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June 10, 2013

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM

June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD

June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN

June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI

June 25-28
National Ag in the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN

July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA

September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI

September 23–25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

September 26
National Teach Ag Day

October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY

2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis

February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas

May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues
June 3
May 20
May 13
May 6
April 29
April 22

Quote for the Week
"It's fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."

— Bill Gates

 

MMM Submissions
To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

FFA Alumni


FFA Alumni Development Conference – REGISTRATION CLOSES JUNE 15!
Attention teachers: Looking for summer continuing education credits? Attend the 2013 FFA Alumni Development Conference in Green Bay, Wis., July 17-21 to gain training on volunteer management, advocacy, personal growth and leadership! The conference will challenge you to engage your local community, administrators, businesses leaders and everyone you meet. At the 2013 ADC, workshops will lead you through the growth and leadership continuum and help you to find, develop and use your voice in advocating for agricultural education and FFA. At the conclusion of the conference, FFA Alumni will provide participating teachers a certificate of the number hours of workshops completed. This certificate can be provided with the conference agenda and workshop materials to your school district with request for continuing education credit. Registration closes June 15!


FFA Link Helps Keeps Your Young Graduates Forever Blue
FFA Link is a new exclusive group of college students and young professionals ready to connect their love of agriculture with real world career skills. FFA Link will continue developing the leadership skills learned as FFA members and prepare members to apply them to their future career.


FFA


There’s still time to apply!
Applications for the Living to Serve: Environmental Grant Program are due Wednesday, June 12. FFA chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support service-learning projects focused on meeting local environmental needs. Apply online here. If you have any questions, contact Stefonie Sebastian via email or at 317-802-4462


Applications open for band, chorus and talent performers
Have an FFA member in your chapter with some musical talents? Make sure they apply to be a part of the National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville. New this year: the first National FFA Talent competition! Applications are due July 1.


NAAE


June 2013 News & Views Released
Catch up on NAAE news and get the latest on our programs in News & Views:
·         Determination in Motion – Tina Miner-James
·         Ideas Unlimited – Build a Mock Scrotum
·         NAAE Convention – Early Bird Registration, Hotel information
·         NAAE Summer Interns
·         Updates on Teach Ag, CASE, and more


Regional Conference Groups on Communities of Practice
Attending Regional Conference? Be sure to join your Regional Conference group on Communities of Practice. From the group you’ll be able to access conference materials before, during and after the meeting, and you’ll also be able to connect with others attending the conference. Visit here for links to each conference’s group page.


CAST


Friday, June 7, 2013: The Farm Bill plods on, the Pork Expo has everything but flying pigs, and the week includes plenty of ag news and links. The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).


ACTE


ACTE Board of Directors Applications Due June 15
ACTE is accepting nominations for the 2014 ACTE Board of Directors Election. Positions eligible for the 2014 election include:

  • President-Elect: Serves a one-year term beginning in July 2014, followed by one year as president and one year as past president.
  • Region I Vice President: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2014.
  • Marketing Education Division Vice President: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2014.
  • Guidance and Career Development Division Vice President-Elect: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2015.
  • Health Science Education Division Vice President-Elect: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2015.
  • Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education Division Vice President-Elect: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2015.

Applications are due June 15.

USDA

Secretary Vilsack Announces Environmental Threats Assistance for Producers
"Our farmers and ranchers are the most productive on earth, largely due to their innovation and their ability to adapt to new challenges," Vilsack blogs. "As new threats emerge for American agriculture, USDA will be there to provide assistance – and this week, we announced new steps to help producers create solutions to meet modern environmental threats."

 

 

 

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June 3, 2013

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events

June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM


June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI


June 25-28
National Ag in the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI


September 23–25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY

2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis

February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas

May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues
May 20
May 13
May 6
April 29
April 22
April 15
Quote for the Week
"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop." — Ovid



MMM Submissions
To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Hilary Parker, NAAE Communications/Marketing Assistant.

FFA
It Pays to Go Green! Applications Due June 12
The Living to Serve: Environmental Grant application is available now.Middle school, high school and collegiate FFA chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects that address local environmental needs. Applications are due June 12, 2013.

