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  REMINDERS - CREW & American FFA Degree Intents, Animal 1st Aid Training Webinars, GROWMARK Essay Results, Scholarships  
  Mindy Bunselmeyer  1/3/2023 7:00:00 AM  
     
 

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Happy 2023 - the Illinois FFA Center OPENS tomorrow, January 4, 2023.  

JOIN us TOMORROW for:  

NEW Year REMINDERS:  

  • 2023 American FFA Degree

  • National FFA Scholarship Application - The National FFA Scholarship application is open through Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. We encourage students to complete the application early to avoid the last-minute rush. Keep in mind: This one application applies to many scholarship opportunities. The scholarship page on FFA.org has information and the link to apply.

****NEW Information****

  1. Animal CPR and Emergency First Aid Training and Certification

  2. GROWMARK Announces 2023 Essay Contest Winners

  3.  Prairie State Tractor Scholarships

 

  1. Animal CPR and Emergency First Aid Training and Certification

Free Informational Webinar for CTE, Veterinary and Animal Science Teachers

Live Webinar with Q&A Session 1/31/23 at 6pm EST (5pm CST, 4pm MST, 3pm PST). 

 

Webinar will be approximately 30 minutes long and offer a live question and answer session afterwards.  The programs are nationally recognized and approved, they are an approved educational provider by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.  

 

6 certification programs to choose from:

 

  • Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid

  • Canine and Feline CPR and Advanced Life Support

  • Equine Emergency First Aid

  • Livestock Emergency First Aid (coming soon)

  • Canine Wilderness Emergency First Aid

  • Reptile, Avian and Small Mammal First Aid

 

Pre Registration required. Click Here to RSVP and reserve your spot. 

 

  1. GROWMARK Announces 2023 Essay Contest Winners

Megan Waeltz of Marissa, Illinois, has been named the national winner of the 2023 GROWMARK essay contest for FFA members. The theme of this year’s contest was “How can agricultural cooperatives stay relevant to future generations?”

Waeltz is a student at Marissa High School and a member of the Marissa FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisor is Kim Portz. She will receive a $1000 award from GROWMARK, and the Marissa FFA will receive $750. 

In her essay, Waeltz said: “For example, co-ops help farmers build the future of their operation by providing products and services at lower costs, assuring that products produced on the farm are marketed and distributed, and offering tools essential to farm money management… Agriculture cooperatives will always be relevant because they allow farmers to invest in the future of their operations.”

Four runners-up were also selected. They each receive $500 and their FFA chapters receive $300. They are, in alphabetical order:

  • Thaddeus Bergschneider, of Franklin, Illinois. He is a member of the Franklin FFA Chapter and a student at Franklin High School. His FFA advisor is Brent Nelson.

  • Trinity Gibbs, of Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is a member of the Courtland High School FFA Chapter and a student at Courtland High School. Her FFA advisor is Cutler Blankenship. 

  • Ava Knapke, of Celina, Ohio. She is a member of the Celina FFA Chapter and a student at Celina High School. Her FFA advisor is Emily Turner.

  • Rebecca Shields, of Dry Fork, Virginia. She is a member of the Chatham FFA Chapter and a student at Chatham High School. Her FFA advisor is Cassidy Shelton.

This is the 30th year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders, to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues in agriculture, and understand the unique role of cooperatives.

GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services throughout North America. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. More information is available at www.growmark.com

  1.  Prairie State Tractor Scholarships

For the second year, Prairie State Tractor is excited to offer a scholarship program aimed at developing and supporting future service technicians. For the 2023-2024 school year, we have $19,000 in total scholarship funds available.

 

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating high school senior OR current college student

  • Must be planning to or be enrolled in diesel technology program or a related field with the ultimate goal of becoming a Service Technician. Even if you're already in our Tech Student Program, you're encouraged to apply for this scholarship as well.

Click here for more information and the application process.  

 

 

**** PREVIOUS Information Shared - WORTH Sharing Again****

 

***DATES & DEADLINES - Remember*** 

Please NOTE, that if you click on Dates & Deadlines it will take you to the www.ilaged.org calendar.  

2023 IL FFA State Convention Wyndham (Downtown) Springfield Hotel Room Link

2022-2023 CDE Calendar and General Information-Updated 12-5-22 & 2022-23 Trading Post

Instructions on How To Register for Events, CDE's-Adding/Editing Participant Names, and Waiver Uploads for Events

Start/Reactivate an Alumni with Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters

2022-23 C.A.R.E.S Waiver Form Listserv with Instructions - Required for all students attending conferences, the leadership camp, and conventions.

