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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 November 24, 2014 - Happy Thanksgiving!!!

During this Thanksgiving Season, we say thank you for everything you do for students, your schools, your community and for the Wisconsin Association of FFA. Thank you for all the hours you spend in your Agricultural Education programs as well as all your other responsibilities. You are making a difference in the lives of so many people. We appreciate all that you do. Make sure to take time to enjoy this Thanksgiving Season with family and friends. Thank you!!!

1. 2015 Half-Time Conference Registration Now Online
2. FFA: Food For All Grants Application Due Nov. 26
3. FFA Membership Rosters - Deadline MONDAY - DECEMBER 1
4. FFA Membership Roster Payment
5. Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
6. Send In Your 2014-2015 FFA Program of Activities - Due December 1
7. 2015 National FFA Scholarship Program Update
8. 2015 District and Sectional Speaking Contest Dates
9. Wisconsin FFA State Degree Application Online through Ag Career Network
10. American Degree Eligibility
11. State Officer Blogs on Wisconsin Association of FFA Website
12. Contributions to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Appreciated
13. Did You Know?
14. Quote of the Week
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Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
Nov. 26 Food for All Grant Deadline to National FFA
Dec. 1 Deadline for Initial FFA Membership Rosters Submitted Online
Dec. 1 Deadline to Submit Chapter Program of Activities
Dec. 6-12 Wisconsin Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and State FFA Officer Planning Meeting
Dec. 15 Wisconsin FFA Half-Time Conference Registration Due Online
Dec. 22 - Jan. 2 Wisconsin FFA Center Christmas Break
January 9-10 2015 FFA Half-Time Conference - Holiday Inn and Convention Center - Stevens Point
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2015 Half-Time Conference Registration Now Online
The 2015 Wisconsin FFA Half-Time Conference will be held in Stevens Point, January 9-10 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center. Don't miss this great conference for students to get motivated and informed about activities for the second half of the school year. This is always a well attended conference by numerous FFA chapters. Make sure your members attend to get the latest information about FFA opportunities and leadership development. There will also be activities for teachers as well as WAAE, FFA Center and State FFA Board meetings. Registration is limited to two members per chapter and due December 15 to the Wisconsin FFA Center.
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FFA: Food For All Grants Application Due Nov. 26
In 2014, 140 chapters in 41 states received FFA: Food For All grants. National FFA is pleased to announce the next round of availability of funds to help fight hunger in competitive grant process. Chapters can apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger programs. More details on applying for the grants are available at www.FFA.org/foodforall. Applications are due Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.
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FFA Membership Rosters - Deadline MONDAY - DECEMBER 1
Monday, December 1 is the deadline for submitting your chapter FFA membership roster online through the Ag Career Network. Those rosters that are submitted after that deadline will be considered by the FFA Board of Directors as chapters on probation.

Membership roster instructions are attached. PLEASE READ!! Don't leave your questions to the last minute. It is hard for us to help everyone at the last minute.
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FFA Membership Roster Payment
Remember that sending in your payment for your chapter FFA membership dues is just as important as getting your roster submitted by December 1. All membership roster payments are due to the Wisconsin Association of FFA and need to be received at DPI no later than Friday, January 9. Don't have your chapter placed on probation when you worked hard to get your roster submitted on time.

Payment must be received and CHECKS MADE PAYABLE TO: WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION OF FFA. Rosters will not be forwarded to National FFA until payment has been received. When making your payment, include both the state and national dues together in one check to DPI.

Updated Address for mailing membership payments:
Wisconsin Association of FFA
DPI
125 South Webster Street
Madison, WI 53703
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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. A review of membership will be done as students participate in events and submit applications. Don't disqualify a member because they aren't listed as an active member on your FFA roster.
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Send In Your 2014-2015 FFA Program of Activities - Due December 1
Don't forget that stated in the Wisconsin FFA Constitution every FFA chapter is to submit a copy of their annual Program of Activities by December 1. Send a copy of your Program of Activities to your Sectional State Officer. They will keep track of those coming in and also use them as a reference in order to better serve your chapters. The Program of Activities form can be found online at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/chapter_resources/ under Program of Activities. If your chapter designs your own Program of Activities, send a copy of that.
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2015 National FFA Scholarship Program Update
The 2015 Scholarship Application is now live!!!

