Update June 2012

Feeding the world–starting at home
The National FFA Organization envisions a world in which hunger is a thing of the past. FFA members are committing to help eliminate hunger at home and abroad. Feeding the World–Starting at Home will leverage current FFA programs to fight the root causes of hunger. This initiative will figure prominently at this year’s National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. As many as 10,000 FFA members will participate in the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger at Lucas Oil Stadium. One million meals will be packaged, providing relief to children and adults suffering from hunger. Volunteering for a rally shift will be part of convention registration in mid-August.

Follow us to Costa Rica!
A group of 55 FFA members, advisors and national staff will arrive in Costa Rica on June 13. Follow our adventures as we explore the agricultural practices of this Central American country on our blog: http://nationalffa.wordpress.com/.

Due dates to remember
American FFA Degree/American Star Awards applications: June 15
Agricultural Proficiency Awards application: July 15

Agriscience fair news to use
All written reports and complete applications must be postmarked by July 15 to Deborah Sellers at the National FFA Organization for the prequalification process. The online certification process must also be completed by July 15 through MyAgCN. Print the cover page from the certification process and place it as the top page of your application. All pages of the application must be included with appropriate signatures. If a page or signature is missing, it will be considered an incomplete application and will be ranked as a participant at the national level. You may contact Larry Lyder, llyder@ffa.org, if you have questions.

National Chapter Awards news
Chapters competing in the National Chapter Awards program at the national level must complete the online registration process through MyAgCN by July 15. Print the cover page from the certification process and place it as the top page of your application. The two free awards banquet tickets for your chapter will be requested through this same process. Contact Larry Lyder, llyder@ffa.org, if you have questions.

2012 scholarship results are in
The National FFA Organization awarded 1,539 scholarships in 2012. The results are now available on www.FFA.org. Recipients will receive a mailing in late May/early June with instructions on how to claim their scholarships. Recipients who have not received the mailing by July 1 should email scholarships@ffa.org.
Information for the 2013 scholarship program will be available on www.FFA.org Nov. 15, 2012.

New look, new location, same great information
Now you can access all of the lesson plans, leadership activities and other chapter resources found on LifeKnowledge Online. 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.

Lessons on drinking water now available
Learn about water and today’s best management practices through 20 high school agriculture science lessons in source water protection. Visit www.FFA.org/drinkingwater for lesson plans on how you can protect drinking water from field to faucet. These lessons will teach students where drinking water comes from, what the threats are to sources of drinking water, how to protect drinking water and how to take action in your community.

You Talk. We Listen. shipping rate changes
On April 1, our shipping rates changed to 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. Meaning 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 on Shop FFA.

Be on the lookout for the 2012-2013 FFA catalogs: Blue, Gold and Core
The fall 2012-2013 Blue catalog will feature the National FFA Officers in our new collection of sweatshirts, T-shirts and hats. The Gold and Core catalogs will also be delivered in August, featuring new products and awards. Included with the August catalog shipment will be the FFA Week Flyer, featuring FFA Week-themed merchandise. All products are available online at Shop FFA.

Design your own FFA apparel
Want to create your own FFA clothing? The FFA Design Studio allows you to create designs by you for you. This easy-to-use Shop FFA feature has all the tools you need to create high-quality, personalized apparel for fundraisers, community projects, member incentives and volunteer recognition.

2013 Official FFA Manual is here
The Official FFA Manual has been revised and is now available. Take advantage of our Manual, Handbook, Advisor Guide DVD, FFA Poster series and Ag Trivia Game Value Pack. Order item No. B12 and receive 25 official manuals, 25 student handbooks, an advisor guide DVD, one set of FFA posters and the Ag Trivia game for $200.

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 the official jacket and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Last chance for FFA Calendar fundraiser - orders due June 15
Each participating state will also receive 5 percent of all calendars purchased in your state. Forward this deal to your chapters! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to raise funds for your chapter! The 2012‐13 FFA calendar program is an easy, memorable way for you to bring in dollars for your chapter to support your programs as well as to communicate the FFA mission to your community. Each month’s theme includes unique photos and quotes on what you all love about FFA! This is a great item to sell at local chapter and community events. For details and to place your orders, visit www.ffacalendars.com.

Movie featuring FFA to appear in theaters across the country in June
This June, FFA members can view “Deep in the Heart” at their local theaters. The movie--which is the story of Dick Wallrath, a major contributor to agricultural education--will be screened on June 14 at more than 25 movie theaters across the nation. Ticket sales will be going back to FFA, 4-H and agricultural education in the form of college scholarships. To find out if a movie theater near you will be screening, visit http://www.deepintheheartmovie.com/showings.php.