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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

March 30, 2020

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA

FFA Scholarships Update
This year’s scholarship recipients will receive a notification via email on May 1, as well as a written notification by May 15. The award letter will also provide information on how to call in to accept the scholarship if a student does not have access to the Internet. Visit FFA.org/Scholarships for up-to-date information.

Living to Serve Chapter Challenge – Now Open to Individuals
Service and volunteerism are more critical than ever during this nationwide crisis. You can still provide service while practicing social distancing. To ensure that the needs of our friends and neighbors are being met, the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge is now open to individuals to log their service hours, share their stories and inspire others to take action. For resources, visit FFA.org/ChallengeAccepted.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants Extended
To support FFA chapters that are still meeting virtually or in small groups, FFA will be leaving the Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants open to support local service efforts. The first of each month, the local engagement team will review submitted applications for funding up to $400. Apply now at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

Two Valuable Virtual Resources Available
Looking to make connections between careers, FFA, supervised agricultural experiences, and the industry throughout the entire Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Value Chain? Check out this newest resource that highlights each step of the AFNR Value Chain and connects students with current content and careers. 

 

If you want more about the agricultural process and sustainability throughout the value chain, check out the brand newSustainability in Agriculture Lesson Series, sponsored by Valent, to help students understand how sustainability plays an essential role throughout agriculture

Virtual National Ag Day Resources Now Online
The virtual National Ag Day training resources are available for advisors and state staff to use. The videos and handouts from each session can be found here. Videos are available for download and streaming. Topics include advocacy, government interactions, building your story and elevator pitch, as well as a review of the agriculture, food and natural resources value chain.

Committee Members Needed
The SAE awards and grants committee is seeking two new members with strong backgrounds in supervised agricultural experiences and SAE-based programs. FFA state staff, chapter advisors, teacher educators, alumni and supporters are welcome. If interested, review the position description and submit a resume and letter of interest no later than April 15 to Brett Evans.

FFA Alumni

FFA Educational Enrichment Program
Looking for online learning opportunities? Students and Alumni members can use the FFA Educational Enrichment Program for a free $300 value college planning session and access to discounted online courses transferrable to over 1,000 colleges and universities. To learn more, visit www.Pearson.com/FFA.

NAAE

NAAE Professional Development Online Series: 
Tuesday, March 31st, 1:30 PM EASTERN TIME

Using AET to grade your students SAE projects Online and Reports to Share with Your School Admin! Presenter: Dr. Roger Hanagriff, Texas A&M University Kingsville

Need a way during this isolation experiment to review your student's SAEs and give them some feedback....while at the same time documenting your efforts for your school administration?  We have got a system for you!  This session will cover how you can review your student's SAE plan, records, and their annual reflection and quickly connect online to review their project. This process also allows you to review SAE skills they have recorded and provided them an assessment on each academic skill, which also creates a teacher journaled SAE visit that you can print and share with your CTE leadership to illustrate how you are working with your students.  We will also plan for questions on other topics, so be sure to attend! Register for this free online professional development!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Apply to be a National Teach Ag Ambassador!
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 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 25-30 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here to apply by April 10th!

Full Access to AgEdNet.com!
With schools suspending classes in response to the COVID-19 situation, we know that many will most likely be scrambling for online and remote resources for your students. We can only imagine how stressful this must be. We want to help you and all students any way we can.

To provide support during this difficult time we will provide full access to AgEdNet.com to all agriculture programs across United States. We will provide this free access through Thursday, April 30. This will be unlimited and simultaneous access for you and your students anywhere you have internet access. Use the resources in whatever way helps you the most. Our only request is that our offer is not abused and at the end of this period you delete all downloaded material.

Click here complete the download and passwords will be sent to you.

NAAE Virtual Book Club Is Kicking Off Early!
The NAAE Virtual Book Club will start on April 15th this year. Get ready to explore the unknown as we read Marching Off the Map, by Tim Elmore. The book’s tagline is “Inspire Students to Navigate a Brand New World” – this is sure to be timely and relevant, you won’t want to miss it! Together we will traverse the uncharted territory where this current generation lives, and set sail for success on this educational adventure. You will have the opportunity to earn up to 12 hours of professional development credit, as well as connect and share resources with ag teachers across the country. Visit the NAAE Virtual Book Club page on Communities of Practice for more information on how to register and join the group, as well as book purchasing options. Feel free to reach out to Sarah Warren if you have any questions!

ACTE Ag Education Division Vice President Election Coming Up!
Fellow Ag Educators, we are seeking nominations from AAAE members who are willing to serve as the ACTE Ag Education Division Vice President on the ACTE Board of Directors. This will be a 3-year term that begins in July of 2021. 

If you have any question please contact Scott Stone

Award Application Extended to June 1
NAAE has extended their 2020 award applications to June 1st. You can find our applications on the awards page of our website. Click here to apply!

NAAE Online/Distance Learning Communities of Practice
As we enter a new era in education, we are faced with learning new ways to teach our students overnight.  We have worked to develop an place where ag teachers can go to find resources for online/distant learning.   As you find resources that would be helpful for other ag teachers, please share in this community because we are better when we work together. 

#NAAEBetterTogether

Bloom for Good Wants to Work with Your Local FFA Chapter!

Bloom for Good is partnering with the National FFA to support ag programs. This is a great opportunity for local chapters, as 70 percent of the proceeds will go directly back into your local chapter. Your chapter can buy the cards for $3, sell them for $10 and with 30 days before the the money is due back to Bloom, you would not have to pay any up front fees!

The cards will have access to over 370,000 vendors across the country, a $100 travel voucher through the travel program and if your local area doesn’t have many options available, the local restaurants and vendors can be added at no cost.

“Bloom believes in the future of agriculture and in the future of our local agriculture departments and developed this program to help provide financial stability to chapters across the country.”

If you would like to learn more, please click this link to watch a video!

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please click this link!

Free webinar:  Delivering Activities from Bovine Curriculum Online
Join us on Thursday, April 2 at 2pm CST to discover engaging ways to teach your students the basics of bovine digestion, proper AI technique and proper injection sites– without leaving your computer. In this free, 45-minute webinar, Realityworks Product Manager Jamey McIntosh will review lessons from 3 of our bovine learning aids -- but you don't need the learning aids to benefit from this presentation. You’ll receive the handouts and activities you need to facilitate the lesson for an e-learning environment. You’ll also learn how each model or simulator can be used to add a hands-on learning component if desired. Learn more and register 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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
The Farm Cadets of New York
Many schools have canceled classes for an indefinite period of time because of the coronavirus outbreak. There was another era when students were excused from school for an extended period of time. The reason for the lapse in school was not because of health concerns; it was to work in agriculture to produce food during World War I. In this Friday… Read more here

CAST

Work-from-home situations can turn into doggone fun interruptions.

