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  Mindy Bunselmeyer  11/21/2023 7:00:00 AM  
     
 

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5th & 6th Grade Membership Town Hall

The Illinois FFA Board will be holding a Town Hall before the FFA Board meeting on Thursday, December 14, 2023.  FFA members, advisors, and others are encouraged to provide their testimony in favor or oppose allowing 5th and 6th-grade membership.  

We are asking specifically on the form:  

"What is your stance on middle school membership?" 

  • Allow 5th and 6th grade membership to existing 7th and 8th

  • Allow 6th grade membership (but not 5th) to existing 7th and 8th

  • Keep current membership requirements (7th and 8th)

  • Uncertain

Five pro and five con testimonials will be randomly selected and asked to verbally present their opinions to everyone attending the Town Hall meeting on Thursday, December 14, 2023.  Questions will also be collected and addressed during the Town Hall in order to keep everyone better informed.  During the Town Hall, a straw poll will be taken from everyone in attendance.  The Illinois FFA Board will then review the results of the testimonials and straw poll vote from the Town Hall to determine if a Constitutional Amendment will come before the FFA delegates at the 96th State FFA Convention, in June 2024.  Please click here to provide your testimonials or submit your questions.

 

****NEW Information****

  1. The National Corn Growers Association Supports Three Scholarships

  2. 2023 Illinois FFA Alumni & Supporters Scholarship Winners

  3. National FFA Scholarship Application Now Open

  4. Lyle Orwig International Travel Grant for Agriculture Educators

  5. New Video: Celebrate the 2023-24 National FFA Officers

 

 

  1. The National Corn Growers Association Supports Three Scholarships

Technical School / Community College Scholarship Program - Five $1,000 scholarships for students pursuing a degree at a technical school or community college.

William C. Berg Academic Excellence Scholarship - Five $1,500 scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing degrees in any field, provided by BASF Corporation and NCGA.

Graduate Student Scholarship Program - Two $2,500 scholarships for graduate students whose area of study will benefit the corn sector. 



Click here for the NCGA link where the scholarships are located.  


  1.  2023 Illinois FFA Alumni & Supporters Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2024 Ground Zero Alumni & Supporters Scholarship Winners!

 

FFA Chapter

First Name

Last Name

Blue Ridge

Presley

Hardesty

Cambridge

Maxwell

Baum

Cisne

Addisyn

Hutchcraft

Edwards County

Chase

Shelton

Eldorado

Aidan

Dunaway

Flanagan-Cornell

Josie

Hart

Galena

Claire

Oberbroeckling

Geneseo

Peyton

Kies

Marissa

Rylee

Klingeman

Maroa-Forsyth

LeeAnn

Agee

Mt. Vernon

Shaylen

Rowland

Nashville

Jayla

Ledford

Neoga

Shania

Smith

Newark

Hannah

Severson

North Clay

Ava

Fleener

Rockridge

Presley

Johnson

Sterling

Madison

Stern

Streator

Emylia

Summers

Trico Campbell Hill

Maggie

Beaty-Dingus

Unity-Mendon

Abigail

Hildebrand

Williamsfield

Hannah

Gehring


Congratulations to the 2024 WLC Alumni & Supporters Scholarhip Winners!


FFA Chapter

First Name

Last Name

Athens

Lillie

Willis

Bushnell-Prairie City

Madeline

Young

Central @ Breese

Cara

Carrillion

Cisne

Joshua

Biggs

Flanagan-Cornell

Trevor

Brown

Macomb

Masyn

Riggins

Mattoon

Savannah

Cole

Neoga

Macy

Moran

New Berlin

Miley

Crow

Olney FFA

Owen

Kocher

Sandoval

Kiera

Taylor

Streator

Kiana

Hawthorne

Tri-Valley

Zoey

McCartney

Waterloo

Macy

Calloway

Williamsfield

Owen

Rigg


  1. National FFA Scholarship Application Now Open

Whether you are pursuing a trade school, vocational certificate or a two-year or four-year degree, don’t miss your chance to apply for a National FFA Scholarship to help with your next steps in education. If you are a senior FFA member in high school or an FFA Alumni in college, just one application is required for multiple scholarship opportunities totaling nearly $2.5 million. Apply today application closes Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024.  

