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

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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..

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Mindy Bunselmeyer
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State Photo, FFA Rosters Reminders, National FFA Convention Reminders from National FFA, CareerSafe

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Items included in this listserv:

1.) State Photo Time Change at National Convention

2.) FFA Roster Reminders

3.) Safety at National FFA Convention 

4.) CareerSafe at National Convention


1.) State Photo Time Change at National Convention

The Illinois state photo will occur in the ICC Hall A on Friday, October 27th at 8:15 A.M. The time printed in the program, website, and on the Convention app is incorrect. 

2.) FFA Roster Reminders

The FFA rosters are due to the Illinois FFA Center by November 1, in order for you to receive credit on the incentive funding grant for having a chapter.  Please do not wait until the last day or two to begin the roster process as there have been some changes made on the website in the roster area.  In addition to the roster being completed (members submitted to state) on, you will also need to complete the membership form and have your dues paid by November 1 (postmark date).

Please see the listserv message sent out October 10, 2017, for information on completing the roster.  If you have any questions regarding the roster process, please contact Tammy at  Tammy will be at National Convention from October 23 – 28, so her ability to respond to e-mails will be limited. 


Message Received per Mark Poeschl, National FFA CEO:

3.) Safety at National FFA Convention 


  • Don’t allow bags, packages or personal belongings to remain in view in your vehicles. Place items in the trunk or take them into your hotel rooms. Lock your vehicles (if you are allowed to do so). Vehicle break-ins and thefts were issues for us last year. We are doing all we can to avoid a recurrence of those incidences in 2017.
  • Leave weapons, including guns and knives, at home. Security screening at venues will be tight; as was the case last year, knives of any sort will not be allowed in the venues.
  • Officers with K-9s will be among those offering protection to our guests, so don’t be surprised to see dogs checking bags and the like in the venues.
  • Encourage guests never to leave their bags, book bags, briefcases, etc. unattended in public areas. They can be subject to theft and create suspicion as to their contents.
  • If you see something that doesn’t seem right, say something right away to police, security personnel or FFA staff members on site.
  • While the police are doing their best to manage the homeless and panhandlers, please encourage students to walk away from anyone requesting money. Do not offer money in these situations.
  • Arrive at venues early. Gates at Bankers Life Fieldhouse will now open 90 minutes prior to opening sessions 1A, 1B and 1C (versus opening 60 minutes early last year). This allows for a better flow into sessions and avoids large crowds in lobbies and areas where guests are waiting to pass through security screening.


Thanks for giving these points your attention and passing them along to colleagues in your states.


We have been notified that a documentary film entitled “Farmers for America” will premiere in Indianapolis during convention. While our organization is depicted in an overall positive light in the documentary, National FFA played no role in the content of this film nor have we sanctioned or sponsored this film in any way. The filmmakers have been courteous enough to share the film ahead of time with a few of us at National FFA, but please know that we are not associated with those who produced this film. Their depictions of conventional agriculture may be troublesome for some viewers and, while I encourage stakeholders and advocates for agriculture to understand all sides of agricultural issues, not everyone will agree with the film’s positions. I wanted you to be aware of this situation in the event you are asked any questions about it during your stay in Indy.


We have posted several updates on FFA social media this week concerning natural disasters impacting chapters and our members. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been devastated by hurricanes. Florida, Texas and other Gulf Coast states have been hit hard, as well. The fires in Northern California have caused the loss of property for some FFA chapters, advisors and their members. Our Crisis Relief webpage on and social media posts offer ideas on how you can help. As we get more information, we will continue to update you. We are aware that some are choosing to donate to the Red Cross and other relief agencies. As we know more on specific needs and asks, we will let you know.

Finally, Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, the president of the World Food Prize Foundation, contacted us this week with the news that FFA members comprised a significant portion of their fellows and interns this past year. You’ll read more about this in an article below. It says a great deal about the character of our students and those who teach them that we have so many who are taking tangible steps to assure food security around the globe. 


