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  Mindy Bunselmeyer  2/23/2021 7:00:00 AM  
     
 

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HAPPY NATIONAL FFA WEEK!

Be sure to join us Friday, February 25, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. to wrap up 2021 National FFA Weekby spending time with our very own Miss Miriam Hoffman the 2020-2021 National FFA Eastern Region Vice President?  

Join us via Zoom on Friday, February 25, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST. 


Topic: Miriam - National FFA Week Visit

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://ffa-org.zoom.us/j/91690693785?pwd=MU9qTGp2KzBNUzZOTElkMVNrSHZGdz09

 

HELPFUL HINTS:  State & American FFA Degrees, Illinois Proficiencies & Stars  2021 CLICK HERE

Items in this listserv:

****NEW Information****

  1. 2021 Ag Legislative Day Items

  2. Illinois Corn Marketing Boards Supports Your Local Chapter

  3. National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA 2021-2022 Application

  4. The National FFA Organization is currently seeking candidates for the position of Chief Financial Officer

  5.  ILLINOIS PORK PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

  6.  Student Privacy (SOPPA) Compliance Resources

  7.  Culver’s Essay Contest

 

 


  1.  2021 Ag Legislative Day Items

The Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Commodity Organizations, and the Illinois FFA still plan to contribute items and assemble baskets for the legislators this year.  We are inviting FFA Chapters and/or  FFA members to contribute items to the 2021 baskets.  If you are interested in showing off either your SAE skills or skills gained in agriculture classes this is a great opportunity.  It could be something that your student makes as an SAE or potentially items that your students make in agricultural mechanics classes. Please note that items to contribute should not be fragile or perishable. Any potential food items to be contributed would have to be made in a certified kitchen and approved in advance by Illinois FFA and IDOA ensuring safety and quality of products contributed. We have a potential sponsor offering funds to help cover the cost of making the items, as well as getting them shipped to the Illinois FFA Center. 


Please click here to complete the form to let us know your interest in contributing.  Information that we are gathering in the form includes:  

  1. Size of the item

  2. Weight of the item

  3. Approximate cost to make the item

  4. How many your class or your student could make by mid-March, 2021?  


All items must be in hand by March 22, 2021.  Once we know how many items FFA chapters or students are interested in contributing, we can let you know what percentage of the costs we can help to offset. We would hope to try to fully cover costs or as little as 50% of the cost, again, we won’t know that until we actually know how many chapters or students are interested.  


Please complete this form NO LATER than March 5, 2021.

 

2.  Illinois Corn Marketing Boards Supports Your Local Chapter

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is pledging donations to your local FFA chapter! Beginning in mid-March this program will again work to bring awareness of potential nutrient loss while supporting agriculture. When a farmer anonymously submits the results of his/her nitrate test strip online, they may select any Illinois FFA chapter to receive a $5 donation made by the ICMB.

You are welcome to get involved as much or as little as you like, but we wanted to make you aware of the opportunity to increase funding to your FFA chapter by encouraging IL Corn Growers Association members to submit these water tests and choose your FFA from the list.  The offer is being mailed only to ICGA members. If there are farmers in your area that wish to become members, they can do that on the IL Corn website as well.

If you have questions about this program, please submit them to Megan Dwyer at mdwyer@ilcorn.org.

3.  National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA 2021-2022 Application

We’re seeking teachers interested in helping to share National FFA educational resources and opportunities within their state while offering feedback and ideas. Becoming a National Teacher Ambassador for FFA provides opportunities for peer-to-peer discussions, presentations, and networking throughout the school year. Ambassadors attend a virtual, intensive training during the summer, deliver workshops on National FFA resources and opportunities, promote resources on social media and provide feedback to the National FFA Organization. Learn more about the program (including detailed responsibilities and expectations) and to complete the application soon! The deadline to apply is March 10, 2021.  

 

4.  The National FFA Organization is currently seeking candidates for the position of Chief Financial Officer

 

View and apply for the position here Chief Executive Officer Position or contact Denise Weathersbe at dweathersbe@ffa.org.  National FFA Organization offers competitive pay and benefits and is an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

  1.  ILLINOIS PORK PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

 

The Illinois Pork Producers Association proudly awards nine students with a scholarship each school year. Three Levels are awarded: (3) Gold Scholarships at $2,000 each; (3) Silver Scholarships at $1,500 each; (3) Bronze Scholarships at $1,000 each. Funding for these scholarships is made possible through the Keppy Foundation. Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or be enrolling to begin in the Fall of 2020 to be eligible. IPPA Scholarships are open to students pursuing any undergraduate degree at any two-year or four-year college. Previous winners may apply again. Applications may be submitted via mail or email. DUE MARCH 1, 2021.

 

RYAN & FRIENDS SCHOLARSHIP

 

IPPA hosts the Ryan & Friends Scholarship each year, which is sponsored by the Purebred Swine Council. This scholarship will award a total of four $2,000 scholarships. Applicants must be an undergraduate at a university/college or community college for the fall semester 2020. Applicants must also have been a 4-H or FFA member. Students applying for the Ryan and Friends Scholarship must complete an application form and a typed essay identifying the reason they want to pursue a career in production agriculture, as well as provide transcripts, list of achievements & activities, and statement of financial need. Top applicants will be called in for interviews by the Ryan & Friends Scholarship committee. DUE MARCH 1, 2021.

