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Wisconsin FFA Update - News In Brief
1.         National FFA Week February 22-29 and Materials Available For Your Chapter!!!!
2.         Apply Proper Postage to Envelopes and Packages
3.         Congratulations Wisconsin FFA Alumni!!
4.         Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
5.         Proficiency Applications are Due Postmarked Monday, February 24, 2020        
6.         Proficiency Declaration Form Needed with Member Applications - Due Monday February 24, 2020
7.         Judges Needed for March 6-7 Proficiency Award Judging - Hotel Reservations Due By Thursday, February 20
8.          212 and EDGE Conference Online Registration Due February 26, 2020    
9           Final FFA Membership Due March 2 - Don't Miss this Deadline!!!
10.        American Degree Eligibility
11.        American Degree Application Submission to Wisconsin FFA Center
12.        Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Applications Due Postmarked Monday, March 23, 2020
13.        Wisconsin FFA Foundation FFA Chapter Grants Available Due Postmarked Monday, March 23, 2020
14.        Graduate at Semester Time? Eligibility for Participation in FFA
15.        Get your Students Ready for the 2020 Wisconsin FFA Agriscience Fair
16.        State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
17.        Quote of the Week
1.         National FFA Week February 22-29 and Materials Available For Your Chapter!!!!
2.         Apply Proper Postage to Envelopes and Packages
3.         Congratulations Wisconsin FFA Alumni!!
4.         Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
5.         Proficiency Applications are Due Postmarked Monday, February 24, 2020        
6.         Proficiency Declaration Form Needed with Member Applications - Due Monday February 24, 2020
7.         Judges Needed for March 6-7 Proficiency Award Judging - Hotel Reservations Due By Thursday, February 20
8.          212 and EDGE Conference Online Registration Due February 26, 2020    
9           Final FFA Membership Due March 2 - Don't Miss this Deadline!!!
10.        American Degree Eligibility
11.        American Degree Application Submission to Wisconsin FFA Center
12.        Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Applications Due Postmarked Monday, March 23, 2020
13.        Wisconsin FFA Foundation FFA Chapter Grants Available Due Postmarked Monday, March 23, 2020
14.        Graduate at Semester Time? Eligibility for Participation in FFA
15.        Get your Students Ready for the 2020 Wisconsin FFA Agriscience Fair
16.        State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
17.        Quote of the Week
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Upcoming Deadlines and Activities - Remember these important dates: 
Feb. 20-21        State FFA Board Meeting - Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids
Feb. 21-22        FFA Farm Forum - Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids
Feb. 22-29        National FFA Week
March 2            FINAL FFA MEMBERSHIP DUE ON ROSTERS 
March 5             Wisconsin FFA Foundation Board Meeting - Marshfield
March 6-7          State FFA Proficiency Judging - Wisconsin Dells
March 13           Wisconsin FFA Board Meeting - Madison
March 20-21       212 and EDGE Conference - Stevens Point

FFA Application Deadlines: REMEMBER MAILING ADDRESS: WISCONSIN FFA CENTER, P.O. BOX 110, SPENCER, WI 54479
Feb. 24             State FFA Proficiency Awards - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
Feb. 26             212 and EDGE Conference Online Registration Due
March 1             Nominations for Wisconsin Honored Adult Recognition - Contact Jeff Hicken
March 5             American FFA Degrees - Postmarked Send to Wisconsin FFA
March 23           NOTE UPDATED DUE DATE: Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Applications - Send to Wisconsin FFA Foundation
March 23           Wisconsin FFA Foundation Chapter Grant Applications Due - Send to Wisconsin FFA Foundation

February District Leadership Development Events
Feb. 17            District 5 Leadership Development Event - Elmwood
Feb. 17            District 15 Leadership Development Event - Marshall
Feb. 18            District 4 Leadership Development Event - Glenwood City

Sectional Leadership Development Events
Section 1: Barron, March 10
Section 2: Ellsworth, March 23
Section 3: Arcadia, March 10
Section 4: Shullsburg, March 25
Section 5: Parkview, March 31
Section 6: Sauk Prairie, March 9
Section 7: Spencer, April 7
Section 8: Shawano, March 12
Section 9: Denmark, March 31
Section 10: Watertown, March 18

Career Development Events
March 1-7 -First Online CDE Events - Vet Science and Wildlife - PRACTICE ONLY - See email from Diane Morgan, Janesville Craig FFA Advisor
March 4 - Agriculture Skills Contest - CVTC (This is not an official CDE qualifying site. These are just optional contests your students are invited to participate hosted by CVTC.) Registration deadline February 21  https://www.cvtc.edu/events/ag-skills-contest
March 11 - Janesville - Registration deadline March 4 - http://www.saeserver.com/WI_Janesville
March 19 - UW-Platteville - Registration deadline without late fees - March 6 www.uwplatt.edu/ffa
March 24 - Mid-State Tech, Marshfield - Registration closes March 6 - https://www.mstc.edu/ffa-cde
March 27 - FVTC-Appleton - Registration closes March 13 - https://sites.google.com/site/fvtcffacde/event-information
April 4 - UW-River Falls
April 24 - State CDEs in Madison
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National FFA Week February 22-29 and Materials Available For Your Chapter!!!!
