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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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100 East Knox Street
Morrison, IL 61270
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

To All District 1 Teachers:


     1.  Course Rosters

     2.  SAE Proficiency Award Medals

     3.  Middle School Endorsement Classes

     4.  Student Opportunities

     5.  Agricultural Education Invitational CDE

     6.  Summer Professional Development Opportunities

     7.  State Awards Day

     8.  Ag Facts to Share


1.  Course Rosters

12 out of the 58 schools in District 1 have successfully completed and returned their course roster spreadsheet to me.  Your course rosters are due back to me by the end of the day on Monday, April 3rdClick here to see the list of schools who still need to turn in their rosters (schools crossed out have turned in their rosters).  If you have any questions or need help with this, please let me know ASAP!


2.  SAE Proficiency Award

I have a large supply of SAE Proficiency Award medals to distribute to the schools in District 1.  Click here for a list of the available medals.  I have also attached a picture of what the medals look like.  I don’t have every proficiency award area, but I do have most – plus some speaking contest areas!  These are the ones you would typically receive at your section’s record book judging event.  These are free for the taking, so let me know how many of which medals you need and I will send them to you! 


Speaking of free stuff - Chapter FFA Advisors can order a free set of proficiency /star medals and certificates on the Proficiency Award web page (  The link is in the lower right-hand corner of the page.  Only a teacher signed in to with an Instructor profile can make an order.  If you are signed in as any other type (student, community, state staff) you can’t order the medals.


3.  Middle School Endorsement Classes

Last call for middle school endorsement classes!  If you will be teaching middle school and have not yet completed the coursework to be able to do so, this summer is your last chance! Illinois State University is offering TCH 421 and 423 again this summer. Classes must be completed by the January 1, 2018 deadline.  If this endorsement is not obtained by the deadline, the list of requirements becomes much, much longer.  Unfortunately, due to the state’s financial situation and other circumstances, FCAE will not be providing the middle school endorsement classes.  This is something that you will have to pay for on your own.  If you have any questions on this, please contact Harley Hepner ( or Jess Smithers (


4.  Student Opportunities

1.  Don’t forget to nominate a deserving student for the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award before May 1st. Awards will be shipped to the school within 15 days.

2.  The Major State FFA Officer Selection Committee is looking for students to serve as members on April 22nd from 8:30-3:30 p.m. to help determine the ten candidates for state office. Click here to apply!


5.  Agricultural Education Invitational CDE

The FCAE team is excited to announce that we will be hosting a state Agricultural Education Invitational CDE this year at the state FFA Convention!  Click here for more information.


6.  Summer Professional Development Opportunities

1. National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy applications due by March 30th! The 2017 session is tentatively scheduled to be held the week of July 17-21. Click here for more information and to apply!

2. CASE Institute Registration is open! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

3. IAVAT Conference - Find the details for room blocks and register by clicking here.  Workshop registration will be coming out in early May


7.  State Awards Day – Saturday, March 25th

Click here for details for the State Awards Day on Saturday, March 25th at the Lincoln Hall Theatre of the University of Illinois.


8.  Ag Facts to Share

According to my Snapple bottles:

Apples, peaches, and raspberries are all members of the rose family.

A pigeon’s feathers are heavier than its bones.

Once cherries have been picked they don’t ripen.

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