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Upcoming Events


March:     
1 - Chico Field Day
1 - Superior Region Mtg
3-6 - SLE, Sacramento
7 - UC Davis Parli Pro
8 - UC Davis Field Day
17 - Central Region State Degree North, Delta
19 - Superior Region State Degree and Mtg, Chico
20 - Superior Parli Pro, Chico
20 - South Coast Spring Mtg, King City
21 - Southern Region State Degree, Sonora
21 - Merced Field Day
21 - North Coast State Degree and Mtg
24 - San Joaquin State Degree SV, Bakersfield
25 - San Joaquin State Degree SV, Bakersfield
28 - Modesto MJC Field Day
29 - South Coast Region State Degree, AGHS
30 - Central Region State Degree South, MJC

April:
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

May:
2 - State CDE Finals, Cal Poly SLO
 

Due Dates


14-15 Chapter Due Date Guide

April:     
1 - State Officer Banquet Requests Due

May:     
Varies - American Degree Applications Due
 

Advisor Update - Revised 2/10/15


 

 


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California FFA Newsletter - Spring 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 - Spring
 


 

CA FFA News Worksheets

 

Worksheets

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

 

Keys

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


 

San Diego Zoo Science Teacher Training

Each year the San Diego Zoo provides an opportunity for Science Teachers to attend a week long training on the facilities of CRES to learn about conservation.  A $500 stipend is paid to the teachers who participate.  This is an excellent opportunity to incorporate inquiry based lessons into our biological science courses-  Several Ag Teachers have participated in the past and can vouch for the program.  Just thought I would share.  The deadline to register is  March 20!

http://www.sandiegozooglobal.org/images/uploads/2015TWFlyer-2.pdf


 

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.

Browser Compatibility?

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

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. 


 

Zoetis Animal Health Support Program

The National FFA Foundation in partnership with Zoetis are pleased to announce the 2015 Zoetis Industry Support Program.  Formerly known as the Pfizer Animal Health FFA Rebate Program, this effort by Zoetis continues the strong relationship and fiscal support for local FFA chapters nationwide.

Eligible sales between February 1st and April 30th can help accrue money for designated local chapters or state FFA foundations.

Local chapters are encouraged to reach out to veterinarians and animal health supply stores in their area that carry, sell, and/or administer Zoetis products.  Veterinarians and stores that have previously participated in the program are encouraged to sign up again.  Chapters that reach out to newly interested veterinarians or animal health supply stores can share the attached PDF for more details.

Existing and new partners can visit: www.zoetisUS.com/industrysupport<http://www.zoetisUS.com/industrysupport> to sign up.  Zoetis dealers can also call their company representative at 866-611-2626 for more details about the Zoetis Industry Support Program.

Veterinarians and animal health supply stores can designate up to five chapters per supplier.  FFA members and/or chapter advisors are reminded to have their chapter number (including state abbreviation) on hand when suppliers are ready to sign up.

Thanks for sharing this information in your state and thanks for helping drive national support dollars to the student, chapter, and local level.


 

 


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WIX Filters Box Top Program and Fundraisers

Raise Money for Your Chapter with WIX Filters Box Tops

At WIX, we haven’t forgotten where we got our start. And that’s why we’re offering your FFA chapter an easy way to crank up its cash crop. All you have to do is encourage your friends, neighbors and family to use WIX filters. During the fundraising period, WIX will donate $.25 to your FFA chapter for every official WIX box top redeemed. Farmers, truck owners, repair shops, garages and auto parts stores can all help you earn money. Just collect their WIX part-numbered box tops and send them in. Last year WIX Filters donated nearly $50,000 to local FFA chapters throughout the United States as part of the promotion.

We’ll Get in the Dirt with You

To help achieve your fundraising goals, we’ll stir up some attention with a national and regional campaign. Targeting farm-oriented publications, our press releases will explain how using WIX filters can help FFA chapters such as yours. This advance information will get people in your community on board and excited about this program.  Your Local WIX Distributor Will Be a Big Help Participating auto parts stores will also give you some powerful support by displaying posters and promoting the purchase of WIX filters.  Just visit wixfilters.com for the name of your local WIX distributor. In addition, a WIX Filters District Manager will be available for any advice and information you may need during the fundraiser.

$5,000 in Bonus Money

If your chapter is one of four that submits the most box tops per member, we’ll send you a bonus check for $1,000. We’ll also send a $1,000 check to the chapter that shows the highest percentage increase over last year’s fundraiser. These bonuses are in addition to the money you earn for each box top. So get to work and earn some serious cash.

Over 65 Years of Nurturing this Crop

It started for WIX back in 1939, when we began manufacturing oil filters specifically for farm tractor engines. Since then, we’ve become one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of engine and specialty filters of all kinds, as well as the #1 filter in NASCAR®. We’ve nurtured this reputation by making the highest quality filters for virtually all makes and models of equipment. Since WIX shares a rich history with the agricultural industry, we’re proud to support FFA. Sponsoring this annual fundraiser is our way of helping to ensure that the next generation continues the vital tradition of farming and agricultural careers. And that we’ll be a part of it.

Get Ready for a Cash Harvest

Be sure to redeem your WIX box tops before April 30. Use claim form #WI-1615 RCF. Ask your local WIX distributor for the claim form or call (704) 869-3343 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET. We can’t wait to start receiving your box tops and send you a check in support of your FFA chapter. We’re proud that WIX Filters can help you rake in the cash.


 

State FFA Conference Registration NOW OPEN!!

Registration for the 87th State FFA Leadership Conference is NOW OPEN!! A few highlights include:

1. Registration is now $100, which is a savings of $25 from past years.
2. Medical/Liability Release forms will only be collected for delegates, nominating committee members, state officer candidates, and band/choir participants.
3. Check out the State Officer Facebook page for the Concert Announcement


 

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.

Entry Deadline
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.

Reference Materials
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.

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  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: http://www.jflf.org/awards/Awards-Home.aspx.

A good point of contact is the office’s administrative assistant, Vicki Wilson 216-383-2240 vicki_wilson@lincolnelectric.com.


 

**NOTICE**

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.