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  Mindy Bunselmeyer  2/11/2020 12:09:00 AM  
     
 

HEADS UP ITEMS:  

Ag Legislative Day

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State FFA Degree and Proficiency Information FOR ILLINOIS ONLY

  • Please move firefighters to Safety
  • Lifeguarding will be allowed in Safety this year.  DO NOT start ANY freshmen year students with ANY records in lifeguarding.
  • Star Discovery Applications - should be accompanied by records.  

Items in this listserv:

****NEW Information****

1. National Chapter Award Application Tips & Tricks Webinar
2. National Chapter Award (NCA) Judges Needed
3.
National Chapter Award (NCA) Judges Webinars
4.
Nutrien Sustainable Agriculture Youth Trip

 

 1. National Chapter Award Application Tips & Tricks Webinar

Mr. Buddy Haas recently judging National Chapter Award applications for National FFA and has returned with several great tips and ideas for your National Chapter Award Application.  Join us for this helpful webinar on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.  

Dial-in number: (712) 451-0000

Access code: 825723 PIN

Online meeting ID: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/mbunselmeyer

Instructions:  At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line. When prompted, enter the Access Code followed by the pound key.  To join the online meeting, click on the meeting link listed above and follow the prompts to join the meeting.

The webinar will also be posted on the channel where all webinars/videos are posted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JonvZvejCv8

 

2.  National Chapter Award (NCA) Judges Needed

Calling all interested Ag Teachers and friends - if you happen to be interested in volunteering to judge Round 1 or Round 2, please take time to serve a judge.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the National Chapter Award application process and what quality National Chapter Award applications look like. This is a great opportunity for all teachers and friends to see what amazing things are taking place through FFA Chapters around the state.  All volunteers are welcome!  

 

Please make sure that your Section is represented, take time to talk as a Section to ensure someone from your Section serves as a judge. 

Click here if you are willing or interested in judging the National Chapter Award Applications.  
3.  National Chapter Award (NCA) Judges Webinars

In order to assist all judges in both Round 1 and Round 2 judging, we have planned two webinars to assist all judges.  

Round 1 NCA Judging webinar is set for Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. 

Round 2 NCA Judging webinar is set for Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. 

Join us for these National Chapter Award (NCA) Judges webinar.  This webinar is a MUST for all those who will be judging both Round 1 and Round 2 National Chapter Award applications.  Buddy Haas will be leading the webinar, will address your questions and walk you through the process of judging National Chapter Award applications.  

Dial-in number: (712) 451-0000

Access code: 825723 PIN

Online meeting ID: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/mbunselmeyer

Instructions:  At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line. When prompted, enter the Access Code followed by the pound key.  To join the online meeting, click on the meeting link listed above and follow the prompts to join the meeting.

The webinar will also be posted on the channel where all webinars/videos are posted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JonvZvejCv8

4.  Nutrien Sustainable Agriculture Youth Trip


Click here to view more information about this amazing opportunity for your students.  



 **** PREVIOUS Information Shared****

**** WORTH Sharing Again****

 

CONVENTION Information:

 

 Registration for the 92nd Annual Illinois FFA Convention is NOW OPEN 

Register for State Convention just like any other event by going to the www.ilaged.org website.  

 

FREE Registration for All FFA Advisors - Country Financial 

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FREE Registration for ALL Delegates  

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Cargill to Sponsor the Building Communities Award

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NEW Convention Schedule

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BAND, CHORUS and TALENT Applications for State FFA Convention

April 15 - State Convention Band Application DUE
April 15 - State Convention Chorus Application DUE

April 15 - State Convention Talent Application DUE

92nd Annual Illinois FFA Convention Day of Service Project

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Honorary Illinois FFA State Degree - Awarded at Illinois FFA State Convention 

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Illinois FFA Convention - 1st Business Session - Proposed Constitutional Amendmen

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Farm Credit News Room

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Courtesy Corps

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Scrapbook 

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IAVAT:

Hello Region IV Agriculture Teachers!

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BENEFIT for Sarah Morgan - Click here to view the flyer

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2020 - 2021 Illinois FFA CDE Schedule 

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CDE Registration 

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IACCAI:  

Officers - Jeff Landers, JJC - President, Brian Clement, College of Dupage - Vice President, Doug Robb, WVCC - Treasurer, Jess Smithers, Richland - Secretary, Pete Fandel, ICC - Past President

2020 Conference = October 8-9, 2020 in Joliet

PAS
Recent name change from Post-Secondary Ag Students to Professional Ag Students

Officers - President - Gwen Heimerdinger, 1st Vice-President - Ryan Reeverts, 2nd Vice-President - Rob Janssen, 3rd Vice-President - Mazi Walker

Illinois FFA:

 

Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliate Companies Premier Chapter Award Trip 

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Application for Illinois FFA Major State Officer - DUE March 1, 2020

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January 2020 Newsletter

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Illinois FFA Convention - 1st Business Session - Proposed Constitutional Amendment

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National FFA Week - State Officer Availability

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Selection Committee - Students NEEDED!

