FFA Pulse: October 2012

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News and Announcements

It’s time to GROW

Enjoy the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo from the comfort of your own home or classroom! You can watch the sessions live on RFD-TV, online at www.iHigh.com/FFA and more. You can also visit the Highlights page on www.ffa.org/convention to see award-winners, features stories and more. Visit www.FFAnation.org for even more information, including a digital version of the 2012 National FFA Exhibit & Expo Guide, which includes great career information.

Apply for 2013 scholarships Nov. 15

Diverse applicants. Diverse scholarships. Visit the scholarships webpage on Nov. 15 for the 2013 online scholarship application and helpful tools. Top 2013 sponsors are Ford, John Deere, Tractor Supply and AGCO. See the Guidebook for eligibility requirements. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. EST Feb. 15. The required Signature Page must be postmarked no later than Feb. 22.

SAE grants now available

Need money for your supervised agricultural experience? Check out SAE grants! $1,000 grants are now available. Go to the SAE grants webpage to learn more. Contact us with questions, saegrants@ffa.org.

Check out these grants to help fight hunger

Through the FFA: Food For All grant program, chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger programs. Applications are due Dec. 10. Visit the FFA: Food For All webpage for additional information and the application. FFA: Food For All Grants are sponsored by Farmers Feeding the World and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Registration for the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger is almost full!

FFA needs your help to assemble one million meals at this year’s national 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.

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.

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. 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. FFA advisors are encouraged to contact their local farm bureau to learn about the program; click here for more information.

Congratulations 2012 National Convention & Expo T-Shirt design winners

Little Dutchman FFA, Pennsylvania
Kankakee Valley FFA, Indiana
Princeville, Illinois
Portage, Wisconsin
Cattaraugus-Little Valley, New York
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

A big thank you to all FFA chapters that sent in designs and voted. The winning T-shirt will only available at the 2012 National Convention & Expo in the FFA Mega Store.

Tailgate for FFA

Don’t miss the adult event of the National FFA Convention & Expo! FFA Alumni members: This is your opportunity to mingle with expo exhibitors and other supporters attending the convention and expo. Enjoy food, beverages and live music throughout the evening. In addition, the National FFA Alumni Association will auction a limited number of items during the tailgate to raise funds for FFA member scholarships.
Click here to learn more about the tailgate and benefit auction schedule. Don’t worry if you can’t attend: click here to view other items and to complete and submit a proxy form so that the FFA Alumni can bid on your behalf. Don’t miss out on great items such as a Ford F150 or special travel packages.

Tickets are in high demand! Register today for the FFA Dance

Sponsored by the National FFA Alumni Association, the FFA Dance is sure to be a huge hit! The dance takes place Friday, Oct. 26 from 9 p.m. until midnight. Tickets can be purchased at the door (based on availability).
9 p.m. - Live performance by country artist Levi Riggs. Autograph signing following the performance.
9:45 - 11:50 p.m. - Sounds of DJ Doug
FFA advisors and chaperones get free access to the dance; be sure to visit the advisor hospitality lounge next door. Rules and details are available online.