Update April 2012

New licensee Alltech Ag Network to provide software to states, chapters
The National FFA Organization has entered into a licensing agreement with Alltech Ag Network to provide software, free of charge, via iHigh.com. This arrangement with Alltech Ag Network will allow FFA state associations and their chapters access to a website template that can be used to deliver stories and videos of state and chapter events and stream live local chapter banquets and state conventions. In 2011, FFA successfully streamed the 84th National FFA Convention and now you can do the same for your state convention and local chapter’s events. For more information about the Alltech Ag Network FFA/iHigh website, go to iHigh.com. Enter your name, chapter and advisor information to get you started. Involve your chapter and state officers to make this a student run initiative!

Convention housing now open
The 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo Housing is now open! Go to www.FFA.org and log into your MyAgCN account to access the hotel listing and housing form.

Important dates to remember
June 15American FFA Degree/Star applications due
July 15Agricultural Proficiency Awards due

New look, new location, same great information
Now you can access all the lesson plans, leadership activities and other chapter resources found on LifeKnowledge Online at www.FFA.org/lifeknowledge. In the accountability-driven environment of education, greater demands are placed on student performance and teacher preparation. LifeKnowledge provides educators with valuable resources needed for a targeted, measureable approach to leadership education through all facets of the three-circle model. Students can also lead the charge by engaging in self-paced e-Learning modules that focus on essential skills in leadership, communication, teamwork and personal development. To access all of these free resources and more, visit www.FFA.org/lifeknowledge.

Become a member of the National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent program
We all know that FFA members can run their own businesses, give knock-out speeches, and solve problems in their schools and communities. But did you know that many of them can sing and dance, too? Do you think you may have the chops to be a member of the National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent program? Applications will be available mid-April. Visit the Band, Chorus and Talent webpage for more information.

New Living to Serve environmental grants available
The National FFA Organization is excited to announce a new grant opportunity for chapters called Living to Serve: Environmental Grants! Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing projects that address local environmental needs. Applications are due June 1. Project concepts include, but are not limited to: wildlife conservation, land preservation, environmental education and recycling. Visit the Environmental Grants website for additional information. The environmental grants are provided through funding from CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Register early; save $50 for July’s FFA Alumni Development Conference
For the first time, registrants to the top learning and networking experience for FFA alumni members can save by securing their spot early. Registration opens Monday, April 2 for the 2012 FFA Alumni Development Conference, held July 11-15 in Bozeman, Mont. Conference participants who sign up before May 1 can save $50. Registration starts at $400 and includes hotel accommodations, workshops, a conference shirt, most meals and transportation to/from local agricultural and cultural tours. Why should you attend? What’s the agenda? What do participants need to know? Find all this out and more on the FFA alumni website!

You Talk. We Listen. shipping rate changes
On April 1, our shipping rates will change and be reflective of the current costs to process, package and ship orders. Orders shipped using ground service will be charged 10 percent of the order total up to a maximum of $200. The 10 percent calculation is based on $10 increments, which means an order of $25 will be charged $3 for regular service since it falls within the $20.01 - $30 range. Rush orders will be charged an additional $25 for order totals up to $300. At $300 orders will be charged an additional 10 percent up to a maximum of $100. For complete details, visit the Shipping & Delivery section of Shop FFA.

Chapter Tee winners announced
Out of a record 650 entries, 12 finalists were selected and more than 5,300 votes were cast during the 11th annual FFA Chapter Tee Design Contest. The six winners’ designs are posted on Shop FFA. Winning chapters will receive half the profits of the first 12 months sales of their T-shirt. Support a local chapter by purchasing one of the winning designs. Thank you to all the FFA chapters that participated.

This year’s winning chapters:
Tuscola Technology Center FFA, Michigan
Oelwein FFA, Iowa
Chandler FFA, Arizona
Stewartsville FFA, Missouri
Rigby FFA, Idaho
East Henderson FFA, North Carolina

Chat live
In the past six months, we have talked to many customers and assisted them with placing their orders using Live Chat through our online store. Unfortunately during this same time we have had several students play pranks or use inappropriate language while conducting chats with our staff. In some cases, we’ve been able to identify the students and contact their advisors. The Shop FFA Live Chat is for customers who have questions about placing orders and is not intended to be the catch-all forum for everything FFA. To serve customers that really need assistance on Shop FFA, we ask advisors and students to only use the Live Chat option if they need assistance placing orders.

Banquet season here
Place your banquet orders early, allowing at least two weeks prior to your event for order processing and shipping. Shop online at Shop FFA – it’s easy, fast and the best, most accurate method for ordering awards and personalized items. Save time and money with the FFA Banquet Kit. This kit for 100 gives you everything you need for the perfect banquet setting. For your convenience, we can pack your convention orders by session and telephone orders are limited to 10 line items per call during the rush season. As always, engraving is free.

Free embroidery for graduation sashes through May 18
Recognize your FFA members at graduation with the FFA graduation sash and make it personal with free embroidery from the National FFA Organization. This heavy satin sash in either national blue with a gold FFA emblem or corn gold with a blue FFA emblem is the perfect final touch on graduation day. Embroider up to two lines with a maximum of four characters per line. You can embroider your initials or high school letters on one line and the date on the other. Your graduation is special as was your years in FFA. Commemorate both with a personalized graduation sash.

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. Receive 15 percent off your first purchase. This offer excludes Official Dress and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Reminder: Shop FFA accepts online school purchase orders
When you register on Shop FFA, 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.

What’s new on the Members Benefit page?
A special subscription offer from Cowboy Way, that’s what! Save 80 percent. Award-winning Cowboy Way magazine is the journal of the Paragon Foundation. Each issue is filled with information, entertaining stories and features that celebrate the rural values and culture of the West, including a four-page section in each issue dedicated to FFA. Cowboy Way is offering FFA members and advisors a very special annual subscription price of only $10. Help support this wonderful magazine by signing up for a subscription today.

Discounts from La Quinta, Wyndham hotels
If you are travelling this spring or planning a summer vacation, make sure to take advantage of the special deals and discounts from La Quinta and Wyndham. When you make your reservations at La Quinta, use discount code NAFFA. With Wyndham, use discount code 1000005345. These and other member benefits can be found on the Members Benefit page.