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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 January 9, 2017

1. Half-Time Dance Theme!!!
2. Reminders for Students and Advisors Attending Half-Time Conference
3. 2017 Half-Time Conference Advisor Schedule
4. Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
5. FFA Membership Roster Payment Due No Later Than January 13, 2017
6. Online FFA District Leadership Development Event (Speaking Contest) Registration Now Open
7. District Leadership Development Event Reminders
8. 2017 FFA Farm Forum Registration Due January 20
9. 2017 National FFA Scholarship Program Online
10. Wisconsin FFA State Degree Application Online through National FFA Website
11. Wisconsin FFA State Star Applicants - Applications Due February 6, 2017
12. American Degree Eligibility
13. Encourage Members to Apply for State FFA Honors Band or Chorus
14. Co-ops YES! Conference - March 6-7 - Mark Your Calendars!!
15. 2017 Jag Lake Reservations
16. Quote of the Week

Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
January 12 Marshfield Parliamentary Procedure Invitational
January 13-14 2017 FFA Half-Time Conference - Holiday Inn and Convention Center - Stevens Point
January 13 Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting - Stevens Point
January 13 Wisconsin Association of FFA Board Meeting - Stevens Point
January 13 WAAE Board Meeting - Stevens Point
January 20 UW-Madison Collegiate FFA Hockey Extravaganza
January 25 District Speaking Contests Begin - Check listing attached and on Wisconsin FFA Website
Jan. 31-Feb. 2 National Ag Ed Summit - Indianapolis
Feb. 1 National FFA Scholarship Application Due Online
Feb. 3-4 Wisconsin FFA Alumni Convention - Green Lake
Feb. 6 State FFA Degrees - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
Feb. 9 CTSO Legislative Day - Madison
Feb. 16-17 State FFA Board Meeting - Wisconsin Rapids
Feb. 17-18 FFA Farm Forum - Wisconsin Rapids
Feb. 19-25 National FFA Week
Feb. 20 State FFA Proficiency Awards - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center

January District Speaking Contests
Jan. 25 District 12 Speaking Contest - Belmont - Registration Due Date January 11
Jan. 26 District 15 Speaking Contest - Waunakee - Registration Due Date January 12
Jan. 26 District 26 Speaking Contest - West DePere - Registration Due Date January 12
Jan. 30 District 4 Speaking Contest - Spring Valley - Registration Due Date January 16
Jan. 30 District 18 Speaking Contest - Baraboo - Registration Due Date January 16
Jan. 30 District 23 Speaking Contest - Oconto Falls - Registration Due Date January 16
Jan. 31 District 24 Speaking Contest - Waupaca - Registration Due Date January 17
Jan. 31 District 25 Speaking Contest - Green Bay East - Registration Due Date January 17

Half-Time Dance Theme!!!!
The question of the day....what is the Half-Time Dance Theme?

The dance theme is ?Be a Fan?. Have your students wear their favorite sports team colors, etc!!!! Of course remind them that all clothing must be appropriate :)

Reminders for Students and Advisors Attending Half-Time Conference
Attached you will find the descriptions of the workshops that the state officers will be presenting at the Half-Time Conference. This year the officers are also going to conduct a new activity - Round Table Idea Sharing. Their theme is ?In the Locker Room?. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. with dinner at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, January 13.

We currently have 350 students registered for the 2017 Half-Time Conference. Also don?t forget to have the student sign the Code of Conduct and Photo Release forms. These forms are found on the Wisconsin FFA Website under Events > Leadership Conferences. Please turn these in at registration.

2017 Half-Time Conference Advisor Schedule
The 2017 Half-Time Conference has a full schedule for advisors.

Friday, January 13, 2017
10:00 a.m. - Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting - Expo 2
1:00 p.m. - WAAE Board of Directors Meeting ? Expo 2
1:00 p.m. - State FFA Board of Directors Meeting ? Wisconsin Room

6:45 p.m. - Advisor Workshop ? Expo 1 - Artistry of Agricultural Education
Artistry of Agricultural Education
This workshop is designed as a mid-year motivator for any agricultural educator who chooses to attend. There is an art to agricultural education and this is an opportunity to take a step back from the canvas and look at the beauty of our work as agricultural educators. Hear inspirational points from those that practice this art and how we can take the colors of our programs and showcase them.

