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Wisconsin FFA Center's Weekly Newsletter

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

For the week of January 14, 2019

2. 2019 Half-Time Conference
3. NEW DUE DATE for State FFA Degrees
4. Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
5. Online FFA District Leadership Development Event Registration
6. District Leadership Development Event Reminders
7. 2019 FFA Farm Forum Registration Due January 19
8. Co-ops YES! Conference - March 5-6, 2018 - Mark Your Calendars!!
9. 2019 National FFA Scholarship Program
10. Wisconsin FFA State Degree Application Online through National FFA Website
11. Wisconsin FFA State Star Applicants - Applications Due February 7, 2019
12. American Degree Eligibility
13. Encourage Members to Apply for State FFA Honors Band or Chorus
14. 2019 FFA Week Materials Available!!!!
15. Quote of the Week

Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
January 17 Marshfield Parliamentary Procedure Invitational
January 19 Wisconsin FFA Farm Forum Registration Due
January 21 District Speaking Contests Begin - Check listing attached and on Wisconsin FFA Website - Remember Online registration is due 2 weeks before your district contest.
January 28-31 National FFA Board & Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting-Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 7 CTSO Legislative Day - Madison
Feb. 8-9 Wisconsin FFA Alumni Convention - Stevens Point
Feb. 9 UW-Madison Collegiate FFA Hockey Extravaganza
Feb. 14-15 State FFA Board Meeting - Wisconsin Rapids
Feb. 15-16 FFA Farm Forum - Wisconsin Rapids
Feb. 16-23 National FFA Week
Feb. 18 Co-ops YES! Conference Registration Due Online

Upcoming District Leadership Development Events
Jan. 21 District 16 Leadership Development Event - Markesan
Jan. 22 District 28 Leadership Development Event - Campbellsport
Jan. 23 District 2 Leadership Development Event - Prairie Farm
Jan. 23 District 9 Leadership Development Event - Viroqua
Jan. 23 District 10 Leadership Development Event - Seneca
Jan. 23 District 18 Leadership Development Event - New Lisbon
Jan. 24 District 25 Leadership Development Event - Green Bay Southwest
Jan. 28 District 4 Leadership Development Event - Ellsworth
Jan. 28 District 17 Leadership Development Event - Pardeeville
Jan. 28 District 23 Leadership Development Event - Seymour
Jan. 29 District 20 Leadership Development Event - Owen-Withee
Jan. 30 District 13 Leadership Development Event - Brodhead
Jan. 30 District 15 Leadership Development Event - DeForest
Jan. 30 District 29 Leadership Development Event - Fort Atkinson

FFA Application Deadlines:
Feb. 6 National FFA Scholarship Applications - Submitted online to National FFA
Feb. 7 State FFA Degrees - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
Feb. 12 State FFA Honors Band and Chorus - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
Feb. 20 State FFA Proficiency Awards - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
March 6 American FFA Degrees - Postmarked Send to Wisconsin FFA



Wisconsin FFA Center
P.O. Box 110
Spencer, WI 54479

You do not need to put your state FFA degree in folders. Star Applications may be submitted in a folder. State FFA Degree applications will not be returned this year following review since all applications are also located online.

2019 Half-Time Conference
Thank you to all who attended the 2019 Wisconsin FFA Half-Time Conference in Stevens Point. We are pleased that this conference provides opportunities not only for students but for advisors. Thank you to all the advisors that attended meetings and also participated in the advisor workshop on Saturday.

NEW DUE DATE for State FFA Degrees
Because the National FFA Scholarship Applications are due on February 6 this year, the Wisconsin State FFA Degree Applications and Star Applications will now be due February 7.

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 - You will be asked to provide membership ID numbers where registering students. A review of membership will be done as students participate in events and submit applications. Students who are not members are considered ineligible. You can still add more members to your roster until March 1, 2019 but if the student is competing before that date, make sure they are entered into the National FFA Website before competing to obtain their ID number.

Do not enter in a generic membership number for your students. This is not acceptable. Please make sure to enter your student’s correct membership number when registering students for events.

Online FFA District Leadership Development Event Registration
In order to participate, you must register through the online registration site all FFA members competing in Wisconsin FFA District Leadership Development Events. This is REQUIRED of all chapters competing at the District Level. Registration is due two weeks before your District Leadership Development Event date....Please see document attached for the two week deadline for each District Event - Please note these vary. All registrations are coming to the Wisconsin FFA Center and then are transferred to the District Host.

