms of nearly 670,000 FFA members nationwide, Blue 365 provides videos, podcasts, lesson plans, and countless resources to FFA advisors and student members.

To help launch Blue 365 and highlight the innovations and technologies that are transforming agriculture, we are excited to announce the Blue 365 Challenge! In partnership with Microsoft, the National FFA Organization will award 50 FFA chapters with two Microsoft FarmBeats Student Kits designed to help students learn about precision agriculture and Internet of Things technologies. Each kit includes preconfigured Microsoft Azure cloud services and a Raspberry Pi with soil moisture, light, ambient temperature, and humidity sensors to collect data, which can help students understand how to help improve productivity, increase yield, and save resources. Microsoft will provide additional resources to showcase how FFA advisors can put these kits to use in the classroom. Submit your application before the Jan. 2 deadline!

SAE Video of the Week: Hydroponics
Go behind the scenes at Connecticut’s Sound School with Giovanni Roman, who uses a variety of hydroponics systems to grow plants in the school’s greenhouse. Watch more videos in our SAE Video Library, which now includes links to related lesson plans and student activity sheets.

Grow Ag Leaders Scholarships
Every year, Grow Ag Leaders awards more than $500,000 in scholarships to students studying in ag-related fields. Grow Ag Leaders asks farmers to endorse high school seniors or college students for a chance to win a $1,500 scholarship to support their higher education studies in ag-related fields.

Applications for 2019 Grow Ag Leaders are open now. To apply for this scholarship, students must meet the below criteria:

  • Must be a high school senior to college junior enrolled full time.
  • Must be planning to attend a vocational, two-year or four-year qualifying agriculture-related study program after high school.
  • Must meet a minimum 2.5 GPA requirement.
  • Must obtain two electronic endorsements from qualifying farmers.

For more information, visit FFA.org/scholarships.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
Planning a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event in January? Or is your chapter hosting a service event during National FFA Week in February? Now is the time to apply for a $400 Day of Service Mini-Grant! Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis on the first of each month. To learn more about the Day of Service Mini-Grant, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Want to see what other chapters have done? Check out the interactive map at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve to review funded projects.

FFA State Day of Service Grant
A reminder that the application for the FFA State Day of Service Grant is now available at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. This is a competitive funding opportunity for all FFA state associations or foundations to help infuse service activities at the state level. A state association or foundation may apply for up to $8,000. Want to know what states did in 2018 with the grant? Check out the interactive map at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve. If you have any questions, please email LTS@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

Alumni Educational Enrichment Program
Do you or your students want a way to earn online college credits at a discounted price? Check out the Alumni Educational Enrichment program at Pearson.com/FFAwhich includes a FREE personalized college plan valued at $300.  

Raise Money for Your Chapter 
Looking for a simple and effective chapter fundraiser? We Fund Them is a quick and easy online donation platform that provides a thank-you gift to supporters of the largest discount network in the nation. This gift encourages donations and the sharing of your fundraiser with other possible donors. You simply customize the site with your picture, video and messaging and share it through email, text and social media. We Fund Them will support FFA and provide detailed tracking of participant and group participation and fundraising results. Click here to see an example of an active donation site for a college baseball team. Click here to get your We Fund Them page started.

 

CASE

The 2019 CASE Institute Schedule is Now Available!
Click here for the 2019 CASE Institute Schedule.

Registration for 2019 CASE Institutes opens December 1st. Each site can accommodate approximately 20 participants. This year’s offerings once again include several fast track institutes. Fast track institutes are for teachers with at least one prior CASE certification. Pre-Institute homework is required for fast track participation.

Many CASE Institutes' registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they secure the appropriate funding.

Advance CTE

2019 Excellence in Action Awards
Do you think you have one of the best Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study in the nation? Advance CTE is on the search for programs of study that exemplify excellence in the implementation of the Career Clusters®, show a true progression from secondary to postsecondary education, provide meaningful work-based learning opportunities, and have a substantial and evidence-based impact on student achievement and success. Apply for the 2019 Excellence in Action award to showcase the amazing work of your learners, instructors and faculty at the national level.

Not only will your program be featured in the media and an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in the spring, you’ll also be contributing to a positive image of CTE programs. In its sixth year, this award showcases innovative programs of study to policymakers, employers, and education leaders and lets them know that CTE is for all learners and prepares them for a lifetime of college and career success. Applications are open to secondary and postsecondary schools/institutions. Apply today!

CAST

Move over Luke Skywalker—hoverbikes are lifting off.

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018:  The cost of a basic Thanksgiving meal is down, the tragic toll from wildfires is up, and hoverbikes are trying to lift off safely. University research programs, student videos, and rodents eating ghost peppers—these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.