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The National FFA Commemorative Coin Act (U.S. Senate Bill #1553 and U.S. House of Representatives Bill #3464) will seek a U.S. minted commemorative coin honoring the 85th anniversary of the National FFA Organization in 2012. FFA is working with key leaders in Congress to promote and gain co-sponsors of the bill. In order for the bill to emerge from committee, FFA must list 67 Senate co-sponsors and 290 House co-sponsors. 

Here’s how you can get involved:  Use the NAAE Legislative Action Center to contact your senators and congressional representatives and urge them to co-sponsor this bill.

  • Visit the NAAE website: www.naae.org
  • Enter your ZIP code in the “Contact Congress” block in the left margin of the home page
  • Go to Issues and Legislation
  • Select “The National FFA Commemorative Coin Act” option (under Current Action Alerts)
  • Read the Action Alert
  • Complete the editable message
  • Send it to your two senators and one representative

This commemorative coin act will honor a venerable national agricultural education organization with a wide impact.  If you would like to see FFA immortalized and honored on a U.S. coin, please let your legislators know. 

 

FFA Volunteer Judges Sought
The National FFA Organization is continuing to accept volunteer judge nominations for the agricultural proficiency awards and Agriscience Fair at the 2009 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., this fall.

  • Agricultural proficiencies and Agriscience Fair judging takes place on Thurs., Oct. 22, 2009. (Proficiency judges will be invited to an awards luncheon that day.)

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

Go to http://www.ffa.org/documents/conv_judgenomform.pdf 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.

 

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National Teach Ag Day – February 25, 2010
Mark your calendar to celebrate the first ever National Teach Ag Day on Feb. 25, 2010!  This is a special day set aside for current agriculture educators to talk with their students about why they chose to go into agricultural education and to encourage those students to also consider a career in the field.

February 25 (Thursday of National FFA Week) was chosen because so many potential future agriculture teachers are in FFA; but National Teach Ag Day efforts will include agricultural education at every level, from elementary level agricultural literacy efforts to postsecondary agriculture programs.

Plan to include a lesson on Feb. 25 about the opportunities in agricultural education.  NAAE is developing resources to help you start the discussion, including lesson ideas and a video, all of which will be available for free closer to the date.

Click here for more information and resources for National Teach Ag Day.

 

SAE Grants Available
SAE grants of $1,000 each will be made available this year, subject to sponsorship. Click here for the list of available grants.

These grants are awarded to FFA members who are between the ages of 14 and 17 in the 2009 calendar year and are based on financial need. Grant applications must be postmarked by November 15, 2009. Contact Deborah Sellers for more information.

Collegiate Convention
The collegiate FFA team has been busy planning for the 2009 Collegiate Convention.  A few of this year’s highlights include:

  • Collegiate Convention registration is online.  Click here to register today!  Registration will be easier than ever. Resumes received during registration will be handed out to all Career Finder and Career Expo companies. 
  • The Collegiate Career Expo has moved. The Expo will be held on the East Concourse of Lucas Oil Stadium this year. The Expo will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 24. Numerous agriculture companies will be participating in the Expo, looking for potential interns and employees. Please encourage all college students to attend and to come with their resume in hand.

 

For more information on the Collegiate Convention, please visit the Collegiate FFA website.

2009 National FFA Alumni Convention
The 2009 National FFA Alumni Convention is just around the corner. The theme of the alumni convention encourages members to “Say It, Do It, Live It!” for agricultural education. Alumni members from across the nation will attend workshops, receive awards, select their national Alumni leaders and receive updates about their association. Visit www.ffa.org/alumni for more information on the alumni convention.

One of the highlights of the Alumni convention is the 2009 National FFA Alumni Benefit Auctions. This year’s theme is Mission: Possible! Helping generate scholarship funds for FFA members.

You can become a “special agent” and assist the National FFA Alumni Association with its mission to raise funds for WLC and collegiate scholarships. The success of the 2008 National FFA Alumni Benefit Auctions provided 154 scholarships for FFA members to attend WLC and five collegiate scholarships for students to study agricultural education. The goal is to raise $170,000 this year, so make sure you participate in the benefit auctions and become an FFA special agent to ensure that FFA members have this same opportunity in 2010!

Alumni Preserving American Icons
The National FFA Alumni Association and the Campbell Soup Co. Barn Preservation Project has provided a great service to production agriculture, educational facilities, FFA members and FFA Alumni last year through the preservation of five barns in Illinois, Kansas, Tennessee, Oregon and New York. These preserved structures are now shining examples of how FFA and FFA Alumni members continue to “live to serve.” Each of the transformations can be seen on HelpGrowYourSoup.com or view work day footage at www.ffa.org/alumni.

Beginning October 1, the National FFA Alumni and Campbell invite the nation to visit HelpGrowYourSoup.com daily to vote for one of the 10 barns in need of preserving. For each vote on the site, Campbell will donate $1 to FFA, up to $250,000, for agricultural education. As a token of appreciation, voters can sign up to receive a free Campbell Soup Co. tomato seed packet in the mail (while supplies last). The five barns that receive the most votes will be preserved as a part of this year’s Help Grow Your Soup Barn Reviving Program.

Importance of Alumni
Why start an alumni affiliate? Your FFA alumni affiliate can be a wonderful resource of support for FFA advisors, servings as mentors for FFA members, advocates for agricultural education, identifying funding opportunities, helping to prepare teams for competition and much more. To learn more about starting your own alumni affiliate visit www.ffa.org/alumni.

 

FFA-themed Float in 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade
On New Year’s Day 2010, keep your eyes peeled for a Tournament of Roses Parade float featuring FFA.  Longtime FFA sponsor RFD-TV will present a tribute to the National FFA Organization on its 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade float titled “FFA Today,” incorporating floral-filled scenes of the FFA emblem, the iconic blue corduroy FFA jacket and symbols of agriculture past and present. The 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade theme is “A Cut above the Rest,” and that ties in perfectly with today’s FFA. Thanks to RFD-TV for sponsoring this tremendous opportunity.