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2010 National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program Attention!

The 2010 Scholarship Application closed at 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 15, 2010.  A completed Signature Page postmarked no later than Feb. 22, 2010, is required to complete the eligibility process.  Visit www.ffa.org/scholarships and select “Apply Today” for access to the Signature Page link.  Direct scholarship questions to the Scholarship Hotline, 317-802-6099, or via e-mail, scholarships@ffa.org."

Help Us Build the New FFA.org
We are rebuilding FFA.org and we need your help.  Give us your thoughts on the current site and what you would like to see in the new site. Take this quick seven question survey.

February's FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Online
We're making it super easy to use FFA New Horizons as a classroom resource. Check out the National FFA Publications page for links to the FFA New Horizons Teaching Guides. The February teaching guide is now available. You can also access a digital copy of the entire magazine on www.ffanewhorizons.org . And don't forget to encourage your students to create a profile on our very own social network, FFA Nation. With more than 5,000 members, this is a perfect way to connect with other FFA members across the country and discuss interesting topics, from SAEs to state conventions.

Changing the World Through Mentoring
Don't miss the new winter issue of PAL to PAL , the online newsletter for the Parnters in Active Learning Support (PALS) program. Get news on all of the latest happenings, including information about how PALS, Campbell's 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. Check out PAL to PAL now at www.ffa.org/pals.

Help Us Reach Our Goal of 1 MILLION Service Hours by Convention 2010!
"Serving others is something your chapter already does, right? The Million Hour Challenge encourages FFA members to improve their communities through civic engagement. To earn credit, service hours completed between Oct. 2, 2009, and Oct. 1, 2010 should be submitted by chapter advisors through their MyFFA accounts to the online Million Hour Challenge database.  Awards of $2,500 will be given during the 2010 National FFA Convention to those chapters submitting the most community service hours in the following categories—Environment, Government, Social/Human Service, Healthy Lifestyles and Education. Hours from state and national programs are also eligible for the Million Hour Challenge. The Million Hour Challenge is sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. For more information, contact the Million Hour Challenge office, mhc@ffa.org or 317-802-4215.

Convention Housing Is Open
The 2010 National FFA Convention Housing for chapters is now open! To access the chapter hotel list , go to www.ffa.org and login to your MyFFA account.

New Century Farmer Applications Still Available! 
Applications for the New Century Farmer program are now available online!  Fifty of the agriculture industry’s best are selected each year to be a part of this weeklong experience.  Selected participants will partake in numerous learning sessions on topics ranging from farm succession, global agriculture, ag marketing and finance to new and emerging farm machinery.  Additionally participants will take part in numerous field and operation tours and participate in an extensive team building experience.

The New Century Farmer program will be July 19-23, 2010 in Johnston, Iowa.  Applicants must be:
- Enrolled or a recent graduate of an agriculture college or university
- Have a background in production agriculture
- Plan to return to production agriculture as a career after college   

Contact Marty Tatman, mtatman@ffa.org, for any questions.  Applications are due March 15, 2010, and can be found at www.ffa.org/collegiate

 

Are You Paying Attention?
Have you entered the Digital Age and become a Digital Learner, like your students? If not, this video  just may convince you.

 

Southern States Cooperative Stores to Launch FFA Emblem Campaign
From March 1-15 Southern States stores will be doing an FFA promotional campaign and collecting donations for local, state and national FFA.  Participating Southern States locations will sell FFA paper emblems to customers. Retail price for each emblem is $1, but customers can donate as much as they like. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be returned to FFA with 50 percent going to the local FFA chapter(s) identified by each retail location. All Southern States and AgWay stores are eligible to participate. FFA chapters can get involved and help ensure the success of the program by encouraging Southern States stores to participate. If you have questions about this program or want to get involved, contact Will Fett, wfett@ffa.org or 317-802-4415.

 

Enlist Farmer Support and Win a $2,500 Donation for Your Chapter
In this tough economic climate, fundraising can be challenging. But now, through Monsanto's new America's Farmers Grow Communities Project, agricultural youth groups in Iowa and eligible counties in Arkansas and Missouri can enlist support from local farmers for a $2,500 donation. Farmers, age 21 and older, who produce a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton in the qualifying counties, are eligible. One winner will be drawn for each eligible county from all entries received by Feb. 28, 2010. Winners will be announced in March. The application process is simple. Just visit www.growcommunities.com and fill out a short form by Feb. 28 or call 877-267-3332.