 

  1. Lyle Orwig International Travel Grant for Agriculture Educators: Application Closes Next Week

The FFA Advisor International Grant is designed to help an FFA advisor travel and experience agriculture on a global level through international travel. National FFA will award three $5,400 grants to a current FFA advisor. The funds will be awarded by Sunday, Dec. 31, with international travel expected anytime between Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2024. Applications are due Wednesday, Nov. 15, with award notification by Tuesday, Dec. 5. Apply today.

  1. New Video: Celebrate the 2023-24 National FFA Officers

It was one of the biggest moments in their FFA careers, and we were there to capture the excitement.

 

**** PREVIOUS Information Shared - WORTH Sharing Again****

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

  • November 20-21, 2023 - BUILD Conference, ISU, Bone Center, 200 N University St, Normal, IL

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

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

  • November 25, 2023 - Mandatory Registration closes for State Dairy Foods CDE

  • November 25, 2023 - Early Bird Registration closes for State Agronomy CDE

  • November 28 - December 2, 2023 - NAAE/ACTE Conference, Phoenix, AZ

  • November 24, 2023 - Special Accommodations Form DUE for State Dairy Foods and State Agronomy CDEs to IL FFA Center 

  • December 1-4, 2023 - IAA Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, Palmer House, Chicago, IL

  • December 1, 2023 - IL FFA Alumni & Supporters Roster & Dues DUE

  • December 4 - 8, 2023 - Chapter Visits in Sections 3, 5, 10, and 25

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

  • December 14, 2023 - Virtual FFA Board Meeting

  • December 21, 2023 - Illinois FFA Center Closes at 12:30 p.m. for the Christmas/New Year’s Holidays

  • December 22, 2023  to January 2, 2024 - Christmas/New Year’s Holiday – IL FFA Center Closed

  • January 5, 2024 - American FFA Degree Mandatory Intents DUE

  • January 5, 2024 - Tentative IAVAT/FFA Joint Board Meeting, IL FFA Center

  • January 5, 2024 - IL FFA Alumni & Supporters Annual Meeting Registration Closes

  • January 6, 2024 - Tentative IAVAT Section Chairs Meeting, IL FFA Center

  • January 10, 2024 - CREW Meeting, Virtual, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

  • January 12, 2024 - Ground Zero Conference Registration ENDS & Food Allergies/Special Meal Form DUE

  • January 12, 2024 - Tentative ICAE Meeting

  • January 15, 2024 - American FFA Degree Applications DUE

  • January 15, 2024 - IL FFA Center CLOSED for Holiday

  • January 19-20, 2024 - IL FFA Alumni & Supporters Annual Meeting & Auction, President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E Adams St, Springfield, IL

  • January 22-23, 2024 - Ground Zero Conference, Northfield Inn & Suites,  3280 Northfield Dr, Springfield, IL 62702

  • January 26-27, 2024 - Ground Zero Conference, Southern Illinois University, 1263 Lincoln Dr, Carbondale, IL 62901

  • January 30, 2024 - Spring PAS Conference Registration DUE

  • January 31, 2024 - Deadline for Foundation Program & Stage Recognition for Sponsorship and Collections 

  • January 31, 2024 - Ground Zero Conference, 2 Sites:  Joliet Junior College, Main Campus, U Building - Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL& WIU, 1 University Cir, Macomb, IL 61455

  • February 5-7-, 2024 - American Degree Interviews, FFA Center, Springfield

  • February 8, 2024 - Spring PAS Conference, Heartland Community College, 1500 W Raab Rd, Normal, IL 61761

