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Welcome to Wisconsin Association of FFA

Established in 1929, the Wisconsin Association of FFA is an association of the National FFA Organization whose mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Wisconsin has 250 FFA chapters statewide and over 20,000 members.

The FFA operates on local, state and national levels. Student members belong to chapters organized at the local school district. In order for a school district to charter and maintain an FFA chapter, there must be a certified licensed agricultural educator hired by the school district who then also serves as the chapter advisor.

FFA members are part of a total program in agricultural education, consisting of classroom instruction in agriculture, supervised agricultural experiences where students gain career skills and on the job training and leadership development through the FFA organization.

What's New and Upcoming

2017-2018 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events

2017 National FFA Convention Award Results

2017 Wisconsin American FFA Degree Recipients

2017 State FFA Officer Business and Industry Tour Summary

2018 National FFA Week Proclamation from Dr. Tony Evers, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

National FFA Fact Sheet

Correct Locations to Send FFA Payments

Wisconsin FFA Membership Recruitment Video

2018 FFA Farm Forum - February 16-17, Wisconsin Rapids
- Online Conference Details

2018 CO-OPS YES! Conference - March 5-6, Eau Claire
- Online Information and Registration

2018 EDGE Conference (Experiencing Discovery, Growth and Excellence) - March 23-24, Manitowoc
- Conference Details
- Conference Schedule
- Online EDGE Conference Registration

Spring 2018 FFA 212 Leadership Conference
- Conference Details
- Conference Objectives
- Conference Schedule
- Online 212 Conference Registration

State FFA Honors Band Application - Due February 12

State FFA Honors Chorus Application - Due February 12

2018 DISTRICT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT EVENT ONLINE REGISTRATION

2018 District Leadership Development Event Dates

List of Chapters By District and Section

2018 Wisconsin FFA Discussion Meet Topics

NEW! Parliamentary Procedure Rules

NEW! Parliamentary Procedure Demonstration Video

New! Parliamentary Procedure Scorecards I and 2

New! Parliamentary Procedure Scorecard 3

Parliamentary Procedure Judges Totals Score Sheet

2017-18 Wisconsin FFA SAE Grant Recipients

2017-18 Wisconsin FFA SAE Grant Final Report

Weekly FFA Center Newsletter

Wisconsin FFA Center's Weekly Newsletter

WISCONSIN FFA UPDATE - News In Brief
A weekly update on Wisconsin FFA activities from the Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.

For the week of January 15, 2018

1. 2018 Half-Time Conference
2. NEW DUE DATE for State FFA Agriscience Fair Applications
3. Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
4. Online FFA District Leadership Development Event Registration
5. District Leadership Development Event Reminders
6. 2018 FFA Farm Forum Registration Due January 20
7. Co-ops YES! Conference - March 5-6 - Mark Your Calendars!!
8. 2018 National FFA Scholarship Application is live!
9. Wisconsin FFA State Star Applicants - Applications Due February 6, 2017
10. American Degree Eligibility
11. Encourage Members to Apply for State FFA Honors Band or Chorus
12. Quote of the Week
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Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
January 15 District Speaking Contests Begin - Check listing attached and on Wisconsin FFA Website
Remember Online registration is due 2 weeks before your district contest.
January 18 Marshfield Parliamentary Procedure Invitational
January 19 Wisconsin FFA Farm Forum Registration Due
January 29-Feb. 1 National FFA Board Meeting - Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 8 CTSO Legislative Day - Madison
Feb. 9-10 Wisconsin FFA Alumni Convention - Appleton
Feb. 10 UW-Madison Collegiate FFA Hockey Extravaganza
Feb. 16 Co-ops YES! Conference Registration Due Online
Feb. 15-16 State FFA Board Meeting - Wisconsin Rapids
Feb. 16-17 FFA Farm Forum - Wisconsin Rapids
Feb. 18-24 National FFA Week

