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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 255 FFA chapters statewide and over 19,000 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.

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 May 11, 2015

1. Members Can Apply to Be National FFA Delegates - Due May 15 - DATE EXTENDED BECAUSE MAY 15 IS THE DUE DATE LISTED ON THE APPLICATION.
2. Official Voting Delegate Online Registration Due May 15
3. 2015 State FFA Convention Registration Guide
4. 2015 Wisconsin FFA State Convention Online Registration and Ticket Sales
5. Seventh Annual Wisconsin FFA Day of Service - Registration Due Online May 15
6. 2015 Wisconsin FFA Rally to Fight Hunger - Wisconsin FFA Convention - Registration Due Online May 15
7. Wisconsin FFA Agriscience Fair State Entries Due May 15
8. Convention T-Shirt Orders Due May 22
9. Change Lives Teach Agricultural Education Workshop - Register Online on Convention Registration Site - Due May 22
10. Chapter T-Shirts Needed for Pre-Session
11. FFA Flags Needed for the Convention Opening Session
12. FFA Scrapbook Competition - NEW DIGITAL SCRAPBOOK CATEGORY ADDED!!!
13. State FFA Convention News Room and Courtesy Corps Applications - Did you Miss the Deadline? We will take more applications if you did....
14. 2015 Sectional Safe Tractor Operator Contest Dates
15. State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
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Upcoming Application and State Convention Deadlines:
May 15 National Delegate Applications Postmarked - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
May 15 Agriscience Fair Entries Postmarked - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
May 15 ONLINE DUE DATE - State Convention Day of Service Project Registration
May 15 ONLINE DUE DATE - Rally to Fight Hunger Service Project Registration
May 15 ONLINE DUE DATE - Chapter Delegate Registration and Delegate Committee Selection
May 22 ONLINE DUE DATE - Orders for State FFA Convention T-Shirts
May 22 ONLINE DUE DATE - Registration for Change Lives Teach Ag Workshop
May 22 ONLINE DUE DATE - Final Deadline for Meal, Entertainment, Tour Ticket Orders

June 15-18 86th Wisconsin FFA Convention - Madison
June 21-25 WAAE Professional Development Conference - Madison
June 28-July 2 BLAST OFF Training - Spencer/Marshfield
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SPECIAL NOTE: All of the State FFA Convention information is being posted online. Please review the Wisconsin Association of FFA Website as new items about the State Convention are being posted http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/. Everything that you need to prepare for Convention will be located on the website.
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Members Can Apply to Be National FFA Delegates - Due May 15 - DATE EXTENDED BECAUSE MAY 15 IS THE DUE DATE LISTED ON THE APPLICATION.
FFA members who would like to serve as a National FFA Delegate with the state officers at the National FFA Convention in October, must submit an application postmarked May 15. Applications are located online at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/programs/. Once applications are received and reviewed, they will be scored and individuals will be selected for the interview process at the State FFA Convention. Not everyone that applies will have an interview. Delegates will be selected to join the state officers for a great experience working with the business of the National FFA Organization in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Official Voting Delegate Online Registration Due May 15
Please remember that you need to register your two Official Voting Delegates from your chapter by the end of the day Friday, May 15. You need to enter the students names and then also select their committee choices so they can be assigned to committee for the Delegate Meeting on Tuesday of state convention. You can do this through the online registration system.

On Tuesday, June 16, the Official Voting State Delegates will begin their role at 8:45 a.m. Delegates are asked to report to Hall C/D for a brief introduction from State President Alison Wedig, they will then be a part of a delegate training session and then move into their committees before the official delegate business session begins.
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2015 State FFA Convention Registration Guide
The Wisconsin FFA Convention Registration Guide is posted on the Wisconsin FFA Convention website. Please download a copy of this planning guide to assist you with all your State Convention Registration needs.
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2015 Wisconsin FFA State Convention Online Registration and Ticket Sales
The Wisconsin FFA Convention Online Registration has been created as a one-stop shopping site for you to register your attendees for convention as well as order a variety of tickets for various events.

Please note: This system is designed to be updated by advisors as many times as necessary up until the final deadlines indicated for the item you are completing. This means that you can update your registration site depending on changes with students and guests attending. Modifications can be made by logging on to this site and updating your information. YOU MUST CLICK SAVE BEFORE LEAVING THE REGISTRATION SITE TO SAVE ANY CHANGES YOU MADE EACH TIME YOU ENTER THIS SITE.

