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New Professional Institute – Fresno

Central Road Show – Delta College

Central CATA Mtg - Delta College



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     Program Plan Update
15     AIG Checklist
15     ALA & MFE Registration
               Monterey 1 & 2
15     National SAE Grant Apps


15     ALA & MFE Registration


5     SLE Applications
5     State Conf. Sub Comm Apps

Advisor Update - Revised 11/14/14



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2014-15 Chapter DUE DATE Guide

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


2014-15 Chapter FFA DUE DATE Guide


National FFA Convention Results

The California FFA Association would like to extend our congratulations to all of the students and their advisors/coaches for the hardwork put in competing at the National FFA Convention. Please take a look at the full California FFA National Convention Results Summary.


Livestock Insurance Coverage Limits Changes

Based on the current market and feedback we’ve received from teachers, effective 11/15/14, we will be increasing the coverage max limit of insurance on Market Beef and Replacement Heifers from $1,500 to $2,000 and Market Baby Beef from $400 to $500.


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


California FFA Foundation on AmazonSmile

With Holiday Shopping upon us, the California FFA Foundation has enrolled in Amazon Smile.  Please share the link below to invite supporters to support the California FFA Foundation.

  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to California Future Farmers Of America Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
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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]


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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.


National FFA Food for all Grants

The 2015 FFA: Food For All grant application is now OPEN! Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects that meet a hunger need. The application and resources are available at  Informational webinars start next week!

Applications are due Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Please feel free to contact Stefonie Sebastian ( if you have any questions.


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 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 - Fall


Helping Students Begin Their SAE Grant

Students can earn $1,000 to grow their SAE! Students can access the SAE Grant Application directly from their Degree Application Manager in AgCN.  Review a  list of the National FFA corporate sponsors that support this program, and their company information, to help students identify and select appropriate SAE Grant applications.  Learn more at National FFA's site and encourage students to begin their application today!

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California FFA News Submission

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

Article Submission                                                                                    Magazine is Published

Wednesday, October 22, 2014                                                                Late Fall/Winter 2014
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!


CATA Vision 2030 Summer 2014 Report

Please CLICK HERE to download the CATA Vision 2030 Summer Report. The committee wants to make sure the report is available for all teachers to see. If you have questions or comments please send those items to members of the committees mentioned in the report. Also please take the opportunity to thank the volunteers for their commitment to California Agriculture Education and the teaching profession.


New Professionals Conference

1st - 3rd Year California Agriculture Teachers,

I hope your school year is off to a great start.  Now that we have met our students, shared our syllabi, and hosted our first FFA meetings of the year it is time to start planning for ourselves!

The New Professionals Institute will be held at the Airport Piccadilly in Fresno on Wednesday, November 19th and Thursday, November 20, 2014.  I do realize this is a departure from our traditional schedule but we are hoping this makes it easier for those attending the Central Region Road Show.

Attached, you will find the registration form.  Begin processing your paperwork and submitting your materials.  While not everyone receiving this email may find themselves in the 1st through 3rd year demographic, encourage the newer teachers in your school, section or region to register to be part of this important conference.  It makes a difference!

As you have questions, do not hesitate to ask! Please Email me at


FFA Newsletter


The newest version of the CA FFA Newsletter is available!!

Flipbook Version


PDF Version



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.