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Western Region Agriculture Education Conference. Great Falls, Montana April 21, 2010. "things that do not change remain the same.". Again!!! It ain't the same at National FFA!. New COO--Dr. Dwight Armstrong. Dwight Armstrong.

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western region agriculture education conference

Western Region Agriculture Education Conference

Great Falls, Montana

April 21, 2010

things that do not change remain the same
"things that do not change remain the same."


It ain't the same at National FFA!

dwight armstrong
Dwight Armstrong
  • Former FFA member and Kentucky State Officer
  • Professor North Carolina State University 1975-82
  • Former COO for Akey, Inc. 1982-2000
  • Former COO for North American Nutrition Companies, Inc 2000-08
  • Founder and Principal at JDA Consulting, LLC 2008-09
  • Served as chair of the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board
affiliation fee option
Affiliation Fee Option

Reason for Providing the Option

  • Provide all students the opportunity to be engaged in leadership through agricultural education
  • Save teachers valuable class time
  • Align with NQPS
  • To make FFA an integral component of agricultural education for every student, every class, every day
how does it work
How does it work?
  • Every student taking agricultural education is considered a member of FFA and is included on the roster. One fee for the entire Chapter
  • No FFA dues should be collected from students – alternative sources
  • Both state and national FFA have an affiliation Fee plan in place in states participating
how can i find out more
How can I find out more?
  • More information will soon be coming out in publications- “Making a Difference” and online
  • Contact your state staff to see what your options are.
  • See me while I am here to answer any questions you might have.
  • Contact the membership department at National FFA
  • Membership Rosters Due--May 15, 2010
  • Barn Restoration Applications--May 15, 2010

Last year for barn campaign

  • Alumni award/grant applications due July 1
  • Alumni Development Conference
    • Rock Island, Illinois – July 14-18
    • Registration due June 1
  • Alumni Convention---October 21 & 22
awards and recognition
Awards and Recognition
  • American Degree Change 2011

Community Service

Chapter Degree—10 hours

State Degree---25 hrs, 2 activities

American Degree---50 hrs, 3 activities

Start preparing now!

Proficiency Award Application Problems

Contact Rosalie Hunsinger at proficiency@ffa.org.

cde revision timeline

CDE Revision Timeline

August 2010

Revision summary presented to EMC for review

March 2011

State staff inservice on revisions at Ag Ed Summit

April 2011

Train the Trainer program one representative per state, Indianapolis

May – August 2011

LPS and CARE staff participate in state level meeting and inservice

August 2011

Updated rules, formats and applications released via www.ffa.org

October 2012

Award programs conducted at convention following revised rules and formats.

Applications submitted in spring of 2012 will follow revised rules and formats.


Serving others is something your chapter already does, right?

The goal of the Million Hour Challenge is for FFA chapters to collectively reach 1 million hours by completing service projects in one or all of the five service categories: Education, Environment, Government, Social/Human Services and Healthy Lifestyles.

Up your chapters chance to receive $2,500 for their service efforts. Log your hours now!



11 States and 65 Chapters

Received Grant Awards of nearly $400,000

9 grants in western states

Check out the amazing service-learning projects that FFA chapters around the country are conducting to make BIG impacts in their communities.

Go to www.ffa.org/ltsgrants

Go to the Community Walk link and see where sites are located and get great project ideas for your community!


Taja of Urban Farming is providing an education segment to Mayor Franklin and Creekside High School FFA members. (GA, April 21, 2009)

Changing Young Lives & A Community’s Future through Care and Agriculture

PALS and Campbell Soup have made grants available for community gardens for up to $2,000 each! The deadline for applying is August 2, 2010. Contact the PALS office at 317-802-4413 or pals@ffa.org for more information.