National FFA Week is February 22-29, 2020. Check out https://www.ffa.org/national-ffa-week/ for the official National FFA Week materials.
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Apply Proper Postage to Envelopes and Packages
IMPORTANT REMEMBER.....PLEASE MAKE SURE TO APPLY PROPER POSTAGE TO ALL LETTERS AND PACKAGES SENT TO THE WISCONSIN FFA CENTER.....AVOID LATE OR MISSING ITEMS SENT THROUGH THE MAIL!! 
SEND YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO:
Wisconsin FFA Center
P.O. Box 110
Spencer, WI 54479
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Congratulations Wisconsin FFA Alumni!!
The Wisconsin FFA Alumni hosted a fantastic state convention January 31-February 2. Thank you Wisconsin FFA Alumni for all your do to support local chapters and FFA members throughout Wisconsin.
2020-2021 Wisconsin FFA Alumni Officers
President - Rudy Kaderly, Juda FFA Alumni
President-Elect - Nate Zimdars, Ripon FFA Alumni
Vice President - Terry Wilfert, Mishicot FFA Alumni
Past President - 
Cari Sabel, Chilton FFA Alumni
Wisconsin FFA Alumni Executive Director - Cheryl Steinbach, Granton
Congratulations to all award winners and thank you FFA Alumni for supporting your local agricultural education programs and FFA chapters! 
The 2021 Wisconsin FFA Alumni Convention is scheduled for February 12-14 - Green Bay. Make sure to mark your calendars.
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Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
All students submitting award applications and participating in FFA events must be listed as active FFA members on chapter rosters - You will be asked to provide membership ID numbers when registering students. A review of membership will be done as students participate in events and submit applications. Students who are not members are considered ineligible. You can still add more members to your roster until March 1, 2020 but if the student is competing before that date, make sure they are entered into the National FFA Website before competing to obtain their ID number.
Do not enter in a generic membership number for your students. This is not acceptable. Please make sure to enter your student’s correct membership number when registering students for events.
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Proficiency Applications are Due Postmarked Monday, February 24, 2020
Just a reminder to make sure and postmark your member's proficiency applications no later than Monday, February 24, 2020 to the Wisconsin FFA Center, P.O. Box 110, Spencer, WI  54479.  Proficiency applications can be in folders if the applicant chooses HOWEVER…if the applicant submits the application without a folder, please make sure that they are SECURELY STAPLED in the upper left hand corner.  The Declaration form can be included separately in the envelope from the application.  Thank you!!
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Proficiency Declaration Form Needed with Member Applications - Due Monday February 24, 2020
Attached you will find a form that we need every proficiency applicant from your chapter to complete. These forms need to be sent in when you mail in your applications to the Wisconsin FFA Center. DO NOT ATTACH IT TO THE APPLICATION.  Just include in the envelope.
READ the attached form CAREFULLY so you understand exactly what we are asking of each applicant. This information will be used to determine the final rankings after the judging has taken place. If you have questions, please let us know.
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 Judges Needed for March 6-7 Proficiency Award Judging - Hotel Reservations Due By Thursday, February 20
Plans are underway for the 2020 Proficiency Judging to be held Friday evening, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 in Wisconsin Dells at the Chula Vista Resort. We are looking for as many people as possible to assist with the judging of the many proficiency applications that will be submitted by Wisconsin FFA members. Please contact Cheryl Zimmerman, State FFA Executive Director, if you are interested in judging. If you are able to arrive on Friday evening, March 6, we will begin the judging process. We will be judging the State Star Applications and some of the smaller Proficiency Award areas on Friday. Saturday we will begin the judging orientation at 8:30 a.m. Hotel rooms are available for Friday evening, March 6. 
If you would like to reserve a room at the Chula Vista on Friday evening reservations need to be made by February 20, 2020Rooms are reserved under FFA. Call the Chula Vista Hotel at 888-717-5540. Refer to the following booking ID number: H09461. Room rates are Single rate $82.00 (Single is define as only 1 person in the room); Double rate $109.00.
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212 and EDGE Conference Online Registration Due February 26, 2020
The 2020 Spring 212 and EDGE Conferences will be held at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point, March 20-21, 2020. This is a Friday night/Saturday schedule. The 212 Conference is designed for Freshman and Sophomore members..this is the same conference as offered last Fall. The EDGE Conference is designed for 7th and 8th graders. These are two great conferences. EDGE will be presented professional speakers Rhett Laubach and his staff. 212 will be presented by National FFA Staff. Registration is due online February 26 to the Wisconsin FFA Center. Don't miss out!! Online registration is located at https://wisconsinaged.org/events/
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Final FFA Membership Due March 2 - Don't Miss this Deadline!!!