7:00 p.m. - 100 Year Anniversary Committee - Bayba Board Room
7:00 p.m. - New Teacher Sharing Session ? Expo 4
7:00 p.m. - WAAE Instructional Kits Meeting ? Pointer Room
7:00 p.m. - WAAE CDE Committee - Expo 3
8:00 p.m. - SAE Committee Meeting ? Wisconsin Room
8:30 p.m. - WAAE Past Presidents Meeting ? Point Brewery Room

Saturday, January 14, 2017
7:30 a.m. - Breakfast ? Expo 3 and 4
8:30 a.m. - Star Teach Ag Committee Meeting - Wisconsin Room
9:00 a.m. - Advisor Workshop - Expo 1 and 2
* MAQA Training - Bernie O?Rourke
* Academic Career Planning - Jeff Hicken and Panel
* Review of potential Parliamentary Procedure Changes
* Update on FFA Activities, Awards and Programs

12:45 p.m. - Lunch and Final General Session ? Expo 3 and 4

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, 2017 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.

FFA Membership Roster Payment Due No Later Than January 13, 2017
Remember 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 no later than Friday, January 13.

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.

Remember the FINAL membership deadline is March 1 so make sure to get all of your students entered on your roster!!!

Online FFA District Leadership Development Event (Speaking Contest) Registration Now Open
Don?t forget we have an online registration process for all FFA members participating in Wisconsin FFA District Leadership Development Events (Speaking Contests). This is REQUIRED of all chapters competing at the District Level. Registration is due two weeks before your District Event date?.Please see document attached for the two week deadline for each District Contest - Please note these vary.

Substitutions are allowed on site at the 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. You can only substitute for a student's registration....No NEW registrations can be made after the registration deadline. All registrations are coming to the Wisconsin FFA Center first and then are transferred to the District Host.

Follow these steps:
1. Go to the Wisconsin FFA Website
2. Click on 2017 District Leadership Development Event Online Registration (either on the home page or under Events>Speaking Contests)
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 Conference. 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 Leadership Development Event you are attending. You must attend the contest in the district in which your chapter is located. I have attached a list for your reference. (This is necessary so we can properly sort the entries for the District Hosts)
5. Include information about the numbers for contact purposes.
6. For each contest 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.

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 Speaking Contests.

If you only have one entry for a contest, leave the other space blank...The system will accept entries without all name spaces filled as some teams may only have the minimum required team members needed. If a student name is entered however 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 contest 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 Job Interview resumes 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.
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 and Cover Letters 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 2017 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 NEW!!!! there are now 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.

2017 FFA Farm Forum Registration Due January 20
Member and advisor registration forms for the February 17-18, 2017 FFA Farm Forum are due January 20, 2017.

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 30 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 Deb Raemisch at 608.828.5712 or

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

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

2017 National FFA Scholarship Application is live!
Application deadlines for 2017
- The online application must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2017
- The Signature Page (required to complete eligibility) must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2017

Membership deadline for 2017:
- States must submit membership to national by March 1

Visit for information and access to the application. Be sure to review additional eligibility requirements forAmerica?s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (presented by the Monsanto Fund) and the Built Ford Tough dealer scholarship program.

Questions, comments or concerns? Email

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 6. START TODAY!
1. Log into the National FFA website at
2. Select Instructor or Student - (Students would obviously be logged in only as a student)
3. Select Apply Now
4. Select Other Applications
4. Select SAE Application Center
5. From the drop down menu select Wisconsin State Degree to create a new application.
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. 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.

Wisconsin FFA State Star Applicants - Applications Due February 6, 2017
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 2014
1st National Convention - October 2014
2nd National Convention - October 2015
3rd National Convention - October 2016
4th National Convention - October 2017 - This would be the last national convention that this member could receive recognition at. They must apply for the degree by March 6, 2017.

Encourage Members to Apply for State FFA Honors Band or Chorus
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 at

Applications and auditions are due February 6, 2017. State Convention performances are June 13-15. State Fair performances are August 10-13.

Co-ops YES! Conference - March 6-7 - Mark Your Calendars!!
The Co-ops Yes! Youth Leadership Conference will be held March 6-7, 2017 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 10, 2017 . All information is on the Cooperative Network website?

2017 Jag Lake Reservations
Reservations for 2017 Jag Lake dates are open. All dates are currently available. The procedures for making reservations are as follows:

1. Reservations are to be emailed to Cassie Fabian at:
2. Cassie will send an e-mail confirmation of your reservation.
3. An invoice and other information will be mailed out. Payment and the signed Contract of Use form must be returned within 30 days of the invoice date.
4. Multiple voice mail messages and/or e-mails requesting the same dates will be handled based on the date/time the message was left or e-mail sent.
5. If we do not receive payment within the 30 day period, your reservation dates will be released and become available to all chapters.

Quote of the Week
?Quality is not an act, it is a habit.? - Aristotle

Cheryl Zimmerman
Wisconsin FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center
Phone: 715-659-4807

Annual Calendar of Events

2016-2017 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events