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Watch the 84th National FFA Convention Live Online...

Gavel to gavel coverage of the 84th National FFA Convention can be seen on the Alltech Ag Network, powered by iHigh, at AlltechAgNetwork.com. Not only will each session be streamed live, but they will be available on demand immediately following the live broadcast. Check back for more details.

...or watch it on RFD-TV

Orion Samuelson hosts RFD-TV's coverage of the 84th National FFA Convention. RFD-TV can be found on DirecTV channel 345 and Dish Network channel 231. For more information, visit the 2011 Convention Highlights webpage.

CONNECT! campaign is off to a great start

Tennessee is burning up the competition with more than 600 connections in the first week, earning entries into the drawing to win $1,000 for their state FFA association! Share CONNECT! with others in your state to increase the chance to win. There are great rewards to be won for students and ag supporters, so don’t miss out. Get CONNECTED and share the program with former members and ag supporters that you know. We’ve already collected some great stories and are excited about all of the buzz this is creating as we build the future advocacy base for FFA. Check it out at www.ffa.org/connect.

Reminder: PALS resources now online

Go to ffa.learn.com to find all of the updated PALS lessons.

The 2012 Scholarship Application is coming soon!

National FFA awards approximately $2 million in scholarships designed to fit the diversity of our applicants. The 2012 online Scholarship Application and Helpful Tools will be available on the scholarships webpage on Nov. 15. This year, the organization’s top three scholarship sponsors are Ford, Cargill and AGCO. Review eligibility requirements in the 2012 Guidebook, available on www.ffa.org Nov. 15. Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. EST Feb. 15, 2012. A completed signature page, postmarked no later than Feb. 22, 2012, is required to complete eligibility.

Verify waivers for CDEs and Agriscience Fair

Advisors, please verify on your MyFFA that your students’ waiver forms have been received for career development events (CDEs) and the Agriscience Fair. All waivers have been checked in at this time and will show in the system. If the waiver is not on file prior to the event, your student will not be allowed to participate. Questions can be directed to Jenna Clark, jclark@ffa.org.

2012 Proficiency Awards update

Check out the 2012 proficiency award areas on the agricultural proficiency awards webpage.
Changes for the 2012 proficiency awards includes the addition of Agriscience Research and Goat Production, the elimination of Floriculture and the Diversified Livestock Production area is now a combined area. For any questions on proficiency awards or supervised agricultural experience (SAE) projects, contact Rebecca Carter, SAE Educational Specialist, at rcarter@ffa.org.

NEW! grant opportunity to help fight hunger

FFA is excited to announce a new grant opportunity for chapters, FFA: Food For All! Chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support yearlong service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger programs. Project concepts include, but are not limited to, community gardens, raising broilers or tilapia, and educational outreach. Visit the FFA: Food For All grants website, www.ffa.org/foodforall, for additional information. Grants are provided through funding from Farmers Feeding the World and the Howard G. Buffet Foundation.

Farm Bill challenge recommendations due soon

There is still time for FFA members to raise their voices and be heard in U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s Farm Bill challenge. We’re still accepting ideas and recommendations that should be considered during the upcoming Farm Bill discussions. To support the Secretary’s Challenge, National FFA has developed educational resources and a web-based discussion board. The discussion board will be open through the 84th National FFA Convention this October. Following the convention, your current national officer team will review and synthesize the information into a report to be shared with Secretary Vilsack and his leadership team at USDA. To learn more about the Secretary’s Challenge, visit the discussion board.

Check-out the New Blue Look Book in New Horizons

This fall, National FFA will not produce the Blue apparel/gift catalog. Instead, all members will receive the Blue Look Book, a 12-page insert in the Fall issue of the newly redesigned FFA New Horizons. The look book will feature the National FFA Officer team in select apparel and accessories. The entire line of Blue apparel and gifts are available online at Shop FFA which has been redesigned with all new drop down menus and online Chat for a great shopping experience.

Convention registration materials shipments and convention checklist

When your convention registration packet arrives, make sure to count your registration badges, registration tickets and concert tickets. If the quantity is incorrect, call an FFA customer service representative, (888) 332-2668 (have your packing slip or confirmation letter handy for reference).
Please note the majority of registration materials shipments will be delivered by the United States Post Office and are safeguarded with tracking number. Make a convention checklist. Include everything you will need to bring to convention - then check your list twice before you leave home!

Convention Checklist Sample:

  1. Registration badges.
  2. Registration tickets.
  3. Concert tickets
  4. Hotel confirmation letter.
  5. Special event letters of instruction - such as American Degree, Proficiency, CDE, Career Success Tour instructions, National Day of Service participation instructions.
  6. Money or electronic equivalent.
  7. Emergency contact numbers -
    • Advisors, make sure National FFA has a way to contact you in case of an emergency while on site.
      • If not included in your registration materials, stop by the main Convention Registration in the East Motor Lobby of the Indiana Convention Center.
    • Advisors, make sure your students and those traveling with you have a way to get in touch.
      • Cell phone numbers, hotel information other chaperon cell phone numbers.
  8. Make sure to print relevant sections of the convention planning website.
  9. Official Dress - ties, scarves, black nylon hosiery or socks, white shirts or blouses, black skirts or slacks, comfortable shoes - and official FFA jacket. And for the forgetful -- the Mega Store will have a supply of ties and scarves.
  10. Camera and film and/or memory card.
  11. Program members' cell phone numbers into advisor's phone.
  12. Program advisor's cell phone number into members' phones.