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Upcoming Events

12-13     SC SOLC
15           GLC – Colusa
16           GLC – Colusa
17           GLC – Colusa
21           GLC – Modesto
21           State FFA Exec Comm
21           State FFA Advisory Comm
22           Nat. Conv. Delegate Trng
22           GLC – Modesto
23           GLC – Modesto
24           GLC – Modesto
24           GLC – Petaluma
24           Madera Cotton Contest
25           GLC – Modesto
25           NC Region COLC
26            NC Region CATA Mtg
25-26     South Region CATA Metg
28           State FFA Adult Board Mtg

Advisor Update - Revised 11/11/15


2015 National Convention Results - California

The 88th National FFA Convention was held on October 28-31, 2015 at Louisville, Kentucky.  The convention set an all-time attendance record with 65,357 members, teachers, and guests in attendance. [MORE]



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2nd Annual Agricultural Education Mentoring and Supervision Conference

Dear Agricultural Teachers:

The 2nd Annual Agricultural Education Mentoring and Supervision Conference will be held at the Piccadilly Inn, Airport, Fresno, CA on February 1 & 2. The goal of this conference is to develop supervisors of student teachers and mentors in agricultural education.

This conference will focus on developing successful departmental policies and personal skills needed to successfully supervise student teachers and mentor teachers in the profession. The registration fee is $150 per person (double occupancy) space is limited to 50 - 1st year participants and 50 - 2nd year participants.

Applicants for this conference should have a desire to become a cooperating teacher and mentor in agricultural education.

The application must be completed no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 20th.

Click here (Google Forms) for the application for the Agricultural Education Mentoring & Supervision Conference.


2015-16 CDE Updates

Please follow the links below for the latest CDE information for extemp, ag sales, job interview, and impromptu.


2015 SAE Grant Application

The National FFA SAE grant application closeson November 16th.  This is an online application with a firm closing time of 5:00pm EDT on Monday, November 16th. There is still ample opportunity for students to apply for a $1,000 grant in one of 20+ areas: Secondly, the National FFA Food For All grant is due November 23rd.  This chapter level grant provides up to $2,500 for service-learning projects that address local hunger needs. Learn more at:

How to Apply?

The 2015 SAE Grant application is available Sept. 1 - Nov. 16. The application is located in the toolbox or at the SAE Grant Application link below.  To access the toolbox, click open your dashboard at the top of the page and click on the link that says "My Toolbox," and click on SAE Grant Application.

SAE Grant Application

SAE Grant Application Access

Please insure any members applying for an SAE Grant through National FFA have an account on AgCN so they are able to access the application prior to Friday, November 13. If your chapter’s current roster is not uploaded to AgCN yet, you may access invitation codes for previous members on the AgCN expired roster page.


Learn more at:


Arizona National Livestock Show

I'm extremely pleased to announce that the Arizona National Livestock Show has expanded opportunities for 4-H and FFA members to participate at the 2015 Show!  The Arizona National would like to invite youth from across your state to join us in Phoenix over December 27-January 1 for the 68th ANLS.
In addition to the Junior Livestock Shows, Junior Livestock Judging and Livestock Skill-A-Thon contests, 4-H and FFA members from across the country have the opportunity to compete in the Junior Market Poultry and Poultry Showmanship shows, Ag Mechanics contest, and FFA Prepared Public Speaking Contest recently opened to eligible FFA members from ANY state, but new this year we've added the FFA and 4-H Creed Contests!  Not only are these great opportunities for 4-H and FFA members to participate in national competition, but by participating at the ANLS, youth become eligible for the ANLS Scholarship Program.
More information about Contest Rules and entry submission, as well as contest entry forms can be found on the Arizona National website at Please feel free to contact the Arizona National Office with any questions (602-258-8568).  
Thanks so much!
Meg Anema
Assistant Manager

Arizona National Livestock Show
1826 West McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ  85007-1696
Phone (602) 258-8568

Fax (602) 257-9190


NAAE Summer Internships

NAAE is once again offering summer paid internships for qualified college students at or above the junior level with a declared major of agriculture education (or similar based on university/state nomenclature).  Internships are available in the areas of advocacy, communications, and professional development.  Applications are due December 18th.

Additionally, a paid internship with the National Teach Ag Campaign is available for a college student of any standing so long as they are an agriculture education major.  Applications for the Teach Ag internship are due January 10th. Full details and applications can be found at:


THE AET Recordbook Resources

Last week we shared a NEW online recordbook resource - AET. We have received a few questions regarding the transfer of a students past records into AET. Below are couple tips to helping your students get started.
1. AET Guide for Entering Students Past Records
2. Teachers who would like more updates from AET should consider setting their profile up. Once you profile is set-up you will begin receiving update newslettersf from AET containing additional class resources and guides.


