FFA Buzz

FFA Buzz
Summer 2010

Going Somewhere?
Each year, FFA loses contact with many of its 60,000 graduating high school seniors so that's why we've started a year-round FFA Beyond High School campaign to try and connect with these transitioning members. We want them to know that there are still many ways they can benefit from FFA, even after they've hung up their blue jackets. For the first phase of this campaign, our goal is to get as many students as possible to sign up for the "FFA Beyond High School" e-newsletter. The e-newsletter will provide subscribers with information about scholarships, internships and Collegiate FFA and FFA alumni opportunities. From now until June 30, any member over the age of 18 who signs up for the e-newsletter will be entered into a drawing for an iPad. Help us get the word out to FFA advisors and members. Tell them to go to www.ffa.org/beyondhighschool to sign up for the e-newsletter.

Changes on the Way for ffa.org
State staff and advisors, take note.  FFA is currently undertaking a large-scale project to update the functionality and design of ffa.org.  These changes are necessary to allow the website to interact with other critical systems to collect and report data - including membership information.  During the next few months, we will be asking for your input and giving you opportunities to preview the site changes.  Thanks in advance for your comments, and remember to be on the lookout for important ffa.org updates effective Sept. 1. 

Get a Leg Up on the Competition!
Check out this video for tips and ideas on the National Chapter Award Program.  This video, along with general information, will help answer questions such as:  What is the National Chapter Award Program?  How do I plan for the application?  How do I write a strong application?   

Save $50 on a Set of 10 Official FFA Jackets – Now Through Aug. 31!
This set of jackets includes one each of the most popular sizes: ladies sizes 34, 36, 38 and 40; and mens sizes 36, 38, 40, 42, 44 and 46. No front lettering available; back embroidered with state and chapter name. Order this 10-jacket set by Aug, 31, 2010, and your price is just $400 – a $50 savings over the regular price of $450!

Plus, all orders for ODJKT-10  received by June 30 will receive five “FFA Lead Out Loud” reusable shopping bags (a $25 value) for FREE!*

10-jacket promo set is item ODJKT-10; limit one set per FFA chapter. Special $400 price ends August 31, 2010.
*Free shopping bag offer with the purchase of  ODJKT-10 is good through June 30, 2010 or until inventory is depleted.

To order, call 888-332-2668 or order online.

Free Lesson Plans
It’s never too early to start planning your curriculum for next fall! Check out the Agri-Entrepreneurship lesson plans. These lessons can be used singularly or as a course of study. They are fun, engaging and align to national content standards. And best of all, you can download them for free!

Got a Head for Ag Business?
Do you have students with entrepreneurial supervised agricultural experience projects, but your state doesn’t have an agri-entrepreneurship competition? Chapters can send applications directly to the National FFA Center for the national judging. The deadline is July 15; judging takes place the first Wednesday in August.  While there can be only one chapter winner (award of up to $150), it is possible to have more than one winner from a chapter at the national level (award of $1,000). Last year two of the 10 national winners were from the same chapter in Minnesota. Applications are available on the website.

Help Us Reach 1 Million Service Hours by Convention 2010!

The Million Hour Challengeencourages FFA members to improve their communities through civic engagement. To earn credit, service hours completed between Oct. 2, 2009, and October 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 program information, contact the Million Hour Challenge office,  mhc@ffa.org or 317-802-4345.

2010 National FFA Career Development Event (CDE) due dates:
July 1:Team Certification Forms due
Student Waiver Forms due
CDE Special Needs Requests due
State Speaking Judges Forms due

Aug. 15: Prepared Public Speaking Manuscripts due

Sept. 15: Agricultural Communications, Agricultural Issues, Job Interview and Marketing Plan Portfolios due

Oct. 19:  Add/Delete Forms due

Find forms on the CDE webpage.

Get Your CDE Resources
Studying for a career development event or looking for materials to incorporate in the classroom? Check out the resources and tools available in the FFA Core catalo g under CDE Materials and CDE Q&As.

Risk Management Essay Winners Announced
The top 10 Risk Management essays have been selected! Check out the top 10 students and their essays on the Risk Management Essay webpage.

FFA Volunteer Convention Judges Needed
Nominations are now being accepted for volunteer judges for the Agricultural Proficiency Awards, Agriscience Awards and National Chapter Awards at the 2010 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., this fall. Agricultural Proficiency and Star awards will be judged on Thurs., Oct. 21. Proficiency and Star judges will be invited to an awards luncheon on that day. Agriscience Awards will be judged on Thurs., Oct. 21. National Chapter Awards will be judged on Wed., Oct. 20. (Convention judging is voluntary. FFA does not cover any expenses for the judges.)  Nominations can be submitted on this form. Mail completed forms to National FFA Organization, Attn. Teri Buchholtz, P.O. Box 68960, Indianapolis, IN 46268-0960 or fax to 317-802-5419.


2010 Chapter Innovator's Guide Now Available Online
At FFA, being the best is standard operation procedure for our 7,429 chapters. But each year, four chapters go above and beyond expectations to actively implement the organization's mission and strategies to become Models of Innovation winners. These chapters are recognized for meeting "quality standards" in one of three divisions: student development; chapter development and community development. One outstanding middle school chapter is also recognized. Check out the organization's 2009-2010 Chapter Innovator's Guide, which highlights each winning chapter.

Enlist Farmers Support to Apply for a $2,500 Donation 
In this tough economic climate, fundraising can be challenging. But now, through Monsanto's new America's Farmers Grow Communities Project, agricultural youth groups can enlist support from local farmers for a $2,500 donation. Due to its success, the program has been expanded to eligible counties in California, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and South Dakota. The application  process is simple. Just visit www.growcommunities.com and fill out the short form by July 31 or call 877-267-3332.