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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 20, 2015

1. 2015 State FFA Convention Registration Guide
2. National Chapter Award Applications Due Postmarked Monday, April 20
3. Three Star Leader Applications Postmarked April 20
4. State FFA Talent Applications Due Postmarked April 20
5. State FFA Officer Candidate Applications Due April 27
6. 2015 Wisconsin FFA State Convention Online Registration and Ticket Sales
7. Needed by April 27 - School Officials Program and Lunch at State FFA Convention - Names and Addresses Needed Online for Invitations
8. State FFA Convention News Room and Courtesy Corps Applications Due April 27
9. 2015 Wisconsin FFA State Convention Housing Reservations Due May 8
10. Food For America Award Applications Due May 1
11. Members Can Apply to Be National FFA Delegates - Due May 11
12. Seventh Annual Wisconsin FFA Day of Service - Registration Due Online May 15
13. 2015 Wisconsin FFA Rally to Fight Hunger - Wisconsin FFA Convention - Registration Due Online May 15
14. Wisconsin FFA Agriscience Fair State Entries Due May 15
15. FFA Flags Needed for the Convention Opening Session
16. Change Lives Teach Agricultural Education Workshop - Register Online
17. FFA Scrapbook Competition - NEW DIGITAL SCRAPBOOK CATEGORY ADDED!!!
18. 2015 WAAE PDC Registration
19. 2015 Sectional Safe Tractor Operator Contest Dates
20. State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
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Upcoming Application and State Convention Deadlines:
April 20 National FFA Chapter Award Applications Postmarked - Send 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 27 ONLINE DUE DATE - School Officials Program and Lunch
April 27 State FFA Courtesy Corps Applications Postmarked - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 27 State FFA Convention News Room Staff Applications Postmarked - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 27 2015 State FFA Officer Applications Postmarked - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
May 1 Food for America Award Applications Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
May 8 ONLINE DUE DATE - Last Day Available for Online Convention Housing
May 11 National Delegate Applications Postmarked - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
May 15 Agriscience Fair Entries Postmarked - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
May 15 ONLINE DUE DATE - State Convention Day of Service Project Registration
May 15 ONLINE DUE DATE - Rally to Fight Hunger Service Project Registration
May 15 ONLINE DUE DATE - Chapter Delegate Registration and Delegate Committee Selection
May 22 ONLINE DUE DATE - Orders for State FFA Convention T-Shirts
May 22 ONLINE DUE DATE - Registration for Change Lives Teach Ag Workshop
May 22 ONLINE DUE DATE - Final Deadline for Meal, Entertainment, Tour Ticket Orders
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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 new 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.
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2015 State FFA Convention Registration Guide
The Wisconsin FFA Convention Registration Guide is posted on the Wisconsin FFA Convention website. Please download a copy of this planning guide to assist you with all your State Convention Registration needs.
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National Chapter Award Applications Due Postmarked Monday, April 20
The deadline is Monday, 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.
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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 16 at the State FFA Convention in Madison, members must complete a Talent Application found on the Wisconsin FFA website at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/programs/. 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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State FFA Officer Candidate Applications Due April 27
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 2015 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 wiffacenter@tznet.com. *******************************************

2015 Wisconsin FFA State Convention Online Registration and Ticket Sales
The Wisconsin FFA Convention Online Registration has been created as a one-stop shopping site for you to register your attendees for convention as well as order a variety of tickets for various events. NOT EVERYTHING IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON THIS SITE. We will be adding more ordering options as they are finalized....coming soon will be convention t-shirts.

Please note: This system is designed to be updated by advisors as many times as necessary up until the final deadlines indicated for the item you are completing. This means that you can update your registration site depending on changes with students and guests attending. Modifications can be made by logging on to this site and updating your information. YOU MUST CLICK SAVE BEFORE LEAVING THE REGISTRATION SITE TO SAVE ANY CHANGES YOU MADE EACH TIME YOU ENTER THIS SITE.

You do not need to complete all of the sections in order to save your registration. This is a working document for you. You can complete each section as you need to and as they are due. When you click on "SAVE" you are just saving the changes and information that you have entered. Clicking SAVE doesn't mean that you can't go back in and change what you have inputted or add more information.

