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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.

Wisconsin FFA Center's Weekly Newsletter

A weekly update on Wisconsin FFA activities from the Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.

For the week of April 15, 2019

1. 2019 State FFA Convention Update
2. 2019 State FFA Convention Planning Guide and Online Registration Guide - Two Resources For Convention
3. 2019 Wisconsin FFA Convention Housing Now Available
4. 2019 Regional Wisconsin FFA Safe Tractor Operator Contest Dates
5. State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
6. National Chapter Award Applications Due Postmarked April 23
7. Three Star Leader Applications Postmarked April 23
8. State FFA Talent Applications Due Postmarked April 23
9. 2019 School Officials Program at State Convention
10. State FFA Officer Election Process Information Online
11. State FFA Convention News Room and Courtesy Corps Applications Due April 25
12. Quote of the Week

Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
April 26 State CDEs - Madison
April 30 Deadline to Register your School Officials for State Convention

FFA Application Deadlines:
April 23 National FFA Chapter Award Applications - Postmarked due date to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 23 Three Star Leaders Applications Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 23 State FFA Talent Applications Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 25 State FFA Convention News Room Staff Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 25 State FFA Courtesy Corps Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 30 2019 State FFA Officer Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center

2019 State FFA Convention Update
SPECIAL NOTE: All of the State FFA Convention information is being posted online. Please review the Wisconsin Association of FFA Website as items about the State Convention are being posted Everything that you need to prepare for Convention will be located on the website. The Online Convention Registration System is ready for you to use!!!

2019 State FFA Convention Planning Guide and Online Registration Guide - Two Resources For Convention
The Wisconsin FFA Convention Planning Guide and the Convention Online Registration Guide are posted on the Wisconsin FFA Convention website. Please download a copy of these planning guides to assist you with all your State Convention Registration needs.

2019 Wisconsin FFA Convention Housing Now Available
The 2019 State FFA Convention housing online reservation process and hotel information are now available for FFA chapters to make hotel reservations for the Wisconsin FFA Convention June 10-13. There are a number of hotels around the Madison area for chapters to select from ranging in prices to meet your needs. Please see the attached hotel list for all facilities and prices. Reservations will be accepted through May 13, 2019.

NOTE: It is very important that you follow the detailed instructions on how to make your hotel reservations for the 2019 State FFA Convention. Please read this carefully as there are two options for reservations.

Online Reservations: Use the following website to make your online reservations. Please note that online reservations will receive first priority.

Fax Reservation Forms to Madison Housing Bureau: If you wish to fill out your reservation request form and fax it, you will need to download the attached reservation form.

If any of these attachments do not open for you, all this information can be accessed through the Wisconsin FFA website at

If you have a question about FFA housing, please call 800.373.6376 and ask for Housing or email your questions to

2019 Regional Wisconsin FFA Safe Tractor Operator Contest Dates
Please note the locations of the 2019 Wisconsin FFA Safe Tractor Operator Contests. We will be holding 4 regional events again this year for students to qualify for the State Contest. FFA members can only compete at one site to qualify to move on to the state competition.

The four regional sites and dates for contests are:

Sauk Prairie High School - May 18

FVTC-Appleton - June 14

Clear Lake High School - June 20 - (Exact location to be determined)

Independence High School - June 21 (Hosted by Arcadia FFA)

The winner from each of these contest sites will advance to the State Contest at Farm Technology Days on Tuesday, July 23. In addition to each winner advancing, the top 10 overall scoring individuals will also advance to the state contest. We will have 14 individuals competing at state.

Online Registration is now available for you to register your students.

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 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 43 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. State FFA Officers do many of the "extra" things for their chapters on a voluntary basis as their schedules permit and we do not want this to become a financial burden on them. The State Association does not require they do all these "extra" activities, but State Officers are excited and very willing to serve your chapters. If you officially invite state officers to the events mentioned above, we do need your assistance to reimburse the officers for their expenses as these "extra" activities are not in the FFA Association budget and are voluntary for the officers to attend. Reimbursement is very important to these young people.

National Chapter Award Applications Due Postmarked April 23
The deadline is Tuesday, April 23 for your applications to be submitted for National Chapter Award Recognition. Make sure to send your National Chapter Award Application to Cheryl Zimmerman, Wisconsin FFA Center, P.O. Box 110, Spencer, WI 54479.

We have adjusted the due date because of the Easter Holiday and April 20 falling on a Saturday.

While you complete the National Chapter Application on-line, it exports to a PDF that you print out and submit to the FFA Center.