NOTE: This year we are enforcing the two week registration deadline. We will not be allowing registration past the two week deadline so make sure to get your registration in on time!!

Substitutions are allowed on site at the District Event. HOWEVER NO NEW REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ALLOWED ON SITE. There is a substitution form that you can complete if you have a change at the time of the event. This will be provided to chapters after the initial registration is complete. It is also posted on the Wisconsin FFA Website under Leadership Development Events. You can only substitute for a contestant that is registered....No NEW registrations can be made after the registration deadline. The only exception to this is if you have a team for Quiz Bowl. As long as your team is registered, you can switch around, add or delete members within that team. You just can’t add another team if you didn’t register one to begin with.

Follow these steps:
1. Go to the Wisconsin FFA Website
2. Click on “Events" and then "Leadership Development Events" and then "2019 Leadership Development Event Online Registration".
3. Enter your CHAPTER NUMBER for both your User Name and Password. UNLESS you have changed your password when you registered for a Wisconsin FFA Leadership Conference. NOTE: This is not your National FFA User Name and Password. This is the User name that is your chapter number and your "state" password if you changed it from your chapter number earlier this school year.
4. Indicate the District Event attending. Use the pull down selection to find your district event location and date. (This information is necessary so we can properly sort the entries for the correct District Hosts). You must attend the event in the district in which your chapter is located. I have attached a list for your reference.
6. Include information about the numbers for contact purposes.
7. For each event you need to list each participant AND their official Membership ID number. Your registration will not be accepted without the proper membership number for each student entered. FAKE NUMBERS will not be accepted.

If a student is not a member at the time of registration, you MUST go to the National FFA website and enter them as a member before registering for District Leadership Development Events.

If you only have one entry for an event, leave the other space blank…The system will accept entries without all name spaces filled as some Quiz Bowl teams may only have the minimum required team members needed. Parliamentary Procedure teams are REQUIRED to have 6 members entered. When a student name is entered, it will require you to submit a membership number before it will be accepted.

At the bottom of the registration pages, please indicate any students who are competing in multiple events so that the District Host can properly schedule everyone and the events can move forward without delays.

Reminders: Members are only allowed to participate in 2 individual and one team event at the district level. There is a Rule Handbook online at of all the rules and procedures. Also Prepared Speaking Manuscripts and Employment Skills resumes, cover letters and job descriptions are due to the district hosts postmarked two weeks before the competition.

Again......Substitutions will be allowed on site....HOWEVER you must complete a substitution form that will be made available online when registrations are received.

District Leadership Development Events Reminders
Some very important reminders for those participating in the District Leadership Development Events…
1. Review rules and procedures for the Leadership Development Events in the Official Competition Handbook online at There is a specific handbook that each advisor should have with the rules, procedures and scorecards of each individual speaking event. It is important all participants follow the current updated rules published by the Wisconsin FFA Center.
NOTE: Parliamentary Procedure LDE rules and rubric have been UPDATED. Make sure to follow the rules and rubrics that are posted separately on the LDE website.
2. An individual FFA member can only compete in 2 individual events and 1 team event at the district competition. If a member violates this rule, they will be disqualified from all the events they participated in. This is very important that ALL members follow this rule.
3. Creed speakers are only allowed to participate in the creed speaking contest one time as either a 7th, 8th or 9th grader. So if a student participants as an 8th grader, they cannot participate again as a 9th grade. This is one time only participation event.
4. Chapters are allowed 2 participants/teams in each event EXCEPT parliamentary procedure. All participants must be active, dues paid members at the time of participation in the district leadership development events.
5. Prepared Speaking Manuscripts and Employability Skills Resumes, Cover Letters and Job Descriptions must be postmarked two weeks before the event to the district host or 25 points will be deducted for each day it is late (Monday through Friday only).
6. The 2019 DISCUSSION MEET TOPICS are online at
7. Participants must wear name badges (about 3"x5") for both Discussion Meet and Parliamentary Procedure contests on which his/her name is legibly printed and visible.
8. Finally, all contestants MUST HAVE PROPER OFFICIAL DRESS if competing. Quiz Bowl can be the only exception at the district and sectional contest. Proper Official Dress is defined in the Leadership Development Event Handbook. Make sure to contact your District Host or the Wisconsin FFA Center if you have any questions.

