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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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GROWMARK Essay, BUILD Conference, Credit Cards, Rosters, Theme Shirts

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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Items in this listserv: 

1.  GROWMARK Announces 2019 Essay Contest Theme

2.  BUILD Conference

3.  Credit Card Payments

4.  Illinois FFA Dues or Affiliation Fees Information

5. 2018 Illinois FFA State Theme Shirt - Have you seen them? You can't miss them they are Corn Gold and look AWESOME! 

1.  GROWMARK Announces 2019 Essay Contest Theme

The theme for the 2019 GROWMARK Essay Contest is: “What does the future of agriculture look like to you, and what skills will you need to play a part in it?” The contest is open to all high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

This is the 26th year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders, to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues affecting agriculture, and understand the unique role of cooperatives.

Students will write about their goals for a career in agriculture and explain the skills they will need to develop to be successful.

Essays will be submitted online. The deadline for all submissions is midnight Central time on November 9, 2018. Additional program details have been sent to agriculture teachers and are online at

Each state’s winner earns a $500 award and the winner’s FFA chapter receives a $300 award. Four runners-up per state each win $125 awards.

The program is offered annually and many agriculture teachers use it as part of their class curriculum. Past topics have included sustainability, careers in agriculture, and the cooperative principles.

GROWMARK is a regional cooperative providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services, in more than 40 states and Alberta and Ontario, Canada. GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. More information is available at

2.  BUILD Conference

BUILD –  Registration for the BUILD Conference closes on October 19, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.  If you want to use Hopper Funds, please contact Tammy Yard at before starting your registration.  Please register through Caboodle by clicking the event on the left before signing into the system.  Please follow these updated instructions, please note the credit card box in Caboodle does not work, and you must click “Request Invoice” & Ok to submit your registration. 

Currently, Caboodle is not sending out invoices by email, please see Section D on the Caboodle Instructions on how to print the invoice.  For all registration/Caboodle questions, please contact

Please make the check payable to:  Illinois FFA.

  • Bring the payment to the event
  • OR 
  • Mail to Illinois FFA Center, 3221 Northfield Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62702. 

Each student attending the BUILD Conference MUST read and get the appropriate signatures, and BRING with them to the registration area of the BUILD Conference.  Please do not mail these forms to the Illinois FFA Center.

3.  Illinois  FFA Center NEW Credit Card Processing - NEW Information

The Illinois FFA Center is using a new credit card processing system.  Payments will be accepted for all invoices, we do encourage everyone to click:

  • Yes!  I want to help cover the credit card processing cost.  

Pleae indicate the event that the payment is to be applied to, be very specific:

Here are some Examples of what NOT to do:

  • CDE
  • Dues
  • WLC
  • Invoice

Here are some Examples of what TO DO:

  • Horse CDE
  • FFA Dues
  • WLC payment for John Edgar
  • WLC partial payment for Patti Davis
  • Invoice for FFA Leadership Camp

Each orgranization has their own credit card processing form, links to the forms can be found on each organizational website and also under the RESOURCES tab or in the FEED tab in Caboodle for each specific event. 

4.  Illinois FFA Dues or Affiliation Fees Information

Click here for the original listserv regarding membership 


5. 2018 Illinois FFA State Theme Shirt - Have you seen them? You can't miss them they are Corn Gold and look AWESOME! 

Want to spot your FFA chapter from far away in AWESOME Corn Gold shirts?  The Illinois Association FFA Finance Committee has the answer for you:  2018 State Theme t-shirts!  All profits from the t-shirt sales will go to the Illinois Foundaiton  FFA.  Click here to view the State Theme t-shirt flyer. 


People LOVE them and lots of FFA members are asking, "Where can I get one?"  Funny you ask:  Click here to view the 2018 Illinois FFA theme shirt flyer with ALL of the details about ordering a 2018 Illinois FFA State Theme shirt.  Sizes Small through XL are $12.00 and sizes 2XL and 3XL are $14.00.  Orders are due by October 15, 2018.  Shirts will be distriibuted at the BUILD Conference in Decatur on Novemebr 9 &10, 2018 and again on Super Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Univeristy of Illinois Livestock Pavilion, Urbana, IL.  

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