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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 14, 2014 - SPECIAL EDITION - 2014 State FFA Convention - PLEASE READ

1. JUST POSTED!!! 2014 State FFA Convention Planning Guide
2. 2014 Wisconsin FFA State Convention Online Registration and Ticket Sales
3. Needed by April 23 - School Officials Program and Lunch at State FFA Convention - Names and Addresses Needed for Invitations
4. 2014 Wisconsin FFA State Convention Housing Reservations Due May 8
5. Food For America Award Applications Due May 1
6. Members Can Apply to Be National FFA Delegates - Due May 12
7. Sixth Annual Wisconsin FFA Day of Service - Registration Due May 5
8. 2014 Wisconsin FFA Rally to Fight Hunger - Wisconsin FFA Convention - Registration Due May 15
9. Chapter T-Shirts Needed for Pre-Session
10. FFA Flags Needed for the Convention Opening Session
11. Change Lives Teach Agricultural Education Workshop - Register Online on Convention Registration Site
12. FFA Scrapbook Competition
13. State FFA Convention News Room and Courtesy Corps Applications
14. Wisconsin FFA Agriscience Fair State Entries Due May 15
15. 2014 WAAE PDC Registration Online
16. 2014 Sectional Safe Tractor Operator Contest Dates
17. State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
18. Clinton FFA Alumni Receives Grant to Support Section 5 State Officers
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Upcoming Application and State Convention Deadlines:
April 15 Jr. High Essay Contest Entries Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 22 National FFA Chapter Award Applications Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 22 Three Star Leaders Applications Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 22 State FFA Talent Applications Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 23 DUE DATE - Online Registration for School Officials Program and Lunch - We need information to send invitations at this time.
April 28 State FFA Courtesy Corps Applications Postmarked - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 28 State FFA Convention News Room Staff Applications Postmarked - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 28 2014 State FFA Officer Applications Postmarked - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 30 Chapter Grant Applications Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Foundation
May 1 Food for America Award Applications Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
May 5 State Convention Day of Service Project Registration Due to Beth Rieth
May 8 DUE DATE - Last Day Available for Online Convention Housing
May 12 National Delegate Applications Postmarked - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
May 15 Agriscience Fair Entries Postmarked - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
May 15 Rally to Fight Hunger Service Project Registration Due to Beth Rieth
May 15 DUE DATE - Online Chapter Delegate Registration and Selection of Delegate Committees
May 20 DUE DATE - Online Orders for State FFA Convention T-Shirts
May 23 DUE DATE - Registration for Change Lives Teach Ag Workshop Due Online
May 23 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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JUST POSTED!! 2014 State FFA Convention Planning Guide
Posted on the Wisconsin FFA website http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/ is the 2014 State FFA Convention Planning Guide.

This guide can give you and your members information about the general activities and events happening at the State FFA Convention. Make sure to check out the Wisconsin FFA website on a regular basis as more information will be continually added as the State FFA Convention gets closer.
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2014 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, tour tickets, entertainment tickets and meal tickets.

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 being able to attend. Modifications can be made by logging on to this site and updating the information you have inputted. 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 23 - Provide your School Officials' names, titles, addresses and email addresses so invitations can be sent directly to the individual you input online.
May 23 - Change Lives Teach Ag Workshop attendees.
May 15 - Official Chapter Voting Delegates and Committee Selections
May 30 - General Registration for attendees
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Needed by April 23 - School Officials Program and Lunch at State FFA Convention - Names and Addresses Needed 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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2014 Wisconsin FFA State Convention Housing Reservations Due May 8
The 2014 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 9-12. 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, 2014.

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 2014 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://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 attached reservation form.

If any of these attachments do not open for you, 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 12
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 12. 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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Sixth Annual Wisconsin FFA Day of Service - Registration Due May 5
On Monday, June 9, 150 FFA members from around the state of Wisconsin will join together to give back to the Madison community. Six service sites have been chosen for members to provide service.

If you want to be a part of any of the six project sites, register now! Space is limited!! To register visit http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/. Look for the State Convention Planning link. Complete first 3 pages for each participant and send no later than May 5th to Beth Rieth?mailing address found on the registration forms. Double check that you completed all sections and signatures! We need a complete application for each participant. All forms are also attached to this email.

Timeline: - Monday, June 9, 2014 Participants must eat lunch before program begins.
12:00 pm Registration in lobby of Alliant Energy Center
1:00 pm Registration ends. Day of Service Welcome
1:30 pm Buses leave Alliant Energy Center for service sites
2:00 pm Orientation at sites and work begins
4:00 pm Board buses to go to Alliant Energy Center
4:30 pm Arrive back at Alliant Energy Center - Reflection Activity
4:45 pm Day of Service Ends

REGISTRATION:
Day of Service project site participants must complete the attached registration forms and send to Beth Rieth by May 5.

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NOTE: WiSCONSIN FFA RALLY TO FIGHT HUNGER
We will also conduct the Rally to Fight Hunger on Monday later in the afternoon. Students are welcome to participate in both of these opportunities for service if they wish or they might decide to participate in one or the other.

Rally to Fight Hunger participants and teachers will need to register using the information sent out specifically for the Rally To Fight Hunger (Coming Next!!). The Rally To Fight Hunger registration is different from the Day of Service Projects. HOWEVER this year it is not online....it is through paper registration. Watch for the email titled Wisconsin FFA Rally to Fight Hunger.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Beth J. Rieth, Day of Service Program Manager at bjrieth@uwalumni.com or (920) 606-3937. We are also looking for chaperones! Please contact Beth if interested.
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2014 Wisconsin FFA Rally to Fight Hunger - Wisconsin FFA Convention - Registration Due May 15
The Wisconsin Association of FFA will be teaming up with Outreach, Inc. to package meals that will stay right here in Wisconsin. This year, FFA members will be packaging macaroni and cheese meals. We plan to package 40,000 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 9 at the State Convention. Outreach, Inc. 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 filling out the attached form and returning to Beth Rieth, convention service project manager.

PLEASE NOTE: This registration is due May 15!!!!

We need your help to make this day a success and we are looking for over 300 volunteers on that Monday.

We are also looking for 10 adult volunteers to serve as line leaders, through the time of the Rally to Fight Hunger. See attached flyer for more information on how you can serve as a line leader. Please contact Beth Rieth at bjrieth@uwalumni.com or (920) 606-3937.

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Chapter T-Shirts Needed for Pre-Session
If your FFA chapter has some extra chapter t-shirts that you could donate to the State FFA Convention, we plan to give them out during several of the Pre-Session activities during the State FFA Convention. Bring your shirts to convention and we will have box for drop off at the convention registration table.
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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 10 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 on Convention Registration Site
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
Don't forget about the Wisconsin FFA Scrapbook Competition. 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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State FFA Convention News Room and Courtesy Corps Applications
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 28, 2014.
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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 come 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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2014 WAAE PDC Registration Online
WAAE Professional Development Conference Registration Now Open!! Register Today for the best selection of workshop choices. Over 80 professional development sessions. www.WAAE.com and click on the Events tab to get started.
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2014 Sectional Safe Tractor Operator Contest Dates
Please note the dates set for the 2014 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 - Clear Lake - June 26 - Clear Lake High School
Section 2 - Menomonie - June 26 - Clear Lake High School
Section 3 - Tomah - May 31
Section 4 - Darlington - June 28 - Arlington
Section 5 - Milton - June 28 - Arlington
Section 6 - Westfield - June 28 - Arlington
Section 7 - Colby - May 27 - Colby High School
Section 8 - Bonduel - May 10
Section 9 - Reedsville - June 7 - Plymouth
Section 10 - Fort Atkinson - June 28 - Arlington
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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.

Currently the state FFA officers receive 41 cents per mile for travel. The State Association pays for a state officer to visit your chapter once as an "official" chapter visit. Chapters 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. Especially with the high gas prices, reimbursement is very important to these young people.
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Clinton FFA Alumni Receives Grant to Support Section 5 State Officers
The Clinton FFA Alumni Association, Inc., announced that it has received a grant from the Rock County Agricultural Fund. This grant will be used to support the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 Wisconsin FFA Section 5 state officers. Section 5 of the Wisconsin Association of FFA consists of Rock, Dane and Green counties and is currently represented by Wisconsin FFA State Treasurer Jon Jennings of the Milton FFA. The state officer is responsible for putting on classroom demonstrations in each of the 23 school districts in Rock, Dane and Green Counties that have an agriculture program and also must attend and/or work at the several state and national conference and training sessions for FFA members throughout the year.

The Rock County Agricultural Fund is part of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, INc. The Fund was created by the Board of Directors of Farm Progress Days 2001 (now known as Farm Technology Days). The purpose of the fund is to promote and support positive agriculture related programming opportunities for youth and adults in Rock County. Grants are awarded through an annual application process or in response to need.
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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

Annual Calendar of Events

2013-14 FFA CALENDAR OF EVENTS