We are not expecting that you enter all your attendees or order all your tickets at one time. The main thing is that you enter the information by the required due dates indicated by each item. The first deadline is for the school officials invitations to state convention. Everything else will stay in place for you to add to or revise. Immediately after the deadline indicated by each item on the registration site, we will be taking that portion off the registration site.

To access the Wisconsin FFA Convention Registration and Ticket site, go to: http://wisconsinffa.org/chapteradmin/

Your username and password are the same as your state Chapter ID number. (Example: if your chapter number is WI0008, your username and password would be WI0008). UNLESS YOU HAVE ALREADY CHANGED YOUR PASSWORD FOR REGISTERING FOR OTHER FFA CONFERENCES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. If you have forgotten your password you can reset it.

The following Items are NOW available to you on the registration site and have the following due dates:
April 27 - Provide your School Officials' names, titles, addresses and email addresses so invitations can be sent directly to the individual you input online.
May 15 - Official Chapter Voting Delegates and Committee Selections
May 15 - Day of Service Registration
May 15 - Rally to Fight Hunger Registration
May 22 - Change Lives Teach Ag Workshop attendees.
May 22 - Meal Tickets
May 22 - Tour Tickets as they are available.
June 1 - FFA Day on the Hill Registration
June 1 - Flags for State FFA Convention
June 1 - General Registration for attendees
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Needed by April 27 - School Officials Program and Lunch at State FFA Convention - Names and Addresses Needed Online for Invitations
Please provide us with your School Officials' names, titles, addresses and emails so we can send them a personal invitation. You can go online to the State FFA Convention Registration System and input their information. You don't need to confirm their registration at this time. We only need this information to send them an official invitation.

School Officials include anyone at your school that can make a decision about the future of your ag program.....superintendent, principal, guidance counselor, school board member, etc.

The School Officials Program and Lunch to be held in conjunction with the Wisconsin FFA State Convention is an opportunity to invite school district administrators and any other school district officials and help them broaden their understanding of Agricultural Education in addition to what FFA members participate in during the State FFA Convention. We will highlight Wisconsin Agricultural Education and FFA and recognize school officials for their support of the local agricultural education programs, instructors and FFA chapters. SPACE IS LIMITED!!

The School Officials Program and Lunch is scheduled for Wednesday of the State FFA Convention. School Officials will be able to attend the Career Show and receive a tour of the convention by selected past state FFA officers. They will also participate in a sponsored program and lunch. We will also have some key items and materials to present to them about agricultural education and FFA opportunities. This is an important public relations effort to help strength support for our agricultural education programs.

After lunch, they would attend the 2:00 p.m. session when the scholarships and state degrees are presented to members. Also during the convention session, this will be a time when the state FFA officers will recognize their school district administrators on stage.
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State FFA Convention News Room and Courtesy Corps Applications Due April 27
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/programs/ Applications are due April 27, 2015.
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2015 Wisconsin FFA State Convention Housing Reservations Due May 8
The 2015 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 15-18. 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 8, 2015.

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 2015 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://www2.mmx2reservations.com/madison/pc/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 reservation form. 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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Food For America Award Applications Due May 1
Does your chapter conduct a Food For America program in your school? Why not apply for an award for all your hard work.....The Wisconsin FFA provides recognition for Food For American programs designed and conducted by Wisconsin FFA Chapters. An award application is available on the Wisconsin FFA website. http://www.wisconsinffa.org/programs
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Members Can Apply to Be National FFA Delegates - Due May 11
FFA members who would like to serve as a National FFA Delegate with the state officers at the National FFA Convention in October, must submit an application postmarked May 11. Applications are located online at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/programs/. Once applications are received and reviewed, they will be scored and individuals will be selected for the interview process at the State FFA Convention. Not everyone that applies will have an interview. Delegates will be selected to join the state officers for a great experience working with the business of the National FFA Organization in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Seventh Annual Wisconsin FFA Day of Service - Registration Due Online May 15
On Monday, June 15, 200 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.

