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  Mindy Bunselmeyer  3/20/2020 6:12:00 PM  
     
 

HEADS UP ITEMS:  

 

Operation Rising Sun

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.    

 

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

Illinois FFA Center Hours & Updates

  • The Illinois FFA Center is currently closed through Tuesday, April 7, 2020, by Executive Order of the Governor.  FFA Center staff will be working remotely as time and technology allow. Thank you for your patience in our delayed response.

 

Items in this listserv:

****NEW Information****

 

  1. FFA Board Updates 

  2. Golden Owl Certificate Design Contest

  3. Ag Ed/FFA State Chats

  4. 2020 Illinois FFA State FFA Degree Approved Candidates

  5. 2020 Illinois FFA American FFA Degree Illinois Approved Candidates

  6. Gratitude Time

 

  1. FFA Board Updates - Per the Press Conference held by the Governor's Office this afternoon, we met with the FFA Board via conference call today.  

 

Conference Call Meeting - Friday, March 20. 2020, 4:00 p.m.


D1 - Taber

D2 - Maierhofer

D3 - McGrew

D4 - Meisner

D5 - McDermott

FCAE State Coordinator - Dittmar

University Staff - Korte

FFA Center - Edgar 

FFA Center - Bunselmeyer 


National Chapter Award - extend the deadline for the submission of the application to May 1, 2020.  Motion Maierhofer, 2nd Meisner. Motion passed. 


State Awards Day - 

  • All District winners will receive their District bar regardless if they interview or not.  

  • All District winners must have their record books uploaded by __________ (blank date) 2020, in order to be judged for State Awards. 

  • It would be a google form (similar to National Chapter Award) where students upload their book after they have inputted their data into the google form.  

  • IThree judges will be assigned per area using ag teachers who would have students at State Awards Day, as well as any other ag teachers who are willing to/interested in judging.

  • Those judges would get their scoresheets and books to review on __________ (blank date) 2020, by at set time. 

  • Participants scores with a unanimous 1st place ranking and that 1st place participant is 20 points or more ahead of the others, then they are automatically the winner because the interview is worth 20 points.  

  • Any students within 20 points of the preliminary first-place participant or has a 1st place ranking from any judge would then be interviewed.  Up to the top three participants' scores will be offered interviews.  

  • Interviews will be via conference call and done at another date and time.  Logistics on that are all pending how many need to be interviewed and future updates as to when it is allowed by the Governor's Office and ISBE.  

  • Motion - Taber, 2nd McDermott.  Motion passed. 

Selection Committee

  • Written exams and letter writing will be proctored online on Saturday, April 18, 2020.  Prepared speech will be submitted online by April 18, 2020. The remainder of the Selection committee practicums will be decided at a later date.  Motion McDermott, 2nd Maierhofer. Motion passed.  

 

 

  1. Golden Owl Certificate Design Contest

 

Do you have creative FFA members that may be looking for a project during their time away from school?

As we’ve transitioned to the Golden Owl Recognition Program, the IAVAT Board is seeking your students to design the certificate that will be presented to each of the section Golden Owl recipients. The designs need to be submitted to intern@illinoisffa.org by 5pm on April 13, 2020. The creator of the winning design will be awarded a $25 gift card.

The certificate may be designed in either portrait or landscape orientation with the following specifications:

  • 8.5"x11"

  • Include the following logos (Nationwide, Golden Owl, IAVAT, Illinois FFA, Compeer Financial, and Farm Credit Illinois - found here)

 

  1.  Ag Ed/FFA State Chats

We are planning a webinar this Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. to have a time to chat with all of you.  Regardless of whether or not you can join us for hte chat - PLEASE Click here to complete a survey that will provide guidance and information for topics during the webinar, as well as some additional questions that have been compiled for a statewide survey.  Thank you so much for taking the time to complete the survey, it will be very helpful and instrumental in the services provided to all of our members and organizations.  

Join us for a Chat on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. 

 

Webinar information:

Dial-in number: (712) 451-0000

Access code: 825723 PIN

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

 

 

  1.  2020 Illinois FFA State FFA Degree Approved Candidates

Click here to view the list of 2020 Illinois FFA State FFA Degree Approved Candidates.  Please double check all names; this is how they will appear on the State FFA Degree Certificates.  Please note if you have any corrections or questions, please contact mbunselmeyer@illinoisffa.org by Friday, March 27, 2020.  Official letters will be mailed to each 2020 State FFA Degree recipients by April 1, 2020.  

 

  1.  2020 Illinois FFA American FFA Degree Illinois Approved Candidates

 

Click here to view the list of 2020 Illinois FFA Candidates to be recommended for the American FFA Degree. Official letters will be mailed to each of these recommended candidates, which will include the identification of the American Star Candidates from Illinois by May 1, 2020.  **** New this year, National FFA will alert us by June 1, 2020 of any issues with American FFA Degree applications and allow time to make allowable corrections. In previous years, those notifications from National FFA came out in mid to late July.  


  1.  Gratitude Time

 

Attention FFA Members and Supporters! It's time to show gratitude for Operation Rising Sun! Click here for a google form where you can send a "Note of Thanks" card to anyone who has impacted your life! Just type what you want in the form and it will generate a message to a template created for Operation Rising Sun. Happy Thanking!

 

In blue and gold,

 

Gage Miller

Illinois Association FFA

State President 

2019-2020



**** 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  - CHS and Dakota Access Pipeline

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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

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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 Amendment

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Farm Credit News Room

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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!

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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:

COVID-19 UPDATES:

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National Chapter Award (NCA) Judges Needed

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Cards Vs. Cubs, Saturday, September 12, 2020

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Illinois Farm Bureau’s Top Chapter President program

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2020 Illinois FFA Leadership Camp

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Ed Curry Illinois FFA Leadership Camp Memorial Scholarship

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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 

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January 2020 Newsletter

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

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

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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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Eldon Witt Scholarship Application - DUE May 15

 

Illinois FFA Board Updates

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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

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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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Illinois FFA Alumni:

Illinois FFA Alumni Annual Meeting & Auction Update 

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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:  

  • March 23, 2020 through April 7, 2020 - FFA CENTER IS CLOSED

  • 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:

Tractor Supply Company; Grants for Growing program

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2020 Zoetis Industry Support Program

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Wayne Wackerlin Memorial Grant 

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Illinois Corn Marketing Boards Supports Your Local Chapter

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

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DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award

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GROWMARK Youth Pollinator Program

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 Next Level Livestock Camps: Swine Showmanship

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 Culver’s Essay Contest

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Tractor Supply Company Grants for Growing

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Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition

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Nutrien Sustainable Agriculture Youth Trip

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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!

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 

  • March 23, 2020 through April 7, 2020 - FFA CENTER IS CLOSED

  • 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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