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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 February 20, 2017 - Happy National FFA Week!!!

1. 2017 FFA Week Materials Available!!!!
2. Final FFA Membership Due March 1 - Don't Miss This Deadline!!!!
3. Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
4. State FFA Proficiency Applications Online through National FFA Website - DUE February 21
5. Judges Needed for March 3-4 Proficiency Award Judging - Hotel Reservations Due By Monday, February 20
6. 212 and EDGE Conference Registration Due March 2
7. Mark Your Calendars for the 2017 Sectional Leadership Development Events
8. Discussion Meet Topics for Sectional Leadership Development Events
9. American Degree Eligibility
10. State FFA Honorary Degree Nominations Due March 1
11. Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarships Available to FFA Members - Due March 17
12. Upcoming Career Development Event Competitions and Registration Information
13. 2017 Jag Lake Reservations - Space Still Available!!!!
14. State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
15. Quote of the Week
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Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
Feb. 18-25 National FFA Week
Feb. 21 State FFA Proficiency Awards - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
March 3-4 State FFA Proficiency Award Judging - Wisconsin Dells
March 6-7 Co-ops YES! - Eau Claire
March 7-8 Eau Claire Farm Show and FFA Foundation Auction
March 16-17 Wisconsin Association of FFA Board Meeting - Madison
March 18 Janesville CDE
March 20-21 National Ag Day - Washington D.C.
March 24-25 212 and EDGE Conferences - Stevens Point
March 30 UW-Platteville CDE
March 31 FVTC-Appleton CDE
April 1 UW-River Falls CDE

FFA Application Deadlines:
Feb. 21 State FFA Proficiency Awards - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
March 1 State Honorary Degree and Distinguished Service Nominations - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation
March 1 FINAL DEADLINE FOR FFA MEMBERSHIP ROSTERS - Enter Students on the New Ag Career Network
March 6 American FFA Degrees - Postmarked Send to Wisconsin FFA
March 17 Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Applications - Postmarked to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation
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We are receiving a number of packages in the mail that do not have the correct postage appiied. REMEMBER?..PLEASE MAKE SURE TO APPLY PROPER POSTAGE TO ALL LETTERS AND PACKAGES SENT TO THE WISCONSIN FFA CENTER.....AVOID LATE OR MISSING ITEMS SENT THROUGH THE MAIL!!

