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Register at - Conference is for 8th - 10th Grades.  Please see this document for all registration information, addresses to the event, hotels, etc.  Any updates will be in that document.

Official Dress for the Students & Business Casual for the Advisors.

Dates:  January 28-29, 2022 - SIU (Limit 400 Students) & WIU (Limited 200 Students);    February 4-5, 2022 - U of I, Champaign (Limited 400 Students)

Time: Friday 10:00 a.m. (Updated) - 5:00 p.m. (with optional evening activities Friday night to allow some chapters to commute if you are not allowed to stay overnight) & Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  

Advisors:  Professional Development will be offered. If the Advisor(s) are not wanting to attend PD they must register as a Chaperone, but you cannot switch to Professional Development on-site because our meal counts will already be turned in by then.

Chaperones/Helpers for Disability Students:  Please register your chaperone(s) and any helpers for students that require help with their health.

Alumni Scholarship Winners:  Please do not put your alumni scholarship winner in your total count of students, please complete the line by site so that you are not charged for the scholarship winner.

Cost:  Student(s) - $125

Cost:  Advisor(s) Professional Development and/or Chaperones - $75

Registration Closes:  Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Participation Form/COVID-19 Waiver:    2 Pages will need to be signed by Students & Parents:   IL FFA Participation Form & COVID-19 Waiver (Student/Parent Signatures).  Please upload to the 2022 Ground Zero Conference Registration Document Area before the event or bring the waivers to the conference.  

COVID-19 Waiver updated 1-13-2022.  Negative COVID-19 Test only required if exposed in their household within the last 30 days.

Upload Instructions:

Event Registration

2022 Ground Zero Conference (if the registration is closed, the registration is located under Past Events)

Arrow down to the bottom and upload under Documents.  

Choose File/Upload

Patti Davis will approve or reject the waivers.  If rejected, you will receive an email.

Please note that if we do not have the waivers on the day of the event then the students cannot participate in the conference.

Sending Students with Other Schools:  Please email with the school/teacher that is liable for your students.

Hopper Funds:  Please email Tammy Yard at if you'd like to check/use Hopper Funds to help pay for this registration.  

Census Money & WLC Refunds: This money is already in your FFA Account and the balance from this registration will automatically subtract from the total due.  If you have any questions, please email

Food Allergies/Vegetarian Options: Please complete the google form for any food allergies/vegetarian meals for anyone attending the event.  After completing this google form and the advisor/student is no longer attending, please email Patti Davis at so that we can cancel this special request.

Trading Post: Please utilize after the registration closes to buy/sell registrations.  Please note the school buying your registrations must pay you directly and you still pay the IL FFA Center for the registrations that you registered for initially.

Event/Registration/Waivers’ Questions:  Please contact Patti Davis,, or call (217) 753-3328 Ext. 107.

Payment Questions:  Please contact Jannette Allotey,

Hotel Room Blocks by Site:  Room Blocks close on Different Dates, so please book rooms as soon as you can.

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale - January 28-29, 2022 :

Holiday Inn & Conference Center Room Block:  Code GZC ($89 Plus Tax) - Checks are accepted at the hotel, but must be at the hotel by January 21, 2022 (7-days before checking in to the hotel).   Room Block Closes on January 12, 2022

Holiday Inn and Conference Center - 618-549-2600; 2300 Reed Station Parkway, Carbondale, IL 62901

Hampton Inn, Carbondale:  Code GZC - 618-549-6900 - Schools Checks are Allowed 7-Days Before Check-In - Room Block Closes on January 12, 2022

2175 Reed Station Parkway, Carbondale, IL 62901

2 Students per Room - $84 plus Tax; 4 Students per Room - $94 plus Tax


Western Illinois University, Macomb - January 28-29, 2022 :  



Hampton Inn & Suites:  1639 E Jackson, Macomb, IL 61455 - $119 plus tax; Room Block Closes on January 12, 2022    309-837-6000 - Please call the hotel for reservations and mention IL FFA Ground Zero Conference.



Best Western:   309-836-6700 - Credit Card Only; 1655 E Jackson St., Macomb, IL 61455.  2 Queen-$98.99 w/tax $109.88; 2 King Beds-$103.99 w/tax $115.43


Must call to make Reservations:   IL FFA Ground Zero Conference Room Block.  Room Block Closes January 3, 2022



Super 8:  309-836-8888; Credit Card Only - 313 University Avenue, Macomb, IL 61455

2 to a Room - $76.50 plus tax; 4 to a Room - $86.50 plus tax


Must call to make Reservations:  IL FFA Ground Zero Conference Room Block.  Room Block Closes January 15, 2022


University of Illinois, Champaign - February 4-5, 2022

I-Hotel Champaign (February 4-5, 2022): $129 Plus Tax (Deluxe King);

$139 Plus Tax (2 Queens)  1900 S First St., Champaign, IL 61820.  217-819-5000

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