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  Operation Rising Sun, Drumline, Cards vs. Cubs, NCA Judges, Tractor Supply, Zoetis Industry Support  
  Mindy Bunselmeyer  3/17/2020 7:00:00 AM  
     
 

HEADS UP ITEMS:

Need Foundation Certificates Printed?  Certificates can be requested by completing the request form on ilaged.org.  Go to Give, How You Can Help, the link is in the box to the right of the screen - 2019 - 2020 Foundation Certificates Request

Illinois FFA Center Hours & Updates

  • The Illinois FFA Center will remain open, with limited staff at the Center for day to day operations.  Many of our staff will be working remotely, please use email as your first point of contact, as many staff may not be in the office if you were to call. 

  • The Illinois FFA Center staff will be in today, March 17, 2020, however we will not be answering phones as we are in a First  Aid and CPR training event for the day.  

COVID-19 UPDATES:

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

Items in this listserv:

****NEW Information****

  1. Operation Rising Sun

  2. *** New this Year - Illinois FFA State Convention Drumline

  3. Cards Vs. Cubs, Saturday, September 12, 2020

  4. National Chapter Award (NCA) Judges Needed

  5. Tractor Supply Company; Grants for Growing program

  6. 2020 Zoetis Industry Support Program

 

  1. Operation Rising Sun

In an effort to look to one another for strength, help and hope during these uncertain and unprecedented times, our State Officer team is hoping to do just that by planning a series of Facebook posts, Facebook live events, speech sharing and e-learning resources.  

Click here for the Virtual Learning resources on the www.ilaged.org website.  You will find here Illinois Ag Ed Youtube Channel, along with individual links to the 2019 - 2020 Illinois FFA State Officer Banquet Speeches, a pdf of reflective questions for the banquet speeches, a schedule of the Facebook live events and other e-learning resources.  

**Please note if you have scheduled an officer for your banquet - hold off on showing their banquet speech, there is still hope they may be able to deliver it in person, depending on when it is.  

As we try to find peace in every worried, anxious and fearful thought, let us also seek to find hope, reassurance and support for one another in every share, like and posting of positive thoughts and actions that we have.    

 

  1.  *** New this Year - Illinois FFA State Convention Drumline

***NEW THIS YEAR at the 92nd Annual Illinois FFA State Convention*** We are looking for experienced drummers interested in being part of the brand new Illinois FFA State Convention Drumline! This new group of 12-15 students will have various performances throughout the Convention and will definitely bring the ENERGY to sessions.  Click here for the Drumline application also due April 15, 2020, same as Band, Chorus and Talent.  

BAND, CHORUS and TALENT Applications for State FFA Convention

3.   Cards Vs. Cubs, Saturday, September 12, 2020

  • St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs - Saturday, September 12, 2020

  • Time - 6:15 p.m. (Time Subject to Change)

  • Place - Busch Stadium, 700 Clark Avenue, St. Louis, MO

  • Total Tickets Available - 650

  • Early Bird Ticket Cost - $40 until July 31, 2020

  • August 1, 2020 - Ticket Increase - $50; Registration Closes September 1, 2020

  • Ticket Location - Right Loge Section, Section 232-235

  • All ticket sales support the Illinois Foundation FFA.  *** No shirt included. ***  

4.  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 as 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. 

5.   Tractor Supply Company; Grants for Growing program

The National FFA Organization is pleased to announce once again the Tractor Supply Company; Grants for Growing program.  Tractor Supply Company (TSC), in conjunction with many local FFA chapters, sold paper FFA emblems last month during National FFA Week at their checkout stands.  The money raised through this promotion by TSC is now available for minimum $500 grants that ANY local FFA chapter can apply for. The grant application is NOW OPEN for a two month period of March 2nd through May 1st.  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/grantsforgrowing.

TSC Grants for Growing can fund projects in three areas for your chapter:

  1. Classroom – supplies, equipment, technology, curriculum, etc.

  2. Chapter – student leadership opportunities, member recruitment, community awareness, etc.

  3. Ag Literacy/Advocacy – educational outreach, marketing, etc.

 

6.  2020 Zoetis Industry Support Program

Announcing the 2020 Zoetis Industry Support Program.  This is the long-standing, very popular program in which FFA chapters connect with local animal health supply stores and/or local veterinarians that sell Zoetis animal health products.  In establishing this connection, FFA chapters are then the beneficiaries of a percentage of sales of select Zoetis products sold between February 1 and April 30, 2020. A percentage of sales statewide can go to each state FFA foundation too based on local chapter signups and payouts.