Upcoming District Leadership Development Events
Jan. 22 District 16 Leadership Development Event - Laconia
Jan. 22 District 23 Leadership Development Event- Pulaski
Jan. 24 District 15 Leadership Development Event - Wisconsin Heights
Jan. 24 District 18 Leadership Development Event - Mauston
Jan. 29 District 2 Leadership Development Event - Osceola
Jan. 29 District 4 Leadership Development Event - Baldwin-Woodville
Jan. 29 District 17 Leadership Development Event - Montello
Jan. 29 District 24 Leadership Development Event - Weyauwega-Fremont
Jan. 29 District 27 Leadership Development Event - Kiel
Jan. 29 District 28 Leadership Development Event - Beaver Dam
Jan. 31 District 9 Leadership Development Event - Royal
Jan. 31 District 11 Leadership Development Event - Potosi
Jan. 31 District 13 Leadership Development Event - Belleville

FFA Application Deadlines:
Feb. 1 National FFA Scholarship Applications - Submitted online to National FFA
Feb. 6 State FFA Degrees - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
Feb. 12 State FFA Honors Band and Chorus - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
Feb. 20 State FFA Proficiency Awards - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
March 6 American FFA Degrees - Postmarked Send to Wisconsin FFA
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2018 Half-Time Conference
Thank you to all who attended the 2018 Wisconsin FFA Half-Time Conference in Stevens Point. We are pleased that this conference provides opportunities not only for students but for advisors. Thank you to all the advisors that attended meetings and also participated in the advisor workshop on Saturday.
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NEW DUE DATE for State FFA Agriscience Fair Applications
The new due date for the State FFA Agriscience Fair Applications for students to compete at the State FFA Convention will be May 1. More information will be sent out to advisors with an updated application. Please note this on your calendars.
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Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
All students submitting award applications and participating in FFA events must be listed as active FFA members on chapter rosters - You will be asked to provide membership ID numbers where registering students. A review of membership will be done as students participate in events and submit applications. Students who are not members are considered ineligible. You can still add more members to your roster until March 1, 2018 but if the student is competing before that date, make sure they are entered into the National FFA Website before competing to obtain their ID number.

Do not enter in a generic membership number for your students. This is not acceptable. Please make sure to enter your student?s correct membership number when registering students for events.
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Online FFA District Leadership Development Event Registration
In order to participate, you must register through the online registration site all FFA members competing in Wisconsin FFA District Leadership Development Events. This is REQUIRED of all chapters competing at the District Level. Registration is due two weeks before your District Leadership Development Event date....Please see document attached for the two week deadline for each District Event - Please note these vary. All registrations are coming to the Wisconsin FFA Center and then are transferred to the District Host.

Substitutions are allowed on site at the District Event. HOWEVER NO NEW REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ALLOWED ON SITE. There is a substitution form that you can complete if you have a change at the time of the event. This will be provided to chapters after the initial registration is complete. It is also posted on the Wisconsin FFA Website under Leadership Development Events. You can only substitute for a contestant that is registered....No NEW registrations can be made after the registration deadline. The only exception to this is if you have a team for Quiz Bowl. As long as your team is registered, you can switch around, add or delete members within that team. You just can?t add another team if you didn?t register one to begin with.

Follow these steps:
1. Go to the Wisconsin FFA Website http://www.wisconsinffa.org/
2. Click on ?Events" and then "Leadership Development Events" and then "2018 Leadership Development Event Online Registration".
3. Enter your CHAPTER NUMBER for both your User Name and Password. UNLESS you have changed your password when you registered for a Wisconsin FFA Leadership Conference. NOTE: This is not your National FFA User Name and Password. This is the User name that is your chapter number and your "state" password if you changed it from your chapter number earlier this school year.
4. Indicate the District Event attending. Use the pull down selection to find your district event location and date. (This information is necessary so we can properly sort the entries for the correct District Hosts). You must attend the event in the district in which your chapter is located. I have attached a list for your reference.
6. Include information about the advisor....phone numbers for contact purposes.
7. For each event you need to list each participant AND their official Membership ID number. Your registration will not be accepted without the proper membership number for each student entered. FAKE NUMBERS will not be accepted.