*** Friday, March 27, 2020:  Spring blooms arrive as pandemic gloom sets in; the CAST blog provides links about misinformation, food safety, and education; and work-from-home goes to the dogs. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 23, 2020

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

Award Application Extended to June 1
NAAE has extended their 2020 award applications to June 1st. You can find our applications on the awards page of our website. Click here to apply!

NAAE Online/Distance Learning Communities of Practice
As we enter a new era in education, we are faced with learning new ways to teach our students overnight.  We have worked to develop an place where ag teachers can go to find resources for online/distant learning.   As you find resources that would be helpful for other ag teachers, please share in this community because we are better when we work together. 

#NAAEBetterTogether

NAAE Professional Development Online Series: Using Volunteers to Keep Your Program on Target
Presenter: Rachel Sauvola, New Richmond High School, Wisconsin

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 1:30 PM Eastern time

During these times, ag educators are challenged to keep our programs growing. From greenhouses that need watered to learning labs that need attention. How can we keep it all together and not stress ourselves in the meantime. Come hear from Rachel Sauvola, ag teacher from New Richmond School District, on how using volunteers to relieve stress and the work load. This webinar topic can assist you now in the online/distance learning era but also as we get back to our new norm in the future. Click here to register to attend and earn professional development!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Full Access to AgEdNet.com!
With schools suspending classes in response to the COVID-19 situation, we know that many will most likely be scrambling for online and remote resources for your students. We can only imagine how stressful this must be. We want to help you and all students any way we can.

To provide support during this difficult time we will provide full access to AgEdNet.com to all agriculture programs across United States. We will provide this free access through Thursday, April 30. This will be unlimited and simultaneous access for you and your students anywhere you have internet access. Use the resources in whatever way helps you the most. Our only request is that our offer is not abused and at the end of this period you delete all downloaded material.

Click here complete the download and passwords will be sent to you.

NAAE Virtual Book Club Is Kicking Off Early!
The NAAE Virtual Book Club will start on April 15th this year. Get ready to explore the unknown as we read Marching Off the Map, by Tim Elmore. The book’s tagline is “Inspire Students to Navigate a Brand New World” – this is sure to be timely and relevant, you won’t want to miss it! Together we will traverse the uncharted territory where this current generation lives, and set sail for success on this educational adventure. You will have the opportunity to earn up to 12 hours of professional development credit, as well as connect and share resources with ag teachers across the country. Visit the NAAE Virtual Book Club page on Communities of Practice for more information on how to register and join the group, as well as book purchasing options. Feel free to reach out to Sarah Warren if you have any questions!

ACTE Ag Education Division Vice President Election Coming Up!
Fellow Ag Educators, we are seeking nominations from AAAE members who are willing to serve as the ACTE Ag Education Division Vice President on the ACTE Board of Directors. This will be a 3-year term that begins in July of 2021. 

The timeline is as follows:

  • Nominations for the election will begin April 1.  All nominations are accepted through the ACTE awards portal.  
  • Nominations for the election are due June 15. After ACTE receives all the applications we will review them for completeness and send you information on the next steps for your Region/Division nominating committee review process.  
  • In July your Region/Division nominating committees will interview all eligible nominees and select your slate in accordance with your policy manual. 
  • The final slates will be submitted by August 15.  
  • Voting will take place from December 4-January 4.

If you have any question please contact Scott Stone

FFA

National Ag Day Is March 24
In conjunction with National Ag Day, National FFA will provide virtual webinars on Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 24. Monday’s sessions will begin at 1 p.m. EDT and will include how to advocate and why it’s important; interacting with government officials; and how to build an elevator pitch. Tuesday’s sessions will focus on storytelling and identifying the audience you want to communicate with and give an in-depth look at the agriculture, food and natural resources value chain. Click here for more information about each session, including times and login details.

Resources Ideal for Your Virtual Classroom
Need quick lesson plans, videos, and worksheets? Check out this document that summarizes some of our top, free educator resources. You can also access an online version of the Official FFA Student Handbook free. The handbook is available alongside digital editions of our FFA New Horizons magazines or via PDF download. And, don’t forget to visit our online video center for videos to use in the classroom, including the new FFA New Horizons Video Library that features videos to go with popular magazine stories.

Committee Members Needed
The SAE awards and grants committee is seeking two new members with strong backgrounds in supervised agricultural experiences and SAE-based programs. FFA state staff, chapter advisors, teacher educators, alumni and supporters are welcome. If interested, review the position description and submit a resume and letter of interest no later than April 15 to Brett Evans.

Amended Washington Leadership Conference Cancellation Policy
All plans for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) remain intact at this time. However, we have amended the previous 60-day cancellation policy. All registrants may now cancel for a full refund of WLC registration cost minus deposit up to 30 days in advance of their registered week. For WLC Week 1 that begins June 2, this means full refunds minus deposit are available until Tuesday, May 3. This amended 30-day timeline applies to all weeks of WLC and is based on each week’s check-in date.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants – Always Open
What needs in your community could your FFA chapter address with a $400 Day of Service Mini-Grant? Middle school, high school and alumni chapters can apply today at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants. Applications are reviewed on the first day of every month with award notification by the 15th.

Sign Up to Be a Judge
Are you interested in serving as a judge for National FFA competitive events, awards, or supervised agricultural experience grants? Fill out this form to express your interest in online and on-site opportunities.

FFA Alumni

FFA Educational Enrichment Program
Looking for online learning opportunities? Students and Alumni members can use the FFA Educational Enrichment Program for a free $300 value college planning session and access to discounted online courses transferrable to over 1,000 colleges and universities. To learn more, visit www.Pearson.com/FFA.

Bloom for Good Wants to Work with Your Local FFA Chapter!

Bloom for Good is partnering with the National FFA to support ag programs. This is a great opportunity for local chapters, as 70 percent of the proceeds will go directly back into your local chapter. Your chapter can buy the cards for $3, sell them for $10 and with 30 days before the the money is due back to Bloom, you would not have to pay any up front fees!

The cards will have access to over 370,000 vendors across the country, a $100 travel voucher through the travel program and if your local area doesn’t have many options available, the local restaurants and vendors can be added at no cost.

“Bloom believes in the future of agriculture and in the future of our local agriculture departments and developed this program to help provide financial stability to chapters across the country.”

If you would like to learn more, please click this link to watch a video!

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please click this link!

COVID-19 Updates From NAAE and FFA

Dear NAAE Colleagues:

In these extraordinary times, we are all facing many challenges. I wanted to reach out with a brief note about how NAAE is serving you in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak... click here to read more.

Dear Board Members, State Staff, Teachers and National FFA Staff,

The bulk of this week has been occupied by plans around COVID-19 and our response to the coronavirus. Our heart goes out to the individuals and families impacted by the virus. Despite everyone’s concerns over cancellations and postponements, I would ask that we keep the health and welfare of our neighbors and ourselves at the forefront. The list of school closings and state FFA convention cancellations/postponements is becoming quite long. The situation is very fluid, as you know, and things can change rapidly. As of now, we have taken the following actions in response to the pandemic:... click here to read more.

