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Start planning for convention
The convention planning website is now available. Check out this year’s convention theme and learn how to get started with planning.

National Officer selection changes delayed until 2012 process
In 2010, a task force discussed revising the selection process for national FFA officers. This meeting yielded an outstanding set of recommendations for revision that were originally scheduled for implementation in 2011. However, we have decided to delay the implementation of these revisions until 2012 to ensure that we have provided the proper resources and training necessary to allow for a fair process for all candidates. Please make sure that all potential candidates know that we will not make any changes to the process in 2011.  We will communicate with stakeholders regarding the 2012 revision implementation throughout 2011.

Registration fees set for the 2011 National FFA Convention
The following registration fees have been set for the 2011 National FFA Convention:

  • $40 – for chapters that preregister and use the housing block.
  • $40 – for chapters located within a 100-mile radius of the host city that preregister for a full registration and will drive daily to convention.
  • $60 – for chapters that preregister and do not use the housing block or that will drive from a distance more than 100 miles from the host city.
  • $70 – for all on-site registrations.

The convention registration fees were last increased in 2008. Since then, as the convention has evolved into a larger, more dynamic event, the organization has seen a three-year increase of 14.6 percent in the convention’s operating costs. While sponsorship and other revenues have helped offset some of the expenses, registration fees still cover only about 50 percent of the overall expense of convention.

As in the past, the national FFA staff will continue to trim expenses wherever possible to help ensure FFA members are provided an outstanding educational convention experience at an affordable price. Increases in convention fees are scheduled periodically; the National FFA Organization will revisit the topic of convention registration at the end of the year to see if any adjustment is needed.

Important American FFA Degree information

  • Applications are due to the National FFA Center from the state FFA offices on June 15.
  • E-mail the American FFA Degree certification form from the state to rhunsinger@ffa.org.
  • An e-mail address is required for all applicants in order to communicate convention information. 
  • Members must complete 50 hours of community service within at least three different community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid supervised agricultural experience (SAE) project hours. Activities can only be used once in the application.  Activities planned by the chapter can be included, provided they are only listed in the community service section of the application and are not duplicated in the FFA activities section of the application. 

For more information, visit the 2011 American FFA Degree Application Updates webpage.

FFA Alumni Development Conference
FFA alumni from across the nation will be rockin' in Little Rock, Ark., July 20-24 for the 2011 FFA Alumni Development Conference, hosted by the Arkansas FFA Alumni Association.Register TODAY! Visit www.ffa.org/alumni for travel recommendations, a tentative agenda and more information.
Education tours/activities include:

  • Arkansas FFA camp
  • Various local agricultural education and FFA chapters in the area
  • Rice experiment station
  • Stuttgart Agricultural Museum
  • Clinton Library
  • Heifer International
  • Shopping/sight-seeing in downtown Little Rock
  • Idea sharing and networking

Workshops:

  • Motivational speaker
  • Training on the new online membership system in the upcoming Agricultural Career Network
  • Advocacy track
  • Board development track
  • National FFA Alumni Association and FFA updates

Participant Fee: $500

Official State Representative: $250
(A National FFA Alumni Association grant covers half of the conference cost for one official state representative per state. Contact your state alumni leaders for details.)

Happy Birthday, FFA Alumni!
May 15 is quickly approaching, but it’s not too late to submit your FFA alumni membership. The National FFA Alumni Association is celebrating its 40th birthday by providing additional incentives for membership, such as the Legion of Merit Contest, the Local Program Support Grants and the rebate program. Learn more today!

Start an FFA alumni affiliate
On the National FFA Alumni Association website, learn how to start an FFA alumni affiliate in five easy steps! Or get a step-by-step tutorial on starting a new affiliate by listening to the alumni webinar series. The next webinar will provide fundraising ideas, assist with the partnership between local and state fundraising, give you ideas on how to find grant money and explain the importance of individual gifts. You won't want to miss the fundraising webinar, Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Promote Agriculture; Receive Scholarship Money; Make a Difference!
Do you have students who enjoy spreading the story of agriculture? Have them apply to be a National Collegiate Ag Ambassador!  As an ambassador, they will be able to promote agriculture to the community and help them understand how the industry plays a vital role in their daily life. Ambassadors will also learn about current ag issues from top industry leaders from across the nation. Best of all, for their work as an ambassador, participants will be awarded scholarship money and a digital camera to record their presentations! Applications for the ambassador program are available at www.ffa.org/collegiate and must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on June 1, 2011.  If you have any questions, contact Marty Tatman, mtatman@ffa.org. The ambassador program is sponsored by BASF – The Chemical Company, Syngenta, Elanco Animal Health and the National Pork Board as a special project of the National FFA Foundation

Handbook and Manual are NEW
After a revision process, the Official FFA Manual and Official FFA Student Handbook have been revised and are now available. The Official Handbook has been reorganized and streamlined with classroom instruction in mind. The handbook features hundreds of photos demonstrating FFA in action and several profiles of former members.
To better reflect classroom needs, the Official Student Handbook Advisors Guide DVD replaces the old Advisor's Guide to the FFA Student Handbook. The Advisor's Guide DVD Companion includes 25 minutes of content broken into nine chapters. This newly developed DVD will bring the excitement and FFA spirit to your classroom – featuring the history of FFA, basic FFA knowledge, examples of opening and closing ceremonies, recitation of the FFA Creed and so much more! Lesson Plans and PowerPoint Presentations that complement the Official FFA Student Handbook can be found online at learn.ffa.org.

Banquet season is here
Visit Shop FFA today to get your FFA awards and gift items. Place your banquet orders early and allow at least two weeks for order processing and shipping. Save time and money with the FFA Banquet Kit — everything you need for a banquet of 100 members and guests. Remember: Telephone orders are limited to 10 line items per call during the rush season. Free engraving is always available. To expedite fulfillment of orders, please review your order confirmation for accuracy.

Design your own FFA apparel
Want to create your own FFA clothing? The FFA Design Studio allows you to create designs by you for you. Whether you need one or more items, this easy-to-use website on Shop FFA has all the tools you need to create high-quality personalized apparel for fundraisers, community projects, member incentives and volunteer recognition. Choose from five garment styles, hundreds of design elements and multiple colors. Allow two weeks for delivery.

Graduation sashes: No charge for embroidery through May 15
Recognize your FFA members at graduation with the FFA graduation sash and make it personal with free embroidery. This heavyweight satin sash is offered in either national blue with a gold FFA emblem or corn gold with a blue FFA emblem. Embroider up to two lines with a maximum of four characters per line. Commemorate your FFA experience with a personalized graduation sash today.

Save with bundled classroom resources
Looking for classroom resources to improve your chapter operations? The Power Pack of Leadership Essentials offers 10 products for $149, a 25 percent savings. Products include: Leadership on the Go, Mpower, Strategies for Great Teaching, FFA Game – Blue Edition, 2011 Official FFA Student Handbook, Official Student Handbook Advisors Guide DVD, and the Official FFA Manual.

To order go to www.ffa.org/shop or call 888-332-2668 and ask your FFA customer service representative for the Power Pack of Leadership Essentials product number TB-11.

New arrivals at Shop FFA
Visit the new arrival section on Shop FFA for the latest trends in FFA spirit wear. Now featured are new tees, pants and shorts in the freshest of spring colors, and great new graphics.
The FFA Chapter Tee Design Contest winners have been announced. Visit the FFA Chapter Tee section on Shop FFA to get your favorite shirt today.‚Äč