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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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Sample Grain Rings, New Resources, CDEs

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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1. Sample Grain Rings Now Available

2. Back to School Budgeting Sheet

3. Forestry and Soils CDE Resources

1. Sample Grain Rings Now Available

New Sample Grain Rings are now available for purchase. They are updated annually and include a sample ring for each of the grains evaluated in the Agronomy Career Development Event.Each set includes a key with placings, reasons, and cuts for each grain sample. The rings are designed to aid both beginner and novice judges. To place an order please call 1-800-345-6087, fax your order to 217-333-3917, or email

2. Back to School Budgeting Sheet

Now that you are back to school you may be looking for some new teaching tools to enhance your curriculum. Attached to this message is the order form with new items released in the past few years, including 14 resources within the past year. Please take a look and see if we have anything that might meet your needs. As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or visit for more information.

3. Forestry and Soils CDE Resources

Forestry and Soils Career Development Events are quickly approaching. Below is a list of resources we have available to introduce the curriculum into your classroom and train your team.


  • X780 Tree Identification Chart
  • MDS780 Forest Tree Identification: Leaves and Buds CD-ROM
  • U3062 Chainsaw Operation and Safety Unit  
  • C1396 Forest Trees of Illinois Book
  • U2042 Land Surveys and Descriptions


  • U4052b Understanding Soils Unit
  • U4053b Soil Judging in Illinois: Using the Illinois Land-Use Scorecard Unit
  • MDS405/U405 Introduction to Soil Science CD-ROM (Released summer 2016)
  • J701 Land-Use Scorecards (non-Ag use)
  • J702 Tables for Soil Judging Scorecards

If I can assist you in any way feel free to contact me at or 217-244-5170.

Thanks for your support and have a great school year!

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