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  Virtual Ag Legislative Day, Pollinators Program, NCA Judges Needed, State Awards Day Judges Sign-up  
  Mindy Bunselmeyer  2/16/2021 7:00:00 AM  
     
 

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Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Task Force Sign Up 

Please take a moment to complete the following form as your application to express interest in serving on the Illinois FFA and Agricultural Education Family Inclusion & Diversity Task Force.  Any interested FFA members or Advisors are welcome to serve.  

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Items in this listserv:

****NEW Information****

  1. Virtual Ag Legislative "Day"

  2. GROWMARK System Offering Pollinator Garden Program 

  3. National Chapter Award (NCA) Judges Needed

  4. State Awards Day Judges 


  1.  Virtual Ag Legislative "Day"

While we know that Ag Legislative Day will look different this year, we are excited to connect many of our amazing chapters with legislators via virtual meetings the week of March 22-26, 2021. If you are interested in scheduling a meeting with your chapter to connect with legislators, please submit the brief form here.

We are continuing to work with the Illinois Department of Agriculture to coordinate other aspects of Ag Legislative "Day" and will share those as they are finalized.

  1.  GROWMARK System Offering Pollinator Garden Program 

Honey bees and other pollinators play an important role in the agricultural ecosystem. These same pollinators are under stress from a number of factors: pests, disease, lack of habitat, and more. The GROWMARK System would like to help 4-H clubs do their part to help sustain and increase honey bee populations. 

This is the sixth year of the program, open to 4-H clubs, Ag in the Classroom groups, and FFA chapters in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Groups who previously participated in the program have been automatically re-enrolled.

Organizations are asked to locate a public place and secure permission to plant a pollinator garden prior to filling out an application. This could be in a park, near a school, along a well-traveled road, at the county fairgrounds, or any visible location. GROWMARK will provide enough seed to plant approximately a 700 square foot area, as well as educational signage to be placed around the garden. 

“Nearly 200 youth organizations have been part of the program since 2016,” said Karen Jones, GROWMARK Youth and Young Producer Specialist. “Growing the number of pollinator gardens this year will help provide even more habitat for bees and other beneficial pollinator species.”

Clubs wishing to participate should fill out the online application by March 12, 2021: http://bit.ly/2021GMKPollinator Questions may be directed to Karen Jones, kjones@growmark.com or 309-557-6184.

GROWMARK is a regional cooperative providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services throughout North America. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. More information is available at www.growmark.com

  1. National Chapter Award (NCA) Judges Needed

Calling all interested Ag Teachers and friends - if you happen to be interested in volunteering to judge Round 1 or Round 2, please take time to serve a judge.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the National Chapter Award application process and what quality National Chapter Award applications look like. This is a great opportunity for all teachers and friends to see what amazing things are taking place through FFA Chapters around the state.  All volunteers are welcome!  

 

Please make sure that your Section is represented, take time to talk as a Section to ensure someone from your Section serves as a judge. 

Click here if you are willing or interested in judging the National Chapter Award Applications.  Round 1 judging will take place online, it will begin April 19, 2021 and is to be completed by April 23, 2021.  Round 2 judging will also take place online and begins on April 28, 2021 and is to be completed by May 4, 2021. 

Round 1 Judges will score all three activities in an area.  (Instead of previous years of answering yes and no questions) Round 1 judging, this year judges will actually give scores to the area the are assigned to judge; for example Growing Leaders and are expected to score all three activities in that area for a set number of applications.  The number of applications each judge will be asked to score will depend on both the number of judges we have and applications submitted.

After Round 1 judging is concluded, applications will be sorted again and then place into the appropriate list in AET to then be shared and scored with those who judge Round 2. 

Both Round 1 and Round 2 scoring will be conducted via AET and the electronic scoring system.  

  1.  State Awards Day Judges 

State Proficiency Awards Day will take place virtually on Saturday, March 27, 2021.  We are asking any and all interested teachers to sign up now for your preferred time of day and the areas that you would like to judge.  All judging requests must be submitted by Wednesday, March 17, 2021.  This will allow time for names and areas to be placed in the AET electronic scoring system.  All assigned judges will be emailed score sheets and codes by Saturday, March 20, 2021.  Click here to sign up as a 2021 Illinois FFA Proficiency State Awards Day judge.  

