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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..

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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..

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IAITC FarmWeek 9/18/16

Monday, September 19, 2016

September 19, 2016

FARMWEEK Reading Activity from Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.

Another in the series of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom non-fiction text examples to be used in your classroom.  Remember, these will be available every MONDAY afternoon that FarmWeek is published during the school year.

Questions about this can be directed to Kevin Daugherty, Education Director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom at [email protected]

**Reminder these questions are designed to use with the on-line version of FarmWeek.

Note, by request of teachers, we have included the answers to the questions immediately following the questions. 


Good plan can make can make cash rent negotiations less complicated


  1. According to estimates from the National Ag Statistic Services, what did average cash rents in Illinois do from 2014 to 2016?  (they declined)
  2. How is negotiating cash rent like going to school?  (Those who do their homework are more likely to fare well)
  3. Why are there pressures on cash rent?  (commodity prices are low)
  4. What does a balance sheet have to do with cash rent?  (it will show how much money per acre farmers were able to earn from crops in the past)
  5. What do you think the advantages are of a formal written agreement on rented land verses an oral agreement? (answers will vary)



   Explore the Cash Rent County Estimates at:

And answer the following questions.



  1. Find your county, and report the average cash rent estimates for Irrigated, Non-Irrigated and Pastureland. (Answers will vary)
  2. Which county has the lowest Non-Irrigated land rent?  (Johnson)
  3. Which two counties have cash rent values above $300 per acre?  (Champaign and Sangamon)
  4. Why does the Central Region have the highest cash rent values? (answers should include something about productivity of soil)
  5. Research the current futures market for corn (, and the 2015 state yield average for corn (  Imagine you are selling September 2017 corn at the 2015 yield.  Considering NO other input costs, answer these questions:
  1. What is the September 2017 Futures Price? (answers will vary)
  2. What was your county 2015 yield average? (answers will vary)
  3. How much money would you earn? (answers will vary) (futures price x yield average)
  4. How much would you earn after you subtract the Non-Irrigated cash rent per acre?  (answer c - cash rent from:
  5. What other input costs do farmers in your area have that would impact their bottom line?  (answers will vary)

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