You do not need to complete all of the sections in order to save your registration. This is a working document for you. You can complete each section as you need to and as they are due. When you click on "SAVE" you are just saving the changes and information that you have entered. Clicking SAVE doesn't mean that you can't go back in and change what you have inputted or add more information.

We are not expecting that you enter all your attendees or order all your tickets at one time. The main thing is that you enter the information by the required due dates indicated by each item. The first deadline is for the school officials invitations to state convention. Everything else will stay in place for you to add to or revise. Immediately after the deadline indicated by each item on the registration site, we will be taking that portion off the registration site.

To access the Wisconsin FFA Convention Registration and Ticket site, go to: http://wisconsinffa.org/chapteradmin/

Your username and password are the same as your state Chapter ID number. (Example: if your chapter number is WI0008, your username and password would be WI0008). UNLESS YOU HAVE ALREADY CHANGED YOUR PASSWORD FOR REGISTERING FOR OTHER FFA CONFERENCES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. If you have forgotten your password you can reset it.

The following Items are NOW available to you on the registration site and have the following due dates:
May 15 - Official Chapter Voting Delegates and Committee Selections
May 15 - Day of Service Registration
May 15 - Rally to Fight Hunger Registration
May 22 - Change Lives Teach Ag Workshop attendees.
May 22 - Meal Tickets
May 22 - Tour Tickets as they are available
May 22 - T-Shirt Orders
June 1 - FFA Day on the Hill Registration
June 1 - Flags for State FFA Convention
June 1 - General Registration for attendees
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Seventh Annual Wisconsin FFA Day of Service - Registration Due Online May 15
On Monday, June 15, 200 FFA members from around the state of Wisconsin will join together to give back to the Madison community. Eight service sites have been chosen for members to provide service.

If you want to be a part of any of the eight project sites, register now! Space is limited!! Registration is located on the State FFA Convention Online Registration Site.
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2015 Wisconsin FFA Rally to Fight Hunger - Wisconsin FFA Convention - Registration Due Online May 15
The Wisconsin Association of FFA will be teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank. to package meals that will stay right here in Wisconsin. We plan to package 70,000 meals. These meals will then be distributed to the Second Harvest Food Bank, to keep these meals local and help feed Wisconsin.
This project will occur Monday, June 15 at the State Convention. Second Harvest Food Bank will bring all supplies to the Alliant Energy Center, and we will run assembly lines to package the meals. We will run three shifts to package the meals.

4:00 p.m.; 5:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Students will be able to work together, in the Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center, to assemble the meals.

Registration this year must be completed by going to the State FFA Convention Online Registration Site. Registration is due May 15!!!
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Wisconsin FFA Agriscience Fair State Entries Due May 15
FFA members in both junior high and high school can compete in the Wisconsin FFA Agriscience Fair at the State FFA Convention in Madison. Students can compete individually or as a team. Entries are due to the Wisconsin FFA Center postmarked May 15. Student must submit an entry form and a project description. There are 6 categories.
Animal Systems
Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems
Food Products and Processing Systems
Plant Systems
Power, Structural and Technical Systems
Social Systems

Grade level is determined by the member?s grade level at the time of state certification (grade level at time of winning the state event). Team members must be from the same chapter at time of state certification (grade level at time of winning the state event).
Division 1?Individual Grades 7-9
Division 2?Individual Grades 10-12
Division 3?Team Grades 7-9
Division 4?Team Grades 10-12

Not all State winners will automatically go to the National Competition. A written report will need to be submitted to National FFA by July 15. The application can be acquired from the agriscience fair webpage on the national FFA website. All pages are required from this document. If a page is missing, a page is not completely filled out or a page is missing signatures, it will be considered an incomplete application.

The Top 15 in each category/division will be selected from the score of their written report during the week of summer judging. These individuals will be announced with the proficiency finalist and national chapter MOI, MOE and OMS finalists. Please refer to the agriscience fair handbook for details, format an the scoring rubric for the written report. https://www.ffa.org/participate/awards/agriscience-fair These Top 15 will go to the National Agriscience Fair at national convention to present their research project. The written report score will count for 25% of the overall score. The interview judges will not see this score.
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Convention T-Shirt Orders Due May 22
The Online State Convention Registration Site is ready for you to place your order for the 2015 State FFA Convention T-shirts. A flyer that explains how t-shirt ordering will be done is located on the State FFA Convention Website. In addition, there is a picture of the t-shirt design.

