The National FFA Organization is in the midst of incredible improvements to the organization’s information technology infrastructure. The results will be impressive, including completely refreshed versions of both the FFA and Shop FFA websites, substantial cost savings, increased capability of FFA staff and improved capabilities for backing up and recovering data hugely important to the organization’s success.
It’s all very exciting as the steps will help FFA serve its membership even better in the future.
But before we can get there, we have a to-do list that includes some major inconveniences for all users of FFA.org and AgCN: From the morning of Tuesday, July 1, 2014 until Monday, July 7, FFA.org is scheduled to be completely unavailable.
The outage is a tough one, but it is incredibly important. As a result, access to the Agricultural Career Network (AgCN), all award applications, membership rosters and other state and advisor membership tools will unavailable for the duration of the outage.
The down time will also affect features used by FFA on any third-party/partner sites that utilize data from AgCN, including JudgingCard.com, The Agricultural Experience Tracker, Career Cruising, AgCareers.com and Certain Meetings (event registration). These sites will still be available to the general public, but they will be unable to pull data from FFA or AgCN.
While we know this may cause a few issues, please be aware that all online applications submitted and data updates made in AgCN before the maintenance window begins will still be there on July 7. Additionally, we’ll still be reachable — National FFA staff email will be functional for the duration of the outage. Additionally, the National FFA Foundation’s donation site as well as Shop FFA will be available during the time period.
We hope that the short work week due to the July 4 holiday will lessen the impact of this unavoidable inconvenience on FFA programs, functions and projects. Depending on how the move progresses, the websites may be available sometime during the holiday weekend.
Once the move is complete, the website infrastructure will be managed solely by the organization’s IT operations and development staff, allowing for increased efficiency in making changes required for ongoing development in AgCN and the launch of the new FFA.org in November. The move will also result in a substantial savings for the 2015 FFA fiscal year and include necessary infrastructure features that will allow both FFA.org, AgCN and all national operations systems to have quicker, more reliable backups for disaster recovery or network outage scenarios.
Please note that the FFA blog and all FFA social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) will be available and functional as well during the time period. We’ll provide updates to the process and alert users on those networks first when FFA.org is restored.
Thanks for your patience during this process — we’re sure you’ll love the final product. Questions? Send us an e-mail to the address webmaster at ffa dot org.