Free soft skills guide: 5 Ideas for Incorporating Soft Skills Into Any Classroom
Whatever career path your students chose, soft skills like communication, problem-solving and teamwork are vital for job success. We partnered with subject matter experts to assemble 5 ideas for incorporating soft skill lessons into your classroom, no matter what you teach. This free guide also includes 5 unique posters focused on the most desired soft skills in the workforce today. Get your soft skills guide 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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Three Boys Ranch Alumni
Last week we learned about Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. This Friday we will learn about three boys who were residents at the Boys Ranch. Our guest columnist today is Chanda Neal, an agriculture teacher at Como-Pickton High School in Texas. She is a graduate of Tarleton State University and was an intern with the Texas FFA Foundation. She wrote the…Read more here

CAST

As education goes into a distance-learning mode, check Friday Notes for helpful links.

*** Friday, March 20, 2020:  Science, agriculture, and education enter a pandemic zone; CAST provides helpful links in this coronavirus era; and penguins take over the museum. 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 16, 2020

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

2020

March 30 - April 1
ACTE National Policy Seminar

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

COVID-19 Updates From NAAE and FFA

Dear NAAE Colleagues:

In these extraordinary times, we are all facing many challenges. I wanted to reach out with a brief note about how NAAE is serving you in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak... click here to read more.

Dear Board Members, State Staff, Teachers and National FFA Staff,

 

The bulk of this week has been occupied by plans around COVID-19 and our response to the coronavirus. Our heart goes out to the individuals and families impacted by the virus. Despite everyone’s concerns over cancellations and postponements, I would ask that we keep the health and welfare of our neighbors and ourselves at the forefront. The list of school closings and state FFA convention cancellations/postponements is becoming quite long. The situation is very fluid, as you know, and things can change rapidly. As of now, we have taken the following actions in response to the pandemic:... click here to read more.

FFA

Amended Washington Leadership Conference Cancellation Policy
All plans for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) remain intact at this time. However, we have amended the previous 60-day cancellation policy. All registrants may now cancel for a full refund of WLC registration cost minus deposit up to 30 days in advance of their registered week. For WLC Week 1 that begins June 2, this means full refunds minus deposit are available until Tuesday, May 3. This amended 30-day timeline applies to all weeks of WLC and is based on each week’s check-in date.

Check Out This Sustainability in Agriculture Lesson Series
Sustainability in agriculture is a critical topic for youth today to understand. Use this exciting new lesson series, sponsored by Valent USA, to teach students about how sustainability in agriculture is infused within all parts of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Value Chain.

New Resource Now Available: AFNR Value Chain
Looking to make connections between careers, FFA, supervised agricultural experiences, and the industry throughout the entire AFNR Value Chain? Check out this new resourcethat highlights each step of the AFNR Value Chain and connects students with current content and careers.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants – Always Open
What needs in your community could your FFA chapter address with a $400 Day of Service Mini-Grant? Middle school, high school and alumni chapters can apply today atFFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants. Applications are reviewed on the first day of every month with award notification by the 15th.

Congrats to Our Chapter Challenge February Winners
Join these amazing FFA chapters in our challenge to complete 930,000 volunteer hours by this year’s National FFA Convention & Expo. Log your service hours, get recognized, and inspire others!

  • Mount Pleasant FFA members in North Carolina aided in clean-up efforts of several homes that were devastated by a recent tornado.
  • Riverdale FFA members in Tennessee made, baked, and delivered bags of treats to the local animal shelter to kick off National FFA Week.

SAE Video of the Week
FFA member Sam Mills from Chiefland FFA in Florida knows a thing or two about pine straw thanks to his family’s business and a successful supervised agricultural experience baling it.

Register for WLC
Registration for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is now open. Several weeks in June are sold out, but there are still spots available in July for this life-changing experience. We do maintain a waitlist for this conference if the week you want to attend is full. VisitFFA.org/wlc to register and learn more about the conference. Direct questions to wlc@ffa.org.

Sign Up to Be a Judge
Are you interested in serving as a judge for National FFA competitive events, awards, or supervised agricultural experience grants? Fill out this form to express your interest in online and on-site opportunities.

Get Free Chapter Medals
The Free Chapter Medals Program officially ended in 2018-19, but free chapter medals and certificates are still available while supplies last. Visit here to learn more.

FFA Alumni

FFA Educational Enrichment Program
Looking for online learning opportunities? Students and Alumni members can use the FFA Educational Enrichment Program for a free $300 value college planning session and access to discounted online courses transferrable to over 1,000 colleges and universities. To learn more, visit www.Pearson.com/FFA.

NAAE

Now Open: STEM-t Up 2.0
STEM-it Up 2.0: Everything you need to know to get your Floriculture Curriculum in Bloom is looking for outstanding horticulture, floriculture, and plant science agriscience teachers!

STEM-it Up 2.0 is a three-day professional development seminar which includes content focused on STEM laboratory investigations in floriculture, curriculum on STEM in the plant science industries and careers, floral design techniques, plant and environmental science research laboratory visits, and industry tours. Teachers will learn from experienced teacher educators and scientists in the field of plant and environmental science, interact with industry experts, and spend time touring companies to gain a deeper understanding of the floral industry. Apply here!

State and University-level Teach Ag Ambassador Resources NOW AVAILABLE!
Looking to start your own Teach Ag Ambassador Program at the state or university level? The National Teach Ag Campaign has compiled a number of resources to help you get started, just click here. Contact Andrea Fristoe, Program Manager, for more information and to schedule a training for your program!

2020 Teach Ag Kit Host 
Teachers and teacher educators interested in being one of the many Teach Ag Day kit host sites for the 2020 National Teach Ag Day celebration are encouraged to submit their interest at this link no later than April 5, 2020. Selected sites will receive a celebration kit, valued at $100, to use on September 17 to engage directly with the National Teach Ag Day live webcast. Go to the interest link for more details. We are looking for at least 100 secondary and post-secondary sites, preferably one in every state.

2020 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 Digital Learning/Certification Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

Bloom for Good Wants to Work with Your Local FFA Chapter!

Bloom for Good is partnering with the National FFA to support ag programs. This is a great opportunity for local chapters, as 70 percent of the proceeds will go directly back into your local chapter. Your chapter can buy the cards for $3, sell them for $10 and with 30 days before the the money is due back to Bloom, you would not have to pay any up front fees!

The cards will have access to over 370,000 vendors across the country, a $100 travel voucher through the travel program and if your local area doesn’t have many options available, the local restaurants and vendors can be added at no cost.

“Bloom believes in the future of agriculture and in the future of our local agriculture departments and developed this program to help provide financial stability to chapters across the country.”

If you would like to learn more, please click this link to watch a video!

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please click this link!

