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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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IL FFA Day with STL Cards, SAE Grant App, Give Gift of Blue Jacket, Electrical Safety Free Webinar

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

IL FFA Day with STL Cards, SAE Grant App, Give Gift of Blue Jacket, Electrical Safety Free Webinar

Items in this message:

1.  Illinois FFA Day with the St. Louis Cardinals 

2. Compeer Financial Big Dreams in Blue Jackets 

3.  2017 SAE Grant Application- National FFA

4.Teaching fall and electrical safety in agriculture: Free Webinar, Sept. 13

5.  Give the Gift of a Blue Jacket- National FFA


1.  Illinois FFA Day with the St. Louis Cardinals 

Friday, September 8th is the deadline to sign up for the IL FFA Day with the St. Louis Cardinals. If you have any questions direct them to Katie Burns IL FFA Communications Specialst at Face value of the tickets being sold is $48 and Illinois FFA is selling them to you at a discounted price of $40.  The Cardinals Promotion for October 1st is a free ticket to a 2018 Cardinals regular-season home game!

Click this link to sign up for tickets.

Click this link for a promotional graphic.

Sunday, October 1, 2017
2:15 p.m. Game, 12:15 p.m. Gates Open
STL Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers 
Ticket Price: $40 

Each Ticket Includes: 
Illinois FFA State Theme Shirt:
All who register will receive the Illinois FFA Be Bold 2017-2018 State Theme Shirt to wear to the game!

2018 Free Ticket Voucher*
All fans will receive a free ticket to a 2018 Cardinals regular-season home game!
All fans entering with a ticket

2018 Cardinals Magnet Schedule*
Cardinals fans can start planning ahead to the summer of 2018. During the last regular-season Saturday home game of the year, Shelter Insurance will give every fan a 2018 Cardinals schedule!
All fans entering with a ticket
Presented by Shelter Insurance

Six Flags Day*
Chills by Day, Frights by Night at Six Flags Fright Fest! Children under 48 inches receive a free ticket to Six Flags, valid any Sunday until October 29!
Children under 48 inches

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sundays*
All Sundays, starting two hours prior to every home game, enjoy games, prizes and free Prairie Farms frozen treats, while supplies last, in the Ford Plaza.
Presented by Prairie Farms

*These promotions are provided by the STL Cardinals and are subject to change

2. Compeer Financial Big Dreams in Blue Jackets 

Good Afternoon FFA Advisors,

Compeer Financial is proud to continue on the Big Dreams in Blue Jacket program, started in 2014 by 1st Farm Credit Services.

The Big Dreams in Blue Jackets Program by Compeer Financial is designed to award deserving FFA Members with their own FFA Official Dress Blue Jacket. A student may write their own essay explaining what FFA and the Blue Jacket would mean to them. Or, students can be nominated by someone else – an advisor, upperclassmen, alumni member, school officials and others – explaining why the student deserves to be awarded a Blue Jacket.

Since 2014, 1st Farm Credit Services, which is now Compeer Financial, has awarded nearly 50 Blue Jackets through the program.

The application is attached and the deadline to apply is October 1.

The program is limited to students and chapters in the Compeer Financial territory: Adams, Boone, Brown, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Hancock, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Mercer, Ogle, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Warren, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford Counties.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

3.  2017 SAE Grant Application- National FFA

The National FFA Organization is pleased to announce that the 2017 SAE grant application process is open.

Supervised Agricultural Experiences are a core part of agricultural education.  Thanks to our sponsors, this year 152 SAE grants of $1,000 each are available to help FFA members start or expand an SAE. 


How to Access the Application

To complete an SAE Grant application members must log in to their account at The application can be accessed through the Application Center which can be found by clicking Open Your FFA Dashboard on the top right side of the website and selecting Application Center.  A new application can then be selected from the drop down menu or an existing application can be updated.

You can also access the SAE Grant application from the SAE Grant webpage (Click Here or from the homepage, select Participate then Grants & Scholarships then SAE Grants).

If you are an AET user; you can access the SAE Grant application from the AET website by clicking on Reports then Degree/ Application Manager then selecting SAE Grant from the drop down menu.

Submission Deadline

Applications are due submitted online by Nov. 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Recipient Announcement

SAE Grant recipients will be announced in late December 2017.


Please contact Brett Evans, SAE Education Specialist at or 317-803-4233

4. Teaching fall and electrical safety in agriculture: Free Webinar, Sept. 13

Falls and electricity are among the most common hazards encountered in agriculture. Learn how to educate others about these hazards during an AgriSafe Network Webinar, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CT), Wednesday, Sept. 13. The webinar is free but attendees must register at

Marsha Salzwedel, M.S., Youth Agricultural Safety Specialist with the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, will present a full curriculum that is ideal for school agricultural classes, but also adaptable for community events and other educational scenarios.

Salzwedel will explore the different types of falls experienced on farms and how to protect against them, including fall protection systems. She’ll discuss issues associated with electrical hazards and strategies to prevent injuries and fatalities when working around electricity. Salzwedel also will address “Stand T.A.L.L.”, a concept that empowers youth to “Talk, Ask, Learn, Live”, so that they adequately understand work tasks. The session will conclude with a brief overview of other free instructional materials that can be used in combination with the fall and electrical materials to create a more comprehensive agricultural safety program.  

Click here for full release.

5.  Give the Gift of a Blue Jacket- National FFA

As we celebrate more than 80 years of the official FFA jacket, we know that symbolic blue corduroy is far more than Official Dress, but an icon of an American tradition–instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it. But not everyone can wear the jacket. Not because they don’t deserve to…but because they can’t afford to. To meet this need, we need generous gifts from supporters like you! When you Give the Gift of Blue, you give a member the chance to wear a piece of history to experience the pride of wearing their own blue jacket.

The National FFA Organization is a non-profit 501 (c) 3. Your donation is tax deductible. Upon completion of your donation, you will receive an email receipt for your tax purposes.

Nominate someone to recive a jacket by following this link


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