If you want to be a part of any of the eight project sites, register now! Space is limited!! Registration is located on the State FFA Convention Online Registration Site.
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2015 Wisconsin FFA Rally to Fight Hunger - Wisconsin FFA Convention - Registration Due Online May 15
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 70,000 meals. 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 15 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 May 15!!!
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Wisconsin FFA Agriscience Fair State Entries Due May 15
FFA members in both junior high and high school can compete in the Wisconsin FFA Agriscience Fair at the State FFA Convention in Madison. Students can compete individually or as a team. Entries are due to the Wisconsin FFA Center postmarked May 15. Student must submit an entry form and a project description. There are 6 categories.
Animal Systems
Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems
Food Products and Processing Systems
Plant Systems
Power, Structural and Technical Systems
Social Systems

Grade level is determined by the member?s grade level at the time of state certification (grade level at time of winning the state event). Team members must be from the same chapter at time of state certification (grade level at time of winning the state event).
Division 1?Individual Grades 7-9
Division 2?Individual Grades 10-12
Division 3?Team Grades 7-9
Division 4?Team Grades 10-12

Not all State winners will automatically go to the National Competition. A written report will need to be submitted to National FFA by July 15. The application can be acquired from the agriscience fair webpage on the national FFA website. All pages are required from this document. If a page is missing, a page is not completely filled out or a page is missing signatures, it will be considered an incomplete application.

The Top 15 in each category/division will be selected from the score of their written report during the week of summer judging. These individuals will be announced with the proficiency finalist and national chapter MOI, MOE and OMS finalists. Please refer to the agriscience fair handbook for details, format an the scoring rubric for the written report.https://www.ffa.org/documents/agsci_handbook.pdf. These Top 15 will go to the National Agriscience Fair at national convention to present their research project. The written report score will count for 25% of the overall score. The interview judges will not see this score.
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FFA Flags Needed for the Convention Opening Session
As always we love to begin the State FFA Convention with the massing of the FFA flags. If your chapter could provide an FFA flag and stand and an FFA member who would like to carry that flag, please register on the Online Registration System to let us know you will have a flag and a delegate to participate in the Opening Session . You can just bring your flag to the registration table on Tuesday morning, June 16 and then the students will practice at around 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning before the Opening Session.
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Change Lives Teach Agricultural Education Workshop - Register Online
Please register those students that you think would enjoy and benefit from the "Change Lives Teach Ag" Workshop at State FFA Convention. We want to encourage students to consider a career in Ag Education. This workshop can help answer questions from the universities, student teachers and current teachers. Students that attend will get a free t-shirt and some awesome door prizes will also be handed out. Those attendees for this workshop must pre-register through their advisor on the online convention registration site.
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FFA Scrapbook Competition - NEW DIGITAL SCRAPBOOK CATEGORY ADDED!!!
Don't forget about the Wisconsin FFA Scrapbook Competition. New this year is the Digitial Scrapbook Category!!!! REMEMBER TO REVIEW THE RULES AND GUIDELINES ON THE WISCONSIN FFA WEBSITE. Bring your scrapbook to the State FFA Convention News Room to check it in for competition.
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2015 WAAE PDC Registration
WAAE Professional Development Conference Registration Now Open!! Register Today for the best selection of workshop choices. www.WAAE.com and click on the Events tab to get started.
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2015 Sectional Safe Tractor Operator Contest Dates
Please note the dates set for the 2015 FFA Sectional Safe Tractor Operators Contests. State Officer and Advisors will be organizing this event and providing you more information concerning the details of their contests.
Section 1 - Amery - TBD
Section 2 - Osseo-Fairchild - TBD
Section 3 - Tomah - May 16
Section 4 - Platteville - June 19 - Sauk Prairie High School
Section 5 - Wisconsin Heights - June 19 - Sauk Prairie High School
Section 6 - Sauk Prairie - June 19 - Sauk Prairie High School
Section 7 - Spencer - TBD
Section 8 - Oconto Falls - June 2
Section 9 - Mishicot - June 6 in Plymouth
Section 10 - Lomria - TBD
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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 new 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 42.5 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.
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Have a great week!

Cheryl Zimmerman
State FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 110
Spencer, WI 54479
715-659-4807
wiffacenter@tznet.com

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2014-2015 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events