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Changing the World through Mentoring
Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS), the National FFA Organization’s mentoring program, is back in the publications business! You don’t want to miss the spring issue of PAL to PAL, their new electronic newsletter. Get news on all of the latest happenings, including information about how PALS, Campbell Soup Company and the LifeKnowledge® Center for Agricultural Education have combined visions to produce a new PALS resource, the Grow Your PALS Program Guide. You’ll also find out how FFA chapters around the country are matching their high school members with elementary school students, what peer program resources are available, and who else is partnering with PALS. Want to know more? It’s easy – just check out PAL to PAL!



FFA Convention 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 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.


2009 Collegiate Scholarship Program
The 2009 selection process is now complete. More than 7,800 students submitted applications to the 2009 program and 1,459 scholarships have been awarded. A list of 2009 scholarship recipients is available on the FFA website.

A notification packet will be mailed to recipients at the end of May. The packet will contain detailed instructions for claiming the scholarships. Recipients who have not received acceptance packets by July 1, 2009, should contact

Information and applications for the 2010 scholarship program will be available November, 15, 2009. All scholarship questions should be directed to


V.I.P. and Distinguished Service Citation
FFA is now accepting applications for both the National FFA V.I.P. and DSC awards.  The deadline for both programs is June 15. If you would like to nominate either a person or organization for one of these awards, please contact Tyler Easton at 317-802-4335.


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.

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

Reserving Rooms for Other Chapters at Convention?
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 preconvention 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