If a student is not a member at the time of registration, you MUST go to the National FFA website and enter them as a member before registering for District Leadership Development Events.

If you only have one entry for an event, leave the other space blank?The system will accept entries without all name spaces filled as some Quiz Bowl teams may only have the minimum required team members needed. Parliamentary Procedure teams are now required to have 6 members entered. When a student name is entered, it will require you to submit a membership number before it will be accepted.

At the bottom of the registration pages, please indicate any students who are competing in multiple events so that the District Host can properly schedule everyone and the events can move forward without delays.

Reminders: Members are only allowed to participate in 2 individual and one team event at the district level. There is a Rule Handbook online at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/ of all the rules and procedures. Also Prepared Speaking Manuscripts and Employment Skills resumes, cover letters and job descriptions are due to the district hosts postmarked two weeks before the competition.

Again......Substitutions will be allowed on site....HOWEVER you must complete a substitution form that will be made available online when registrations are received.
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District Leadership Development Events Reminders
Some very important reminders for those participating in the District Leadership Development Events?
1. Review rules and procedures for the Leadership Development Events in the Official Competition Handbook online at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/. There is a specific handbook that each advisor should have with the rules, procedures and scorecards of each individual speaking event. It is important all participants follow the current updated rules published by the Wisconsin FFA Center.
NOTE: Parliamentary Procedure LDE is completely different from in the past so you will want to refer to the updated rules and rubrics.
2. An individual FFA member can only compete in 2 individual events and 1 team event at the district competition. If a member violates this rule, they will be disqualified from all the events they participated in. This is very important that ALL members follow this rule.
3. Creed speakers are only allowed to participate in the creed speaking contest one time as either a 7th, 8th or 9th grader. So if a student participants as an 8th grader, they cannot participate again as a 9th grade. This is one time only participation event.
4. Chapters are allowed 2 participants/teams in each event EXCEPT parliamentary procedure. All participants must be active, dues paid members at the time of participation in the district leadership development events.
5. Prepared Speaking Manuscripts and Employability Skills Resumes, Cover Letters and Job Descriptions must be postmarked two weeks before the event to the district host or 25 points will be deducted for each day it is late (Monday through Friday only).
6. The 2018 DISCUSSION MEET TOPICS are online at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/.
7. Participants must wear name badges (about 3"x5") for both Discussion Meet and Parliamentary Procedure contests on which his/her name is legibly printed and visible.
8. Finally, all contestants MUST HAVE PROPER OFFICIAL DRESS if competing. Quiz Bowl can be the only exception at the district and sectional contest. Proper Official Dress is defined in the Leadership Development Event Handbook. Make sure to contact your District Host or the Wisconsin FFA Center if you have any questions.

Also, there are no published Extemporaneous topics provided by the Wisconsin FFA however there are SIX main categories that the topics can come from (based on the rules of National FFA) 1) Agricultural literacy and advocacy 2) Current agricultural issues 3) Advancing agriculture through agriculture science 4) Current technology uses and applications in agriculture 5) Agrimarketing and international agriculture and 6) Food and fiber systems.
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2018 FFA Farm Forum Registration Due January 19
Member and advisor registration forms for the February 16-17, 2018 FFA Farm Forum are due January 19, 2018.

The FFA Farm Forum is a two-day conference specifically designed for high school juniors interested in agricultural careers. Each FFA chapter may send a maximum of four students. Openings are limited to the first 150 student applications and the first 30 advisor applications.

Registration forms and a personal conduct agreement are available on the Wisconsin Farm Bureau website (http://wfbf.com/programsevents/ffa-farm-forum/). They are also posted on the Wisconsin FFA website. A personal conduct agreement form must be submitted for each student. If you have questions, feel free to contact Megan Rebout at 608.828.5702 or mrebout@wfbf.com.

