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  Mindy Bunselmeyer  5/11/2021 7:00:00 AM  

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  1.  Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs Launches  2021 Cream of the Crop Photo Contest 

  2. Registration open for Illinois Cooperative Council Youth Conference

  3. IAVAT Conference Updates

  4. FY22 Section Fair Contract Instructions

  5. Illinois Soybean Association - Dare to Be Innovative 

  6. DELEGATES - Don’t forget - DUE by May 15, 2021 


  1.  Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs Launches  2021 Cream of the Crop Photo Contest  

9th Annual Photography Contest to Showcase Illinois Agriculture  Now Open; Submit Photos at  

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs encourages young photographers to  submit photographs for the 2021 Cream of the Crop Photography Contest. The contest  encourages young photographers to share their vision of agriculture in our state.  

“Let’s seek photographs to showcase why Illinois is a leader in the agricultural industry with its  rich soil, diversity in products, and millions of acres of farmland,” Frerichs said. “We want to  encourage students to grab their cameras, get out, and explore the beauty Illinois has to offer.” 

The treasurer’s office will accept electronic submissions for the contest at Top photographs will be chosen in three age-based categories:  ages 8-10, 11-14 and 15-18. Each student is permitted to submit up to two photos by June 24,  2021.  

The photo contest is part of the Ag Invest program and offers an opportunity for Illinois students  to submit their most innovative or scenic picture that depicts their vision of agriculture in our  state. Winning photos will be featured in Ag Invest marketing material, the 2021-2022 Cream of  the Crop Calendar and the 2021 Illinois State Fair.  

Ag Invest is one of the nation’s largest agricultural linked deposit programs. It helps hundreds of  Illinois farmers and agriculture professionals. The treasurer’s office, through Ag Invest, partners  with eligible financial institutions to offer farmers and ag businesses annual and long-term, low interest loans which can be used for operating costs, equipment purchases, construction-related  expenses, and livestock purchases.  

To read all of the rules, terms, and legal conditions associated with this contest, visit our website  at or contact Teri Whitfield at 217.900.0075. 

About the Treasurer  

As Illinois State Treasurer, Frerichs is the state’s Chief Investment and Banking Officer and  actively manages approximately $38 billion. The portfolio includes $17 billion in state funds, $15  billion in retirement and college savings plans and $6 billion on behalf of local and state  governments. The investment approach is cautious to ensure the preservation of capital. Frerichs’ 

office protects consumers by safeguarding more than $3.5 billion in unclaimed property,  encouraging savings plans for college or trade school, increasing financial education among all  ages, assisting people with disabilities save without losing government benefits, and removing  barriers to a secure retirement. The Treasurer’s Office predates Illinois incorporation in 1818.  Voters in 1848 chose to make it an elected office.  


  1. Registration open for Illinois Cooperative Council Youth Conference


The Illinois Cooperative Council is excited to offer a one-day youth conference on June 24 at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale!


We are currently limiting registration to 30 students due to COVID guidelines. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. We will accept up to two students per school until June 1, and will create a waiting list if more students wish to attend. If the limit is not reached by that time, or guidelines allow a larger number of students, we will accept additional registrations.


Please use this form to register:


If you have questions, please contact Karen Jones,, or Beth Bolger,



Karen Jones|Youth and Young Producer Specialist | GROWMARK, Inc.

Office: 309-557-6184| Mobile: 309-369-4632

3.  IAVAT Conference Updates

Please click here to view the latest IAVAT Conference Updates.  

4.  FY22 Section Fair Contract Instructions

Please click here to view the latest information about FY22 Section Fair Contract Instructions.   If you have any questions or issues with uploading the fair contract, please email Patti Davis at

5.  Illinois Soybean Association - Dare to Be Innovative 


BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – May 10, 2021 – The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is hosting an Ag Technology webinar event with the theme, “Dare to Be Innovative,” this June during the Illinois FFA Convention.


This event is for FFA chapters throughout the state of Illinois during the hybrid 2021 State FFA Convention. “Dare to Be Innovative,” will be held June 7, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. CST via Zoom webinar. The event focuses on the future of ag technology, and both past and present Illinois tech innovators.


