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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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Kevin Daugherty
Illinois Agriculture In The Classroom
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May 1 IAITC FarmWeek Article

Monday, May 01, 2017

May 1,  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. 

Action Request Fight for regulatory reform

  1. Name the new US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (Scott Pruitt)
  2. In his announcement of changes, EPA Administrator said ‘The previous administaioint abused the regulator process to advance ideological agenda that expanded the reach of the federal government….’ What role do you think the EPA should play involving agriculture?(answers will vary)

Page 2 Training future conservationists Envirothon tests students’ knowledge

  1. Name the winning envirothon team.(University of Chicago Laboratory School)
  2. Given the challenge of the envirothon was Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategies about a central Illinois Farm, and a non-traditional school won the contest, what advantages do you see the non-traditional students had in facing the unique challenges(Answers will vary.  One could lead discussions about University of Chicago Lab School (mainly urban students) applying knowledge about farms in a positive manner in much the same way the EPA is looking to change policy)

Page 6 and 7 FarmWeek CropWatchers

 Realize that the CropWatchers have a deadline of Thursday evening for the paper to go to print over the weekend.

  1. Find the CropWatcher that is located nearest to you, are the observations made in our area similar to the observations you seen at your location?How would you write an article based on the weather in your area over the weekend?(Answers will vary)

New app simplifies managing, recording manure nutrients page 10

  1. Describe the app and how it simplifies managing manure nutrients.(Answers will vary but should include the aspect of ease of using handheld device to input nutrients)
  2. What additional technology advancements do you see coming in agriculture to make farming more efficient and productive?(answers will vary)

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