Wisconsin FFA Update - News In Brief

An update on Wisconsin FFA activities from the Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.

November 10, 2022
1. 2022 National FFA Convention Results - Congratulations Wisconsin Association of FFA and Alumni!!!
2. National FFA Convention Highlights
3. Onstage Convention Photos 
4. National Convention Delegate Business Session Update
5. American FFA Degree Photos
6. Unclaimed Awards 
7. Comments about the 2022 National FFA Convention
8. Proper Official Dress Required for Connect and I Am Conferences
9. Wisconsin FFA Foundation SAE Grant Applications Due November 15, 2022
10. National FFA SAE Grant Applications Due November 15, 2022
11. 2023 District and Sectional Leadership Development Event Dates 
12. Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
13. Built Ford Tough Scholarship Dealer Sign-Ups Now Open
14. National FFA Scholarship Application
15. FFA Membership Rosters - Deadline THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 
16. Quote of the Week

Upcoming Deadlines and Activities 
Remember these important dates: 

Nov. 11 Wisconsin Team AgEd Meeting - Wisconsin Dells
Nov. 11  Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting - Wisconsin Dells
Nov. 11-12 Connect and I Am Conferences - Wisconsin Dells
Nov. 12  WAAE Board Meeting - Wisconsin Dells
Nov. 12 Wisconsin FFA Alumni Council Meeting - Wisconsin Dells
Nov. 13-15 National EDI Training - Indianapolis
Nov. 15        Parliamentary Procedure Workshop - Tomah
Nov. 15 National FFA SAE Grant Application Due to National FFA
Nov. 15 Wisconsin FFA SAE Grant Applications Due to Wisconsin FFA Foundation
Nov. 17              Parliamentary Procedure Workshop – UWRF Virtual Workshop
Nov. 22 Wisconsin FFA Foundation Board Meeting - Athens
Dec. 1 Deadline for Initial FFA Membership Rosters Submitted Online
Nov. 29-Dec. 3 NAAE Convention - Las Vegas, NV
Dec. 2-4 State Officer participate in Wisconsin Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
Dec. 5-9 State FFA Officer Meeting and Check Point #2 Training

2022 National FFA Convention Results - Congratulations Wisconsin Association of FFA and Alumni!!!
Congratulations to all of the award winners, finalists, members, advisors and alumni that represented the Wisconsin Association of FFA at the National FFA Convention.  You did an excellent job!!  We are very proud of your accomplishments.  Keep up the great work!!!

National Proficiency Award Winner
Agricultural Processing - Ethan Meissner, Marshfield FFA

National FFA Alumni and Supporters Award Winners
Outstanding State Association
Outstanding Alumni and Supporters Achievement Award - Charlotte Johnson, Granton

128 American Degree Recipients from 70 Wisconsin FFA Chapters

Wisconsin FFA American Star Finalist
American Star in Farmer Finalist – Emily Makos, Juda FFA

National FFA Career Development Events
Gold Award Winners
4th Place Team - Dairy Cattle Management/Evaluation:  Marshfield FFA - Gold Individuals: 7th Place Individual – Emma Bangart; Faith Beining, Sara Dorshorst and Wyatt Dorshorst
16th Place Team: New London FFA - Gold Individuals: Brooke Casey and Jake Flocker

Silver Award Winners
Ag. Technology & Mechanical Systems:  Kiel FFA - Gold Individual: Ausen Vogel
Dairy Handlers: Courtney Glenna, Amery FFA
Environmental Science/Natural Resources: Sun Prairie FFA - Gold Individual:  Emma Washington
Farm and Agribusiness Business Management:  New London FFA    
Floriculture:  Shullsburg FFA  Gold Individuals: Elsie Ennis and Ella Woodworth
Food Science and Technology:  Slinger FFA - Gold Individual: Marie King
Livestock Evaluation:  Mineral Point FFA
Milk Quality and Products: Milton FFA
Poultry Evaluation:  Brillion FFA

Bronze Award Winners
Ag. Communications: Shullsburg FFA - Gold Individual: Ella Paquette
Agronomy:  River Ridge FFA 
Ag. Sales:  East Troy FFA
Forestry: Marshfield FFA
Marketing Plan:  Dodgeland FFA
Meat Evaluation and Technology:  Pardeeville FFA
Nursery and Landscape:  Green Bay Preble FFA

