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  SAE Grants, Pork Ambassador, BUILD updates, Tractor Restoration, Opportunities for FFA Members  
  Mindy Bunselmeyer  10/10/2019 11:56:00 AM  
     
 

Items in this listserv:

****NEW Information****

  1. 2019 SAE Grant Cycle is Open 

  2. 2020 Illinois Pork Producers Ambassador 

  3. Native Youth Food Sovereignty Alliance Board of Director Positions Open 

  4. Tractor Restoration Opportunity 

  5. Black Hawk College Ag Visits Days

  6. BUILD Conference - HARVEST FOR ALL - BRING THOSE ITEMS

  7. Illinois Foundation FFA Credit Card Donations 

  8. DreamDirt Farm Real Estate and Auction’s scholarship opportunity

  1. 2019 SAE GRANT 

The 2019 SAE Grant cycle is open and the application is ready for members to complete and submit.  Click here to  find a one page flyer with details about the SAE Grants and links to the application system and information.  Please help your members with this opportunity to receive $1,000 to start or expand a member’s SAE.

Please NOTICE two things:  

  • Early completion is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  The SAE Grant submission deadline is Nov 15, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. EASTERN Time the system automatically shuts down at that time.  Members who wait until the last minute and then find they have a computer or membership issue will miss out on the opportunity to apply.  We can easily help solve these issues in the weeks and days prior to the deadline but will not extend the deadline.

 

  • The application is in a new system.  It is no longer available through AET.  Members must log in to FFA.org to access the application.

 

  • FFA Chapters MUST have your roster submitted to state and approved by your Administration in order for us to process it to National FFA, if you haven’t done that by the deadline, there is no way to ensure your student is on the roster in order to apply.  

 

  1.  2020 Illinois Pork Producers Ambassador 

The Illinois Pork Producers Association is recruiting for the next State Ambassador/Intern, who serves as a representative of the association and the pork industry. The chosen individual will hold the title of State Ambassador for a full year and will work from the Springfield office during the summer of his/her term (May - August 2020).

 

Main duties of the intern include managing the birthing center during the Illinois State Fair, attending Summer Ag Institutes, a project of his/her choosing (to be discussed with staff) and various other tasks. The internship is education and communication focused.

 

A $4,500 scholarship will be provided to the intern upon successful completion of the internship. Start date will depend on the student's school schedule, and end date will be after the conclusion of the IL State Fair.

 

Qualifications:

  • Must be an Illinois resident between the ages of 18 and 23 (Must be age 18 by Jan 1, 2020)

  • Must exhibit strong communication, organization and leadership skills

  • Must exhibit a genuine interest in the Illinois pork industry and be able to speak on behalf of it 

  • Recommended that he/she has attended Illinois Livestock Leadership Institute (previously IPLI)

  • Must be a member (or become a member) of the Illinois Pork Producers Association

  • Must have reliable transportation and be willing to travel to out-of-state training and functions

  • May only serve one year

 

Application deadline is OCTOBER 31, 2019.

 

Any questions may be directed to Jenny Jackson at jenny@ilpork.com or 217-529-3100.

 

  1.  Native Youth Food Sovereignty Alliance Board of Director Positions Open 

The Native Youth Food Sovereignty Alliance (NYFSA) is the youth board of directors in conjunction with the Intertribal Agriculture Council. 

 

Mission: NYFSA Serves to educate and empower indigenous youth to be agricultural inovators for generations to come. 

 

Vision: NYFSA envisions culturally-appropriate, sustainable, and self-sufficient food and agricultural systems in Indian Country and around the world.   

 

NYFSA Values: Culture, Unity, Resiliency

 

DEADLINE for application in October 18, 2019.  

Eligibility: 

- Have completed high school, receiving a diploma, GED, or equivalent;          

  - Are enrolled in a Federally Recognized Tribe or are Tribal descendants living on Indian owned land;           

- Express a passion to improve access to healthy food systems among our Tribal communities; and

- Possess a desire to advocate on behalf of all Tribal producers.

- Eligible applicants shall be 18-27 years of age on March 1, 2020.