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Cal Farley's Boys Ranch
You probably were not aware of an underlying theme in the last two Friday Footnotes. The Farm Boy Cavaliers, even though they were found in 30 states, got their start and was based in Minnesota. Last week we learned about the West Virginia FFA Ham, Bacon, and Egg Show and Sale. Today we are going to visit a unique agricultural education program… Read more here

CAST

Coronavirus ripple effects lead to a tidal wave of societal changes.

*** Friday, March 13, 2020:  Coronavirus shockwaves spread wide—including effects on science, agriculture, and education. Food safety links, ag research stories, and Pi Day gives us a chance to be irrational. 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 9, 2020

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

2020

March 30 - April 1
ACTE National Policy Seminar

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

Bloom for Good Wants to Work with Your Local FFA Chapter!

Bloom for Good is partnering with the National FFA to support ag programs. This is a great opportunity for local chapters, as 70 percent of the proceeds will go directly back into your local chapter. Your chapter can buy the cards for $3, sell them for $10 and with 30 days before the the money is due back to Bloom, you would not have to pay any up front fees!

The cards will have access to over 370,000 vendors across the country, a $100 travel voucher through the travel program and if your local area doesn’t have many options available, the local restaurants and vendors can be added at no cost.

“Bloom believes in the future of agriculture and in the future of our local agriculture departments and developed this program to help provide financial stability to chapters across the country.”

If you would like to learn more, please click this link to watch a video!

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please click this link!

NAAE

Now Open: STEM-t Up 2.0
STEM-it Up 2.0: Everything you need to know to get your Floriculture Curriculum in Bloom is looking for outstanding horticulture, floriculture, and plant science agriscience teachers!

STEM-it Up 2.0 is a three-day professional development seminar which includes content focused on STEM laboratory investigations in floriculture, curriculum on STEM in the plant science industries and careers, floral design techniques, plant and environmental science research laboratory visits, and industry tours. Teachers will learn from experienced teacher educators and scientists in the field of plant and environmental science, interact with industry experts, and spend time touring companies to gain a deeper understanding of the floral industry. Apply here!

State and University-level Teach Ag Ambassador Resources NOW AVAILABLE!
Looking to start your own Teach Ag Ambassador Program at the state or university level? The National Teach Ag Campaign has compiled a number of resources to help you get started, just
 click here. Contact Andrea Fristoe, Program Manager, for more information and to schedule a training for your program!

2020 Teach Ag Kit Host 
Teachers and teacher educators interested in being one of the many Teach Ag Day kit host sites for the 2020 National Teach Ag Day celebration are encouraged to submit their interest at this link no later than April 5, 2020. Selected sites will receive a celebration kit, valued at $100, to use on September 17 to engage directly with the National Teach Ag Day live webcast. Go to the interest link for more details. We are looking for at least 100 secondary and post-secondary sites, preferably one in every state.

2020 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 Digital Learning/Certification Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

FFA

Register for WLC
Registration for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is now open. Several weeks in June are sold out, but there are still spots available in July for this life-changing experience. We do maintain a waitlist for this conference if the week you want to attend is full. Visit FFA.org/wlc to register and learn more about the conference. Direct questions to wlc@ffa.org
.

Sign Up to Be a Judge
Are you interested in serving as a judge for National FFA competitive events, awards, or supervised agricultural experience grants? Fill out this form to express your interest in online and on-site opportunities.

Grants for Growing Applications Now Open
What could your FFA chapter do with $5,000? Grants for Growing, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, is a competitive grant program for middle and high school FFA chapters that are developing and improving project-based or experiential learning opportunities for students. Visit FFA.org/GrantsforGrowing to access the application and to find resources. The application closes May 1. Email questions to GFG@FFA.org

Log Your Hours for the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge
Did your FFA chapter host a service event during National FFA Week? Visit FFA.org/ChallengeAccepted and log your chapter’s service hours, share some photos, and tell us about the activity. Help FFA reach 930,000 service hours by this national convention. Also, check out the interactive map to see what state is leading in service hours. Nevada, Louisiana and Illinois are looking good.

Watch These New SAE Videos
Check out the newest SAE videos! New videos feature Tennessee FFA members showcasing their SAEs, ranging from agricultural mechanics to grapevine wreath-making.

Get Free Chapter Medals
The Free Chapter Medals Program officially ended in 2018-19, but free chapter medals and certificates are still available while supplies last. Visit here to learn more.

FFA Alumni

Regional Development Conferences
Ten free Regional Development Conferences will be held across the country in 2020 for teachers, alumni members or anyone interested in starting or developing an FFA Alumni and Supporters chapter. Registration is open now through March 15 for an RDC to be held in Wallingford, Connecticut March 27-28.  To register, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
The West Virginia FFA Ham, Bacon, and Egg Show and Sale
There are two major events that occur every year in March. Most of us are familiar with the March Madness basketball tournament. If you teach agriculture in West Virginia you would also associate the month of March with the State FFA Ham, Bacon and Egg Show. This event has been occurring every March since 1941 (with the exception of a couple of… Read more here

CAST

Young farmers use blogs, videos, and social media to explain “real life down on the far.

*** Friday, March 6, 2020:  Farmers and ranchers communicate about agriculture, the coronavirus affects universities, and the “world’s worst cat” almost shows a friendly side. 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 2, 2020

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

2020

March 30 - April 1
ACTE National Policy Seminar

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

FFA

Apply Now: National Teacher Ambassador for FFA
Want to become an expert on FFA educational resources and experiences? Now is the time to apply to be a National Teacher Ambassador for FFA! The deadline to apply is March 3.

WLC Registration Opens March 3rd
Visit FFA.org/wlc to make plans to attend the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) this summer. Registration opens March 3 at 6 p.m. EST. To learn more about WLC, check out this recent online FFA New Horizon’s article and video.

Get Free Chapter Medals
The Free Chapter Medals Program officially ended in 2018-19, but free chapter medals and certificates are still available while supplies last. Visit here to learn more.

Join the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge
During National FFA Week, chapters across the country engaged in service activities. Share how your chapter "lived to serve" by logging your service hours and help move your state up in the leader board. Nevada, Michigan and Alabama are leading the way. Find out more at FFA.org/ChallengeAccepted.

Earn a Day of Service Mini-Grant
The wonderful thing about service is that you can do it anytime! To help your chapter in their service efforts, the Living to Serve Day of Service grant is open all year. Visit FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants to apply and review resources to assist you. If you have questions, email LTS@FFA.org.

Three Circle Summit  Materials Available
Video recordings and PowerPoints from the Three Circle Summit in Indianapolis are now being published for all to view. Uploads of the content are ongoing and will be complete early next week

FFA Alumni

Regional Development Conferences
Ten free Regional Development Conferences will be held across the country in 2020 for teachers, alumni members or anyone interested in starting or developing an FFA Alumni and Supporters chapter. Registration is open now through March 15 for an RDC to be held in Wallingford, Connecticut March 27-28.  To register, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

NAAE

2020 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 Digital Learning/Certification Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

State and University-level Teach Ag Ambassador Resources NOW AVAILABLE!
Looking to start your own Teach Ag Ambassador Program at the state or university level? The National Teach Ag Campaign has compiled a number of resources to help you get started, just
 click here. Contact Andrea Fristoe, Program Manager, for more information and to schedule a training for your program!

