Illinois Farm Bureau® & Affiliates Cooperative Activities Program



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2014-15

Illinois Farm Bureau® & Affiliates

Cooperative Activities Program

Application Due to Illinois Farm Bureau – March 15, 2015

Description of Program


The Cooperative Activities Program is a competitive exercise that is offered only to FFA Chapters in Illinois. This program is designed to be included as an integral part of each FFA Chapter’s total program of activities. The chapter Cooperative Activities Program should be developed throughout the year by individual FFA Chapters embracing the actual operation of cooperative practices within the FFA Chapter and its community. Through this program, FFA members and their advisors will learn the value of cooperatives in the American Free Enterprise System and develop an understanding of the cooperative way of doing business.

Benefits of the Program


Through this program, students are given the opportunity to participate in cooperative buying, selling, and use of credit. They participate in various cooperative functions. Students learn the important role that cooperatives, as a type of business, serve in today's economy. In addition to the knowledge and experience that students gain, chapters, schools, and communities also reap the benefit of a good Cooperative Activities Program.

Eligibility


All FFA Chapters in Illinois are encouraged to participate in the Cooperative Activities Program. If a chapter is named a section winner for three (3) consecutive years, the chapter will named a “Triple Crown” Winner.

Awards

Chapters can earn recognition on the chapter, section and state level through the Cooperative Activities Program. Chapter recognition levels include Gold, Silver, Bronze and Triple Crown. Chapters can also earn recognition as the Section Winner and Top 5 Chapter. A trip to Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. will also be available to representatives of Section Winners and the Top 5 Chapters. Requirements for these awards are described on Page .


Table of Contents


Sponsors

1




Award Requirements

9



Evaluation Factors & Scoring

10

Certification Form

2




Special Award

9




Definitions of Category Areas & Examples of Heritage Activities Photo Sample Page

11-12

13

Form I (Eligibility Entry)

3-4




Application Description

10




Form II (Section Entry)

5-8



Evaluation Procedure

10








Sponsors


The Cooperative Activities Program is a unique program sponsored for FFA Chapters in Illinois by the Illinois Farm Bureau® & Affiliated Companies Youth Education Committee.






The Illinois Farm Bureau® is a general farm organization that serves a large part of the agricultural community of the state. Financed by dues from its more than 420,271 members, Illinois Farm Bureau works to improve farm income and farming as a way of life. Since its founding, Farm Bureau in Illinois has developed and expanded markets for farm products and served its members through a wide range of legislative, educational, public relations, and business service programs.








GROWMARK is a regional cooperative with annual sales of $6.7 billion (FY 2008 data) providing agriculture-related products, services, and grain marketing in the Midwest, and Ontario, Canada. FS® brand farm supplies and related services are also marketed in the northeastern United States by GROWMARK subsidiaries. Headquartered in Bloomington, IL, GROWMARK strives to bring its members the best possible products complemented by optimal service. GROWMARK’s first predecessor company was established in 1927 when Illinois Farm Bureau members formed local cooperatives to secure a reliable supply of products and services. Its retail brands, including FS Farm Supplies, represent a standard of excellence. The GROWMARK System employs more than 6,000 individuals and serves more than 250,000 farmers through its local member cooperatives and subsidiaries. Additional information is available at www.growmark.com.






COUNTRY® Financial helps families, individuals, and businesses protect themselves from the unexpected. The organization offers a full range of insurance and financial products and services, from auto, home and life insurance to retirement and estate planning services, investment management and annuities. The organization started in 1925 when a group of Illinois Agricultural Association members created an organization to provide fire and lightning insurance. A year later, the new company started offering coverage for autos and equipment. Today, COUNTRY® Financial and its alliances serve about 1 million households and businesses and insure more than 1 million vehicles and half a million homes throughout the United States.






Prairie Farms Dairy is a marketing cooperative that purchases, processes, and distributes a variety of dairy and food products to retailers and consumers throughout the Midwest. The primary purpose of Prairie Farms Dairy is to increase the profitability of its dairy farmer member patrons and to provide the consumer a high quality dairy product. Currently, Prairie Farms Dairy, its wholly owned companies, and its joint ventures operate 34 plants, one fast food distribution warehouse, and distribution points in 23 states with a sales volume in excess of $2.5 billion dollars.






The IAA Credit Union serves the financial needs of the employees of the IAA Family of Companies, the members of the Illinois Farm Bureau®, COUNTRY® Financial policyholders, GROWMARK patrons, as well as family members and retirees of these groups. The credit union is a full-service financial institution that is a benefit of Illinois Farm Bureau membership, and employment with the IAA Family of Companies. IAA Credit Union offers a wide range of products from mortgage loans to checking accounts. IAA Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. Profits are returned to members in the form of better rates and services.






Certification Form

Illinois Farm Bureau® & Affiliates

Cooperative Activities Program

2014-15





Chapter

     

School

     

Section

  

School Address

     

School Phone

     

County

     




Chapter/Advisor E-mail Address

     




Students Enrolled in Agricultural Education

     

FFA Membership

     




Program:













Started:          , 20      ; Ended:          , 20      ; Submitted:          , 20      







Cooperative Board of Directors




Age




Year In School

Chairperson

     




     




     

Secretary

     




     




     

Manager

     




     




     




     




     




     




     




     




     




     




     




     




     




     




     




     




     




     










Indicate Form(s) being submitted for judging:

      Form I       Form II





We hereby certify the claims and information reported on behalf of the chapter are true and accurate.


Chapter President



















Name:

     

Signature:




Date:

     





































Cooperative Activities Committee Chair



















Name:

     

Signature:




Date:

     





































Chapter Advisor



















Name:

     

Signature:




Date:

     





































School Administrator Superintendent/Principal



















Name:

     

Signature:




Date:

     



This signed form must accompany the Award Application when submitted!

Form I

(Eligibility Entry)

Illinois Farm Bureau® & Affiliates

Cooperative Activities Program



2014-15

Chapter

     

School

     

Section

  




To qualify for an award area, Chapters must answer Yes to 7 out of the 10 questions in Section A, answer Yes to 4 of the 6 questions in Section B, answer Yes to 5 of the 7 questions in Section C, and earn at least 1 point in each of Section D, E and Section F.

  1. Answer each question by filling in the blanks with either YES or NO.

   

1. The chapter selected a chairperson, cooperative manager and board of directors (committee) for its




Cooperative activities.

   

2. The Cooperative Activities Program was presented to the members for adoption into the chapter program




of activities.

   

3. The Section President was informed of the chapter’s intent to participate in the program.

   

4. Speeches, panel discussions, and/or community programs were presented by the chapter relative to the




Cooperative Activities program.

   

5. The chapter utilized the Cooperative Activities Application and/or Internet Web Site




(www.youthed.org) to determine program ideas and a plan of action.

   

6. A Cooperative Activities Program was included in the chapter’s calendar of activities presented to the




school administration.

   

7. The chapter has established and maintains a current file of educational materials on cooperatives, including




the posting of the 7 Cooperative Principles in the classroom.

   

8. The cooperative board/committee reports regularly to the chapter on its activities and financial status.

   

9. The chapter presented a Cooperative Activities report to their school principal and/or administration.

   

10. The chapter developed a budget to finance and conduct planned activities. (Outline)



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