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We’re still listening…
The 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis marked the opening of the You Talk. We listen. Community. Since then we’ve collected feedback that is currently directing our organization to a better tomorrow. The report highlights the strength of FFA in leadership and life-long skills development. For more information, read the full report here.

Attention advisors!
The 2011 National FFA Convention housing is now open! Log into your MyFFA account to access the hotel listing and housing form.

Pals resources now online
Partners in active learning support (PALS) is a mentoring program that matches caring and motivated ffa members with elementary youth. The objectives of the pals program are to improve interpersonal, human relations and leadership skills through a long-term mentoring program. Mentors acquire leadership and planning skills as they work as a team to develop individual and group activities focusing on personal growth and agricultural literacy.

Find all of the updated pals resources on FFA Learn, ffa.learn.com. Resources are divided by grade level and topic, you will also find strategies for starting a pals program, mentor development and developing an advisory committee.

New century farmer conference deadline almost here
The New Century Farmer Conference is designed to assist young producers in creating a vision for their operation and then provide the tools needed to help that vision be achieved. Fifty of agriculture’s best are selected each year to be a part of this, free week-long 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 24-30, 2011, in Johnston, Iowa. Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2011.

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, ffa.learn.com.

Coming soon…the agriculture career network
A new, nationwide system designed to help FFA members document their educational achievements, create robust portfolios and pursue scholarships and employment opportunities is planned to launch Sept. 1.

The National FFA Organization is developing the agricultural career network, an online portal members can use from middle school through college and beyond. Members will be able to track their accomplishments and awards, build resumes and online portfolios, apply for scholarships, prepare for college, pursue internships, connect with employers and more.

Agriculture teachers will also be able to manage member information in the network, which will provide key data for perkins plans and reports, produce local impact reports for advocacy efforts, information about available grant and scholarship applications and tools that teachers can use to gauge the relevance and successes of their individual agricultural education curricula.

The initial focus of the career network will be to improve the quality, service and impact of FFA. Data collected through the network will help document the impact and relevance of ffa and agriculture curricula, drive FFA program involvement and improvement and build a growing base of support for agricultural education.

March 24 is national teach ag day!
There’s no greater profession than agricultural education, and March 24 is your chance to share that with the world. The national council for agricultural education, led by the national association of agricultural educators, has some great ideas and resources to make your teach ag day a success.