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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--10/31/2007

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Did you know these facts about U.S. Ag Ed and FFA?

Below are some great facts and figures about U.S. Agricultural Education and FFA.  Attached is a great promotional and marketing piece for your students, adminstrators, FFA Alumni, Advisory Council, parents, and MOST EVERYONE.   Quick and easy telling a great story!


• Today, there are 500,823 FFA members, aged 12-21, in 7,358 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

• 38% of FFA members are female; women hold more than 47% of state leadership positions.

• 81% of FFA membership is Caucasian, 12% is Hispanic and 4% is African-American.

• 89% of FFA members are in grades 9-12, 6% are in grades 7-8 and 5% are high school graduates.

• 27% of FFA members live in rural farm areas, 40% live in rural nonfarm areas and the remaining 33% live in urban and suburban areas.

• FFA chapters are in 15 of the 20 largest U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago and Philadelphia.

• The 2006 National FFA Convention was host to 54,489 FFA members, advisors and supporters.


• More than 10,000 agriculture teachers deliver an innovative, cutting-edge and integrated curriculum to students.

• 92% of agricultural education programs offer agriscience, 71% offer advanced agriscience and biotechnology, 59% offer agricultural mechanics, 49% offer horticulture, 43% offer animal science and 24% offer environment-related courses.

• 23% of agriculture teachers have five or fewer years of teaching experience.

• The shortage of qualified agriculture teachers is the greatest challenge facing FFA and agricultural education.

Career Exploration

• FFA members participate in hands-on work experiences, allowing them to apply knowledge learned in class.

• Collectively, FFA members earn $4 billion annually through their hands-on work experiences.

• Members participate in and learn advanced career skills in 49 national proficiency areas based on their hands-on work experiences ranging from food science and technology to agricultural communications to wildlife management to production agriculture.

• According to the student magazine readership study, 87% of our students are interested in learning about career exploration, 81% about college preparation and 81% about technology.

• Through 23 national career development events and one activity, FFA members are challenged by real-life, hands-on tests of skills that prepare them for career success.

Industry Support

• Agriculture is the nation's largest employer, with more than 24 million people working in some area of the industry. FFA prepares members for more than 300 careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

• In 2006, sponsors provided more than $12.2 million for FFA and agricultural programs, activities and scholarships.

• FFA scholarships have totaled more than $26 million over the last 23 years.

• 1,822 students of agricultural education benefited from FFA scholarships for the 2006-2007 school year.

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