  • February 13, 2024 - FFA Board Virtual Meeting, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

  • February 17, 2024 - Tentative State FFA Officer Candidate & Parent Orientation, IL FFA Center, Springfield

  • February 17, 2024 - State Meats Evaluation & Technology & Veterinary Science CDEs Early Bird Registration Ends

  • February 17, 2024 - State Ag Ed Lesson Plans DUE

  • February 17-25, 2024 - National FFA Week

  • February 23, 2024 - Special Accommodations Form DUE for State Meats & Vet Science CDEs to IL FFA Center 

  • February 27, 2024 - Virtual FFA Board Meeting, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

  • March 2024 - Tentative Ag Legislative Day

  • March 1, 2024 - IL FFA Alumni & Supporters Rosters & Dues DUE 

  • March 1, 2024 - Sam Taylor Scholarship Applications DUE

  • March 1, 2024 - IL FFA Alumni & Supporters Camp Scholarship Application & Letter of Recommendation DUE

  • March 2, 2024 - State Meats & State Vet Science & Ag Ed CDEs, University Of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Stock Pavilion, 1380-1476 W Pennsylvania Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

  • March 2-3, 2024 - Tentative State Officer Meeting, IL FFA Center, Springfield

  • March 2-3, 2024 - Products Expo, IL State Fairgrounds, Springfield

  • March 6, 2024 - District Proficiencies

  • March 8, 2024 - ICAE Meeting

  • March 9, 2024 - IL FFA Alumni & Supporters Council Meeting, Springfield

  • March 12, 2024 - Virtual IAVAT Board Meeting, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

  • March 13, 2024 - CREW Meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

  • March 13-15, 2024 - Tentative National PAS Conference in Illinois

  • March 20-24, 2024 - National MANRRS Conference, Chicago, IL

  • March 22, 2024 - Mandatory Registration ENDS for State Dairy Cattle/Handlers CDE

  • March 22, 2024 - Special Accommodations Form DUE for State Dairy Cattle/Handlers CDE

  • March 22-23, 2024 - State Officer Meeting

  • March 23, 2024 - State Awards Day

  • March 23, 2024 - Mandatory Registration ENDS State Food Science 

  • March 23, 2024 - Special Accommodations Form DUE for State Food Science CDE

  • March 28, 2024 - IL FFA Center Closing at 12:30 p.m. for Holiday

  • March 29, 2024 - IL FFA Center Closed for Good Friday

  • April 1, 2024 - National Chapter Application DUE

  • April 5, 2024 - State Dairy Cattle/Handlers CDE, Kaskaskia College, 27210 College Rd, Centralia, IL 62801

  • April 5, 2024 - State Livestock Reasons Mandatory Registration CLOSES

  • April 5, 2024 - State Horticulture CDE Mandatory Registration CLOSES

  • April 5, 2024 - Early Bird Registration Ends for State Livestock Non-Reasons & State Poultry CDEs

  • April 6, 2024 - State Food Science CDE, SIU College of Agricultural Sciences, 1205 Lincoln Dr, Carbondale, IL 62901

  • April 9, 2024 - Spring Middle School Conference Registration CLOSES & Food Allergies/Special Meals Form DUE for Spring Middle School Conferences

  • April 10, 2024 - IAVAT Board Meeting, Tentative, IL FFA Center

  • April 12, 2024 - Special Accommodations Form DUE for State Livestock, Horticulture, & Poultry CDEs to IL FFA Center 

  • April 15, 2024 - Illinois Foundation FFA Annual Meeting, IL FFA Center, Springfield

  • April 15, 2024 - Results Due for Parliamentary Procedure & Conduct of Chapter Meetings