 


**** PREVIOUS Information Shared****

**** WORTH Sharing Again****

Career Development Events:  

Spring Virtual Contest Updates

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States Collide Agronomy Contest

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Ag Issues Clarification

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Ag Sales Product - Now Available

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center on 9/8/2020

2020 Illinois FFA CDE Schedule (2021 CDE Schedule TBA)

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IAVAT:

Membership Memos

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IAVAT Mentorship Program

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IAVAT Dues/Donations

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 IAVAT Committees

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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 = Click here for listserv from FFA Center to collect feedback

PAS: 

  • 2021 PAS Conference Details

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  • Officers - President - Gwen Heimerdinger, 1st Vice-President - Ryan Reeverts, 2nd Vice-President - Rob Janssen, 3rd Vice-President - Mazi Walker

Illinois FFA:

FFA Board Updates - February 5, 20221 FFA Board Meeting - Minutes

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Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Task Force Sign Up 

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Top 10 Section President Award

Chapter President Awards

2021 Illinois FFA State Convention Talent Application

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Sam Taylor Scholarship Application - DUE March 1

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Eldon Witt Scholarship Application - DUE May 15

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Honorary Illinois FFA State Degree

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Application for Illinois FFA Major State Officer - DUE March 1, 2021

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Selection Committee - Students NEEDED!

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Illinois Students Earn SAE Grants

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Illinois FFA Board Updates from 12/10/2020 Meeting

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Illinois FFA Officer SAE Video - Click here 

FFA Board Updates/Reminders - 12/1/2020 Listserv

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Illinois FFA Board Updates - NEW Information - MUST Read** - 11/3/2020 Listserv

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Leadership Training School Speeches - Click here for a document that has reflective questions that you can use with each of the Leadership Training School (LTS) speeches. 

Opening Ceremonies 

  • The major state officers have also added FFA Opening Ceremonies for each Section featuring your Section President as the State FFA Sentinel on https://www.youtube.com/user/ILAgEd  

Illinois FFA Chapter Files

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Section CDE Registration Reminder

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2020 National FFA Results for Agriscience, National Chapter Award and Proficiency Results

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center ~ Click Here to view the full results for all of our Illinois FFA Entries.  

Illinois FFA State Officer Team Updates 

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Tallo-AET SAE Grant Winners

  • Click here to view the listserv message about Olivia Charles, West Carroll FFA

  • Click here to view the listserv message about Dennis Wollin, South Central FFA

FFA Board Updates - August 2020

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Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters:

Illinois FFA Alumni & Supporters ONLINE Auction during National FFA Week

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 Illinois FFA Alumni Ranger Raffle 

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Alumni Update - August 2020

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Illinois FFA Alumni Annual Meeting & Auction Update 

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Illinois FFA Center:

Celebrate our Staff - Jannette Allotey, Proudly Serving Illinois FFA Center since February 1, 2018 

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Illinois FFA Center Summer Intern and the Bill Johnson Memorial Legislative Internship Job Postings

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Illinois FFA Center Student Worker 

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Congratulate & Celebrate our Staff - Lori Nelson, Proudly Serving Illinois FFA Center since November 16, 2001

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How to Pay Account Balances with a Credit Card  - For Teachers

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Celebrate our Staff - Patti Davis, Proudly Serving Illinois FFA Center since August 23, 2010

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Celebrate our Staff - John Edgar, Proudly Serving Illinois FFA Center since July 6, 2015

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Celebrate our Staff - Tammy Yard, Proudly Serving Illinois FFA Center since April 30, 2007

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Illinois Foundation FFA:

CLARIFICATION - 2020-2021 Local Collection Drive Deadline 

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2020 - 2021 Local Collection Drive Certificates

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#GivingTuesday Success - Thank you!

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Prairie Farms Helps Support the Illinois Foundation FFA through the Our Caps, Your Cause Program

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Illinois Foundation FFA October Update

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2019 - 2020 Illinois Foundation FFA Annual Report 

  • Click here to view the 2019 - 2020 Illinois Foundation FFA Report

Industry Friends of agricultural education posts:

Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Announces 2021 Scholarship Opportunities 

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Wayne Wackerlin Memorial Fund Yearly Grants

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44th Annual American Youth Horse Council Symposium

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ELEVATE Illinois

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Illinois Soybean Association and Illinois FFA - 2021 Arbor Day Collaboration 

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GROWMARK Announces 2021 Illinois Essay Contest Winner

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Farmers for America

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Compeer Financial Scholarship OPEN - DUE March 15, 2021

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New Apprenticeship Program Seeks to Fill Employment Gap

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GROWMARK Foundation Awards FFA Jackets

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HELP is NEEDED with COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma

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National FFA:

National FFA Update

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National FFA Convention Awards

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***DATES & DEADLINES - Remember***

May 15, 2021 - Eldon Witt Scholarship Application DUE
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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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