California Department of Education Update: February 2021

By: Charles Parker, California Department of Education, State FFA Advisor

The new year started off much like any other year: completing State Degree applications, helping students with scholarships and preparing for what will most certainly be a busy spring. The following is provided in an effort to help you navigate the coming months:

  1. PLEASE, if you have not already done so, go to AET and complete your profile.
  2. State Leadership Conference – May 14-16
  3. Application Due Dates
    • March 1 – National Chapter; State Committee Chair; State Officer; Website; and State Nominating Committee
    • March 15 – Star Administrator; Star Counselor; Star Supporting Staff; Star Reporter; Hall of Chapter; State Talent and State Scholarship
    • April 1 – Courtesy Corp and Press Corp
  4. Leadership Development Events Timelines (All will be held in a virtual format)
Creed Recitation
Central – April 14
North Coast – April 13
San Joaquin – April 14
South Coast – March 19
Southern – April 13
Superior – April 14
State Finals – April 26
Extemporaneous Speaking
Central – March 23
North Coast – March 29
San Joaquin – March 29
South Coast – March 25
Southern – March 24
Superior – March 26
State Finals – April 28
Impromptu Speaking
Central – April 6
North Coast – April 8
San Joaquin – April 7
South Coast – April 8
Southern – April 6
Superior – April 7
State Finals – April 29
Job Interview
Central – April 7
North Coast – April 5
San Joaquin – April 7
South Coast – April 9
Southern – April 9
Superior – April 5
Region Resume/Cover Due – March 15
State Resume/Cover Due – April 21
State Finals – April 30
Prepared Public Speaking
Central – March 31
North Coast – March 30
San Joaquin – March 31
South Coast – April 1
Southern – April 1
Superior – March 30
State Finals – April 27
Region Manuscripts Due – March 19
State Manuscripts Due – April 9
Novice Parliamentary Procedure
Central – May 6
North Coast – April 22
San Joaquin – May 4
South Coast – April 21
Southern – April 23
Superior Region – April 16
Test – April 15
State Preliminaries – May 18
State Semi-Finals – May 20
State Finals – May 22
Advanced Parliamentary Procedure
Central – May 5
North Coast – April 22
San Joaquin – May 3
South Coast – April 21
Southern – April 23
Superior Region – April 16
Test – April 15
State Preliminaries – May 19
State Semi-Finals – May 20
State Finals – May 22

5. Agriscience Fair Timeline

March 19 – Research Papers/Application Due in AET
April 9 – Research Paper Results Announced
April 15 – Digital Display Boards Due 
May 3 – Team Interview/Videos Due 
May 7 – State Results Announced

6. Proficiency Award Timeline

February 23-24 – State Proficiency Scoring
February 26 – State Proficiency Finalists Announced
March 19 – Proficiency Award Videos Due
May 14-16 – Proficiency Winners Announced

7. Career Development Events Timeline (All will be held in a virtual format)

Event Host Site Date
Ag Communications (Trial) Reedley College May 6-7
Ag Issues UC Davis April 28 (Portfolios due April 19)
Ag Mechanics CP SLO April 30-1
Ag Pest Control CSU Fresno May 4
Ag Sales Cosumnes River College May 6
Ag Welding CSU Fresno/Merced College May 3-7
AET Farm Records AET April 27
Agronomy Modesto JC April 27
Best Informed CP SLO April 28
Computer Applications CSU Fresno April 26
Dairy Cattle Judging CSU Fresno May 1
Farm Business Management Butte College May 4
Farm Power & Machinery CSU Fresno April 28-30
Floriculture Modesto JC May 7
Forestry CP SLO May 1
Light Horse Judging CSU Fresno May 8
Livestock Judging CP SLO May 1
Marketing (CoOp) Modesto JC April 30
Marketing Plan UC Davis May 4 (Plans due April 27)
Meat Judging CSU Fresno May 8
Milk Quality & Dairy Foods Tulelake May 1
Nursery/Landscape Tulelake April 26
Poultry Judging Tulelake April 30
Small Engines CSU Fresno May 5-7
Soil & Land Evaluation Allan Hancock College May 7
Vegetable Crop Judging CP SLO May 1
Veterinary Science Chico State April 30

For more information about the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association, visit http://calagteachers.org/

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