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National FFA Convention to Rotate Between Louisville and Indianapolis      

Starting in 2013, Louisville will share hosting duties with Indianapolis on a three-year rotational basis. Louisville will host the convention 2013 through 2015. The convention will return to Indianapolis for 2016 through 2018.
Louisville will then be given the first right of option for the years 2019-2021; and Indianapolis will have the option for 2022-2024. The national FFA convention—the nation's largest annual youth gathering—will bring both cities an estimated annual revenue exceeding $40 million.

By having the convention rotate between the two cities it will:

  • Allow FFA to take advantage of resources that each city is able to bring to the convention experience.
  • Allow FFA to grow the resources generated for the convention due to the competitive spirit between cities.
  • Not be subject to the loss of support that FFA has historically experienced when announcing a move to a new city. (2009-2012 places more than $2 million at risk).
  • Allows FFA to spread risk in the event that one city was not able to meet bid requirements or there would be a loss of the use of facilities due to fire, storm or another calamity.
  • Allow students to experience two dynamic cities and convention experiences during their high school tenure.
  • Allow FFA to continue to grow its ability to tap community resources for year round operations.
  • Allow volunteers in each city a period of rest and a time to build up financial and other resources.


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FFA Week Materials

The National FFA Week mailing was recently sent to all chapters. Included in the mailing are the official FFA Week poster and a special DVD featuring video promotional spots and much more. But the good stuff is online! Check out for the official planning guide, logos, ad slicks, certificates and templates. Plus, you can find more information about the FFA Week chapter contest! Once you get rolling along with your planning, visit and our official Facebook page to share your FFA Week ideas with other chapters. Plus, be sure to watch the Feb. 25 episode of FFA Today for a special feature on last year’s FFA Week winners, Chatham Middle School. National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Co. and Carhartt as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.


*Important note: TSC and Carhartt announced an online contest in your FFA Week mailing ( Please note, the online contest will begin February 1 and will run through February 28.


Community Garden Grants

In 2009 three $1,000 competitive grants will be awarded by the National FFA Organization for community garden projects. Qualified applicants will be those FFA chapters that meet the following criteria:

  • have an active PALS program,
  • provide a letter of support from their administration
  • commit to using appropriate lesson plans with their students as a part of constructing and utilizing the community garden
  • commit to a sustainability plan for the community garden

Campbell Soup Company will be involved for a national promotion and marketing campaign. The deadline for applications is February 6, 2009. For an application, please visit If you have any questions, please contact Damon Spight at 317-802-4413 or


This funding opportunity is made possible by the generous support of Campbell Soup Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.


2009 Collegiate Scholarships – Apply Now!

The 2009 Collegiate Scholarship Program is in full swing, and there is still plenty of time for students to apply for one of approximately 1,750 scholarships sponsored by numerous businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation. 

The 2009 Scholarship Application is available on Also available on our website are the 2009 guidebook in PDF format, answers to frequently asked questions and a list of Ford dealers participating in the scholarship program.


Applications must be submitted online no later than February 17, 2009.  Completed Signature Pages must be postmarked no later than February 23, 2009. Encourage your high school seniors and collegiate students to apply today!


For more information, visit or e-mail


National FFA Risk Management Essay Contest

Want to go to the nation’s capital this spring? Encourage your students to write an essay on how they identify and manage the risks in their SAE. The deadline is fast approaching, so make sure they submit it to the National FFA Organization by January 31, 2009. Ten winners and their advisor take a FREE trip to Washington, D.C., in May 2009! For more information, official rules of entry and sample essays, visit


New Agri-Entrepreneurship Application Now Online

The application for the Agri-Entrepreneurship award has been updated for 2009. Make sure to use it as the old application will not be accepted for this year's judging. The application is located at The deadline for applications is July 15. For more information, contact Deborah Sellers,


Important 2009 Convention Housing Information

Attention advisors! The 2009 national FFA convention housing for chapters is now open! To access the 2009 information, please go to and log in to your MyFFA account.