Project examples from FFA Chapters funded during the 2012-2013 cycle include:
  • Revitalizing local nature trails to serve as outdoor classrooms
  • Reintroducing trout into the local streams
  • Converting abandoned land into usable greenspace
  • Surveying, reporting and helping to remove the Asian Longhorned Beetle from local trees
  • Removal of invasive plant species and reintroduction of local flora
  • Partnering with environmental organizations to help further their work (example: working with Wildlife Sanctuary)
  • Creation of a school district wide recycling and/or composting program

For a complete listing of FFA Chapters funded during the 2012-2013 cycle and their project abstracts, visit our interactive map.

2013 National FFA Convention & Expo Registration News
The pre-registration fee for the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky., has been set at $60 per person. If you are using the official Louisville housing block, the pre-registration fee is $45 per person. The $60 pre-registration fee will also apply to those who drive in locally to the convention and expo, unless they are driving from within a 100-mile radius, in which case the pre-registration fee is $45. If you choose to register on site, the registration fee is $70 per person.
This three-tiered fee structure will ensure that the cost of the convention and expo facilities, which include the Kentucky Exposition Center, Kentucky International Convention Center and the KFC YUM! Center, is shared equally by all convention and expo participants, regardless of their housing plans.


2013 National FFA Convention Chapter Housing is Open
Advisors, please log into your MyAgCN to find the chapter housing information. Housing closes Sept. 11.


Important tax exemption details for FFA advisors
You may be asking the question: Will I be eligible for tax exemption at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville?
The answer: yes and no.

If you are tax exempt in your home state and are staying in a hotel located in Kentucky, you can be eligible for tax exemption.

There are 24 states covered under a streamline agreement. Those states are:  Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming. You’ll need to complete this form and take it to your hotel located in Kentucky.

Those states not listed above should fill out form 51A125 (Application for Purchase Exemption Sales and Use Tax) and send it in with a copy of your state tax form to get exemption.

If you have any questions, contact Roy Smallwood, Kentucky Department of Revenue, 502-564-9098.

If you are staying in a property located in Indiana, you will not be tax exempt. Negotiated rates with Indiana hotels already reflect a savings to absorb the percentage of taxes being paid.


Honor FFA Supporters
The application period for Honorary American FFA Degree, VIP and Distinguished Service Citation Awards is now open. The applications are due postmarked by June 15. For more information, contact Crystal Hart, 317-802-4319.

NAAE
NAAE Convention
Professional Development Workshop Proposals Due TODAY

Early Bird Registration Open Now through July 12 – register for NAAE Convention at a discounted rate
Room Block Now Open – The NAAE Convention hotel is the Riviera. Book through NAAE for $49/nigh Mon-Thurs and $72/night Fri-Sat


NAAE Regional Conferences
Attend a regional conference this summer for professional development, networking and the opportunity to get involved in leading the profession of agricultural education. Visit this link and click on your region for dates and agendas.


Communities of Practice

Check out these recent posts, questions and resources!

 

NAAE Membership Benefit
Did you know that NAAE individual members can get group rates on many types of insurance, including pet insurance, through the organization? June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, so that's nothing to sneeze at (unless you're allergic). Click here for details.

National Teach Ag Campaign
New Teach Ag Ambassadors Named
Congratulations to the newly-selected 2013-2014 Teach Ag Ambassador team. They represent 7 universities and 7 states. 


Teach Ag Interns Wanted for 2013-2014 Academic Year
The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting internship applications for the 2013-2014 academic year. The internship will be based out of the NAAE office in Lexington, KY. Click here for more information. Applications are due electronically to Ellen Thompson no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, July 15th.

CAST
Friday, May 31, 2013: GMO wheat causes a stir; CAST names new president-elect; and a Russian bear out-wrestles a Russian car. Plenty of ag news and links also. Click here to read Friday Notes, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST)'s weekly online newsletter, which is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

ACTE
Poll: Give Congress Your Input on Higher Education
Congress has begun requesting comments on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and ACTE needs your input into our priorities! Specifically, the House Education and the Workforce Committee has asked for input that will enable them to empower students as consumers in higher education; simplify and improve the student aid and loan programs; increase college accessibility, affordability and completion; encourage institutions to reduce costs; promote innovation to improve access to and delivery of higher education; and balance the need for accountability with the burden of federal requirements. Issues related to student financial aid and data collection requirements are of particular importance to postsecondary CTE programs.

