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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 25, 2016

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. Co-ops YES! Conference - March 7-8 - Mark Your Calendars!!
5. 2016 National FFA Scholarship Application is Live!
6. Wisconsin FFA State Degree Application Online through National FFA Website
7. Wisconsin FFA State Star Applicants - Applications Due February 1, 2016
8. American Degree Eligibility
9. 2016 GROWMARK Essay Contest
10. Encourage Members to Apply for State FFA Honors Band or Chorus - Don?t Forget to Include $10 Entry Fee Per Application
11. 2016 Jag Lake Reservations
12. Quote of the Week

Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
January 25 District Speaking Contests Begin - Check listing on Wisconsin FFA website
January 26-28 National Ag Ed Summit - Indianapolis
Feb. 1 State FFA Degrees - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
Feb. 5-7 Wisconsin FFA Alumni Convention - Madison
Feb. 11 CTSO Legislative Day - Madison
Feb. 18-19 State FFA Board Meeting - Wisconsin Rapids
Feb. 19-20 FFA Farm Forum - Wisconsin Rapids
Feb. 22 State FFA Proficiency Awards - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
Feb. 21-27 National FFA Week
March 18-19 212 and EDGE Conferences - Green Bay, Wisconsin

January District Speaking Contests
Jan. 25 District 4 Speaking Contest - St. Croix Central
Jan. 25 District 8 Speaking Contest - Cashton - RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 1
Jan. 25 District 9 Speaking Contest - Kickapoo - RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 3
Jan. 25 District 22 Speaking Contest - Gresham
Jan. 27 District 11 Speaking Contest - Argyle
Jan. 27 District 16 Speaking Contest - Berlin
Feb. 1 District 13 Speaking Contest - Parkview
Feb. 1 District 17 Speaking Contest - Westfield
Feb. 1 District 26 Speaking Contest - Valders
Feb. 1 District 28 Speaking Contest - Mayville
Feb. 2 District 6 Speaking Contest - Stanley-Boyd
Feb. 2 District 11 Speaking Contest - Lancaster
Feb. 2 District 15 Speaking Contest - Verona
Feb. 2 District 21 Speaking Contest - Athens
Feb. 2 District 25 Speaking Contest - Bay Port
Feb. 3 District 5 Speaking Contest - Boyceville
Feb. 3 District 10 Speaking Contest - Richland Center
Feb. 3 District 29 Speaking Contest - Oconomowoc
Feb. 4 District 19 Speaking Contest - Auburndale
Feb. 4 District 24 Speaking Contest - Oshkosh West

FFA Application Deadlines:
Feb. 1 National FFA Scholarship Applications - Submitted online to National FFA
Feb. 1 State FFA Degrees - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
Feb. 5 State FFA Honors Band and Chorus - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
Feb. 22 State FFA Proficiency Awards - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
March 7 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 2016 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 National FFA Website 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 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 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 2016 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, 2016 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.

Co-ops YES! Conference - March 7-8 - Mark Your Calendars!!
The Co-ops Yes! Youth Leadership Conference will be held March 7-8, 2016 at the Holiday Inn South, Eau Claire. Conference registration materials are posted Another excellent conference planned for your FFA members. Please share the information with your students. Deadline for registering for this conference is January 26, 2016 . All information is also on the Cooperative Network website?

2016 National FFA Scholarship Application is Live!
Application deadlines for 2016
- The online application must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2016
- The Signature Page (required to complete eligibility) must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2016

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 Due Monday February 1
The State FFA Degree Application is available now for your students to work on. Applications are due February 1.
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 1, 2016
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 2013
1st National Convention - October 2013
2nd National Convention - October 2014
3rd National Convention - October 2015
4th National Convention - October 2016 - This would be the last national convention that this member could receive recognition at. They must apply for the degree by March 5, 2016.

2016 GROWMARK Essay Contest
Please go to the following website to find more information about the 2016 GROWMARK Essay Contest.

Encourage Members to Apply for State FFA Honors Band or Chorus - Don?t Forget to Include $10 Entry Fee Per Application
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 14-16. State Fair performances are August 11-14.

2016 Jag Lake Reservations
Reservations for 2016 Jag Lake dates are open. The procedures for making reservations are as follows:

1. Reservations will be taken beginning Wednesday, November 18.
2. Reservations are to be emailed to Cassie Fabian at:
3. Cassie will send an e-mail confirmation of your reservation.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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
?A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.? - John Lubbock

Thank you! Have a great week.

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

Annual Calendar of Events

2015-2016 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events