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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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Salem, IL 62881
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Monday, May 01, 2017

*Sent to D5 Ag Teachers

Hi Ag Teachers:
Resending information on the IAVAT Conference though be sure to sign-up now for Professional Development Workshops at this link.

A big Thank You to the teachers below signing up so far for professional development workshops:

21 Daryl Kiselewski Bluford
21 Tamra Gerstenecker Carlyle
21 Cherie Rogier Mt. Vernon Township High School
21 Jenn Heinzmann Odin
22 Courtney Gerstenecker Columbia High School
22 Kim Portz Marissa High School
22 Ryan Kinzinger New Athens
22 Joshua Berg Okawville Junior/Senior High School
22 Sarah Mckinnies Steeleville High School
22 Mark Mueller Valmeyer High School
22 Carrie Koester Waterloo
22 Tim McDermott Waterloo
22 Robert Frisch Cahokia High School
23 Steven Clodfelter Edwards County
23 Michelle Wiseman Edwards County
23 Curt Robbins Fairfield
23 Samantha Smith Fairfield
23 Doug Slagley Flora
23 Kaleb Irwin Grayville (2016/17); Eldorado (2017/18)
23 Nina Gieling Mt Carmel
23 Jamie VanDyke Olney
23 Doug Robb Wabash Valley College
23 Terry Branch North Clay
24 Eric Emmons Anna-Jonesboro
24 Chris Evans Crab Orchard
24 Robert Huntley Du Quoin
24 Ann Ochs DuQuoin
25 CR Sloan Hamilton County
25 Nick James Harrisburg
25 Cacy Ellis Harrisburg
25 Wade Swinford Pope County

The Illinois agriculture teachers conference is a great professional development and networking opportunity for all ag teachers to attend in June.   I hope that your high school agriculture teacher can attend.  Grant funding is available to cover registration, hotel room, mileage, and meals.

Benefits of attending the IAVAT Conference:  

  • ​Network and gain/share ideas with high school ag teachers and ag education professionals across the state.
  • Hear important partner reports with discussion of policies of agricultural education and FFA events. 
  • Attend professional development workshops on valuable teaching content, new resources, and student engagement.
  • Serve on and attend committee meetings.  
  • Attend section and district ag teacher meetings.  
  • Recognize teaching excellence award winners.

Dates:  June 20, 21, 22, 2017  (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)  
-June 20 begins at 9 am with exhibits and special workshops.  
10:30 am is the start time of the first session.
-June 22 ends at or near 1 pm after the closing luncheon.

Location:  DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington, IL  Tel: (309) 664-6446  $105/night/room + tax.   This hotel is currently booked. Google Bloomington hotels for alternative sleeping rooms.

Early registration by June 1st.  Click here to register and create an invoice for your school district.  After June 1st, a $50 late fee will be added. Cancellations or no-shows will be responsible for the full amount of the invoice.

IAVAT Member - $275 which includes all conference resources, Tuesday lunch and dinner, Wednesday breakfast and lunch, and Thursday lunch.  Additional fee for Wednesday barbecue($12) and Thursday breakfast.
IAVAT Non-Member - $325 which includes all conference resources, Tuesday lunch and dinner, Wednesday breakfast and lunch, and Thursday lunch.  Additional fee for Wednesday barbecue($12) and Thursday breakfast.
Student IAVAT Member – $0 which includes all conference resources. Fees will be charged for meals, Tuesday lunch($25), Tuesday banquet($37), Wednesday breakfast($21), Wednesday lunch($20), Wednesday barbecue($12), Thursday lunch($24).   Hotel fees are at a reduced rate though sharing rooms with other student members.
Exhibitor - $200 plus meals attending per the student member fees above.

For more information, or contact the IAVAT office:

Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers
John Edgar, Assistant Director
Illinois FFA Center
3221 Northfield Drive
Springfield, IL 62702
[email protected]
(217) 753-3328  x102
Lori Nelson, Administrative Assistant – [email protected]  x105

Grant funding from the Agriculture Incentive(registration only), Career & Technical Education Improvement(CTEI), and Federal Perkins can be used for registration, hotel, mileage, and meal expenses.  Each grant has specific guidelines.  Contact your EFE System Director.

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