Final FFA membership is almost due. Make sure you didn’t miss any students that are supposed to be listed as active FFA members with your FFA chapter. Also if you are an affiliated chapter, don’t forget to add in your second semester students. All students must be added into the online membership roster by March 2. Don’t forget to have all students that are planning to show at any county fairs or state fair included on your roster by this deadline.
If you are a Tri-mester school and you are an affiliated FFA chapter, please contact Jeff Hicken or myself to confirm when you will have your final membership submitted based on your student enrollment. Remember all affiliated chapters must include all students enrolled in all agricultural education courses for the school year. If you have questions, please contact us.
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American Degree Eligibility
"How long is an FFA member still eligible to apply for their American FFA Degree or continue their FFA membership?" A student can be an FFA member until November 30 following their fourth National FFA Convention after graduation...unless there is some military service to consider and then they can be a member until age 23. So here is a quick way to figure out if a student is still eligible. Take the year that the student graduated and count the number of National FFA Convention following that graduation date.
Graduation May 2017
1st National Convention - October 2017
2nd National Convention - October 2018
3rd National Convention - October 2019
4th National Convention - October 2020 - This would be the last national convention that this member could receive recognition at. They must apply for the degree by March 5, 2020.
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American Degree Application Submission to Wisconsin FFA Center    
Remember that you need to submit American FFA Degrees in paper format to the Wisconsin FFA Center. For the state review process, WE NEED THE STUDENT’S PAPER COPY!! Please print off the pdf of the member’s completed American FFA Degree application. You will see this option on the left hand side of the application center screen where it says Complete/Print Your App. Remember to STAPLE THE UPPER LEFT CORNER! And please mail to the Wisconsin FFA Center, P.O. Box 110, Spencer, WI 54479. Deadline is postmarked March 5, 2020
Star Applications may be placed in folders. If students are just applying for the degree DO NOT PLACE THE APPLICATION IN A FOLDER. The folders will just be discarded.
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Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Applications Due Postmarked Monday, March 23, 2020
There has been some confusion on the postmark date for the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Applications. We have three different dates published on the website/application/calendar. PLEASE NOTE:Thefinal deadlinefor the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Application ispostmarked Monday, March 23, 2020. The application must be sent directly to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation, Attn: Scholarships, 1241 John A. Hammons Dr., Ste. 200, Madison, WI 53717. Applications are located at https://wisconsinaged.org/ffa/scholarships-and-grants/
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Wisconsin FFA Foundation FFA Chapter Grants Available Due Postmarked Monday, March 23, 2020
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation provides funding to Wisconsin FFA chapter for projects such as Food for America, Community Service and Convention Travel. Applications are located at https://wisconsinaged.org/ffa/scholarships-and-grants/ Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain funds for your chapter to conduct activities.
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Graduate at Semester Time? Eligibility for Participation in FFA
FFA advisors please note that students that graduate at semester time change their eligibility for participating in FFA events. Because they are no longer enrolled in high school and in agricultural education courses, they are now no longer eligible for competitions such as Career Development Events and Leadership Development Events as well as activities such as Agriscience Fair. 
A student that completes high school at semester time is considered a graduate. They can continue their FFA membership for 4 national conventions after they graduate, participate as any other graduate may including completing their degrees, proficiency awards for one year out of high school, etc. However participation in events that require enrollment in agricultural education means that they are now INELIGIBLE to compete. If you have questions please let us know.
The most important advice is to READ THROUGH THE RULES OF THE COMPETITION so that both advisors and students know the eligibility rules before students participate. We do not like to disqualify members for rule violations.
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Get your Students Ready for the 2020 Wisconsin FFA Agriscience Fair
The Wisconsin State FFA Agriscience Fair Applications for students to compete at the State FFA Convention is May 1. Please note this on your calendars.
This is an awesome event for your students. Start early and remember to read all the rules and policies for the Agriscience Fair.
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State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
If you invite the State FFA Officer(s) to your school for additional presentations, workshops, banquets, alumni events and other special events or meetings, please note that it is the responsibility of the hostto pay for the related expenses for that event. This would include mileage, meals, even materials that the state officer may have purchased to use in a workshop they present. 
The state officers have a speaker agreement formthat they will be filling out with you to confirm their attendance at your events. This form is to also help you in having documentation to turn into your school office for reimbursements. Currently the state FFA officers receive 43 cents per mile for travel. The State Association pays for a state officer to visit your chapter once as an "official" chapter visit. Chapter are responsible for additional visits and activities
Thank you for your cooperation with this matter. State FFA Officers do many of the "extra" things for their chapters on a voluntary basis as their schedules permit and we do not want this to become a financial burden on them. The State Association does not require they do all these "extra" activities, but State Officers are excited and very willing to serve your chapters. If you officially invite state officers to the events mentioned above, we do need your assistance to reimburse the officers for their expenses as these "extra" activities are not in the FFA Association budget and are voluntary for the officers to attend. Reimbursement is very important to these young people.
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Quote of the Week
"What you can do today can improve all your tomorrows." —Ralph Marston
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Thank you!
Cheryl L. Zimmerman
Wisconsin FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
czimmerman@wisconsinffa.org
Phone: 715-659-4807