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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..
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The FFA Alumni Association supports and advocates for agricultural education and FFA through gifts of time, talent and financial resources..
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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..
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The Illinois Association of Vocation Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) is a professional organization for agricultural teachers at all levels..
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The Illinois Association of Community College Agriculture Instructors (IACCAI) is a statewide professional organization for postsecondary agriculture instructors. .
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The Illinois Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation. .
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The Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies Youth Education in Agriculture program offers unique educational programs to Illinois youth in 4-H and FFA. .
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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TeachAg.net provides information about the Agricultural Education profession and encourages students to consider a career as an agriculture teacher..
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MyCAERT provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career and Technical Education instruction. .
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Information Technology and Communication Services (ITCS) Instructional Materials provides agricultural education publications in a variety of formats. .
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The Agricultural Experience Tracker is the premiere personalized online system for tracking experiences in agricultural education. .
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City Kids Take to Studying Agriculture - Jan 3, 2005

Monday, January 03, 2005

Click on the link below to read a great article on the positives of agricultural education!


http://www.cnn.com/2005/EDUCATION/01/03/urban.agriculture.ap/index.html

Here is the beginning of the article - An increasing number of students in cities and suburbs are taking agriculture classes and considering careers in the industry even at a time when the number of farms is declining.

"We're not trying to teach cows, sows and plows," said Thomas Scott, principal at Saul High School for Agricultural Sciences in Philadelphia. "What we're really trying to do is teach skills so that they can apply them to science or any field they want to go into."

The National FFA Organization, formerly Future Farmers of America, says its membership of 476,000 students is the highest in 22 years.

Much of the growth has come in urban schools, said spokesman Bill Stagg. The organization has programs in 11 of the nation's 15 biggest cities.

What they're learning, though, isn't traditional farming.

It's horticulture and landscaping. And it's fixing machinery and taking care of small animals. Students at Washington Park Horticulture Center in Cleveland grow poinsettias in the summer and fall and make floral arrangements for their annual holiday sale.

"We're teaching them about the science, business and technology of agriculture," said Becky Meyer, director of the Agricultural and Food Sciences Academy in Little Canada, Minnesota.

One in five jobs in Minnesota can be tied to agriculture, she said. "There's a need for people who are agriculture literate."

(Thank you to Chris Clemons for sharing.)



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