1 week with 12 HOLES TO FILL!!!

Please be reminded of a few points of interest: 

1. If we do not fill our holes the other regions will. 

2. You still have time to have a student fill out an application. (ONE WEEK)

3. Most categories at this point ONLY have one entry on the google doc. There are still many of you that have not submitted what you are intending to turn in on February 1st. Having more than one in a category will help if one actually does not fit/meet the criteria of that category. 

Empty Categories (as of 1/25/18):

Ag Mech Energy Systems - E/P

 Agriscience Animal Systems Research 

Diversified Crop Production - Entrepreneurship 

Diversified Horticulture - E/P

Food Science and Technology - E/P

Emerging Agricultural Technology - E/P

Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management - E/P

Grain Production - Entrepreneurship 

Grain Production - Placement 

Nursery Operations - E/P 

Specialty Crop Production - E/P

Turf Grass Management - E/P


OUR SOUTH REGION GOAL is to be a consistent competitor with our student's SAEs on the state level (which means 20 again). Please review the past tips information at the bottom of this email to help you with your students applications. Also the quality of applications have increased over the past few years due to the judging process that the South Region has in place. Using Agriculture Teachers to judge the applications helps with instruction of students filling out applications in the future. Please take the opportunity to learn more by judging. The link to sign up to serve to judge is below. Judging will take place on  February 7th. This is a change from the hard copy calendar that you received at Summer Teachers Conference. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. It is not too late to sign up to judge! 

Yes I will help judge!

Again, we would like for you to take a few moments and to complete the form on the link below for each proficiency application that you intend to submit to the South Region office for the current school year. This worked extremely well last two years and helped our region have the most proficiency applications advance to the state level judging and fill categories that were lacking an entry. Our goal is to have ALL areas filled with one of OUR South Region FFA Members! 

Please complete each box in the google document no later than January 31st and submit the actual application to our office by Thursday, February 1st, 2018.  All proficiency applications are due in the South Region Office by February 1st. No late applications will be accepted.  This is a due by date, not a postmark deadline.

We will use this google document to check off your standard for turning in a proficiency application against the actual applications turned in to the office on February 1st. 

If you send your application in electronically. It must be one email and in a pdf format. If you have multiple proficiency applications you will have multiple emails. EACH APPLICATION NEEDS ITS OWN EMAIL.


You must complete one of these forms for each application / student you intend to submit via the link below through the google doc forms.  Please contact the South Region Office if you have questions or concerns. 

You must click SUBMIT at the bottom of the form for your entry to be recorded.

Proficiency Sign Up HERE

Thank you for your submissions and please call on us anytime for help! 

Below are some helpful tips in getting those applications looking like STATE WINNERS! Use these tips to help you -- THEY WORK!!!! 

1. USE THE RUBRIC - When the student starts his/her work hand them a hard copy of the rubric (which is attached and can be found of the National FFA website) The judges receive this same piece of paper to score the applications. Try to make sure that every aspect that is being judged is in the highest points. Please note that there are 3 rubrics - placement/ownership, combine and research; choose the one that best fits the type of project that the student has been working with.

2. FILL THE BLANK SPACE - If the space is provided USE IT! My AG teacher made me go back, and back AND BACK until I had the whole space full. Do you know what that does? Provides more detail. Which gives you more points. It also allows the judges to fill like the project is real. I always made my students fill the spaces. It's like pulling teeth sometimes but will be worth it in the end when they receive that $500 check to go to Nationals, prize money on top of that from Nationals just for winning state and the GA FFA Foundation check to your students for their hard work.

3. DETAILS - Tractor name, make and model, fertilizer brand, exact measurements, numbers, number NUMBERS; these are all aspects that students do not think about. That's where you come in to play. Read other the application and circle places that need more detail and hand it back to the students. The space maybe filled but not with details. Details win! 

4. PICTURES - With the new system horizontal pictures are best. Action shots! The student actually working is great! Avoid: hats, sunglasses, long hair in the face and dark pictures. These pictures bring the project to life. They are not worth a ton on the new rubric but shore do tell the story. Start in the summer taking pictures. This gives you a wide verity of seasons, colors, weather and clothing

5. CAPTIONS - Do not start the captions with: In the picture or I am. Just avoid I all together. Try to use the space and talk about the skills being shown in the picture. Or maybe even why what the student is doing is important. Also fill the space!

6. EXTRA PAGE - This page needs to be something that adds to the application. Extra page of data collected. Reports from an experiment. Copies of soil samples that were referred to in the application. A flier used to drum up business for their piglets etc. In the past I have also taken all the articles that highlighted how great the student was made them smaller and put them all together in a collage type page.  

7. THE LOOK - Be sure that you take the extra time to print the applications in color and have them in a folder. Not a 3 ring binder but a three pronged folder. If you don't have a National FFA Application binder that is alright. Stop by Walmart on your way to the office and pick up one they have some that are very similar.  

NOW let's get OUR 20 - this is a TEAM EFFORT! We will need ALL chapter preforming at their HIGHEST LEVEL to achieve at least 20 - back 2 back!! 

Thank you all for helping to make the South Region the very best and highlighting our amazing students! 

Trisha Rae Lastly 
South Region Agriculture Education 
Area Horticulture Teacher 
2802 Moore Hwy - ABAC 34
Tifton, GA 31793
Office: 229-386-3428