You are not logged in. Sign In | Forgot Password?
Logo | Illinois Agrivultural Education

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..
/Ag-Ed Advocacy/About-FCAE

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. .
FFA FFA Alumni IL FFA Foundation IAVAT IACCAI PAS IFB Youth Education IAITC FCAE ILCAE ICAE ISBE Illinois Department of Agriculture MyCAERT ITCS The AET

Listserv Messages

Kevin Daugherty
Illinois Agriculture In The Classroom
Education Director
1701 Towanda Avenue
Bloomington, IL
(309) 557-3676
(309) 557-2098 fax
[email protected]
  Weekly Messages
Last 5 messages
all messages

March 13 IAITC FarmWeek Article

Monday, March 13, 2017

March 13, 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. 

Canada ag attache:  NAFTA should stay a tri-lateral deal

  1. Using context clues, what does tri-lateral mean? (three-way, equal deal .)
  2. What is NAFTA?Explain who is involved, and how long it has been around.(this 20+ year old deal is a trade agreement between the US, Mexico and Canada)
  3. Why is trade with Canada important? (It is the world’s largest trading relationship.  $671 billion in trade annually with nearly $2 billion worth of good crossing the border daily)
  4. How does Canadian trade impact Illinois?  ($3 billion worth of ag trade a year!)
  5. How do you feel about free trade agreements?  (answers will vary)
  6. Why has the third trading partner been in the spotlight with President Trump and how might that impact trade? (Immigration and potentially building a wall )
  7. The US and Canada have the world longest undefended border. Why do you think this is important dealing with trade and what potential solutions would you suggest for the issue of re-negotiating NAFTA?(Answers will vary)



Diacamba label approval not a panacea

For background information on Dicamba consider this article.

  1.   What is a panacea?  (remedy for all ills; cure-all)
  2. What weeds will dicamba help prevent?  (glyphosate-resistant horseweed (marestail), tall and ivy-leaf morning glory and common and giant ragweed)
  3. Waterhemp is not on the list.Waterhemp is currently resistant to glyphosate, and predictions are that is will eventually become resistant to dicamba.What does this mean for farmers? ( Answers will vary but could lead to a discussion on resistance to herbicide.)
  4. How will dicamba restrictions impact input costs to farmers?  (Dicamba is not able to be mixed with other chemicals.  This will require separate application. In addition to time and product cost, there will also be fuel costs to apply the herbicide. )
  5.  Describe how a career in weed sciences might be an incredible opportunity in the near future.(answers will vary)

And one more!  Page 8 

Edison's message to Ford used to inspire young readers.

1.  What was Suzanne Slade's occupation before beginning to write children's books?  (Mechanical Engineer)

2.  What three words did Thomas Edison convey to Henry Ford in an August 11, 1896 meeting?  (Keep At It!)

3.  How might Edison's words to Ford be important in today's STEM related classes?  (Answers will vary)


To be removed from this list, contact [email protected]