Some reminders, there are 3 goals for each activity required, with plan of action for each, evaluation and picture and caption. Each of these has a text box with a character limit. (Just like Twitter) If you go over the character count the character count turns red and there is a negative in front of your number of characters. If you have too many characters, it will NOT be printed on your print out to turn in.

The pictures you select, drop in and resize automatically, you must hit save after you have selected your picture to get it to stay with the application.

As with all applications, be sure to check out the associated handbook on-line and the rubric to help your chapter score to the best of their abilities.

Three Star Leader Applications Postmarked April 23
If your chapter submits a completed National Chapter Award Application (completing BOTH forms I and II) to the Wisconsin FFA for competition, your chapter can nominate one individual as your Three Star Leader. These are due postmarked APRIL 23. Applications are located at These individuals will be recognized at the State FFA Convention. They will receive special recognition at the State FFA Leadership Dinner and will receive a pin and certificate. Don't forget to nominate your top leader in your chapter. This does not have to be your president. ONLY ONE PER CHAPTER. It can be any member you and your chapter feel has contributed to your chapter.

State FFA Talent Applications Due Postmarked April 23
If you have students interested in competing in the State FFA Talent Competition on Tuesday, June 11 at the State FFA Convention in Madison, members must complete a Talent Application found on the Wisconsin FFA website at under ??Other Contests?. Applications are due postmarked April 23. Further information about the Talent Competition will be sent to those members entering. This is a great opportunity to showcase talents our FFA members possess. If they can sing, dance, juggle or have some unique talent this is an opportunity for them. Talent performers will receive a gold, silver or bronze rating and state award pin. National FFA Talent nominations will also be selected as well as recognition for the top talent performances at this year's State FFA Convention.

2019 School Officials Program at State Convention
The School Officials Program and Lunch is held in conjunction with the Wisconsin FFA State Convention on Wednesday, June 12. This is an opportunity to invite school district administrators, principals, guidance counselors and any other school officials and help them broaden their understanding of Agricultural Education and FFA with an awesome program put together by State FFA Advisor Jeff Hicken. They will hear from key people in Agricultural Education as well enjoy lunch and be able to attend the Career Show and receive a tour of the convention by selected past state FFA officers. This is an important public relations effort to help strength support for our agricultural education programs. We also recognize school officials for their support of the local agricultural education programs, instructors and FFA chapters.

Please do not send an email to Jeff Hicken with this information. You must go on the Wisconsin FFA Convention Registration Site (COMING SOON!!!) and input your information. Go to the Wisconsin FFA Website - Click on Events - Then Click on the Button ?State Convention? - You will see the link to the 2019 Wisconsin FFA Convention Online Registration Site. The link is

You then have to enter your STATE user name and password. This is similar to registering for one of our leadership conferences.

BY APRIL 30!! Please provide us with your School Officials' names, titles, addresses and emails so we can send them a personal invitation. You don't need to confirm their registration at this time. We only need this information to send them an official invitation.

Remember that the Convention Website is a site that you register as you need to?.not everything has to be completed at one time. NOTE the various due dates for the items on the registration site.

State FFA Officer Election Process Information Online
The Wisconsin Association of FFA is seeking qualified FFA members to serve as state FFA officers for the coming year. State FFA Officers need to be individuals who have a strong sense of responsibility, know and understand FFA and its programs, communicate well and have the heart and desire to willingly commit a year of service to the Wisconsin Association and its members. At the end of the year, state FFA officers receive leadership scholarships and have a year-long resume of experiences that give them a cutting edge for many future opportunities. Applications are due April 30.

Students that are elected to these leadership roles, need to fully understand the commitment and responsibilities that are required to fulfill their year of service. Please review the polices and commitment statement online along with all the parts of the election process. Serving as a Wisconsin State FFA Office is an internship experience like no other. Students will not only gain confidence and skills in leadership but will receive a variety of experiences to help them expand their knowledge of agriculture, agricultural education and FFA.

The 2019 State FFA Officer Election Process is online at Make sure that all students interested in running for state officer view this material. If you have questions about running for State FFA Office, contact Cheryl Zimmerman at

State FFA Convention News Room and Courtesy Corps Applications Due April 25
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 Check under the State Convention Tab. Applications are due April 25, 2019.

Quote of the Week
?The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today? - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Have a great week!

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

Annual Calendar of Events

2018-2019 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Wisconsin Association of FFA does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability.