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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 November 3, 2014

1. 2014 National FFA Convention Results - Congratulations Wisconsin Association of FFA!!!
2. National FFA Convention Highlights
3. Comments about the 2014 National FFA Convention
4. 2014 UW-River Falls Parliamentary Procedure Workshops
5. UW-Madison Parliamentary Procedure Workshop
6. Wisconsin FFA Foundation SAE Grant Applications
7. National FFA SAE Grants Available
8. Proper Official Dress Required for 212 and 360 Conferences
9. 2015 National FFA Scholarship Program Opens Soon
10. Send In Your 2014-2015 FFA Program of Activities - Due December 1
11. 2015 District and Sectional Speaking Contest Dates
12. Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
13. Did You Know?
14. Quote of the Week

PLEASE NOTE: The 212 and 360 Conferences for November 14-15 are COMPLETELY full. We have the largest number of students ever registered for these Fall Conferences and both sleeping rooms and meeting space are filled to capacity. If you have any cancellations, please let us know immediately as there are some chapters on a waiting list to attend. Don't forget students can also attend the 212 Conference in March in Eau Claire.

Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
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
Nov. 18-22 NAAE Convention - Nashville, TN
Dec. 1 Deadline for Initial FFA Membership Rosters Submitted Online
Dec. 1 Deadline to Submit Chapter Program of Activities
Dec. 6-12 Wisconsin Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and State FFA Officer Planning Meeting

2014 National FFA Convention Results - Congratulations Wisconsin Association of FFA!!!
Congratulations to all of the award winners, finalists, members, advisors and alumni that represented the Wisconsin Association of FFA at the National FFA Convention. You did an excellent job!! We are very proud of your accomplishments. Keep up the great work!!!

National FFA Proficiency Award Winners
Agricultural Sales Placement - Kelly Wilfert, Mishicot FFA
Dairy Production Placement - Andrew Helmer, Plymouth FFA
Diversified Horticulture - Aaron Retzlaff, Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA
Grain Production Placement - Eric Coddington, Montello FFA
Home and/or Community Development - Brittany Rambatt, Big Foot FFA
Sheep Production - Carissa Haffenbredl, Marshfield FFA

National Proficiency Finalists Selected for 2015 Costa Rica Trip
Kelly Wilfert - Mishicot FFA ? Ag Sales Placement
Andrew Helmer ? Plymouth FFA ? Dairy Production Placement
Zachary Olson ? Adams-Friendship FFA ? Landscape Management
Justin Runde ? Janesville Craig FFA ? Nursery Operations
Jared Holwerda ? Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA ? Turf Grass Management

National Career Development Event Results
Dairy Cattle Evaluation: Plymouth FFA - Gold 4
Holli Harms, Plymouth FFA - Gold Individual
Erica Helmer, Plymouth FFA - Gold Individual
Emily Meinnert, Plymouth FFA - Gold Individual
Brooke Reichert, Plymouth FFA - Gold Individual

Dairy Cattle Handing: Renee Pierick, Sauk Prairie FFA - Gold 2

Horse Evaluation: Lake Mills FFA Chapter - Gold 10
Lauren Rockney, Lake Mills FFA, Gold Individual

Veterinary Science: Cochrane-Fountain City FFA - Gold
Taylor Thoeny, Cochrane-Fountain City FFA - Gold Individual

Ag. Mechanics: Merrill FFA
Joel Oelke, Merrill FFA - Gold Individual
Ben Sosnovske, Merrill FFA - Gold Individual
Agricultural Sales: Wrightstown FFA
Agronomy: Oconto Falls FFA
Mercedes Ondik, Oconto Falls FFA - Gold Individual
Environmental Sci./Natural Resources: Cochrane-Fountain City FFA
Michael Kafer, Cochrane-Fountain City FFA - Gold 5
Farm Business Management: Riverdale FFA
Floriculture: Badger FFA
Jenny Herman, Badger FFA - Gold 10
Haylee Lininger, Badger FFA - Gold Individual
Food Science and Technology: Osceola FFA
Forestry: Marshfield FFA
Zach Gilbertson, Marshfield FFA - Gold Individual
Livestock Evaluation: Fort Atkinson FFA
Milk Quality and Products: Plymouth FFA
Poultry: Plymouth FFA
Spencer Schultz, Plymouth FFA - Gold Individual

Ag. Communications: Milton FFA
Ag. Issues: Oregon FFA
Marketing Plan: Brillion FFA
Meat Evaluation: River Ridge FFA
Nursery/Landscape: Oshkosh West FFA

