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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 March 6, 2017

1. Update on State Degree and Proficiency Award Results
2. 2017 Sectional Leadership Development Events Well Underway
3. Discussion Meet Topics for Sectional Leadership Development Events
4. Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarships Available to FFA Members - Due March 17
5. American Degree Review at 212 and EDGE Conferences
6. State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
7. Upcoming Career Development Event Competitions
8. Final FFA Membership Payments Due
9. Contest Entry Forms Online - Conduct of Meetings LDE, High School Quiz Bowl, Ag. Issues LDE, and Marketing Plan CDE
10. Jr. High/Middle School Essay Contest - Entries Due April 15
11. State FFA Officer Election Process Information Online
12. Quote of the Week
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Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
March 6-7 Coops YES! - Eau Claire
March 7-8 Eau Claire Farm Show
March 16-17 Wisconsin FFA Board Meeting - Madison
March 18 Janesville CDE
March 24-25 EDGE and 212 Conferences - Stevens Point
March 28-30 WPS Farm Show - Oshkosh
March 30 UW-Platteville CDE
March 31 FVTC-Appleton CDE
April 1 UW-River Falls CDE
April 7 Wisconsin Envirothon - Wisconsin Lions Camp, Rosholt
April 10 World Food Prize WI Youth Institute - Madison
April 28 State CDEs - Madison

FFA Application Deadlines:
March 17 Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Applications - Postmarked to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation
April 1 Entries for Conduct of Meetings LDE, 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 2017 State FFA Officer Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
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Update on State Degree and Proficiency Award Results
Thank you to all those that helped judge proficiency award applications this past weekend. We had a very successful weekend and now the processing continues.

We are doing our best to process all of the results for the State FFA Degrees and Proficiency Awards. Please be patient with us as this process takes a significant amount of time in proofing and recording results. I will be out of the office from the afternoon of March 8 through Monday March 13. We will send out some results before I am out of the office, however, additional results will not be available until after March 13. Thank you again. With over 360 state degrees and over 650 proficiency applications this is huge job to make sure everything is recorded and taken care of properly.
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2017 Sectional Leadership Development Events Well Underway
The top two individuals/teams in each of the seven speaking leadership development events advance to the Sectional Level LDEs held in March. The dates are listed below. The Sectional Hosts will be contacting those individuals and teams that advance from the District level competitions.
Section 1: Amery, March 15
Section 2: Stanley-Boyd, March 15
Section 3: Holmen, March 14
Section 4: Argyle, March 8
Section 5: Clinton, March 8
Section 6: Poynette, March 6 - COMPLETED
Section 7: Spencer, March 28
Section 8: Freedom, March 13
Section 9: Wrightstown, March 14
Section 10: East Troy, March 15
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Discussion Meet Topics for Sectional Leadership Development Events
For those FFA members advancing to Sectionals in the FFA Discussion Meet Event, please note the topics that are listed for possible use at the Sectional and State competitions. Discussion Meet topics are online at http://www.wisconsinffa.org.
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Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarships Available to FFA Members - Due March 17
The scholarship application is posted online for Wisconsin FFA members to apply for scholarships through the Wisconsin FFA Foundation, Inc. Make sure to click on the "Scholarships and Grants" under Programs http://www.wisconsinffa.org/programs/
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American Degree Review at 212 and EDGE Conferences
We would like to invite you to assist in the reviewing of the 2017 American FFA Degree applications at the upcoming 212 and EDGE Conference in Stevens Point - March 24-25. 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 24. 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!!!
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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 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 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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Upcoming Career Development Event Competitions
Make sure to go to the Wisconsin FFA Website under Events to find information for registering for Career Development Events.
http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/
March 18 - Janesville
March 30 - UW-Platteville
March 31 - FVTC-Appleton
April 1 - UW-River Falls
April 28 - State CDEs in Madison
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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
Attn: CTSO Accountant
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841

IF YOU ARE A MEMBERSHIP AFFILIATION CHAPTER PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS FROM DPI AS FAR AS PAYMENT BASED ON YOUR TOTAL ENROLLMENT. INVOICING IS DIFFERENT FOR THESE CHAPTERS. DPI WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH AN INVOICE TO PAY.
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Contest Entry Forms Online - Conduct of Meetings LDE, High School Quiz Bowl, Ag. Issues LDE, and Marketing Plan CDE
If your chapter would be interested in competing in the Conduct of Meetings LDE; High School Quiz Bowl; Ag. Issues LDE and/or Marketing Plan CDE at the 2017 State FFA Convention, entry forms are now online at www.wisconsinffa.org 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.
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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 ? 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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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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Quote of the Week
"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.? - Eleanor Roosevelt
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I will be out of the office from the afternoon of Wednesday, March 18 through Monday, March 13. If you need anything, please contact Terry Bernick at tbernick@wisconsinsffa.org.

Think Spring!!!!

Cheryl Zimmerman
Wisconsin FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center
czimmerman@wisconsinffa.org
Phone: 715-659-4807

Annual Calendar of Events

2016-2017 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events