Attendees will learn from a power-packed speaker lineup, including Rob Sharkey, “The Shark Farmer,” who is an innovator throughout the agriculture world, hosting a podcast as well as TV show, SHARKFARMER TV on RFDTV. Other speakers include Megan Miller, Business Development Manager for Moore & Warner Ag Group, LLC, who will inform attendees on the various ways she combines modern agricultural management with the old-fashioned personal and professional service that earns business, year after year. Blake Noland, BirddogWS CEO, will share his expertise for recruiting high end technicians in Aviation, Medical Equipment Repair, Agriculture, Wind Turbines, and Diesel Technologies. Noland helps companies identify the next generation of technicians that define work ethic.


The Illinois FFA chapter with the most registered students attending the event will receive a $500 ag tech grant courtesy of the Illinois Soybean Association.  In addition, there will be drawings including an Apple MacBook, Apple Watch, drone, and Beats headphones for those in attendance.


Click here to register.


The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development and utilization efforts while the membership program supports the government relations interests of Illinois soybean farmers at the local, state, and national level, through the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG). ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean producers through promotion, advocacy, and education with the vision of becoming a market leader in sustainable soybean production and profitability. For more information, visit the website

6.  DELEGATES - Don’t forget - DUE by May 15, 2021 

Delegates (up to 2 members from each chapter) will be able to attend a virtual business session on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. and elections (in-person or virtual attendance) for Elections Session, Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.  Delegate registration must be completed by May 15, 2021 to create their delegate accounts and reserve their free convention t-shirt for serving as a delegate.  Please click here for the Delegate registration form.  NOTICE:  Even if your delegates will be in person for ELECTIONS on June 10, 2021, ALL DELEGATES MUST be registered via our google form.  ALL delegates will be using their own electronic device for voting again this year, we WILL NOT have clickers for voting during elections.  

EVEN if you haven’t registered for convention yet, you MUST sign up your delegates by May 15, 2021.  Sign them up now and complete your registration another time or even on site if you have to, but get those delegates assigned on the google form in this message.  

What if the delegates for the business session are not the same for elections? That is fine, but whatever email address you enter for them on the form is the one that they need to use for both the business session and elections.  

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***DATES & DEADLINES - Remember***

  • May 15, 2021 - Eldon Witt Scholarship Application DUE

  • May 18 - 20, 2021 -  Illinois State University and IllinoisFFA State Invitational Virtual Greenhand Quiz Bowl Competition

  • May 28, 2021 - Illinois FFA State Convention Business Session via Zoom 

  • May 31, 2021 - Illinois FFA Center CLOSED - Memorial Day HOLIDAY

  • June 1, 2021 - District 1 & 2 Illinois FFA State Convention - Cornbelters Stadium, Normal, IL

  • June 4, 2021 - District 5 Illinois FFA State Convention - Saluki Stadium, Carbondale, IL

  • June 8, 2021 - 93rd Annual Illinois FFA State Convention, Illinois State Fairgrounds Grandstand, Springfield, IL

  • June 9, 2021 - District 3 & 4 Illinois FFA State Convention, Illinois State Fairgrounds Grandstand, Springfield, IL

  • June 10, 2021 - 93rd Annual Illinois FFA State Convention, Illinois State Fairgrounds Grandstand, Springfield, IL

  • June 15 - 17, 2021 - IAVAT Conference, SUIC, Carbondale, IL, also virtual option

  • June 28 - 29, 2021 - 2nd Year Ag Teacher Conference

  • July 5 - FFA Center CLOSED - 4th of July HOLIDAY

  • July 12 - 16, 2021 - July Illinois FFA State Officer Team Meeting, Carbondale, IL

  • July 27 - 28, 2021 - Beginning Advisors Conference

  • August 12 - 22, 2021 - Illinois State Fair, Springfield, IL

  • August 31 - September 2, 2021 - Farm Progress Show, Decatur, IL

  • Click here to view a summary of spring virtual contests, registration deadlines, date and time of events, etc.

Mindy Bunselmeyer
Illinois FFA Center
Phone: 217-753-3328 Cell: 217-412-5646
Address: 3221 Northfield, Springfield, IL 62702
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