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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 26, 2015

1. Remember to Register Your Members - Online FFA District Speaking Contest Registration
2. District Speaking Contest Reminders
3. Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
4. Wisconsin FFA State Degree Application Online through Ag Career Network - DUE February 2
5. Wisconsin FFA State Star Applicants - Applications Due February 2, 2015
6. 2015 National FFA Scholarship Program Update
7. Encourage Members to Apply for State FFA Honors Band or Chorus
8. Co-ops YES! Conference - March 16-17 - Mark Your Calendars!!

Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
Jan. 27-29 National FFA Inservice - Indianapolis, IN
Jan. 30 UW-Madison Collegiate FFA Hockey Extravaganza
Feb. 2 State FFA Degrees - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
Feb. 6-7 Wisconsin FFA Alumni Convention - Stevens Point
Feb. 12 CTSO Legislative Day - Madison
Feb. 19-20 State FFA Board Meeting - Wisconsin Rapids
Feb. 20 State FFA Proficiency Awards - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
Feb. 20-21 FFA Farm Forum - Wisconsin Rapids
Feb. 22 CTSO Day with the Milwaukee Bucks
Feb. 22-28 National FFA Week

District Speaking Contests
Jan. 26 District 10 Speaking Contest - Ithaca - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Jan. 26 District 13 Speaking Contest - New Glarus
Jan. 28 District 16 Speaking Contest - Waupun
Jan. 29 District 22 Speaking Contest - Clintonville
Feb. 2 District 1 Speaking Contest - Shell Lake
Feb. 2 District 6 Speaking Contest - Osseo-Fairchild
Feb. 2 District 7 Speaking Contest - Whitehall
Feb. 2 District 25 Speaking Contest - Sevastopol
Feb. 3 District 3 Speaking Contest - Lake Holcombe
Feb. 3 District 17 Speaking Contest - Tri-County
Feb. 3 District 27 Speaking Contest - Sheboygan Falls
Feb. 4 District 14 Speaking Contest - Oregon
Feb. 4 District 21 Speaking Contest - Wausau
Feb. 5 District 4 Speaking Contest - River Falls
Feb. 5 District 18 Speaking Contest - Weston
Feb. 5 District 20 Speaking Contest - Granton
Feb. 5 District 24 Speaking Contest - Oshkosh North

FFA Application Deadlines:
Feb. 1 National FFA Scholarship Applications - Submitted online to National FFA
Feb. 2 State FFA Degrees - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
Feb. 5 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 5 American FFA Degrees - Postmarked Send to Wisconsin FFA


Remember to Register Your Members - Online FFA District Speaking Contest Registration
Don't forget we have an online registration process for all FFA members participating in Wisconsin FFA District Speaking Contests. This is REQUIRED of all chapters competing at the District Level. Registration is due two weeks before your District Contest 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 contest. 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 contest. 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 2015 District Speaking Contest 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 ACN 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 Contest 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 Ag Career Network 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 Speaking Contest Reminders
Some very important reminders for those participating in the District Speaking Contests...
1. Review rules and procedures for the speaking contests in the Official Speaking 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 contest.
4. Chapters are allowed 2 participants/teams in each contest EXCEPT parliamentary procedure. All participants must be active, dues paid members at the time of participation in the district contest.
5. Prepared Speaking Manuscripts and Job Interview Resumes and Cover Letters must be postmarked two weeks before the contest to the district host or 25 points will be deducted for each day it is late (Monday through Friday only).
6. The 2015 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 Speaking Contest 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 four main categories that the topics can come from (based on the rules of National FFA) 1) Agriscience and Technology 2) Agrimarketing and International Agriculture 3) Food and Fiber Systems and 4) Urban Agriculture.

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, 2015 but if the student is competing before that date, make sure they are entered into the Ag Career Network before competing to obtain their ID number.

WIsconsin FFA State Degree Application Online through Ag Career Network - DUE February 2
The new State FFA Degree Application is available now for your students to work on. Applications are due February 2. TIME IS RUNNING SHORT!!!!
1. Log in to AgCN
2. Select Advisor
3. Select FFA application center
4. Select SAE application center
5. From the drop down menu select Wisconsin State Degree or proficiency
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. Cover page should be completed you can upload from AgCN if the student has completed their profile in the AgCN it will fill in their information.
9. 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 2, 2015
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 Ag Career Network with all other NEW 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.

2015 National FFA Scholarship Program Update
Students can access the application through their Agricultural Career Network (AgCN) accounts. FFA members will create AgCN accounts using information from invitations generated by their FFA advisors. Students who have AgCN accounts do not need another invitation. Students ?SIGN IN? at, then click the ?National Scholarships? menu button to access the application.

Advisors log into AgCN to renew rosters and issue invitations. Advisors who do not already have an AgCN login should obtain one from state staff. FFA members must be renewed and active on the chapter roster for advisors to issue invitations. Invite codes appear next to member names on the active roster. Invitations can be generated individually or by using the ?Bulk Action? option.

Reminder: Under no circumstances should an FFA member EVER create an account as a Community Member. ?Community? is for non-member use only and sends students to the non-member application. FFA members submitting a ?non-member? application will NOT qualify for scholarships with membership criteria. (Submitting more than one application is grounds for disqualification.)

Membership status is checked before judging begins. Only students with a current, active membership status will be eligible to compete for scholarships. The deadline to ensure active membership is March 1, 2015. National FFA will not contact states during judging to confirm status.

Last year?s pilot program for America?s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (presented by Monsanto) was a huge success. This year, 352 scholarships will be offered through this program. To qualify, applicants must obtain three electronic farmer endorsements. Details will be available after November 15th at (click the America?s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders logo) or at

DEADLINES: The 2015 online application must be submitted prior to 5:00 p.m. EST Feb. 1, 2015. Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2015.

AgCN and/or membership questions? Call 317-802-6060. Scholarship questions? Email

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

State Convention performances are June 16-18. State Fair performances are August 13-16.

Co-ops YES! Conference - March 16-17 - Mark Your Calendars!!
The Co-ops Yes! Youth Leadership Conference will be held March 16-17, 2015 at the Holiday Inn, Eau Claire. Conference registration materials are posted on the Wisconsin FFA website Another excellent conference planned for your FFA members. Please share the information with your students. Deadline for registering for this conference is February 13, 2015 . All information is also on the Cooperative Network website?

Have a great week!

Cheryl Zimmerman
State FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 110
Spencer, WI 54479

Annual Calendar of Events

2014-2015 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events