Update October 2011

Watch the 84th National FFA Convention Live Online…
Gavel to gavel coverage of the 84th National FFA Convention can be seen on the Alltech Ag Network, powered by iHigh, at AlltechAgNetwork.com. Not only will each session be streamed live, but they will be available on demand immediately following the live broadcast. Check back for more details.

...or watch it on RFD-TV
Orion Samuelson hosts RFD-TV's coverage of the 84th National FFA Convention. RFD-TV can be found on DirecTV channel 345 and Dish Network channel 231. For more information, visit the 2011 Convention Highlights webpage.

CONNECT! campaign is off to a great start
Tennessee is burning up the competition with more than 600 connections in the first week, earning entries into the drawing to win $1,000 for their state FFA association! Share CONNECT! with others in your state to increase the chance to win. There are great rewards to be won for students and ag supporters, so don’t miss out. Get CONNECTED and share the program with former members and ag supporters that you know. We’ve already collected some great stories and are excited about all of the buzz this is creating as we build the future advocacy base for FFA. Check it out at www.ffa.org/connect.

Reminder: PALS resources now online
Go to ffa.learn.com to find all of the updated PALS lessons.

The 2012 Scholarship Application is coming soon!
National FFA awards approximately $2 million in scholarships designed to fit the diversity of our applicants. The 2012 online Scholarship Application and Helpful Tools will be available on the scholarships webpage on Nov. 15. This year, the organization’s top three scholarship sponsors are Ford, Cargill and AGCO. Review eligibility requirements in the 2012 Guidebook, available on www.ffa.org Nov. 15. Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. EST Feb. 15, 2012. A completed signature page, postmarked no later than Feb. 22, 2012, is required to complete eligibility.

Verify waivers for CDEs and Agriscience Fair Advisors, please verify on your MyFFA that your students’ waiver forms have been received for career development events (CDEs) and the Agriscience Fair. All waivers have been checked in at this time and will show in the system. If the waiver is not on file prior to the event, your student will not be allowed to participate. Questions can be directed to Jenna Clark, jclark@ffa.org.

2012 Proficiency Awards update
Check out the 2012 proficiency award areas on the agricultural proficiency awards webpage. Changes for the 2012 proficiency awards includes the addition of Agriscience Research and Goat Production, the elimination of Floriculture and the Diversified Livestock Production area is now a combined area. For any questions on proficiency awards or supervised agricultural experience (SAE) projects, contact Rebecca Carter, SAE Educational Specialist, at rcarter@ffa.org.

NEW! grant opportunity to help fight hunger
FFA is excited to announce a new grant opportunity for chapters, FFA: Food For All! Chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support yearlong service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger programs. Project concepts include, but are not limited to, community gardens, raising broilers or tilapia, and educational outreach. Visit the FFA: Food For All grants website (www.ffa.org/foodforall, coming soon) for additional information. Grants are provided through funding from Farmers Feeding the World and the Howard G. Buffet Foundation.

Farm Bill challenge recommendations due soon
There is still time for FFA members to raise their voices and be heard in U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s Farm Bill challenge. We’re still accepting ideas and recommendations that should be considered during the upcoming Farm Bill discussions. To support the Secretary’s Challenge, National FFA has developed educational resources and a web-based discussion board. The discussion board will be open through the 84th National FFA Convention this October. Following the convention, your current national officer team will review and synthesize the information into a report to be shared with Secretary Vilsack and his leadership team at USDA. To learn more about the Secretary’s Challenge, visit the discussion board.