Please send your send your completed registration forms and payment to:

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation
FFA Farm Forum, ATTN: Megan Rebout
P.O. Box 5550
Madison, WI 53705-0550
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Co-ops YES! Conference - March 5-6, 2018 - Mark Your Calendars!!
The Co-ops Yes! Youth Leadership Conference will be held March 5-6, 2018 at the Holiday Inn South, Eau Claire. Another excellent conference planned for your FFA members. Please share the information with your students. Deadline for registering for this conference is February 16, 2018 . All information is on the Cooperative Network website? https://cooperativenetwork.coop/education/events/co-ops-yes-youth-leadership-conference
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2018 National FFA Scholarship Application Online - Due February 1
Students ? Access the application through FFA.org. FFA members create FFA.org accounts using an Invite code or FFA ID. (Invite codes are obtained from their FFA advisors.) Students with existing accounts sign in using those credentials.

Advisors ? Log into FFA.org to renew rosters and issue Invite codes located by member names on the active roster. FFA members must be renewed and active on the chapter roster. Invitations can be generated individually or by using the ?Bulk Action? option. (Advisors who do not have an FFA.org login should obtain one from state staff.)
Remember: Under no circumstances should FFA members create FFA.org accounts without an Invite code or FFA ID. Accounts created without an Invite Code or FFA ID are for non-member use only. FFA members submitting a ?non-member? application are not eligible for scholarships with membership criteria. (Submitting more than one application is grounds for disqualification.)
Membership status is checked before judging begins. ONLY STUDENTS WITH A CURRENT, ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP STATUS WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS WITH MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA. The deadline to confirm membership status with the National FFA Organization is MARCH 1, 2018. National FFA will not contact states during judging to confirm status.

The following two sponsors have added eligibility requirements:
America?s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (Monsanto Fund) require applicants to obtain two electronic farmer endorsements. Details at FFA.org/scholarships (under the America?s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders logo) or at GrowAgLeaders.com. Built Ford Tough scholarships require applicants to visit a participating dealer and obtain an endorsement on the 2018 Signature Page.

DEADLINES: The 2018 scholarship application must be submitted online prior to 11:59 p.m.* EST Feb. 1, 2018. Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2018.
*Technical support not available after 5 p.m. EST
Questions? Email Scholarships@ffa.org.
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Wisconsin FFA State Star Applicants - Applications Due February 6, 2018
If you have a member applying for the State FFA Degree, they may want to consider applying for State Star recognition? Stars are recognized in the four areas: Farmer, Agricultural Placement, Agribusiness and Agriscience. In order to apply for State Star Recognition, a student must be applying for their State FFA Degree, then they must also fill out the "Star Battery" which provides additional information for this level of recognition. The Star Battery is located online through the National FFA website with all other degree and proficiency applications. In order for a student to be considered for State Star Recognition, they must include all necessary pages and information or they will not be considered if any portion of the Battery or State Degree is missing.
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American Degree Eligibility
"How long is an FFA member still eligible to apply for their American FFA Degree or continue their FFA membership?" A student can be an FFA member until November 30 following their fourth National FFA Convention after graduation...unless there is some military service to consider and then they can be a member until age 23. So here is a quick way to figure out if a student is still eligible. Take the year that the student graduated and count the number of National FFA Convention following that graduation date.

Graduation May 2015
1st National Convention - October 2015
2nd National Convention - October 2016
3rd National Convention - October 2017
4th National Convention - October 2018 - This would be the last national convention that this member could receive recognition at. They must apply for the degree by March 6, 2018.
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Encourage Members to Apply for State FFA Honors Band or Chorus - Deadline February 12
Each year we have two fantastic groups of musicians come together at the State FFA Convention to perform and also perform at the State Fair. Encourage your students who play an instrument or sing in the choir to audition for the Wisconsin FFA Honors Band or Chorus. The past couple years, we have had fewer applications submitted for these two groups. We would love to see more students apply!! Encourage FFA members to check out the application and audition process online at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/programs/

Applications and auditions are due February 12, 2018. State Convention performances are June 12-14. State Fair performances are August 9-12.
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Quote of the Week
?The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.? - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Thank you!

Cheryl L. Zimmerman
Wisconsin FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
czimmerman@wisconsinffa.org
Phone: 715-659-4807

Annual Calendar of Events

2017-2018 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events