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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
Executive Director
3221 Northfield Drive
Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 753-3328 x101 Cell-217.412.5646
(217) 753-3359 fax
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Officer Candidate/Parent Orientation, Alumni Annual Mtg, Star Discovery, FFA Bd Updates, FRB

Thursday, January 04, 2018

To All Contacts

Items in this Listserv:

1.) Illinois FFA Center Closed - Monday, January 15, 2018

2.) Officer Candidate and Parent Orientation

3.) Alumni Annual Meeting- January 26-27

4.)Star Discovery Applications

5.) American FFA Degree Upcoming Webinars

6.) Food Resource Bank - World Hunger Curriculum - Great Resource

7.) FFA Board Highlights

8.) Illinois FFA Day with the Fighting Illini Basketball Game

9.)  Register for the Illinois FFA Bus Trip to Washington Leadership Conference


1.) The Illinois FFA Center will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018 to honor Martin Luther King Day.


2.) Officer Candidate and Parent Orientation

FFA members with their State FFA Degree interested in running for Major State FFA Office and their families are invited to attend the Candidate - Parent Major State Officer Orientation.  The Candidate and Parent Orientation is Saturday, January 27, 2018 in conjunction with the January State Officer Meeting and the Illinois FFA Alumni Annual meeting.  The Candidate/Parent Orientation meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. with an ice cream social, meeting should conclude by 4:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn 1501 South Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820.  The orientation meeting is not a mandatory event, but an event that is very important for you and your family to be informed of your next step and be comfortable with the process.

Please RSVP for the candidate orientation.  Click here to RSVP.  


3.) Alumni Annual Meeting- January 26-27

Click here for information about the Illinois FFA Alumni Annual Meeting, which will be held in Champaign at the Hilton Garden Inn. The Early Bird Registration Rate of $100 & the room block close on Friday, January 12th.  After January 12th the full conference registration cost will be $115.  Click here for a list of items that will be up for the Auction on Friday, January 26th.


4.)Star Discovery Applications

Please click here to view the applications.  You must download the application and then create your application to complete after it has been downloaded.  The Star Discovery Awards are to be selected at the Section, District and State Proficiency Award judging.  Results are to be submitted when proficiency award judging results are submitted.   The applications can also be found on the website under the FORMS link.   Illinois Foundation FFA will provide plaques to the 4 state winners.  


5.) American FFA Degree Information and Upcoming Webinars

Do you have questions about the American Degree process? Click here for instructions in a previous listserv for more information. Next week we will be hosting webinars with information about the American Degree process.  

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

Each webinar is scheduled to last about an hour.  However there will be time for questions, so the length of the webinar may vary slightly. The webinars are also posted on the channel where all webinars/videos are being posted:

Audio Dial-in Number:  (641) 715-0632

Access Code:  175594

Online Meeting Link:


6.) Food Resource Bank - World Hunger Curriculum - Great Resource

Food Resource Bank has coordinated FREE curriculum about World Hunger and ways in which your FFA Chapters can be engaged in helping conquer world hunger.  Click here to view the folder with the modules and the flyer of information.  


7.) FFA Board Highlights

A copy of the unofficial minutes from the January 5, 2018 FFA and IAVAT Joint Board meeting, as well as the FFA Board are here.  Please see the highlights below:

  • Novice Parli-Pro - Conduct of Chapter Meeting.  Discussion that we need to have something in place before the beginning of the school year, however since we cannot bring forward to IHSA until fall after the school year, we need to determine something for 2019.

  • Jung moved to continue the practice of offering Novice Parli-Pro and having the state winner represent IL at National level for Conduct of Chapter meeting for 2019.  Seconded by Hortin. Motion passed.  McDermott sustained.  Gittings seconded.  No further discussion.  Motions passed.   

  • Do you have to have the original record book?  Advisor Guide states: Record books should not be recopied, but if they are, the originals should also accompany the application.   Previous discussion, it was determined that records could be copied from one record keeping system into AET. We need clarification.  Maierhofer stated that from now, we can have three years of records in AET without needing copies of old bookkeeping system.  

  • Riden moved for state degrees and proficiencies beginning in 2018 that students may submit records in one system without the outside originals. Seconded by Welch.  Further discussion that the advisors guide needs updated.  McGrew sustained.  Seconded by Maierhofer.  No discussion.  Motion passed.  

  • The Advisors Guide has been updated to reflect this motion.  Click here to view the Advisors Guide, also found at under the DOWNLOADS link.  

  • The Illinois FFA State Degree checklist was submitted to the FFA Board from the SAE Committee for approval.  Click here to view the Illinois FFA State Degree checklist - this checklist will appear when you go to print the application.  Motion to approve the list by Beauchem.  Welch seconded.  No discussion.  Motion Passed.  Move to sustain by Maierhofer. Seconded by Dr. Steffen.  No discussion.  Motion Passed.  

  • ****NEW***** The SAE Committee also submitted a NEW Proficiency Area Summary form - this form replaces the previous Evaluation Guide that is to be placed in the front of the record books.  Please click here to open that form.  Once you click on the form, download it and use it for 2018 Proficiency judging.  From the Advisors Guide:  

  • The Proficiency Area Summary Form (formerly known as "Evaluation Guide for Agribusiness Awards" or "Evaluation Guide for Production Awards") must be submitted with the record book in those award areas where applicable.

  • The Advisors Guide has been updated to reflect this form.  Click here to view the Advisors Guide, also found at under the DOWNLOADS link.  


8.) Illinois FFA Day with the Fighting Illini Basketball Game

What better way than to kick off FFA week than to be surrounded by Illinois FFA Members cheering on the Fighting Illini Men's Basketball team? Also at the Illini Basketball game, the University of Illinois College of ACES departments will be set up so students will have the opportunity to network and discover academic opportunities at the U of I. Tickets are $25 and a portion of the ticket sales will go to benefit Illinois Foundation FFA. Make checks payable to Illinois Foundation FFA. A promotional graphic to advertise to your chapter is attached. If you have any questions direct them to Katie Burns IL FFA Communications Specialist at The deadline to sign up for the tickets is Wednesday, January 31st.

Link to order tickets: Click Here

Sunday, February 18, 2018

University of Illinois Men's Basketball vs. Nebraska

Sections 217-219

2:30 p.m. Game start

1:30 p.m. gates open and College of ACES Department Fair

Ticket Price: $25

Deadline for Ticket Sales: Wednesday, January 31st


9.)  Register for Illinois FFA Bus Trip for the Washington Leadership Conference

Please remember to look back at the original listserv message for details regarding the Illinois WLC Bus Trip.  Registration closes on February 1, 2018.

Click here to register for the Illinois WLC Bus Trip.

Click here to view a promotional flyer for the WLC Bus Trip.

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