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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 April 10, 2017

1. 2017 Wisconsin State FFA Degree Appeal Update
2. 2017 American FFA Degree Application Update
3. 2017 Wisconsin FFA Convention Housing Now Available
4. 2017 Regional Wisconsin FFA Safe Tractor Operator Contest Dates
5. State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
6. Jr. High/Middle School Essay Contest - Entries Due April 17
7. National Chapter Award Applications Due Postmarked April 20
8. Three Star Leader Applications Postmarked April 20
9. State FFA Talent Applications Due Postmarked April 20
10. 2017 School Officials Program at State Convention
11. Ninth Annual Wisconsin FFA Day of Service - Registration Due Online May 15
12. 2017 Wisconsin FFA Rally to Fight Hunger - Wisconsin FFA Convention - Registration Due Online June 1
13. State FFA Officer Election Process Information Online
14. State FFA Convention News Room and Courtesy Corps Applications Due April 25
15. Quote of the Week
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Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
April 10 World Food Prize WI Youth Institute - UW-Madison
April 27 Deadline to Register your School Officials for State Convention
April 28 State CDEs - Madison
May 15 2017 Day of Service Registration Due
June 1 2017 Rally to Fight Hunger Registration Due

FFA Application Deadlines:
April 17 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 25 State FFA Convention News Room Staff Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 25 State FFA Courtesy Corps Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 27 2017 State FFA Officer Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
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SPECIAL NOTE: All of the State FFA Convention information is being posted online. Please review the Wisconsin Association of FFA Website as items about the State Convention are being posted http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/. Everything that you need to prepare for Convention will be located on the website. The Online Convention Registration System will be coming soon!!!
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2017 Wisconsin State FFA Degree Appeal Update
I am currently in the process of notifying FFA advisors about their State FFA Degree Appeals. If you haven?t heard from me you will soon with the final outcomes on your student?s state degree.
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2017 American FFA Degree Application Update
As soon as the State FFA Degree Appeals are complete, I will notify chapter advisors concerning the status of the American Degree Applications.
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2017 Wisconsin FFA Convention Housing Now Available
The 2017 State FFA Convention housing reservation process and hotel information are now available for FFA chapters to make hotel reservations for the Wisconsin FFA Convention June 12-15. There are a number of hotels around the Madison area for chapters to select from ranging in prices to meet your needs. Please see the attached hotel list for all facilities and prices. Reservations will be accepted through May 12, 2017.

Again this year through the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau, online reservations are available. This system will provide you with the opportunity to go directly online and make your hotel reservations.

It is very important that you follow the detailed instructions on how to make your hotel reservations for the 2017 State FFA Convention. Please read this carefully as there are two options for reservations.

Online Reservations: Use the following website to make your online reservations. Please note that online reservations will receive first priority. https://mmxreservations.com/fer/#/madison?pageCode=WIFFA
Fax Reservation Forms to GMCVB: If you wish to fill out your reservation and fax it to the GMCVB, you will need to download the attached reservation form.

If any of these attachments do not open for you, all this information can be accessed through the Wisconsin FFA website at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/

If you have any questions concerning your housing reservations, please contact Laura Senz, Convention Services Coordinator at the GMCVB at 800-373-6376 Ext. 3957 or senz@visitmadison.com
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2017 Regional Wisconsin FFA Safe Tractor Operator Contest Dates
Please note the locations of the 2017 Wisconsin FFA Safe Tractor Operator Contests. We will be holding 4 regional events again this year to qualify for the State Contest instead of 10 sectional contests. FFA members can only compete at one site to qualify to move on to the state competition.

The four regional sites and dates for contests are:

Arcadia High School - June 16
Clear Lake High School - TBD
FVTC-Appleton - June 8
Sauk Prairie High School - TBD

The winner from each of these contest sites will advance to the State Contest at Farm Technology Days. In addition to each winner advancing, the top 10 overall scoring individuals will also advance to the state contest. We will have 14 individuals competing at state.

Registration will be done online through the Wisconsin FFA website. I will let you know when that is available for you to register your students.
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State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
If you invite the State FFA Officer(s) to your school for banquets 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, or materials that the state officer may have purchased to use in a workshop they present.

The state officers have a 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 38.5 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.
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Jr. High/Middle School Essay Contest - Entries Due April 17
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 ?Transform". 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
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National Chapter Award Applications Due Postmarked April 20
The deadline is Thursday, April 20 for your applications to be submitted for National Chapter Award Recognition. Make sure to send your National Chapter Award Application to Cheryl Zimmerman, Wisconsin FFA Center, P.O. Box 110, Spencer, WI 54479.

Email from Paul Larson:
You will recall that this award is now new and on-line for completing. While you complete it on-line, it exports to a PDF that you print out and submit to the FFA Center. As with any revision of an award area, there have been a few hiccups. With that in mind, I HIGHLY recommend that you start your application EARLY, so you don't have major stress when the deadline looms.

