Wisconsin FFA Update - News In Brief

1.        Update on State FFA Degree Applications and Proficiency Award Results
2.        Contest Entry Forms Online - Conduct of Meetings LDE, High School Quiz Bowl, Ag. Issues LDE, and Marketing Plan CDE
3.        Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Applications Due Postmarked Monday, March 23, 2020
4.        Wisconsin FFA Foundation FFA Chapter Grants Available Due Postmarked Monday, March 23, 2020
5.        Jr. High/Middle School Essay Contest - Entries Due April 15 - YOU CAN EMAIL ME THEIR ESSAYS!!!
6.        State FFA Officer Election Process Information Online
7.        Quote of the Week
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Upcoming Deadlines and Activities Remember these important dates: 
FFA Application Deadlines:  REMEMBER MAILING ADDRESS:  WISCONSIN FFA CENTER, P.O. BOX 110, SPENCER, WI  54479
NOTE:  We will notify you if any of these due dates are adjusted.  
March 23        Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Applications - Send to Wisconsin FFA Foundation
March 23        Wisconsin FFA Foundation Chapter Grant Applications Due - Send to Wisconsin FFA Foundation
April 1            Entries for Conduct of Meetings LDE, High School Quiz Bowl, Ag. Issues and Marketing Plan 
April 15          Jr. High Essay Contest - Entries postmarked to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 20          National FFA Chapter Award Applications - Postmarked due date to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 20          Three Star Leaders Applications Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 20          State FFA Talent Applications Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 20          State FFA Courtesy Corps Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 20          State FFA Convention News Room Staff Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 30          2020 State FFA Officer Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
Sectional Leadership Development Events - To Be Rescheduled - Watch for further announcements in a couple weeks.
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Hello Everyone!  I want you to know that we are thinking of you, your students and your families during these challenging times.  Thank you for all you do in working with your students and all the ways you are figuring out how to continue to teach and connect with students and each other.  In addition to keeping greenhouses growing, animals fed and rescheduling events that you had planned.  If there are any resources you need from us, please let us know.  

I continue to work on projects here at the Wisconsin FFA Center.  Terry and Chris are working from their homes now for a few weeks. I am currently sending out emails regarding State FFA Degree results.  Please know that I will work with you and your students in whatever way possible to assist with appeals and corrections to degrees not meeting minimum qualifications.  I will also be getting the proficiency results and the band and chorus rosters to everyone this week.  Terry has been busy ordering awards but proficiency pins and sectional plaques will not be available for a while as Universal Lettering has also closed their operations until further notice.

Thank you for your patience as we work through all of this.  We are continuing to monitor the cancellations that are occurring and wondering as you all are when we can get back to a somewhat normal schedule.  We as you are taking all of this a week, even a day at a time.  We will continue to keep you posted as to when Sectional Leadership Development Events will be rescheduled.  If we need to adjust due dates for upcoming applications, we will do that.  We will do everything possible to work with you and your students, so we don’t have students missing out on these opportunities.

Coming from a household of an ag teacher and one that has a senior in college and a senior in high school, both who were looking forward to graduation ceremonies this Spring, I understand the frustrations. I also understand how scary this is as we deal with so many unknowns including those that have underlying health issues and hope that people stay healthy and not contract this horrible virus.  Thank you for doing your part in these challenging times and if you need anything let me know.  I am only a phone call or email away.   Stay safe!!!
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Update on State FFA Degree Applications and Proficiency Award Results
I am currently emailing out results to FFA advisors concerning their State FFA Degrees and Proficiency Results.  Thank you for your patience.  I hope to have all these results out to all teachers by the end of this week.
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Contest Entry Forms Online - Conduct of Meetings LDE, High School Quiz Bowl, Ag. Issues LDE, and Marketing Plan CDE
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 2020 State FFA Convention, entry forms are online at https://wisconsinaged.org/ffa/events/other-contests/Entry forms are due April 1 for all competitions to the Wisconsin FFA Center, however space fills up fast. We encourage more chapters to consider these competitions. 
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Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Applications Due Postmarked Monday, March 23, 2020
The deadline for the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Application is postmarked 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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HERE IS A GREAT ASSIGNMENT FOR YOUR JUNIOR HIGH FFA MEMBERS
Jr. High/Middle School Essay Contest - Entries Due April 15 - YOU CAN EMAIL ME THEIR ESSAYS!!!
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 “Rise Up Stand Out“. 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 or emailed toczimmerman@wisconsinffa.org
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State FFA Officer Election Process Information Online
The Wisconsin Association of FFA is seeking qualified FFA members to serve as state FFA officers for the coming year. State FFA Officers need to be individuals who have a strong sense of responsibility, know and understand FFA and its programs, communicate well and have the heart and desire to willingly commit a year of service to the Wisconsin Association and its members. At the end of the year, state FFA officers receive leadership scholarships and have a year-long resume of experiences that give them a cutting edge for many future opportunities. Applications are due April 30.

Students that are elected to these leadership roles, need to fully understand the commitment and responsibilities that are required to fulfill their year of service. Please review the polices and commitment statement online along with all the parts of the election process. Serving as a Wisconsin State FFA Office is an internship experience like no other. Students will not only gain confidence and skills in leadership but will receive a variety of experiences to help them expand their knowledge of agriculture, agricultural education and FFA.

The 2020 State FFA Officer Election Process is online at https://wisconsinaged.org/ffa/officers-and-staff/. Make sure that all students interested in running for state officer view this material. If you have questions about running for State FFA Office, contact Cheryl Zimmerman at czimmerman@wisconsinffa.org
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Quote of the Week
“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” - Mitch Albom
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Have a great week!

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