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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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Mindy Bunselmeyer
Illinois FFA Center
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3221 Northfield Drive
Springfield, IL 62702
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BUILD Conference - Tomorrow is the LAST day to Register! Pioneer Big A Challenge.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

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1.  SIGN UP NOW for the 2018 BUILD Conference - LAST Day to register is TOMORROW, October 19, 2018!!  

2.  Earn up to $2,500 for your FFA chapter - Pioneer Big A Challenge!

1.  SIGN UP NOW for the 2018 BUILD Conference - LAST Day to register is TOMORROW, October 19, 2018!!  

The BUILD (Being United In Leadership Development) Conference is the merger of the Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Conference and the 360 Conference.  We have an original curriculum developed by an Illinois Agricultural Education student and past state FFA officer, Miss Jordan Johns.  The conference is designed for Juniors and Seniors in high school. This conference will also feature some pieces that have always been a part of the Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Conference, such as team activities, a career/college fair, and a keynote speaker.

The 2018 BUILD Conference will be held on Friday, November 9 - Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the Decatur Conference Center in Decatur, IL. 

Registration will be completed via Caboodle. 

  • Due to teachers booking hotel accommodations and making those arrangements, health forms will not be required for this event. 
  • We will continue to ask for students, parents, and teachers to sign the photo and behavior waiver, but those can be printed and brought to the event.  
  • October 19, 2018 - Pre-registration will be due. 
  • Cost of the event is $125.00 per student and per advisor, this does not include hotel expenses.  
  • For those FFA Chapters who have attended a Farm Bureau acquaintance day in their county this past year, County Managers will have funds available to help support FFA Chapters who attend the BUILD Conference. 
  • County Farm Bureau managers will be in touch with the chapters in their county with more information.

THANK YOU for your patience with Caboodle, our new registration system!  I apologize for this listserv coming out a couple days after planned, we wanted to make sure we were addressing your Caboodle questions appropriately, please find helpful hints to go step by step with Caboodle.  

Steps to use Caboodle:  

  1. Please click the event you want to register for on the left-hand side before signing into the system.
  2. Once signed in, the registration screen should appear, if not click the event again.
  3. The system will give you one reservation automatically, you will need to go in and add more reservations for more than one student attending.  
  4. Complete the contact information which is located in the middle of the screen in yellow (exclamation mark), once these questions are completed, click "Save Survey", and then click "Checkout.
  5. On the checkout screen, you MUST click "Request Invoice" to complete the registration.  This box is located under the credit card box (credit card box does NOT work, please use for credit card payments).

Caboodle Questions??  Email she will assist with your questions about the caboodle registration system. 

Additional Information:

  • If wanting to pay for conference expenses via hopper funds, the amount available must be verified with Tammy Yard ( prior to starting the registration form.
  • Click here for the 2018 - 2019 Advisor's Trading Post.  
  • Each chapter will be responsible for booking their own overnight lodging for the event, and may do so using the housing form available listed under Resources in Caboodle “Hotel Order Form”. OR Click here for the Hotel Registration form.  
  • Registration of students will not be accepted without registration of an advisor or an adult chaperone who will be responsible for the students at the event. If your students are travelling with another teacher and will be supervised by that teacher, please notify Patti Davis or 217-753-3328 ext. 107. 

2.  Earn up to $2,500 for your FFA chapter

If you are located in Iowa or Illinois, your high-school FFA chapter could be selected to decorate one of 15 Big As — each 7 feet tall — and be featured at the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. Fifteen (15) FFA chapters will be selected to decorate a Big A based on an essay and proposed design. Three finalists will be announced in June 2019, with the rankings and prizes announced during the 2019 Farm Progress Show.  Click here for the event details, more information and the form to sign up.  

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