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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 20 IAITC FarmWeek Article

Sunday, March 19, 2017

SPECIAL NOTE.....Although this is being posted early, the digital copy of FarmWeek will not  be available until mid morning on Monday 3-20.

March 20, 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. 


Trade acreage estimates in line with USDA projections

  1. Allendale, Inc. released the planting intentions survey.What are the projections for corn and soybeans?  (Corn 90.018 million acres, soybeans a record  88.825 million acres)
  2. What is the trend for corn, soy, wheat and cotton acres?(increase in both soybeans and cotton, reduction in corn and wheat)
  3. What reason do you assume fora reduction in corn and wheat?  (current prices for corn and wheat are low.)
  4. How might weather in impact the planting estimates?  (Because this is just the first day of spring, anything could happen between now and prime planting time.)
  5. How will projected planting plans impact you and your area?  (answers will vary)


BONUS ARTICLE on Central States Wildfires.

For background information the impact of the central states wildfires consider reading this article.

Kansas wildfire damage spurs YL relief efforts

  1.   What was the initial plan to send help to Kansas?  (Initially, one load of hay was planned to be shipped.)
  2. What is the projected outcomeof the hay drive? (the organizers plan on providing a minimun of 6 loads of hay.)
  3. Why do you think efforts like these this are important? (answers will vary.)
  4. Little media coverage has been directed to the wildfires and the aftermath.Why do you think this is the case?(answers will vary)

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