2020 Teach Ag Kit Host 
Teachers and teacher educators interested in being one of the many Teach Ag Day kit host sites for the 2020 National Teach Ag Day celebration are encouraged to submit their interest at this link no later than April 5, 2020. Selected sites will receive a celebration kit, valued at $100, to use on September 17 to engage directly with the National Teach Ag Day live webcast. Go to the interest link for more details. We are looking for at least 100 secondary and post-secondary sites, preferably one in every state.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
The Farm Boy Cavaliers of America
How would you like to conduct an FFA or 4-H meeting with all the members on horseback? The Farm Boy Cavaliers of America (FBCA) did just that. One early youth organization for agriculture students that has been largely forgotten in the annals of agricultural education history is the Farm Boy Cavaliers of America. In this Friday Footnote, we will… Read more here

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

 

February 24, 2020

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

2020

February 26-28
ACTE Teach CTE
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

State and University-level Teach Ag Ambassador Resources NOW AVAILABLE!
Looking to start your own Teach Ag Ambassador Program at the state or university level? The National Teach Ag Campaign has compiled a number of resources to help you get started, just
 click here. Contact Andrea Fristoe, Program Manager, for more information and to schedule a training for your program!

2020 Teach Ag Kit Host 
Teachers and teacher educators interested in being one of the many Teach Ag Day kit host sites for the 2020 National Teach Ag Day celebration are encouraged to submit their interest at this link no later than April 5, 2020. Selected sites will receive a celebration kit, valued at $100, to use on September 17 to engage directly with the National Teach Ag Day live webcast. Go to the interest link for more details. We are looking for at least 100 secondary and post-secondary sites, preferably one in every state.

2020 CASE Institute Scholarships
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.

The deadline to apply is February 29th. Scholarship winners will be contacted in April. Click this link to view the complete CASE Institute schedule. To complete the 2020 CASE Institute Scholarship Application, visit this link. Please direct questions regarding this scholarship opportunity to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director.

2020 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 Digital Learning/Certification Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

Free Resource: On-demand Webinars From Realityworks
Looking to boost your knowledge on topics like teaching soft skills and increasing student engagement? Wondering what’s out there to help you update your agriculture program or teach new skills? Realityworks’ free, on-demand webinars could give you the information you need - at no cost, whenever you’re ready to watch. You can browse all of our archived webinars here: https://www.realityworks.com/webinars-agriculture/

 

FFA

FFA Week App Now Available
Get ready to celebrate National FFA Week with the official event app! Now available in the "FFA Events" app on iOS and Android, the FFA Week app includes schedules, an #FFAWeek social feed, planning resources and more to come. If you downloaded the app for the National FFA Convention & Expo, just tap the menu button and the home icon to select the FFA Week event.

Get Ready for Give FFA Day
We’re busy finalizing plans for Give FFA Day on Feb. 25. Mark your calendars and plan to join in the 24-hour celebration of support for FFA. Find tips and tools at FFA.org/GiveFFADay to help us spread the word. 

Three Circle Summit  Materials Available
Video recordings and PowerPoints from the Three Circle Summit in Indianapolis are now being published for all to view. Uploads of the content are ongoing and will be complete early next week.

New Safety Resources Available
Safety in Agriculture for Youth is a grant-funded resource through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop a sustainable and accessible national clearinghouse for agricultural safety and health curriculum. Use these resources to infuse safety within the classroom.

WLC Registration Opens March 3rd
Visit FFA.org/wlc to make plans to attend the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) this summer. Registration opens March 3 at 6 p.m. EST. To learn more about WLC, check out this recent online FFA New Horizon’s article and video.

Apply Now: National Teacher Ambassador for FFA
Want to become an expert on FFA educational resources and experiences? Now is the time to apply to be a National Teacher Ambassador for FFA!

“There are so many resources available through National FFA that I had no idea existed until I became a teacher ambassador…”

—Jillian Ford of North Carolina when asked about her experience as a first-year ambassador. 

The deadline to apply is March 3. To learn more about the ambassadors, check out this story on FFA.org.

FFA Alumni

Northern California Agriculture Travel Program
Join FFA Alumni and Supporters for an Agriculture Travel Program in Northern California May 30- June 7, 2020! See Fisherman’s Wharf, Muir Woods, Napa Valley, Blue Diamond Growers, Sun-Maid Raisins, Harris Ranch and more! Visit www.ffa.org/alumnibenefits or contact Agrotours for more information at 888-224-8687 or info@agrotours.com. Registration and deposit are due March 1, 2020! Reserve your spot today!

Regional Development Conferences
Ten free Regional Development Conferences will be held across the country in 2020 for teachers, alumni members or anyone interested in starting or developing an FFA Alumni and Supporters chapter. Registration is open now through March 15 for an RDC to be held in Wallingford, Connecticut March 27-28.  To register, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Creed Associated with the Extension Service
In this Friday Footnote we conclude our series about various creeds associated with our profession. Today we will look at several of the creeds associated with the Cooperative Extension Service. In the first Footnote of this series we learned of “The Country Boy’s Creed” written by Charles Osgood Grover. This creed was used with corn clubs and was… Read more here

CAST

finally, a rock emoji—except, what kind is it?

*** Friday, Feb. 21, 2020:  A new USDA initiative plans to boost ag production by 40% and cut its environmental footprint by half. Bees use more than sight to remember objects. Plus, scientists love emojis, but it's complicated. 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 17, 2020

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
  • Providinga forum for thought and direction
  • Focusingon academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2020

February 26-28
ACTE Teach CTE
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

FFA

FFA Week App Now Available
Get ready to celebrate National FFA Week with the official event app! Now available in the "FFA Events" app on iOS and Android, the FFA Week app includes schedules, an #FFAWeek social feed, planning resources and more to come. If you downloaded the app for the National FFA Convention & Expo, just tap the menu button and the home icon to select the FFA Week event.

Get Ready for Give FFA Day
We’re busy finalizing plans for Give FFA Day on Feb. 25. Mark your calendars and plan to join in the 24-hour celebration of support for FFA. Find tips and tools at FFA.org/GiveFFADay to help us spread the word. 

Check Out These Free Educational Resources
Looking for a complete list of the free National FFA educational resources?  We’ve got you covered.

Log Your Hours for the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge
Chapters across the country will be participating in service activities during National FFA Week. Share how your chapter “lived to serve” by logging your service hours, and your chapter will be entered to win exclusive chapter challenge T-shirts.  Check out the interactive map to see where your state is in helping FFA reach 930,000 volunteer hours this year!

WLC Registration Opens March 3rd
Washington Leadership Conference registration opens at 6 p.m. EST on March 3.  Visit the resources tab at the bottom of the WLC webpage to see the WLC schedule and other important information. Weeks 1 through 4 sell out quickly. Direct questions to wlc@ffa.org.