Arctic Cat Chapter Grant Program

We are proud to announce a new chapter grant program with Arctic Cat dealers across the country. Please click here to see their official press release and explanation of the partnership. This program is designed to help engage local FFA chapters, state foundations and associations, and the National FFA.

How it works

  • Dealers select a FFA chapter in their area to receive a grant.
  • The chapter receives $800, the state foundation (or association if no foundation) receives $200. National FFA receives $135.
  • Chapters and states do not have to fill out anything to receive the grant. We do encourage thank you notes and other engagement opportunities, as always.
  • The dealer pays $500 per grant (they can identify as many chapters as they want to give $500), the rest of the funds are matched by Arctic Cat corporate headquarters. There is no maximum to the number of grants corporate Arctic Cat will match.


Dealer sign-ups: October 15th through November 15th

Award checks sent to states and chapters: December 2015

                *All funds will be collected by National FFA and then sent to chapters and states

How FFA Advisors, Alumni, State Foundations, and local supporters can help

  1. Use the dealer locator below to identify the dealer locations in your area. Arctic Cat Dealer Locator
  2. Contact a dealer in your area and ask them to participate. Dealers sign up through their District Sales Manager by calling them to let them know they want to take participate in the program. Do not be surprised if the dealer tells you they have already signed up. If they do, thank them for their support.

We know this is a quick turnaround, but Arctic Cat really wanted to do this before the end of the year. Please send this information out to alumni groups, teachers, and others who are willing to reach out to the local dealers. Please contact Jackie Edwards at the National FFA Foundation or myself if you have any questions.




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NEW SAE Recordbook Intructional Tool Available

Dear California Teachers,

We are excited to offer a brand new instructional tool to assist with the management of your student’s SAE projects. The AET is an online record book and chapter management system that is now being offered as an optional record book tool for you to take advantage of. Chapters may continue using the hardcopy book or I record book however we encourage you take a look at The AET because it may provide a variety of SAE resources the other platforms currently don’t provide.

At The AET, they believe keeping complete records is both educational and a function of good recordkeeping. They have instructional guides to help students develop their SAE plans, make entries and even catch up previous year’s data!

A few additional highlights of AET include:

  •  THE AET designed both the National Proficiency and American Degree applications, therefore students’ records in THE AET will automatically populate those award applications.
  • THE AET is currently developing a process to populate our State Degree application.
  • THE AET contains SAE Explore resources, SAE grading rubrics, record book quizzes, and other classroom instructional resources.
  • THE AET provides video tutorials and how to guides to help both teachers and students get started.

How to Get Started:

  1. Informational Letter
  2. Teachers' Getting Started Guide
  3. How to Set-up and SAE Guide
  4. Student's Getting Started Handout


California FFA Newsletter - Fall 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 78,000 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. [More]


CA FFA News Worksheets



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


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


2015 State Officer Chapter Visit Schedule

The State Officers are excited to get their chapter visit schedule started. They have been working on their lesson plans, and they look forward to hitting the road soon. Please take a look at the 2015-16 State Officer Chapter visit schedule and letter, along with the 2015-2018 Rotation Schedule.


Chapter Scoops - California FFA Insert

Submit your FFA Chapter Scoops and see them published in the New Horizons Magazine

Here’s how…

1. Submit a 100-150 word article about your chapter’s recent activity.

  • Please do not include members or advisors names within the article.
  • b. The article should be about an interesting/unique type of FFA activity. This is an opportunity to showcase new and innovative chapter activities.

2. Attach a GREAT quality digital photo.

  • Photos should be in color and help further explain the submitted article.
  • Photos must include members with appropriate clothing & behavior.
  • Photos must be sent as individual jpeg files.

3. Email the above information to The Subject of the email must include your chapter’s name. In the email, please include the author of the chapter scoop and title of the article.

Chapter Scoop Submission Deadlines:
Material is due by:
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

* If the Chapter Scoop does not meet the above qualifications, it may not be included in the publication. Material sent after the respective due date will not be included.


Agriculture Teacher Consultant List

The provided list has been developed to serve as a resource guide for teachers. If your in the need of advice on a particular topic of agriculture education please take a look at the list to find a few experts in the field. Please also pass on to State Staff if a correction or asddition should be made to the list. [MORE - PDF Consultant List]


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.