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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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$250 Farm Credit Services(FCS) Community Improvement Grants Available

Friday, March 04, 2011

**Not all chapters and counties are eligible - SEE BELOW.

$250 Farm Credit Services(FCS) Community Improvement Grants Available
to 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters

Farm Credit Services of Illinois is awarding up to sixty $250 community improvement grants to 4-H clubs and FFA chapters.  Eligible clubs and chapters must be located in the 60 county region served by Farm Credit Services of Illinois.

To determine a worthwhile project, 4-H clubs and FFA chapters are encouraged to discuss the needs of their local communities with one another, or visit with other community members and leaders.  Groups should also consider how collaborating with other community organizations could be beneficial to the success of their project. 

This is the third year Farm Credit has offered community improvement grants to 4-H clubs, and the first year they have been made available to FFA chapters.  Since 2009, Farm Credit has awarded over $4000 in community improvement grant funds.

 Applications must be received no later than March 31, 2011.  Grants will be reviewed, and final decisions made by April 15, 2011.  Questions can be sent to .[email protected]

FFA chapters eligible for the Community Improvement grants must be affiliated with a high school located in one of the 60 counties served by Farm Credit Services of Illinois: Alexander, Bond, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Gallatin, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, Lawrence, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Massac, Menard, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Perry, Piatt, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saint Clair, Saline, Sangamon, Scott, Shelby, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson.

Project Suggestions

• Develop a roadside park.

• Implement a tree planting program.

• Improve and maintain an abandoned cemetery.

• Develop a bicycle, horse, or hiking trail.

• Construct and maintain a community bulletin board.

• Set up a community self-guided nature trail.

• Provide landscaping at a fairgrounds, park, or near a community building.

• Clean and repair a community church.

• Build playground equipment that is designed for children with disabilities.

• Establish community recreation park facility.

FFA members have a special opportunity to demonstrate their interest in contributing to their local community by applying for a Farm Credit community improvement grant. The most successful projects are usually suggested from within the chapter after discussing community needs. The following list of projects previously completed by other community groups may stimulate discussion for your FFA chapter.

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