National Teacher Ambassador for FFA Application
Are you interested in training other teachers on FFA educational resources and experiences? Now is the time to apply to be a
 National Teacher Ambassador for FFA. The deadline to apply is March 3.

FFA Alumni

Northern California Agriculture Travel Program
Join FFA Alumni and Supporters for an Agriculture Travel Program in Northern California May 30- June 7, 2020! See Fisherman’s Wharf, Muir Woods, Napa Valley, Blue Diamond Growers, Sun-Maid Raisins, Harris Ranch and more! Visit www.ffa.org/alumnibenefits or contact Agrotours for more information at 888-224-8687 or info@agrotours.com. Registration and deposit are due March 1, 2020! Reserve your spot today!

Regional Development Conferences
Ten free Regional Development Conferences will be held across the country in 2020 for teachers, alumni members or anyone interested in starting or developing an FFA Alumni and Supporters chapter. Registration is open through Feb. 23 for the first RDC of the year which will be held in Loveland, Colorado March 6-7. Registration is also open through March 15 for an RDC to be held in Wallingford, Connecticut March 27-28.  Find out more at www.ffa.org/gotordc.

NAAE

2020 CASE Institute Scholarships
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.

The deadline to apply is February 29th. Scholarship winners will be contacted in April. Click this link to view the complete CASE Institute schedule. To complete the 2020 CASE Institute Scholarship Application, visit this link. Please direct questions regarding this scholarship opportunity to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director.

2020 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 Digital Learning/Certification Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

2020 Teach Ag Kit Host 
Teachers and teacher educators interested in being one of the many Teach Ag Day kit host sites for the 2020 National Teach Ag Day celebration are encouraged to submit their interest at this link no later than April 5, 2020. Selected sites will receive a celebration kit, valued at $100, to use on September 17 to engage directly with the National Teach Ag Day live webcast. Go to the interest link for more details. We are looking for at least 100 secondary and post-secondary sites, preferably one in every state.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
The Ag Teacher's Creed
Four weeks ago we learned in the early days of the FFA there were two competing creeds. Would you believe there were two creeds for agriculture teachers – sort of? The same person who wrote The Country Boy’s Creed (which was used by the FFA at one time), Edwin Osgood Grover, wrote The Teacher’s Creed in 1902. It is below. In the literature of the… Read more here.

CAST

Invasive carp get airborne in a Kentucky lake.

*** Friday, Feb. 14, 2020:  Hemp growers had a challenging year, but many are still optimistic. Budgets, farm incomes, and ag research—plus invasive carp, fragrant skunks, and a fight club for mice. 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 10, 2020

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
  • Providinga forum for thought and direction
  • Focusingon academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2020

February 26-28
ACTE Teach CTE
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

2020 Teach Ag Kit Host 
Teachers and teacher educators interested in being one of the many Teach Ag Day kit host sites for the 2020 National Teach Ag Day celebration are encouraged to submit their interest at this link no later than April 5, 2020. Selected sites will receive a celebration kit, valued at $100, to use on September 17 to engage directly with the National Teach Ag Day live webcast. Go to the interest link for more details. We are looking for at least 100 secondary and post-secondary sites, preferably one in every state.

Realityworks Expands Its Agriculture Product Line
We’re excited to announce the release of several brand-new learning aids for teaching key ag skills! New tools include a Calf Simulator, a Swine Breeder™ artificial insemination simulator, a Greenhouse Insect Models Kit and Hydroponics Educational Systems. Each learning aid was created to help instructors teach key skills, manage their classrooms and budget, and prepare students for growing careers in the agriculture industry.

You can learn more about Realityworks’ expanded product line by clicking here.

Deposits for the NAAE Tour of Scotland and Northern England are Due February 15th
Travel Internationally with NAAE, June 18-27, 2020, and earn professional development credit while networking with other ag educators from across the nation and globe.

To find out more and to plan your trip click this link!

The deadline is coming up for our Scotland and northern England tour. Deposits must be submitted by February 15, 2020.

February 15, 2020- $750 Non-Refundable deposit due

April 15, 2020- $2,000 remaining balance due

 

If you have any questions please contact Alex Thor at info@explorationsbythor.com or by calling 859.459.0500.

 

Regional Development Confrences
Ten free Regional Development Conferences will be held across the country in 2020 for teachers, alumni members or anyone interested in starting or developing an FFA Alumni and Supporters chapter. Registration is open through Feb. 23 for the first RDC of the year which will be held in Loveland, Colorado March 6-7. Registration is also open through March 15 for an RDC to be held in Wallingford, Connecticut March 27-28.  Find out more at www.ffa.org/gotordc.

2020 CASE Institute Scholarships
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.

The deadline to apply is February 29th. Scholarship winners will be contacted in April. Click this link to view the complete CASE Institute schedule. To complete the 2020 CASE Institute Scholarship Application, visit this link. Please direct questions regarding this scholarship opportunity to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director.

2020 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 Digital Learning/Certification Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

FFA

WLC Registration Opens March 3rd
Washington Leadership Conference registration opens at 6 p.m. EST on March 3.  Visit the resources tab at the bottom of the WLC webpage to see the WLC schedule and other important information. Weeks 1 through 4 sell out quickly. Direct questions to wlc@ffa.org.

Updated Constitution and Bylaws Now on FFA.org
We’ve posted the updated National FFA Constitution and National FFA Bylaws on FFA.org. This webpage also features the updated FFA Federal Charter. Be on the lookout in May for the 2020-21 Official FFA Manual in both English and Spanish. 

SAE Video of the Week
Watch as Nathan Gore from Chiefland FFA in Florida explains how to grow, harvest and produce mushrooms.

Join the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge
Is your FFA chapter planning to host a service day during National FFA Week? Be sure to log your service hours in the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge to help FFA reach 930,000 hours before the next convention and help your state move up the ranks. Right now, Alabama, Michigan and Nevada are leading the way! Visit FFA.org/ChallengeAccepted to participate.

Grants for Growing News
FFA Week is coming up, which means the FFA Paper Emblem Program will be in full force at Tractor Supply Company (TSC). FFA chapters can partner with their local TSC to help with the fundraising efforts that provide the funding for the Grants for Growing program. Find out more at FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing.

National Teacher Ambassador for FFA Application
Are you interested in training other teachers on FFA educational resources and experiences? Now is the time to apply to be a
 National Teacher Ambassador for FFA. The deadline to apply is March 3.

FFA Alumni

Northern California Agriculture Travel Program
Join FFA Alumni and Supporters for an Agriculture Travel Program in Northern California May 30- June 7, 2020! See Fisherman’s Wharf, Muir Woods, Napa Valley, Blue Diamond Growers, Sun-Maid Raisins, Harris Ranch and more! Visit www.ffa.org/alumnibenefits or contact Agrotours for more information at 888-224-8687 or info@agrotours.com. Registration and deposit are due March 1, 2020! Reserve your spot today!

