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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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Cooperative Youth Conference at SIU Carbondale

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

*Message sent to all Ag Teachers.

The 2012 Southern Illinois Cooperative Youth Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, June 7th and 8th on the beautiful campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  The conference, co-sponsored by the Illinois Cooperative Council and SIU Carbondale’s College of Agricultural Sciences, was a huge success in 2011. 


The conference provides high school juniors and seniors an exciting yet educational opportunity to learn about the cooperative business model.  They will learn about the unique principles and benefits of a cooperative, as well as the governance and operation.  The students are then challenged to "form" their own cooperative, using the information that they learned.  We take a field trip to see a local cooperative in action and then spend the evening at the Student Recreation Center! 


Announcements for the 2012 Southern Illinois Cooperative Youth Conference have been sent to cooperatives and County Farm Bureaus throughout Illinois.  We request their participation in sponsoring the student's registration fee, which allows the students to come to this conference at no cost!  If you know of a cooperative in your area that would be interested in sponsoring your students, please let us know.  We would be happy to send a sponsor packet to them.


Please encourage your students to take advantage of this great opportunity, which is sponsored and paid for by many participating cooperatives in your local area.  

Send an email to
[email protected]  and a registration form will be sent to you. 

Have your students complete the form and return to SIU Carbondale’s Division of Continuing Education (return address is on the registration form), along with a $30 registration deposit, which will be returned upon conference attendance


Registration deadline is May 11, 2012.


Should you or any of your students have questions regarding the conference, please feel free to contact Michelle Sullivan at (618) 453-3080, or Jackie Welch at (618) 536-7751.

Conference Coordinator


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P: 618/536-7751
F: 618/453-5680

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