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  Mindy Bunselmeyer  4/7/2020 7:00:00 AM  
     
 

HEADS UP ITEMS:  

 

*******TOP PRIORITY*******

  • Please CLICK HERE to complete a Survey of what teachers prefer to do with many future events.   

 

Illinois FFA Center Hours & Updates

  • The Illinois FFA Center is currently closed through Thursday, April 30, 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.

 

IAVAT Board Updates

  • NAAE Awards Available at NAAE.org

  • Ag Issues

    • Deadline extended for District Intent forms until May 1, 2020

    • All forum requirements removed from contest for 2020

Ag Ed/FFA State Chats

  • Join us for a Chat on Thursday, April 9, 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

  • Q & A with State Staff

    • Please click here to view the answers to many of the questions submitted

Items in this listserv:

****NEW Information****

  1. Illinois FFA Board Updates 

  2. Ag Ed CDE Deadlines 

  3. Illinois Cooperative Council Youth Conference - Cancelled

  4. GROWMARK Foundation Scholarship

  5. LG Seeds is giving $1,000 to five FFA chapters

  6. Compeer Financial - Agriculture Education and Classroom Equipment Grant 

  1. Illinois FFA Board Updates 

Conference Call Meeting - Friday, April 3, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

D1 - Taber, Vaessen

D2 - Maierhofer, Plote

D3 - McGrew, Saxe

D4 - Meisner, Jones

D5 - McDermott, Oliver

FCAE - Dittmar

State President - Miller, State VP - Harvey, State Reporter - McCormick, State Secretary - White, State Treasurer - Freebairn

FFA Center - Yard, Edgar, Bunselmeyer 

  • All events and deadlines beyond April 30, 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. 

State Proficiency Awards Process FOR CLARIFICATION:  

  • Clarify with AET books, save the pdf as a complete record book of the Enterprise your student is being judged for. 

  • Clarify those with EZ records to simply scan the records they are being judged for. 

  • Signature pages are not to be judged or be concerned with books without signatures.

  • All Stars will be interviewed.  

State Proficiency Awards Process TIMELINE:  

  • Monday, April 13, 2020, is the date to have books uploaded. 

  • Online judging would begin April 16 - 19, 2020 to judge books.

  • For those who will qualify for interviews we will conduct interviews April 22 - 25, 2020.  Scheduled interviews will take place between 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Committees will interview all Star participants for the Star areas.  

  • Star Interviews will be Monday, April 20, 2020.  

  • Discovery Stars same process at State Proficiency Award areas.  

  • Goal is to have State Winners announced by May 1, 2020.  

SELECTION COMMITTEE

  • Refer the Selection Committee process to a committee of the major state officers to work with the advisors who do not have a conflict of interest (D2, D3, D4, FCAE, Dr. Korte) to develop plans to adjust to the Stay at Home order with full power to act. Motion Harvey, 2nd - Jones

  • Motion passed.  

  • Sustain - Maierhofer, 2nd Meisner 

  • Motion passed. 

  • Discussion will include: 

    • Strive for face to face if possible. 

    • Reworking scenarios to make them virtual. 

SECTION OFFICER ELECTIONS

  • Still asking that Section Presidents are elected by June 1, 2020.

  • Illinois FFA Board of Directors will accept results of Section President elections via virtual means if a State of Emergency or circumstances beyond the Section’s control prevent them from hosting Section elections in person. Motion Vaessen,  2nd Harvey. 

  • Motion passed. 

  • Sustain -  McDermott, 2nd Meisner.

  • Motion passed. 

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE & PUBLIC SPEAKING

  • Motion to Postpone the results of Section and District results to State indefinitely.  Motion Harvey, 2nd Freebairn. 

  • Motion passed 

  • Sustain - McDermott, 2nd Meisner.

  • Motion passed. 

  • Please CLICK HERE to complete a Survey of what teachers prefer to do with this and many future events.   

  1. Ag Ed CDE Deadlines 

Please complete this intent to participate in the Ag Ed CDE by April 10, 2020.  Materials for the Ag Ed CDE are DUE to Megan Coy via email by May 8, 2020.  Click here to see the original Ag Ed CDE listserv message posted by Megan Coy, FCAE District 4.  

  1.  Illinois Cooperative Council Youth Conference - Cancelled

Due to the current and possible future effects of COVID-19, the Illinois Cooperative Council has decided to cancel this year’s youth conference, which was scheduled for June 4-5 at Southern Illinois University. Please mark your calendars for June 3-4, 2021, when we plan to be back in Carbondale. The Council hopes everyone is staying well and safe and we look forward to being able to get together again soon!

Any questions can be directed to Karen Jones, ICC board member, kjones@growmark.com.

