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  Mindy Bunselmeyer  6/25/2024 3:00:00 PM  

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  • HOT, HOT, HOT - Camp Health Profiles & Obstacle Course Forms - PLEASE get those turned in.  Please see this link on which students have completed the required documents or have missing documents.  If you do not see your school’s name, then we do not have the required information.  All forms must be completed by July 8, 2024.  


  • Happy 4th of July next week - the FFA Center will close at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, and CLOSED, on Thursday, July 4, 2024.  We are celebrating our Freedom with great gratitude!


****NEW Information****

  1.  Illinois State Fair update


  1. Illinois State Fair update


With the new system (Showworks), advisors do not have to sign entries this year, BUT you need to approve your students that sign up under your chapter. 


The instructions can be found HERE and are attached. Please ensure you have this done by July 19, 2024,  so they can process the entries. You can do this all at once or sign in weekly.  State Fair does ask if you change your password, and if you are a multi-teacher program, that you inform others what the password is. If you have any questions, you can call them, but it might be quicker to email Stephaine at


Also, a reminder:


NEW THIS YEAR:  A decision has been made to initiate steps to further improve traceability on the fairgrounds; therefore, for all cattle and swine, IDOA is requiring the individual identification of each animal by a USDA official animal identification number ear tag (“840” tag).  Additionally, beginning in 2025, the tag must be able to be read both visually and electronically. 


Steers do have to have Health papers.



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*Please NOTE that clicking on Dates & Deadlines will take you to the calendar.  

  • June 23-30, 2024 - IL FFA WLC Trip, Washington, D.C.

  • July 3, 2024 - IL FFA Center Closing at 12:30 p.m. for Holiday

  • July 4, 2024 - IL FFA Center Closed for 4th of July

  • July 8-12, 2024 - State Officer Meeting

  • July 8, 2024 - IL FFA Leadership Camp Health Profiles & Signed Obstacle Course Forms are DUE for each camper.

  • July 17, 2024 - Arrive Late/Leave Early IL FFA Leadership Camp Form DUE

  • July 22-25, 2024 -  IL FFA Leadership Camp, Allerton Park, 4-H Camp, Monticello

  • July 29, 2024 - ELS (New Teacher) Conference, 1701 Towanda Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701

  • July 30-31, 2024 - Beginning Ag Teacher Conference, Heartland Community College, 1500 W Raab Rd, Normal, IL 61761

  • August 8, 2024 - IL State Fair Parade, Springfield, IL

  • August 9-18, 2024 - Illinois State Fair, Springfield, IL

  • August 9, 2024 - Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair

  • August 23-September 2, 2024 - DuQuoin State Fair, DuQuoin, IL

  • August 23, 2024 - DuQuoin State Fair Parade

  • August 26, 2024 - DuQuoin Farm Follies, DuQuoin State Fair, DuQuoin, IL 

  • August 30, 2024 - IL FFA Center Closes at 2:30 p.m. for the Holiday

  • September 2, 2024 - IL FFA Center CLOSED for Holiday

  • September 3, 2024 - District I Star Conference, Black Hawk College East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Rd, Galva, IL 61434

  • September 4, 2o24 - District II Star Conference, Joliet Junior College, Main Campus, U Building, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431

  • September 5, 2024 - District IV Star Conference, Lake Land College, 5001 Lake Land Blvd, Mattoon, IL 61938

  • September 10, 2024 - District V Star Conference, Southern Illinois University, 1263 Lincoln Dr, Carbondale, IL 62901

  • September 10, 2024 - District V Greenhand Conference & COLT, Southern Illinois University, 1263 Lincoln Dr, Carbondale, IL 62901

  • September 11, 2024 - WIU Greenhand Conference, Western Illinois University, 1 University Cir, Macomb, IL 61455

  • September 12, 2024 - District II Star Conference, John Wood Comm College; John Wood Community College, 37803 St Hwy 104, Baylis, IL 62314 

  • September 13, 2024 - Special Accommodation Form DUE for State Forestry CDE

  • September 14, 2024 - Early Bird Registration ENDS for State Forestry CDE

  • September 20, 2024 - Elite Conference

  • September 28, 2024 - State Forestry CDE, SIU College of Agricultural Sciences, 1205 Lincoln Dr, Carbondale, IL 62901

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