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  Mindy Bunselmeyer  7/25/2023 7:00:00 AM  

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***AGAIN this year: any outstanding bills due to the Illinois FFA Center must be paid in full by August 1, 2023.  This includes bills from CDEs, conferences, camp, convention, dues, etc.  Click here for more information.   

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  1.  Two National FFA American Star Finalists from Illinois



  1. Two National FFA American Star Finalists from Illinois

CONGRATULATIONS to American Star Farmer Finalist, Tanner Mickey from the Taylorville FFA Chapter and to American Star in Agricultural Placement Finalist, Lance Moritz from the Streator FFA Chapter.  Lance and Tanner, were both Illinois Stars in 2020.  They were announced during the all-virtual convention, a recognition that was done online and couldn’t do justice to all of their hard work, time, dedication and talent.  I am so happy for them and proud that they will now get the well-earned recognition they deserve and makes this great achievement even more special for these exceptional young men.  We look forward to celebrating them at the 96th National FFA Convention, November 1 -4, 2023

The American Star Awards represent the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. The award recognizes FFA members who have developed outstanding agricultural skills and competencies by completing a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows members to learn by doing. Members can own and operate an agricultural business, intern at an agricultural business, or conduct an agriculture-based scientific experiment and report the results.

Other requirements to achieve the award include demonstrating top management skills; completing key agricultural education, scholastic and leadership requirements; and earning an American FFA Degree, the organization’s highest level of student accomplishment.

A panel of judges will interview the finalists and select one winner from each award category for the 96th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis this fall. The four winners will be announced during the convention.

Visit for more information about the American Star Awards.


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

  • July 31, 2023 - Joint Board Onboarding, Illinois Department of Agriculture

  • August 1, 2023 - Account Balances DUE

  • August 1, 2023 - Joint FFA & IAVAT Board Meeting & EDI Training, Illinois Department of Agriculture

  • August 8-9, 2023 - State FFA Officer Meeting & State Fair Set-Up, Springfield, IL

  • August 10, 2023 - IL State Fair Parade, Springfield, IL

  • August 10-20, 2023 - IL State Fair, Springfield, IL

  • August 11, 2023 - IL State Fair Agriculture Day at the Fair, Springfield, IL

  • August 19, 2023 - St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Tickets Late Fee Begins

  • August 28, 2023 - St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Tickets Registration CLOSES

  • August 29-31, 2023 - Farm Progress Show, Decatur, IL

  • September 1, 2023 - IL FFA Center Closing at 12:30 for Holiday

  • September 4, 2023 - IL FFA Center CLOSED for Labor Day Holiday

  • September 17, 2023 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Game, IL Foundation FFA Fundraiser, Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO

  • September 22, 2023 - Elite Conference, Heartland College, 1500 W Raab Rd, Normal, IL 61761

  • September 23, 2023 - State Horse CDE, Black Hawk College East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Rd, Galva, IL

  • September 30, 2023 - State Forestry CDE, SIU College of Agricultural Sciences, 1205 Lincoln Dr, Carbondale, IL 62901

  • October 1, 2023 - Chapter Strategic Plan DUE - Click here

  • October 9, 2023 - IL FFA Center CLOSED for Holiday

  • November 1-4, 2023 - National FFA Convention, Indianapolis, IN

  • November 10, 2023 - IL FFA Center CLOSED for Holiday

  • November 18, 2023 - State Ag Sales, Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Rd, Springfield, IL 62703

  • November 22, 2023 - IL FFA Center Closing at 12:30 for Holiday

  • November 23-24, 2023 - IL FFA Center CLOSED for Holiday

  • December 9, 2023 - State Agronomy & Dairy Foods CDEs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

Mindy Bunselmeyer
Illinois FFA Center
Phone: 217-753-3328 Cell: 217-412-5646
Address: 3221 Northfield, Springfield, IL 62702
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