 

To sign up, local chapters should set up a meeting with their local animal health supply stores and/or veterinarians sharing their FFA chapter ID number, advisor name, and chapter address with them and then asking the store and/or veterinarian to finalize their enrollment at: http://programdetails.zoetisus.com/FFA/asp/FFA_ContributionForm.asp.  Enrollment must be completed by May 7th to qualify.  Eligible sales of Zoetis products dating back to February 1, 2020 will count towards the chapter support final sum.

 

Fine print/details:

Multiple chapters can be signed up with the same retailer to receive funds of qualifying Zoetis products* sales up to 1 % of total sales in the sales period, unrestricted funds, up to $1,000 on the sales of certain cattle and equine products.

Back orders are not eligible for donation qualification. Donation checks less than the minimum of $25 per chapter will not be processed. If more than one chapter is selected and the donated amount is less than $25 per chapter, the entire donation will be made to the first FFA chapter listed. The FFA check will be paid to the FFA chapter designated by the seller/retailer via a single check no later than Aug. 24, 2020. Zoetis reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time and for any reason.

**** 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, DRUMLINE, CHORUS and TALENT Applications for State FFA Convention

92nd Annual Illinois FFA Convention Day of Service Project

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

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

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

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

Farm Credit News Room

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

Courtesy Corps

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Scrapbook 

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IAVAT:

Membership Memos

  • Please complete this form if you would like to notify the Illinois FFA Center about an event in the lives of someone in our FFA Family. 

Hello Region IV Agriculture Teachers!

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

2020 - 2021 Illinois FFA CDE Schedule 

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

CDE Registration 

  • Click here for the original listserv message.  

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’s Top Chapter President program

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

2020 Illinois FFA Leadership Camp

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

Ed Curry Illinois FFA Leadership Camp Memorial Scholarship

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

National Chapter Award (NCA) Judges Needed

  • Click here if you are willing or interested in judging the National Chapter Award Applications.  

National Chapter Award (NCA) Judges Webinars

  • 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. 

Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliate Companies Premier Chapter Award Trip 

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

January 2020 Newsletter

  • Click here to view the latest Winter Edition Illinois Association FFA Newsletter 

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

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

Selection Committee - Students NEEDED!

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

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

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Eldon Witt Scholarship Application - DUE May 15

Illinois FFA Board Updates

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

Honorary State Degree Applications - DUE April 1 

Winter 2019 Illinois FFA Newsletter

  • Click here to view the 2019 Winter Illinois FFA Newsletter

Fall 2019 Illinois FFA Newsletter

  • Click here to view the 2019 Fall Illinois FFA Newsletter  

Trading Post for 2019 - 2020

Lock Box Practicums and Activities

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

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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Illinois FFA Alumni:

Illinois FFA Alumni Annual Meeting & Auction Update 

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

212 and WLC Scholarship Winners 

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Illinois FFA Alumni Auction - Chapter Baskets

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Illinois FFA Center:

John Edgar Named SIUC College of Ag Outstanding Early Career Alumni

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Interns for Summer 2020 & Bill Johnson Legislative Intern

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Registering for Events

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Office Closings:

  • Friday, April 10, 2020 - Good Friday

  • Monday, May 25, 2020 - Memorial Day

Illinois Foundation FFA:

Illinois Foundation FFA March 13, 2020 Update

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Illinois Foundation FFA February 14, 2020 Update

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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:

Wayne Wackerlin Memorial Grant 

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

Illinois Corn Marketing Boards Supports Your Local Chapter

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

Monsanto’s (now Bayer) America’s Farmers Grow America program 

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

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award

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

GROWMARK Youth Pollinator Program

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

 Next Level Livestock Camps: Swine Showmanship

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

 Culver’s Essay Contest

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

Tractor Supply Company Grants for Growing

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

Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition

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

Nutrien Sustainable Agriculture Youth Trip

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

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!

DeKalb, Asgrow, Deltapine Scholarship

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***

  • 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 via Phone FOR Stars ONLY, Illinois FFA Center - Springfield

  • April 9 - Illinois Foundation FFA Annual Meeting - Conference Call/Webinar 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 15 - State Convention Drumline 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, Springfield

  • June 15 - IAVAT Board Meeting & Section Chairs Meeting

  • June 16 - 18 - IAVAT Conference

  • June 18 - 19 -  State FFA Officer Team Meeting, Decatur

  • 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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