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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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USDA/Purdue Study Shows Strong Demand For Ag-Related Graduates

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

New Study Released...

Employment Opportunities for College Graduates in Food, Renewable Energy, and the Environment - United States, 2010-2015

Overview - click here for more data

The agricultural, food, and renewable natural resources sectors of the U.S. economy will generate an estimated 54,400 annual openings for individuals with baccalaureate or higher degrees in food, renewable energy, and environmental specialties between 2010 and 2015. Seventy-four percent of the jobs will be in business and science occupations; 15 percent in agriculture and forestry production; and 11 percent in education, communication, and governmental services.

During 2010-15, five percent more college graduates with expertise in agricultural and food systems, renewable energy, and the environment will be needed when compared to 2005-10. More than enough graduates will likely be available during the next couple of years in some occupations, but a shortfall of new graduates with preparation in priority business and science specialties is forecast in the latter half of the period.

USDA Employment Opportunities for Collge Graduates in Food, Renewable Energy, and the Environment

The strongest demand is anticipated for graduates with college degrees and related work experiences in agriculture, forestry, and environmental science and management. Annually, an average of 29,300 graduates are expected from colleges of agriculture and life sciences, forestry and natural resources, and veterinary medicine. These individuals will compete for positions with approximately 24,200 qualified graduates each year from allied fields including biological sciences, engineering, health sciences, business, and communication.

For a two-page printable summary (PDF format, 424KB), click on the linked image, above left.  and attached. 

Project Consultants

  • Carol L. Anderson, Cornell University, professor emeriti
  • Perry Brown, University of Montana
  • Gregorio Billikopf Encina, University of California-Davis
  • J. Marcos Fernandez, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Mike Gaul, Iowa State University
  • Patrick D. O’Rourke, Illinois State University
  • Govind C. Sharma, Alabama A&M University
  • Bettye K. Walters, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine


  • Allan D. Goecker, Purdue University
  • P. Gregory Smith, U.S. Department of Agriculture, NIFA
  • Ella Smith, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Rebecca Goetz, Purdue University

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