FFA Pulse: March 2013

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Welcome to FFA Pulse, the National FFA Organization's new monthly e-newsletter customized to your area of interest. To subscribe, visit the FFA e-subscriptions page.

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Have an FFA news story or idea to share? Tell us about it. Email Julie Woodard, jwoodard@ffa.org with the details.

News and Announcements

FFA New Horizons launches tablet app

Carry FFA New Horizons with you, wherever you go! The official FFA member magazine is now available for FREE download on your Apple, Android or Kindle device. All pages have been redesigned for optimal viewing on a tablet or mobile device. Subscribe (for free!) to the tablet app to be notified when the new issues are posted. Quick links to each tablet version are available at FFAnewhorizons.org/digital-magazine, or you can search within the store on your device. Any questions? Email Julie Woodard, jwoodard@ffa.org.

Introducing… National FFA Update with CEO Dwight Armstrong

We’re excited to share with you the premiere episode of National FFA CEO Dwight Armstrong’s monthly video update! In each episode Dwight will share the latest and greatest news from the National FFA Organization, National FFA Foundation, and National FFA Alumni Association. Watch Dwight's message.

Introducing our new video series “Officer 2 Officer”

“Officer 2 Officer” is a new program that allows the National FFA Officer Team to share news and information with local chapter officers. The national officers share exciting things going on at the National FFA Organizaton, some opportunities members can get involved in and tips on how to become great chapter officers. Watch the first episode now.

2013 National FFA Convention and Expo chapter housing now open

Advisors, log into your MyAgCN to find the chapter housing information. Housing closes Sept. 11.

NEW FFA Alumni webinar training series with Dr Jeff Magee

We first met Dr. Jeff Magee as a presenter at the 2012 FFA Alumni Development Conference in Montana. After receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback on the knowledge and tools he shared with attendees, we wanted to bring him to FFA Alumni members across the country! To learn more about Dr. Magee, visit www.jeffreymagee.com or check out videos of him at ADC or the 2013 Ag Ed Summit on iHigh.com.

Dr. Magee will conduct a one-hour webinar the first Tuesday of every month starting at 7:30 p.m. EST. Visit www.ffa.org/alumni for information and to register for these monthly webinars. Then jump on your computer and/or phone and hold on, as Dr. Magee delivers a fast-paced, dynamic training!

April 9 Topic: Understanding and implementing your retention program/advocacy
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April is banquet season for FFA chapters, spring is in full swing and legislators are in session… great opportunities to advocate to FFA members, the community and our administrators. To be a good advocate one must be able to accurately represent the organization, tell a personal story quickly and provide proof of impact.

May 7 Topic: Member retention
June 4 Topic: Member recruitment

Announcing the 2013 Chapter Tee winners!

Congratulations to the 2013 Chapter Tee winners! Order today; tees available April 8.
13-BRSKT, You've got to Risk it to Get the Brisket, West Franklin FFA, Kansas
13-GIRLS, I just Want Mine to Drive a Tractor, Magna Vista FFA, Virginia
13-HERD, Stand out from the Herd, St. Joseph-Ogden FFA, Illinois
13-WORDS, Word Cloud Back graphic, Blackman FFA, Tennessee
13-HORNS, Grabbin' it all by the Horns, West Carroll FFA, Illinois
13-BJGS, Blue Jacket, Gold Standards, Crossville FFA, Alabama

Many thanks to all of the chapters and members who participated in the 2013 FFA Chapter Tee Design Contest.

Banquet season is here

Place your banquet orders early, allowing at least two weeks prior to your event for order processing and shipping. Shop online at Shop FFA - it's easy, fast and the best, most accurate method for ordering awards and personalized items. For your convenience, we can pack your convention and expo orders by session. Just a reminder: During rush season, telephone orders are limited to 10 line items per call and as always, engraving is free.

Free personalization through May 17

Recognize your FFA members at graduation with the FFA graduation sash and make it personal with free embroidery from FFA. Graduation is special, as was the years in FFA. Commemorate both with a personalized graduation sash. Also included are our moisture management Official Casual Dress polo shirts.

Be connected. Stay connected

Join thousands of FFA members already on Facebook and Twitter. 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 Official Dress and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Introducing the FFA Gift Card

Need a gift? Think FFA gift card. Need a volunteer thank you? Think FFA gift card. Not sure what to buy an FFA member? Think FFA gift card - the perfect solution. And, it's so easy - buy it online and redeem it online for FFA merchandise. Available in amounts of $10, $25, $50 and $100.

NEW agricultural mechanics teaching materials

The well-illustrated Agricultural Technical Systems and Mechanics by Leonard Koel, Glen A. Mazur, B. J. Moniz and R. Bruce Radcliff helps prepare individuals for the agricultural mechanics work environment through the application of problem-solving skills and a basic knowledge of agricultural machinery and equipment repair and maintenance. The interactive DVD included with the book features learning tools that reinforce and enhance content knowledge and skills. The book addresses the primary knowledge and skills required for success in the Power, Structural and Technical Systems career pathway as identified in the National Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster Standards. Check out the textbook now.

New recognition pins…You Talk, We Listen!

We appreciate your suggestions. Keep the ideas coming!

New Star series for chapters and districts
SCF-1 Star Chapter Farmer Pin
SCF-2 Star Chapter Agribusiness Pin
SCF-3 Star Chapter Agriscience Pin
SCF-4 Star Chapter Ag Placement Pin
SDF-1 Star District Farmer Pin
SDF-2 Star District Agribusiness Pin
SDF-3 Star District Agriscience Pin
SDF-4 Star District Ag Placement Pin
SGA Star Chapter Greenhand Pin
SDA Star Chapter Discovery Pin

New Recognition pin acknowledges all that members do to support their community
CSRP Community Service Recognition Pin

Decorating for banquet season? Try the new FFA banquet and room decorating kits

Check out our new room and party decorating kits at great value prices. The FFA Room Decorating Kit (item RDKIT) is just $39.50. The FFA Party Kit (item PKIT) is $29.50.

Do you know an amazing farm mom?

Visit www.AmericasFarmers.com before April 23 to nominate her for America's Farmers Mom of the Year! She could win up to $10,000 and the “Farm Mom of the Year” title, just in time for Mother's Day.

Growing Scholars Campaign adds 266 scholarships

An impressive 266 scholarships will be added to the FFA Scholarship Program thanks to Tractor Supply Company and their first-ever Growing Scholars program. During FFA week, TSC customers were asked to give $1 at checkout. The program ran nationwide with all TSC and Del's stores participating. The total amount raised was $362,324 with Texas raising the most with a total of $42,194.