  1.  GROWMARK Foundation Scholarship

The GROWMARK Foundation scholarship application is still open and accepting applications until April 17, 2020.  High school seniors and continuing college/university/technical school students are eligible to apply if they are pursuing an agriculture-related major.

More information is available here: https://press.growmark.com/growmark-announces-agricultural-scholarship-program and the application can be found here: https://form.jotform.com/193467104085156

Karen Jones|Youth and Young Producer Specialist | GROWMARK, Inc.

Office: 309-557-6184| Mobile: 309-369-4632

kjones@growmark.com

  1.  LG Seeds is giving $1,000 to five FFA chapters

Hello FFA Advisors,

This planting season, LG Seeds is giving $1,000 to five FFA chapters around the nation. To nominate your FFA chapter, just complete the form at lgseeds.com/plant2020 to tell us how you and your students work as a team on a family farm, a neighbor’s farm, or even just in the ag community.

More stories from your area makes your chapter more likely to win, so we encourage you to pass this opportunity along to your students, officers, parents, community and more. Follow LG Seeds on Facebook and Twitter for winner announcements and to hear teamwork stories from around the nation this planting season.

Thank you for your time, and we hope you’ll take this chance to nominate your FFA Chapter to win $1,000! 

Laura Vsetecka  Marketing Communications Coordinator  O: 641.832.7876

  1.  Compeer Financial - Agriculture Education & Classroom Equipment Grant 

Compeer Financial is opening its Agriculture Education and Classroom Equipment Grant Program early! See the attachment for details, or visit our website www.compeer.com/giving-back.

The mission of the Agriculture Education & Classroom Equipment Grant Program is to support agriculture education by funding programs and equipment for high school agriculture classrooms in Compeer Financial’s territory.

Eligible High School Agriculture Programs are those that have not received our grant in the previous two years. Grants are available up to $3,000 per high school. Applications are due April 30, 2020.

Hands-on learning and new technologies are crucial to showing students the limitless potential of agriculture. This grant program is designed to help fund agricultural education and classroom equipment so students have access to modern resources to broaden their perspective of the rapidly changing agricultural industry.

Karen Blatter-Schieler

Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America & Strategic Relationships

Direct: (309) 824-2047  Email: Karen.schieler@compeer.com

**** PREVIOUS Information Shared****

**** WORTH Sharing Again****

CONVENTION Information:

FFA Convention Theme Video Call to Assist 

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 

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

FREE Registration for ALL Delegates  - CHS and Dakota Access Pipeline

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

Cargill to Sponsor the Building Communities Award

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

NEW Convention Schedule

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

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 

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

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

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

Scrapbook 

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

IAVAT:

Golden Owl Certificate Design Contest

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

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:

 National Chapter Award  Application Submission 

  • Click here to submit your 2019 - 2020 National Chapter Award Application.  MUST BE submitted by midnight on May 1, 2020

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

State Proficiency Awards Record Book Submission.  

Click here to submit your District Proficiency Award winner’s record books.

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

Operation Rising Sun

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

Online Judging for State Proficiency Awards

  • Please click here to sign up to judge Proficiency records.  

2020 Officer Award Applications

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

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

Cards Vs. Cubs, Saturday, September 12, 2020

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

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. 

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. 

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

  • 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.  

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

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

 2020 Illinois FFA State Convention Hotel Block Open

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

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 

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

Illinois FFA Alumni Auction - Chapter Baskets

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

Illinois FFA Center:

Illinois FFA Center Survey

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

Ag Ed/FFA State Chats

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

John Edgar Named SIUC College of Ag Outstanding Early Career Alumni

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

Interns for Summer 2020 & Bill Johnson Legislative Intern

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

Registering for Events

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

Office Closings:  

  • March 23, 2020 through April 30, 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

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

Illinois Foundation FFA January 28, 2020 Update

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

Illinois Foundation FFA January Update

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

Illinois Foundation FFA December Update

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

Illinois Foundation FFA November Update

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

2019 - 2020 Local Collection Drive Kickoff Listserv 

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

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.  

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award

  • 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

2020 GROWMARK Essay Contest Results

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

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

National FFA:

National FFA Updates

  • Please find a National FFA report at: https://ffa.box.com/s/m7h4aousg0fk73cubhfji8d2oldhnzci

  • Find a detailed list of updates and additional national information at: https://ffa.box.com/s/m7h4aousg0fk73cubhfji8d2oldhnzci

  • 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/.

***DATES & DEADLINES - Remember***

  • April 9 - Illinois Foundation FFA Annual Meeting - Conference Call/Webinar Meeting 

  • March 23, 2020 through April 30, 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 - Conference Call/Webinar

  • April 15 - Agriscience Fair Application DUE

  • 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 - National Chapter Award Application DUE - ONLINE

  • 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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