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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

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

For the week of March 16, 2015 - Happy National Agriculture Week!!

1. American Degree Review at 212 and EDGE Conferences
2. State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Event
3. Upcoming Career Development Event Competitions and Registration Information
4. Wisconsin FFA State CDE Registration Opened Monday March 9 - Email from Gordie Gasch
5. Late FFA Membership Fee To Be Charged
6. Final FFA Membership Payments Due
7. Contest Entry Forms Now Online - Opening/Closing Ceremony, High School Quiz Bowl, Ag. Issues, and Marketing Plan
8. Jr. High/Middle School Essay Contest - Entries Due April 15
9. State FFA Officer Election Process Information Online
10. 2015 WAAE PDC Registration
11. Wisconsin FFA National Officer Candidate Process
12. Quote of the Week

Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
March 20-21 EDGE and 212 Conferences - Eau Claire
March 24-26 WPS Farm Show - Oshkosh
March 26 UW-Platteville CDE
March 27 FVTC-Appleton CDE
March 28 UW-River Falls CDE
April 24 State CDEs - Madison

FFA Application Deadlines:
April 1 Entries for Opening/Closing Ceremony Contest, High School Quiz Bowl, Ag. Issues and Marketing Plan
April 15 Jr. High Essay Contest - Entries postmarked to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 20 National FFA Chapter Award Applications - Postmarked due date to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 20 Three Star Leaders Applications Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 20 State FFA Talent Applications Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 20 State FFA Courtesy Corps Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 20 State FFA Convention News Room Staff Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 27 2015 State FFA Officer Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center

American Degree Review at 212 and EDGE Conferences
We would like to invite you to assist in the reviewing of the 2015 American FFA Degree applications at the upcoming 212 and EDGE Conference in Eau Claire - March 20-21. This is the review process to check for minimum qualifications of the American FFA Degree starting at 7:00 p.m.

There will be a brief orientation so that everyone knows what they need to check for throughout the applications.

Please let me know if you are interested and can assist on Friday evening, March 20. Jeff Hicken will be leading this review process. We would love to have both experienced teachers with American degrees and those that would like to learn more. This is a great learning experience for everyone!!!

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. 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.

Upcoming Career Development Event Competitions and Registration Information
Make sure to go to the Wisconsin FFA Website under Events to find information for registering for Career Development Events.
March 14 - Janesville - COMPLETED
March 26 - UW-Platteville
March 27 - FVTC-Appleton
March 28 - UW-River Falls
April 24 - State CDEs in Madison

Wisconsin FFA State CDE Registration Opened Monday March 9 - Email from Gordie Gasch
Registration for the State CDEs opened Monday, 3/9/15, at 6:00 am. You can register here. Registration can be complicated. Here is a link to instructions. It is suggested you print the instructions and keep them handy.

With all the teachers that are new to their school, Please, Please make sure your contact information is accurate (especially the email). Gordie Gasch needs to send information about the contests and if your email isn't correct, you won't get the info.

Also, please don't register for 'qualifying' contests until you qualify!! Some contests have limited space, so it it advisable to register early.

You can register and change your registration until midnight, Sunday 4/12. Registration will close at midnight 4/12. After the 12th you can only make changes to your team members.

There is tons of information on the FFA CDE webpage. With the Janesville contest this weekend, make sure your teams are familiar with the scan sheets. On the webpage, each contest has the correct scan sheet linked. Your students need to know your Chapter number!

Here are a couple of FAQ:

1. Yes your team can compete in more than one area contest. You must notify contest superintendent before the contest if you have a team 'practicing' in a qualifying contests.. Note that UW Platteville does not allow 'practice' teams in qualifying contests. If you compete at Platteville, you are automatically tying to qualify.

2. On any team in a 'qualifying contest', there can only be ONE change in team make up from the team that qualifies to the team that competes at State. (in non-qualifying contests you can make any changes you want)

3. Only the three top scores count toward team scores at the area contests. (this changes at the State contest in some areas).

4. Qualifying contests - here are the amount of teams that will qualify for State. This is a per cent of 3 or 4 person teams that are trying to qualify:(partial teams and practice teams do not count)

Ag Mech - 25%
Dairy - 33%
Horse - 30%
Livestock - 30%
Vet Sci - 35%
Wildlife - 30%
Floriculture: top team at Janesville; top three teams at other area contests.

If you have any questions, contact Gordie Gasch, Wisconsin FFA CDE Coordinator, 920-419-1106,

Late FFA Membership Fee To Be Charged
If you find that you need to add another student to your FFA roster for this school year, you may. However there is a $25 per student late fee that will be added to the current dues package. Again we will accept late additions to your roster if it is absolutely necessary, however the late fee will be assessed. The late fee will be on a separate invoice from DPI as it will not be automatically added to your online invoice.

Final FFA Membership Payments Due
When you submitted your last FFA membership, you should have also printed off an invoice. This invoice along with your check need to be sent to DPI. Membership payment must be made payable to "Wisconsin Association of FFA". Payment is just as important as the roster. Membership rosters will not be forwarded to National FFA for final approval without payment. The mailing address for payment and a copy of your pdf invoice is:

Wisconsin Association of FFA
125 S. Webster Street
Madison, WI 53703


Contest Entry Forms Now Online - Opening/Closing Ceremony, High School Quiz Bowl, Ag. Issues, and Marketing Plan
If your chapter would be interested in competing in the Opening/Closing Ceremony Competition - Jr. High and Sr. High Divisions; High School Quiz Bowl; Ag. Issues and/or Marketing Plan competitions at the 2015 State FFA Convention, entry forms are now online at Entry forms are due April 1 for all competitions to the Wisconsin FFA Center, however space fills up fast. We encourage more chapters to consider these competitions.

Jr. High/Middle School Essay Contest - Entries Due April 15
All FFA members in 7th and 8th grade are eligible to compete in the Wisconsin FFA Jr. High/Middle School Essay Contest. A chapter can submit up to five entries. This year's theme for the essay contest is "Go All Out". Essays can be up to 500 words and must be typed. Essays are judged on proper grammar and punctuation, how well the author addresses the theme, organization and clarity, originality and neatness. Essays need to be sent to the Wisconsin FFA Center, P.O. Box 110, Spencer, WI 54479

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 27.

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 2015 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

2015 WAAE PDC Registration
WAAE Professional Development Conference Registration Now Open!! Register Today for the best selection of workshop choices. and click on the Events tab to get started.

Wisconsin FFA National Officer Candidate Process
If a member is interested in running for the 2015 Wisconsin FFA National Officer Candidate, please have them contact the Wisconsin FFA Center for more information. Final candidates will be determined the Friday after the State FFA Convention and a selection process will take place approximately two weeks following State FFA Convention.

FFA members must have earned their American Degree at the time of running for office at the 2015 national convention and have at least one full year of membership from the time of the national convention 2015 to national convention 2016.

Quote of the Week
?It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.? - Lena Horne

Think Spring!!!!

Cheryl Zimmerman
State FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 110
Spencer, WI 54479

Annual Calendar of Events

2014-2015 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events