SEND YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO:
Wisconsin FFA Center
P.O. Box 110
Spencer, WI 54479
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2017 FFA Week Materials Available!!!!
National FFA Week February 18-25, 2017. Check out https://www.ffa.org/participate/events/ffa-week for the official National FFA Week materials.
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Final FFA Membership Due March 1 - Don't Miss this Deadline!!!
Final FFA membership is almost due. Make sure you didn?t miss any students that are supposed to be listed as active FFA members with your FFA chapter. Also if you are an affiliated chapter, don?t forget to add in your second semester students. All students must be added into the online membership roster by March 1. Don't forget to have all students that are planning to show at any county fairs or state fair included on your roster by this deadline.
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Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
All students submitting award applications and participating in FFA events (INCLUDING COUNTY FAIRS AND STATE FAIR) must be listed as active FFA members on chapter rosters. You will be asked to provide membership ID numbers when 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, 2017 but if the student is competing before that date, make sure they are entered into the online membership roster before competing to obtain their ID number.
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State FFA Proficiency Applications Online through National FFA Website - DUE February 21
The FFA Proficiency Applications are due postmarked February 21 or delivered to the Wisconsin FFA Center by the close of the business day at 5:00 p.m.
1. Log in to your Dashboard on the National FFA Website
2. Select My Toolbox - Instructor - Or Student if the student is accessing the site
3. Select Application Hub
4. Select Application Center
5. Click on the blue Application Center words.
6. Select Degree/Application Manager and then select the proficiency award application
7. On the left is a list of the pages the instruction page comes up automatically
8. 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.
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 or combined SAE.
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Judges Needed for March 3-4 Proficiency Award Judging - Hotel Reservations Due By Monday, February 20
Plans are underway for the 2017 Proficiency Judging to be held Friday evening, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 in Wisconsin Dells at the Chula Vista Resort. We are looking for as many people as possible to assist with the judging of the many proficiency applications that will be submitted by Wisconsin FFA members. Please contact Cheryl Zimmerman, State FFA Executive Director, if you are interested in judging. If you are able to arrive on Friday evening, March 3, we will begin the judging process. We will be judging the State Star Applications and some of the smaller Proficiency Award areas on Friday. Saturday we will begin the judging orientation at 8:30 a.m. Hotel rooms are available for Friday evening, March 3. Reservations need to be made by Monday, February 20. Rooms are reserved under FFA. Please use RESERVATION PHONE NUMBER 888-717-5540. Refer to Booking ID Number E90408.
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212 and EDGE Conference Registration Due March 2
The 2017 Spring 212 and EDGE Conferences will be held at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point Wisconsin, March 24-25, 2017. This is a Friday night/Saturday schedule. The 212 Conference is designed for Freshman and Sophomore members..this is the same conference as offered last Fall. The EDGE Conference is designed for 7th and 8th graders entitled "The Goal Experience". These are two great conferences. EDGE will be presented professional speakers Rhett Laubach and Kelly Barnes. 212 will be presented by National FFA Staff. Registration is due online March 2 to the Wisconsin FFA Center. Don't miss out!! Online registration is located at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/
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Mark Your Calendars for the 2017 Sectional Leadership Development Events
The top two individuals/teams in each of the seven speaking contests advance to the Sectional Level Speaking Competitions 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
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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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 2014
1st National Convention - October 2014
2nd National Convention - October 2015
3rd National Convention - October 2016
4th National Convention - October 2017 - This would be the last national convention that this member could receive recognition at. They must apply for the degree by March 6, 2017.
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State FFA Honorary Degree Nominations Due March 1
Taken From State Constitution and By-Laws 2006 - Honorary Membership - Non-Teachers
Farmers, school superintendents, principals, members of boards of education, chapter advisors, teachers, staff members in agricultural education, businessmen, and others who are helping to advance agriculture education and the FFA and who have rendered outstanding service, may be elected to honorary membership by a majority vote of the members present at any regular meeting or convention. Honorary membership shall be limited to the Honorary Chapter FFA Degree to the local chapter, Honorary Wisconsin FFA Degree to the State Association.

Honorary membership recognizes individuals who contribute to the Wisconsin Association of FFA at the state level, e.g., serving on a state committee, serving as an advisory member, or in some way serving the State Association. Local chapters utilize the Honorary Chapter Degree for those individuals who so admirably serve the local chapter. We encourage chapters to nominate only those individuals who have served the State Association.

INSTRUCTIONS
Applications due on or before March 1, 2017

Honorary State FFA Degree Application - Non-Teacher (Other) Nominations must be:1. Fill out the Honorary American Degree application which can be found online at: http://www.wisconsinffa.org/programs/2. Signed (electronically, if available) by the chapter president and advisor.
3. Mailed to: Sonya Huebner, 7830 East Oakbrook Circle, Madison, WI 53717, phone (608) 576-0492, or email sonya.huebner@gmail.com.

Honorary State FFA Degree Application - Teacher
Nominations must:
1. Be filled out on the Honorary American Degree application which can be found online at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/programs/2. Signed (electronically, if available) by the chapter president and advisor.
3. Mailed to: Sonya Huebner, 7830 East Oakbrook Circle, Madison, WI 53717, phone (608) 576-0492, or email sonya.huebner@gmail.com.
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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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Upcoming Career Development Event Competitions and Registration Information
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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2017 Jag Lake Reservations - Space Still Available!!!!
Reservations for 2017 Jag Lake dates are open. Go to http://dpi.wi.gov/ffa/jag-lake/dates to reserve your date.

The procedures for making reservations are as follows:
1. Reservations are to be emailed to Cassie Fabian at: cassandra.fabian@dpi.wi.gov
2. Cassie will send an e-mail confirmation of your reservation.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. If we do not receive payment within the 30 day period, your reservation dates will be released and become available to all chapters.
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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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Quote of the Week
?Today you are YOU, that is TRUER than true. There is NO ONE alive who is YOUER than YOU! - Dr. Suess
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Have a great week!

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