Here is the link for more information about the 2020 Virtual National FFA Convention
93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Implementation Guide
FFA is excited to introduce the National FFA Convention & Expo Implementation Guide (ATTACHED TO THIS EMAIL) to help advisors preplan and engage students and stakeholders during the virtual national convention. This guide includes handouts, choice boards, discussion activities, recommendations for joining convention virtually, a letter for administrators, a social media challenge, educational standards alignment documents and more. Learn how to navigate our virtual convention and provide an exciting experience for everyone.
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Summary of the 2020-2021 State FFA Officer Activities
Even with all of the changes in schedules and cancellations of events, the Wisconsin State FFA Officers have stayed positive and excited to serve FFA. Here is an update on what your Wisconsin State FFA officers have been doing over the past couple months.
July 19-23 – National FFA Virtual State FFA Officer Summit
This event would normally have been held in Washington DC for the entire state officer team to participate in. This year, we experienced this event virtually as the team met together at the Holiday Inn in Marshfield. National FFA presented this conference focused on advocacy in addition to allowing zoom meetings with state officers from across the United States.
July 27 – State FFA Officers attended the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Southern Golf Outing in Middleton
July 28-31 – State FFA Officer Training - Session 2
This training provided by Cheryl Zimmerman focused on the state officers learning more about their State Association as well as Team Ag Ed. Cheryl Steinbach, Jeff Hicken and John Hromyak met with the team virtually to help them better understand Team Ag Ed.
August 12-15 – National FFA Base Camp Training
The first training offered to state FFA officers from National FFA is “Base Camp”. Normally this would have been held the week right after State FFA Convention. Gracie Furnish, past National FFA Officer served as the team trainer and connected to the team virtually with the officers at the Holiday Inn in Marshfield. Base Camp focused on learning about leadership, team talents, time management and many of the basics to help state officers better understand their roles and responsibilities of service as an officer.
August 25 – Wisconsin FFA Officers Connected with Minnesota State FFA Officers through Zoom
This year, the state officers have set a goal to reach out to as many state officer teams around the United States as they can through Zoom meetings. Since they won’t get the chance to meet as many officers through events like the State Officer Summit and National Convention, they are looking for ways to connect with other teams. More Zoom meetings to come.
August 31-September 4 – Rhett Laubach State FFA Officer Training
This is a new training that we provided to our state officers. Rhett worked with the officers to help them better understand how they can deliver leadership training virtually. He assisted them to help develop ideas for online training opportunities as well as give them tips and ideas on how to best present online. This training was the first where we were able to have the presenter in person with the team.
September 7-11 – Check Point #1 Training
In the series of trainings provided by National FFA, Check Point #1 is the second training focused on helping state officers develop workshops. Ryan Matthews from Ohio was our trainer and worked with the team virtually. State officers learned more about the “Magic Formula” in developing workshops. They also had training related to conversation building.
September 17-20 – Jag Lake Officer Retreat
Although later than normal in the schedule and a little colder, it was great to get the officers to Northern Wisconsin to enjoy the outdoors, create memories, campfire chats, disconnect from technology and continue to work on their upcoming events and goals for the year at our camp at Jag Lake.
September 28-October 2 – State FFA Officer Wisconsin Agriculture Tours
Because the normal State Officer Business and Industry Visits were unable to happen during our travels for Sectional Leadership Workshops, we created a week that the state officers toured Wisconsin and traveled to each of the state officers home areas to learn more about Wisconsin Agriculture. We followed all guidelines of social distancing as we toured various locations. Make sure to follow us on the Wisconsin Association of FFA Facebook page to learn more about our travels.
Section 1 – Wisconsin DNR Forest Products Division, Hayward; Smith’s Apple Orchard, Shell Lake
Section 2 - Chippewa Valley Bean, Menomonie; Alfalawn Farm, Menomonie
Section 3 - Wetherby Cranberry Company, Warrens; Hoag Tree Company, Tomah
Section 4 - Vesperman Farms, Lancaster; Biddick Farms, Livingston
Section 5 - West Madison Ag Research Station, Middleton; Wollersheim Winery, Prairie du Sac
Section 6 – Alsum Farms – Potato Farm and Pumpkin Farms, Grand Marsh
Section 7 – Schalow’s Nursery, Marshfield; Seehafer Dairy Farm and Creamery, Marshfield
Section 8 – MilkSource, Freedom; Riley’s Goat Farm, Waupaca
Section 9 – Stedle’s Apple Orchard, Maribel; Shillcox Alpaca Farm, De Pere
Section 10 – Reproductive Provisions, Walworth; Pearce’s Farm Stand, Walworth
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