ACTE has developed a short, 13-question survey for those of you who are involved in postsecondary CTE. Please click here to provide your input.

CASE
Still time to register, get scholarship for CASE Institutes!
CASE Institutes are starting very soon across the country. There is still time to register for several of the sites. Usually a site will accept registration up until a week prior to the start date. Contact the site host for specific details.

CASE has a couple of scholarships remaining for this summer. If you are interested in a scholarship, please contact your CASE State Leader or CASE staff to find out more details.

FFA Alumni
FFA Alumni FREE Advocacy webinar featuring Dr. Jeff Magee, Tuesday, June 4 @ 7:30 p.m. Register today while space is available!

 

FFA Link Helps Keeps Your Young Graduates Forever Blue
FFA Link is a new exclusive group of college students and young professionals ready to connect their love of agriculture with real world career skills. FFA Link will continue developing the leadership skills learned as FFA members and prepare members to apply them to their future career.

FFA Link Membership grants members five years of free membership to the National FFA Alumni Association, electronic communication, access to the Agriculture Career Network, FFA Alumni discounts, and opportunities to attend the National FFA Alumni Convention and annual FFA Alumni Development Conference.

Keep your graduating seniors connected, keep them engaged and keep them Forever Blue.

 


FFA Alumni Development Conference
Attention teachers: Looking for summer continuing education credits? Attend the 2013 FFA Alumni Development Conference in Green Bay, Wis., July 17-21 to gain training on volunteer management, advocacy, personal growth and leadership! The conference will challenge you to engage your local community, administrators, businesses leaders and everyone you meet. At the 2013 ADC, workshops will lead you through the growth and leadership continuum and help you to find, develop and use your voice in advocating for agricultural education and FFA. At the conclusion of the conference, FFA Alumni will provide participating teachers a certificate of the number hours of workshops completed. This certificate can be provided with the conference agenda and workshop materials to your school district with request for continuing education credit. Registration closes June 15!

 

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May 20, 2013

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


May 21-24
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH


June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM


June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI


June 25-28
National Ag In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 23–25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis, IN

Past Issues

May 13
May 6
April 29
April 22
April 15
April 8

Quote for the Week


The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.- Herbert Spencer


MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Hilary Parker, NAAE Communications/Marketing Assistant.

CASE

CASE hires food science and safety course writer
Leslie Fairchild from Columbus, Ind., has been selected as the writer for the CASE Food Science and Safety course. Leslie has taught agriculture for eight years and is certified in the Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal CASE courses. She will also be gaining certification in the Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant and Animal and Plant Biotechnology CASE courses this summer.
Development for CASE's Food Science and Safety course will begin this summer, and the curriculum's anticipated field test release is summer 2014.

CAST

Friday, May 17, 2013: After looking like a zombie for months, the Farm Bill appears to have life. We also look at key farm issues, some controversies and where you can get a $325,000 burger. Click here to read Friday Notes, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, which is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

FFA

Apply now: 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo Newsroom
Calling all college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field! We are now accepting applications to work in the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo Newsroom in Louisville, Ky.Apply here.

Watch now: New episode of Officer to Officer
National FFA Central Region Vice-President Brennan Costello is back with another round of the #FFAo2o series! He has some BRO tips for FFA chapter officers and members across the nation. Check out the newest video and more here.

FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide now available
FFA advisors and teachers: Now you can use FFA New Horizons in your classroom with this easy-to-use resource. Click here to access the Spring guide. The next guide will be available in August for the Fall issue.

NAAE

NAAE Convention early bird registration open now through July 12
Get a head start on next year's professional development by registering for the NAAE Convention at the reduced early bird rate. As always, the NAAE convention will feature lots of professional development workshops and networking opportunities for agricultural educators from all across the United States. Register now.


NAAE Convention workshop proposals due June 3
NAAE is accepting proposals through June 3 for workshops to be presented at the 2013 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 3-7, 2013, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Workshops may be presented on, but are not limited to, the following areas: Classroom instruction techniques, technology in the classroom, technical agricultural information, integration of academics, exceptional instructional materials, research pertinent and applicable to the classroom, specific topical areas, etc.
For more information or to download the proposal form, click here.

