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Community College Mid-Winter Institute

Mariposa Natural Resources/Creed Contest

Southern Region Road Show – Pomona

Exeter Citrus Contest

Clovis Natural Resources Contest

South Coast Region Road Show – Cal Poly, SLO



Student Teacher Conclave

MFE/ALA – Sacramento

Reedley Tree Pruning Contest
Fowler Vine Pruning Contest

State CATA Governing Board - Galt

MFE/ALA – Redding

Dinuba Vine Pruning Contest

Coalinga Natural Resources Contest
Clovis Tree Pruning Contest

Etna Invitational Contest

MFE/ALA – Monterey

MFE/ALA – Monterey #2

Tulelake Invitational Contest
Hanford Citrus Contest
Reedley Mid-Winter Field Day

MFE/ALA – Ontario

Tulare Citrus Contest

Minarets Parli Pro and Creed Invitational

Due Dates

14-15 Chapter Due Date Guide


15     ALA & MFE Registration


5     SLE Applications
5     State Conf. Sub Comm Apps

Advisor Update - Revised 12/19/14


2014-15 Chapter DUE DATE Guide

The Chapter Due Date guide should serve as a resource for all FFA Application and Conference Registration Due Date. Please download the File Below.


2014-15 Chapter FFA DUE DATE Guide



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America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship

We are thrilled to announce a new scholarship program, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, designed to build the future of ag! Agriculture is an exciting industry with hundreds of diverse career opportunities.  This new program is working to get students like you interested in agriculture by providing $1,500 scholarships to further your education.  For more information about America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, visit, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
From November 15 through February 1, students can apply online at Farmers can endorse applicants through February 8. Recipients will be notified in the spring of 2015. Farmers play an important role in the process, as students must seek endorsements from at least three local farmers. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to connect with me via email at or via phone at 314-694-5718.
Thank you,
Elizabeth Vancil
Youth & Community Outreach Manager, Monsanto Company

California FFA News Submission

CA FFA News Deadlines (Material Due by 11:59pm):                        

Article Submission                                                                                    Magazine is Published

Wednesday, January 21, 2015                                                                Spring 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015                                                                         Early Summer 2015

Chapter Scoop Details

1) Submit an article about your chapter’s recent activity.

  1. Article should be 100-150 words. (If article exceeds 150 words, it will be adjusted at the editor’s discretion.)
  2. Please do not include members or advisors names within the article.
  3. The “Chapter Scoop” should be about an interesting and/or unique type of FFA activity. We are not interested in the traditional type of activities to include monthly meetings, Career Development Events and judging teams. This is an opportunity to showcase new and innovative chapter activities.

2) Attach a GREAT quality digital photo.

  1. Ensure the photo is in color and showcases a picture to help further explain the submitted article.
  2. Photos that are acceptable include members in appropriate clothing and displaying appropriate behavior.
  3. Photos must be sent as individual JPEG files.

3) Email the above information to Jackie Garcia at

  1. The Subject of the email must include your chapter’s name. In the email, please include the author of the chapter scoop.

Alumni On The Go!

This is an opportunity to showcase alumni from your chapter.

1) Submit an alumnus with photos of the past and present..

  1. A great quality photo should be submitted in JPEG format.

2) Alumnus should complete the form on the reverse side and should be out of the FFA for a minimum of five years.

Please send Alumni On The Go information to


California FFA News takes great pride in its members and chapters; we hope YOU take advantage of this great opportunity and showcase the outstanding activities your chapter is currently involved in!


Minarets Natural Resources Contest

Hello coaches!
We would like to invite you to the Minarets FFA Natural Resources contest on January 10th. Check in will be from 7:30 to 8:00. 
Use the link below to register your team(s). 
We hope to see you there!!


Fowler Grapevine Pruning Contest

Fowler Grapevine

  Pruning Contest


Saturday, January 10, 2015@ 9 AM

Registration is $5.00 per FFA member

Hamburger Lunch included

CATA Rules


Contact: Mark Phipps @

Paul Magill    @

1(559) 834-6160


Hanford Citrus Judging Contest

When: Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hanford HS Agriculture Building
120 E. Grangeville Blvd.
Hanford, CA

Contest Limit:


1 - "A" Team & Unlimited "B" Teams

$5 per contestant/coach
Make Checks Payable to Hanford FFA

RSVP by Jan.16, 2015 Email:
Fax: 559-583-5945



Reedley Mid Winter Field Day and State Finals

Reedley College Winter Field Day and State Finals will be held on January 24 on the Reedley College Campus. Registration will open at 7:30 AM at the Agriculture Department.  The contests will begin at 8:00 AM. Vine Pruning and Tree Pruning contests will be offered in addition to the Natural Resources state final contest.


