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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

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

For May 8, 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 Due May 13
4. 2019 Wisconsin FFA State Convention Online Registration and Ticket Sales
5. Eleventh Annual Wisconsin FFA Day of Service - Registration Due Online May 15
6. 2019 Wisconsin FFA Rally to Fight Hunger - Wisconsin FFA Convention - Registration Due Online June 1
7. Official Voting Delegate Online Registration Due May 15
8. Members Can Apply to Be National FFA Delegates - Due May 15
9. Change Lives Teach Agricultural Education Workshop - Register Online
10. FFA Flags Needed for the Convention Opening Session
11. FFA Day on the Hill - Register Online
12. Deadline for FFA Prepared Manuscripts and Employment Skills Materials - May 24
13. 2019 Regional Wisconsin FFA Safe Tractor Operator Contest Dates
14. State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
15. State FFA Convention News Room and Courtesy Corps Applications - Did you Miss the Deadline? We will take more applications if you did....
16. Quote of the Week
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Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
May 13 ONLINE DUE DATE - Last Day Available for Online Convention Housing
May 15 National Delegate Applications Postmarked - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
May 15 ONLINE DUE DATE - State Convention Day of Service Project Registration
May 15 ONLINE DUE DATE - Chapter Delegate Registration and Delegate Committee Selection
May 24 ONLINE DUE DATE - Orders for State FFA Convention T-Shirts
May 24 ONLINE DUE DATE - Registration for Change Lives Teach Ag Workshop
May 24 ONLINE DUE DATE - Final Deadline for Meal, Entertainment, Tour Ticket Orders - ALSO online requested for any Sponsored Meal Tickets!!!
June 1 ONLINE DUE DATE - Rally to Fight Hunger Registration
June 1 ONLINE DUE DATE - FFA Day on the Hill Registration
June 1 ONLINE DUE DATE - State Convention Registration

Events
May 18 FFA Regional Safe Tractor Operator Contest - Sauk Prairie High School
June 11-13 Wisconsin State FFA Convention - Madison
June 14 FFA Regional Safe Tractor Operator Contest - FVTC-Appleton
June 20 FFA Regional Safe Tractor Operator Contest - Clear Lake High School
June 21 FFA Regional Safe Tractor Operator Contest - Independence High School
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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 http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/. 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!!!

Remember - You can go in and out of the registration site. Just click Save each time you add something to the site. This site is made so you can edit multiple times. You can complete different sections of the registration site at different times. Again just remember to save your changes each time you go in and work on the site.
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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.
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2019 Wisconsin FFA Convention Housing Due May 13
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.

OPTION #1
Online Reservations: Use the following website to make your online reservations. Please note that online reservations will receive first priority. https://mmxreservations.com/fer/Madison?pageCode=WIFFA2019
OPTION #2
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 http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/

If you have a question about FFA housing, please call 800.373.6376 and ask for Housing or email your questions to services@visitmadison.com.
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2019 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. 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.
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Eleventh Annual Wisconsin FFA Day of Service - Registration Due Online May 15
On Monday, June 10, 150 FFA members from around the state of Wisconsin will join together to give back to the Madison community. Five service sites have been chosen for members to provide service.

If you want to be a part of any of the five project sites, register now! Space is limited!! Registration is located on the State FFA Convention Online Registration Site.
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2019 Wisconsin FFA Rally to Fight Hunger - Wisconsin FFA Convention - Registration Due Online June 1
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 40,000 lbs. of food. 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 10 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.

Register on the State FFA Convention Online Registration Site. Registration is due June 1
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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 Wednesday, 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 11, the Official Voting State Delegates will begin their role at 8:45 a.m. Delegates are asked to report to Hall C/D and 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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Members Can Apply to Be National FFA Delegates - Due May 15
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. Delegates will be selected to join the state officers for a great experience working with the business of the National FFA Organization in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Change Lives Teach Agricultural Education Workshop - Register Online
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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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 11 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 Day on the Hill - Register Online
Make a difference for the future of Agricultural Education and FFA in Wisconsin by visiting with key decision makers at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Register your students on the State FFA Convention registration site by June 1 for this opportunity. Members will travel to the Capitol on Tuesday morning June 11. More information can be found in the Convention Planning Guide.
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Deadline for FFA Prepared Manuscripts and Employment Skills Materials - May 24
For those FFA members who have qualified for the State Competitions of Prepared Speaking and Employment Skills, materials are due to the Wisconsin FFA Center postmarked May 24. Please address your cover letters for the Employment Skills competition to Mrs. Cheryl Zimmerman, Wisconsin FFA Center, P.O Box 110, Spencer, WI 54479.
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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 - Registration due online May 6 - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

FVTC-Appleton - June 14 - Registration due online June 3

Clear Lake High School - June 20 - (Exact location to be determined) - Registration due online June 6

Independence High School - June 21 (Hosted by Arcadia FFA) - Registration due online June 6

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.
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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 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.
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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....
Did you miss the deadline for students wanting to help with Courtesy Corps or News Room? We will still accept applications - please contact the Wisconsin FFA Center right away. 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/events/ Check under the State Convention Tab.
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Quote of the Week
"Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. A "you can do it" when things are tough." - Richard DeVos
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Have a great week!

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

Annual Calendar of Events

2019-2020 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.