 

Printable Profile of Agricultural Education in Your State
NAAE is currently compiling printable profiles of agricultural education in each of the 50 states. Print your state's profile and share it with administrators, legislators and other decision makers to help them understand why it's so important that they support your agricultural education program.
Don't see a profile for your state? Contact Savannah Robin to find out how you can help get one posted.This page also has a national profile of agricultural education as well as a template you can use to create a profile for your program — all great tools!


Communities of Practice

ACTE

Taking 2+ CTE Classes Reduces Dropout, Arizona Study Finds
Taking two or more CTE courses is related to lower dropout rates in two Arizona districts, according to a report from the Arizona State University Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

The National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education launches website
The National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education (NCICTE), the new Perkins-funded CTE research center, has launched its website at ctecenter.ed.gov. The website outlines the center's research priorities, includes a list of CTE resources and will house online training modules to provide guidance for translating the center's studies into practice at the college, district or school level.

ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2013 set for December
Registration is now open for ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2013, scheduled for Dec. 4-7 in Las Vegas. Click here for details about the event or to register.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni Development Conference set for July
Attention Teachers: Looking for summer continuing education credits? Attend the 2013 FFA Alumni Development Conference in Green Bay, Wis., July 17-21 to gain training on volunteer management, advocacy, personal growth and leadership! The conference will challenge you to engage your local community, administrators, businesses leaders and everyone you meet. At the 2013 ADC, workshops will lead you through the growth and leadership continuum and help you to find, develop and use your voice in advocating for agricultural education and FFA. At the conclusion of the conference, FFA Alumni will provide participating teachers a certificate of the number hours of workshops completed. This certificate can be provided with the conference agenda and workshop materials to your school district with request for continuing education credit.


Are your graduating seniors connected through FFA Link?
FFA Link is a new exclusive group of college students and young professionals ready to connect their love of agriculture with real world career skills. FFA Link will continue developing the leadership skills learned as FFA members and prepare members to apply them to their future career.

FFA Link Membership grants members five years of free membership to the National FFA Alumni Association, electronic communication, access to the Agriculture Career Network, FFA Alumni discounts, and opportunities to attend the National FFA Alumni Convention and annual FFA Alumni Development Conference.

Keep your graduating seniors connected, keep them engaged and keep them Forever Blue. Click here for more information.

FFA Alumni advocacy webinar to be held June 4
FFA Alumni FREE Advocacy webinar featuring Dr. Jeff Magee, Tuesday, June 4 @ 7:30 p.m. Register today while space is available!

May 13, 2013

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.
Upcoming EventsMay 21-24
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH
June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM
June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD
June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN
June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI
June 25-28
National Ag In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN
July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA
September 23–25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX
September 26
National Teach Ag Day
October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY
2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis, IN
Past IssuesMay 6
April 29
April 22
April 15
April 8
April 1
Quote for the Week“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
— Ralph Waldo Emmerson
MMM SubmissionsTo have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Hilary Parker, NAAE Communications/Marketing Assistant.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni Development Conference
Attention Teachers: Looking for summer continuing education credits? Attend the 2013 FFA Alumni Development Conference in Green Bay, Wis., July 17-21 to gain training on volunteer management, advocacy, personal growth and leadership! The conference will challenge you to engage your local community, administrators, businesses leaders and everyone you meet. At the 2013 ADC, workshops will lead you through the growth and leadership continuum and help you to find, develop and use your voice in advocating for agricultural education and FFA. At the conclusion of the conference, FFA Alumni will provide participating teachers a certificate of the number hours of workshops completed. This certificate can be provided with the conference agenda and workshop materials to your school district with request for continuing education credit. EARLY BIRD Registration closes May 15!



FFA Alumni Membership Deadlines are fast approaching!
Get your membership questions answered and members submitted by May 15!

NAAE

NAAE Professional State Association Award Application Now Available
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession.
Professional State Association award winners will be recognized at the 2013 NAAE Convention. For application details, click here.


State applications should be sent to their respective NAAE Regional Vice President postmarked no later than September 1, 2013.



International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health Conference Announced

The International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH), an organization dedicated to the professional development of individuals interested in agricultural safety and health, providing national and international leadership in preventing agricultural injuries and illnesses to our agricultural community, will hold its annual conference June 23-27 in Sandusky, Ohio.Topics of discussion will include perceptions of ag-related injury risks to youth, a population-based study of ATV exposure in rural Iowa, lessons learned from a blogging (social media) project, Canadian national farm safety strategy and more.For more information or to register for the conference, please visit this link. Early bird registration ends May 15th!



Pork Plant Video Tour with Temple Grandin: Watch Online or Request Free DVD Copy
The American Meat Institute has released a second video as part of its Glass Walls Project, an effort to show anyone who is interested what happens in meat processing plants. It's a video tour of what happens at a pork processing plant, narrated by Dr. Temple Grandin. You can watch the video and download the companion brochure for printing at on AMI’s website. AMI will also provide a complimentary DVD copy of the video to any ag teacher who requests it. To obtain a DVD copy, email Janet Riley, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Member Services, American Meat Institute.
You can also visit AMI’s website to watch the first Glass Walls video with Dr. Grandin (a video tour of a beef packing plant).



Communities of Practice

CAST
The winner of the Borlaug CAST Communication Award is announced, and the Farm Bill might come out of hibernation in D.C. soon. Check updates on current ag topics plus the Peterson Brothers have yet another video — makes you wonder how they get any farming done. Click here to read Friday Notes, the weekly online newsletter from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST); now available for free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

FFA
2013 Scholarship Results Are In
In 2013, 125 businesses and individuals provided approximately $2.1 million in scholarship dollars. The National FFA Organization had 6,116 students apply and awarded 1,645 scholarships.

Results are now available here. A link to the 2013 scholarship results is located under “What’s New.” Results are listed first by the state in which the high school is located, then alphabetically by the student’s last name.

Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May. Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1, 2013 should email this account.

 

Information for the 2014 scholarship program will be available on the FFA website beginning November 15, 2013.

 

DEKALB Announces Return of its Agricultural Accomplishment Award for 2014
After receiving much encouraging feedback, DEKALB is pleased to announce the longstanding DEKALB® Agricultural Accomplishment Award will be returning in 2014. This award has honored high school seniors across the United States who have shown outstanding performance in scholarship, leadership and agricultural work experience. DEKALB is truly humbled by the strong desire that has been expressed to preserve this highly-respected award.

The program will be fully reinstated beginning in 2014 and details about the nomination process will be communicated at a later time.

Through this award, they look forward to the opportunity to continue working with the FFA to recognize America’s ag leaders of the future.


FFA Teams with Agricultural Experience Tracker to Enhance AgCN for FFA Members
FFA has partnered with a nationwide system to help FFA members document their classroom achievements, pursue experiential learning opportunities and compile their individual accomplishments in pursuit of national awards. To learn more, click here.

 

It Pays to Go Green!
The Living to Serve: Environmental Grant is available now (click here for more information). Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing projects that address local environmental needs.

Applications are due June 12, 2013. Project topics include, but are not limited to:

• Wildlife conservation
• Land preservation
• Environmental education and stewardship
• Recycling and composting

Informational webinars will be held every Thursday until the grant is due! To register for a webinar or view additional information, visit this website.

NASDCTEc
National Career Clusters Institute to be Held in Fort Worth June 10-12
Registration is now open for the National Career Clusters Institute, an annual summer event that offers a range of seminars and workshops highlighting model CTE programs across the country that are aligned to the National Career Clusters Framework. This is an ideal conference for instructors — both Career Technical Educators and Academic Educators — as well as administrators, superintendents, leaders and counselors to improve strategies and programs to help students succeed.

Sessions and hands-on workshops cover timely subjects ranging from programs of study to cross-curricular collaboration and other important leading-edge approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. More than 70 breakouts sessions are held throughout the event, including Mapping Pathways to Career Success, Criteria for High Quality CTE Programs, Building Strategic Alliances with Business/Industry, Career Guidance and Success, Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) and Secondary and Postsecondary Best Practices.

Click here for more information, and please pass this along to any interested personnel in your programs. CEU credits are also available for institute attendance.

ACTE
ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2013 Set for December
Registration is now open for ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2013, scheduled for Dec. 4-7 in Las Vegas. Click here for details about the event or to register.

