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FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education..

The FFA Alumni Association supports and advocates for agricultural education and FFA through gifts of time, talent and financial resources..

The mission of the Illinois FFA Foundation is to provide financial support for the Illinois FFA. When you make a gift to the Illinois Foundation FFA, you are investing in the future of agriculture..

The Illinois Association of Vocation Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) is a professional organization for agricultural teachers at all levels..

The Illinois Association of Community College Agriculture Instructors (IACCAI) is a statewide professional organization for postsecondary agriculture instructors. .

The Illinois Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation. .

The Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies Youth Education in Agriculture program offers unique educational programs to Illinois youth in 4-H and FFA. .

The purpose of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program is to encourage educators to incorporate more information about the agriculture, food, and natural resources system into daily lessons..
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Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) is a state project administered through the Illinois State Board of Education that is tasked with improving and expanding agricultural education from pre-k through adult levels..

The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) is a voluntary, grassroots agricultural industry group focused on the expansion and improvement of Agricultural Education programs at all levels..

The Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE) is a 13-member committee established by legislation and appointed by the Governor to advise both the governor and state education agencies concerning Agricultural Education K-adult..

The Illinois State Board of Education is the state agency responsible for Pre-K through 12th grade education. Its primary mission is state program leadership, planning, approval, funding, and evaluation..

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois' agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources.. provides information about the Agricultural Education profession and encourages students to consider a career as an agriculture teacher..

MyCAERT provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career and Technical Education instruction. .

Information Technology and Communication Services (ITCS) Instructional Materials provides agricultural education publications in a variety of formats. .

The Agricultural Experience Tracker is the premiere personalized online system for tracking experiences in agricultural education. .
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Natl FFA Workshops, TeachAg!, $10,000 IAEP Grants, SAE Grant

Friday, October 20, 2017

Items in this message:
1. Teacher and Student Workshops at National FFA Convention
2. Students – Declare your future as an Agriculture Teacher!
3. Improving Agricultural Education Programs Mini-Grant
4. National FFA SAE Grant
5. Quote of the Day


1. Attend a Workshop (Teachers and Students) at National FFA Convention
Set aside some time to attend a leadership workshop or two. Workshop schedules are now posted online; both advisor and student workshop schedules and descriptions can be found at this link. (scroll to the bottom of the page). Thirty-seven teacher workshops are being offered, in addition to those provided through the DuPont Agriscience Institute. Thirty-eight unique student workshops will be delivered—several offered multiple times—for a total of 93 student workshop opportunities.

2. Students: Declare your future as an Agriculture Teacher - National FFA Convention Letter of Intent Signing
The Letter of Intent Signing is an opportunity for students at the National FFA Convention and Expo to declare their future as an agriculture teacher! The signing event is open to high school seniors planning to major in agricultural education and teach agriculture as a career or current college students transferring to study agricultural education. Follow this link for more information and to sign up today!  Please direct any questions to Elisa Russ, the National Teach Ag Campaign Intern, at

3. FCAE Improving Agricultural Education Programs Mini-Grant
Attached is the 2017-2018 Improving Agricultural Education Programs (IAEP) mini-grant application.  School districts with an approved agricultural education program are eligible to apply for up to $10,000 to complete a program improvement project.  Applicants must secure local funds to match a minimum of 50% of the requested grant amount.  The applications are no later than January 31, 2018.  Implementation of this competitive mini-grant is contingent upon the availability of funds.

4. National FFA SAE Grant
The National FFA is once again offering $1000 grants to start or expand member SAE’s.  The SAE Grant application deadline is November 15th.  Please promote this opportunity to your students.  More information is available at this link and a document with directions on how to apply is attached.

5.  Quote of the Day
Successful people are driven by the desire for pleasing RESULTS, whereas failures are driven by the desire for pleasing ACTIONS” –Albert Gray

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FY18 FCAE IAEP Grant Requirements Application.doc