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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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Updates to American FFA Degree, Trading Post, FFA Scholarships

Thursday, January 11, 2018

*** Sent to All Contacts

1.) American FFA Degree Updates from National FFA

2.) Trading Post Reminder

3.) National FFA Scholarships- Deadline February 8, 2018


1.) American FFA Degree Updates from National FFA


Four updates have been made to the application.

Automatic Upload of Chapter & Advisor Information:

Chapter and advisor information (name, address, school, phone, email) now loads automatically into the application cover page.  This will reduce the opportunity for the applicant/advisor to make typing errors and help to keep chapter information up to date in the profile system.

·        The information comes directly from the Chapter and Advisor profile information provided to the profile system by the FFA Advisor.


·        Corrections to this information cannot be made in the application itself, the authorized FFA advisor must log in to and make the corrections in their advisor profile.

o    The application may need to be refreshed (log out and log back in) for the changes to show.  There is also a “Refresh” button for the advisor information.

o    If a chapter advisor is missing the advisor needs to register themselves in as the chapter advisor and request state staff approval.

o    If a chapter advisor needs to be removed from the chapter profile a state staff must make this change in the profile system.


Membership Check:

A new automatic membership check has been added to the application.  This automates the checking of membership for members, chapter advisors, state and national staff.  No more need to run tedious and time consuming multi-year membership checks on your applicants!  No more last minute, summer month, notifications from National FFA about missing years of membership.  Issues will be discovered and solved prior to applications being submitted.

·        The application will check the membership id number of the member profile used to start the application against National FFA Organization membership records.

·        The application will check for and display all years in which the applicant was/is an FFA member from 2013-14 forward.

o    3 years of consecutive FFA membership and membership in the current year are required to qualify for the American FFA Degree.

o    Years of membership prior to 2013-14 cannot be checked automatically in the system.  This in no way prevents applicants who were members in previous years from adding those years of SAE records to the application.

·        The membership check is included on the automatic Checklist in the application.

o    An application that does not show all checks “Met” on the checklist will not submit to the National FFA Organization.


·        Members who advisors have mistakenly entered as new members instead of renewed as continuing members will have multiple FFA ID numbers.  The application provides a place to add these additional FFA ID numbers so the system can find them.

·        AET customers who start applications through AET need to ensure their information in AET matches that in for the membership check to work properly.

Electronic Signatures:

The American FFA Degree has gone paperless!  Signed hard copies of the American FFA Degree signature page have been replaced with an electronic signature process.

·        No hard copy forms or pages are required to be submitted to National FFA for the American FFA Degree. ***** NOTE -  ILLINOIS FFA Still needs 2 hard copies for review and interview purposes, but may move to only 1 copy next year.  

·        Electronic signatures are required from:

o    Applicant - typed directly into the application when complete.  Applicant must be signed in and working on the application in their own profile to be able to sign.

o    Chapter Advisor – typed directly into the application before submitting to state designated regional/state staff.  For multi-advisor chapters any one of the advisor can sign the form electronically.

o    Parent/Guardian – applicant enters name(s) and email information and clicks button which sends email to parent/guardian.  Parent/guardian clicks link in email to sign application.

o    Principal or Superintendent - applicant enters name and email information and clicks button which sends email to administrator.  Administrator clicks link in email to sign application.

o    State Staff signature is replace by the fact that only the state staff can approve and submit the application for national review.

o    Chapter President signature has been removed.

Manual Checklist:

The Manual Review Sheet which previously became available only when a PDF copy of the application was generated has now been added to the Checklist screen of the application (it will still print if a hard copy of the application is desired).

·        Additional detail has been added to these checks to help local/regional/state application reviewers find problems before submitting the application to National FFA.

·        A direct link to the Community Service definitions is included in this manual review.

2.) Trading Post Reminder

Click here to access the Illinois Advisor's Trading Post. Illinois FFA Advisor's can use this form to request or offer national convention items, extra 212/360 registration spots, etc. The spreadsheet is able to be edited by anyone with the link, so please be careful not to delete or alter information other than your own!  

******* NEWLY Added to the Trading Post is a tab for EZ Records Codes.  

3.) National FFA Scholarships- Deadline February 8, 2018

Click here to view the original list serv message about National FFA Scholarships!

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