Also, there are no published Extemporaneous topics provided by the Wisconsin FFA however there are SIX main categories that the topics can come from (based on the rules of National FFA) 1) Agricultural literacy and advocacy 2) Current agricultural issues 3) Advancing agriculture through agriculture science 4) Current technology uses and applications in agriculture 5) Agrimarketing and international agriculture and 6) Food and fiber systems.

2019 FFA Farm Forum Registration Due January 19
Member and advisor registration forms for the February 15-16, 2019 FFA Farm Forum are due January 19, 2019.

The FFA Farm Forum is a two-day conference specifically designed for high school juniors interested in agricultural careers. Each FFA chapter may send a maximum of four students. Openings are limited to the first 150 student applications and the first 40 advisor applications.

Registration forms and a personal conduct agreement are available on the Wisconsin Farm Bureau website ( They are also posted on the Wisconsin FFA website. A personal conduct agreement form must be submitted for each student. If you have questions, feel free to contact Megan Rebout at 608.828.5702 or

Please send your send your completed registration forms and payment to:

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation
FFA Farm Forum, ATTN: Megan Rebout
P.O. Box 5550
Madison, WI 53705-0550

Co-ops YES! Conference - March 5-6, 2018 - Mark Your Calendars!!
The Co-ops Yes! Youth Leadership Conference will be held March 5-6, 2018 at the Holiday Inn South, Eau Claire. Another excellent conference planned for your FFA members. Please share the information with your students. Deadline for registering for this conference is February 16, 2018 . All information is on the Cooperative Network website-

2019 National FFA Scholarship Program
National FFA is pleased to announce that the 2019-2020 FFA Scholarship application is now open.
Collaborating with industry experts, ISTS, the new FFA scholarship platform provides a variety of benefits for the end user. This new on-line experience will eliminate the current paper process facilitating a much more timely and effective delivery and acceptance process.
Applicants will have the ability to:
-Create, edit and submit an application utilizing any web platform including a smart phone.
-Check the status of any scholarship application in progress via their Scholarship Homepage.
-Save their progress and return prior to the deadline to complete their application.
-Upload any required materials directly to their application.
-Opt-in for text notifications to supplement the email notifications and reminders to ensure a successful submittal and acceptance of their scholarship application. Quick and easy, one click advisor validation
FFA Advisors will receive an email notification to validate the leadership, SAE and Community Service sections of the student application.

The scholarship application will close Feb. 6. Any supplemental forms must be uploaded by Feb. 13. Please view the extensive resources at to assist you with any questions regarding the new scholarship platform.

Wisconsin FFA State Degree Application Online through National FFA Website
The State FFA Degree Application is available for your students to work on. Applications are due February 7 and will need to be sent to the Wisconsin FFA Center.
FFA members have to log into the National FFA Website Application Center to begin their State FFA Degree Application.

Wisconsin FFA State Star Applicants - Applications Due February 7, 2019
If you have a member applying for the State FFA Degree, they may want to consider applying for State Star recognition? Stars are recognized in the four areas: Farmer, Agricultural Placement, Agribusiness and Agriscience. In order to apply for State Star Recognition, a student must be applying for their State FFA Degree, then they must also fill out the "Star Battery" which provides additional information for this level of recognition. The Star Battery is located online through the National FFA website with all other degree and proficiency applications. In order for a student to be considered for State Star Recognition, they must include all necessary pages and information or they will not be considered if any portion of the Battery or State Degree is missing.

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 2016
1st National Convention - October 2016
2nd National Convention - October 2017
3rd National Convention - October 2018
4th National Convention - October 2019 - This would be the last national convention that this member could receive recognition at. They must apply for the degree by March 6, 2019.

Encourage Members to Apply for State FFA Honors Band or Chorus - Deadline February 12
Each year we have two fantastic groups of musicians come together at the State FFA Convention to perform and also perform at the State Fair. Encourage your students who play an instrument or sing in the choir to audition for the Wisconsin FFA Honors Band or Chorus. The past couple years, we have had fewer applications submitted for these two groups. We would love to see more students apply!! Encourage FFA members to check out the application and audition process online:



Applications and auditions are due February 12, 2019. State Convention performances are June 11-13. State Fair performances are August 8-11.

2019 FFA Week Materials Available!!!!
National FFA Week February 16-23, 2019. Check out for the official National FFA Week materials.

Quote of the Week
"Leadership develops daily, not in a day." - John Maxwell

Thank you!

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