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FFA Joins Campbell Soup Company to Preserve Barns
As some of you may know, last year Campbell Soup Company partnered with the National FFA Organization to create the “Help Grow Your Soup” (HGYS) campaign. This project allowed FFA members, alumni, Campbell employees and the community to preserve five barns, build community gardens and much more. It was a great success!

The second wave of the Help Grow Your Soup campaign has begun. This year, due to the amount of barn entries we received, we need YOU to help us choose the top 5 to be revived. Please visit and vote for your favorite barn. The top 5 will get some TLC from Campbell, FFA alumni and members and community volunteers. And, for every vote cast on or before January 5, 2010, Campbell will donate $1 (up to $250,000). Don’t delay, vote today!


The Newest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Available
The October 2009 issue of the FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide is now available on This useful online guide provides activities, discussion questions, teaching tips, additional links and more related to the October 2009 issue of FFA New Horizons. Printed copies of the guide will also be available at “Teachers’ World,” located in the Indiana Convention Center, during the national FFA convention. Visit booths T-2, T-4, T-13, and T-14 near the Teachers Workshop rooms to pick up a copy. Contact Julie Woodard if you have questions.


Don’t Miss These National Convention Activities!

Your National Convention Connection
How can you stay in-the-know before, during and after the national FFA convention? We’ve got you covered! The convention website is always the place to start. Visit to check out news stories, photos, videos, blogs and award winners. Plus, we’ll link you to our Facebook, Twitter and FFA Nation pages.

Don’t have a computer handy? No problem! Get the scoop on your mobile phone by texting “@nationalffa” to 40404. You’ll automatically be set up to receive FFA news and alerts on your cell. (Standard text message rates apply.)

And NEW for this year – LIVE streaming video of the general sessions! Visit and we’ll link you to our friends at SchoolTube. Plus, watch special stories and student interviews throughout the week. Hey advisors! This is a great idea for a chapter activity or member get-togethers.

And, of course, RFD-TV will broadcast the general sessions, band and chorus concert, and the talent revue LIVE on their network. Visit RFD-TV for listings in your area.

Don’t miss your chance to stay connected at the 2009 National FFA Convention!


Looking for a New 2010 Ford F-150 XLT Supercrew Truck?
If you can’t attend national convention this year, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all of the great items up for bids at the National FFA Alumni Live Benefit Auction. Just bid online from your home!

Here’s how:
Step 1 – Visit United Country Auction Services - 2009 FFA Alumni Benefit Auction
Step 2 – Click on the Online Auction Catalog link.
Step 3 – To register as a bidder, click on the “Register” link at the top of the page.
Step 4 – Complete the Registration, including contact information and a valid credit card for any purchases you may make.
Step 5 – Once registered, you will receive a bidder number and access information via e-mail from Proxibid. 
Step 6 – Use this information in advance to log on and place maximum bids or log on Friday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. (EDT) to watch the auction live and place your bids against those at convention!

Please contact Amber Smyer at 317-802-4294 with any questions.


Careers, College and Convention
Encourage your students to learn all about the “three C’s” by checking out the 2009 National FFA Convention Navigator.

Inside this digital magazine, you'll find:

  • Information, statistics and tips on agricultural careers – great for classroom projects or curriculum-planning!
  • Listings of colleges that will be exhibiting at the national FFA convention – a valuable resource for your students!
  • Map of the 2009 FFA National Agricultural Career Show and FFA Shopping Mall
  • Map and lists of Indianapolis attractions

The online version is available now, and be sure to pick up a printed copy at the national FFA convention registration booth. For more information, contact Kim Newsom at 800-333-8842.


NAAE Activities at National Convention
Don’t miss the NAAE booth at the national FFA convention Career Show! Bring students to talk with us about becoming an agriculture educator, sign up for the “Teach Ag” campaign, and win some great prizes in the process. 

We’ll be playing “Teach Ag Tag,” a game show that challenges students to think like an agriculture teacher. All players win a T-shirt, and the grand prize is a visit to your chapter from Dr. Larry Case, the National FFA Advisor. You’ll need one advisor/teacher and one to four students to play, so get your teams together now. Students can also visit our “Future Teacher VIP Lounge” and see firsthand the tools of the agricultural education trade. Plus, on Thursday, we’re inviting all agriculture educators to stop by the NAAE booth in “Teachers’ World” to participate in our “Teach Ag” video shoot. 

For more information about the NAAE booth or to sign up for “Teach Ag Tag,” visit our website, or e-mail Julie Fritsch.