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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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Great Neighbor essay contest

Monday, April 17, 2017

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Earlier this year, Tractor Supply Company (TSC) announced the launch of its first ever ‘Great Neighbor’ essay contest. This competition is a new component of the retailer’s Mobile Fair Tour — a 19-stop journey across the United States that will begin its route June 8 in Illinois and conclude Oct. 22 in Arkansas.

TSC is asking FFA members living in or near one of its 19 fair stops to submit essays in response to the following question: What does 4-H/FFA mean to you, and how has your organization allowed you to be the best neighbor you can be in your community?

TSC will use the essay contest to select five winners per fair stop to be recognized during a special ceremony at their respective state or county fair. Winners will be presented with a commemorative certificate and TSC gift pack.

Eligible FFA members have until Monday, April 24, at 5 p.m. CST to submit an essay.

To be eligible for a prize, you must:

  • Be at least 8 years of age, with parent’s permission.
  • Be an active member of FFA in one of the following states: Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Arkansas, or Texas.
  • Be available to appear during a recognition ceremony at TSC’s Fair Tour on a to-be-determined date (i.e., the first Saturday TSC will be at the selected fairgrounds).
  • Agree to have their submitted name or image displayed on the TSC website, social channels and/or printed materials and used by us for any purpose, at any time, without any fee or other form of compensation.
  • Tractor Supply Company, any participating sponsors and their advertising agencies and members of their immediate families are not eligible to win a prize. The term "immediate families" includes only spouses, parents and children.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.

To submit an essay, review full contest rules and regulations, visit

Event City State Start Date End Date
Macon County Fair Decatur IL 6/8 6/11
Wapello County Regional Fair Eldon LA 6/14 6/18
Woodford County Fair Frankfort KY 6/22 6/25
Big Butler Fair Prospect PA 7/1 7/4
Wolf's Corner Fair Tionesta PA 7/6 7/8
Trumbull County Fair Warren OH 7/13 7/16
Perry County Fair Heath OH 7/20 7/23
OH State Fair Columbus OH 7/26 8/1
Preble County Fair Eaton OH 8/2 8/5
IL State Fair Springfield IL 8/10 8/13
KY State Fair Louisville KY 8/17 8/20
NY State Fair Syracuse NY 8/24 8/27
MN State Fair St. Paul MN 8/31 9/4
Pottawatomie County Free Fair Shawnee OK 9/7 9/9
White County Fair Searcy AR 9/14 10/7
GA National Fair Perry GA 10/13 10/16
OK State Fair Oklahoma City OK 9/20 9/24
Titus County Fair Mount Pleasant TX 9/27 9/30
State Fair of TX Dallas TX 10/5 10/15
AR State Fair Little Rock AR 10/19 10/22

If you have any questions regarding this essay contest, please contact Breck Rochow,

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