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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..

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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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Update - Program Growth & Development Initiative - Metro-East

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The Program Growth and Development Initiative in the Metro-East(primarily St. Clair and Madison Counties) started nearly a year ago with the hiring of Mr. Kim Haywood.

This initiative in various forms is ongoing with all of the program advisors though an individual is important to carry-out the activities and push things along in a high populated, urban area of the state.  This project is similar to the addition of a new high school agriculture teacher and county Ag In The Classroom coordinator that did not have a school or county program before.   Our successes have far outweighed our setbacks for the year.  The report below and attached is an update for you.  Kim and I would be happy to hear any ideas, suggestions, and concerns that you may have.  Kim's email is [email protected].  

Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE)
Program Growth and Development Report
November 1, 2008 to July 31, 2009
Kim I. Haywood Jr.
·         Re-chartered FFA chapter at East St. Louis Sr. High School.
·         Sent two students from the East St. Louis FFA chapter to the Made for Excellence Conference in Collinsville, IL.
·         Assisted East St. Louis Sr. High School FFA get a high school/community garden started at the high school.
·         Coordinated a bus trip to SIUC for their open house and visit to the College of Agricultural Sciences. 32 students from surrounding Metro East High Schools attended this trip.
·         Presented 33 Ag in the Classroom presentations to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in the Metro East area.
·         Presented 23 Agriculture Career Presentations to 8th-12th grade students in the Metro East area.
·         Encouraged 15 K-12 teachers from St. Clair County to sign up for the Summer Agriculture Institute.
·         Assisted in the planning of and participted in each of the 5 days of the St. Clair County Summer Agriculture Institute(SAI).
·         Created a summary (index) of all of the schools in St. Clair and Madison Counties.
·         Encouraged 8 students from District 5 to sign up for the Ag Education Internship-Growing Agriscience Teachers Grant. Coordinated and collected student activity time sheets.
·         Coordinated a trip for 7 teachers form the Metro East to Indianapolis for the Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences(MANRRS) Conference.
·         Attended and Judged Small Animal SAE students at the District 5 FFA Proficiency Awards.
·         Judged Section 22 Agribusiness/Horticulture CDE at Southwestern Illinois College.
·         Judged the District 5 Agriscience Fair, Rend Lake College.
·         Participated in the East St. Louis Earth Day Festival, Displayed Agriculture Careers and AITC Resources.
·         71 On-Site Visits to Schools in St. Clair and Madison Counties.
Goals & Activities for FY10
  • Establish relationships with high schools that currently do not have agricultural education programs through administrators and science teachers.
  • Identify business and industry representatives/leaders to support urban agricultural education programs by serving on Agricultural Education Advisory Council.
  • Assist in establishing school and agribusiness partnerships to develop a financial supporting system.
  • Partner with county organizations and agencies (Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee, SWCD, and others) to increase the number of stakeholders that will actively pursue opening new urban programs.
  • Create opportunities for students from St. Clair and Madison Counties to visit the Colleges of Ag Sciences at the four Illinois universities.
  • Continue Agricultural Career Presentations to 6-12 grade students.
  • Continue to encourage students from urban communities to become Agriculture Teachers.
  • Continue AITC Presentations.

**Also attached is an East St. Louis Monitor Newspaper front page article of students attending the MFE Conference with Austin Ashby, State FFA Vice-President.

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