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Wisconsin FFA Update - News In Brief
January 2023
1. 2023 FFA Half-Time Conference Wrap Up
2. Wisconsin FFA Conference Update
3. State FFA Proficiency Judging March 10-11, Chula Vista, Wisconsin Dells - Hotel Rooms Available
4. FFA Membership Rosters 
5. Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
6. 2023 District and Sectional Leadership Development Event Dates and Online Registration
7. Central Wisconsin Parliamentary Procedure Invitational January 19
8. 2023 WLC Scholarship Applications Now Available
9.  2023 Washington Leadership Conference — Mark Your Calendars!
10. 2023 Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Application
11. 2023 Wisconsin FFA Career Development Event Update
12. 2023 FFA Farm Forum Registration Full and Closed
13. Wisconsin FFA State Degree Application through National FFA Website Application Center
14. Wisconsin FFA State Star Applicants - Applications Due February 6, 2023
15. American Degree Eligibility
16. DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Awards
17. Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant Application
18. New Century Farmer Application
19. National FFA Offers Additional Official FFA Jacket Sizes
WISCONSIN FFA UPDATE - News In Brief 
An update on Wisconsin FFA activities from the Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.

January 2023

1. 2023 FFA Half-Time Conference Wrap Up
2. Wisconsin FFA Conference Update
3. State FFA Proficiency Judging March 10-11, Chula Vista, Wisconsin Dells - Hotel Rooms Available
4. FFA Membership Rosters 
5. Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
6. 2023 District and Sectional Leadership Development Event Dates and Online Registration
7. Central Wisconsin Parliamentary Procedure Invitational January 19
8. 2023 WLC Scholarship Applications Now Available
9.  2023 Washington Leadership Conference — Mark Your Calendars!
10. 2023 Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Application
11. 2023 Wisconsin FFA Career Development Event Update
12. 2023 FFA Farm Forum Registration Full and Closed
13. Wisconsin FFA State Degree Application through National FFA Website Application Center
14. Wisconsin FFA State Star Applicants - Applications Due February 6, 2023
15. American Degree Eligibility
16. DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Awards
17. Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant Application
18. New Century Farmer Application
19. National FFA Offers Additional Official FFA Jacket Sizes
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Upcoming Deadlines and Activities 
Remember these important dates: 

Jan. 19 Marshfield Parliamentary Procedure Invitational
Jan. 23 District Leadership Development Events Begin - Check listing attached and on Wisconsin FFA Website
Jan. 24-26 National Ag Ed Inservice - Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 1 WLC Scholarship Applications Due
Feb. 3-4 Wisconsin FFA Alumni Convention - Marriott Milwaukee West, Waukesha
Feb. 6 State FFA Degree Applications Due
Feb. 13 State FFA Honors Band and Chorus Applications Due
Feb. 16-17 State FFA Board Meeting - Wisconsin Rapids
Feb. 17 FFA Farm Forum - Wisconsin Rapids
Feb. 18-25 National FFA Week
Feb. 19-20 FFA Day on the Hill - Madison
Feb. 24 State FFA Proficiency Awards - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
March 3 New!! FIRE Conference - SWTC-Fennimore  (Friday Conference)
March 15 State FFA Foundation Scholarship Applications Due
March 23-24 Connect and EDGE Conference - Holiday Inn, Stevens Point (Thursday/Friday Conference)
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2023 FFA Half-Time Conference Wrap-Up
Thank you for a fantastic Wisconsin FFA Half-Time Conference.  We had a total of 301 FFA members in attendance!!!  Advisors had a full schedule of meetings and workshops too!!  173 advisors attended.

Chapter advisors are now able to view conference photos and the review video on the Half-Time Conference page. https://wisconsinaged.org/events/half-time
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Wisconsin FFA Conference Update
NEW!   March FIRE Conference - We have added an additional FIRE Conference for FFA Members - This will be on FRIDAY MARCH 3 at the SWTC in Fennimore.   This will be the same conference that we offered in October….but new location and time…..You may have students that weren’t available to attend the October Conferences…now this is their opportunity to work with the state officers.   Registration will be the same cost as the Fall Conferences and we will be getting information on line soon.

CHANGE!!  Because of contract issues, the March Connect Conference (for 9th and 10th grade) and the EDGE Conference for 7th and 8th Grade will be on Thursday March 23 and Friday March 24.   We will begin the conference on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. and end on Friday around 4:00 p.m.   We weren’t planning to do this for the Spring….however we had some contract issues with the hotel and needed to adjust the dates of this event.   
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State FFA Proficiency Judging March 10-11, Chula Vista, Wisconsin Dells - Hotel Rooms Available
Cheryl Zimmerman is coordinating the arrangements and details for judging.  Anyone interested in judging is invited to attend.  We need both experienced and new judges to assist.  Alumni members and sponsors are also invited.  Reservations should be made by February 20, 2023.  Call the Chula Vista Hotel at 888-717-5540.  Refer to the following booking ID number:  JI0023
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FFA Membership Rosters 
FFA membership is continuing to grow!!  We are now over 20,000 members!!!   Keep adding members because FFA membership is not closed….

REMEMBER….You can continue to add more FFA members through March 1, 2023.  If you are an affiliated chapter and need more time to add all your students enrolled in your courses, just let us know.
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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.  A review of membership will be done as students participate in events and submit applications.  Don't disqualify a member because they aren't listed as an active member on your FFA roster.  

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FFA Membership Roster Payment
Remember that sending in your payment for your chapter FFA membership dues is just as important as getting your roster submitted by December 1.  