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call, Arndt Farms is a family farm still operating more than 50 years after it was founded in Illinois by Ed Arndt, Sr. Now Ed's teenaged granddaughter Katie is stepping up to learn livestock farming and help the farm succeed, making her the fifth generation Arndt to practice farming. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Follow the Leader
When you were younger did you play "Follow the Leader"? If the leader jumped, you jumped. If the leader skipped, you skipped. And so forth. Would it surprise you to learn that most Vocational Student Organizations (VSOs, now known as CTSOs – Career and Technical Student Organizations) followed the leadership of the FFA in creating creeds.   The… Read more here

CAST

Some think cell cultivated tissue could soon be the meat in your sandwich.

*** Friday, Feb. 7, 2020:  Cultured tissue could lead to meat from a lab; the coronavirus spreads; an NC-State graduate sets space flight records; and Americans consume 1.4 billion Super Bowl chicken wings--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 3, 2020

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
  • Providinga forum for thought and direction
  • Focusingon academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2020

February 4-5
Three Circle Summit
Indianapolis, IN

February 26-28
ACTE Teach CTE
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

FFA

How to Use SAE for All in the Classroom
In need of resources to incorporate SAE for All in your curriculum?  Check out this link for teacher and student guides/activities.

Listen to FFA Today on Sirius
National FFA has a national radio show called "FFA Today," which airs Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. ET, and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET. You can listen to the show on Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM, SiriusXM Canada and the SiriusXM app. You can also catch individual segments on
 FFA.org.

Free FFA Week Resources Now Available
Looking for new ideas, resources and easy-to-implement templates for National FFA Week? Check out the new National FFA Week Implementation Guide as a Word doc or a PDF to help your chapter plan an exciting FFA Week in February 2020.

$1,200 Living to Serve Grant Now Open
FFA chapters can apply for up to $1,200 to support semester-long service-learning projects that address community needs in one of four focus areas: community safety; hunger, health and nutrition; environmental responsibility; and community engagement. Apply at FFA.org/livingtoserve/grants by Feb. 3, 2020. Email the Living to Serve team, lts@ffa.org, with questions.

Accept the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge
Join National FFA in our challenge to complete 930,000 volunteer hours by the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo. It is as easy as 1,2,3:

  1. See It– Empower yourself with knowledge.
  2. Solve It– Lead your chapter into action.
  3. Share It– Inspire others … share your story at FFA.org/ChallengeAccepted.
    Report impacts after each service event and be entered in a drawing to receive exclusive Living to Serve Chapter Challenge T-shirts.

FFA Alumni

Northern California Agriculture Travel Program
Join FFA Alumni and Supporters for an Agriculture Travel Program in Northern California May 30- June 7, 2020! See Fisherman’s Wharf, Muir Woods, Napa Valley, Blue Diamond Growers, Sun-Maid Raisins, Harris Ranch and more! Visit www.ffa.org/alumnibenefits or contact Agrotours for more information at 888-224-8687 or info@agrotours.com. Registration and deposit are due March 1, 2020! Reserve your spot today!

NAAE

National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Award Applications Due Today
Apply to be a 2020 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador.  Applications due February 3rd.  To find out more go to the NAAE website https://www.naae.org/profdevelopment/nataa.cfm. Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience™

Deposits for the NAAE Tour of Scotland and Northern England are Due February 15th
Travel Internationally with NAAE, June 18-27, 2020, and earn professional development credit while networking with other ag educators from across the nation and globe.

To find out more and to plan your trip click this link!

The deadline is coming up for our Scotland and northern England tour. Deposits must be submitted by February 15, 2020.

  • February 15, 2020- $750 Non-Refundable deposit due
  • April 15, 2020- $2,000 remaining balance due

If you have any questions please contact Alex Thor at info@explorationsbythor.com or by calling 859.459.0500.

External Communications Contractor
The contractor will be responsible for developing high quality and innovative communications that contribute to the NAAE brand and NAAE programs. The contractor will be responsible for providing whatever office space, equipment and software is needed to render the required services.

Click here to apply!

2020 CASE Institute Scholarships
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.

The deadline to apply is February 29th. Scholarship winners will be contacted in April. Click this link to view the complete CASE Institute schedule. To complete the 2020 CASE Institute Scholarship Application, visit this link. Please direct questions regarding this scholarship opportunity to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director.

2020 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 Digital Learning/Certification Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

2020 Teach Ag Kit Host 
Teachers and teacher educators interested in being one of the many Teach Ag Day kit host sites for the 2020 National Teach Ag Day celebration are encouraged to submit their interest at this link no later than April 5, 2020. Selected sites will receive a celebration kit, valued at $100, to use on September 17 to engage directly with the National Teach Ag Day live webcast. Go to the interest link for more details. We are looking for at least 100 secondary and post-secondary sites, preferably one in every state.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call, Arndt Farms is a family farm still operating more than 50 years after it was founded in Illinois by Ed Arndt, Sr. Now Ed's teenaged granddaughter Katie is stepping up to learn livestock farming and help the farm succeed, making her the fifth generation Arndt to practice farming. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
In The Room Where it Happened
In the hit Broadway play “Hamilton” there is a scene where Aaron Burr wonders what transpired “in the room where it happened“ referring to a secret meeting between Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. This Friday Footnote attempts to replicate that scene but instead looks at who was in the room where it happened (and what… Read more here

CAST

A company CEO bought a $6 million Super Bowl ad to thank the veterinarians who saved his dog’s life.

*** Friday, Jan. 31, 2020:  Food safety has changed since the “poison squad” days, the coronavirus causes a global alert, and “wicked smaht” Super Bowl ads include a tribute to veterinarians--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

 

January 27, 2020

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

2020

February 4-5
Three Circle Summit
Indianapolis, IN

February 26-28
ACTE Teach CTE
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

Deposits for the NAAE Tour of Scotland and Northern England are Due February 15th
Travel Internationally with NAAE, June 18-27, 2020, and earn professional development credit while networking with other ag educators from across the nation and globe.

To find out more and to plan your trip click this link!

The deadline is coming up for our Scotland and northern England tour. Deposits must be submitted by February 15, 2020.

  • February 15, 2020- $750 Non-Refundable deposit due
  • April 15, 2020- $2,000 remaining balance due

If you have any questions please contact Alex Thor at info@explorationsbythor.com or by calling 859.459.0500.

External Communications Contractor
The contractor will be responsible for developing high quality and innovative communications that contribute to the NAAE brand and NAAE programs. The contractor will be responsible for providing whatever office space, equipment and software is needed to render the required services.

Click here to apply!

