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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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Casey Bolin
District 5 Program Advisor
Sections 21-25
1475 West Whittaker
Salem, IL 62881
Cell: (618) 780-0230
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-2015 Illinois Food and Farm Facts
-Online Agriculture Courses for High School Students
-September Monthly Report
-Start Developing and Updating your Annual Report

Faff 2015This publication provides a statistical profile of two industries, FARMING and FOOD. The first part, "Farming in Illinois," focuses on production agriculture with emphasis on Illinois.The second part emphasizes the important link between "Agriculture and the Environment" in the United States.  The third part, "Food in the United States," focuses on expenditures for and consumption of food nationwide.  Download the entire booklet (59 pages)
-167 people are fed by 1 farmer.
-In the US, households spend 6.7% of their annual income on food consumed at home.
-Washington County produces the most wheat.

Nelson Academy of Agricultural Sciences Online
Nelson Academy of Agricultural Sciences Online ( is dedicated to offering affordable, high quality agriculture courses to high school students as well as agriculture adult education courses for farmers and ranchers. Click for a complete list of courses and descriptions.  Course fee is $300 per semester.  Courses can start anytime.  This year, Pinckneyville High School students in section 24 will be taking online ag courses, will be FFA members, and will have SAEs.  If students at your school have ag course scheduling conflicts or your school does not offer ag courses, online ag courses may be an option.  If interested, contact your FCAE program advisor for more information. 

Check out my September monthly report.   A 1-page monthly report is a great way for accountability and marketing of your program.  Share with administration, parents, advisory council, FFA Alumni, and board of education each month.

An Annual Report of your program can be a program saver. 
It is so important these days to sustain your agricultural education program.  What better way is to have periodic reports to your administration, travel logs, annual reports, press releases, newsletters, yearly achievements, etc. 
Click for a list of statewide schools(57% last year) submitting an annual report.  Click for a sample annual report.

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