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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..

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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..

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Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Convention

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


This past week, Sarah Hileman and I had the opportunity to attend the National Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Convention in Birmingham, Alabama.  I first became aware of MANRRS a year ago when I attended one day of their National Convention in St. Louis.  I was so impressed by the professionalism of these students and the leadership events that I encouraged our attendance and participation.  At this year's convention, FCAE shared a career exhibit with National FFA at the Career Fair and conducted a workshop titled - "Consider Teaching Agricultural Education as a Career...   An an abundance of contacts were made at the Career Fair and over 40 students attended the workshop.  In the coming days, we plan to send each of these contacts information about urban teaching opportunities in Illinois.  A news release with photo is attached.  

I do want to congratulate the first year chapter Southern Illinois University and students that represented Illinois well in their competitions. Of the 6 students presenting research, two of them placed tops in the nation.
Jean N. Porter, chapter Vice-President, place third in the nation for Graduate Oral Research Division II Competition, with her research entitled “A Descriptive Study of Agriculture Teachers Awareness of Biotechnology and the Future of Biotechnology Education in Illinois.” Jean is a second year graduate study in Agricultural Education.  Her immediate advisor is Dr. Dexter Wakefield, Associate Professor in Agricultural Education and Communications.
Maurice Allen, chapter President, placed first in nation in his competition; President’s Choice (Impromptu Speaking). Maurice is a first year graduate student in the Agribusiness Economics program.  He has written two books and is currently working on a third.  His focus in research pertains to the development of broadband availability for predominantly rural areas and lower income areas.  His immediate advisor is Dr. Steven Kraft, Chair, Department of Agribusiness Economics.
These were great accomplishments due to the stiff competitions from major research schools such as Purdue, Missouri, Florida, Ohio State, Cal Poly, Illinois, and so forth.   

For more information, view their website at  I encourage you to take a look at their website and begin to brainstorm ideas for future partnerships.  Dr. Wakefield and I have already discussed how we could partner together to establish Junior MANRRS chapters at southern Illinois high schools.

MANRRS is yet a young, dynamic, society. In some ways, its future continues to unfold. However, certain initiatives have been identified by the leadership as goals for the future. These include:

1. A MANRRS Educational Endowment Fund to provide educational scholarships for undergraduate student members.

2. A MANRRS Ambassadors Programs for outreach to under-represented minority populations to inform potential students about opportunities in agriculture and related sciences.

3. A MANRRS Research Support Endowment Fund to provide grants for research relevant to the society's goals and for professional development of society members.

4. A MANRRS periodic publication to disseminate research results and other items of interest to the membership and the general public.

5. A MANRRS Research Apprenticeship Program to attract additional highly qualified minority students to the agricultural and related sciences.

6. A MANRRS Student Endowment Fund to provide grants to help pay the expenses for student participation in the society.

Through these and other initiatives, MANRRS's goal will always be promotion of equitable representation of minorities in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences.


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