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Wisconsin FFA Update - News In Brief
A weekly update on Wisconsin FFA activities from the Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
For the week of September 13, 2021
1.        Wisconsin Honored Adult Recognition at National FFA Convention
2.        Wisconsin FFA Members Selected for National FFA Band and Chorus
3.        Important National FFA Convention Reminders
4.        CDE and LDE Teams/Individuals Start Competitions Virtually in 2021
5.        Fall Leadership Workshops Begin September 27
6.        2021-2022 Wisconsin FFA Center Fee 
7.        2021-2022 FFA Membership Dues
8.        212 and 360 Personal Development Conferences - Now Named "MIssion Conference" and "Impact Conference"    
9.        2021 FIRE Conferences
10.       Did You Know?
11.       Quote of the Week
A weekly update on Wisconsin FFA activities from the Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
For the week of September 13, 2021
1.        Wisconsin Honored Adult Recognition at National FFA Convention
2.        Wisconsin FFA Members Selected for National FFA Band and Chorus
3.        Important National FFA Convention Reminders
4.        CDE and LDE Teams/Individuals Start Competitions Virtually in 2021
5.        Fall Leadership Workshops Begin September 27
6.        2021-2022 Wisconsin FFA Center Fee 
7.        2021-2022 FFA Membership Dues
8.        212 and 360 Personal Development Conferences - Now Named "MIssion Conference" and "Impact Conference"    
9.        2021 FIRE Conferences
10.       Did You Know?
11.       Quote of the Week
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Upcoming Deadlines and Activities:

Sept. 15            Wisconsin FFA Soil and Land Evaluation Contest - Southwest Wisconsin Technical College - Fennimore
Sept. 15            National FFA Convention Registration Opens
Sept. 22            National FFA Convention Concert and Rodeo Ticket Sales Open
Sept. 27            Fall Leadership Workshop - Section 5 - Marshall
Sept. 28-Oct. 2    World Dairy Expo - Madison
Sept. 28            World Dairy Expo FFA Judging Day
Sept. 29            Fall Leadership Workshop - Section 8 - Pulaski
Sept. 30            Fall Leadership Workshop - Section 9 - Denmark
Oct. 4               Fall Leadership Workshop - Section 1 - Flambeau
Oct. 5               Fall Leadership Workshop - Section 7 - Spencer
Oct. 6               Fall Leadership Workshop - Section 2 - Mondovi
Oct. 7               Fall Leadership Workshop - Section 3 - Cochrane-Fountain City
Oct. 11             Fall Leadership Workshop - Section 6 - Adams-Friendship
Oct. 12             Fall Leadership Workshop - Section 10 - Big Foot
Oct. 13             Fall Leadership Workshop - Section 4 - River Valley
Oct. 27-30         National FFA Convention - Indianapolis, Indiana
Nov. 12 & 13       212 (Mission Conference) and 360 (Impact Conference) - Holiday Inn, Stevens Point
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Wisconsin Honored Adult Recognition at National FFA Convention
VIP Citation:
Jeff Hicken, Former Wisconsin FFA Advisor and DPI Ag Ed Consultant
Honorary American FFA Degree Recipients - Teachers:
Glenda Crook, Columbus High School
Honorary American FFA Degree Recipients:
Ryan Schaefer, Case IH, Racine - Retiring National FFA Sponsors Board Member
Michelle Stuttgen, Culver Franchising System, LLC - Prairie du Sac - Retiring National FFA Sponsors Board Member
Alison Wedig, Culver Franchising System LLC - Prairie du Sac
Doris Mold, Sunrise Agricultural Associates, University of Minnesota Professor - Cumberland
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Wisconsin FFA Members Selected for National FFA Band and Chorus
Congratulations to the following FFA members for being selected to the National FFA Band and Chorus. This year’s National Band and Chorus are much smaller groups than usual so earning a spot to participate this year is a significant honor for these members.
Band Members:
    Audrey Bigler, Barron FFA
    Mark Wanek, Denmark FFA
    Allison Loosen, Slinger FFA
    Mary Lewandowski, Wittenberg-Birnamwood FFA
Chorus Members:
    Hannah Nelsen, Denmark FFA
    Riley Siegfried, Shawano FFA
    Makenna Kunz, Waupun FFA
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Important National FFA Convention Reminders
National FFA Convention will be back in person for 2021!! 
Here is key information you need to be aware of:
1. Mask wearing is required in all indoor spacesat the 2021 National FFA Convention & Expo. Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose by everyone except when actively eating or drinking. Attendees actively competing, performing or presenting in an activity that requires public speaking, singing or instrument performance may choose to remove their masks while directly participating in that activity. Masks are acceptable to wear with Official Dress. https://convention.ffa.org/health-and-safety/
2. Registrationopens Wednesday September 15 at 5 p.m.!!! https://convention.ffa.org/registration/
3. Ticket salesfor the concert and rodeo open Wednesday September 22.4. On the left side of the National FFA Website make sure to SIGN-UP for Convention Updates!! This will allow you to receive all convention updates as they come out.
5. There will be no State or Chapter Photos this year at Convention.
6. There will be no printed guidebook for convention. The convention program/guidebook will be in the Convention App.
7. There will be virtual components of the convention including the Blue Room, components of the Day of Service, several student and teacher workshops as well as all sessions livestreamed!!
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CDE and LDE Teams/Individuals Start Competitions Virtually in 2021
The CDE and LDEs are currently in progress as teams and individuals compete virtually in hopes of making the first cut to then move on to the in-person competition to be held at the National FFA Convention in October.  Here are the teams and individuals representing Wisconsin.
Teams/Individuals Advancing to National In-Person Competition as of 9/14/2021:
Ag. Communications - Shullsburg FFA  
Creed Speaking - Olivia Olson, Lake Mills FFA
Extemporaneous Public Speaking - Aubrey Schlimgen, Marshall FFA
Floriculture - Janesville-Craig FFA
Food Science and Technology - Cochrane-Fountain City FFA
Forestry - Cochrane-Fountain City FFA
Veterinary Science - Slinger FFA
Teams/Individuals waiting to compete virtually or waiting for results:
Ag. Technology & Mechanical Systems - Chippewa Falls FFA
Conduct of Chapter Meetings LDE - Amery FFA
Employment Skills LDE - Randall Winch, Fennimore FFA
Environmental & Natural Resources - Slinger FFA
Teams that will compete at National FFA due to the nature of their competition:
Dairy Cattle Evaluation - Pulaski FFA
Horse Evaluation - River Falls FFA
Livestock Evaluation - Mineral Point FFA
Meats Evaluation & Technology - Plymouth FFA
Milk Quality and Products - Black Hawk FFA
Poultry Evaluation - Brillion FFA
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Fall Leadership Workshops Begin September 27
All members, advisors, and chapter officers are invited to attend the 2021 Fall Leadership Workshops. This year’s theme is “Come One. Come All!!”. A featured part of the workshop will include chapter presidents meeting with the state president for the first two rounds of workshops and then their sectional officer during the third round of workshops. A number of items will be discussed including key topics for chapter presidents, national FFA delegate issues and chapter visits.

