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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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Food, Vet, and Dairy Cattle CDEs

Friday, February 16, 2018

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*Clarification - early bird deadlines for Dairy Cattle should be corresponding March dates instead of April.

Items included in this message:

1. Food and Vet Science CDEs

2. Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Dairy Cattle Handlers CDEs


1. Food and Vet Science CDEs

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018

Location: JJC Weitendorf Ag Education Center, 17840 W. Laraway Road, Joliet IL 60433


  Early Bird (prior to 2-24-18) Full (after 2-23-18)
IAVAT member $12/student $20/student
Non-member $48/student $80/student

Contest Check-In: 8:30 am

Contest Start: 10:00 am

Click here to submit registration for Food Science and/or Vet Science CDEs. An automated invoice will be sent to the email you provide during registration. Student names should be entered on the invoice and brought to on-site registration with payment.

Vet Science notes - 

The IAVAT board of directors were notified that point values on national rubrics do not match with point values in our rules document. At their meeting yesterday, it was determined to continue to use the national rubrics, but weight the scores from those areas to match what is in our rules.

The Illinois Vet Science CDE will once again open an alternate division of the contest for additional teams/individuals to compete. Please indicate how many additional participants you would like to bring for this division in the registration link above. Schools submitting additional participants will be contacted after the early bird registration deadline (2-24-18) with information on how many additional students will be allowed to attend based upon maximum capacity at host facilities.

There will not be concessions at this year's Food and Vet Science contests.


2. Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Dairy Cattle Handlers CDEs

Date: Friday, April 6, 2018

Location: Kaskaskia Community College (27210 College Rd; Centralia, IL 62801)

  Early Bird (prior to 3-23-18) Full (after 3-22-18)
IAVAT member $12/student $20/student
Non-member $48/student $80/student

Contest Check-In: 8:30am

Contest Start: 10:00 am


The IAVAT Board of Directors has once again approved to host the Dairy Handlers contest (concurrently with Dairy Cattle - students will not be able to compete in both) as well as a middle school division for both events.

Click here to submit registration for Dairy Cattle Evaluation and/or Dairy Cattle Handlers CDEs. An automated invoice will be sent to the email you provide during registration. Student names should be entered on the invoice and brought to on-site registration with payment.


For those that have requested information about nearby hotels and places to eat, please see recommendations below from Kaskaskia Community College faculty:




Microtel Inn & Suites @ Mariners Village              

1 Resort Dr, Carlyle, IL 62231                (618) 594-7666

Centerstone Inn & Suites                                            

1371 William Rd, Carlyle, IL 2231             (618) 594-8888


Super 8                                                                                

118 Woods Ln, Salem, IL 62881                                                   (618) 548-5882

Comfort Inn & Suites                                                     

1800 W Main St, Salem, IL 62881                                        (618) 548-2177




·         Carlyle

o   Bretz Wildlife & Winery

o   The Fishhouse

o   Lubar & Bistro

o   Wheelhouse Inn

·         Centralia

o   Mama Antonio’s

o   Monicals

o   Tequilas

o   Jerry’s Grill

·         Salem

o   Applebee’s

o   El Rancherito

o   Village Garden

o   Joe’s Pizza

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