Update February 2012

Convention housing now open
Housing for the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo is now open. Go to FFA.org and sign in to your FFA account to access the hotel listing and housing form.

Got scholarships? FFA does!
The 2012 Scholarship Application is no longer accepting submissions. Advisors may login to approve applications submitted prior to the deadline. Applicants may login to print required Signature Page. A completed Signature Page, postmarked no later than Feb. 22, is required to complete eligibility. This year’s top three sponsors are Ford, Cargill and AGCO. Visit www.ffa.org/scholarships today for a link to the online scholarship application, a variety of helpful tools and to review eligibility requirements (see the 2012 Guidebook).

2012 National FFA Convention & Expo fees announced
The following registration fees have been set for the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo. Any Questions? Email us at convention@ffa.org.

$45 – chapters that preregister and use the housing block.
$45 – chapters located within a 100-mile radius of the host city that preregister for a full registration and will drive daily to convention.
$60 – 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 – all on-site registrations.

New Century Farmer applications still available!
Applications for the New Century Farmer program are available online. Each year, agriculture’s best college students are selected to be part of this weeklong experience. 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 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.

Contact Lindsey Calhoun, lcalhoun@ffa.org, for any questions. Online applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on March 15. The application along with more information on the program, including an FAQ sheet and screen shots of the application, can be found at www.ffa.org/collegiate. The New Century Farmer program is sponsored by Pioneer – A DuPont Business; Case IH; CSX Transportations; and Farm Credit Services, with media partner Successful Farming, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Explore agriculture overseas
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience international agriculture. Each May, the International Collegiate Agricultural 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.

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). Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 15. The application and more information on the program, including an FAQ sheet and screen shots of the application, can be found at www.ffa.org/collegiate. Contact Lindsey Calhoun, lcalhoun@ffa.org, with any questions. The I-CAL program is sponsored by the Grains Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Special FFA Week Offers at Shop FFA
We'll be sending out great deals every day next week to celebrate FFA Week. Make sure you're subscribed to the Shop FFA email list so you don't miss out. Link that last sentence to: https://www.ffa.org/shopffa/Pages/subscribe.html

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 chapters 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. The look book features new color logo T-shirts, sale items and other great options. The Blue Look Book is also available on Shop FFA in an electronic version.

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.