Advisors will be updated on numerous programs and activities including the updates with the Wisconsin FFA website and all the changes in programs and activities. If you can't attend the workshop in your section, you are definitely invited to attend a neighboring workshop...Just make sure to attend!!
September 27 - Section 5 - Marshall
September 28 - World Dairy Expo FFA Day
September 29 - Section 8 - Pulaski
September 30 - Section 9 - Denmark
October 4 - Section 1 - Flambeau
October 5 - Section 7 - Hosted in Spencer
October 6 - Section 2 - Mondovi
October 7 - Section 3 - Cochrane-Fountain City
October 11 - Section 6 - Adams-Friendship
October 12 - Section 10 - Big Foot
October 13 - Section 4 - River Valley
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2021-2022 Wisconsin FFA Center Fee 
Don't forget to pay your 2021-22 Wisconsin FFA Center Fee. Invoices were emailed to chapters in May. Please contact the Wisconsin FFA Center immediately if you need a new invoice. Payment is due September 17, 2021. 
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2021-2022 FFA Membership Dues
We again are offering FFA chapters the opportunity to select the National and State FFA Affiliate Dues Option. Last year, over 80 Wisconsin FFA chapters utilized this membership option. More chapter are encouraged to sign up. Watch your email for more information and I can answer your questions at FLWs. 

Benefits of the Affiliate Dues Option:
1. All agricultural education students would be FFA members, thus allowing full participationin the three circle model= Every StudentEvery ClassroomEvery Day
2. Equal opportunity for all students in all parts of the agricultural education model (classroom, experiential learning and leadership education)
3. Repositions FFA as integral for instruction and removes the “club” connotation
4. More efficient use of class time and resources (cost per student, teacher’s time, less money handling in dues collection)
5.Opens access for alternative funding sources to pay just one fee

Payment: This Fall, returning affiliated member chapters will be invoiced based on their prior year membership. Next April, the new affiliate dues chapters will be invoiced. New affiliate's bills are based on current year membership for the first year only.

If your chapter chooses to pay the regular dues package....National FFA Dues are $7.00 and State Dues are $5.50 for a total of $12.50 per member. 
Bring your questions to Fall Leadership Workshops. More information can also be found at the following link https://wisconsinaged.org/ffa/membership/
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212 and 360 Personal Development Conferences - Now Named "MIssion Conference" and "Impact Conference"
Don’t forget….the Mission and Impact Conferences (formerly 212 and 360 Conferences) that are scheduled for November 12-13 in Stevens Point.  The “Mission Conference” is designed for Freshmen and Sophomores.  The “Impact Conference" is designed for Juniors and Seniors.  

NOTE:  We are now planning two separate days of conferences - conferences of each on Friday November 12 and conferences of each on Saturday November 13. (Similar to what we did in March 2021 when we started back with in-person conferences.)  Time frame may run from 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. each day.  The overnight hotel stay would be optional.  The Wisconsin FFA will provide advisors with information on how to make hotel reservations. Please do not contact the Holiday Inn until you receive more information from the Wisconsin FFA Center. 

Again we are in the planning of stages of our in-person conference….more details will be provided soon.  If you have thoughts and ideas please share!!!
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2021 FIRE Conferences
Just a reminder that we currently have not scheduled the 2021 FIRE Conferences.  We are first focusing on the Fall Leadership Workshops from September 27 through October 13.   We then have National FFA Convention….followed by our Mission and Impact Conferences November 12 and 13.   We will conduct FIRE Conferences but plan that it will be later in the school year for your 7th, 8th and 9th grade members. 
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Did You Know?
Wisconsin FFA membership reached a 41-year high during the 2019-2020 school year with 21,267 members.   We dropped a little in membership this past year with the COVID situation.
Let’s make 2021-2022 the biggest membership year yet in Wisconsin!!
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Quote of the Week
“Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely and the likely definite.” --Robert Half
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Have a great week!
Cheryl  Zimmerman

Cheryl L. Zimmerman
Wisconsin FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
czimmerman@wisconsinffa.org
Phone: 715-659-4807