Students will again access the application through their Agricultural Career Network (AgCN) accounts. FFA members will create AgCN accounts using information from invitations generated by their FFA advisors. Students who have AgCN accounts do not need another invitation. Students ?SIGN IN? at FFA.org, then click the ?National Scholarships? menu button to access the application.

Advisors log into AgCN to renew rosters and issue invitations. Advisors who do not already have an AgCN login should obtain one from state staff. FFA members must be renewed and active on the chapter roster for advisors to issue invitations. Invite codes appear next to member names on the active roster. Invitations can be generated individually or by using the ?Bulk Action? option.

Reminder: Under no circumstances should an FFA member EVER create an account as a Community Member. ?Community? is for non-member use only and sends students to the non-member application. FFA members submitting a ?non-member? application will NOT qualify 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. The deadline to ensure active membership is March 1, 2015. National FFA will not contact states during judging to confirm status.

Last year?s pilot program for America?s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (presented by Monsanto) was a huge success. This year, 352 scholarships will be offered through this program. To qualify, applicants must obtain three electronic farmer endorsements. Details will be available after November 15th at FFA.org/scholarships (click the America?s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders logo) or at GrowAgLeaders.com.

DEADLINES: The 2015 online application must be submitted prior to 5:00 p.m. EST Feb. 1, 2015. Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2015.

AgCN and/or membership questions? Call 317-802-6060. Scholarship questions? Email Scholarships@ffa.org.
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2015 District and Sectional Speaking Contest Dates
The 2015 District and Sectional Speaking contests are posted on the Wisconsin FFA website. Hosts will be contacting the schools in their districts as far as more details concerning the contests. All rules and guidelines for the Wisconsin FFA Speaking Contests can be found at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/
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WIsconsin FFA State Degree Application Online through Ag Career Network
The new State FFA Degree Application is available now for your students to work on. Applications are due February 1. START TODAY!
1. Log in to AgCN
2. Select Advisor
3. Select FFA application center
4. Select SAE application center
5. From the drop down menu select Wisconsin State Degree or proficiency
6. On the left is a list of the pages the instruction page comes up automatically
7. If you use AET you will have a #12 and if you do not want the application locked to the students AET records you need to unlock by clicking here. If your student does not have complete records in the AET you will want to unlock it.
8. Cover page should be completed you can upload from AgCN if the student has completed their profile in the AgCN it will fill in their information.
9. Basic Set Up- select the SAE types and the rest of the pages will load based on whether it is a placement or entrepreneurship SAE.

When completing the application if you go to print and the PDF downloads with draft across the pages there are errors in the application and it will not be accepted for consideration. The pages have to be clear of the word draft when printed, no exceptions.
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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 2011
1st National Convention - October 2012
2nd National Convention - October 2013
3rd National Convention - October 2014
4th National Convention - October 2015 - This would be the last national convention that this member could receive recognition at. They must apply for the degree by March 5, 2015.
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State Officer Blogs on Wisconsin Association of FFA Website
Make sure to check out the Wisconsin Association of FFA website http://www.wisconsinffa.org. Each state officer has information under their section number including newsletters and information for activities and events happening within their section. If you have ideas and suggestions for additional information you and your students would like to see posted on the Wisconsin Association of FFA website, please let us know. Make sure to check your state officer's site on a regular basis as new information will be added about upcoming events and activities.
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Contributions to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Appreciated
Would you consider supporting the Wisconsin FFA with a 2014 gift through the Wisconsin FFA Foundation? If you have already done so, thank you! If you are interested in making a contribution to the Wisconsin FFA before the end of the year, you can go directly to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation website and make a contribution online at http://www.wisconsinffafoundation.org/
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Did You Know?
President Abraham Lincoln sets Thanksgiving Day
In the middle of the American Civil War - October 3, 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln, prompted by a series of editorials written by Sarah Josepha Hale, proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November 1863. Since 1863, Thanksgiving has been observed annually in the United States.
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Quote of the Week
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Cheryl Zimmerman
State FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
wiffacenter@tznet.com

Annual Calendar of Events

2014-2015 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events