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  Mindy Bunselmeyer  3/27/2020 1:03:00 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.  

Gratitude Time - Click here for a google form where you can send a "Note of Thanks" card to anyone who has impacted your life! 

  • 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.

FFA Board Updates - Per the Press Conference held by the Governor's Office

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center on 3/20/2020

  • NOTICE - The boards have currently made decisions for all events and deadlines through April 10, 2020. All events and deadlines beyond April 10, 2020 are still being discussed based on evolving information available, and updates will be provided once decisions are made about future events and deadlines.  Your patience and understanding that all future events are PENDING further information is GREATLY appreciated.  

Ag Ed/FFA State Chats

CORRECTION: 

Illinois FFA State FFA Degree letters to successful candidates will be mailed after the FFA Center opens again after the Stay at Home/Residence order is lifted.  Our office will shoot for getting the letters sent the week of April 13, 2020; at this time, of course please know that date is fluid as it could change. We originally said we would get them sent by April 1, 2020, but we can no longer honor that timeline.  

Items in this listserv:

****NEW Information****

  1. Illinois FFA Center Survey 

  2. 2020 Officer Award Applications

  3. Q & A with State Staff

  4. FFA Convention Theme Video Call to Assist 

  5. Online Judging for State Proficiency Awards

  1.  Illinois FFA Center Survey

At this time, we have 39 responses.  I would really like for every teacher in the state to reply to this survey as it will help us in the future far beyond our current circumstances.    

In regards to listserv messages, we would love some feedback on the best way to facilitate them in a manner and fashion they are most helpful and beneficial to teachers.  In an effort to best serve our teachers, the Illinois FFA Center is looking further down the road at our hours of operation. We are also asking, provided adequate staff time, what services do you wish we could provide that maybe we don't already?  As well as, in your opinion, what are the most valuable services provided to our members and organizations?  

PLEASE Click here to complete a survey that will provide guidance and direction for the Illinois FFA Center and State Staff.  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.  

  1. 2020 Officer Award Applications

All three of these applications are located on the www.ilaged.org website, found under Participate, Award Programs & Scholarships, Officer Awards.  Each application is linked. Please encourage your students to fill out these applications during this time at home if they can!

  1. Q & A with State Staff

Please click here to view the answers to many of the questions submitted, as well as communicated in the State Staff Chat yesterday afternoon.  Many, many thanks for your interest, your inquiries and most importantly your PATIENCE as we work to discover answers and alternatives to our traditional way of doing business.  

  1.  FFA Convention Theme Video Call to Assist 

Attention FFA members! Would you like to have a shot at being featured in a theme video for Illinois FFA? We are currently looking for short video clips from members answering a few different prompts. If interested, please CLICK HERE to submit your video and we will select a few submissions to be featured based on the content of answers and video quality. Please name your submissions your first and last name followed by the prompt (agriculture, leader, FFA.) Happy filming!

  1. Online Judging for State Proficiency Awards

Teachers for those of you who did NOT have District Proficiency award winners but you are willing to judge records online please click here to sign up to judge Proficiency records.  

**** 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:

Golden Owl Certificate Design Contest

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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 

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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:

2020 Illinois FFA State FFA Degree Approved Candidates

  • Click here to view the list of 2020 Illinois FFA State FFA Degree Approved Candidates

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

COVID-19 UPDATES:

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

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.  

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

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

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 

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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:

Ag Ed/FFA State Chats

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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

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

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

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

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

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

2020 Zoetis Industry Support Program

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

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

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GROWMARK Youth Pollinator Program

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

 Next Level Livestock Camps: Swine Showmanship

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 Culver’s Essay Contest

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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.

  • 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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