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Springfield, IL 62702
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National Convention Housing, State Awards Day & Ag Legislative Day

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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1.  Ag Legislative Day Schedule

2.  State Awards Day - Judges must be provided by Friday, March 17

3.  2017 National FFA Convention Housing Information

1.  Ag Legislative Day Schedule

  • 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.  Arrive and check-in at the Capitol Building.

  • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Assemble commodity baskets and lunches in the South Hall of the Capitol Building.  All baskets and commodity items in the baskets are provided by Illinois Department of Agriculture and various commodity organizations throughout the state of Illinois.  

  • 10:00 a.m. Short briefing of the day's activities in South Hall of the Capitol Building, followed by a group picture on the front steps of the Capitol.

  • 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Deliver commodity baskets and lunches to legislators.

Ag Legislative Day Sign Up

Click Here to register for 2017 Illinois Ag Legislative Day.  

The annual Illinois Agricultural Legislative Event and Ag Legislative Awareness Day will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at the State Capitol in Springfield. Security around the State Capitol requires us to follow some specific procedures.

All chapters attending Ag Legislative Awareness Day MUST register all people who will be attending from their chapter no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017. All chapter lists will be compiled and a master list will be submitted to the security people at the capital. Chapters should report to the South Hall of the State Capitol.

Please choose the Senator or Representative that you would like to take a basket too.  Once a name is chosen, it will disappear from the choices.  If your person is no longer listed, then please just leave the question blank, and we'll choose someone for you.


  • Everyone MUST have a picture I.D. of some type.

  • Make an appointment with your legislators prior to March 30, 2017.

  • FFA members must be in official dress with an FFA jacket.

2.  State Awards Day - Judges MUST be provided by Friday, March 17

  • Please see the following details for State Awards Day, Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Lincoln Hall Theater, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.  

  • All directions and announcements will take place at 10:00 a.m.

  • Stars are SATURDAY as well as all Proficiency Awards!

  • Click here for maps of campus and room assignments.  

  • Registration begins at 8 a.m. in Lincoln Hall. Instructions will begin at 10 a.m.

  • LOCATION: Registration, judging, and results will be in four buildings located on the Main Quad. Registration, the orientation meeting, and results will be completed in Lincoln Hall. Judging will take place in Gregory Hall (GH), the English Building (EB), and the Foreign Languages Building (FLB). No food or drink will be allowed in Lincoln Hall Theatre.

  • PARKING: The attached map indicates parking areas available near the Main Quad. One-way streets are also identified on the map (refer to the arrows). Please review the "State Awards Day Map - Parking" attached PDF file for more details.

  • Most streets have meters that are free on the weekends. However, some meters may require money. Please check the meters closely to ensure they are free before parking in that area, or bring money for the meter. The parking garage at the corner of Gregory and Dorner is a short walk from the Main Quad, and the parking lot at Turner Hall is always a good option. Those areas are free to park unless they have a blue reserved sign. The parking garage at the corner of Gregory and Dorner will not accommodate the height of a white activity bus.

  • FOOD: The Agricultural Education Program will provide FREE food for all judges and students again this year. When judging committees and students enter their designated building, pizza will be available to pick up in the lobby area. This should allow time for everyone to eat prior to the interviews. Students will also have time to eat while they are waiting to be interviewed.

  • HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: A block of hotel rooms is available at the Comfort Suites hotel in Urbana. Contact Laura Raney, Sales Manager (217-328-3550), for details about pricing and availability.

  • Important Notes and Steps:

  • 1.  First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS to the all of the District winners - State Awards Day is BIG day!  We are excited for you and excited to work with you.

  • 2.  It was decided at an FFA Board meeting the National Proficiency application DOES NOT need to be turned in on State Awards Day.  Please click here for the instruction document - ALL times and locations are in this document.

  • 3.  Click here to complete the judges form.  MUST have that form completed by NO LATER than this Friday, March 17, 2017.  NOTICE:  Stars = 1 judge per Star Candidate and Proficiency area = 1 judge per student entered.  For example if you have a Star Farmer Candidate who is also a Beef District winner you need 2 judges.  

  • One judge must be provided for each student competing in State Awards Day judging.  Current FFA members are not eligible to serve as judges.

  • 4. Click here to open and then download the 2017 Data form - or open and download the Data Form from

  • Once the Data Form is complete print it and BRING IT with you to State Awards Day AND email it to by Friday, March 24, 2017.   

  • NOTICE:  On state awards day, our video coordinator will at the awards day. He will record each winner.  Each State Winner MUST be prepared to briefly describe their SAE to have it audio recorded for the State Proficiency Awards session during State FFA Convention.   The Data form MUST be completed to be prepared for this process.  Winners will use the completed Data Form for this video.  

  • 5.  Click here for the District Proficiency Winner Press release and Click Here for District Star Winner Press release.   We will have a similar State press release and take photos of all of the district winners as a group and then the State winners with their teacher/s.  All State winning photos will be in a folder to be shared with you that day.

  • 6.  Click here for the checklist for State Awards Day and STARS.

  • 7.  Click here for the letter to District Star Winners about photos.

  • 8.  Questions - don't hesitate to ask.  Call or email.  Thank you, have a GRAND day and more importantly good luck to your students on State Awards Day!


Mindy Bunselmeyer 217-753-3328 ext. 101.


3.  2017 National FFA Convention Housing Information

Click here to view information from National FFA about 2017 National FFA Convention Housing.  

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