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FFA Today episodes on DVD
Teachers, keep an eye on your mailboxes! A DVD compilation of 10 FFA Today episodes is being sent to all chapters so you can use them for classroom or chapter activities. A listing of what’s on each episode will also be available at In addition, you can watch a new show each week on and sign up for our RSS feed to get episodes sent to an online reader or MP3 player.

New Fees to be Implemented for FFA New Horizons K-type Subscriptions
Beginning Sept. 1, 2009, the cost of a K-type/gift subscription to FFA New Horizons will increase from $7 to $12. The fee hike is due to the magazine's increasing production and overhead costs. For the past several years, the $7 fee failed to cover the production costs of these subscriptions. The increase more accurately reflects the true production cost of each subscription. The decision to raise this fee was approved by FFA management last August. If you have questions, contact Julie Woodard at 317-802-4310.

Nominating Committee News
Nominate a student for the 2009 National Officer Nominating Committee! Nominations are now open for the 2009 National Officer Nominating Committee. If you are an advisor, state staff member, alumni or sponsor and would like to nominate an FFA member to serve on the 2009 National Officer Nominating Committee, log on to MyFFA and click on the Nominating Committee link in the left hand menu. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Honeycutt.

“Help Grow Your Soup” Spring Campaign
FFA is once again teaming up with Campbell Soup Company to roll out the next exciting phase of “Help Grow Your Soup.” The focus of the spring campaign is gardens, tomato seeds and PALS. The website,, is up and running again and for every click, Campbell will donate 50 seeds to FFA chapters across the country. And there’s more! Anyone who purchases Campbell’s Condensed Soup and enters the code on the can at will receive a free packet of Campbell’s tomato seeds to plant and grow at home. With each request, more seeds are donated to FFA chapters – with the goal to grow one billion tomatoes.

Throughout the months of April and May, gardens will be planted in five cities. Along with a group called Urban Farming, Campbell is partnering with FFA chapters that have PALS programs to plant gardens in New York City (April 16), Atlanta (April 21), Camden (May 2), Chicago (May 12) and Detroit (May 20). The events kick off with the NYC garden, and Danny Seo, HGTV host and gardening guru, will be the spokesperson.

Paint a Barn, Change a Life
Campbell Soup Company and the National FFA Alumni Association are celebrating the success of the Barn Preservation Project and looking forward to the next year of barn restoration. Each barn preservation will enable farming families to update and revive their planting and harvesting processes, while providing an educational opportunity for FFA members and mentorship opportunities for FFA Alumni members. Five barns will be selected for 2009-2010. Applications are available at and must be submitted by May 15, 2009. To learn more about the project or to follow the progress of each barn restoration, visit For more information contact Lucy Whitehead at 317-802-4420.

LifeKnowledge® University: LifeKnowledge Webinar – Coaching 4 Life
On Thursday, May 14, 2009, from 6-7 p.m. EST, the LifeKnowledge Center will host a live webinar open to all who want to learn more about not only preparing students for classroom success, but also coaching them for success in the game of life. This is a great professional development opportunity.

Sign up to attend the live webinar by e-mailing your name, e-mail address and chapter ID to Hurry – space is limited. Once you register, you will receive login information for the webinar via the e-mail address you provide. If you have questions, please e-mail them to

Global Youth Service Day
Global Youth Service Day is the largest annual service event in the world. GYSD highlights and celebrates the difference youth make in their communities year-round through community service and service-learning. On April 24-26, 2009, millions of young people will participate in and lead service projects in all 50 states and in more than 100 countries around the world. These young people, working with their families, schools, community organizations, faith-based communities and businesses, will improve their communities by addressing critical issues such as global climate change, education and illiteracy, poverty, health, hunger and homelessness. Learn more about GYSD, download planning resources, and register your project at Remember to log your service hours into the Million Hour Challenge database at

2009 National FFA Convention News

Advisor’s Planning Guide Available Now
The First Edition Advisor’s Planning Online Guide is available at From planning tips and fundraising ideas to instructions on how to secure hotel rooms, we have the information you’ll need to begin planning your trip to Indianapolis for the 82nd National FFA Convention, Oct. 21-24.

And don’t forget: In August, watch for the Second Edition Advisor’s Planning Online Guide on This guide will only be available online. Questions? Contact Julie Woodard at 317-802-4310.

First Annual Teachers’ World at the 2009 National FFA Convention
The place to be at this year’s convention is the brand new “Teacher’s World” area! Agriculture educators will have the opportunity to engage with fellow professionals at this new home of the interactive classrooms. Make plans to visit and engage in a variety of professional development activities, ranging from the Agriscience Ambassador’s inquiry-based lessons to the Pfizer classroom highlighting industry-based animal science lessons. The first annual Teachers’ World will be an educational and informative networking destination for the 82nd National FFA Convention. Look for more details in future issues of Making a Difference and the Advisors’ Planning Guide.

Convention Housing Update
2009 National FFA Convention housing for chapters is open. Advisors need to login to their MyFFA account to get the hotel listing. Questions? Contact Ellen Williams.

Reserving Rooms for Other Chapters?
If you are reserving rooms for other chapters, and each chapter will pre-register for convention independently, please make sure you indicate on the chapter housing form the chapters and the number of rooms allotted to each chapter. We want to make sure each chapter gets the pre-convention registration discount for utilizing the national FFA housing block. If you have already submitted your chapter form and need to update this information, please contact

National Chapter Going Digital
Starting this year, convention information for Star and Models of Innovation chapters will only be sent digitally. We are requesting that chapters be sure to include active e-mail addresses on their applications for the sake of these communications.  Communications for chapters without e-mail addresses will be sent to state staff for distribution. The National Chapter Award deadline is July 15. Also, we would like to remind state staff to file your NC forms A and B 30 days in advance of your state convention in order to receive your plaques and spurs by the convention date.  

Agriscience Student and Teacher Still Accepting Applications
Both programs are currently open and accepting applications for the 2009 convention.  The deadline to apply for either program is July 15. Applications can be found on the Agriscience Fair and Awards page of If you have any questions regarding either program, contact Tyler Easton at 317-802-4335.

Agriscience Fair Applications for 2009 Convention Available
The 2009 Agriscience Fair application period is now open. Applications can be found on the Agriscience Fair and Awards page of and carry a deadline of August 15. If your state hosts its convention after this date, exceptions can be made through your state staff. If you have any questions regarding the Agriscience Fair, contact Tyler Easton at 317-802-4335.

FFA Volunteer Judges Sought
The National FFA Organization is accepting volunteer judge nominations for the agricultural proficiency awards; agriscience fair, agriscience student and agriscience teacher awards; and national chapter awards at the 2009 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., this fall.

  • Agricultural proficiency and Star awards judging takes place on Thurs., Oct. 22, 2009.  Proficiency and Star judges will be invited to an awards luncheon on that day.
  • Agriscience Fair and Student awards judging takes place on Thurs., Oct. 22, 2009.
  • Agriscience Teacher Awards judging takes place on Fri., Oct. 23, 2009. 
  • National Chapter Awards judging takes place on Wed., Oct. 21, 2009. 

Convention judging is voluntary. FFA is unable to cover expenses for the judges. 

Log on to and click on the Convention Judges Nomination Form to submit nominations. Mail completed forms to National FFA Organization, Attn. Teri Buchholtz, P.O. Box 68960, Indianapolis, IN 46268-0960 or fax to 317-802-5419.