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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. .

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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--3/16/2007

Friday, March 16, 2007

-Results of the District 5 FFA Agriscience Fair
-Vacancies at the Mulberry Grove High School and Wabash Valley College at Mt. Carmel

-Results of the District 5 FFA Agriscience Fair 
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Rosemary Chapple, a freshman at Waterloo High School, took top honors at the FFA District 5 Science Fair held Thursday, March 15, at Rend Lake College. Chapple’s experiment with chicks and amino acids won her first-place and $50 at the fair. Joining her in the photo is FCAE Program Advisor Dean Dittmar and RLC Applied Science and Technology Division Chair Dr. Sarah Bond. For a hi-resolution version of this photo, click here.

Anthony Graham, a student at Mt. Vernon Township High School, took second place at the 2007 FFA District 5 Science Fair held Thursday at Rend Lake College. Graham is joined in the photo by FCAE Program Advisor Dean Dittmar and RLC Applied Science and Technology Division Chair Dr. Sarah Bond. For a hi-resolution version of this photo, click here.

Rebecca Zamaronn and Chris Corona, students at Freeburg Community High School, talk with Tracy Rixman about their FFA Science Fair experiment. For the 2007 fair, Corona and Zamaronn dyed chicken embryos with food coloring to see which day of the month was best for dying chicken embryos. According to Zamaronn, it is the 17th. She did not say whether this result supported their hypothesis. Rixman was a judge at the 2007 District 5 FFA Science Fair held March 15 at Rend Lake College. She is with the Perry and Washington County Ag in the Classroom program. For a hi-resolution version of this photo, click here.

INA – When Rosemary Chapple was brainstorming through ideas for a science project, she ultimately decided to be practical. She went with something that would benefit her life and the lives of her chicks.

“I have chickens myself and I wanted to design a feeding program that was cheaper for me and worked better for them,” she said.

And so, Chapple’s winning zoology experiment, “Which Amino Acid is First Limiting in Chicks ... Lysine or Methionine?” was born, conducted and exhibited at the FFA District 5 Science Fair Thursday afternoon at Rend Lake College.

Chapple, a freshman at Waterloo High School in Monroe County, received a $50 prize for taking top honors. She also claims bragging rights for her experiment being dubbed the best out of 54 projects from 65 students at the fair.

And while the young winner admitted she hasn’t a clue about what she wants to do for a career, she knew exactly where her prize money is going. Shoes? Clothes? Music? Nope. It will be used to provide a new home for her chicks.

“I need to build some more cages,” she said. “The ones I have now are falling apart.”

District 5 FFA is made up of 31 southern Illinois counties. Students from Cisne, Eldorado, Freeburg, McLeansboro, Mt. Vernon, Pinckneyville, Thompsonville and Waterloo competed at RLC on Thursday.

Ten judges put the experiments to their test; based on hypothesis, analysis, results, overall appearance, research, procedure, writing ability, knowledge of the subject matter and the purpose of the experiment.

The 54 experiments displayed Thursday in Waugh Gymnasium were narrowed to 13 finalists. The final 13 students presented a speech about their experiment to the FFA students and judges. Their public speaking ability was a factor in the judging.

Second place and $30 went to Anthony Graham, Student President of the FFA at Mt. Vernon Township High School, for his experiment which looked at plant growth. Jessie McAfoos from Thompsonville High School grabbed third place and $25. The $20 fourth-place prize went to Hayden Byers of Cisne and fifth-place, along with $15, was won by Kate Pond of Cisne.

Sixth- through 13th-place, respectively, were Natalie Mugrage of Cisne, Matthew Gordon of Freeburg and Donovan Stophenar, Hillary Barnard, Megan Byars, Sammy Gill, Brittany Brown and Melody Hagen, all of Cisne.

Every participant walked away with some prize money and a framed certificate for competing. All together, RLC donated $500 in cash prizes. But more than cash and certificates, the participants benefited from interacting with students outside their own high school and learning about each student’s experiment, according to Dean Dittmar, a program advisor with Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education, or FCAE.

Dittmar encouraged the students to take their experiment to the next level by competing in the state finals of the FFA Science Fair. He also encouraged them to consider continuing their education after high school by enrolling in the agricultural program at RLC.

Assisting Dittmar in coordinating the contest was RLC Applied Science and Technology Division Chair Dr. Sarah Bond. She welcomed the students to the Ina campus and urged them to ask questions about the program at RLC.

“We have a wide-range of opportunity here at Rend Lake College,” she said. “There are several faculty members on hand who will be glad to share what we have to offer and hopefully that will open some doors for you. You are now our friend and part of our family. You are always welcome here.”

Bond extended her thanks to the judges for providing their time and expertise in the fields of biochemistry, microbiology/food science, environmental science, zoology, botany, engineering and agricultural engineering.

The judging pool consisted of Tracy Rixmann with the Perry/Washington County Ag in the Classroom program; Gayla Titsworth with Saline/Gallatin County Ag in the Classroom; Lawrence Huseman, a retired agriculture teacher from Campbell Hill; RLC Agriculture Business students Kim Wilson and Christina Garofolo; Amanda McFarland, a substitute teacher at Thompsonville High School and alumna of the Murray State University agriculture program; Ted Hughes, representing FFA District 5 Alumni; Susan Miller with Williamson County Ag in the Classroom; RLC Agriculture Associate Professor Terry Wilkerson; and RLC Agriculture Mechanics Instructor Brian Greer. 

School   Mulberry Grove
Position   Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor
Description   Mulberry Grove High School is located in Bond county of Section 21 just off of Interstate 70. About one-half(70/140) of the students in the high school are enrolled in agriculture courses - agriscience, ag mechanics, and agribusiness. A school farm is adjacent to the school with strawberry and crop acreage and livestock facilities. Plans are to merge the agriculture and industrial programs. An extended contract and/or FFA stipend are negotiable. Great opportunity for a very successful program. For more information -
   To apply, send letter of application, resume with references, and official transcript prior to May 1, 2007:

Mike Gauch, Principal
Mulberry Grove Jr/Sr High School
801 W. Wall Street
Mulberry Grove, IL 62262
(618) 326-8221

at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel

DESCRIPTION: The position is a full-time, tenure-track appointment. Primary instructional responsibilities are to teach and assess student learning in courses leading to an occupational degree in Agricultural Technology through traditional and online teaching modalities. The college offers both day and evening classes to adult, traditional, and college credit enrolled high school students. Don Mersinger and Paul Schnarre, agriculture instructors will be retiring after this semester.  Congratulations to both on successful careers.

COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT: This position will be assigned to the Wabash Valley College campus in Mt. Carmel, Illinois for the 2007-2008 academic year.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness, Agricultural Production or related field required; Master’s degree preferred. The position requires the ability to utilize Microsoft Office applications and to teach in two or more of the following areas: Agronomy, Soil Science, Animal Science and Agribusiness.

WAGES: Based upon education and experience.

APPLICATIONS: Send a letter of interest, resume, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to:

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
Attn: Human Resources
233 East Chestnut Street
Olney, IL 62450

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed beginning March 15, 2007, and will be accepted until the position is filled.

STARTING DATE: August 15, 2007; pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

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