USDA Secretary of Agriculture to attend 90th National FFA Convention & Expo
We are looking forward to hosting Secretary Sonny Perdue at the national convention and expo. He will meet with the National FFA Foundation at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and then at 2 p.m., he will moderate the first-ever #SpeakAg dialogues. That afternoon, he will visit the expo to see the various agricultural career pathways our members can explore. That evening, he will have dinner with a small group of state officers and then have press availability before he speaks at opening session 1B in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He will end his evening by attending the Rascal Flatts concert at Lucas Oil Stadium.


Don’t Miss Out: Download the 2017 Convention App

If you haven’t already, please download our free mobile app to help you plan your experience at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. Filled with interactive maps, an extensive schedule, exhibitors and – new this year – a complete guide to downtown Indianapolis restaurants and attractions, the app is a must-have for all attendees! If you downloaded the convention mobile app last year and did not delete it, your phone should automatically update. Otherwise, search for it on the Apple App Store or Google Play – “FFA Convention” or “FFA app” should find it. Apple users: Be sure to install the sticker pack for a cool assortment of FFA images and emojis that you can send via text message.


AgExplorer Continues to Be a Hit With Students
Over the last few months, we have spread the word about and seen an increase in usage. Our back-to-school marketing, coupled with the Syngenta Virtual Fieldtrip, helped drive a 220 percent year-over-year increase in website traffic, with an estimated 99,000 students reached. Thanks to our partnership with Meredith Agrimedia, we featured a full-page AgExplorer ad successful Farming magazine over the last three months. The total circulation of these advertisements to date is 411,260. We also contributed to an article that was published on the theLancaster Farming website. The article featured tips for choosing the right college and mastering the college admissions process. The college tools found on AgExplorer were highlighted.


Visit the AgExplorer Booth at the Convention and Expo
We are gearing up for an engaging experience at the AgExplorer booth (#1056) in the National FFA Expo. The following activities will be available for attendees:

·        AgExplorer Scavenger Hunt—Students can pick up a Connect Four card (see attached) at the AgExplorer booth and then visit with at least four industry professionals to find out about their careers and to take pictures/selfies to post on social media. When a student has completed four activities “in a row,” they take their cards back to the AgExplorer booth to receive a T-shirt.


·        Operation Innovation Station—Using the bottom portion of the Operation Innovation Station ad located on the guidebook map insert, students will visit five different companies marked with red beacons (there are 14 scattered throughout the expo). Students will check out the innovation the company offers and receive a stamp. Once they have collected five stamps, students can bring their completed cards back to the Innovation Station at the AgExplorer booth and receive a cool Ag Innovator pin. They will also be entered in a drawing to win one of the following: a drone package, virtual theater glasses, Nano 360 degree camera or a mini 3-D printer.


New My Journey Content Now Available!  
Check out free planning tips, tools and lesson plans available this month.  Visit the Explore webpage to find a new supervised agricultural experience lesson about biomedical research, a lesson on careers at ADM and step-by-step guides for various FFA educational resources. Head over to the Build web page for a great educational resource from Journey 2050 and important safety information to know during the National FFA Convention & Expo.  On the Connect web page, you will find a current event worksheet and article about AGCO Innovations in Manufacturing With Glass; information about the Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants; and career opportunities. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the implementation guide with lesson plans on the Explorer webpage and be sure to look through past months’ ideas in our Archive.


Student Delegate Committee Assignments
Student delegates have been assigned to one of the six delegate committees determined at this summer’s State Presidents’ Conference. A quick reference list of delegate assignments by state can be found at You can find committee descriptions, along with a listing of the delegates assigned to each committee, in the attached document. Research regarding each of the committees has been posted in advance for delegates and can be found on This information will also be provided to delegates at national convention.


