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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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April 3, 2017 FarmWeek

Monday, April 03, 2017

April 3, 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. 

PAGE 3  Commodity groups testify about importance of crop insurance, strong farm bill programs

  1. Detail the farm economy over the last three years. (prices have dropped 41%, Income remains 50% lower, and estimates for this year show a 7.1% drop; meanwhile land and input prices remain high and farmers find it difficult to get operational loans.)
  2. In 2014, the Agricultural Act replaced direct payments of crop insurance with ARC options (Agricultural Risk Coverage) at the county level or individual farms.Find your county on the map of the 2016 ARC-CO Payments. What does it show for your county for Corn, Wheat and Soybeans?

(Answers will vary)

3.   One administrative problem with current insurance system is when FSA uses crop insurance data when NASS can’t publish county yield.

(NASS relies on a voluntary farmer reporting structure.From the charts and statistics listed on the website above, you’ll see the trend for replying to the survey is trending downward.)

4.  Why do you think farmers are hesitant to share the data in the voluntary reports? (answers will vary…could be role of government, time it takes, inferiority with the reporting form)

For more information about NASS check out this website

Of more interest check out the ‘incredible journey’ of hay to wildfire stricken Kansas on Page 12, as well as Ag Day Highlights on Page 3 and Ag Week and Acquaintance Day Highlights in Fulton County on Page 7. 

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