NATAA Applications
Apply to be a 2020 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador.  Applications due February 3rd.  To find out more go to the NAAE website https://www.naae.org/profdevelopment/nataa.cfm. Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience™

2020 Teach Ag Kit Host 
Teachers and teacher educators interested in being one of the many Teach Ag Day kit host sites for the 2020 National Teach Ag Day celebration are encouraged to submit their interest at this link no later than April 5, 2020. Selected sites will receive a celebration kit, valued at $100, to use on September 17 to engage directly with the National Teach Ag Day live webcast. Go to the interest link for more details. We are looking for at least 100 secondary and post-secondary sites, preferably one in every state.

2020 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 Digital Learning/Certification Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador
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 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 25-30 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Follow this link to apply by April 10th!

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call, wine veterinarian Dr. Farruggio vaccinates calves against brucellosis which can cause a serious disease in humans called undulant fever. Watch the video here

Principles of Floral Design
Principles of Floral Design is a heavily-illustrated textbook that introduces the hands-on skills and theory required to begin a career as a floral designer. It begins by covering the floriculture industry and careers, the history of floriculture, and design principles and elements. The textbook then presents the various types of products used in floral designs, before progressing into common floral applications and events. Learn more here.

Friday Footnotes
The Failed Revisions of the FFA Creed
Typically, in the Friday Footnote, we describe events and activities that have occurred in the past. This week, we are going to look at something that did not happen – a major revision of the FFA Creed. In 1989-90 there was an attempt to replace the FFA Creed with a new Creed, but that effort failed. Why was there an effort to change the creed,… Read more here

FFA

How to Use SAE for All in the Classroom
In need of resources to incorporate SAE for All in your curriculum?  Check out this link for teacher and student guides/activities.

Listen to FFA Today on Sirius
National FFA has a national radio show called "FFA Today," which airs Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. ET, and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET. You can listen to the show on Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM, SiriusXM Canada and the SiriusXM app. You can also catch individual segments on
 FFA.org.

Free FFA Week Resources Now Available
Looking for new ideas, resources and easy-to-implement templates for National FFA Week? Check out the new National FFA Week Implementation Guide as a Word doc or a PDF to help your chapter plan an exciting FFA Week in February 2020.

$1,200 Living to Serve Grant Now Open
FFA chapters can apply for up to $1,200 to support semester-long service-learning projects that address community needs in one of four focus areas: community safety; hunger, health and nutrition; environmental responsibility; and community engagement. Apply at FFA.org/livingtoserve/grants by Feb. 3, 2020. Email the Living to Serve team, lts@ffa.org, with questions.

Accept the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge
Join National FFA in our challenge to complete 930,000 volunteer hours by the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo. It is as easy as 1,2,3:

  1. See It– Empower yourself with knowledge.
  2. Solve It– Lead your chapter into action.
  3. Share It– Inspire others … share your story at FFA.org/ChallengeAccepted.
    Report impacts after each service event and be entered in a drawing to receive exclusive Living to Serve Chapter Challenge T-shirts.

FFA Alumni

Northern California Agriculture Travel Program
Join FFA Alumni and Supporters for an Agriculture Travel Program in Northern California May 30- June 7, 2020! See Fisherman’s Wharf, Muir Woods, Napa Valley, Blue Diamond Growers, Sun-Maid Raisins, Harris Ranch and more! Visit www.ffa.org/alumnibenefits or contact Agrotours for more information at 888-224-8687 or info@agrotours.com. Registration and deposit are due March 1, 2020! Reserve your spot today!

CAST

Will coffeeholics take to the new “sustainable, tasty, molecular coffee”?

*** Friday, Jan. 24, 2020:  Scientific studies lead to contentious debates and several USDA rulings go into effect. University happenings, “molecular” coffee, and frozen iguanas falling out of trees--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

 

January 13, 2020

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
  • Providinga forum for thought and direction
  • Focusingon academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2019

February 4-5
Three Circle Summit
Indianapolis, IN

February 26-28
ACTE Teach CTE
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

NAAE

2020 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 Digital Learning/Certification Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

2020 Teach Ag Kit Host 
Teachers and teacher educators interested in being one of the many Teach Ag Day kit host sites for the 2020 National Teach Ag Day celebration are encouraged to submit their interest at this link no later than April 5, 2020. Selected sites will receive a celebration kit, valued at $100, to use on September 17 to engage directly with the National Teach Ag Day live webcast. Go to the interest link for more details. We are looking for at least 100 secondary and post-secondary sites, preferably one in every state.

Apply to be a 2020 Teach Ag Ambassador

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 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 25-30 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Follow this link to apply by April 10th!

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call, wine veterinarian Dr. Farruggio vaccinates calves against brucellosis which can cause a serious disease in humans called undulant fever. Watch the video here

Friday Footnotes
A Bad New Year
What better way to start a new year than with a visit from our friend Joe Scatterscrew? If you remember from some past Friday Footnotes, Joe is a fictitious agriculture teacher invented by E. V. Walton, a faculty member at Texas A & M. These stories were used in preparing agriculture teachers back in the 1950s.   With the advent of a new year,… Read more here

FFA

Deadline: 2020 National FFA Scholarship Application
Could any of your students use money for college? The National FFA Scholarship Application is now available at FFA.org/Scholarships. Access the application, view the timeline and identify resources that fit your needs. Just one application for multiple opportunities. The deadline to apply is Jan. 15, 2020.

Free FFA Week Resources Now Available
Looking for new ideas, resources and easy-to-implement templates for National FFA Week? Check out the new National FFA Week Implementation Guide as a Word doc or a PDF to help your chapter plan an exciting FFA Week in February 2020.

$1,200 Living to Serve Grant Now Open
FFA chapters can apply for up to $1,200 to support semester-long service-learning projects that address community needs in one of four focus areas: community safety; hunger, health and nutrition; environmental responsibility; and community engagement. Apply at FFA.org/livingtoserve/grants by Feb. 3, 2020. Email the Living to Serve team, lts@ffa.org, with questions.

Accept the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge
Join National FFA in our challenge to complete 930,000 volunteer hours by the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo. It is as easy as 1,2,3:

  1. See It– Empower yourself with knowledge.
  2. Solve It– Lead your chapter into action.
  3. Share It– Inspire others … share your story at FFA.org/ChallengeAccepted.
    Report impacts after each service event and be entered in a drawing to receive exclusive Living to Serve Chapter Challenge T-shirts.

FFA Alumni

Northern California Agriculture Travel Program
Join FFA Alumni and Supporters for an Agriculture Travel Program in Northern California May 30- June 7, 2020! See Fisherman’s Wharf, Muir Woods, Napa Valley, Blue Diamond Growers, Sun-Maid Raisins, Harris Ranch and more! Visit www.ffa.org/alumnibenefits or contact Agrotours for more information at 888-224-8687 or info@agrotours.com. Registration and deposit are due March 1, 2020! Reserve your spot today!

CAST

You could leave the 2020 CES tech fair with a futuristic tractor, a companion robot, and a communicative refrigerator.

*** Friday, Jan. 10, 2020:  The new year begins with tech and innovation; Australian bush fires affect humans, animals, and the environment; and we “drive thru” the top fast food stories of 2019--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

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