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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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Local Collection Drive Update, Grants for Growing, 1st Farm Credit Scholarships & Grants

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Illinois FFA Foundation Update

*Sent to All Contacts

Included in Message:

1. Local Collection Drive Update

2. Grants for Growing

3. 1st Farm Credit First Choice Agriculture Scholarship

4. 1st Farm Credit Community Improvement Grants


1. Local Collection Drive

Thank you! Thank you! Thanks to the many chapters that have participated in the Foundation's Local Collection Drive. We have collected over $165,000 to date. As you may know, the local collection drive helps the Foundation provide awards for many section and state level SAEs, helps major officers and section officers with chapter visits, and other items that directly impact your local chapters.

Please continue to send in your donations. Foundation staff appreciates your assistance with this huge endeavor. We welcome your constructive thoughts and wishes to help complete your community drive. Again, thank you, and we look forward to reporting more on the local collection drive in the future. 

2. Grants for Growing

In 2016, Tractor Supply Company launched its new FFA paper emblem program, Grants for Growing. This is a program designed to impact local communities through chapters. Tractor Supply Company retail stores and local FFA Chapters will partner during the FFA Week to raise funds through the sale of paper emblems. $1 or more will be collected at the checkout from Feb. 17-26, 2017.

Grants for Growing is a competitive grant process where chapters submit an application outlining a new or existing school agricultural project. The grants are to be used to further or boost current agricultural education programs/projects or to build new ones. The project should be sustaining, meaning not just a one year event. The program/project should live on to benefit future FFA members. These chapter grants will allow for a greater impact in local communities and enhance chapter learning experiences.

Click here to find more information about the grant process.

3. 1st Farm Credit Services is offering the First Choice Agriculture Scholarship.

First Choice Agriculture Scholarship: LINK

This scholarship will assist deserving high school seniors to further their education in an agriculture or rural life-related field of study.

PROGRAM: Provides 24, individual $1,500 scholarships to students within the 42-county services territory of 1st Farm Credit Services. The scholarship is for graduating high school seniors who have been accepted into an agriculture or agriculture-related curriculum at a university, college or community college and either reside or attend high school within 1st Farm Credit Services’ service territory.* Agriculture-related fields include those that would contribute to the quality of rural life for people living in rural areas, or for those who want to return to a rural area to work in any field.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Selection will be based on a combination of academic achievement, community and agricultural youth organization involvement and essays. Applicants will be judged by a panel of independent agribusiness, education, youth and farm organization leaders.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received by February 15, 2017. You can access the application with the link above and it is also attached.

4. 1st Farm Credit Services is offering Community Improvement Grants

Community Improvement Grants: LINK

1st Farm Credit Services is offering a total of 30, $250 grants to 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters in our service territory for projects that improve our communities. This grant it is to be used for Community Improvement Projects, which should bring a positive change and impact on the local community, involve youth development and education and better the places we live.

Each application will be reviewed by a panel of judges. Clubs and chapters will be notified of the panel’s decisions. Each selected recipient will receive a check and sign, presented by a 1st Farm Credit Services Representative.

Project Guidelines: Each club and chapter should explore their community’s needs, and then find a way to help fulfill the need or improve upon the community. The service projects can range in scope from service projects, building improvements, service to others or other projects. If possible, involve other community organizations or members in your project.

Application Guidelines: After discussing project ideas with your club or chapter, select a leader for the project. When filling out the application, be sure to include a budget, which includes income and expenses. Explain your project, as well as the impact that will be made.

Applications should be completed and saved as your club or chapter name. They should be emailed to [email protected].

Applications are due by March 1, 2017. You can access the application with the link above and it is also attached.


Questions about these items or any Foundation related business, please let us know. Thank you!

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