Make sure to share this with your students. These t-shirts can ONLY be purchased online and before State FFA Convention through the State FFA Convention Registration Site.

T-shirts must be ordered by May 22. So if your students want a t-shirt, remember you need to order them online. AND don't forget to CLICK ON SAVE on the registration site when you have entered your order. :)

We think this is something your students are going to love to have in celebration of the State FFA Convention. Please let us know if you have questions.
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Change Lives Teach Agricultural Education Workshop - Register Online on Convention Registration Site - Due May 22
Please register those students that you think would enjoy and benefit from the "Change Lives Teach Ag" Workshop at State FFA Convention. We want to encourage students to consider a career in Ag Education. This workshop can help answer questions from the universities, student teachers and current teachers. Students that attend will get a free t-shirt and some awesome door prizes will also be handed out. Those attendees for this workshop must pre-register through their advisor on the online convention registration site.
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Chapter T-Shirts Needed for Pre-Session
If your FFA chapter has some extra chapter t-shirts that you could donate to the State FFA Convention, we plan to give them out during several of the Pre-Session activities during the State FFA Convention. Bring your shirts to convention and we will have box for drop off at the convention registration table.
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FFA Flags Needed for the Convention Opening Session
As always we love to begin the State FFA Convention with the massing of the FFA flags. If your chapter could provide an FFA flag and stand and an FFA member who would like to carry that flag, please register on the Online Registration System to let us know you will have a flag and a delegate to participate in the Opening Session . You can just bring your flag to the registration table on Tuesday morning, June 16 and then the students will practice at around 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning before the Opening Session.
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FFA Scrapbook Competition - NEW DIGITAL SCRAPBOOK CATEGORY ADDED!!!
Don't forget about the Wisconsin FFA Scrapbook Competition. New this year is the Digitial Scrapbook Category!!!! REMEMBER TO REVIEW THE RULES AND GUIDELINES ON THE WISCONSIN FFA WEBSITE. Bring your scrapbook to the State FFA Convention News Room to check it in for competition.
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State FFA Convention News Room and Courtesy Corps Applications - Did you Miss the Deadline? We will take more applications if you did....
Do you have FFA members wanting to attend State FFA Convention and looking for something to do? We can always use FFA members to assist with the variety of Courtesy Corps and News Room assignments throughout the state FFA convention. Applications are located at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/programs/.
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2015 Sectional Safe Tractor Operator Contest Dates
Please note the dates set for the 2015 FFA Sectional Safe Tractor Operators Contests. State Officer and Advisors will be organizing this event and providing you more information concerning the details of their contests.
Section 1 - Amery - TBD
Section 2 - Osseo-Fairchild - TBD
Section 3 - Tomah - May 16
Section 4 - Platteville - June 19 - Sauk Prairie High School
Section 5 - Wisconsin Heights - June 19 - Sauk Prairie High School
Section 6 - Sauk Prairie - June 19 - Sauk Prairie High School
Section 7 - Spencer - TBD
Section 8 - Oconto Falls - June 2
Section 9 - Mishicot - June 6 in Plymouth
Section 10 - Lomria - TBD
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State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
If you invite the State FFA Officer(s) to your school for additional presentations, workshops, banquets, alumni events and other special events or meetings, please note that it is the responsibility of the host to pay for the related expenses for that event. This would include mileage, meals, even materials that the state officer may have purchased to use in a workshop they present.

The state officers have a new speaker agreement form that they will be filling out with you to confirm their attendance at your events. This form is to also help you in having documentation to turn into your school office for reimbursements.

Currently the state FFA officers receive 42.5 cents per mile for travel. The State Association pays for a state officer to visit your chapter once as an "official" chapter visit. Chapter are responsible for additional visits and activities

Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.
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Have great week!

Thank you,
Cheryl Zimmerman
State FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 110
Spencer, WI 54479
715-659-4807
wiffacenter@tznet.com

Annual Calendar of Events

2014-2015 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events