The Natural Resources Contest Oral Topic of ENERGY will focus on the question of How might safe, sustainable energy be developed for human needs.


General understanding of the following items is recommended:

What is energy
Energy storage
Fossil Fuels
Biomass Energy
Geothermal Energy
Hydro Power
Nuclear Energy
Ocean Energy
Solar Energy
Wind Energy
Hydrogen and Other Possible Energy Sources
Renewable versus Non-Renewable Energy Sources
Effects on the Environment from Human Uses of Energy
Energy Conservation

Reference Material from the following online sources will be used:

            California Energy Commission
            Educational Website
            With a focus on “The Energy Story”
            Additional resources



Tulare FFA Citrus Contest

Your invited to attend:
The 9th Annual
Tulare FFA/Garry Holtman Invitational
When:  January 31, 2015
Registration: 8:30 am
Contest: 9:00 am
Where:  591 West Bardsley
Tulare, CA
Please RSVP Before January 15, 2015
  Shay Williams-Hopper
(559) 687-7393 fax or
Contest limited to 1 “A” Team per School
You may bring as many “B” Teams as you want!!
Coaches will be needed for assisting in tabulations!



17th Annual Arbuckle Field Day

Registration for the 17th Annual Arbuckle Field Day on Feb. 7, 2015, is now open! Please register through


West Hills College Field Day

West Hills College FFA Field Day will be held on March 7, 2014.  They will be hosting the following contests:
  • Ag Mechanics
  • Small Engines-hosted by Coalinga High School Agriculture Department
  • BIG
  • Farm Records
  • Farm Power
  • COOP Quiz
  • Land Judging
  • Horse Judging
 More information will be coming soon.



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California FFA Newsletter - Winter Issue Available

California FFA News

The official newsletter and magazine for students enrolled in an Agricultural Education program in California. Published in fall, winter, spring and early summer, the newsletter is made available to over 76,000 students, educators, administrators and supporters of Agricultural Education. Each issue has updates from the State Officer team, local program spotlights, award and CDE results, information on leadership and personal growth conferences, and details on upcoming events.

2014/15 - Winter


CA FFA News Worksheets



Winter 2015 (word | pdf)
Fall 2014 (pdf)
Summer 2014 (word)
Winter 2014 (pdf)
Fall 2013 (word)



Winter 2015 (word | pdf)
Fall 2014 (pdf)
Summer 2014 (word)
Winter 2014 (pdf)
Fall 2013 (word)


Lincoln Welding Resources for Ag Mechanics Classrooms

Lincoln Welding provides a variety of resources for Agricultural Mechanics teachers. Please take a look at the resources below.

  1. Educator discount program - Download Flyer  - An educator login is required to order at the discounted rate.  Accounts can be set up at:
  2. Professional Development Workshops -  Information about the professional development workshops can be found at:
  3. At this time, Lincoln Welding has a beginner and advanced workshop scheduled for summer, 2015.  The two workshops that are set up are a great value at $200 for a week of professional development.  These tend to fill up fast as they’re limited to 24 participants in each. 
  4.  James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation Award Program:

A good point of contact is the office’s administrative assistant, Vicki Wilson 216-383-2240


American Degree Frames

Notification was sent via email to the following American Degree recipients who were unable to attend convention to receive their award. 


Congratulations on receiving your American FFA Degree.  We are sorry you were unable to attend the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky to receive your award, certificate and key.  Those who attended the event received a matted frame to hold the award certificate and key.   Only the certificates and keys were returned to your state office for distribution. You may claim your free [shipping NOT included] matted frame by using the link and registration code below by Jan. 15, 2015.  The charge for shipping the matted frame will be $12.00. 

Help Feed the Hungry!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This exciting initiative will provide up to 200,000 meals to feed hungry families this holiday season. Please take a moment to create a “digital plate” at and share it through social media. Bayer CropScience will donate 10 meals for every share on social media.The program ends Friday, Dec. 19, so don’t delay – create those plates today!