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EZ Records Update - Shutdown is 1st week in April 2020

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Sam Taylor Scholarship Application - DUE March 1



Eldon Witt Scholarship Application - DUE May 15


Discovery Star Application - Common Questions and Answers


WLC Registration

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Illinois FFA Board Updates

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Honorary State Degree Applications - DUE April 1 

212 Conference - February 7-8, 2020

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Winter 2019 Illinois FFA Newsletter

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Fall 2019 Illinois FFA Newsletter

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Trading Post for 2019 - 2020

 

Lock Box Practicums and Activities

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FFA Board August Updates

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Heritage and Cooperative Awards replaced with National Chapter Award Results

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 2020 Illinois FFA State Convention Hotel Block Open

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National FFA Results and Finalists

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Illinois FFA Alumni:

Illinois FFA Alumni Annual Meeting & Auction - January 31 - February 1, 2020

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212 and WLC Scholarship Winners 

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Illinois FFA Alumni Auction - Chapter Baskets

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4th Annual Illinois FFA Alumni Gun Raffle

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Illinois FFA Center:

Interns for Summer 2020 & Bill Johnson Legislative Intern

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Registering for Events

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Office Closings:  

  • March 6, 2020 - ½ Day - Employee Appreciation Lunch & Vision Planning Afternoon 

  • Friday, April 10, 2020 - Good Friday

  • Monday, May 25, 2020 - Memorial Day

Illinois Foundation FFA:

Illinois Foundation FFA January 28, 2020 Update

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Illinois Foundation FFA January Update

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Illinois Foundation FFA December Update

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Illinois Foundation FFA November Update

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2019 - 2020 Local Collection Drive Kickoff Listserv 

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2018 - 2019 Illinois Foundation FFA Report 

Industry Friends of agricultural education posts:

Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition

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Nutrien Sustainable Agriculture Youth Trip

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Illinois Pork Producers Scholarships

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2020 GROWMARK Essay Contest Results

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Illinois State Florists' Association Student Design Contest 

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The Gathering of the Green invites Illinois FFA Chapters and members!

1st annual High School Senior Welding Competition

DeKalb, Asgrow, Deltapine Scholarship

Agriculture in the Classroom 2020 Summer Internship

Illinois Conservation Foundation - 2020 Conservation Achievement Scholarships

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GROWMARK Foundation to Provide FFA Jackets

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AGCO Scholarships

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National FFA:

National FFA Updates

 

  • The National FFA Organization is pleased to announce once again the Tractor Supply Company; Grants for Growing.  Tractor Supply Company (TSC) is again looking forward to partnering with local FFA chapters during National FFA Week in February to help promote ag education, FFA, and the sale of $1 paper emblems at TSC store checkouts.  The money raised through this promotion by TSC will be made available for minimum $500 grants that ANY local FFA chapter can apply for. The grant application will open for a two month period of March 2nd through May 1st.  This is a new timeline. All FFA chapters are eligible to apply.  BEING LOCATED NEAR A TSC STORE IS NOT REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR A GRANT.  Find the grant application and more information at: https://www.ffa.org/grants-for-growing/.

 

  • Applications are currently being accepted through March 1st for the 2020 National FFA New Century Farmer Program.  This ag production focused summer program is open to currently enrolled college students with plans to enter production agriculture after graduation.  Applicants must be current or former FFA members or current National FFA Alumni Members. Find more information and the application at: https://www.ffa.org/participate/conference/new-century-farmer/

 

 

  • The APHIS branch of USDA is seeking student applicants for its 2020 AgDiscovery Program. AgDiscovery is a summer camp outreach for middle school and high school aged students to explore careers in various agriculture disciplines. The two (or more) week program is based at 20 land grant universities and HBCUs throughout the US. Applications are due March 1st and can be found at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/civilrights/agdiscovery/ct_agdiscovery_program

 

  • Please be sure that your American Degree applications are reviewed using this manual checksheet: https://ffa.box.com/s/s1wtq7xitcldu50sttkgsdsli2f6m8a8.  This checksheet IS NOT a part of, or a substitute for the automated met/not-met process.  If your state uses a committee review process or panel of teachers for review, please make sure they have this checksheet on hand as they review applications.

 

  • Please be sure to utilize the updated American Degree Community Service Guidelines as first shared by Brett Evans on December 16, 2019: Community Service Guidelines for FFA Degrees.  Its also highly recommended to apply these guidelines to state degree community service activities. 

