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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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Salem, IL 62881
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District V Message--Dean Dittmar--12/21/2005

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

In This Message

-Winter Break – A time to rejuvenate…
-Section Winter Agriculture Teacher Meetings
-Tentative MFE-South Schedule
-Becoming Highly Qualified in an Academic Area
-BSAA Textbooks
-District FFA Agriscience Fair
Winter break is a great time to get back into school for a few days to organize, clean, and tend to an activity that takes more time than a prep period to complete.  I encourage you to enjoy the holidays, but also take advantage of those days to rejuvenate your department.  Happy Holidays.
Section Winter Agriculture Teacher Meetings – Many important topics and activities will be discussed.  Attendance is highly encouraged. 
Section 21 – Thursday, January 12, 2006, 4:30 p.m., Conference Room of the Okaw AVC, Vandalia High School
Section 22 – Monday, January 23, 2006, 5 p.m.- Meal, 6 p.m. – Meeting, Waterloo High School
Section 23 – Monday, January 9, 2006, 5:30 p.m. – Meal/meeting, Fairfield High School
Section 24 – Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 4:30 p.m. – Meal/meeting, Pioneer Cabin Restaurant, Willisville
Section 25 – Wednesday, January 11, 2006, 12 noon – Meal/meeting, Bondo’s Restaurant, Galatia
MFE – Collinsville – January 20 and 21…
The professional development committee is working to provide very informative workshops and tours.
Friday, January 20th
-Tour of Monsanto and the Danforth Biotechnology Center, St. Louis, MO with educational activities
-E-unit Curriculum Training
-SAE On-line Record Books – Get 4 subscriptions for attending!
-Legislative Training/Writing Letters
Saturday, January 21st
-Requirements of Highly Qualified Teacher Legislation(Content Area Tests and HOUSSE Rules)
-Program of Activities/Heritage/Cooperative Activities Applications Questions and Answers
-Tissue Culture/Biotechnology/DNA Finger Printing Lab
Becoming Highly Qualified in an Academic Area – If you are teaching an agriculture course that fulfills an academic requirement, you may want to look into taking the content area test in that academic area.  For more information, go to this website for testing dates and study guides - . The cost is $85 and there are two test dates available before the end of the school year: March 11, 2006 (registration deadline Jan. 27, 2006), and April 29, 2006 (registration deadline March 17, 2006).  Passing a content area test is one way of becoming highly qualified.  It is not the only way.  More information regarding alternative routes will be out in the future.
BSAA Textbooks - I will be bringing copies of the BSAA textbooks to the Section Winter Meetings. If you need your copy before this time please notify me and I will try to make arrangements to get you your copy.  NOTE: To assist teachers in using the text, a teacher’s manual has been developed that includes answers to the questions at the end of the book’s chapters. It is Web-based. The teachers can access the manual by clicking on the BSAA book cover on
Agriscience Fair – the District 5 FFA Agriscience fair is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14th.  Have your students be thinking about projects to start after the beginning of the new semester.  The December Edition of the FFA New Horizons had many great articles relating to AGRISCIENCE.

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