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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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March 6 IAITC FarmWeek Article

Monday, March 06, 2017

March 6, 2017

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. 

State to close remaining animal disease lab

  1. Why will the Galesburg Animal Disease Laboratory close?  (Due to key retirements, lab was unable to fill positions with qualified veterinary pathologists.)
  2. What services did the Galesburg Animal Disease laboratory perform? (animal disease testing and meat inspections)
  3. Where will the services be performed once the lab is closed?  (University of Illinois and Purdue University)
  4. What do many feel are contributing factors to the Lab closing?  (State of IL fiscal problems and historic budget impasse)
  5. How will this closing impact you and your area?  (answers will vary)
  6. Why was the Centralia lab closed first?  (budget cuts )
  7. Make a list of how the state budget impasse has impacted agriculture and your local area. What steps can you take to work toward a more prosperous Illinois?(Answers will vary, but consider reading Page 3, Campaign 101:  top tips for farmer candidates.)


BONUS ARTICLE on Federal Government!

For background information on WOTUS consider this article.


Trump orders WOTUS review, revision

  1.   What does WOTUS mean?  (Waters of the United States)
  2. What two federal agencies are involved in the WOTUS Ruling?  (Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers)
  3. Why were both the American and Illinois Farm Bureau in favor of President Trump’s executive order about WOTUS? ( both feel it stops overreaching approach of federal government to farmers and ranchers.)
  4. When did the WOTUS rule go into effect?  (August 2015)
  5. What do you think.Is WOTUS an overdue necessity or an unnecessary burden? 

(answers willvary.) Consider this article from August 2015 to learn more.Discuss the reliability of the articles from Forbes and Illinois FarmWeek.Discuss and opinions.Can students find information on both sides of the WOTUS issue?


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