Leadership Development Events
Employment Skills:  Amy Jentges, Random Lake FFA - Gold
Conduct of Chapter Meetings:  Marshfield FFA - Silver
Parliamentary Procedure: Menomonie FFA - Silver
Ag Issues:  East Troy FFA – Bronze
Creed Speaking:  Eric Allen, Denmark FFA – Bronze
Extemporaneous Speaking: Ethan Jackowski, Big Foot FFA - Bronze
Prepared Speaking:  Kate Davis, Oregon FFA – Bronze

National Agriscience Fair
1st Place - Plant Systems - Div. 5 - Clare Viau, Stevens Point FFA 
2nd Place - Food Products and Processing Systems - Div. 5 – Grace Mansell, St. Croix Central FFA
3rd Place - Plant Systems - Div. 1 – Whittney Gotham, New Auburn FFA
5th Place - Environmental Services and Natural Resource Systems - Div. 6 – Katie Reimer and Cole Pederson, New Auburn FFA
6th Place - Plant Systems - Div. 3 – Jordan Berg, Granton FFA

5th Place - Food Products and Processing Systems - Div. 2 – Allison Moos and Lily Lemmons, New Auburn FFA
6th Place - Power, Structural and Technical Systems - Div. 4 – Andrew Gotham and Stanley Lang, New Auburn FFA
7th Place - Power, Structural and Technical Systems - Div. 1 – Joseph Peterson, Bloomer FFA
7th Place - Social Science - Div. 1 – Jackson Dahlke, Adams-Friendship FFA
10th Place - Environmental Services and Natural Resource Systems - Div. 1 – Jonah Henningfeld, Big Foot FFA
10th Place - Environmental Services and Natural Resource Systems - Div. 3 – Joseph Reimer, New Auburn FFA
10th Place - Plant Systems - Div. 6 – Kylee Traaseth and Madison Church, New Auburn FFA
10th Place - Social Science - Div. 2 – Reid Henningfeld and Elijah Henningfeld, Big Foot FFA

2022 National Chapter Awards
Three Star Chapters – Badger, Big Foot, Columbus, DeForest, Denmark, Elkhorn, Freedom, Kewaskum, Manawa, Marshall, Slinger, Stanley-Boyd, Thorp, Waupaca, Waupun, Weyauwega-Fremont
Two Star Chapters – Bonduel, Clintonville, Dodgeland, Granton, Kiel, Lodi, Prairie Farm, Reedsburg, River Ridge 

National FFA Delegates: Henry Koerner, Big Foot FFA
National FFA Nominating Committee Member:  Joe Schlies, Denmark FFA
National Officer Candidate - Top 20 Candidates:  Ben Styer, Menomonie FFA

National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent Participants
Band - Mark Wanek, Denmark FFA; Emily Skala, Pulaski FFA; Allison Loosen, Slinger FFA; Vaida Goplin, Whitehall FFA; Mary Lewandowski, Wittenberg-Birnamwood FFA
Chorus - Hannah Nelson, Denmark FFA; Aiden Kelly, Ellsworth FFA; Lillian Cook, Rio FFA; Simone Cook, Rio FFA; Emma Freeman, Rio FFA; Molly Brehm, Tigerton FFA; Devin Klomsten, Whitehall FFA
Talent - Zachary Graham, Platteville FFA

Honorary American Degree Recipients: 
Mike Sabel, Retired, Auburndale                      
Linda Sattler, FFA Advisor - Rosendale High School
Dennis Uppena, Retired, Cassville
Michelle Wetzel, Beloit
Jody and Eric Makos, Juda                                
Mark and Cheryl Zimmerman, Spencer

National FFA Convention Highlights
Don’t forget to check out https://convention.ffa.org there you will find press releases, videos, blogs, and many highlights of the 95th National FFA Convention.

Onstage Convention Photos 
All available award presentation photos, except the American FFA Degree photos, can be found using this link. Share as you see fit. These photos are available at no charge.

National Convention Delegate Business Session Update
The Constitutional Amendment passed to allow grades 5th through 12th grade to be members of the National FFA Organization.  
The dues and affiliated membership fee passed and will not increase for the 2023-2024 school year.  

All committee reports and items of business will go to the National FFA Board of Directors in January/February for review.  More updates will be provided as final committee reports are shared.
Thank you to all advisors and members for your input to the state officers as they represented our Association in conducting the business of the National FFA Organization.

American FFA Degree Photos
As explained in the American FFA Degree orientation packet, the professional photos taken at national convention are provided for sale by Grad Images. Picture proof information has been emailed to those candidates in attendance. If candidates did not receive an email from Grad Images, they can contact Grad Images via their website,Gradimages.com or contact their customer service department, 1-800-261-2576.