Payment must be received and CHECKS MADE PAYABLE TO:  WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION OF FFA. When making your payment, include both the state and national dues together in one check to DPI.
Address for mailing membership payments:
Wisconsin Association of FFA
Attn: CTSO Accountant
PO Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
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2023 District and Sectional Leadership Development Event Dates and Online Registration
The 2023 District and Sectional Leadership Development Event Dates are posted on the Wisconsin FFA website and attached to this email.  Registration and Contest Materials are due two weeks before the District Contest.

Grant Staszak is processing your registration for upcoming District LDEs.  Please respond to him promptly to confirm your registration so he can get the final participant lists to the hosts.

Wisconsin FFA Leadership Development Event registration and information can be found at https://wisconsinaged.org/ffa/events/leadership-development/
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Central Wisconsin Parliamentary Procedure Invitational January 19
The Central Wisconsin Parliamentary Procedure Invitational will be at Marshfield Senior High School on Thursday, January 19th. For details contact Tim Heeg at (715)387-8464 ext. 4380, or email at:  heeg@marshfieldschools.org   
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2023 WLC Scholarship Applications Now Available
WLC scholarship applications are now posted at https://wisconsinaged.org/ffa/scholarships-and-grants/.  Deadline is February 1.  Remember that you must have an active FFA Alumni Chapter where your roster is submitted and all fees are paid in order to be eligible for WLC scholarships.  If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Steinbach execdir@wisconsinffaalumni.org.
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2023 Washington Leadership Conference — Mark Your Calendars!
Registration for the 2023 Washington Leadership Conference will open at 6 p.m. EST Tuesday, March 7. Information on the conference, dates and pricing can be found here.
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2023 Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Application
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Application will be available starting January 15 and the application is due March 15, 2023.
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2023 Wisconsin FFA Career Development Event Update
Wisconsin FFA will be hosting the State CDE Contest on THURSDAY April  27, 2023 in the Madison area. This is a day change - THURSDAY!
Teams will need to attend a regional qualification CDE and place high enough to advance to some of the State FFA CDE contests.  Regional Qualification Plan for 2023 is located on the WI FFA CDE homepage -  linked here    https://wisconsinaged.org/cde/index.php
           
Regional CDE Events will be held at the following places in 2023...
South Central (Janesville, WI) - Live CDE's on Wednesday March 8, 2023
Mid-State Technical College (Marshfield, WI) Live CDE's on Tuesday March 21, 2023  
UW-Platteville (Platteville, WI) - Virtual Testing before live CDE's and Live CDE's on Thursday March 16, 2023.
Fox Valley Technical College (Appleton, WI)  Virtual Screen Thursday March 2, 2023  and LIVE on campus CDE's on Friday March 31, 2023
UW-River Falls (River Falls, WI) - Saturday April 1, 2023
More information will be added to the WI FFA CDE page as it become available. Update/question and answer session will also be held for advisors at Half-Time Conference.
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2023 FFA Farm Forum Registration Full and Closed
Thank you for showing an overwhelming amount of interest in the conference. With changes to advisor registration, we were able to accommodate additional students as compared to prior years, however, we have again reached maximum capacity of the meeting rooms. It’s great to see so much interest from your students and we will be looking into additional options to accommodate even more attendees in the future. 
 
For those who successfully completed registration online, you will be receiving additional information in the coming weeks. If you have questions about your registration, please contact Darci Meili (dmeili@wfbf.com). Additional FFA Farm Forum questions can be directed to Mandy Ganser (mganser@wfbf.com).
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Wisconsin FFA State Degree Application through National FFA Website Application Center
The State FFA Degree Application is available for your students to work on.  Applications are due February 6 and will need to be sent to the Wisconsin FFA Center. START TODAY!
FFA members have to log into the National FFA Website Application Center to begin their State FFA Degree Application.
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Wisconsin FFA State Star Applicants - Applications Due February 6, 2023
WE NEED MORE STAR APPLICANTS!!   If you have a member applying for the State FFA Degree, they may want to consider applying for State Star recognition?  Stars are recognized in the four areas:  Farmer, Agricultural Placement, Agribusiness and Agriscience.  In order to apply for State Star Recognition, a student must be applying for their State FFA Degree, then they must also fill out the pages of the application to provide additional information for this level of recognition.  Multiple Star applicants are allowed per chapter and per area.  

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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 2020

1st National Convention - October 2020
2nd National Convention - October 2021
3rd National Convention - October 2022
4th National Convention - October 2023 - This would be the last national convention that this member could receive recognition at.  They must apply for the degree by March 6, 2023.


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DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Awards
Bayer Crop Science is proud to support the National FFA Organization by sponsoring the 76th annual DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. The award is given to one FFA member per chapter who exemplifies scholarship, commitment, work ethic and passion for pursuing a career in agriculture. These members demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture. FFA advisors nominate their members for this award. Nominations open Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, and run through Friday, March 10, 2023. #FFA23 #WinningHasRoots**************************************** 
Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant Application
The 2023 Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant application opened Thursday, Dec. 15, for middle and high school FFA chapters to apply for up to $1,200 to support semester-long service-learning projects that address community needs in one of four focus areas: community safety; hunger, health and nutrition; environmental responsibility and community engagement. Chapters can access the grant application, due Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, at FFA.org/livingtoserve/grants.
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New Century Farmer Application
National FFA is seeking four facilitators for the 2023 New Century Farmer Conference. New Century Farmer will be held July 23-27, 2023, in Iowa for 50 18-24-year-old FFA Alumni interested in production agriculture. Applications for participants and facilitators can be found at FFA.org/participate/conference/new-century-farmer/. The application opens on Thursday, Dec. 15, and closes Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023.
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National FFA Offers Additional Official FFA Jacket Sizes
Men’s sizes 58 and 60 and women’s size 52 are now available on Shop FFA.
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Thank you!
Cheryl L. Zimmerman
Wisconsin FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
czimmerman@wisconsinffa.org
Phone:  715-659-4807