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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 October 20, 2014

1. 212 and 360 Personal Development Conferences - Registration Online - Due TODAY!!!!
2. Important Reminders for National FFA Convention
3. National CDE Team Member Changes
4. Wisconsin FFA Foundation SAE Grant Applications
5. National FFA SAE Grant Update
6. UW-River Falls Parliamentary Procedure Workshops
7 UW-Madison Parliamentary Procedure Workshop
8. 2015 National FFA Scholarship Program Opens Soon
9. Send In Your 2014-2015 FFA Program of Activities - Due December 1

Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
October 24 212 and 360 Conference Registration Due
October 27 State FFA Officers/National Delegates Leave for National FFA Convention
Oct. 29-Nov. 1 National FFA Convention - Louisville, Kentucky
Nov. 6 Wisconsin FFA Foundation Board Meeting - Marshfield
Nov. 10 Parliamentary Procedure Workshop ? UW-River Falls
Nov. 11 Parliamentary Procedure Workshop - Shawano
Nov. 13 Parliamentary Procedure Workshop ? Mauston
Nov. 14 Wisconsin Team AgEd Meeting - Green Bay
Nov. 14 Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting - Green Bay
Nov. 14-15 212 and 360 Conferences - Green Bay
Nov. 15 National FFA SAE Grant Application Due to National FFA
Nov. 17 Wisconsin FFA SAE Grant Applications Due to Wisconsin FFA Foundation
Nov. 18 UW-Madison Collegiate FFA Parliamentary Procedure Workshop
Dec. 1 Deadline for Initial FFA Membership Rosters Submitted Online
Dec. 1 Deadline to Submit Chapter Program of Activities

212 and 360 Personal Development Conferences - Registration Online - Due TODAY!!!
The 212 Conference and the 360 Conference are scheduled for November 14-15 at the Hyatt on Main in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Four pairs of presenters from National FFA will be in Wisconsin to help FFA members develop personal and leadership skills. The conferences begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and ends around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Registration is due submitted online October 24. Registration materials are online at:

If you have students attending both conference, you MUST complete the registration for each conference they are attending. We have to keep the 212 and 360 registrations separate. Thank you!!

Conference curriculum does rotate so this will be different than what was presented last school year if your students attended in 2013.
212 Conference is focused on Virtues. (Designed for 9-10th grade)
360 Conference is focused on Vision. (Designed for 11-12th grade)

Reminders for National FFA Convention

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- 157 Wisconsin FFA Members will be receiving their American FFA Degree on Saturday, November 1. The order for the degrees is in REVERSE ALPHABETICAL ORDER BY STATE. REMEMBER - The American Degree Session will be held in Freedom Hall. Session begins at 7:45 a.m. American Star Finalist Results will be announced at the beginning of the American Degree Session.

- The Wisconsin FFA State Photo is scheduled for Thursday, October 30 at 5:15 p.m. in the Kentucky Expo Center, North Hall Center.

- On July 24, the city of Louisville voted to increase the occupancy tax by 1 percent, effective Aug. 1, 2014. As a result, the new hotel tax increases to 16.07 percent per room per night. However, if your organization or school is exempt from sales tax, the occupancy tax that you are responsible for each evening will be 10.07 percent. Please make sure you have everything arranged for your tax exemption in Kentucky before you arrive at Convention.

- There are a couple of non-Convention activities occurring Convention week that we ask you be aware of. On Tuesday, October 28, Paul McCartney will be performing a rescheduled concert at the KFC Yum! Center. And on Thursday October 30, the University of Louisville will play the Florida State Seminoles at Papa John Stadium. This is the televised ESPN game so watch for changes in gate usage at KEC. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PLAN AHEAD FOR TRAVELING AS THERE COULD BE SOME DELAYS.

National CDE Team Member Changes
All Team Member Changes must be made in the online certification site no later than Tuesday October 28 by noon EST. Just click ?delete? next to the student you want to remove and select the new student from the drop down list of members.

Wisconsin FFA Foundation SAE Grant Applications
The 2014 SAE Grant applications are available now on the Wisconsin FFA website - Please encourage students to apply. The applications must be postmarked by November 17 to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation.

National FFA SAE Grant Update
Applications may be submitted by members in grades 7-11 and are intended to give younger members a ?leg-up? in getting their SAE off the ground or to improve an existing SAE. Grants are based primarily on financial need.

Please encourage your members to take advantage of this great funding source by applying for a grant. Also, for your member?s best chance at receiving a grant, they should use the scoring rubric which will also be on the website. This is a very simple application so even new members should have no problem in completing it.

2014 UW-River Falls Parliamentary Procedure Workshops
Mark Your Calendars!!
UW-River Falls: November 10, 2014
Shawano High School: November 11, 2014
Mauston High School: November 13, 2014

UW-Madison Parliamentary Procedure Workshop
Date - November 18th, 2014
Time - 4-7 pm
Location - UW-Madison campus (building will be probably be Moore Hall, but we will confirm closer to date)
Cost: Free (pizza will be provided for dinner)
Parking: Lot 36 ramp (~$5 for the 3 hours of the workshop)

2015 National FFA Scholarship Program Opens Soon
The 2015 scholarship application goes lives beginning November 15. Online submissions are due prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1 Students will have 10 weeks to submit an application. The Signature Page required to complete eligibiltiy must be postmarked no later than Feb. 8. Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar. Questions, comments or concerns? email

Send In Your 2014-2015 FFA Program of Activities - Due December 1
Don't forget that stated in the Wisconsin FFA Constitution every FFA chapter is to submit a copy of their annual Program of Activities by December 1. Send a copy of your Program of Activities to your Sectional State Officer. They will keep track of those coming in and also use them as a reference in order to better serve your chapters. The Program of Activities form can be found online at under applications. If your chapter designs your own Program of Activities, send a copy of that.

Best wishes to all of the members, advisors and chapters that will be competing at the National FFA Convention in Lousiville, Kentucky. We are excited to have all of you representing your local chapters and communities and your State Association. All National Level recognition for Wisconsin FFA is listed on the Wisconsin FFA website.

To all of you, we wish safe travels and a fun and exciting time at the 87th National FFA Convention.

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