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Ag Ed for Advisors
7 - San Joaquin State Degree EFM/WFM, Fresno
8 - San Joaquin State Degree TK, Tulare
9 - San Joaquin State Degree SEQ, Tulare
11 - Southern Region Spring Mtg, Pomona
11 - Cal Poly Pomona Field Day
16 - State Speaking Semifinals, Fresno
16 - Spring FFA Executive Meeting, Fresno
17 - State Parli Pro Finals, Fresno
18 - Fresno Field Day
18 - Clovis Wedling/ Specialty Animal Contest
18-21 - State FFA Leadership Conference, Fresno
2 - State CDE Finals, Cal Poly SLO
Advisor Update - Revised 4/9/15
87th State FFA Conference Update
Please follow the links below to find information related to awards and programs during the 87th State FFA Leadership Conference
- Conference Session Information
- Delegate Business Information
- Distinguished Service, Honorary Degree, and Blue and Gold Hall of Fame Information
- National Chapter Award
- Nominating Committee Information
- Planning and Safety Information
- State Band, Choir, and Talent Information
- Star Farmer Awards
- Star Advisor, Admin, Counselor, Reporter, and Supporting Staff Awards
- State Officer Candidate Information
- Web Page Design Award
Teach Ag Workshop at State Convention
Good afternoon, Team Ag Ed!
What: The Teach Ag workshop will be returning for its third installment at the State FFA Conference! This year, it is entitled, "Do it all... Teach Ag!"
When/Where: Monday, April 20th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in one of the breakout rooms that overlooks the Career Show (Room 2000, EC). This workshop IS BY INVITATION ONLY!
Who: We ask you to look at the list of students coming to conference and identify one or two students in that group WHO ARE considering a career as an Ag Teacher or WHO SHOULD consider a career as an Ag Teacher. Given the small window of time we have with the group, and the serious need to recruit future ag teachers, we can only accommodate those participants who are recommended they their teachers.
ACTION: I need the names of these students by Monday, April 13th.
Thank you for helping to ensure the future of our profession by serving as a champion for what we do.
Tractor and Equipment Association Scholarship
The Tractor and Equipment Association offers a $1,000 scholarship to all high school seniors and current students at tech schools, community, junior and four-year colleges and universities. Awards will only be granted once per individual. Please limit response to space provided. Applications may be typed or hand-written.
Application deadline is Sept 1st. Electronic submission preferred! FAX: 888-328-7306 (or) E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Pins from National FFA
With chapter banquet season in full swing, now is a great time to remember the free proficiency and star medals provided by the National FFA. Teachers simply need to login to their ffa.org account, open their dashboard (at the top), click on My Toolbox – Instructor, and then look for the Requests and Registrations box as seen below:
Inside this function are two resources:
- A set of Excel certificate templates specific to over 50 awards.
- A request form for medals and certificates.
In response to advisor concerns and recommendations, now teachers can order just what they need. Instead of only being able to order a full set of medals and certificates, advisors have the following choices:
- One packet of proficiency medals, star medals, and certificates
- Two packets of proficiency medals, start medals, and certificates
- Star medals and certificates only
- Certificates only
Please allow up to four weeks for shipping and processing. These are free resources for every chapter nationwide.
California FFA Newsletter - Spring Issue Available
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.
National FFA Update
New Website Login Issues?
Some stakeholders are reporting trouble logging into our new website. The most common cause of this is not closing their browser after a previously logged in session. It is critical to close your browser or tab upon logging out of our new ffa.org website. If users experience a constant reload cycle that prevents them from logging in, they can clear their internet cookies which should allow them to then login.
Stakeholders should know that the new ffa.org is compatible with all common internet browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome. We’ve also worked to ensure that functionality exists for one-to-one schools that use Chromebooks. Users are welcome to contact me with specific problems or call our front desk in Indianapolis at 317-802-6060.
WLC registration slots have gone fast. Registration opened a week ago today and now weeks 1-4 are sold out. This covers the month of June. Openings remain for weeks 5-7 in July. Learn more at: https://www.ffa.org/participate/conferences/washington-leadership-conferenc
Alumni Extended Hours
As of Feb. 2, national alumni staff are available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST on the first and third Mondays of every month (holidays and the weeks of the National FFA Alumni Development Conference and the National FFA Convention & Expo excluded). Please pass along to your state’s alumni leaders and encourage them to call 317-802-4204 with questions on membership, rosters, chartering, reactivating, conferences, tax exempt status, awards applications and more.
