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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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1475 West Whittaker
Salem, IL 62881
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Reminder AgSci Fair-March 11 - Entries Due 3/6

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

*Sent to District 5 Ag Teachers.

District 5 FFA AgriScience Fair - Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - Set-up by 5:30 pm at the Benton High School

Click here to register prior to March 6th.  (Carbondale, Cisne, & Sandoval have registered.)
I have sample project papers, reply to my email and I will send to you.
Sponsored by Syngenta.  All students will receive a cash award and framed certificate with A, B, or C rating.  Top cash prizes for best 5-10 projects.
Three parts of the written project and display:

1 - Project Research Application
  (attached or download)

            Page 1-Registration Form 
            Page 2-Research Plan Approval
            Page 3-Adult Sponsor Checklist
            Page 4-Hazardous Materials Waiver
            Page 5-Human Vertebrate Endorsement
            Page 6-Non-human Vertebrate Endorsement
            Page 7-Research Expenses
            Page 8-Project Extension Form (if applicable)
2 - Complete Project Report  (see pages 12-13 of handbook)
           -Title Page
           -Abstract  (Brief summary with hypothosis and purpose)
           -Introduction (Why was the work done?)
           -Review of Literature  (Information about the topic)
           -Materials and Methods
           -Results with any data tables and graphs
           -Discussion and Conclusion
3 - Tabletop or free standing display not to exceed a 4'x8' area.
          -Topic/title should be boldly displayed
          -Show pictures, data tables and graphs
         -Show student name, address, phone number, and school in the  lower right corner of the project.
-The National FFA website has many GREAT teaching tools including a video, powerpoint, judging criteria and handbook(which has great research paper examples to go by).  click here
-Six Categories and Example Project Ideas click here 
-AgriScience Fair Application is attached. 
-AgriScience Fair Project Topics is attached.

Best Practices:
-7th - 12th grade FFA members are eligible.
-Break the entire project into several small tasks.
-Spend quality time researching topics.
-Share the benefits of, new products, etc.
-Complete registration pages as a class in the computer lab.
-Provide pocket file folders to keep student papers organized and all together.
-Use the agriscience fair project as an SAE with record books.
-Involve agribusiness leaders and FFA alumni as sponsors and judges, and to assist in identifying quality topics.
-Show the projects in a hallway or prominent area of the school.

How do you have your students get started?
-Find a Solution to a Problem
-Review Literature and Websites - connect to agriculture
-Develop a Hypothesis
-Propose and Design an Experiement
-Collect Data
-Draw Conclusions
-Report the Results

Overview for Judging
-Introduce yourself 
Explain your project...What did you set out to do?
What was the purpose?
What happened and why?
What was accomplished?
What were the final results?

Competition and judging will be based on:
-Scoresheet - attached
-Appropriateness of the project: agriculture/science relationship
-Neatness and creativity of the display
-Information, data, etc. of the project paper
-Organization and neatness of the paper
-Knowledge of the project showed by the student
-Amount of work done
-Speaking ability during oral presentation   

More website resources...
-Suggestion is to have your students use the search engine GOOGLE.  Type in AgriScience Fair Projects, then Science Fair Projects.

Best of luck to you and your students!

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Attachments in this message
Project Score Sheet.doc
AgriScience Fair Project Topics by Ag Area.pdf
Application - 1-22-15.xlsx