middle school food and agriculture literacy curriculum
Middle School Food and Agriculture Literacy Curriculum
  • National FFA and the National Pork Board have teamed-up to create a new middle school curriculum
  • It is intended to be an entire year’s worth of material.
  • Focusing on all agriculture pathways, math, science and literacy and agriculture awareness
  • Coming this fall!
core catalog update
Core Catalog Update
  • National Career Development Events Questions & Answers 2009– NOW Available
  • 2010-2011 Official FFA Manual available
  • New Official FFA Handbooks available spring 2011
merchandise center
Merchandise Center
  • Customer Service continues to be highest priority.
  • If you have an issue, contact customer service as early as possible to correct problems by calling our toll free number 888-332-2668.
ffa jackets
FFA Jackets
  • Set of 10 Official FFA Jackets are available for $450. They have no personalization on the front and are the 6 most common sizes for males and 4 for females.
  • New Chapters can order the set for $400.
  • Online jacket measuring tool.


professional development
Professional Development
  • DELTA---Tarleton State, cancelled

Transitioning to NAAE

  • AgScience Ambassador
  • National AgScience Integration Institute
agscience ambassador program
AgScience Ambassador Program
  • Chestertown, Md
  • July 11-16, 2010
  • Three from the 13 western states accepted


Will transition to NAAE after this summer class

national agscience integration institute
National AgScience Integration Institute
  • Agriscience Teacher Ambassador(s), a Teacher Educator, and a State Staff person
  • 10-12 state teams
  • Johnston, Iowa, on the campus of Pioneer Hybrid, International, June 27- July 1, 2010. 
  • Cutting edge approach to integrating Agriscience and Inquiry-based instruction
  • Applications due April 2…selection by April 16.
  • Washington participated last year
  • Arizona this year
  • Transition to NAAE after this institute
status of case
Status of CASE
  • Developing four program of study pathways for AFNR
  • Three courses released nationally:
    • Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal
    • Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant
    • Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (Field test 2010-2011)
  • Developing end of course assessments
benefits of case
Benefits of CASE
  • Increase rigor and relevance of student learning for AFNR content and core academics
  • Inquiry-based instruction
  • Engages students as instruction is provide using activities, projects, and problems
  • Student directed lessons – not teacher directed
  • National standards alignment

Learn how to implement CASE in your program at www.case4learning.org

wlc leading out loud
WLC Leading Out Loud
  • New Registration Costs

Student $675

Advisor Double $675

Advisor Single $935

  • Registration opened, March 1. 
  • Visit www.ffa.org for information and to register. Contact wlc@ffa.org or 317-802-6060 with questions.
  • 2nd and 3rd weeks full
chapter leadership conferences schedule 212 and 360 conferences may 1
Chapter Leadership ConferencesSchedule 212 and 360 conferences May 1

Online National Officer Applications and

Non Com Nominations Open

April 1-August 1

national collegiate ag ambassador program
National Collegiate Ag Ambassador Program
  • Applications due June 1, 2010
  • Find Applications on www.ffa.org/collegiate
  • sign up for the FFA Beyond High School newsletter at - http://www.ffa.org/index.cfm?method=c_Media.subscription.
ffa collegiate agricultural experience in zambia
FFA Collegiate Agricultural Experience in Zambia
  • Howard G. Buffett Foundation.
  • July 28 – August 20, 2010
  • 6 College enrolled FFA Members
  • 2 day orientation in D.C., 2 weeks in Zambia, and 2 day debrief in D.C.
  • deadline for applications is May 1
  • Collegiate Programs page of www.ffa.org.
national convention
National Convention
  • 2010 National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent “on line” applications will be available April 15.
  • Deadline for application July 1. For more information email bct@ffa.org.
  • 2010 Online National FFA Convention Planning web site available in mid-April.
  • Convention registration – opens mid-August 
national convention1
National convention

Housing registration is open.

login to MyFFA account to get the hotel listing and form.  

Convention Housing closes Tuesday, September 7, 2010.

Reserving Rooms for Other Chapters?

Indicate on the chapter housing form the chapters and the number of rooms allotted to each chapter to get the preconvention registration discount

To update this information please contact housing@ffa.org.

Need help with your state’s convention registration process?  Contact Ellen Williams for more details.  317-802-4269

questions ideas concerns
  • Contact:

Ernie Gill

Western Region LPS Specialist