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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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May 9 - University College of Ag Dean Panel - UIUC, SIUC, Mizzou, SEMO

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

*Sent to D3, D4, and D5 Ag Teachers & Guidance Counselors

The St. Louis AgriBusiness Club would like to extend an invitation to your high school and college students on Tuesday, May 9th for an Ag Career Workshop and Luncheon where they are featuring an Illinois and Missouri Panel of University College of Agriculture Deans from the University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University, the University of Missouri, and Southeast Missouri State University.   Teachers, guidance counselors, and parents are encouraged to attend also.

10 am - Ag Career Workshop
11 am - Networking & Agribusiness Fair
11:50 am - Welcome & Meal with Agribusiness Professionals
12:30 pm - Unversity Ag College Dean Presentations & Panel
1:30 pm - Program Ends, Networking and Agribusiness Fair Continues to 2:30 pm

Location: St. Louis City Center Hotel - 13th Floor - City View Ballroom
(Downtown near the Scottrade Center)

 400 S. 14th Street, St. Louis (click for directions)
 Complimentary parking in the hotel garage.

Registration:  $12.50 per person

RSVP today to  [email protected] or call (618) 604-1622 

Make a full day in the St. Louis Region.  Click for agribusiness tours.


Presentation:  The Agriculture Talent Pipeline...a panel discussion from our University College of Agriculture Deans   (click on photos and logos for more information)


Marc Linit            Kim Kidwell              Chris McGowan     Mickey Latour
University of Missouri             University of Illinois                 Southeast Missouri State        Southern Illinois University  


Marc Linit serves as the interim vice chancellor and dean at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). He also serves as the senior associate dean for research and extension. As such, Linit administers the research and extension programs of CAFNR and oversees the operation of the College's Farms and Centers located throughout the state.  Linit has served the College in a variety of roles since joining the faculty in 1980. Most recently, he led the Division of Plant Sciences as division director where he had academic responsibilities for the under-graduate degree program, four graduate departments and the Plant Sciences Extension program, as well managed the Division's $5.5 million budget. Prior to his move into administration, Linit was an active researcher in the area of forest insect ecology and taught courses in Forest Entomology and Insect Ecology.

Kim Kidwell is the dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Services(ACES) at the University of Illinois.  Dean Kidwell's leadership style is defined by improving student learning; driving sound, innovative research; and cultivating industry partnerships. In her previous role as executive associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University, Dean Kidwell spearheaded the development of the new Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership, a student, faculty, alumni, and industry partner collaboration providing beyond-the-classroom experiences for students and leadership development for graduate students, faculty, staff, and professionals. She grew up in Danville, Illinois, and is a proud alumna of ACES where she earned bachelor's degrees in both genetics and development and agriculture science. She received her master's and Ph.D. degrees in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Chris McGowan is the dean of Southeast's College of Science, Technology and Agriculture and a professor in the Department of Chemistry.  Dr. McGowan earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, in 1973. He received a master's of science degree in 1976 and a doctorate in 1979, both in analytical chemistry, from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  Prior to his career at Southeast, Dr. McGowan was a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at Tennessee Technological University from 1978-1997. He also served as chairman of the department from 1992-1997. Dr. McGowan began his tenure as Dean at Southeast in 1997.

Mickey Latour serves as dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University (SIU) since July 1, 2012.  He is the chief administrative officer and oversees many areas including academic, research, finance, outreach, development, and alumni relations.  Mickey is best known for his i2i program (ideas to investigation). I2i is a private partner relationship with industry to tackle problems through intense hands-on undergraduate research with a faculty member. Previously, Mickey was a Professor and Associate Dean at Purdue University. Mickey has been recognized for his work in lipid manipulation in final food(pork) products, and led a large distance learning effort on the Purdue campus.  Mickey earned his BS degree at Southeastern Louisiana University and MS/PhD at Mississippi State University. Following his PhD, he was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellowship to study Kindred's known to be Hypobetalipoproteinemia at Washington University School of Medicine.

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