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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 the week of November 27, 2017

1. 2018 Half-Time Conference Registration Now Online
2. FFA Membership Rosters - Deadline Friday, DECEMBER 1
3. FFA Membership Roster Payment
4. Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
5. 2018 District and Sectional Leadership Development Event Dates
6. 2018 National FFA Scholarship Program Now Open!!
7. 2018 Wisconsin FFA Alumni Convention Registration
8. Contributions to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Appreciated
9. Quote of the Week
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Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
Dec. 1 Deadline for Initial FFA Membership Rosters Submitted Online
Dec. 1-8 Wisconsin Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and State FFA Officer Planning Meeting
Dec. 3-5 NAAE Convention - Nashville, TN
Dec. 14 Wisconsin FFA Half-Time Conference Registration Due Online
Jan. 12-13 2018 Wisconsin FFA Half-Time Conference, Stevens Point
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2018 Half-Time Conference Registration Now Online
The 2018 Wisconsin FFA Half-Time Conference will be held in Stevens Point, January 12-13 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 14 to the Wisconsin FFA Center.
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FFA Membership Rosters - Deadline FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1
Friday, December 1 is the deadline for submitting your chapter FFA membership roster online through the National FFA Website. Those rosters that are submitted after that deadline will be considered by the FFA Board of Directors as chapters on probation. Both Traditional Dues Paying Chapters and Affiliated Membership Chapter must have members entered by the December 1 deadline.

You can continue to add more FFA members through March 1, 2018 but an initial roster must be submitted by December 1 and payment following due January 12.

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 12. 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.

Address for mailing membership payments:
Wisconsin Association of FFA
Attn: CTSO Accountant
PO Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
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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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2018 District and Sectional Leadership Development Event Dates
The 2018 District and Sectional Leadership Development Event Dates 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 Leadership Development Events can be found at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/
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2018 National FFA Scholarship Program Now Open!!
Students ? Access the application through FFA.org. FFA members create FFA.org accounts using an Invite code or FFA ID. (Invite codes are obtained from their FFA advisors.) Students with existing accounts sign in using those credentials.

Advisors ? Log into FFA.org to renew rosters and issue Invite codes located by member names on the active roster. FFA members must be renewed and active on the chapter roster. Invitations can be generated individually or by using the ?Bulk Action? option. (Advisors who do not have an FFA.org login should obtain one from state staff.)

Remember: Under no circumstances should FFA members create FFA.org accounts without an Invite code or FFA ID. Accounts created without an Invite Code or FFA ID are for non-member use only. FFA members submitting a ?non-member? application are not eligible 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 WITH MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA. The deadline to confirm membership status with the National FFA Organization is MARCH 1, 2018. National FFA will not contact states during judging to confirm status.

The following two sponsors have added eligibility requirements:
America?s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (Monsanto Fund) require applicants to obtain two electronic farmer endorsements. Details at FFA.org/scholarships (under the America?s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders logo) or at GrowAgLeaders.com. Built Ford Tough scholarships require applicants to visit a participating dealer and obtain an endorsement on the 2018 Signature Page.

DEADLINES: The 2018 scholarship application must be submitted online prior to 11:59 p.m.* EST Feb. 1, 2018. Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2018.
*Technical support not available after 5 p.m. EST
Questions? Email Scholarships@ffa.org.
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2018 Wisconsin FFA Alumni Convention Registration
The 2018 Wisconsin FFA Alumni Convention will be held at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton February 9-10. Please mark the date on your calendar and register TODAY!

More information is posted on the Wisconsin FFA Alumni convention website at: http://wisconsinffaalumni.org/events/

REGISTER TODAY - Online Registration is available on the Wisconsin FFA Alumni Website. In addition to registering for the convention, attendees who wish to stay onsite at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel may call 1-800-333-3333 or 920-733-8000 to reserve room(s). Be sure to mention WI FFA Alumni Block. Reservations must be made by January 9, 2018.
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Contributions to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Appreciated
Would you consider supporting the Wisconsin FFA with a financial 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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Quote of the Week
"Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.? - Arthur Helps
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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

2017-2018 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events