Living to Serve Update
Since the start of the 2017-18 school year, National FFA has awarded nearly $440,000 in Living to Serve grants to 227 chapters (middle/high school, alumni and collegiate) in 42 states and Puerto Rico. Funding opportunities still exist for state FFA associations or foundations as well as local FFA chapters as noted below:

FFA State Day of Service Grant is now open! This is a competitive funding opportunity for all FFA state associations or foundations to help infuse service activities at the state level. States may apply for funds up to $8,000 to support a state-level day of service event as well as the promotion of the new Living to Serve Grant series. Applications are due Dec. 1, 2017.  To access the application,

Day of Service Mini-Grants are due the last day of each month. These funds provide alumni or middle/high school chapters with up to $400 to conduct a one-time service event. To access the application, visit


Read the Latest Issue of Alumni’s Leader 2 Leader 
It’s no secret that the heart of FFA is at the local level. Joshua Rusk, executive director of the National FFA Alumni Association, focuses on the purpose, function and structure of the local level—where we truly grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture—in the October issue of FFA Alumni Leader 2 Leader. Be sure to share this important newsletter, packed with alumni news you can use, with your advisors and alumni.


Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize
As I mentioned earlier, we received some inspiring news from Ambassador Quinn at the World Food Prize. Our partnership with this life-changing organization began nine years ago. We couldn’t be happier with its programs, internships and fellowships that bring high school and college students face-to-face with global issues and explore how students can change the world through agriculture.

Ambassador Quinn shared with us that of the more than 10,000 high school students from across the U.S. who took part in World Food Prize programs, more than 40 percent of those students were FFA members and agricultural education students! Just as impressive: 50 percent of the USDA Wallace-Carver Fellows and 80 percent of the Borlaug-Ruan International Interns this summer were FFA members, a new record! When you have a moment, please read more about the 33 distinguished FFA members and agricultural education students chosen as the 2017 Borlaug-Ruan International Interns and 2017 USDA Wallace-Carver Fellows.


This is truly a major accomplishment for our FFA members. The Borlaug-Ruan International Internship provides high school students an all-expenses-paid, eight-week hands-on experience, working with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading agricultural research centers around the globe. The Wallace-Carver Fellowship offers exceptional high school and college students the opportunity to collaborate with world-renowned scientists and policymakers through paid fellowships at leading USDA research centers and offices across the United States. 

October is a busy month for both of our organizations—the National FFA Convention & Expo for us and the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue and Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa, for Ambassador Quinn and his staff. Riley Pagett from FFA will attend the youth institute on our behalf. We look forward to meeting with Ambassador Quinn and his team later this year to explore new opportunities between our two organizations.


FFA Staff Member Kevin Keith Featured in Cover Story for Forever Blue
This fall, we recognize one of our own as a member of the National FFA Foundation’s Forever Blue planned giving society. The Kevin and Carol Keith Endowment offers a sustainable funding future for FFA with a gift toward leadership or an area of most need. Coming from a family of teachers, Kevin says he especially wants teachers to consider contributing to support the future of FFA, asking them to think, “If I don’t, who will?” Thanks for your support, Kevin and Carol! Read the story here.

If you or someone you know have interest in making a planned gift, or visit our website to contact us.


  1. Job Openings
    Please see the newest positions available at the National FFA Organization:

State Officer Leadership Programs Facilitators

2018 Washington Leadership Conference Facilitators

2018 Washington Leadership Conference Director


4.) CareerSafe at National Convention

The 90th National FFA Convention and Expo is right around the corner! Bring your students by the 4400 Block for an educational experience as CareerSafe, along with 9 other organizations, present the importance of safety within the agriculture industry. Each organization will discuss a different safety topic with a hands-on student activity. Students who complete 8 out of the 10 activities will receive a commemorative t-shirt! 

And the prizes aren't just for them! We will also have opportunities for educators to win free curriculum, such as safety training for their classroom, or tools, including a grain rescue tube.

Don't forget to also stop by our workshop for a personalized session on how your students can receive an industry-recognized safety credential. By completing a CareerSafe OSHA 10-Hour course, young workers will develop a safety mindset and acquire marketable skills for a competitive edge. Presentation details are listed below.

     Title: "No Job is Worth a Young Worker's Life
      Wednesday, October 25th; 3:30-4:30pm, Room 141

CareerSafe is the leading provider of online OSHA 10-Hour training, designed specifically for young workers. CareerSafe and FFA team up each year to help create a culture of safety in the agriculture industry. The CareerSafe team is looking forward to seeing you at this year's conference!

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