  1.  Tractor Restoration Opportunity 

Please read this message from Mr. Frank: 

I am searching for an FFA Chapter in Illinois to restore my fathers 1978 John Deere 2240 diesel utility tractor with loader. The tractor has approximately 1000 hours and is in good mechanical condition. It needs cleaned, painted, decals at a minimum. It may need tires. The engine and drive train are in good shape. It probably needs hoses belts batteries etc. The tractor starts and runs fine. I would like to find a chapter that I could deliver the tractor to at a time of their choosing. They would do the restoration as they determine appropriate. I would pay for all the parts. I would pick the tractor up when they are finished and I would pay them a fee as a chapter donation. If you could put me in touch with a chapter that would be interested I would appreciate it. I was President of the Sparland FFA Chapter in 1967 and President of the SIU Collegiate FFA Chapter in 1970.  My sons participated in FFA in Athens. I have restored five other antique tractors that were in my wife and my family. This is the last one I need to restore and am looking for a chapter that is good at painting. Thank you.

James F. Frank, 

7260 North State Route 29

Springfield, Illinois 62707

Please email mbunselmeyer@illinoisffa.org if you are interested and then we can match you up with Mr. Frank.  THANKS! 

 

  1.  Black Hawk College Ag Visits Days

Please click here to the information about the Black Hawk College Annual  Ag Visit Days! This visit day gives students many more ways to engage that isn't always available during an individual tour. Prospective students are able to meet and talk with instructors and coaches, take a tour of campus, meet with an advisor, hear about student clubs and organizations and learn the ins and outs of enrollment and financial aid.

Feel free to forward this invitation as necessary.

To register for this event online, click here.  

  1.  BUILD Conference - HARVEST FOR ALL - BRING THOSE ITEMS

Please bring non-perishable food items for the BUILD Conference HARVET FOR ALL Food Drive.  The chapter who bring the most items will receive a $100.00 and the runner-up will receive $50.00.  Click here to view the flyer.  

  1.  Illinois Foundation FFA Credit Card Donations 

Please direct all one-time credit card donations to this link until we get the new links up and running on the new website.  

  1. DreamDirt Farm Real Estate and Auction’s scholarship opportunity. 

DreamDirt and Farmland Agent Rachel Hoy are more than excited to offer a $1,250 scholarship to a high school senior pursuing a career in the agriculture industry. This scholarship is in memory of Marilyn K. Hoy, who sadly lost her battle to breast cancer in 2010, and is the late mother of Rachel Hoy.

“I lost my mother, Marilyn Hoy, when I was just 14 years old. She battled breast cancer my entire life. In my short time with her, she instilled in me a love for agriculture that remains my passion today. My mom had a special fondness for pigs and I can recall many stories about her helping my dad raise them when I was only a few years old.

She elected to enroll me in 4-H and always helped me with my projects. I knew even at that age what she was doing for me would shape the person I am today. The time spent working on my projects with her will never be forgotten. Even when her health was failing, she refused to miss a county fair where my little sister and I would show. I even pushed her in a wheelchair so she could still watch us exhibit our projects.

My mother was a strong and courageous woman who helped anybody she could. Her generosity was indisputable, and I am proud to share her spirit while celebrating her life with this scholarship to agricultural majors that have experienced the same hardship of battling breast cancer with a loved one. “  -Farmland Agent Rachel Hoy

Not only is October the start of the harvest season, but it is also National Pork Month, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For this scholarship, applicants will need to complete the application form attached and send in 3 photos with corresponding essays. The 3 photos and essays should reflect, in some way: Harvest, Pigs/Porktober, and Breast Cancer Awareness. This application requirement is very open ended – we encourage applicants be as creative as they want!

Applications need to be submitted on or before October 31, 2019 to the following email address: Rachel@DreamDirt.com.

**** PREVIOUS Information Shared****

**** WORTH Sharing Again****

Career and Leadership Development Events:

 

IAVAT:

 Registrations LIVE for Horse, Forestry and Land Use CDEs

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

IACCAI:  

  • Click here to view the listserv for IACCAI Conference.  

