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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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CASE Institutes Mini-Grants; IAA Foundation - Ag Ed Teacher Grant Program; ILCAE Advocacy Awards

Monday, April 09, 2018

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1.  FCAE – CASE Institute Mini-Grants:  Due April 16th
2.  IAA Foundation – Illinois Agricultural Education Teacher Grant Program
3.  ILCAE Agricultural Education Advocacy Awards:  Due April 16th


1.  FCAE - CASE Institute Mini-Grants: Due April 16th 

FCAE is pleased to announce an opportunity for teachers to apply for competitive mini-grant funds to attend a CASE institute this summer.  The mini-grant application can be completed and submitted at this link:

The deadline is April 16, 2018, however scholarships will be granted after review of qualifications until all available scholarships have been awarded.

The scholarship applications will be evaluated and those applicants selected to receive scholarships will be notified by April 19, 2018; unsuccessful applicants will also be notified.

Successful applicants will receive a partial scholarship to participate in a CASE Institute of your choice.  We hope you consider the Principles of Agricultural Science –Plant CASE Institute at Pontiac High School. Dates and locations for the 2018 CASE Institutes are on the CASE website at this link. The value of the mini-grant will be $1600.

Questions may be directed to CASE by sending an e-mail Parker Bane at or calling him at (815) 844-6113.  Questions regarding the mini-grant may also be directed to Jess Smithers at or 217-430-3920.

Each application submitted must include the following: narrative (approximately 500 words) detailing the scholarship's potential impact on students, agricultural education program instruction, school, teacher, and/or community.


2.  IAA Foundation – Illinois Agricultural Education Teacher Grant Program

The IAA Foundation is into the second year of this grant program designed to address the shortage of high school agriculture teachers in Illinois.  Agricultural Education teachers who entered their first year into the workforce in the current school year as a traditionally licensed educator are eligible to apply for this five year grant program which will provide an increased level of supplemental personal income over the course of the program.

It is the goal of this program to encourage Agricultural Education teachers to continue in the profession and help bolster Agricultural Education in Illinois.  Each program year, four Agricultural Education teachers will be accepted into the grant program.  Upon successful re-application, which includes meeting annual eligibility requirements, each initial awardee will receive additional increased grant awards for the next four year of their teaching career, receiving up to $10,000 in total. 

Please view the attachment for more information regarding the grant.

Thanks to the Illinois Farm Bureau and the IAA Foundation for their support of Agricultural Education in Illinois!


3. ILCAE Agricultural Education Advocacy Awards:  Due April 16th

The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) annually recognizes advocates form the five IAVAT districts for their efforts, dedication, and support for quality education programs in and about agriculture, k-adult.  Those eligible include all elementary, secondary, and post-secondary personnel responsible for the administration of agricultural education programs (This include Ag in the Classroom, Jr. High School, High School, Community College, University, and Extension Agricultural Education programs.)  Persons eligible include, but are not limited to superintendents, principals, school board members, and advisory council members.

The nomination application is attached and is due by April 16, 2018 and recipients will be recognized at the IAVAT conference during the awards breakfast on June 21, 2018.

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Ag Advocacy Award Application 2018.doc
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