Some reminders, there are now 3 goals for each activity required, with plan of action for each, evaluation and picture and caption. Each of these has a text box with a character limit. (Just like Twitter) If you go over the character count the character count turns red and there is a negative in front of your number of characters. If you have too many characters, it will NOT be printed on your print out to turn in.

The pictures you select, drop in and resize automatically, you must hit save after you have selected your picture to get it to stay with the application.

As with all applications, be sure to check out the associated handbook on-line and the rubric to help your chapter score to the best of their abilities.

Good luck as you work on National Chapter, if you need assistance, Jenna Genson at National FFA (jgenson@ffa.org) or Paul Larson would be happy to give you a hand. There are a lot of great resources on the FFA Website for National Chapter.

https://www.ffa.org/participate/awards/national-chapter
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Three Star Leader Applications Postmarked April 20
If your chapter submits a completed National Chapter Award Application (completing BOTH forms I and II) to the Wisconsin FFA for competition, your chapter can nominate one individual as your Three Star Leader. These are due postmarked APRIL 20. Applications are located at http://www.wisconsinffa.org. These individuals will be recognized at the State FFA Convention. They will receive special recognition at the State FFA Leadership Dinner and will receive a pin and certificate. Don't forget to nominate your top leader in your chapter. This does not have to be your president. ONLY ONE PER CHAPTER. It can be any member you and your chapter feel has contributed to your chapter.
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State FFA Talent Applications Due Postmarked April 20
If you have students interested in competing in the State FFA Talent Competition on Tuesday, June 13 at the State FFA Convention in Madison, members must complete a Talent Application found on the Wisconsin FFA website at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/ under ??Other Contests?. Applications are due postmarked April 20. Further information about the Talent Competition will be sent to those members entering. This is a great opportunity to showcase talents our FFA members possess. If they can sing, dance, juggle or have some unique talent this is an opportunity for them. Talent performers will receive a gold, silver or bronze rating and state award pin. National FFA Talent nominations will also be selected as well as recognition for the top talent performances at this year's State FFA Convention.
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2017 School Officials Program at State Convention
The School Officials Program and Lunch is held in conjunction with the Wisconsin FFA State Convention on Wednesday, June 14. This is an opportunity to invite school district administrators, principals, guidance counselors and any other school officials and help them broaden their understanding of Agricultural Education and FFA with an awesome program put together by State FFA Advisor Jeff Hicken. They will hear from key people in Agricultural Education as well enjoy lunch and be able to attend the Career Show and receive a tour of the convention by selected past state FFA officers. This is an important public relations effort to help strength support for our agricultural education programs. We also recognize school officials for their support of the local agricultural education programs, instructors and FFA chapters.

Please do not send an email to Jeff Hicken with this information. You must go on the Wisconsin FFA Convention Registration Site (COMING SOON!!!) and input your information. Go to the Wisconsin FFA Website - Click on Events - Then Click on the Button ?State Convention? - You will see the link to the 2017 Wisconsin FFA Convention Online Registration Site. The link is http://wisconsinffa.org/chapteradmin/login.php?set=yes

You then have to enter your STATE user name and password. This is similar to registering for one of our leadership conferences.

BY APRIL 27!! Please provide us with your School Officials' names, titles, addresses and emails so we can send them a personal invitation. You don't need to confirm their registration at this time. We only need this information to send them an official invitation.

Remember that the Convention Website is a site that you register as you need to?.not everything has to be completed at one time. NOTE the various due dates for the items on the registration site.
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Ninth Annual Wisconsin FFA Day of Service - Registration Due Online May 15
On Monday, June 12, 175 FFA members from around the state of Wisconsin will join together to give back to the Madison community. Eight service sites have been chosen for members to provide service.

More information is on the State FFA Convention Website http://wisconsinffa.org/events/. Registration will be located on the State FFA Convention Online Registration Site (COMING SOON!!!).
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2017 Wisconsin FFA Rally to Fight Hunger - Wisconsin FFA Convention - Registration Due Online June 1
The Wisconsin Association of FFA will be teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank. to package meals that will stay right here in Wisconsin. We plan to package 40,000 lbs. of food. These meals will then be distributed to the Second Harvest Food Bank, to keep these meals local and help feed Wisconsin.
This project will occur Monday, June 12 at the State Convention. Second Harvest Food Bank will bring all supplies to the Alliant Energy Center, and we will run assembly lines to package the meals. We will run three shifts to package the meals. 4:00 p.m.; 5:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Students will be able to work together, in the Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center, to assemble the meals.

Registration this year must be completed by going to the State FFA Convention Online Registration Site. Registration is due June 1. (COMING SOON!!!).
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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 2017 State FFA Officer Election Process is online at http://www.wisconsinffa.org. 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 czimmerman@wisconsinffa.org.
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State FFA Convention News Room and Courtesy Corps Applications Due April 25
Do you have FFA members wanting to attend State FFA Convention and looking for something to do? We can always use FFA members to assist
with the variety of Courtesy Corps and News Room assignments throughout the state FFA convention. Applications are located at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/ Check under the State Convention Tab. Applications are due April 25, 2017.
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Quote of the Week
?I can?t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.? - Jimmy Dean
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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

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