Update - August 2011

Agriscience fair deadline approaches
Don't forget to certify your agriscience fair entries by Aug. 15 through MyFFA. Submissions with all documentation attached must be postmarked to the National FFA Center on or before Aug. 15. This includes your waiver forms.

Risk Management Essay Contest update
The National FFA Organization will not offer the Risk Management Essay Contest in 2012. We will spend this next year evaluating this program's format, funding sources and impact. State staff and advisors will be notified whether the program will continue or be revised for 2013. If you have any questions, contact Melissa Dunkel, mdunkel@ffa.org or 317-802-4288.

National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassadors selected
Twenty college students from across the nation were recently chosen to serve on the 2011-12 National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador team. The selected individuals will work over the next year to promote agricultural awareness throughout their community and state, as well as help various organizations and groups better understand the value and importance of agriculture. For their work, each ambassador will receive a scholarship for their service. Find out who was selected by checking out the Collegiate FFA website.

Apply now for an SAE grant
The supervised agricultural experience (SAE) grant application period opens Sept. 1. Grants in the amounts of $1,000 and $500 are available in all career pathway areas. Grants are awarded primarily based on financial need and are available to FFA members in grades seven – 11. Members may receive only one grant per year but can receive grants in multiple years. Applications must be postmarked by Nov. 15. The application can be downloaded from the SAE grants webpage.

Arriving Sept. 15: The New Blue Look Book in FFA New Horizons
This fall, National FFA will no longer produce the Blue apparel catalog. Instead, members will receive the Blue Look Book, a 12-page insert in the fall issue of the newly redesigned FFA New Horizons magazine. The Blue Look Book will feature the national officer team in select apparel and accessories. All products will be available online at Shop FFA.

Don't miss this deal: Free personalization on official casual shirts and polos
Take advantage of this great offer until Sept. 30. Receive up to three lines of personalization free, a $5 savings on each shirt or polo you have personalized. This special savings is perfectly timed to address all your personalization needs for the new school year and the 2011 National FFA Convention. To place your order today, visit Shop FFA.

Get your official jackets in time for convention
The last date to order official FFA jackets for convention is Sept. 15. Avoid the expense of expedited shipping and handling fees; order your jackets today at Shop FFA.

National FFA Convention Commemorative T-shirt available for purchase
This is the first time National FFA has presold an official convention T-shirt. The "I Believe" T-shirt is available for purchase online at Shop FFA. FFA members can travel in comfort while showing their FFA spirit. The convention T-shirt will make it easier for advisors to keep track of their FFA members while on the road. And if you preorder, you won't have to stand in long lines to buy the T-shirt at the national FFA convention. The "I Believe" T-shirts come in five fabulous colors and are only $12.50 each. To receive your commemorative T-shirt before convention, place your order by Oct. 9.

Last call for convention T-shirt designs
The last day to enter the 84th National FFA Convention T-shirt design contest is Friday, Sept. 9. The FFA Design Studio is open to all FFA members and chapters. All designs must be created using the FFA Design Studio, an easy-to-use website on Shop FFA that has all the tools you need to create the perfect convention tee. Choose from three styles, multiple colors and hundreds of design elements, including the "I Believe" theme for 2011. For a complete listing of rules, go to Shop FFA.

$3 cotton surcharge on official FFA jacket begins Sept. 1
The official FFA jacket will cost an additional $3 starting Sept. 1 due to the rising cost of cotton. This surcharge is a direct result of an ongoing global cotton shortage due to natural disasters across Asia in the last 12 months. This, coupled with the increased demand for cotton in growing markets, has resulted in a 68 percent increase in the cost of corduroy compared to one year ago.

The standard official FFA jacket (Item Nos. 100 and 103) will cost $49 plus the $3 surcharge during the 2011-2012 school year. For the 2012-13 school year, based on current cotton prices, FFA anticipates a surcharge ranging $4-$6.50 per jacket.

Be assured that the additional $3 is a direct pass through of the raw cotton increase required to produce the iconic blue corduroy jacket. Ultimately, our intent is to drop the cotton surcharge once the cost of cotton normalizes, which is expected in the next 12-24 months.

FFA official jacket prices (effective Sept. 1, 2011):

  • Standard jacket: $49 plus $3 cotton surcharge.
  • Domestic required jacket: $59 plus $3 cotton surcharge.
  • Tailored jacket: $69 plus $3 cotton surcharge.
  • Set of 10 Jackets: $450 plus $30 cotton surcharge.
  • Set of 10 Jackets (new chapters): $400 plus $30 cotton surcharge.

To buy an official FFA jacket, visit Shop FFA. Looking for more than one jacket? Consider the 10 Official Jackets Promotional Set, a $40 savings.

FFA volunteer convention judges needed
The National FFA is accepting judging nominations for the 2011 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Agricultural Proficiency and Stars Over America awards will be judged Thursday, Oct. 20. (Proficiency and Star judges will be invited to an awards luncheon that day.) Agriscience awards will be judged on Thursday, Oct. 20. National Chapter Awards will be judged on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Convention judging is voluntary. FFA does not cover any judging expenses. Submit nominations on the form located here. Questions? Email judges@ffa.org.

Updated PALS resources now online
Go to ffa.learn.com to find all of the updated, free PALS lessons. These are great to use in your chapter's mentoring program to increase both the mentor's and mentee's agricultural literacy and leadership skills. Email pals@ffa.org with questions.