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Proficiency Award Example Applications Now Online
Eight additional example applications have been posted on the Proficiency Awards home page for chapter/state use. The added examples are Agricultural Education - Placement; Beef Production - Placement; Dairy Production - Placement; Diversified Crop Production - Entrepreneurship; Emerging Agricultural Technology - Placement; Grain Production - Placement; Small Animal Production and Care - Entrepreneurship; and Swine Production - Entrepreneurship. E-mail questions regarding the example applications to proficiency@ffa.org.


HOBY Leadership Training Opportunities
Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership, like FFA, is a youth leadership organization dedicated to the belief that young people have an obligation to address the challenges facing their communities. HOBY conducts youth leadership seminars for high school sophomores in all 50 states, and more than 9,000 students will attend one of 72 seminars this year. For information on sending one of your sophomore members, visit www.hoby.org.

FFA Chapters: Feeling Creative?
The 7th Annual Chapter T-shirt Contest ends March 31, and FFA needs your chapter's t-shirt design! Winning designs will be featured on t-shirts and sold in the 2008-2009 National FFA Blue Catalog with the winning chapters receiving 50 percent of the profits from the first year's sales.  Make sure to include original art and/or t-shirt; chapter name, number and address; advisor name, phone and e-mail; and designer's name, phone and e-mail. All t-shirt designs and artwork must be the chapter's original artwork. Chapters submitting artwork created by Excel Sportswear will be disqualified. Submit original FFA chapter design to Dawn Sharp, National FFA Organization, 6060 FFA Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46268.


Washington Leadership Conference is Coming
It's time to start planning for the 2008 Washington Leadership Conference (WLC). The 2008 conference dates are: June 3-8, June 10-15, June 17-22, June 24-29, July 8-13, July 15-20 and July 22-27. New registration prices are Student $600, Advisor Double $635, Advisor Single $830, Advisor Guest $1025 and Room Only $525. Also new in 2008: The WLC registration process will be online. Visit FFA.org starting March 3 to register. Contact Crystal Hart, 317-802-4321 or chart@ffa.org, for registration questions.


Check Out the Videos on FFA.org!
FFA.org now has great videos and storie
s posted online! These quick clips are great for the classroom or chapter activities. Encourage your students to watch…or forward the links to supporters and administrators. The video page has a variety of stories from the monthly FFA Today! television show, a keynote speech from convention and the convention theme song video! The FFA Today! page features the latest show episode and segments from past episodes. Plus, keep an eye on the Ag Educators Workroom and other FFA.org pages because soon we'll be posting presentations from National AG Ed Inservice and much more.


National FFA Convention News

Chapter Housing is Now Open
Advisors need to login to MyFFA for Hotel Listings and the Chapter Housing Request Form. For details or if you have questions, contact Ellen Williams, ewilliams@ffa.org.


Convention Registration Alert
The National FFA Board of Directors has set the 2008 National FFA Convention registration fee at $40 for those who have pre-registered using the housing block. The registration fee will be $50 for all others, including those who register on site or drive in daily.


During the past five years, FFA has seen a steady increase in the convention's operational costs as the convention has continued to evolve into a larger, more dynamic event. At the same time, sponsorship and other revenue have helped offset convention costs–up to a point. It's important to point out that convention registration fees still cover just 22 percent of the overall cost of the convention.


As in the past, National FFA staff will continue to trim expenses and maximize the convention opportunity to ensure that FFA members are provided a tremendous convention experience at the most affordable price possible.


First Edition Advisors Planning Guide Online in April
Each April, FFA advisors know to expect the Advisors Planning Guide First Edition in advance of the annual national FFA convention. This guide contains important housing and preliminary event information. This year, the publication will be made available online only; no print copies will be produced.


During the next few weeks, you will see ListServ e-mails and other reminders guiding FFA advisors to the convention website on FFA.org, where all the APG information will be available beginning in mid-April. Please pass this information along to your advisors.


This August, advisors will receive a hard copy of the Advisors Planning GuideSecond Edition. In 2009 both publications will only be available online. Questions? Contact Julie Woodard, jwoodard@ffa.org.


Indianapolis, Louisville Finalists for National FFA Conventions
FFA has selected the cities of Indianapolis, Ind., and Louisville, Ky., as the two finalists vying to host the 2013 through 2019 National FFA Conventions. During the past several months, a delegation from the National FFA Organization visited each of four semi-finalist cities, touring proposed convention venues and clarifying information submitted in the detailed proposal bids from each city. In May and June, FFA board members and staff representatives will make return visits to Louisville and Indianapolis and will begin initial negotiations with both cities. FFA will announce the next convention host city in early November, following the completion of the 2008 convention.

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