Speaking CDE Participants
Job Interview: Rachel Leege, Sauk Prairie FFA - Gold 2
Creed Speaking: Emily Kruse, Elkhorn FFA - Silver
Extemporaneous Speaking: Trent Dado, Amery FFA - Bronze
Parliamentary Procedure: Mayville FFA - Silver
Prepared Speaking: Ashley Zimmerman, Spencer FFA - Bronze

National Quiz Bowl
Amery FFA - 5th place team
Spencer FFA - 6th place team
Katelyn Zimmerman, Spencer FFA - 11th place individual

National Agriscience Fair
Animal Systems
Animal Systems ? Division 1 ? Abby Field, Reedsburg FFA - Gold 1
Animal Systems ? Division 2 ? Emma Brost, Big Foot FFA - Gold 5

Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems
Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems?Division 4-Carlie O?Donnell and Dakota Turk, Big Foot FFA - Gold 2

Plant Systems
Plant Systems ? Division 3 ? Mikayla Calkins and Azanie Hoege, New Auburn FFA - Gold 8

Animal Systems
Animal Systems ? Division 3 ? Kendall Giese and Hayley Verveten, Wrightstown FFA - Silver

Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems
Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems ? Division 2 ? Shannon Carpenter, Big Foot FFA - Silver

Food Products and Processing Systems
Food Products and Processing Systems ? Division 4 ? Katy Vacula and Miriam Smith, Big Foot FFA - Silver

Plant Systems
Plant Systems ? Division 1 ? Mason Kollwitz, New Auburn FFA - Silver

Power, Structural and Technical Systems
Power, Structural and Technical Systems ? Division 2 ? Jessica Retzke, Big Foot FFA - Silver

Social Systems
Social Systems ? Division 2 ? Sarah Vanasten ? Wrightstown FFA - Silver

National FFA Convention Highlights
Don't forget to check out there you will find press releases, videos, blogs, and many highlights of the 87th National FFA Convention.

Comments about the 2014 National FFA Convention
Another National FFA Convention is in the record books. However, we would appreciate your feedback about your chapter's experience and what National FFA can do to improve the convention for future years. Please feel free to share your suggestions with Larry Gossen at National FFA.

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)

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.

Proper Official Dress Required for 212 and 360 Conferences
Just a reminder that your members need to be dressed in Official Dress for the 212 and 360 Conferences. Let's continue Wisconsin's tradition of having our members look GREAT in Official Dress. Please review with your members the following guidelines for Official Dress. Again we want Wisconsin members to continue to uphold the tradition of wearing FFA Official Dress CORRECTLY and APPROPRIATELY.

Female Official Dress - Black skirt, white-collared blouse with Official FFA blue scarf, black dress shoes with closed heel and toe, black nylon hosiery and an Official FFA jacket zipped to the top. The skirt is to be at least knee length, hemmed evenly across the bottom, with a slit no longer than two inches above the knee, excluding the kick pleat. Black slacks may be appropriate for traveling and outdoor activities.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LENGTH OF THE SKIRT IS IMPORTANT - SHORT MINI SKIRTS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE BLACK SKIRTS FOR GIRLS. This is becoming more of a concern. If the student does not have a proper skirt then black pants are more acceptable please.

Male Official Dress - Black slacks, a white-collared shirt with Official FFA tie, black dress shoes, black socks and an Official FFA jacket zipped to the top.

Also remind your members that when they are wearing their official dress that jackets need to be zipped up, ties tied and shirts tucked in. If you can help us remind students of this, they will even look sharper in official dress and representing FFA. Thank you!!

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.

2015 District and Sectional Speaking Contest Dates
The 2015 District and Sectional Speaking contests are now posted on the Wisconsin FFA website. Hosts will be contacting the schools in their districts as far as more details concerning the contests. All rules and guidelines for the Wisconsin FFA Speaking Contests can be found at

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. A review of membership will be done as students participate in events and submit applications. Don't forget to add everyone to your FFA roster.

Did You Know?
Since 1995, Wisconsin FFA has had 94 National Proficiency Award Winners!! Congratulations to the members and advisors for all their hard work in reaching this level of recognition!!!

Since 1947, Wisconsin FFA has had 51 American Star Finalists and 19 were named American Stars. Since 2000, Wisconsin has had at least one American Star Finalist every year recognized on stage at the National FFA Convention!!!!!

Quote of the Week
?Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ? - Thomas Edison

Have a great week!

Cheryl Zimmerman
State FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.

Annual Calendar of Events

2014-2015 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events