  • April 15, 2024 - Illinois FFA Agriscience Fair Applications DUE

  • April 15, 2024 - Eldon Witt Student Teaching Scholarship Applications DUE

  • April 16, 2024 - FFA Board Meeting, IL FFA Center, Springfield

  • April 17, 2024 - State Ag Business Management Early Bird Registration Closes

  • April 18, 2024 - State Ag Mechanics Mandatory Registration Closes & Results DUE

  • April 18, 2024 - State Ag Mechanics CDE Waiver DUE

  • April 19, 2024 - State Livestock & Poultry CDEs, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Stock Pavilion, 1402 W Pennsylvania Ave, Urbana, IL

  • April 19, 2024 - State Horticulture CDE, Parkland College, 2400 W Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL 61821

  • April 23, 2024 - Virtual IAVAT Administrative Council Meeting, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

  • April 23, 2024 - Spring Middle School Conference, Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Rd, Springfield, IL 

  • April 24, 2024 - Special Accommodations Form DUE for State Ag Mechanics CDE, Parliamentary Procedure, & Conduct of Chapter Meetings to IL FFA Center 

  • April 24, 2024 - Spring Middle School Conference, Sauk Valley Community College, 173 IL-2, Dixon, IL 61021

  • April 25, 2024 - Spring Middle School Conference, Rend Lake College, 468 North Ken Gray Pkwy, Ina, IL 62846

  • April 27, 2024 - IL FFA State Officer Candidate Selection Committee, Springfield Tentative

  • May 2024 - Tentative Illinois Envirothon, Allerton Park, 4-H Camp Ground, Monticello, IL

  • May 1, 2024 - State Ag Business Management CDE, District Sites TBA

  • May 2, 2024 - State Ag Mechanics CDE, Parliamentary Procedure, and Conduct of Chapter Meetings, Illinois Central College, East Peoria Campus, 1 College Dr, East Peoria, IL 61635

  • May 10, 2024 - ICAE Meeting

  • May 15, 2024 - Virtual IAVAT Board Meeting, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

  • May 15, 2024 - District Job Interview, District Public Speaking & Greenhand Quizbowl Section Results DUE

  • May 21, 2024 - Virtual FFA Board Meeting, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

  • May 22, 2024 - FY25 Section Fair Contracts MANDATORY DUE

  • May 24, 2024 - IL FFA Center Closing at 2:30 p.m. for Memorial Day Holiday

  • May 27, 2024 - IL FFA Center Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

  • May 28, 2024 - State Ag Issues CDE Mandatory Registration ENDS & Materials DUE

  • May 28, 2024 - Job Interview & Public Speaking Materials DUE

  • May 28-29, 2024 - State FFA Officer Meeting, IL FFA Center, Springfield

  • May 29, 2024 - IL FFA Convention Business Session, Virtual

  • June 7, 2024 - Ag Communications Mandatory Registration & Materials DUE to Lincoln Land Community College

  • June 10, 2024 - Ag Communications & Ag Issues, Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Rd, Springfield, IL 62703

  • June 11-13, 2024 - State FFA Convention, BOS Center, Springfield, IL

  • June 11, 2024 - Job Interview & Public Speaking LDEs at State FFA Convention

  • June 12, 2024 - Greenhand Quizbowl, State FFA Convention

  • June 13, 2024 - IL FFA Alumni & Supporters Raffle Drawing, 1:00 p.m.

  • June 13-14, 2024 - State FFA Officer Meeting, IL FFA Center, Springfield

  • TBA - IAVAT Board & Section Chairs Meeting, SIU-Carbondale

  • TBA - IAVAT Conference, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

  • June 2024 - Tentative IL FFA WLC Trip, Washington, D.C.

  • July 2024 - Tentative IL FFA Leadership Camp, Allerton Park, 4-H Camp, Monticello

  • July 3, 2024 - IL FFA Center Closing at 12:30 p.m. for Holiday

  • July 4, 2024 - IL FFA Center Closed for 4th of July

  • July 8-12, 2024 - State Officer Meeting


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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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