  • December 22 - January 3, 2023 - IL FFA Center CLOSED for the Christmas Holiday

  • January 4, 2023 - CREW Meeting - Virtual - 3:30-4:30 p.m.

  • January 6, 2023 - American FFA Degree Mandatory Intent DUE

  • January 6, 2023 - Joint IL FFA & IAVAT Board Meeting, IL FFA Center

  • January 7, 2023 - IAVAT Section Chairs, IL FFA Center

  • January 13, 2023 - Ground Zero Conference Registration ENDS at 11:59 p.m.  Please utilize the Trading Post once it closes for any additions/cancellation requests.

  • January 15, 2023 - American FFA Degree Applications submitted via AET by Midnight - ONLY the Applications.  No additional documents will be required.

  • January 16, 2023 - IL FFA Center CLOSED

  • January 23-27, 2023 - American Degree Applicants will be notified of any issues or errors to correct and address in their application prior to their interview.  Applicants will be notified of their scheduled interview date

  • January 27, 2023 - Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters Annual Meeting Hotel Room Block closes at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, Springfield, IL.

  • January 27-28, 2023 - Ground Zero Conference, Southern Illinois University, College of Agricultural Sciences, 1205 Lincoln Dr, Carbondale, IL 62901.

  • February 3-4, 2023 - Ground Zero Conference, TBA, Champaign, IL.

  • February 3-4, 2023 - Ground Zero Conference, Western Illinois University, 1 University Cir, Macomb, IL 61455

  • February 6-8, 2023 - Virtual American FFA Degree Interviews

  • February 7, 2023 - Illinois FFA Board Meeting, 3:30 p.m. - Virtual

  • February 10-11, 2023 - Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters Annual Meeting and Auction, President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E Adams St, Springfield, IL 62701.

  • February 16-17, 2023 - IACTE Conference

  • February 18, 2023 - Parent/Candidate Orientation Meeting, IL FFA Center

  • February 18, 2023 - Early Bird Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. for State Meats Evaluation & Technology CDE.  Registration will continue at regular registration rates.  Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • February 18, 2023 - Early Bird Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. for State Veterinary Science CDE.  Registration will continue at regular registration rates.  Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • February 18, 2023 - State Ag Ed CDE - Lesson Plans DUE 

  • February 18, 2023 - Parent/Candidate Orientation Meeting, IL FFA Center, Start Time 1:00 p.m., Conclude by 4:00 p.m.

  • February 18 - 25, 2023 - National FFA Week

  • March 1, 2023 -  CREW Meeting - Virtual - 3:30-4:30 p.m. with TOWN HALL meeting

  • March 1, 2023 - Illinois FFA State Officer Candidate Applications & Resumes Due to Illinois FFA Center - click here for more information.

  • March 1, 2023 - Sam Taylor Scholarships Application DUE

  • March 1, 2023 - Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters FFA Leadership Camp Scholarship Application DUE - Freshmen & Sophomores get Priority Judging, Juniors can apply but will be considered after the Freshmen & Sophomores.

  • March 2, 2023 - Illinois FFA Board Meeting, 3:30 p.m. - Virtual

  • March 3, 2023 - Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Conference

  • March 4, 2023 - State Meats Evaluation & Technology CDE, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign Stock Pavilion, 1380-1476 W Pennsylvania Ave, Urbana, IL 61801.  Registration 8:00-9:30, Event starts at 10:00 am.  Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • March 4, 2023 - State Vet Science CDE, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign Stock Pavilion, 1380-1476 W Pennsylvania Ave, Urbana, IL 61801.  Registration 8:00-9:30, Event starts at 10:00 am.  Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • March 4, 2023 - State Ag Ed CDE, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign Stock Pavilion, 1380-1476 W Pennsylvania Ave, Urbana, IL 61801. By Appointment Only.

  • March 8, 2023 - District Proficiencies

  • March 11, 2023 - Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters Council Meeting, IL FFA Center, 10:00 a.m.

