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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, GROWMARK Essay Results,

Friday, December 21, 2018

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1.  Illinois FFA Center Updates - Happy to Announce & Happy Holidays

2.  $400 Mini-Grant Available from National FFA Could Help You with a NEW event at State Convention

3.  GROWMARK Announces 2019 Illinois Essay Contest Winner

4.  Farm Service Agency Youth Loans Available 


1.  Illinois FFA Center Updates - Happy to Announce

Beginning January 2, 2019, we are happy to announce that Skye Kretizinger, who has been with the FFA Center as a student worker for the past year, will begin as the Illinois FFA Center Competitive Events Specialist.  And in other exciting news, Tammy Yard will be shifting her role and responsibilities back to Foundation and will be serving as the Illinois FFA Center Foundation Specialist.  

From all of us at the Illinois FFA Center, we are wishing you all the very best over the Holiday Season and into the new year.  

Have a GRAND day, a WONDERFUL week, a BLESSED Christmas, a RELAXING Break and an AMAZING new year!  

2.  $400 Mini-Grant Available from National FFA Could Help You with a NEW event at State Convention

New this year at State Convention will be a spotlight on service contest. Chapters will be asked to make a submission (more details to come) about a service project that they did this year.  There is currently a "living to serve" mini-grant available from National FFA for up to $400 to complete a service project during FFA Week. This would be a great way to give your chapter a jump start towards taking part in this new event at the 91st Illinois State FFA Convention. The grant is due January 1st. Details and Deadlines for the State Convention "Spotlight on Service" Contest will be released at a later date.

Click here for access to the $400 mini-grant and to see ideas on National FFA's interactive project map. 

3.  GROWMARK Announces 2019 Illinois Essay Contest Winner

John Schubbe of Peotone, Illinois, has been named the Illinois state winner of the 2019 GROWMARK essay contest for FFA members. The theme of this year’s contest was “What does the future of agriculture look like to you, and what skills will you need to play a part in it?”

In his contest entry, Schubbe said: “It is estimated that by 2050, the world’s population will number 9.6 billion. To feed that many people, crop production is going to have to increase by 70 percent. This is the challenging task I face as a future farmer. And this must be done as I face modern day challenges of evolving farm legislation, new agricultural technologies, and climate change.”

Schubbe is a student at Peotone High School and a member of the Peotone FFA chapter. His FFA advisor is Abby Jacobs.

As the contest winner, Schubbe will receive a $500 award from GROWMARK at the Illinois FFA State Convention in Springfield, held in June. The Peotone FFA chapter will also receive a $300 award in honor of his accomplishment.

Four state runners-up will each receive a $125 award. The runners-up and their FFA chapters are, in alphabetical order: Graham Bishop, Athens FFA Chapter, Springfield, Illinois; Erin Henze, Eastland FFA Chapter, Shannon, Illinois; Michael Seabloom, Orion FFA Chapter, Lynn Center, Illinois; and Travis Wilke, Olney FFA Chapter, Olney, Illinois

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 in agriculture, and understand the unique role of cooperatives.

GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative with annual sales of $7.3 billion (FY 2017 data) providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services throughout North America. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. More information is available at

4.  Farm Service Agency Youth Loans Available 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes operating loans of up to $5,000 to eligible individual youths ages 10 to 20 to finance income-producing, agriculture-related projects. The project must be of modest size, educational and initiated, developed and carried out by youths participating in 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America, tribal youth organizations or similar agricultural-affiliated groups.

The project must be an organized and supervised program of work. It must be planned and operated with the assistance of the organization advisor, produce sufficient income to repay the loan and provide the youth with practical business and educational experience in agriculture-related skills.

To view the FSA office locations and more information about the grant program please click here.  Click here for the FSA Farm Loans Fact Sheet.  

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