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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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District V Message--Dean Dittmar--11/7/2006

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

In this message: Grape Growing Workshop and Ethanol Facts

Shawnee Community College - Ullin (Section 24)
Grape Growing in Southern Illinois
An Agriculture/Science Workshop
Grades 9-12 and college and AITC educators

Thursday, November 16, 2006
Shawnee Community College - Ullin
Education Center

Presenter: Dr. Dave Ponce
Cost: free - light lunch served
5 CPDUs for educators
Stipend may be provided for educators
Dr. Ponce will share vineyard establishment and viticulture opportunities for high school and college educators.  Topics covered will include grape varieties, winter hardiness, site selection, site preparation, training and fruit chemistry.

To register, contact:
Shawnee Community College
C/O Sharon Walker
8364 Shawnee College Road
Ullin, IL 62992
For more information call 618-634-3235

Ethanol Educational Information -

This fastback on Ethanol and Its Use as a Motor Vehicle Fuel was developed at the request of the Illinois Advisory Board on Conservation Education in response to needs for instructional materials on forms of alternative energy, especially ethanol, the only renewable, clean burning, alternate liquid energy. The Illinois Corn Growers Association and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board supplied the funds for the development and printing of this fastback.

A renewable energy source made from Illinois corn, ethanol appears to have advantages as a fuel for motor vehicles, especially when used as a blend with gasoline. It is also associated with issues which can serve as excellent opportunities for engaging students in problem-solving and issue-clarification activities. Ethanol is an excellent Science/Technology/ Society (STS) topic, for it illustrates that science and technology provide new products and new uses for products from our abundant production that improve living standards.

Use of this fastback requires little outside preparation on the part of the teacher. It may be taught as a unit or its elements may be integrated into other teaching units. Sections include:

(a) Introduction to Ethanol
(b) Ethanol Chemistry and Technology
(c) Ethanol Facts
(d) Projects and Activities
-Ethanol Lab
-Debate on Transportation
-Ethanol Survey
-Field Trips
(e) Student Test Questions
(f) An Energy Chronology
(g) Bibliography and Additional Resources
(h) Student Worksheets

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