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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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Syngenta Sponsors District 5 FFA AgriScience Fair

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

*Sent to District 5 Ag Teachers.



March 14, 2012...Six schools participated – Cisne, Fairfield, Freeburg, Marissa, Mt. Vernon, and Waterloo with 30 projects and 33 students.  Congratulations to all students participating.  Thank you to Barry Beaupre, Sales Representative, Syngenta, for sponsoring the event in the amount of $500 for the cash prizes and gifts for all students.


Top 8 Blue Ribbon projects were(based on scoresheet and speech)

1st – Katherine Schmierbach, Marissa – Giving a Hoot

2nd – Mitch Brown, Waterloo – Ecoli Invasion

3rd – Zach Hollis, Waterloo – Fish Wastewaster Can be Recycled to Grow Algae for Biofuel

4th – Katie Liston, Fairfield – Cidar Science

5th – Morgan Doggett, Fairfield – How pH Effects Germination of Soybeans in Different Soil    


6th – Sydney Stillman, Waterloo – Are Horses More Visual or Auditory Learners?

7th – Rachael Webber, Waterloo – Does Grooming Affect a Horse’s Heart Rate After Exercise?

8th – Justin Reinneck, Freeburg – Cover Crops…A Comparative Study of Broadcast Seeding vs.

        Drilled Seeding


Individual category winners-

-Animal Systems – Katherine Schmierbach, Marissa – Giving a Hoot

-Environmental Services/Natural Resources Systems – Zach Hollis, Waterloo – Fish

   Wastewaster Can be Recycled to Grow Algae for Biofuel

-Food Products and Processing Systems – Katie Liston, Fairfield – Cidar Science

-Plant Systems – Justin Reinneck, Freeburg – Cover Crops…A Comparative Study of

   Broadcast Seeding vs. Drilled Seeding

-Power, Structural and Technical Systems ­– Zach Hempen & Daniel Grove, Waterloo – Will

    the Magnification of Light Affect the Output Energy of a Solar Panel?


Each project received a $10 cash award and each student received a framed certificate. The top 4 projects received $60, $50, $35, $30, $25, and $20 each for the 5-8 places. 


This event was organized by District 5 Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education(FCAE) and hosted by the Benton High School at the District 5 FFA Proficiency Awards Judging.  Both events held jointly at the same location on the same evening were very well received.  The quality of projects and competition by students was very good this year.


Judges for this event were Bob Arthur, Retired SIUC College of Ag Sciences; Janice Page, Franklin County SWCD; Marc Lamczyk – University of Illinois Extension; Kathy Craig – Rend Lake College; and Seb Pense – SIUC College of Ag Sciences.  Special assistance was provided by Tom Cotter, Ag Teacher at the Thompsonville High School.

Thank you to the agriculture teachers/FFA Advisors for including agriscience fair projects part of your agriculture course requirements.

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