Unclaimed Awards 
All unclaimed awards from the convention will be shipped to the chapters by the end of the year. As a reminder, American FFA Degree certificates and keys and Agricultural Proficiency Award winner medals will be shipped after the replacement supply arrives. We do not anticipate this being before the first quarter of 2023.

Comments about the 2022 National FFA Convention
National FFA invites you to participate in a survey to hear about your experience this year. All completed surveys will be entered into a drawing to win one of ten $25 Amazon gift cards. Winners will be determined by November 20th and contacted soon after to confirm the email address for delivery

Follow this link to the Survey: 
Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:


Proper Official Dress Required for Connect and I Am Conferences
Just a reminder that your members need to be dressed in Official Dress for the Connect and I Am Conferences.  Helping students understand how to properly wear official dress starts with the FFA advisor.  Let's continue Wisconsin's tradition of having our members look GREAT in Official Dress.  Please review with your members the following guidelines for Official Dress.  Again we want Wisconsin members to continue to uphold the tradition of wearing FFA Official Dress CORRECTLY and APPROPRIATELY.

Official Dress includes - Black skirt, black dress pants or black slacks, white-collared shirt with Official FFA blue scarf or FFA tie, black dress shoes with closed heel and toe, black nylon hosiery or black socks and an Official FFA jacket zipped to the top.  The skirt is to be at least knee length.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LENGTH OF THE SKIRT IS IMPORTANT - SHORT MINI SKIRTS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE BLACK SKIRTS FOR GIRLS.  This is becoming more of a concern.  If the student does not have a proper skirt, black dress pants are considered official dress.

Also remind your members that when they are wearing their official dress that jackets need to be zipped up, ties tied and shirts tucked in.  If you can help us remind students of this, they will even look sharper in official dress and representing FFA.  Thank you!!


Wisconsin FFA Foundation SAE Grant Applications Due November 15, 2022
The 2019 SAE Grant applications are available now on the Wisconsin FFA website - https://wisconsinaged.org/ffa/scholarships-and-grants/.  Please encourage students to apply.  The applications must be postmarked by November 15 to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation.

National FFA SAE Grant Applications Due November 15, 2022
Applications may be submitted by members in grades 7-12. Grants are based primarily on financial need.
Please encourage your members to take advantage of this great funding source by applying for a grant. Also, for your member’s best chance at receiving a grant, they should use the scoring rubric which will also be on the website. 

This year, there are 371 SAE Grants available! The application is accessed only through the FFA.org Application Center. For more information, see the flyer and the grant descriptions

National FFA is also seeking judges for the 2022 SAE Grants. If you or someone you know is interested, sign up at  2022 SAE Grant Judge. For questions, contact saegrants@ffa.org


2023 District Leadership Development Event Dates 
The 2022 District Leadership Development Event dates are now posted on the Wisconsin FFA website and attached to this email.  
All rules and guidelines for the Wisconsin FFA Leadership Development Events can be found at https://wisconsinaged.org/ffa/events/leadership-conferences/
NOTE:  District Hosts I plan to have a Zoom Training with you to help you prepare for hosting your events.  Monday November 21 at 3:30 p.m.

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 forget to add everyone to your FFA roster.


Built Ford Tough Scholarship Dealer Sign-Ups Now Open
Dealer sign-ups are now live for the Built Ford Tough FFA Scholarship Program. Encourage your local dealer to enroll and support scholarships for members in your chapter. Reference this teacher guide for more information. Email any questions to ffafordscholarships@ffa.org

National FFA Scholarship Application
The National FFA Scholarship application is now open and due January 12.  https://www.ffa.org/participate/grants-and-scholarships/scholarships/ for information and to apply.

FFA Membership Rosters - Deadline THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 
Thursday, December 1 is the deadline for submitting your chapter FFA membership roster online through the National FFA Website.  Those rosters that are submitted after that deadline will be considered by the FFA Board of Directors as chapters on probation.  Both Traditional Dues Paying Chapters and Affiliated Membership Chapters must have members entered by the December 1 deadline.

You can continue to add more FFA members through March 1, 2023 but an initial roster must be submitted by December 1 and payment following due January 13.

Don't leave your questions to the last minute.  It is hard for us to help everyone at the last minute.

REMEMBER You have to upload a copy of your Program of Activities in order for your membership roster to be submitted to state.   Again if you have questions, please ask.
Quote of the Week
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.  - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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