NFRBMEA
Early Bird Registration Extended Through May 16
The NFRBMEA's National Farm Business Management Conference will be held near Kansas City, Mo., June 9-13. Early bird registration has been extended through May 16, and the reduced hotel rate is good through today only. Click here for more details.

May 6, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


May 21-24
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH


June 16-19

NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM


June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI


June 25-28
National Ag In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 23–25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014

January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice
Indianapolis, IN

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"Education is not filling a pail, but lighting a fire."-William Butler Yeats


MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch, NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

NAAE

Animal Production and Environmental Stewardship
Looking for research-based curriculum materials to teach environmental and natural resource concepts? These free teaching packages provide materials developed by university specialists based on current events and pressing issues in agriculture today. For your convenience, they are all cross-referenced to AFNR Career Content Cluster Standards. The materials include editable Power Points, videos, discussion questions, student worksheets, lesson plans, evaluations, references and hands-on activities to teach about manure management, environmental policy statements, water quality regulations, greenhouse gases and managing manure nutrients.  Please click the following links to learn more:


Call for Proposals – 2013 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops
NAAE is accepting proposals for workshops to be presented at the 2013 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, December 3-7, 2013, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Submissions are due June 3. See requested topics and download the proposal form.


NAAE Award Applications Due Next Wednesday 5/15
The deadline is fast approaching to submit your 2013 NAAE award application. We have categories ranging from scholarships to lifetime achievement and everything in between. Go to applications.


Standout Program: Blue Mountain Community College
Nestled at the base of the Blue Mountains in eastern Oregon, Blue Mountain Community College has one of only three postsecondary two-year agriculture programs in the state. BMCC's three agriculture instructors have built a well-rounded program with first-class instruction, a focus on hands-on, practical education and strong community support. The result is one of the top postsecondary agricultural education programs in the United States. Read more and see a slideshow here.


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FFA

It Pays to Go Green!

The Living to Serve: Environmental Grant is available now (click here for more information). Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing projects that address local environmental needs. Applications are due June 12, 2013. Project topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Wildlife conservation
  • Land preservation
  • Environmental education and stewardship
  • Recycling and composting

Informational webinars will be held every Thursday until the grant is due! To register for a webinar or view additional information, visit this website.

176 more days…
…until the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo begins in Louisville, Ky! Now’s a good time to start (or continue) planning for the biggest annual student gathering in the world. Visit this website to learn the latest, including band, chorus and talent applications, housing details and more. This just in: The convention and expo has been named one of the fastest-growing expo events in the country. Click here to read more.

Now available online: The Official FFA Manual
Learn everything you need to know about FFA — its history, bylaws, constitution and more — with the revised Official FFA Manual. Click here to access the manual in both English and Spanish for free.


Deadline reminder
The postmark deadline for Honorary American FFA Degree, VIP Award and the Distinguished Service Citation nominations is June 15. Contact Crystal Hart, 317-802-4319 or via email for details.

FFA Alumni

National FFA Alumni, don't miss tomorrow evening's webinar with Dr. Jeff Magee!
With graduation just around the corner, now is the perfect time to talk about retention not only of those graduating members but their parents, grandparents, etc. How can we retain members effectively? Click here to register for On-boarding New Members for Maximum Value Proposition & Ensuring You Evolve to be Relevant 24/7/Retention, held at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.


FFA Alumni Development Conference
Attention Teachers: Looking for summer continuing education credits? Attend the 2013 FFA Alumni Development Conference in Green Bay, Wis., July 17-21 to gain training on volunteer management, advocacy, personal growth and leadership! The conference will challenge you to engage your local community, administrators, businesses leaders and everyone you meet. At the 2013 ADC, workshops will lead you through the growth and leadership continuum and help you to find, develop and use your voice in advocating for agricultural education and FFA. At the conclusion of the conference, FFA Alumni will provide participating teachers a certificate of the number hours of workshops completed. This certificate can be provided with the conference agenda and workshop materials to your school district with request for continuing education credit. EARLY BIRD Registration closes May 15!


FFA Alumni Membership Deadlines are fast approaching!
Get your membership questions answered and members submitted by May 15!

CAST

Women farmers are becoming more numerous, and snow hinders spring planting. Check updates on current ag topics plus the Peterson Brothers' new video via Friday Notes from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, which now is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).