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  Mindy Bunselmeyer  6/24/2021 7:00:00 AM  

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****NEW Information****

  1. Farm Progress Show Soil Judging Contest

  2. National FFA Report 

  3. Donation Opportunity at 2021 Farm Progress Show

  1. Farm Progress Show Soil Judging Contest

Click here to open the registration form.  

  1.  National FFA Report 

Click here to view the report from National FFA that was shared by Ben Meyer during the IAVAT Conference.  

  1. Donation Opportunity at 2021 Farm Progress Show

The FS System, along with its cooperative partner, GROWMARK Inc, have long been supporters of the agriculture education and leadership development that FFA provides.  At the 2021 Farm Progress Show, we are excited to sponsor an activity that will net a donation to the Illinois Association FFA and five local FFA chapters.


FFA chapter members are invited to wear a free t-shirt (provided by GROWMARK) to the Farm Progress Show, then stop at the FS Tent to check-in. For every check-in cataloged during the show, the Illinois Association FFA will receive $1.00 up to $5,000.  The five chapters receiving the most check-ins will receive $1,000 each. 


While FFA alumni, supporters and fans are all invited to check-in for their local chapter, t-shirts are especially made for chapter members and their advisors.


Donations will be made by the GROWMARK Foundation on behalf of the FS Cooperative System.  At show end, GROWMARK will announce the check-in totals and the 5 chapters to receive $1,000 each.  If your chapter is a gift recipient, you will be directly notified by your local FS Member Cooperative or GROWMARK, Inc.


On Wednesday September 1, the Illinois FFA State Officers will spend time at the Check-In to Cash-In event under the FS tent.  If your students are at the show that day, please invite them to stop by and chat with the officers. 


  1. Gather t-shirt sizes for your students

  • Remember to include incoming freshmen

  • Note that t-shirt sizes are unisex sizes and style

  1. Go to the website to place a bulk order

  • All t-shirts will ship to one location

  • We will not gather student names but suggest that you maintain a list of student orders

  1. Order before July 1st – the website will close July 2nd

  2. Promote the donation opportunity

    • When you order t-shirts, we will also send you posters, flyers and social posts to help you spread the word in your community

    • Encourage your students to tell family, alumni and friends to check-in for their chapter

  3. Wear the t-shirts to the 2021 Farm Progress Show on any dates

    • August 31 – September 2 in Decatur, IL.

    • For more information about attending the show go to

  4. Check-In for your Chapter at the FS Tent, lot 1233

    • Remember, the five chapters that show the most check-ins will receive $1,000 each from the GROWMARK Foundation.


If you have any questions about the website or the program please contact Beverly Long at or myself.  We are excited to once again demonstrate our faith in the FFA organization through this program.  On behalf of the GROWMARK System and local FS Member Cooperative, we thank you for your dedication to agriculture education.

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***DATES & DEADLINES - Remember***

  • June 28 - 29, 2021 - 2nd Year Ag Teacher Conference, Springfield IL

  • July 5 - FFA Center CLOSED - 4th of July HOLIDAY

  • July 12 - 16, 2021 - Illinois FFA State Officer Team Meeting, Carbondale, IL

  • July 27 - 28, 2021 - Beginning Advisors Conference, Springfield IL

  • August 10 - 12, 2021 - Illinois FFA State Officer Meeting, Springfield, IL

  • August 12 - 22, 2021 - Illinois State Fair, Springfield, IL

  • August 31 - September 2, 2021 - Farm Progress Show, Decatur, IL

Mindy Bunselmeyer
Illinois FFA Center
Phone: 217-753-3328 Cell: 217-412-5646
Address: 3221 Northfield, Springfield, IL 62702
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