FFA Pulse: April 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.

Keep us informed!

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

New and Announcements

2013 FFA scholarship results coming soon

Judging results for the 2013 scholarship program will be available May 7. Visit www.ffa.org as of May 7 to view a list of 2013 scholarship recipients.

Applications reminder

2013 American FFA Degree and Star applications should be postmarked by June 15.
Proficiency award applications should be postmarked by July 15.

Living to Serve: Environmental Grant

The application for the Living to Serve: Environmental Grant will open in April. Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on meeting a local environmental need. Applications are due June 12. Visit the Environmental Grant website for additional information.

2013 National FFA Convention & Expo Registration costs

The pre-registration fee for the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky., has been set at $60 per person. If you are using the official Louisville housing block, the pre-registration fee is $45 per person. The $60 pre-registration fee will also apply to those who drive in locally to the convention and expo, unless they are driving from within a 100-mile radius, in which case the pre-registration fee is $45. If you choose to register on site, the registration fee is $70 per person.

This three-tiered fee structure will ensure that the cost of the convention and expo facilities, which include the Kentucky Exposition Center, Kentucky International Convention Center and the KFC YUM! Center, is shared equally by all convention and expo participants, regardless of their housing plans.

New shipping information for 2013 Convention & Expo registrations

All online registrations completed by Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m., EDT, will be shipped for free. Any registrations completed after 5:01 p.m. on Oct. 1 will be charged a shipping and handling fee of $5. All convention and expo registrations that are faxed or mailed and have to be entered by FFA staff will be charged a $10 handling fee.

2013 convention and expo chapter housing open

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

Help us bring the sweet sounds of music to Louisville!

We all know FFA members can run their own businesses and help fight hunger in their communities – but some can sing, dance, play and perform, too! Applications for the 2013 National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent will be available the week of April 15 on www.FFA.org.

We want your talent!

In 2013, National FFA Talent will also host a Talent Competition! Not only will members provide entertainment and their musical skills on the talent stage, during sessions and at banquets and events, they can also compete to be the 2013 National FFA Talent Winner. Details are available on the 2013 National FFA Talent application.

Do you know a college student studying agriculture?

Do they have a passion for spreading the good word about the industry? Share this opportunity with them: Applications are now available for the 2013-2014 Collegiate FFA Agriculture Ambassador teams! Selected students are trained to give presentations and facilitate workshops to audiences of all ages who are interested in learning more about agriculture.

Review the FAQ prior to beginning the application process. Complete the application located here.
To learn more about the program, visit the ambassador’s webpage. Applications are due by May 15 at 5 p.m. EDT. Don’t delay, get started today!

Teachers Appreciation Week May 6 - 10

Make sure you have signed up for Shop FFA emails before May 1. We want to show our appreciation with a special offer just for FFA advisors. Yes, sign me up!

Now available: 2012 CDE Full Question and Answer Sets

The 2012 CD-ROM is now available, complete with test, practicums, keys and other materials. You can print, store and prepare practice events for your members with ease. Order NCQ-12.

You Can’t Dream Big Enough

Former FFA member and longtime friend of FFA Orion Samuelson recounts his extraordinary life—from humble beginnings on a small Wisconsin dairy farm to America's most recognized voice of agriculture. The American farmer's best friend, Orion Samuelson has been telling agriculture’s story for more than 60 years on the radio and television. You Can’t Dream Big Enough is a book you will want to read and share with your class. Order it today, www.oriondreams.com, and save $10 over list price.

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.

Have a volunteer activity? Need help?

CSX can help. Upload your activity to CSX’s Beyond Our Rails site. CSX, a platinum sponsor, is encouraging their employees to get involved with local chapters in the 23 states they work and live in. For more information click here, or contact Rheba Howard, RHoward@ffa.org or 317-802-4268.