FFA Buzz

2011 Scholarship Program Live!
The National FFA Organization awards approximately $2 million in scholarships designed to fit the diversity of our applicants. The 2011 Scholarship Application and a host of helpful tools are available in the Scholarships section of ffa.org. The organization’s three top scholarship sponsors are Ford, Cargill and Monsanto.  Review eligibility requirements in the 2011 Guidebook. Online applications must be submitted 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.


New Century Farmer Applications Now Available! 
The New Century Farmer program is designed to assist young producers in creating a vision for your operation and then provide you with the tools needed to help you reach that vision.  Forty of agriculture’s  best are selected each year to be part of this weeklong experience. The program will be July 24 - 30, 2011, in Johnston, Iowa.  Applicants must be:

  • Enrolled or a recent college 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, 2011, and can be found at www.ffa.org/ncf


Apply for I-CAL Today!
The best way to learn about international agriculture is to experience it!  The International Collegiate Ag Leadership (I-CAL) program is designed for students to learn more about international grain marketing, global agriculture and acquire a unique cultural experience.  While part of the program, students will be able to experience all aspects of agriculture, from a 10,000-head dairy farm to a seven-head goat herd that supports three families. 


The 2011 program will head to a new location – Latin and South America!  Tentative dates for the 2011 program are May 15 - 28, 2011 (depending on international airfare). Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 15, 2011, and can be found at www.ffa.org/programs/global/ical.  Contact Marty Tatman, mtatman@ffa.org, with any questions.


Apply for the 2011 Ag Day Essay Contest
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.  Submit entries to:

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

E-mail to: essay@agday.org


Free FFA Alumni Webinars
The National FFA Alumni Association is hosting free webinars from now through August 2011 to empower and inform members about programs, provide ideas and assist in becoming more effective advocates for FFA. Log in information is available on the FFA Alumni website, in the news section.
Participants can submit written questions in the forum. Presentations will last one hour and be available on the website for review. Share the dates and topics with your alumni and encourage council/board meetings to be conducted around these dates. For questions, contact National FFA Alumni, alumni@ffa.org.

Webinar Dates/Topics: January - February 2011
January 20 - Starting a New Affiliate and Completing Excel Roster
February 3 - Advocating for Local FFA Chapters and Ag Ed Programs
NOTE: All meetings are Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Full Schedule: Alumni Webinar Schedule


Food For America Resources Now Available
Food For America is an educational program focusing on agricultural literacy in elementary schools and communities. These resources are intended to assist FFA members and all agricultural education students in leadership skill development as they reach out to youth, peers and their entire communities by sharing the world of agriculture. Resources are available on FFA Learn, https://ffa.learn.com.


Southern States FFA Promotional Campaign
From March 2 – 13, Southern States stores will be doing an FFA promotional campaign and collecting donations for FFA – local, state and national.  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.  Fifty percent will be returned to the local FFA chapter(s) identified by each retail location.  All Southern States and Agway stores are eligible to participate.

Southern States is responsible for this fundraising campaign, and 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.


Weed Out Hunger for a Chance to Win
FFA Chapters nationwide can win up to $3,000 by competing in the Weeding out Hunger FFA Video Challenge, presented by Syngenta. All you have to do is make a video explaining your chapter’s role at school, in the local community and within agriculture. Videos will be uploaded through Facebook and voted on by the public. Top vote getters from five geographic regions will advance for final judging and the chance to win up to $3,000. Learn more by visiting the Weeding out Hunger Facebook page at www.facebook.com/weedingouthunger. Let the competition begin!