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December 2013 FFA Pulse - News

Winter 2013 FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide now available

FFA Advisors and teachers: Let us help you while you’re finalizing grades and wrapping up for the holidays. Check out the Winter 2013 FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide for non-prep, standards-based activities related to the latest issue of the magazine.

The 2014 scholarship application is now live!

Instructions, details and helpful tools are available at FFA.org/scholarships.

Remember – the application deadlines have changed for 2014:

    • The online application must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2014.
    • The required Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2014.
    • Same as last year but equally important

Please help spread the word about the application deadline changes. Direct questions, comments or concerns via email to Scholarships@FFA.org.

What would your FFA chapter do with $2,500 to help fight hunger?

The 2014 FFA: Food For All grant application is available on the FFA.org. Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support yearlong service-learning projects that address local hunger needs. Hurry: Applications are due Dec. 13.

Project topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing a community garden to supplement fresh fruits and/or vegetables to the school or local food pantry.
  • Raising broilers and/or laying hens to provide fresh meat and eggs to local families.
  • Growing tilapia and other protein sources to be donated to the community.
  • Hosting community workshops on container and backyard gardening and other sustainable food practices.

See the world with the International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership Program

Interested in international agriculture or learning more about U.S. agriculture on a global scale? Apply today for the I-CAL program. Applications are now open. Twelve students will be selected to participate in this engaging learning opportunity to Japan with national FFA and U.S. Grains Council staff. Applications are due by Jan. 3, 2014, so do not wait…Apply now!

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge – Fight hunger, report impacts, win $500

The National FFA Organization knows that chapters are busy hosting canned food drives, packing fruit baskets and more to help fight hunger this holiday season. Be sure to visit the FFA.org to submit your service results to participate in the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge and help us donate one million meals to communities by the 2014 national convention and expo. Your chapter will be entered to win a $500 cash prize that will be announced monthly. Become a Hunger Hero and let’s see how many meals we can donate before the end of the year!

Earn $1,500 to kick start your ag career

Agriculture is more than just farming — it’s thousands of careers in a variety of fields. So America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, presented by Monsanto in connection with the National FFA Scholarship Program, offers $1,500 scholarships to students pursuing careers in agriculture. Learn more at GrowAgLeaders.com.

Get your FFA chapter on TV!

This Week in Agribusiness is again looking to feature FFA chapters from around the country. Click here to submit your chapter's info.

Pay It Forward. Give Blue.

As we celebrate 80 years of the official jacket, we know that symbolic blue corduroy is far more than Official Dress but an icon of an American tradition—instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it. But not everyone can wear the jacket. Not because they don’t deserve to…but because they cannot afford to. To meet this need, we need generous gifts from supporters like you. When you give the gift of blue, you give a member the chance to wear a piece of history and a chance to experience the pride of wearing their own blue jacket. For more, visit FFA.org/GIVEBLUE.

Order your FFA merchandise to receive by the holidays

Regular UPS ground shipments delivered Monday, Dec. 23

Place online orders by Sunday, Dec. 15, 11:59 p.m. EST

Place telephone orders by Monday, Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m. EST

Expedited UPS air shipments delivered Monday, Dec. 23

Place online orders by Tuesday, Dec. 17, 11:59 p.m. EST

Place telephone orders by Wednesday, Dec. 18, 5:30 p.m. EST

Please note: Regular or expedited orders placed on Dec.19 and later will not be delivered until after Jan. 8, 2014. The above dates are best estimates from UPS and can be delayed. To ensure Dec. 23 delivery, order early.

2014 Chapter Tee Design Contest—enter today!

Design it. Submit it. Win and earn! If your design is a top-six winner, your chapter will receive 50 percent of the first year’s profits! Entries due by Feb. 28, 2014. For complete details, go to www.ffa.org/chaptertshirtcontest.

You Talked. We Listened.

New CDE resources and materials as listed in the CDE Reference Guide are now available on FFA.org/shop. Materials support veterinary science, dairy cattle management, landscape management and farm business management.

Order now: 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 with the intent of being 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. We encourage all of our members, advisors, parents and alumni to consider adding this jacket to their wardrobe to show their support for FFA. Go to Shop FFA to order.

Frame your success

Check out these beautiful foil-stamped matted frames for your FFA achievements. They are custom designed to fit the American FFA Degree certificate and key, State FFA Degree certificates and keys, and other certificate options. Made in the USA. See link for details.

Win $20,000 for your school!

Enter the Verizon Innovative App Challenge! Gather a team of 5 to 7 students who want to creatively solve a problem in your school or community by developing a mobile app that incorporates STEM principles and content. Register your idea by Dec. 17. For details, go to www.verizonfoundation.org/appchallenge.