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Interactive Classrooms at National FFA Convention

Teachers, are you looking for ways to incorporate innovative methods, new technology and current issues into your classroom? If so, attend the interactive classroom workshops at the national FFA convention and learn how to make your classroom come to life. You’ll discover ground-breaking ideas and activities, receive free curriculum, and learn methods that will increase student involvement and interest.

There are two classrooms this year located at the south end of the Career Show, the Agriscience Institute and Teacher Professional Development Classroom. Workshops are conducted throughout each day of the Career Show. Check the schedule at for descriptions and times.


National FFA Merchandise Operations Center – Convention Hours of Operation

The National FFA Merchandise Operation Center, including the FFA call center, will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday Oct 21-22 for the 2008 National FFA Convention registration. The National FFA call center will reopen for business from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday with limited staff.


National FFA Alumni Benefit Auctions – Be a Scholarship Superhero to an FFA Member!

Funds from the 2007 live and silent auctions sent FFA members from across the country to the Washington Leadership Conference in D.C. this past summer, and five agricultural education college students received $1,000 scholarships to assist with their tuition. Auction donors are continuing their support in ’08 and YOU can too. The theme for this year’s benefit auctions is “Be a Scholarship Superhero to an FFA Member!” You can help raise funds for student scholarships both at convention and at home! Share with your friends and family the opportunity to bid in our two online auctions. A timed online auction will be available Oct. 15-29. Go online Friday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. (EDT) to bid in the live auction against attendees at national FFA convention!!

Visit to view the online catalogs, register and bid! Don’t miss this opportunity to bid on fabulous donations from generous donors, including featured items by two companies celebrating 60 years of supporting FFA: a 2009 Ford F-150 SuperCrew XLT and a one-of-a-kind New Holland T6050 Elite tractor with custom graphics. Win cool stuff and be a “scholarship superhero!”


Step Up, Stand Out, Get Connected at the 81st National FFA Convention

If you’re heading to Indianapolis later this month for the national FFA convention, listen up! Now it’s easier than ever to stay up-to-date on all things convention:

Twitter – Get FFA updates direct to your mobile phone.

FFA Nation - Read convention blogs, post your convention experiences and stay in touch with everyone back home.

Mobile FFA - Look up convention information on the go.

E-Wireless Free Wi-Fi - Free wireless hotspots throughout downtown Indianapolis.

Video, News Feeds & Podcasts - See, hear and read up-to-date information from convention as it happens.


NAAE Booth at National FFA Convention

Be sure to make time to visit the NAAE booth at the Career Show at this year’s national FFA convention, held October 22-25. Sign yourself and your students up to play “Teach Ag Feud,” a game show that encourages students to consider a career in agricultural education. All teams that play will receive t-shirts, and the winning team of each game will be entered in a drawing for the grand prize – Dr. Larry Case, National FFA Advisor, as the guest speaker at their local FFA banquet or event!

If you don’t want to play the game, stop by anyway. There will be giveaways and information to help your students figure out whether agricultural education might be the right career for them. NAAE also has a special place just for teachers to cool their heels and get a little refreshment while their students take in the Career Show. 

For more information about NAAE at the national FFA convention, or to sign up to play “Teach Ag Feud,” e-mail Julie Fritsch at


News You Can Use

Join the Nation!

Now FFA members can connect with other members across the country! Encourage your students to join FFA Nation – an online community where they can create profiles, add friends, upload photos, communicate on message boards and interact with other members with similar interests. Check it out today at!

The online community is FFA-specific, so members can add information to their profiles about their SAEs, favorite FFA memories, their chapter office and more! On the Discussions board, they can start threads on FFA topics such as idea-sharing for National FFA Week plans, tips on starting an SAE or even their favorite part of this year’s national convention. Plus, there are groups, events, photo galleries, great giveaways and more.

For details, contact Julie Woodard, 317-802-4310 or


Lund FFA Boat Design Challenge

FFA members can win $2,000 for their chapter with a winning graphic design treatment for the new Lund 1825 Rebel XL Vazer Edition multi-use boat. Lund Boats is looking for design talent, but not just any talent – FFA talent! Lund knows that FFA members are bright, savvy kids who love the outdoors and can express that love through a design for Lund Boats. Submitted designs will go into a competition gallery and the public will vote for their favorite boat designs. The challenge started Sept. 1, 2008, and all designs must be submitted by 12 p.m. (EST) on Sat., Nov. 15, 2008. For complete details and boat templates, go to


Calling All FFA Chefs –

Voyageur Press Needs Your Recipes!

Voyageur Press, an FFA licensee, will publish a national FFA cookbook for release in fall 2009, and they need FFA recipes from current members, former members, past national officers, past state officers, alumni and supporters of FFA.

This cookbook will include approximately 500 recipes, plus information about the National FFA Organization and FFA chapters, programs and members—all highlighted with some great photos of FFA members and activities.

The publisher is asking for your help in gathering recipes in the following categories: Appetizers; Salads; Soups & Sandwiches; Meats, Main Dishes & Casseroles; Vegetables & Side Dishes; Breads; Cookies & Bars; and Cakes, Desserts & Pies.

Don’t be shy! Send Voyageur as many recipes as you would like! All they ask is that you submit your recipes using the following format:

  • Name of recipe and category
  • Ingredients (quantity/measurement)
  • Procedures (all those little tricks to turn out the best recipe, such as precise oven temperature; stir, do not beat; refrigerate for 10 minutes; etc.)

Then, they need to know who and where you are. Along with your recipe submissions, please include the following information: how you are affiliated with FFA, name of the chapter, chapter advisor’s name, chapter address including city and state, and e-mail address.

E-mail your recipe submissions to:

Or, send your recipes via U.S. Postal Service to:

Amy Glaser

Voyageur Press

400 First Avenue North, Suite 300

Minneapolis, MN 55401


Recipes must be received by Sat., Nov. 1, 2008. For complete details, visit