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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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Deadline Extended to May 12 - Climate Corp Contest

Friday, May 05, 2017

*Sent to all HS and College Ag Teachers.

A huge THANK YOU for helping promote the Disease and Stress Image contest!! We have received quite a bit of interest today alone so we are extending the deadline to Friday, May 12, 2017, at midnight.  32 FFA Chapters have registered so far.  Climate Corporation would like to see 50 by Friday.  

Mindy McDermott states..."I just got off of the phone with a very excited teacher about how the project is helping to prepare her FFA Agronomy CDE team. It is exciting to hear of the extension that this project is having and we look forward to continued enthusiasm around promoting STEM careers in Agriculture."

From a friend of Illinois agricultural education, former ag teacher and FCAE program adivsor, and now ILCAE member:
Mindy McDermott, Learning & Development Specialist
The Climate Corporation
[email protected]

Each chapter must register for the contest on or before May 12th, by completing the following form(s) at

Dear Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor,

My name is Steven Ward, and I am Director of Geospatial Sciences at The Climate Corporation. Earlier this year, we announced our R&D pipeline to share all the research we have underway to bring unprecedented insights to farmers in the Climate FieldViewTM platform. One exciting area of research is our development of insights to help farmers identify, predict and diagnose crop disease and stress. Our Geospatial Sciences team invites you to participate in our first-ever crop disease and stress image contest to develop what we anticipate will become the largest disease image database in existence. This database will help train the artificial intelligence systems we are building to diagnose and predict corn diseases in a farmer's field. If we can help farmers diagnose plant disease, we can save them time and protect yield.

To build this database, we need your help! We would like you to partner with local retailers, agronomists and/or farmers in your communities to scout and spot diseases and stress in corn fields in your area. When you find good examples, take some photos (according to the contest guidelines) and help us gather as many high-quality corn disease and stress images as possible. Through this initiative, you will have the opportunity to work closely with farmers in your community by scouting their fields. You will also learn more about digital agriculture tools by using the Climate FieldViewTM platform to submit the photos and note critical information.

To recognize above and beyond efforts, we will grant awards to each of the FFA and PAS chapters with the greatest number of points (as determined per the contest guidelines). Prizes are as follows:
·      $500 to the chapter in each state with the highest number of points
·      $350 to second-place chapter
·      $150 to third-place chapter

Below are the guidelines for participation. Please follow these requirements closely. We are very excited to partner with you and look forward to building the most robust disease image database in agriculture to help farmers more effectively manage disease and optimize their yield.

Happy Scouting,
Steven Ward, Director of Geospatial Sciences

The Climate Corporation Corn Disease and Stress Image Contest Guidelines

·      Each chapter must register for the contest on or before May 9th, by completing the following form(s) at
·      Each participating chapter/student should download the Climate FieldViewTM app onto his/her iPad®, iPhone® or Android device. Please see instructions for setting up a free Climate FieldViewTM account via the web here or via a mobile device here.
·      Each participating member over 13 and under 18 must have a parental release signed. (Releases available here).
·      Each chapter and member must obtain written permission from the farmer/landowner to access each field for the purposes of this program (Releases available here).
·      Farmers may share using the farm/field sharing functionality within their existing Climate FieldView™ account with the student(s) to be used in scouting their fields. This will allow the scouting images to show up in the farmer's account.
·      Once the Climate FieldView™ account has been created using the instructions above, document the following disease or stresses using the guidelines below.
·      Each member should utilize the Climate FieldViewTM app to create and share scouting pins of the following diseases/stresses: (14 in total)
*Diseases that cause foliar damage:
  -Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB)
  -Gray Leaf Spot (GLS)
  -Southern Rust (SR)
  -Goss’s Wilt (GW)
  -Anthracnose Leaf Blight (ALB)
  -Northern Corn Leaf Spot (NCLS)
  -Southern Leaf Blight (SLB)
  -Common Rust (CR)
  -Eye Spot (ES)
*Non-disease stresses that cause foliar damage:
  -Insect damage
  -Nutrient deficiency
  -Chemical injury
  -Leaf scorch
  -Mechanical damage (hail, machinery, etc)

Images, scouting pins and notes must be submitted through the scouting function in the Climate FieldViewTM app by Sept 1, 2017 to be considered for the contest. Additional Rules, release information and educational materials will be distributed once registration is closed on May 9th.  

Winner Notification
Winners will be identified on or around September 29, 2017. We will notify chapter winners by phone and post a list at

Please direct any questions or concerns to: [email protected]

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