  • March 14, 2023 - IAVAT Board Meeting, 3:30 p.m. - Virtual

  • March 15, 2023 - Selection Committee Applications DUE  - click here for a flyer

  • March 17, 2023 - Mandatory Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. for State Dairy Cattle/Handlers CDE - Please utilize the Trading Post if your chapter has additions/cancellations. Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • March 18, 2023 - Mandatory Registration ends at 11:59 pm for State Food Science CDE - Please utilize the Trading Post if your chapter has additions/cancellations. Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • March 31, 2023 - State Dairy Cattle/Handlers CDE, Kaskaskia College, 27210 College Rd, Centralia, IL 62801.  Registration 8:00 - 9:30 a.m., the Event begins at 10:00 a.m.  Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • April 1, 2023 - TENTATIVE State Food Science CDE, Site TBA. Registration 8:00 - 9:30 a.m., the Event begins at 10:00 a.m.  Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • April 6, 2023 - IL FFA Center CLOSING at 12:30 for the Easter Holiday

  • April 7, 2023 - Mandatory Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. for State Livestock Reasons CDE - Please utilize the Trading Post if your chapter has additions/cancellations. Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • April 7, 2023 - Mandatory Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. for State Horticulture CDE - Please utilize the Trading Post if your chapter has additions/cancellations. Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • April 7, 2023 - Early Bird Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. for State Livestock Non-Reasons CDE - Registration will continue at regular registration rates.  Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration A

  • April 7, 2023 - Early Bird Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. for State Poultry CDE - Registration will continue at regular registration rates.  Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • April 7, 2023 - IL FFA Center CLOSED for Holiday

  • April 12, 2023 - IAVAT Board Meeting at the IL FFA Center

  • April 17, 2023 - IL Foundation FFA Board Meeting at the IL FFA Center

  • April 18, 2023 - IL FFA Board Meeting at the IL FFA Center

  • April 19, 2023 - Early Bird Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. for State Ag Business Management CDE.  Registration will continue at regular registration rates.  Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • April 20, 2023 - Mandatory Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. and Results are Due for State Ag Mechanics CDE.  Please utilize the Trading Post if your chapter has additions/cancellations. Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • April 20, 2023 - Results Due for Parliamentary Procedure LDE

  • April 20, 2023 - Results Due for Conduct of Chapter Meetings

  • April 21, 2023 - State Livestock Reasons/Non-Reasons CDE, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign Stock Pavilion, 1380-1476 W Pennsylvania Ave, Urbana, IL 61801.  Registration 8:00 - 9:30 a.m., the Event begins at 10:00 a.m.  Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • April 21, 2023 - State Poultry CDE, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign Stock Pavilion, 1380-1476 W Pennsylvania Ave, Urbana, IL 61801.  Registration 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.  The event begins at 10:00 a.m.  Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • April 21, 2023 - State Horticulture CDE, Parkland College, 2400 W Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL 61821.  Registration 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.  The event begins at 10:00 a.m.  Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • May 3, 2023 - State Ag Business Management CDE, District Sites TBA.  Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • May 4, 2023 - State Ag Mechanics CDE, Illinois Central College, 1 College Drive East Peoria, IL 61635.  Registration 8:00 - 9:30 a.m., the Event begins at 10:00 a.m.  Please add/edit participants’ names on your registration before the CDE at www.ilaged.org (instructions above).

  • May 4, 2023 - Parliamentary Procedure LDE, Illinois Central College, 1 College Drive East Peoria, IL 61635.  By Appointment Only

  • May 4, 2023 - Conduct Chapter of Meetings LDE, Illinois Central College, 1 College Drive East Peoria, IL 61635.  By Appointment Only

  • May 15, 2023 - Eldon Witt Student Teaching Scholarship Applications DUE

  • May 17, 2023 - IAVAT Board Meeting, 3:30 p.m. - Virtual

  • May 26, 2023 - IL FFA Center CLOSING at 2:30 p.m. for the Holiday

  • May 29, 2023 - IL FFA Center CLOSED for Holiday

  • May 30-31, 2023 - State FFA Officer Meeting, IL FFA Center

  • June 13 - 15, 2023 - Illinois FFA State Convention, Bank of Springfield Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, Springfield, IL 62702

  • June 20 - 22, 2023 - IAVAT Conference, Sheraton Lisle Naperville Hotel, 3000 Warrenville Rd, Lisle, IL 60532, 

  • July 24 - 27, 2023 - Illinois FFA Leadership Camp, 4-H Memorial Camp, 499 Old Timber Road, Monticello, IL 61856

  • August 1, 2023 - Joint FFA & IAVAT Board Meeting, IL FFA Center


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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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