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The Illinois Association of Vocation Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) is a professional organization for agricultural teachers at all levels..

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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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Employment Opportunities for College Graduates in the U.S. Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resources

Thursday, October 18, 2007


This study is the sixth in a series of five-year employment opportunities projections initiated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) relating data from the Integrated Post-secondary Education System (IPEDS) and Bureau of Labor Statistics. These data are useful for high school counselors, parents, and students as well as college students interested in pursuing careers in agriculture and natural resources. Opportunities for positions in Education, Communication and Governmental Services, Agricultural and Forestry Production, Scientific and Engineering, and Management and Business Occupations are discussed. Major factors affecting the market for graduates also are presented.

Click on this link to download the study and the PowerPoint Presentation to go along with the study:  

Attached is the 2 page summary...great to share with students, administration, guidance counselors, FFA Alumni, and advisory councils.

Employment opportunities for U.S. college graduates with expertise in the food, agricultural, and natural resources system are expected to remain strong during the next five years. We expect slightly more than 52,000 annual job openings for new graduates during 2005-2010, and some 49,300 qualified graduates available each year for these positions. Annually, an average of approximately 32,300 new graduates from U.S. colleges of agriculture and life sciences, forestry, and veterinary medicine are expected to take jobs in the system. Other job openings will be filled by some 17,000 qualified graduates from allied higher education programs such as biological sciences, engineering, business, health sciences, communication, and applied technologies.
Four major factors will define the market for graduates during 2005-2010:
• Consumers and their preferences.
• Evolving business structure in the U.S. food system.
• New developments in science and technology.
• Public policy choices and food system security.



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