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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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AgriScience Kit Curriculum Now Online

Sunday, July 21, 2013

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The first 11 agriscience kits were developed from 1990 to 2000.  The curriculum guides have been converted to pdf docs and are now online at,  login, then to Teachers Toolbox.  Look for Kits - mAGic & AgSci in the A-Z listing.  The curriculum guides contain great hands-on acitivities that can be used at all grade levels. If you do not have a login to this website, contact your ag teacher, county AITC coordinator, or FCAE program advisor.  The kit title and brief description are as follows:

Agriculture Renews Our Planet-Growing Energy for the Future
Students compare soyink with petroleum based ink, make biodegradable plastics from corn, and compare renewable and nonrenewable natural resources.
Eggciting Experiments-Chick Incubation and Embryology
Students participate in a 5-week study of living organisms including incubation of chicken eggs, charting events as the embryos develop in the eggs, and observation and care of the hatched chicks.
Insects-Agriculture’s Foes or Friends
Students study the parts of a grasshopper and compare it to close relatives, study and compare honeybee queens, drones, and workers, and study the role of the honeybee in plant pollination.
Probing Our Soils-Getting to the Roots of Agriculture
Students collect soil samples, study soil texture and structure, determine acid and base reactions, measure pH, compare moisture holding capacity of different soils, and examine the effects of soil erosion and pollutants.
Protein Providers-The Superb Soybean
Students examine the effect of water on seeds, learn the parts of seeds, compare monocot with dicot seeds and plants, study the effects of temperature variations on seed germination and plant growth, and investigate the many uses of soybean products in our lives.
Animals in Agriculture-Their Growth and Development
Students compare common food products with a complete livestock feed, checking for protein, sugar, starch, fat, and vitamin C. They dissect a chicken wing, comparing it with the parts and functions of the human arm. Scale animal models are used to help learn about livestock weight estimates and weight gain.
Dairy Delights-Good Nutrition from Milk
This kit provides hands-on experiences for students as they become involved in demonstrating the processes of using milk and acids, enzymes, bacteria, heat, and cold to make glue, cottage cheese, yogurt, and ice cream.
Growing Better Every Day-Using Genetics to Improve Agriculture
Colored paper clips are used to illustrate genes and chromosome chains as students learn how traits are inherited by offspring from parents. A germination study of seeds which produce albino or normal green corn plants helps students understand genotypes and phenotypes. Students learn about probabilities of transmission of two genes from parent to offspring.
Agriculture Measures Up-Using Mathematics in Agriculture
Students compute the areas and calculate the perimeters of enclosures as they study the most economical use of fencing. A small jar of shelled corn is used to simulate a grain bin as students learn to estimate weights, numbers, and volumes. Students determine the amount of fertilizer needed for the lawn of a problem home after they have calculated the areas of the lot, house, garage, and driveway.
Rain or Shine-Weather’s Effect on Agriculture
Students build a terrarium to observe the water cycle and compare the growth rates of three types of plants. Students build growth chambers to observe how various light colors influence plant growth. They use varying fertilizer rates in an attempt to grow larger, healthier plants.
Soybean-Polymer and Oil Kit
The Soybean Agriscience Kit introduces students to the science of polymers and oils by providing science experiment materials which students can use to produce everyday products from soybeans. Students will make salad dressing, lip balm, hand cream, candles, crayons, and other everyday items such as ink and glue from soybeans.

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