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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 10 IAITC FarmWeek

Monday, April 10, 2017

April 10, 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. 

Clark family capitalizes on a chance to enter hog business

  1.  What is the current count of hogs in Illinois?  (5.25 million)
  2. The Clark family are 3rd generation farmers from Vermilion County. Describe the location of Vermilion county.  (East - Central Illinois.   East of Champaign County on the Indiana border)
  3. The Clark’s are looking to add revenue stream to their grain operation as well as benefit for the soil. How does manure build the soil?(Answers will vary, but this is an opportunity to discuss the Nutrient Loss Reduction strategy, as well as the nutrient and nitrogen cycle.  The various organic materials found in swine manure helps build and maintain soil structure, which aids in water holding capacity, improves soil aeration and reduces soil erosion.   Clark’s farms contain heavy clay soils with little organic matter.  More information can be found in the IL AITC Pork Ag Mag )
  4. The Clark’s held an open house to show the public their new barns. Why was this open house important? (To show the general public about modern pork production and address confusion and misconceptions about Illinois Livestock)
  5. As Illinois looks to expand the livestock sector of agriculture, what will be the best way to address misconceptions of the public related to livestock?  (answers will vary)
  6. Bills have been introduced in the Illinois General Assembly related to Illinois Livestock.What role do you feel the General Assembly should play in Illinois Livestock?  See page 1 Farmers:  Proposed rules duplicate existing state regulations.  (answers will vary)

For more information consider reading these articles.

Thomas Titus is an Illinois Pork Farmer, and he served as a USFRA Face of Farming. Check out details and interviews related to Illinois Pork here.

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