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB is proud to announce that they will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 68 years, this award has been presented to FFA students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student, Ag Educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards from now until May 1, 2015.
Cows Not Required: 7 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Participate in FFA
This blog post made the rounds during National FFA Week and is definitely worth a look if you missed it. Thanks to Buddy in Utah for sharing this succinct and well-written advice from a North Dakota mother and blogger: http://thepinkepost.com/2015/02/cows-not-required/
RAM FFA Test Drive Fundraiser
Last year FFA chapters across the country partnered with their local RAM dealer for a test drive day raising thousands of dollars for local, state, and National FFA with the majority of the funds raised going to local chapters. RAM Trucks and the National FFA Foundation are now making this opportunity potentially available to more chapters in 2015. Last year’s participating chapters have had a chance to express their interest in the 2015 program.
Now, new chapters can express their interest. Simply click on this link: http://donate.ffa.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=1501 to let RAM know you are interested in participating. RAM will then work with the local dealer to determine if they are interested as well. Anticipate notification of selection mid-April. If selected, the RAM Dealer will work with you to identify the best day sometime between May and September for the test drives and share promotional efforts to maximize the fundraising potential for your chapter. Please access this link by Friday, March 20th. Our survey ends on the 20th as we’ll turn the data over to RAM. If you are not interested in the RAM FFA Test Drive Program, please do not fill out the survey.
Completing this short survey does not guarantee that your chapter will be selected for the 2015 program. Selection will be based on interested in RAM dealers in your geographical area and number of interested in FFA chapters. If you are receiving this email as part of a multi-teacher ag department, only one response from your program is needed. Whoever responds will be our contact point for the 2015 program, if selected.
Farm Water Video Contest
The Farm Water Video Contest is sponsored by the California Farm Water Coalition in recognition of Water Awareness Month and is opened to all FFA Chapters in California. The objective of the contest is to illustrate farm water use efficiency practiced by California farmers as they grow food and fiber crops for consumers in California and around the world.
Who May Enter
All California FFA Chapters may enter. Entries represent the Chapter and may be a team or individual effort. Limit one entry per Chapter.
Entry Guidelines - CLICK HERE for Entry Form
- Each entry must be submitted on two playable DVDs with no menus as well as a separate movie file, ie. .mov, .wmv or.avi.
- Video length must be a minimum of 1 minute and no longer than 3 minutes.
- No copyrighted material may be used in the video.
- No professional assistance allowed.
- By submitting a video, the entrant certifies that the entrant has all of the necessary rights to utilize the content in the video, and the right to authorize the California Farm Water Coalition to use the video.
All entries must be received in the California Farm Water Coalition office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015. (Submission of the video authorizes the California Farm Water Coalition specific permission to use, copy and distribute the submitted video for public information and/or educational purposes with no financial compensation.)
Prizes (All prizes will be awarded to individual FFA Chapters.)
First Place $500
Second Place $300
Winning entries will be selected by a panel of farm water representatives. Winning entries will be posted to the California Farm Water Coalition website during Water Awareness Month in May 2015.
Students may wish to visit www.farmwater.org to review information related to farm water use in California.
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.
- Educator discount program - Download Flyer - An educator login is required to order at the discounted rate. Accounts can be set up at: http://www.lincolnelectric.com/en-us/education-center/Pages/education-login-or-register.aspx
- Professional Development Workshops - Information about the professional development workshops can be found at: http://www.lincolnelectric.com/en-us/education-center/seminars-and-workshops/Pages/educator-workshop.aspx.
- 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.
- James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation Award Program: http://www.jflf.org/awards/Awards-Home.aspx.
A good point of contact is the office’s administrative assistant, Vicki Wilson 216-383-2240 email@example.com.
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.
- Conference Scholarships
- Hall of Chapters
- Honorary Awards
- National Convention Delegate
- Sacramento Leadership Conferece
- Star Adult Awards (I.E. Advisor, Administrator, Counselor, & Supporting Staff)
- Star Reporter Award
- State Band, Choir, & Talent
- State FFA Degree
- State FFA Officer Nominating Committee
- State FFA Officer Candidate
- State Star Farmer Award
- State Sub-Committee Chair
- Superior Chapter Award
- Website Design
California FFA Gear
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.