With your help, we can make the holidays brighter for people suffering from hunger. Wishing you and your families a very happy Thanksgiving!

Best regards,
Nasser Dean
California FFA Foundation


Minarets Creed & Parli-Pro Contest

The O’Neals-Minarets Chapter cordially invites you to our fifth annual Invitational Leadership contest! This contest is a perfect opportunity for your chapter’s teams to gain extra practice before your season begins. We would love for each and every one of you to attend this year!

This event will be held at Minarets High School in O’Neals, California on January 31st, 2015. The contests will include both Parliamentary Procedure as well as Creed Speaking. Creed Speaking will begin at 8 AM sharp; Parliamentary Procedure will begin at 10 AM. Every team must be there prior for check in and registration begins at 7:00 AM. You will be able to enter students in both contests; we have done our best to secure a schedule that allows participation in both.

Please see attachments below

Thank you
Kristi Mattes

2015 Scholarship Applicationgoes live November 15, 2014.

Students will again access the application through their Agricultural Career Network (AgCN) accounts.  FFA members will create AgCN accounts using information from invitations generated by their FFA advisors.  Students who have AgCN accounts do not need another invitation.  Students “SIGN IN” at, then click the “National Scholarships” menu button to access the application.

Advisors log into AgCN to renew rosters and issue invitations.  Advisors who do not already have an AgCN login should obtain one from state staff.  FFA members must be renewed and active on the chapter roster for advisors to issue invitations.  Invite codes appear next to member names on the active roster.  Invitations can be generated individually or by using the “Bulk Action” option. 

Reminder:  Under no circumstances should an FFA member EVER create an account as a Community Member.  “Community” is for non-member use only and sends students to the non-member applicationFFA members submitting a “non-member” application will NOT qualify for scholarships with membership criteria.  (Submitting more than one application is grounds for disqualification.)

Membership status is checked before judging begins.  Only students with a current, active membership status will be eligible to compete for scholarships.  The deadline to ensure active membership is March 1, 2015.  National FFA will not contact states during judging to confirm status. 

Last year’s pilot program for America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (presented by Monsanto) was a huge success.  This year, 352 scholarships will be offered through this program.  To qualify, applicants must obtain three electronic farmer endorsements.  Details will be available after November 15th at (click the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders logo) or at

DEADLINES:  The 2015 online application must be submitted prior to 5:00 p.m. EST Feb. 1, 2015.

   Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2015.

AgCN and/or membership questions?  Call 317-802-6060.  Scholarship questions?  Email


St. Helena Vine-Pruning Inservice and Contest

St. Helena Agriculture Boosters will be hosting their 2nd Annual Vine Pruning In-service and FFA Contest on January 9th and 10th. We will be organizing tours for Friday and an in-service & contest on Saturday.  Schools are welcome to participate in 1 or both days. [MORE]


The 2015 California FFA Association Applications are now online

Please notice that the Conference Scholarship Program is back. We will be offering conference scholarships starting with the 2015 State FFA Conference. Also the State FFA Executive Committee added a Star Adult award for 2015. For the 2015 State FFA Conference we will be recognizing star Supporting Faculty/Staff Members.

  1. Conference Scholarships
  2. Hall of Chapters
  3. Honorary Awards
  4. National Convention Delegate
  5. Sacramento Leadership Conferece
  6. Star Adult Awards (I.E. Advisor, Administrator, Counselor, & Supporting Staff)
  7. Star Reporter Award
  8. State Band, Choir, & Talent
  9. State FFA Degree
  10. State FFA Officer Nominating Committee
  11. State FFA Officer Candidate
  12. State Star Farmer Award
  13. State Sub-Committee Chair
  14. Superior Chapter Award
  15. Website Design


Extemp and Job Interview Topics

Please click on the links below for the 2014-15 Extemporaneous Speaking Topics and Job Interview Job Positions.


California FFA Gear

California FFA Gear-Now Live

The California FFA Association has partnered with Paula Maita and company out of Elk Grove, CA to offer a line apparel, bags, hats, etc with an exclusive California FFA Logo. If you are interested please CLICK HERE. The proceeds directly benefit the California FFA Association. Also if you are interested in the quality work and service Paula Maita provides, you may contact them directly for chapter specific promotional items.