FFA Pulse: October 2013

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News and Announcements

Sign up now for the FFA virtual convention and expo
Can’t make it to Louisville? We've got you covered. For the first time, the National FFA Organization is offering a way to bring the National FFA Convention & Expo straight to the classroom, wherever you are, with the National FFA Virtual Convention & Expo. The virtual convention is a great way for FFA members to experience the convention and expo even when they can't attend. It's also great for chapters without the resources to send an entire chapter. Visit exhibitors within the virtual expo; participate in student workshops; watch general sessions; and purchase memorabilia in the virtual shopping mall. Teacher and advisors will be able to download resources through Teacher’s Corner. Visit the FFA Virtual Convention and Expo webpage to learn more.
 
New FFA Fact Sheet now available
The new FFA membership numbers are in and wow, they are impressive! Looking for a handy resource that breaks down the numbers and provides a nice overview of the organization? Click here.

Major FFA hunger exhibit to help fight food insecurity
Experience an important, interactive exhibit on food insecurity on the expo floor (Booth #1629) during the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo.  Learn about the causes of food insecurity and how to take positive action in your community to address it. “Running on Empty: A Journey through Hunger” will kick off a year-long FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Don’t miss it!

Times are changing and so are the 2014 Scholarship Application deadlines!
We are one month away from the 2014 application going live beginning Nov. 15.  This year, the deadline to submit an online application is 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2014.  Students will have 10 weeks to submit an application. The Signature Page required to complete eligibility must be postmarked by no later than Feb. 8, 2014. Please mark these new deadlines on your calendar. Questions, comments or concerns? Email scholarships@ffa.org.
 
Toyota continues support for agricultural educators
For the seventh year in a row, Toyota is supporting agriculture teachers through its sponsorship of National Association of Agricultural Educator’s Outstanding Agriculture Teacher and Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program awards. Toyota’s sponsorship provides winners with leases on Toyota Tundras and ensures some of the U.S.’s best agriculture teachers and programs get the recognition they deserve. To learn more, visit the NAAE’s website.

Introducing the FFA Carhartt Jacket
In celebration of 80 years of the official jacket, we are excited to introduce the new FFA Carhartt® Jacket.  This jacket was exclusively designed for FFA by Carhartt; it can be worn by our members when there is a need for a jacket that is a little more rugged and you still want to show your FFA spirit. For a limited time, when you buy the FFA official jacket (standard version) and the FFA Carhartt Jacket together, you will save $10 off plus get free embroidery. Use coupon code: JKTST813 at check out.  Offer ends Oct. 31.

Last day to buy official convention and expo tee
The 86th National FFA Convention & Expo is approaching, so get ready to celebrate with this year’s official convention and expo tee. Shop FFA is now taking pre-orders for the tee, featuring the “Ignite” theme logo, on FFA.org/shop.  Now members can travel to Louisville in comfort and style all while showing their FFA spirit.  The tee is great looking and comes in six vibrant colors. Limited quantities are available, so get yours today for only $12.50!  To receive tees before the convention and expo, orders must be placed by today.

Don’t forget: Shop FFA accepts online school purchase orders
If you would like to start using school purchase orders online, 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. 

TSC Fundraising Connections
Tractor Supply Company has created a fundraising site that will connect local chapters with TSC stores.  TSC is excited about the opportunities with this new addition to their microsite and the relationships it will help foster between stores and chapters. To access the new Fundraising Connections page, just go to www.tractorsupply.com/FFA and click on the fundraising tab.