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  Interested in Global Learning in Agriculture?    
  Posted 11/3/2017  

Vested stakeholders and partners representing multiple institutions are coming together as Global Learning Partners with the Global Teach Ag! Initiative to offer a truly unique professional development opportunity that has the goal of removing barriers facing educators as they work to advance global learning in agriculture:  #GLAG18: Cultivating Global Learners.  The Keynote should be great, Transforming Global Agriculture Through Youth Engagement" with Appiah Boateng, founder and Executive Director of 4-H Ghana, and Trent McKnight, founder of AgriCorps. Here is a short clip from Trent:

Key Information:

1)       Submit presentation proposals.

a.   Solicitations are open for sharing of scholarship and best practices for advancing the dialogue around Global Learning and participants have two options for dissemination of their innovation and research: synchronous or asynchronous. Submissions are really simple and are due on November 15th.  This is for ANYONE passionate about global engagement in agriculture. All levels of educators are welcome (secondary and post-secondary). This is a non-discipline specific, unbiased sharing of scholarship of research and creative accomplishment and scholarship of teaching and learning.  You can learn more here:

2)      Sharing is Caring.

a.  When you find something it awesome, the only thing that makes it better is sharing with someone else! There is a limited availability for the awesome Conference-in-a-Box [Only 100, $50]! (but unlimited digital access only, $25). Please personally invite friends and colleagues that you think would be interested J: .


  Minarets Invitational Parliamentary Procedure & Creed Contest    
  Posted 11/18/2016  
Dear Advisors, Coaches, and Contestants,
The O’Neals-Minarets Chapter cordially invites you to our sixth 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 28, 2017. The contests will include both Parliamentary Procedure
as well as Creed Speaking. Creed Speaking will begin at 8:00
AM sharp; Parliamentary Procedure will begin at 9:30 AM. Every team
must be there prior for check in and registration begins at 7:00 AM.
Please note that times may be subject to change. You will be able to
enter students in both contests; we have done our best to secure a
schedule that allows participation in both.
Attached is an entry form for the competition. The contests will be limited
to the following: The first 10 teams in each Novice and Advanced
Parliamentary Procedure, and the first 40 contestants in the Creed
Contest. Entry forms are due by January 20, 2016 and a check or purchase
order needs to accompany your entry. Entry forms and P.O.’s
can be faxed to (559) 868-8686, or forms and checks can be mailed to
P.O. Box 186, O’Neals, CA, 93645.
If you are participating in the Parliamentary Procedure contest, you are
held responsible for providing a judge for EACH team that you register.
That judge needs to be able to judge both Novice and Advanced.
We are looking forward to hearing from you and hope to see you in
Andrew Rezendes
Contest Chair

  Preparing for National Convention - From National FFA    
  Posted 10/8/2016  

The National FFA Organization is thrilled to have 60,000+ members, advisors, and supporters converging on Indianapolis next week. National FFA staff are working hard to make this convention and expo the best yet. We’re excited to see many of you there. As with any gathering of this magnitude, issues may arise. National FFA staff will all be wearing credential badges and are happy to help with questions and concerns that you and your delegation may have during the week. 

       Download the 2016 Convention and Expo App
Keep the convention and expo at your fingertips with the all new app for Android and iPhone.  This is not a renewal of previous years’ apps.  This is an all new product with significant product enhancements.  We think you’ll find it to be a very valuable resource before and during convention.  Android: iPhone:

       Convention live on RFD-TV and Livestreamed

For those that can’t make it to convention this year, keep up with all the happenings live and in real time on the National FFA convention website at and on TV as part of our ongoing partnership with RFD-TV. RFD-TV is available on most major satellite and cable television providers. Find the TV broadcast schedule at:


3.       State Photos

Please be sure to take part in your state photo if your schedule allows. Find a full list of state photo times at:


4.       Student Leadership Workshops

Don’t wait until you arrive in Indianapolis to identify leadership workshops for your students.  Download the schedule now and help your students attend the workshops that best add to their skill set:


5.       Teacher Professional Development Workshops

Grow your knowledge and skill set as a professional agricultural educator through the convention teacher workshops.  Find the full schedule at:


6.       Name Badge Registration

Don’t forget that this year all students, advisors, chaperones, and attendees at convention must have their individualized name badge in their possession for entry to all main convention areas.  Printing of name badges will be in Hall K of ICC at the following times:

Tuesday 10/18, 1pm – 8 pm

Wednesday, 10/19, 8am- 8pm

Thursday, 10/20, 7am-8pm

Friday, 10/21, 8am-8pm

Saturday, 10/22, 6:30 am-9 am

Advisors seeking to pick up their registration name badges must enter through the east door off of S. Capitol Ave on W. Georgia Street (FFA Way).  Advisors with CDE teams will be able to print name badges at the Indiana Fairgrounds.  Advisors are strongly encouraged to complete all name input in the online registration system by October 10th.  If not completed by the 10th, your registration process on site in Indianapolis will take longer.


7.       Safety at Convention

Please remember that valuables should never be stored in school busses, vans, rental cars, etc. while parked downtown or at a hotel. Although some of the parking lots are patrolled by security officers, items stolen from vehicles has occurred in the past. Opportunistic minded people know our schedule and often know that school vans, busses, cars, etc. parked downtown on Friday or Saturday might be packed with luggage for the trip home. This can present an unintended opportunity for theft. Please do not leave your vehicle unattended if it is packed with luggage and other valuables.


8.       Safety for Students

Our venues of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium do not allow pocket knives or weapons of any kind in either facility.  This year, all attendees will be subject to backpack/bag checks, metal detectors, and wanding to identify prohibited items.  If an attendee is found with a prohibited item in their possession, they will have the opportunity to return it to their hotel or vehicle.  They will not be allowed inside while in possession of the prohibited item.  Security staff WILL NOT hold items for attendees.