 

 

  • The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy is now accepting applications for the 2020 academy July 13-17 in Tulsa, OK.  This is a highly competitive, paid for professional development experience that past participants note as having significantly altered their teaching style and methodology in very positive ways.  The academy focuses on interactive, hands-on application based agriscience professional development. The week of training includes lab activities using inquiry-based pedagogy. Previous attendees are listed by state at: https://www.naae.org/profdevelopment/nataa_ambassadors.cfm and may be an excellent source to ask questions and learn more about the academy if you are interested.  The application is due February 3rd and can be found at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3725707/2020NATAA

 

  • The National Teacher Ambassador for FFA program will accept applications for our 2020 cohort starting February 3rd.  Current ag teachers are encouraged to apply.  Training date options for the 2020 cohort are June 8-12 or June 15-19.  Watch for the application opening February 3rd: https://www.ffa.org/teacherambassadors/

 

 

***DATES & DEADLINES - Remember***

  • February 22 - State Food/Vet Science CDE Early Bird Registration DUE

  • February 22 - 29 - National FFA Week

  • February 24-28 - Chapter Visits - Click here to open the Chapter Visits Evaluation

  • March 1 - American FFA Degree Applications DUE - Click here for more info

  • March 1 - Sam Taylor Scholarship Application DUE

  • March 2 - Alumni Camp Scholarships DUE

  • March 2 - Ag Legislative Seminar, Springfield

  • March 3 - Ag Legislative Day, Springfield

  • March 4 - District Proficiency Awards

  • March 6-8 - State FFA Officer Team Meeting, Springfield

  • March 7 - State Food/Vet Science CDEs

  • March 9 - 10 - State Review of American and State FFA Degree Applications

  • March 13 - Judges Submitted from all District Winners for State Awards Day

  • March 13-14 - Alumni Council Meeting, FFA Center - Springfield 

  • March 15 - Selection Committee Application DUE 

  • March 20 - FFA State Officer Team Meeting

  • March 20 - Mandatory Dairy Cattle & Handlers registration deadline

  • March 21 - State Proficiency Awards Day, UIUC - Urbana

  • April 1 - Honorary State FFA Degree Application DUE 

  • April 3 - State Dairy Cattle and Dairy Cattle Handlers CDE

  • April 6 - 8 - American FFA Degree Interviews, Illinois FFA Center - Springfield

  • April 9 - Illinois Foundation FFA Annual Meeting

  • April 10 - FFA Center Closed - Good Friday

  • April 10 - Livestock Reasons & Horticulture Mandatory Registration DUE 

  • April 10 - Livestock Non-reasons & Poultry Early Bird Registration CLOSES 

  • April 13 - Administrative Council Meeting, Illinois FFA Center - Springfield

  • April 15 - National Chapter Award Application DUE - ONLINE

  • April 15 - State Convention Band Application DUE

  • April 15 - State Convention Chorus Application DUE

  • April 15 - State Convention Talent Application DUE

  • April 17 - 20 - Round 1 of National Chapter Award Judging

  • April 18 - Major State Officer Selection Committee - Springfield

  • April 21 - Illinois FFA Board Meeting, Illinois FFA Center - Springfield

  • April 23 - 30 - Round 2 of National Chapter Award Judging

  • April 24 - Super Friday - State Livestock, Poultry & Horticulture CDEs

  • April 28 - Section Ag Mech results DUE to register for State Ag Mech

  • May 1 - Chapter President Award Application DUE

  • May 1 - Chapter and Section Reporter Award Application DUE

  • May 6 - State Ag Business Management CDE

  • May 12 - State Ag Mechanics CDE

  • May 15 - Eldon Witt Scholarship DUE

  • May 15 - State Convention Courtesy Corps Application DUE

  • May 15 - State Convention Farm Credit Newsroom Application DUE

  • May 26 - 27 - State FFA Officer Team Meeting

  • May 31 - Chapter Scrapbook Intent to Compete at State Convention

  • June 1 - State Ag Issues Materials DUE

  • June 1 - State Prepared Public Speaking Manuscripts DUE via email

  • June 1 - State Job Interview Materials DUE

  • June 8 - State Ag Issues, Parliamentary Procedure, Conduct of Chapter Meeting and Ag Communications CDE/LDEs, Springfield

  • June 9 - State Ag Communications, Public Speakings, Job Interview CDE/LDEs

  • June 9 - 11 - 92nd Annual Illinois FFA State Convention, Springfield

  • June 11-12 -  State FFA Officer Team Meeting

  • June 15 - IAVAT Board Meeting & Section Chairs Meeting

  • June 16 - 18 - IAVAT Conference

  • June 18 - 19 -  State FFA Officer Team Meeting

  • June 21 - 26 - Legacy Tour (Formerly the Heritage & COOP Tour)

  • July 3 - FFA Center Closed - 4th of July HOLIDAY


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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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