 

 

ADAM FESSER SCHOLARSHIP

IPPA hosts the Adam Fesser scholarship each year, which is sponsored by the Mid-Illinois Pork Producers Association. One award of $1,000 will be given. Applicants must be an undergraduate at a university/college or community college for the fall semester 2020. Applicants must also have been a 4-H or FFA member and an Illinois resident. Students applying for the Adam Fesser Scholarship must complete an application form and a typed essay identifying the reason they want to pursue a career in agriculture, as well as provide transcripts, list of achievements & activities, and statement of financial need. Applications will be reviewed by the Adam Fesser Scholarship Committee to determine the winner. Applications may be submitted via mail or email. If you have previously won this scholarship you are not eligible to apply again. DUE MARCH 1, 2021.


  1.  Student Privacy (SOPPA) Compliance Resources

Some inquiries have been fielded by Agricultural Education state staff concerning upcoming changes to student privacy laws (SOPPA). This email contains links to some helpful resources as each District works to ensure they are in compliance. To begin, the Learning Technology Center of Illinois has some helpful resources that provide a general overview of the upcoming changes and requirements. They are linked below. The LTC has also developed the Illinois Student Data Privacy Alliance, a free consortium that allows school districts to access management tools and resources for data privacy agreements. Many districts have already uploaded standing agreements to this database for commonly used venders. Schools can become members of the alliance for free and gain access to those agreements already established and shared by other schools. A template has been created by LTC (CLICK HERE) that districts can use as a model to draft agreements with service providers. Other than the standing agreements between venders and school districts, SOPPA also requires that school districts use reasonable security practices. LTC is working with districts to address those concerns. More information on this is found by clicking here. Please share this information with your district administrators if you have further questions.

 

General Student Privacy Information Resources:

Summary of Student Privacy Laws

Summary of SOPPA

Video Introduction of SOPPA

Here is a brief on SOPPA from an Illinois-based educational law firm (CLICK HERE).

Here is an article from IL Association of School Boards on SOPPA (CLICK HERE).


  1.  Culver’s Essay Contest

To celebrate National FFA Week, Culver’s will be launching the FFA Essay Contest, where members can win up to $7,500 for their chapters. Enter by April 19 by writing an essay addressing a topic chosen by Culver's. The contest is part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers Project and goes live on Feb. 22. Find details here.


**** PREVIOUS Information Shared****

**** WORTH Sharing Again****

Career Development Events:  

Spring Virtual Contest Updates

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

States Collide Agronomy Contest

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

Ag Issues Clarification

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

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)

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

IAVAT:

Membership Memos

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

 

IAVAT Mentorship Program

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

IAVAT Dues/Donations

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

 IAVAT Committees

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

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

    • Click here to view the listserv message sent by John Edgar 2/4/2021

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

Illinois FFA:

Virtual Ag Legislative "Day"

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

State Awards Day Judges 

  • Click here to sign up as a 2021 Illinois FFA Proficiency State Awards Day judge.  

National Chapter Award (NCA) Judges Needed

  • Click here if you are willing or interested in judging the National Chapter Award Applications.

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

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Task Force Sign Up 

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

Top 10 Section President Award

Chapter President Awards

2021 Illinois FFA State Convention Talent Application

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

Sam Taylor Scholarship Application - DUE March 1

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

Eldon Witt Scholarship Application - DUE May 15

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

Honorary Illinois FFA State Degree

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

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

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

Selection Committee - Students NEEDED!

  • Click here to view listserv sent from the FFA Center 

Illinois Students Earn SAE Grants

  • Click here to view listserv sent from the FFA Center 

 

Illinois FFA Board Updates from 12/10/2020 Meeting

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

Illinois FFA Officer SAE Video - Click here 

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

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

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

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

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

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

Section CDE Registration Reminder

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

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 

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

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

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters:

Illinois FFA Alumni & Supporters ONLINE Auction during National FFA Week

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

 Illinois FFA Alumni Ranger Raffle 

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

Alumni Update - August 2020

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

Illinois FFA Alumni Annual Meeting & Auction Update 

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

Illinois FFA Center:

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

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

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

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

Illinois FFA Center Student Worker 

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

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

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

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

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

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

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

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

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

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

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

Illinois Foundation FFA:

CLARIFICATION - 2020-2021 Local Collection Drive Deadline 

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from Riley Duckworth

2020 - 2021 Local Collection Drive Certificates

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from Riley Duckworth

#GivingTuesday Success - Thank you!

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from Riley Duckworth

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

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from Riley Duckworth

Illinois Foundation FFA October Update

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from Riley Duckworth

2019 - 2020 Illinois Foundation FFA Annual Report 

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

Industry Friends of agricultural education posts:

GROWMARK System Offering Pollinator Garden Program 

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Announces 2021 Scholarship Opportunities 

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

Wayne Wackerlin Memorial Fund Yearly Grants

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

 

44th Annual American Youth Horse Council Symposium

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

ELEVATE Illinois

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

Illinois Soybean Association and Illinois FFA - 2021 Arbor Day Collaboration 

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

GROWMARK Announces 2021 Illinois Essay Contest Winner

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

Farmers for America

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

Compeer Financial Scholarship OPEN - DUE March 15, 2021

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

New Apprenticeship Program Seeks to Fill Employment Gap

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

GROWMARK Foundation Awards FFA Jackets

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 


HELP is NEEDED with COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center

National FFA:

National FFA Update

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

National FFA Convention Awards

  • Click here to view the listserv sent from the FFA Center 

***DATES & DEADLINES - Remember***


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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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