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Wisconsin FFA Update - News In Brief
April 2022 
1.        Update on 2022 State FFA Degree Applications
2.        2022 State FFA Proficiency Award Results 
3.        2022 State FFA Honors Band and Chorus Rosters
4.        Career Development Event Updates 
5.        State Officer Candidates Needed for 2022-2023 Officer Positions    
6.        State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
7.        Contest Entry Forms Online - Conduct of Meetings LDE, High School Quiz Bowl, Ag. Issues LDE, and Marketing Plan CDE - Due May 2
8.        Middle School Essay Contest - Entries Due April 20 
9.        Next Generation Conference Application Deadline Extended 
10.       FFA Grants for Growing Application Open
11.       NEW Non-Designed Lesson Worksheets Compatible With All Learning Platforms
12.       Quote of the Week
An update on Wisconsin FFA activities from the Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.

April 2022
1.        Update on 2022 State FFA Degree Applications
2.        2022 State FFA Proficiency Award Results 
3.        2022 State FFA Honors Band and Chorus Rosters
4.        Career Development Event Updates 
5.        State Officer Candidates Needed for 2022-2023 Officer Positions    
6.        State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
7.        Contest Entry Forms Online - Conduct of Meetings LDE, High School Quiz Bowl, Ag. Issues LDE, and Marketing Plan CDE - Due May 2
8.        Middle School Essay Contest - Entries Due April 20 
9.        Next Generation Conference Application Deadline Extended 
10.       FFA Grants for Growing Application Open
11.       NEW Non-Designed Lesson Worksheets Compatible With All Learning Platforms
12.       Quote of the Week
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Upcoming Deadlines and Activities 
Remember these important dates: 
April 29            State CDEs - Madison
June 13-16        93rd Wisconsin FFA Convention - Alliant Energy Center - Madison, Wisconsin
FFA Application Deadlines:
April 20        Middle School Essay Contest - Entries postmarked to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 22        State FFA Talent Applications Postmarked - Sent by Email to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 26        National FFA Chapter Award Applications - Sent by Email to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 26        Three Star Leaders Applications Postmarked - Sent by Email to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 28        2022 State FFA Officer Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
May 2           Entries for Conduct of Meetings LDE, High School Quiz Bowl, Ag. Issues and Marketing Plan Due 
May 2           Wisconsin Agriscience Fair Entries Due
May 6            Food for America Award Applications - Sent by Email to Wisconsin FFA Center
May 17          State FFA Courtesy Corps Applications - Complete Online Form
May 17          State FFA Public Relations Team - Complete Online Form
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Update on 2022 State FFA Degree Applications
We are in the final stages of the State FFA Degree review process.  If you had problems with your student's state FFA degree application, the state officer advisor from your section should have notified you at this time. This week I will be reviewing the final list of state degree recipients and the status of applications.  If you have not received notification you will soon.
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2022 State FFA Proficiency Award Results 
The results of the 2022 State FFA Proficiency Awards were emailed to all instructors.  These will not be posted on the FFA website or sent on the list serve in order to keep them confidential for upcoming banquets.  I will be sending more detailed information soon to advisors concerning the state finalists responsibilities for State FFA Convention.
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2022 State FFA Honors Band and Chorus Rosters
The final rosters for the 2022 State FFA Honors Band and Chorus were emailed to all instructors. More information will be sent to the FFA members selected from their corresponding directors.
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Career Development Event Updates
Please watch your emails for updates concerning Career Development Events. All questions and concerns need to be directed to Diane Morgan the WAAE CDE Coordinator wiffacde@gmail.com  Thank you!!
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State Officer Candidates Needed for 2022-2023 Officer Positions    
We are looking for top-notch qualified leaders to run for State FFA Office…..Tonight April 4 and tomorrow night April 5 at 7:00 p.m. there is a virtual meeting for any members wanting to learn more about serving as a state officer. THIS IS NOT A REQUIREMENT TO RUN. This is just an informational session. If you have students that still need the link in order to participate, please let us know.
 
Also more information about running for and serving as a state officer can be found on the following site: https://wisconsinaged.org/ffa/officers-and-staff/state-officer-academy/index.php
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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 host to 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.  Currently the state FFA officers receive 43.5 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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Contest Entry Forms Online - Conduct of Meetings LDE, High School Quiz Bowl, Ag. Issues LDE, and Marketing Plan CDE - Due May 2
If your chapter would be interested in competing in the Conduct of Meetings LDE; High School Quiz Bowl;  Ag. Issues LDE and/or Marketing Plan CDE at the 2022 State FFA Convention, entry forms are online at www.wisconsinffa.org    Entry forms are currently available and due May 2 for all competitions to the Wisconsin FFA Center.  We encourage more chapters to consider these competitions.   
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Middle School Essay Contest - Entries Due April 20 
All FFA members in 7th and 8th grade are eligible to compete in the Wisconsin FFA Jr. High/Middle School Essay Contest. A chapter can submit up to five entries. This year’s theme for the essay contest is “The Time is NOW“. Essays can be up to 500 words and must be typed. Essays are judged on proper grammar and punctuation, how well the author addresses the theme, organization and clarity, originality and neatness. Essays need to be sent to the Wisconsin FFA Center, P.O. Box 110, Spencer, WI 54479. 
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Next Generation Conference Application Deadline Extended 
National FFA has extended the application deadline for the Next Generation Conference to Sunday, April 10 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The conference is in St. Louis, Mo., June 21-24, and focuses on plant systems, one of the eight Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Pathways. Consider the conference for members who will be juniors or seniors in high school during the 2022-23 school year. For more information, visit the conference webpageApply here.
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FFA Grants for Growing Application Open
Grants for Growing provides middle/high school FFA chapters up to $5,000 to support the development or improvement of project-based or experiential learning opportunities for students. Funding is provided by consumers who purchased an FFA paper emblem at Tractor Supply Company stores at checkout during National FFA Week. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing.
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NEW Non-Designed Lesson Worksheets Compatible With All Learning Platforms
National FFA now offers the most recent FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Worksheets and the retiring addresses and keynote presentations worksheets in Word, fillable PDF, and a non-designed worksheet. With a variety of formats, teachers and advisors will find them easy to use regardless of the technology or learning platform used in their schools.
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Quote of the Week
“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful” - Joshua J. Marine
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Thank you,
Cheryl L. Zimmerman
Wisconsin FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
czimmerman@wisconsinffa.org
Phone: 715-659-4807