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Apply Now for the 2011 National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program!
Each year, the National FFA Organization awards approximately $2 million in scholarships designed to fit the diversity of our applicants.  Scholarships are available to high school seniors and students already enrolled in college.  The 2011 Scholarship Application is available now until Feb. 15, 2011.  Visit www.ffa.org for information, access to the online application, scholarship descriptions, frequently asked questions, helpful tools and a poster listing current scholarship sponsors.

All applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. EST Feb. 15, 2011. A completed Signature Page postmarked no later than Feb. 22, 2011, is required in order to be eligible.


2011 Award Applications News
The American Degree, Star Battery and Proficiency Entrepreneurship and Placement award applications will remain the same for the 2011 award process.  The applications available on www.ffa.org have only had the instruction page updated to include 2011.  Some states penalize a student if the application does not show the year 2011. In order to avoid being penalized, fill out the cover sheet in the new applications available on the website and move or copy the sheet into your 2010 application.  Contact rhunsinger@ffa.org if you experience any difficulties.


The 2011 American Degree community service hours are increased to 50 hours in three different activities.  Community service is only allowed if it is done outside of classroom time.  Further information is available on the American Degree homepage.


2012 Application Revision Coming in August
All revised award applications for 2012 will be made available on www.ffa.org by August 2011. Look for further updates soon.


Dates for the 2011 New Century Farmer Conference Announced
The 2011 New Century Farmer conference will be held July 24-29 in Johnston, Iowa!  Fifty of agriculture’s best will be selected this year to be 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.   Applications are now available and can be found at www.ffa.org/collegiate. Applications are due March 15, 2011.


You Talk. We Listen
The National FFA Board of Directors needs your help!  Let them know how you think we can improve FFA programs and services by participating in the FFA Stakeholder Challenge.  You will need to register.  Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email from noreply@crushrepublic.com.   Please be sure to clink the link provided to verify your email address and activate your account for the FFA Community.  
Agriscience Fair Winners Announced
Congratulations to all of our Agriscience Fair winners.  The list of the top three winners for each category/division as well as all participant rankings (gold, silver and bronze) are available on the Agriscience Fair webpage.  Attention winners: Please return your award claim form by Dec. 1 to get your cash prize!  If you do not have the correct form, e-mail hcross@ffa.org as soon as possible.


And the Winners Are...
Congratulations to the Agriscience Student of the Year, Rebekah Meller of Wauseon, Ohio, and to the runner-up, Tim Hurd of Sumner, Wash.  Not only did all eight national finalists receive scholarships, but they were also invited to an all expenses-paid trip to Monsanto’s facilities in St. Louis, Mo. 

Congratulations also go to the Agriscience Teacher of the Year, Alan Smith of Cushing, Okla., and to the runner-up, Rick Henningfeld of Delavan, Wis.  The four national teacher finalists were recognized at the 83rd National FFA Convention and awarded cash prizes along with $1,500 grants for their chapters.


Let’s Hear It for Our Models of Innovation Winners!
The National Chapter Models of Innovation winners are:  Ridgemont FFA of Ohio (Chapter Development), Yelm FFA of Washington (Community Development), Spencer County FFA of Kentucky (Student Development) and Franklin County Middle School of Georgia (Outstanding Middle School).  All of the national finalists were awarded cash prizes for their chapters.


A Million Served!
Community service plays a critical role in our blue jacket world, and FFA chapters have truly maximized their potential in their service to others. The Million Hour Challenge was created in order for FFA chapters across the United States to collectively reach 1 million service hours. We are proud to announce that with the help of several chapters, we have collectively served 1,048,455 hours and fulfilled the Million Hour Challenge! Monsanto, as a part of its million dollar sponsorship of FFA, proudly recognized the following award winners at the 83rd National FFA Convention:

Education – Ponchatoula FFA; Ponchatoula, La.
Environment – Rosewood FFA; Goldsboro, N.C.
Government – Wolfe County FFA; Campton, Ky.
Healthy Lifestyles – Greeley West FFA; Greeley, Colo.
Social & Human Services – Perrydale FFA; Amity, Ore.
Small Chapter Big Impact – Blytheville FFA; Blytheville, Ark.
Most Active State – Louisiana

Thank you to all of the chapters that submitted their hours!


National Quality Program Standards (NQPS) Online Assessment
The National Quality Program Standards for Secondary (Grades 9-12) Agricultural Education are a result of a need to provide a consistent delivery of high quality agricultural education programs across the nation focused on relevant instruction, rigorous clear goals, continuous program improvement and the development of essential skills for student success. Input from local, state and national leaders was sought and obtained regarding the qualities of highly successful agricultural education programs.
These standards are designed to be used by the local teacher(s), administration, community partners and/or stakeholders, advisory committees, FFA Alumni and/or an external assessment team to conduct an evaluation of the local agricultural education program and develop clear goals and objectives for program improvement. To access the standards, visit http://ffa.learn.com/council


2011 Ag Day Essay Contest Details Now Available
The theme for this year’s Ag Day Essay Contest is "American Agriculture: Your Food. Your Farmer."  The contest is divided into two categories of competition: written essay and video essay. Both are national competitions. For the written essay, essays must contain no more than 450 words. The written essay winner will receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington D.C. to be recognized at the Celebration of Ag Dinner held at the Witten Patio March 15, 2011. For the video essay, the maximum length of the video is two minutes. The video essay winner will receive $1,000. Students in grades 7-12 during the 2010-2011 school year are eligible. Contestants must be U.S. citizens and meet all requirements to compete. Entries must be received by Feb.  4, 2011. Official rules are available at Essay Rules

2011 Ag Day Essay Contest
Agriculture Council of America
11020 King Street Suite 205
Overland Park, KS 66210

E-mail to: essay@agday.org


Announcing a New Grant for FFA Chapters!
During the 2010-2011 school year, Ford Trucks will continue to offer its Built Ford Tough – FFA Scholarship Program.  Each scholarship is worth $1,000 toward collegiate education.

The scholarships are co-funded by local Ford dealers who designate support for a chapter in their marketing area.  Students complete the scholarship application on ffa.org, and bring it to the dealer for their signature to be eligible for the $1,000 scholarship.

The program has been operating since 1997, and in 2010 we reached $6,060,000 in awarded scholarships.

* In addition to the scholarship program, Ford Trucks will now provide $3,000 grants to a FFA chapter in each of the six (6) NAAE Regions.*

To qualify for the grant, the chapter must have a local Ford dealer participating in the scholarship program, and a minimum of three applicants for the Built Ford Tough – FFA Scholarship.

Selections will be measured against the percentage of seniors in the chapter that apply for a Built Ford Tough – FFA Scholarship.

Final selection of the grants will be made by National FFA Foundation and NAAE. To learn more, visit www.naae.org.  


Energize Your Lesson Plan with Propane
To ensure educators have the best resources for teaching students about the latest developments in propane technology for the farm, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has developed 13 propane lessons that can be easily incorporated into the classroom. The plans cover a wide variety of information including an introduction to propane on the farm and specific propane technologies that students may use in the future. They also provide hands-on activities to engage students in learning about energy. To get your copy of the propane lesson plans, contact Brandon Robinson with PERC,  brandon.robinson@propane.com . ​