Illinois FFA:

  Illinois FFA Rosters DEADLINE Extended to OCTOBER 15, 2019

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Illinois FFA Membership Rosters

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center on 9/26/2019

2019 BUILD Conference

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Trading Post for 2019 - 2020

Lock Box Practicums and Activities

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

FFA Board Updates

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Chapter Strategic Plan - DUE Tuesday, October 1, 2019

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Heritage and Cooperative Awards replaced with National Chapter Award Results

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

 2020 Illinois FFA State Convention Hotel Block Open

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

National FFA Results and Finalists

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Illinois FFA Alumni:

212 & WLC Alumni Scholarship Applications - Due November 8, 2019

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Letter of Intent for Alumni Council - Due November 8, 2019

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

National FFA Alumni Outstanding Member Application 

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

National FFA Alumni Outstanding Chapter Application

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

4th Annual Illinois FFA Alumni Gun Raffle

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Illinois FFA Center:

Registering for Events

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Office Closings:  

  • October 2 - Illinois FFA Center CLOSED - Office Clean Up  Day

  • November 11 - Illinois FFA Center - CLOSED - Veterans Day

  • November 13 - Illinois FFA Center CLOSED - Staff Retreat

  • November 28 - 29 - Illinois FFA Center CLOSED - Thanksgiving 

  • December 24 - January 1 - Illinois FFA Center CLOSED - Winter Break and Holidays

Illinois Foundation FFA:

2018 - 2019 Illinois Foundation FFA Report 

Industry Friends of agricultural education posts:

 GROWMARK Foundation to Provide FFA Jackets

  • Click here to view the listserv message posted by the Illinois FFA Center

AGCO Scholarships

  • Click here to view the listserv message posted by the Illinois FFA Center

GROWMARK Announces 2020 Essay Contest Theme

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

National FFA:

  • National FFA Convention Concert Tickets

    Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  
  • Try These Teacher Resources for Dealer-Sponsored Scholarships

For tips on how to get scholarships for your FFA members with funds from AGCO, Ford, John Deere and Ram, check out "5 Steps to Signing Up Dealers."

 

***DATES & DEADLINES - Remember***

  • September 30 - October 4 - Chapter Visits -  - Click here to open the 2019 Chapter Visits Evaluation

  • October 1 - National Chapter Award - Chapter Strategic Plan DUE to the Illinois FFA Center - ALL FFA Chapters MUST Click here

  • October 2 - Illinois FFA Center CLOSED for Office Clean Up  Day

  • October 7 - 11 - Chapter Visits -  - Click here to open the 2019 Chapter Visits Evaluation

  • October 10 - 11 - IACCAI

  • October 15 - FFA Rosters DUE 

  • October 14 - 15 - BUILD Conference, Decatur Conference Center, Decatur

  • October 22 - State Land Use CDE, BHE, Kewanee

  • October 23 - Illinois FFA Center CLOSED - Staff RetreatOctober 30 - November 2 - 92nd Annual National FFA Convention, Indianapolis, IN

  • November 11 - Illinois FFA Center - CLOSED - Veterans Day

  • November 11 - 15 - Chapter Visits -  - Click here to open the 2019 Chapter Visits Evaluation

  • November 15 - FFA Rosters Administrator Online Approval & FFA dues check due to the FFA Center 

  • November 18 - 22 - Chapter Visits -  - Click here to open the 2019 Chapter Visits Evaluation

  • November 21 - 22 - Illinois PAS Conference, Lincoln Land CC, Springfield

  • November 27 - Illinois FFA Center Administrative Council mtg, FFA Center, Springfield

  • November 28 - 29 - Illinois FFA Center CLOSED

  • December 2- 4 - Major State Officer Team Retreat w/Executive Staff

  • December 6 - 10 - Major State Officers attend Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Conduct Business & Industry Visits

  • December 14 - State Ag Sales, Agronomy, Diary Foods and Meats CDE, UIUC & Parkland, Champaign-Urbana

  • December 24 - January 1 - Illinois FFA Center CLOSED for Winter Break and Holidays

  • January 10 - Illinois FFA Board & IAVAT Board Joint Meeting

  • January 11 - IAVAT Section Chairs Meeting, FFA Center, Springfield

  • January 24 - 25 - Illinois FFA Alumni Annual Meeting & Auction, President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, Springfield


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Mindy Bunselmeyer
Illinois FFA Center
Phone: 217-753-3328 Cell: 217-412-5646
Email: mbunselmeyer@illinoisffa.org
Address: 3221 Northfield, Springfield, IL 62702
 
     
 
 
     
     
 
 
     
     
 
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