FFA Pulse: September 2012

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News and Announcements

Have you registered for the convention and expo?

There’s still time. Pre-convention registration closes Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. EDT.

Registration for the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger is open

FFA needs your help to assemble one million meals at this year’s convention and expo. The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger will take place Oct. 24 - 26 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Sign up for an hour-long shift! For more information, visit www.FFA.org/Rally.

Volunteer judges needed

The Agricultural Proficiency Awards, American Star Awards and National FFA Agriscience Fair will be judged Thursday, Oct. 25. The National Chapter Awards will be judged on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Convention judging is voluntary. FFA does not cover any judging expenses. Submit nominations to judges@ffa.org; include name, email, and the event you’d like to judge.

All in the familia

Celebrate the contributions of the Latino community at the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis! Sponsored by title sponsor STIHL and supporting sponsor Farm Credit, the “Somos FFA, We Are FFA” celebration will pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of more than 56,000 FFA members who self-identify as Latino. To watch the Somos FFA video, visit iHigh.com/FFA. To learn more about the celebration and how you can help, visit the FFA diversity and inclusion webpage.

Apply for an SAE Grants

The SAE Grant application is now live until Thursday, Nov. 15. Grants are available for FFA members in grades seventh – 11th. Members can apply for either a pathway or sponsored grant. When applying for a sponsored grant, address the grant specifics within your application. For more information, contact Rebecca Carter, rcarter@ffa.org.

Case IH "Red Power" Skid Steer Auction to support FFA is going on now

Case IH is donating a one-of-a-kind skid steer to benefit FFA. The online auction will run through Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. CST. Proceeds split accordingly: 89 percent goes to the National FFA Foundation, 10 percent to the winning bidder's state FFA association and 1 percent to the winning bidder's FFA chapter of choice. To view the listing, auction terms and place bids, visit www.purplewave.com/redpower.

Local farm bureaus raise funds for “Blue Jacket Bonanza”

Purchasing official blue corduroy jackets for FFA members who might otherwise only dream of owning one was the goal of the Santa Barbara County (Calif.) Farm Bureau, and their “Blue Jacket Bonanza” fundraiser made that goal a reality! In its first year, the SBCFB raised $18,000 to buy blue jackets for FFA members who applied to the program. The successful program is now being expanded, and farm bureau organizations across the country will receive program details the week of Sept. 17. FFA advisors are encouraged to contact their local farm bureau to learn about the program; click here for more information.

For more information, contact Teri Bontrager, SBCFB executive director, 805-688-7479 or tbsbfb@hwy246.net.

2012 National FFA Convention & Expo commemorative T-shirt available

The official National FFA Convention & Expo T-shirt is available for purchase at Shop FFA. The “Grow” T-shirt comes in six colors and is only $12.50. To receive your commemorative T-shirt before this year’s big event, place your order by Oct. 5.

Don’t miss this deal: Free personalization on official casual shirts and polos

Until Sept. 30, you can get up to three lines of personalization free on each shirt or polo you order on Shop FFA. Place your order today.

Reminder: Shop FFA accepts online school purchase orders

FFA advisors, don’t forget that Shop FFA now accepts purchase orders. If you would like to start using school purchase orders, make sure to include your chapter number and name. A customer service representative will verify your information and within five business days provide you with an updated status for online purchase order payments.

Order now from the 2012 - 13 FFA catalogs: Blue, Gold, Core

The fall 2012-13 Blue, Gold and Core catalogs featuring the National FFA Officers were delivered in August. If you have not received the catalogs and would like one, contact Customer Service, 888-332-2668. Electronic versions of the catalogs are now available on Shop FFA.