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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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IL Ag Education Future Planning - Nov 28 - 30+ Attending

Friday, November 16, 2018

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The Annual Meeting of the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education(ILCAE) will be held on Wednesday, November 28th at the Eisenhower High School, 1200 S. 16th St., Decatur, IL 62521  Map Link
A photo ID is required upon entrance to the building.  The meeting and luncheon will be held in the Auditorium very close to the main entrance.

Click to RSVP by Wednesday, November 21st.   Everyone with an interest in agricultural education and FFA, preK to adult, is welcome to attend the meeting and luncheon.  The luncheon is complimentary.   Agribusiness and educational colleagues are welcome.

Registration:  9-9:30 am
Meeting:  9:30-11:30 am, 1-3 pm
Awards Luncheon:  11:30 am-1 pm
30 RSVPs so far that will be attending.

Luke Allen FCAE - District 2
Ashley Austin Eisenhower High School
David Brown WAND TV
David Cattron Alexander Farms, Inc. - ILCAE
Shaylee Clinton IL FFA Reporter
Kevin Daugherty IL Ag In The Classroom
Allen Dietz Retired Ag Teacher - ILCAE
Brenda Dismore Tyson Foods
Dean Dittmar Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education
Heidi Doyle Calhoun FFA
Doug Hanson ProHarvest Seeds
Harley Hepner Illinois State Board of Education
Sophia Hortin IL FFA President
Karen Jones Growmark - ILCAE
Morgan Jones Tuscola FFA
Andrew Klein MacArthur High School
Kevin Larsen FCAE - District 1
Vern McGinnis GROWMARK Retired - ILCAE
Sarah Michaels WAND TV
Seth Mitchell Illinois PAS 3rd Vice President
Eliza Petry IL FFA Vice President
Aspen Pirtle Tuscola FFA
Coulson Poffenberger Tuscola FFA
Becky Ropp Growmark - ILCAE/ICAE
Karen Schieler Compeer Financial - ILCAE
Jess Smithers. Richland Community College
Jennifer Waters FCAE - District 3
Greg Webb Archer Daniels Midland - ILCAE
Michael Woods Illinois College - ILCAE

The Eisenhower High School in Decatur was chosen for the location as ILCAE wanted to showcase 1 of 12 new high schools and 1 college opening an agricultural education program for the 2018-19 school year.
Statewide: Illinois Virtual School
District 1: Durand
District 2: Donovan, Grundy Area Vocational Center(Morris), LaSalle-Peru, Marquette Academy(Ottawa)
District 4: Bismarck Henning, Eisenhower(Decatur), Hutsonville, MacArthur(Decatur), Warrensburg Latham
District 5: Chester, John A. Logan College(Carterville)

These individuals will be honored for their support during the luncheon:
Bill Johnson Excellence in Education Award
  -Harley Hepner, Illinois State Board of Education
Excellence in Agribusiness
  -Brenda Dismore, Tyson Foods
Excellence in Media
  -David Brown, WAND TV, Decatur 
Jim Guilinger Legislative Award
  -Representative Fred Crespo - 44th District
  -Representative David Reis - 109th District
  -Senator Neil Anderson - 36th District
  -Senator Napoleon Harris III - 15th District
Perry Schneider Special Recognition
 -Jennifer Waters, Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education(FCAE)

Luncheon Speakers - Sophia Hortin - Illinois FFA President,
                                      Eliza Petry - FFA VP,  Shaylee Clinton - FFA Reporter
                                      -Opportunities & Challenges
Meeting Agenda 
- Brief overview of trends and successes of Illinois Agricultural Education
- Update on the Ag Education for the 21st Century and Beyond: An Industry Perspective Report by Mike D’Ambrose SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer with Archer Daniels Midland  (click to view report)
- Strategic visioning sessions

  • Increasing agricultural talent thru urban high school agriculture programs
  • Increasing the pipeline of students entering ag teacher licensure degree programs
  • Involving and partnering with agribusiness and industry 

Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE)
ILCAE is governed by a 30 member board of directors who represent and serve as a link between the agricultural industry and agricultural education.  ILCAE is an advocacy group focused on legislation, funding, and promotion of agricultural education and serves as an advisory council for the initiatives of the Agricultural Education line item.  ILCAE is responsible for the vision of Agricultural Education thru the IL Ag Ed Plan.    

Current ILCAE Members 
ILCAE Constitution
August 2018 Meeting Minutues

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