9.       Parking/Shuttles/Ground Transportation

Please review details for parking at: If you will have a car at convention please review convention parking at:


10.   Tours of the National FFA Center

Chapters are welcome to stop by the National FFA Center for a tour.  Tours are conducted during normal business hours and no reservation is needed.


11.   Social Media

Students, advisors, and supporters are encouraged to share their convention experience on social media with the hashtag #TransformFFA. Last year the convention hashtag showed up in the top ten of trending phrases. Help convention trend again through the use of #TransformFFA.


  USDA Farm to School Grants    
  Posted 9/14/2016  
  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that up to $5 million in grant funds is available to help schools create or strengthen farm to school programs this school year. These competitive grants will help further USDA efforts to increase locally sourced foods in America’s school meals. Farm to school programs help form healthy habits and support local economies.

The funds may be used for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. This year, awards ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 will be distributed in four different grant categories: Planning, Implementation, Support Service, and Training. Applications are due on by December 8, 2016.

On Thursday, September 29, at 1:00 p.m. EST, USDA will host a webinar to review the RFA and assist eligible entities in preparing proposals. Visit the grants homepage for more information and to register for the webinar.

For more information on how to apply for FY 2017 funding, visit the grant opportunities page. For lists of previously funded projects and summary reports of awards made in FY 2013-2016, visit the grant awards page. A full list of this year’s grantees will be posted online once the selection is announced in spring 2017.

  Johnson & Wales University    
  Posted 8/3/2016  
  The California Regional Admissions Representatives with Johnson & Wales University would like to introduce your FFA student members to Johnson & Wales University.

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, regionally accredited institution with approximately 16,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, R.I.; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, N.C. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, education, nutrition, hospitality, equine studies, engineering and design. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 119 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit

Your local rep can share firsthand information and experiences with your students. Our presentations include valuable information on how to find the perfect "fit" in a college or university; details about JWU’s globally recognized programs and internships; and opens students’ eyes to exciting career paths. It also covers ways to maximize financial aid and how to seek scholarships in general, as well as emphasizing the benefits of participation in national student organizations such as FFA. As you probably already know, JWU annually awards generous scholarships to FFA members!


  National FFA Convention registration closes on Monday, August 1.    
  Posted 7/21/2016  
  National FFA Convention registration closes on Monday, August 1. With less than two weeks left to register, there are less than 150 seats left. Most early trips are sold out. DC is also sold out this year at five buses as we work to slowly grow this event to keep up with demand. On August 1, step two of registration will open where you will be able to identify student names based on your roster to provide supplemental information. More information on this will come soon. If you plan to join the California trip this year, we encourage you register soon, as space is limited. Please let Mr. Sheehan or Ms. Maberto know if you have any questions or need assistance with registration; 209/744-1600. Thank you for your support of this trip and we look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis!

National FFA Housing is full as of July 21, 2016.

  National FFA New Horizons - Home Delivery Opt In    
  Posted 6/2/2016  
  National FFA is getting ready to do an address pull for the next edition of FFA New Horizons.  To date, the following chapters in California have signed up for student home delivery of the magazine.

CA0104 Hanford FFA CA0043 Coachella Valley FFA CA0165 Orosi
CA0271 Woodlake FFA CA0023 Brawley FFA CA0252 Turlock
CA0117 Kerman FFA CA0318 Lakeside - El Capitan CA0078 Exeter
CA0042 Clovis FFA CA0268 Willows FFA CA0056 Covina
CA0074 Escondido CA0175 Petaluma CA0417 Valley Center FFA
CA0026 Buena Park CA0158 Napa FFA CA0077 Eureka
CA0094 Galt FFA CA0295 Apple Valley CA0340 Del Norte
CA0545 Modesto-Gregori CA0097 El Molino CA0503 St. Helena FFA
CA0513 Waterford FFA CA0247 Tomales CA0254 Vacaville
CA0110 Hilmar CA0116 Julian CA0352 Middletown
CA0087 Fresno-Central CA0224 Visalia-Golden West CA0084 Fortuna FFA
CA0394 Merrill F. West CA0022 Bishop CA0229 Santa Rosa FFA
CA0293 Sonora - La Habra CA0072 Firebaugh FFA
To opt-in, please answer four questions on this form: Online access to the entire magazine as well as the national teaching guide is always available (at no charge) at:

  New Horizons Worksheets    
  Posted 5/24/2016  
Student Worksheets Key
Summer (doc | pdf)
Spring (doc | pdf)
Winter (doc | pdf)
Fall (doc | pdf)

Summer (doc | pdf)
Spring (doc | pdf)
Winter (doc | pdf)
Fall (doc | pdf)

  National FFA Convention registration is now open!    
  Posted 5/20/2016  
  Visit to learn more. The 2016 Trip Packet can be found here.

Due to the support from the California FFA Foundation and increased trip numbers, we are able to offer trips at a $25-$325 reduced cost from previous years. For the 2016 trip, California FFA will stay at the JW Marriott, which is across the street from the Convention Center. There is also a Sunday trip option for chapters that wish to go even earlier for CDEs or chapter coordinated educational tours. 

Please let us know if you have any questions. If you need assistance registering or the numbers available online don't quite match your needs, please contact the FFA Center (Ms. Maria Maberto at 209/ 744-1132 or

  State Convention Videos    
  Posted 5/19/2016  
  All 2016 California FFA State Convention video clips and full sessions are now live on our YouTube page:

Relive the experience or share it with your classes, friends and supporters/ alumni. Thanks for helping us #ElectrifyFFA.

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