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2012 National Chapter Application
Advisors, make sure your members download the new National Chapter application on the National Chapter Awards webpage for use in the 2012 award year. There are some changes to the application that came out of the revisions process, and you must use the new application for 2012. The new handbook contains the score sheet and new revised rubric that will help students fill out the application and guide them to acquiring the most points. A sample application is available in the handbook for additional reference.

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If you have any problems or questions about the application, contact Larry Lyder, llyder@ffa.org or 317-802-4402.

Got Scholarships? FFA Does!
The National FFA Scholarship application is live! Information, the online scholarship application and a variety of helpful tools are available on the scholarship homepage. Our top three 2012 sponsors are Ford, Cargill and AGCO. Review eligibility requirements for these and other scholarships in the 2012 Guidebook, also available on the scholarship homepage. Remember: Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. EST Feb. 15. A completed signature page, postmarked no later than Feb. 22 is required to complete eligibility.

Awards news
If you haven’t checked out the American FFA Degree webpage, now might be a great time. Go to the American FFA Degree Application, Forms and Resources webpage to make sure you’re up-to-date on all news to know. The 2012 Proficiency Awards areas have been updated. Read the award area descriptions carefully. For more information, go to the Agricultural Proficiency Awards webpage. If you have any questions on the American Degree or proficiency awards, contact Rebecca Carter, rcarter@ffa.org, or Rosalie Hunsinger, rhunsinger@ffa.org.

Now available: vet science CDE handbook
We are excited to announce that the new National FFA Veterinary Science CDE handbook is now posted online! Check it out on the veterinary Science webpage. The pilot event will begin in 2012 with two teams per state invited to attend. Contact Melissa Dunkel, mdunkel@ffa.org, with questions.

New Century Farmer applications still available
Applications for the New Century Farmer program are now available online! Each year agriculture’s best college students are selected to be part of this weeklong experience. Selected participants will partake in numerous learning sessions on topics ranging from farm succession, global agriculture, agricultural 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 8-14 in Johnston, Iowa. Applicants must be:

  • Enrolled or a recent graduate of an agriculture college or university.
  • Have a background in production agriculture.
  • Plan to return to production agriculture as a career after college.

The New Century Farmer program is sponsored by Pioneer – A DuPont Business; Case IH; CSX Transportation; and Farm Credit Services, with media partner Successful Farming, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Contact Lindsey Calhoun for questions, lcalhoun@ffa.org. Online applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 15. The application, more information on the program, and a FAQ sheet and screen shots of the application are located on the Collegiate FFA homepage.

Travel with the International Collegiate Ag Leadership (I-CAL) Program
The best way to learn about international agriculture is to experience it! Each May, the International Collegiate Ag Leadership (I-CAL) Program travels overseas to help 12 selected college students better understand international agriculture trade and marketing. The program is designed for students to become immersed in international agriculture and to acquire a unique cultural experience.

Previous I-CAL locations have included Spain, Morocco, Egypt, China and Vietnam, Malaysia, Colombia, and Panama. The 2012 program will be traveling to Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore. Tentative dates for the 2012 program will be May 19 - June 1 (depending on international airfare). The I-CAL program is sponsored by the Grains Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The application and more information on the program, including a FAQ sheet and screen shots of the application, can be found on the Collegiate FFA homepage. Contact Lindsey Calhoun, lcalhoun@ffa.org, with questions.

CONNECT! – And the winner is…
More than 16,000 people have taken part in the CONNECT! campaign. The promotional campaign ended in December with a drawing, but you can still encourage former members and supporters to log on, register and share their FFA story. Check out the drawing winners and register at www.FFA.org/Connect to get in touch and establish a renewed relationship with FFA. Congratulations to the grand prize and student winners!

COUNTDOWN: One week left to order FFA Week supplies
2012 FFA Week is just around the corner so make sure to place your orders early to receive your supplies in time. Themed “I Believe” items are the perfect complement for all of your FFA Week activities and provide great gifts for sponsors and volunteers.

2012 chapter T-shirt contest open for entries
Designing a winning chapter tee is an excellent opportunity for an FFA chapter to earn money and provide a chapter team event. Contest entries must be received by Feb. 29. Encourage your chapter to participate in the contest by sending a note and this link – www.FFA.org/chaptertshirtcontest – to members. In March, the National FFA Organization will select and post 12 T-shirt designs from all entries. Designs will be posted online for FFA members to vote for six favorite designs. The winning chapters and T-shirt designs will be featured in the 2012 Blue catalog and on Shop FFA. Winning chapters will receive 50 percent of the first year’s profits from the sale of their T-shirt.

Be connected. Stay connected.
Join thousands of FFA members already on Facebook, Twitter and FFA Nation. FFA members and fans – sign up for Shop FFA email updates on new arrivals, exclusive offers and events. And, receive 15 percent off your first order; excludes FFA Official Dress.

Do you have your 2012-13 Gold and Core catalog?
If you have not received your 2012-13 Gold and Core catalog, call customer service, 888-322-2668. For your shopping convenience, an electronic version of the 2012 Gold and Core catalog is also available on Shop FFA. The easy-to-use electronic catalog allows you to flip through pages and order by simply clicking on the item you want. The special teachers’ thank-you coupon worth $100 off the purchase of $500 in merchandise that was included with the new 2012 catalog expires Feb. 29 and is a great incentive to shop early for FFA Week activities and chapter banquets.

Great deals in the new 2012 Blue Look Book
An updated Blue Look Book featuring the 2011-2012 National FFA officers was also included in the 2012-13 Gold and Core catalog mailing. Check it out for new color logo T-shirts, sale items and other great gifts and FFA branded apparel. The Blue Look Book is also available on Shop FFA in an electronic version.

Meet the FFA Merchandise Team at National FFA Inservice
Look for your Merchandise Team at the 2012 National FFA Inservice for state FFA executive secretaries and foundation directors Feb. 10. Merchandise and customer service representatives will be on hand to answer your questions and showcase new products.

Reminder: Shop FFA accepts online school purchase orders When you register at the new Shop FFA store, we remind you to indicate that as an FFA advisor you are authorized to use purchase orders. Make sure to include your chapter number and name. A customer service representative will verify your information within five business days and provide you with an updated status for online purchase order payments.

FFA Chapter Challenge open in 12 states
Is your FFA chapter looking for a way to boost community connections while also competing for some fantastic prizes? Look no further than the 2012 FFA Chapter Challenge, now open at FFAChapterChallenge.com. The program, which started Jan. 16, is available for FFA chapters in 12 states including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.

Sponsored by Monsanto, the program allows chapters to secure votes from local farmers and producers. Once tabulated, the 200 FFA chapters who received the most votes can earn their share of more than $300,000 in incentives. Chapters can win up to $2,500 in credit with the National FFA Organization, and the top chapter will also earn an expenses-paid trip to October’s 85th National FFA Convention. Chapters must register before competing at FFAChapterChallenge.com and all farmer votes must be in by Feb. 29. Winners will be announced March 9.